Archive for the ‘Concerts/Tours’ Category

Tyscot Celebrates 40 Years With Anniversary Concert September 23rd

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

RanceAllenGroupThe legendary Rance Allen Group joins  multiple Stellar Award winners Anthony Brown and group therAPy, Ruth La’Ontra and Tyscot founder Dr. Leonard Scott on September 23rd at Indianapolis’ Pike Performing Arts Center for a Gospel Explosion commemorating four decades of music from Tyscot Records, the oldest existing black Gospel label in the USA.

The celebration continues with Feel Good, a fifteen-track disc celebrating  some of Tyscot’s greatest musical moments with featured selections from Vashawn Mitchell, Rodnie Bryant, The Rance Allen Group, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Larry Trotter as well as the new radio hit “Feel Good” by Dr. Leonard Scott.


Allstate Gospel Superfest Headed to TV One

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Allstate GospelThe ever popular Allstate Gospel Superfest finds a new broadcast home at TV One  during the 2016 holiday season.  This show in its 18th year was founded and is produced by Bobby Cartwright, Jr. and  has had a syndicated run for 16 consecutive years.  This year’s celebration took place at  Coppin State University in Baltimore and featured performances from  J. Moss, Karen Clark Sheard, Jonathan Butler, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Beverly Crawford, Jonathan McReynolds, James Hall & Worship & Praise, Tim Bowman, Jr., Dorinda Clark Cole, Alexis Spight, and Patrick Lundy’s Ministers of Music.

The reigning Queen of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar was on hand to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and the two hour telecast is hosted by actress Vivica A. Fox.  Look for the Allstate Gospel Superfest debut in November with encore performances throughout the month of December.


Donnie McClurkin Readies Us For The Journey

Monday, July 25th, 2016

D_McClurkin_TheJourney_CVRMultiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winner Donnie McClurkin takes us on a musical experience by way of his seventh album The Journey, hitting stores and digital outlets on August 19th.  The disc features fourteen tracks in total that comprise eleven classics and three new songs including his latest single, I Need You.

The singer/songwriter and radio host hits the road bringing inspiring words and music to people across the country as he presents An Evening with Donnie McClurkin visiting several cities.  A tentative schedule is listed below



7/30                   Baltimore, MD               Israel Baptist Church

7/31                    New York, NY                Grant Memorial Park (WBLS/WLIB event)

8/20                    Dallas, TX                        Inspiring Body of Christ

8/21                    Cincinnati, OH               Sawyer Pointe Park (I Hear Music Conference)

8/25                    Richmond, VA               St. Paul’s Baptist Church

8/26                    Charlotte, NC                 Rock Church Center

8/27                    Fairburn, GA                  Open Bible Church

9/18                    Norfolk, VA                     Rock Church

9/24                    Montgomery, AL          Safe Harbor Church

TBS                      Chicago, IL                      TBS

TBS                      Detroit, MI                      Perfecting Church


Kathy Taylor, Luther Barnes and Byron Cage Headline Gospel Mix Tour

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Gospel Mix 2016The Gospel Music Workshop of America will play host to the first stop of the Gospel Mix 2016 Tour, taking place on Sunday, July 24th in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

This year’s tour brings together legends Luther Barnes and The Canton Spirituals with Kathy Taylor, Earnest Pugh, Byron Cage and choir master Ricky Dillard. Joining the praise party are Gospel favorites Zacardi Cortez, James Fortune, the trio Half Mile Home, quartet king Damon Little and others.

The music of the Gospel Mix Tour makes up this year’s installment of the Top Ten best-selling album “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix 2016” that features chart-topping hits such as Zacardi Cortez’ “#YDIA,” Damon Little’s “I Won’t Be Defeated,” Byron Cage’s “Like No Other” and Half Mile Home’s “More Than Enuff.

Cedric Ballard Champions Houston’s Night Of Unity

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Cedric Ballard New1On Friday, July 18th, the Houston area Gospel community joined local area pastors, government officials and community leaders in a display of unity and prayer for peace in the nation as a whole in response to the tragedies and violence plaguing our inner cities.  Leading the charge was Worship Leader and Psalmist Minister Cedric Ballard, who hosted the event at the Greater Grace Outreach Church.  Joining in the celebration was noted songwriter V. Michael McKay, Rhonda and Shawn McLemore, Alexis Spight and Earl Duncan.

Ballard stressed the need for unity and for the church to lead the charge.  “We have such a huge responsibility to show people that our gatherings have impact after the end of Sunday morning worship.  God called and ordained the church to change the world, we have to show them we are truly united and serious about making a difference when and where it counts.”


Tye Tribbett Reunites With GA For The Bloody Win Part 2 Live Recording

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Tye-Tribbett-02Two time Grammy Award winner, multiple Stellar Award winner  and Motown Gospel recording artist Tye Tribbett heads to the iconic Fillmore Philadelphia Theater for the second installment of his Bloody Win Live Recording.  The event will serve as a reunion, once again pairing  Tribbett with the group he founded,  Greater Anointing.

Tribbett formed the group in March of 1996 and recorded the hugely successful albums Life and Victory Live with the ensemble before going solo in 2010.  The Bloody Win Part 1 was recorded in May in Greenville, South Carolina.

Bri Babineaux Hits The Road In July

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Briana BabineauxMarquis Boone Entertainment recording artist Bri (Briana) Babineaux headlines the New Artist on the Block Tour making its first stop in Hendersonville, Tennessee on July 5th.  Joining Babineaux on tour is Sunday Best winner Geoffery Golden and MBE’s  newest signee Kelontae Gavin.   Tour dates are as follows:

7/05/16 @7           Celebration Of Life Church, Hendersonville, TN.
7/06/16 @7           Prince of Peace Church, Memphis, TN.
7/11/16 @7            Bethel World Outreach, Olney, MD.           
7/12/16 @7            Have Life Church, Charlotte NC.
7/13/16 @7            Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church, Pelzer, SC.
7/14/16 @7            Heritage Christian Center, Jacksonville, FL .
7/18/16 @7            Dothan High School, Dothan, AL.
7/19/16 @7            TBA, Columbus, MS.
7/20/16 @7           Showers of Blessing Church, Hammond, LA.
7/21/16 @7            TBA, Dallas, TX .

Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers Headline Festival Honoring Thomas A Dorsey

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Thomas Dorsey ProjectThe 2016 Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace Festival encompasses 2 full days of music in the city that welcomed the birth of the Father of Gospel Music.  Thomas A. Dorsey was born on July 1, 1899 in Villa Rica, Georgia.  He developed a reputation as a Blues songwriter and pianist working with Ma Rainey and others before making a vow to serve the Lord with his gifts and talents.  Professor Dorsey would merge the secular with the sacred and call it Gospel music.  Composing over 400 compositions, he would see his works recorded by Elvis Presley (Peace In The Valley) and serve as the anchor of the civil rights movement. His most recognized composition, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, popularized by Mahalia Jackson was a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’ve been around Gospel music all of my life”, says Villa Rica Mayor Shirley Marchman.  I grew up in Villa Lisa KnowlesRica, attending the church that Dr. Dorsey and his family attended, the Mount Prospect Baptist Church and Gospel Music has played a tremendous part in my life, as it has touched many people across the country and the world.  We are proud of the efforts of Professor Dorsey and grateful that we can do our part to make sure that his legacy lives on so that others may enjoy the fruit of his labor.”

The 2 day festival features Blues, Jazz and Gospel music with performances from Eric Ayers and the Thomas A.  Dorsey Birthplace Gospel Choir, Gospel music sensation and Stellar Award winners Lisa Knowles and the Brown Singers, Minister Eddie Robinson and others. The festival is free and open to the public.

Fred Hammond Readies New Album For September 30th Release

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

FRED_HAMMOND-WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE-album artFred Hammond took to social media to introduce Father Jesus Spirit, the new single from his forthcoming album Worship Journal Live.   The new disc, the follow up to his 2014 hit CD I Will Trust was recorded last month in front of a standing room only crowd, marking Hammond’s first live recording in 17 years. Worship Journal Live hits stores and digital outlets on September 30th.

Hammond will introduce the music of the new album to audiences as he brings his ever popular Festival of Praise Tour to some 40 + cities across the US starting with the inaugural stop being October 5th  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining him on the tour this year is Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J, and comedian Earthquake.

Men of Standard Take The Stage At Father’s Day Concert

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

MOSFather’s Day 2016 will go down in history as the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, (the church home of Stephen Hurd and Anthony Brown) hosted a Father’s Day Concert that touted the reunion of Men of Standard after a 7 year hiatus.  It was indeed a great moment as Lowell Pye, Isaac Carree and Bryan Pierce took to the stage to take us down memory lane.  The icing on the cake was the addition of Zacardi Cortez (you can only imagine the utter pandemonium, right?!?!?!?!)

The gentlemen quickly but effectively ran through a number of their hits including the Winans’ Trust In God, Yet Will I Trust In Him, Anointed Song, In Your Will, Latter Rain and I Made It.  The songs had huge impact on the audience as the guys ministered messages of faith and inspiration in the music.  We can only hope that this is the start of a tour and a possible CD in the works.

While we wait on the Men of Standard recording, you can prepare yourself as Bryan Pierce is set to record in August at Mount Zion in Greensboro, NC.