Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Smokie Norful Receives Top Honors at 2015 ASCAP Awards

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Smokie Norful at the keyboardThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers held its 28th annual Rhythm and Soul Awards honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs on the charts.

In the Gospel category, top honors went to Bart Millard for I Can Only Imagine (as recorded by Tamela Mann).  Other award recipients include Smokie Norful (who performed his composition No Greater Love during the evening), William McDowell for Withholding Nothing, Erica Campbell for Help and David Bratton for Every Praise (as recorded by Bishop Hezekiah Walker).  A full list of Gospel award recipients can be found here: 2015 ASCAP Top Gospel Songs

Pastor Shirley Caesar Honored In Hollywood

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Lady ShirleyMultiple Grammy winner Pastor Shirley Caesar was recently announced as a 2016 recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  She is the 4th Gospel artist to receive the prestigious honor.   Eone VP/GM Phil Thorton shared these sentiments: “Entertainment One Music congratulates Pastor Shirley Caesar on this monumental achievement as an honoree on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 2016! What a great blessing to be selected for this honor. Pastor Caesar’s incomparable style, personality and lifelong dedication to ministry have continued to impact and influence so many fans around the world, and we are thrilled to celebrate her upcoming 50-year anniversary and deliver new music to come.”

Chicago Gospel Music Awards Honor Mavis Staples, Rev. Maceo Woods and Apostle Richard D Henton

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The second annuStaples 2al Chicago Gospel Music Awards will present lifetime achievement awards to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, Gospel luminaries Rev. Maceo Woods and Apostle Richard D. Henton in addition to honoring Chicago Gospel singers, songwriters and musicians in eleven categories on Friday, June 19th.

RD Henton

Performances will come from Bishop Larry Trotter and the Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs, Stellar Award winner Tiff Joy, Paul Porter, Chicago Mass Choir and a special performance by the Thompson Community Singers Reunion Choir with special presentations from BET host Dr. Bobby Jones, Bebe Winans and Maurette Brown Clark.

BET Nominees Announced

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Fred Hammond I Will Trust

The BET Award nominees were announced Monday, May 18. In the “Best Gospel Artist” category, the nominees are Deitrick Haddon, Erica Campbell, Fred Hammond, Lecrae, Mali Music and Michelle Williams.

The BET Awards will air on the BET network on June 28 in celebration of the achievements of African Americans and other minorities in music, entertainment and sports.

 

Stellar Telecast Draws 1 Million Viewers

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Dav Tam RickThe TV One Easter Sunday premiere of the 30th Annual Stellar Awards was watched by 1.1 million viewers, making it the 3rd most watched telecast on the network this year.

The two hour show hosted by Comedian Rickey Smiley and husband/wife duo David and Tamela Mann featured memorable performances from Erica Campbell, Rance Allen, Lisa Knowles and the Brown Singers, Canton Jones, Uncle Reece, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard and New G and a reunion of Michelle Williams, Beyonce and Kelly Rowland.

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Set To Honor Andrae Crouch April 12th

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

andrae-crouch2Pastors Marvin Winans and Donnie McClurkin join CeCe Winans as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the musical artistry of the late singer/songwriter Pastor Andrae Crouch during Cleveland Rock Week on Sunday April 12th.

Sandra Crouch shared these sentiments, “I am honored that the Rock Hall’s Rock My Soul Gospel Concert is celebrating the life of my best friend and twin brother. Andraé’s music has always had a global reach, so to be celebrated by such a distinguished organization is a blessing.”

The Williams Brothers and Smokie Norful Honored By ASCAP

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Smokie Norful at the keyboardASCAP paid special honors to Pastor Smokie Norful and The Williams Brothers at its 6th Annual Morning Glory Breakfast held during Stellar Awards weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.  In addition to recognizing  the ASCAP affiliated Stellar Award nominees, Pastor Norful received the ASCAP “Spirit of Song” Award while The Williams Brothers received the ASCAP “Gospel Icon” Award. The event was co sponsored by eOne entertainment and was  hosted by Michelle Williams with performances from eOne recording artists  Dorinda Clark-Cole and William McDowell.

Echopark JDI Celebrates Stellar Win For Beverly Crawford

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

BeverlyThe 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will always be special for the Echopark JDI label.  While Beverly Crawford is a previous Stellar Award winner, her win for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year marks the very first award for the new label.

Fellow label mate Dr. Bobby Jones was also honored during the Stellar Award celebration for his years in the industry and hosting the longest running program in cable TV, Bobby Jones Gospel on BET.

Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul Label Nabs 3 Stellar Awards

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Walls GroupBillboard chart toppers The Walls Group and Sunday Best Season Six Winner Tasha Page Lockhart won a total of three awards at the 30th Stellar Gospel Music Awards, capping off an incredible first year for Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul record label.

The Walls Group were honored as  Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year for their #1 debut album, FAST FORWARD while Tasha Page-Lockhart, received a Stellar Award for New Artist of the Year.

“It is amazing to receive so much love from the gospel community,” said Kirk Franklin. “My vision for Fo Yo Soul Recordings/ RCA was to introduce and establish new and exciting artists to the market place. These awards for The Walls Group and Tasha Page-Lockhart are an indicator that vision is being fulfilled. We are truly grateful to Don Jackson and the entire Stellar Awards team for providing such an important platform for gospel music for the past 30 years.”

eOne Music Celebrates a Stellar Evening

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music AwardsEntertainment One Music carried the night at the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.  Eone artists Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Ricky Dillard Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan McReynolds and Michelle Williams performed during the eventful celebration as eOne artists took home 14 awards out of the 28 categories.

Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, William McDowell, Michelle Williams took home awards in the major categories while Bishop Paul Morton received special honors.

“Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational shared these sentiments, “Wow! It’s truly a blessing to receive these honors capping an incredible past year for our artists, and celebrate the creative gifts and work that continues to inspire so many fans across the globe. There is more new music coming on the horizon, and congratulations to all the nominees and honorees this year,”