Pharis Evans Jr. and Saints With A Vision make a triumphant return with their new single, Its Been Jesus on Evans’ new Fountain of Life record label. The singing aggregation caught the attention of the country with If Nothing Else, Thank You from their Calling All Saints CD debut. Saints With A Vision celebrates 16 years of existence with an anniversary concert with special guest Kim McFarland in October as the launch to their fall performance schedule throughout the Midwest and southern part of the United States while Its Been Jesus makes the rounds at radio.
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Grammy award winning producer Donald Lawrence, Arnetta Murrill Crooms, Joshua Rogers and Dottie Peoples headline the first annual Gospel’s Best 3 Day Concert and Indie Artist Showcase in Wilmington, North Carolina August 8th through August 10th.
This event extends an invitation to Gospel groups, artists and musicians to compete for an opportunity to win cash prizes and awards in addition to a trip to SONY MUSIC NYC to meet with A&R Executives. In addition, the selected artist will perform live at Six Flags America locations and MBN6 Gospel Believers ROC celebrity concerts and other Sony Indie Artist Showcases.
The event was created and spearheaded by Kal Nwaneri, Founder & CEO, MBN6, in collaboration with Bishop James Utley, President, Resource Outreach Center (ROC) and Kevin Liles, CEO of Go N’SYDE in an effort to provide an alternative to the violence, bullying and other ills plaguing inner city youth.
The Walls Group and Tasha Page-Lockhart will join Grammy winner Tye Tribbett on the 12 city Kirk Franklin Present Tye Tribbett Tour visiting House of Blues venues across the country. Lockhart, a BET Sunday Best winner released her first single, “Different” and is gearing up for the release of her solo debut album, Here Right Now available on August 5. Following the success of their hit single, “Perfect People,” The Walls Group is slated to release Love On The Radio, a four-track digital EP, on June 17 followed by their full disc, Fast Forward on September 2.
“I am so thrilled to be able to present the first two artists from my label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA, as the opening acts on this tour,” said Kirk Franklin. “The Walls Group and Tasha Page-Lockhart are tremendous artists who shine in the live setting. I cannot wait for audiences across the nation to experience the power of their new music.”
Kirk Franklin and the House of Blues Entertainment announced its newest endeavor, “Kirk Franklin Presents Tye Tribbett”. The tour, starting in July will feature the Grammy winning Tribbett at selected House of Blues venues across the country. The tour is an extension of Franklin’s collaboration with the House of Blues to create a new Gospel brunch experience as part of its year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration that began last year.
“This is a great chance to share the gift of a spectacular talent like Tye with gospel fans throughout the country in a fresh new show that is unlike any production we’ve ever seen,” said Franklin. “It will be a special experience.”
When Earnest Pugh sings the words of scripture as found in Philippians 4:13, it takes on a special meaning for him. “When I got the call from Michael Matthews about doing the show I was blown away because it’s been eight years since I read a theater script so ( I strongly felt) my acting skills need work,” Pugh recalls. “He strongly disagreed and insisted that I join the cast of `Aint Too Proud To Beg’. It was a simple task of just laying claim to the principles of faith. Pugh made a believer out of himself and won over audiences receiving rave reviews for his performances. Pugh’s duet with Bishop Rance Allen “All Things Through Christ” (from “The W.I.N. Worship in Nassau Experience”) finds itself in the top 20 of Billboard’s Gospel Songs chart. “Now, Mike has signed me up for the Broadway-level show he’s launching in the fall. All I can say is: all things through Christ and God has been so good to me.”
The world renowned Mississippi Mass Choir joins 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, Moses Tyson, Jr. and Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers for the 8th year of McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour with Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb serving as hosts.
Campbell, who is currently riding the charts with her solo debut CD Help shared her sentiments, “I am so thankful and honored to be chosen not only to host the tour, but to perform alongside other gospel greats.” “The tour will definitely be filled with uplifting music, laughter and an overall good time for everyone.”
McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will make stops in 12 markets, including: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Washington, D.C. and focus on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune gets on the road with his group FIYA as they embark on a multi-city promo tour in support of the highly-anticipated live album Live Through It.
James Fortune & FIYA celebrates the CD release hosting a concert on February 25th at Atlanta’s Greater Travelers Rest Church with live appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Alexis Spight and more. The album release concert will be live streaming on Yes Lord Radio. Other stops include Houston at Lakewood Church (February 26), Chicago at New Life Covenant Church (February 27), Charlotte for a free concert with Yolanda Adams (February 28), Washington DC for an exclusive Listening Party with Praise 104.1 DC’s Inspiration Station (March 1), and more, appearances on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” as well as upcoming performances at the Allstate Gospel SuperFest in Chicago (March 22) and Praise 103.9’s Inspiration & Music Conference Finale Concert in Philadelphia (March 29).
Grammy-nominated, Dove, Stellar and BET award-winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp joins The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) for a multi-city tour to promote educational opportunities for Black families. The School of Choice tour will launch on February 10 in Indianapolis, IN and visit 11 cities ending in Memphis, Tennessee on February 20. Each event will include a community discussion about the status of education for Black students and the options that are available for parents seeking educational opportunities for their children, as well as a special free concert by Dr. Sapp, RCA Inspiration recording artist Latice Crawford and comedian Hen Sapp.
For the fifth year, Up Entertainment and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association continues its Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition looking for the best and brightest gospel talents who will raise stroke awareness — particularly in the African-American community — through the power of music. Joining the competition this year as celebrity judge is RCA Inspiration recording artist Latice Crawford.
For a complete set of rules and deadline dates or any other additional information, check out the Most Powerful Voices website.
Opera star Lawrence Brownlee and celebrated pianist/composer/conductor Damien Sneed will celebrate African American spirituals and church music as they present music from their CD Spiritual Sketches (LeChateau Earl Records) on Wednesday January 29th. The concert is part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Brownlee made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 and was a featured performer at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo Italy while Sneed toured the country conducting Wynton Marsalis’ Abysinian Mass with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra and his Chorale LeChateau. Sneed also participated in the BMI tribute to Richard Smallwood during this year’s Stellar Award weekend.
Spiritual Sketches continues to receive critical acclaim from audiences across the country. Octogenarian and celebrated preacher Reverend Clay Evans was moved to tears upon hearing the duo’s performance of All Night, All Day. “Angels Watching Over Me just so happens to be one of my favorites”, said Rev. Evans, founding pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church, “but Lawrence adds something to it when he sings it”. “The only thing missing from the song is me bidding everybody a good evening, go on home, go to bed, pull the covers up all around you, go on to sleep knowing that the Angels will be there and when you get up in the morning, everything is gonna be alright”. Spiritual Sketches is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.