The famed Mississippi Mass Choir celebrated perseverance and community in Stronger Together, a night of Unity held on August 25th in Jackson, Mississippi. Wayne Singleton, minister of music of Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel AME Church was a special guest for the evening as pastors and area leaders from 2oo churches joined together for a night of fellowship and worship on dance, music and spiritual songs. In addition to MMC, performances were given by the First Baptist Jackson Worship Choir and Orchestra and Ballet Magnificat!
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Whenever we get an opportunity to remember the heyday of Mass Choirs, we seize the opportunity. Now, truth be told, we got a little misty eyed and waxed nostalgic with news of New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church celebrating its 50th anniversary on October 17th and 18th. An anticipated part of the celebration is the reunion of the New Jerusalem Inspirational Choir. Under the direction of Curtis Hayes and Jeffrey LaValley, New Jerusalem made its mark recording some 10 albums giving us a reason to go to Flint, Michigan to hear Sunday morning church music with HITS that include Everything Will Be Alright (with James Cleveland), The Lord is My Light, I Can’t Feel At Home, His Eye is on the Sparrow, Show Me the Way (with the inimitable voice of the late Bishop Odis Floyd on lead) and the unforgettable Revelations 19 (Hallelujah, Salvation and Glory).
Here’s some throwback music for your listening enjoyment
In response to the June 17th Charleston Church shooting, Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, Mali Music and Columbia, SC native Travis Greene will join Tye Tribbett for Hate Won’t Win, a concert benefiting the families of the nine victims. The concert will serve as the opening event for Tribbett’s second annual “The Chosen Music Mentorship” conference for church worship leaders on June 23rd at Columbia South Carolina’s Medallion Conference Center.
“Gospel is the good news,” Tribbett says of his use of music as a healing tool. “By spreading the music we induce hope, and we train new worship leaders so they are equipped with the same intent to go fearlessly where some have lost hope and to boldly declare through this gospel that there is yet hope.”
Fountain of Life Records recording artist Ashford Sanders will delight audiences as he hits the stage in the inspirational drama Lord, Why Can’t I Do Right written by Richard Torrence. The Sunday Best Season 5 fan favorite can’t wait to take the stage. “I’m good in the sense that all you have to do is give me a place to sing, but NOW I get a stage, lights, and a band??? You need to watch out and then pray when the music starts I’m able to stay in character. Real talk, we are REALLY going to have a great time.” The play will also feature the comedic stylings of Shelly Garrett (Beauty Shop), comedian Don DC Curry and Dee Dee Simon.
Catch the play in the following cities
June 25th – Clarksdale Civic Center, Clarksdale, Ms
June 26th – Perot Theater, Texarkana, Tx
June 27th – Strand Theater, Shreveport, La
June 28th – Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
In celebration of Black Music Month, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) has added another event to their roster of signature events that celebrates the music that we know and love. For the past few years BMI has been instrumental in honoring Gospel Greats through their iconic Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon and Award Show. Now visionary, Catherine Brewton, who serves as Vice President Writer/ Public Relations and team have now gone a step further by creating the 1st Annual Gospel Brunch On The Park.
When asked about how the event came about Brewton says that it was an idea that came to her and that her awesome team pulled it together so quickly. Passionate about the art of Gospel Music, Catherine says that even though her role at BMI allows her to cross genres with some of the biggest names in music. Gospel is near and dear to her heart.
In an intimate venue in the heart of Atlanta, Gospel music fans gathered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for an elegant brunch and time of worship. Set the hit the stage were Grammy Award Winning Artist Tasha Cobbs, Grammy Nominated artist VaShawn Mitchell, and two fresh and unique voices in gospel music Jonathan McReynolds and Todd Dulaney. The atmosphere in the room was serene and peaceful and people from all over gathered to celebrate Gospel during a historic month.
To show support for new and upcoming artist BMI chose to hold a contest through Instagram where singers and musicians were able to submit their version of a song by one of the artist set to perform. After hundreds of submissions two artist were selected. A group of young people by the name of “Grace” sang their rendition of the James Cleveland classic, “God Is”, and mixed it with the traditional hymn, ” I Surrender All”. A true moment of worship took over the place when Curtis Eubanks from Milwaukee took the stage singing CeCe Winans’, “Jesus You’re Beautiful”. Curtis into set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
Hosts Isaac Caree and Catherine Brewton didn’t have much to do as their was a strong wind of power in the room. One by one Todd Dulaney, Jonathan McReynolds, VaShawn Mitchell, and Tasha Cobbs turned a simple restaurant at a local park into a cathedral of worship. Songs such as “Nobody Greater”, “Turning Around For Me”, “Free”, and “Fill Me Up” were declared as hundreds of worshippers stood weeping, dancing, and receiving.
Throughout the course of the afternoon attendees were reminded of the fact that Gospel music needs the support of its fans around the world. With the music industry constantly changing and CD Sales declining if we want to keep the music we love around we have to show up in big numbers.
Each of the artist who performed represented the new generation of Gospel destined to continue to the long rich tradition of the genre. With all of them having new singles and albums on the way, Gospel music fans have some great material on the way. BMI plans to hold this event in other cities annually to keep the tradition going.
On May 29 – 31, the largest free outdoor Gospel music festival celebrates 30 years in Chicago. This year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival will feature over 30 performers including Israel Houghton and New Breed, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Marvin Sapp, Chicago’s own Ricky Dillard and New G, Anita Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds and Cinque Cullar and a 200 voice Peace Choir comprised of churches throughout the Chicagoland area.
Donald Lawrence will helm a very special tribute to Bishop Walter Hawkins and Andrae Crouch featuring Bishop Rance Allen, Bryan Courtney Wilson, Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page Lockhart, Vanessa Bell Armstong, Krystle Murden and more.
A complete listing and lineup for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival can be found here
This year’s lineup features celebrated Gospel artists Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard, DeWayne Woods, Tasha Page-Lockhart, comedian Small Fire and syndicated radio host Lonnie Hunter.
Scheduled tour dates include:
The 50th anniversary of the historic march to Selma will be commemorated with a concert on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 8th. Sister group Virtue will join in with additional performances and speeches offered by Anthony Hamilton, Arrested Development, Bebe Winans, Fantasia, Bell Biv DeVoe, D-Nice, Donnie McClurkin, Eddie Levert, Eric Benet, Flavor Flav, Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, MC Lyte, Rick Ross, Tank, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Cicely Tyson, Harry Belafonte and the keynote address from President Barack Obama.
The concert is set to stream live on BET.COM and CentricTV.com
In its Sixteenth year, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration celebrates big with this years artist line-up: Natalie Grant, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton and Gladys Knight! The first and only gospel event sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl Weekend, the concert series features Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling gospel and contemporary Christian and mainstream artists, marquee NFL players and the NFL PLAYERS Choir.
GOSPELflava was the first to break the news of music coming from Sunday Best Season 5 Finalist and Fan Favorite Ashford Sanders. Now comes word of the February release of a brand new single, Because You’ve Been Good.
Sanders says the song is a personal testimony for him. “God has been good to me, and I know I have been blessed. Not that everyday in my life has been good, I have had some sleepless nights and days filled with pain, but I am a living witness that God will bring you through every situation. …… I can sing anything, but my heart is in songs with substance, and Because You’ve Been Good sums up how great God has been in my life. I can’t help but thank and praise Him for his goodness TO ME.”
Because You’ve Been Good is written and produced by Pharis Evans, Jr. and hits digital retail outlets on February 23rd. Sanders will perform the song as he makes concert dates throughout the US leading up to the GMWA Board Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.