Archive for the ‘Conferences’ Category

Merge Summit Returns To LA

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Releve Entertainment CEO Dr. Holly Carter welcomes attendees at the Merge Summit makes its return to Los Angeles at the end of August.  The 3 day event brings together prominent faith based leaders and hollyentertainment industry elite for a time of fellowship, education and impartation.

“I’m excited to have The Merge Summit back in LA. It’s the birthing ground for this vision and I am believing for infinite possibilities for all those who attend. All I can say is…”are you ready for this?” says Dr. Holly Carter– Founder of The Merge Summit.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the opening gala on August 25th as special recognition is given to Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial- Dorinda Walker, ESSENCE Magazine Editor At Large-Mikki Taylor, founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC)-Dr. Bill Winston and Emmy Award Nominated Actor-Courtney B. Vance.

A number of Hollywood’s movers and shakers will be on hand including  Michelle Williams, Jonathan McReynolds, Kierra Sheard, Devon Franklin and Tasha Cobbs.


Thomas Dorsey III Celebrates Dorsey Convention 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Co-author of Living the Life I Sing, NCGCC Public Relations DirectorIMG_1851 and Founder and Director of the Thomas A. Dorsey Project Attorney Thomas A. Dorsey, III extends greetings to the multitudes of people journeying to Louisville Kentucky for the 83rd session of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.  The oldest known African American singers organization in the world was founded in 1932 by the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey serving as a vehicle to train and equip singers and musicians in Gospel music.

“As a part of the many efforts to preserve and promote the legacy of my grandfather, I’m particularly elated to personally invite everyone to join the Dorsey Convention family  for the 83rd  annual session of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, Inc.’s. Throughout the week you will be blessed by words of inspiration and good news from dynamic clergy, trained in workshops designed to enhance the proficiency of both singers and musicians and inspired by performances by NCGCC’s own choral unions, church and community choirs from around the country and world renowned gospel artists Bishop Marvin Sapp, Pastor Beverly Crawford, Tasha Page-Lockhart and Jay & The Team, just to name a few.  I look forward to seeing you there!”

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.

Edwin Hawkins Music Conference Celebrates 35 Years In Chicago

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Edwin HawkinsEdwin Hawkins, the Father of Contemporary Gospel Music celebrates the 35th anniversary of his Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago, Illinois June 26 – July 1st.

“I love Chicago”, said Hawkins.  “There is so much Gospel Music history in the city.  Chicago was the home of the greats, the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey (who was with us at our first convention) Sallie Martin, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Martin, Delois Barrett Campbell, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. Clay Evans, Pastor Maceo Woods and the list goes on.  Chicago is now home to the some of Gospel’s current music influencers like Jonathan McReynolds, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy and others.  The Lord has allowed us to be together for 35 years, and I’m ecstatic that we get a chance to have a reunion celebration in the Windy City. The key to the continuation of our genre is empowerment through education.  Its up to us to train future generations, giving them the origins and celebrated history of this great music we know as Gospel music to prepare them for whats to come”

The convention begins with a Quartet Concert followed by a Tribute concert honoring Chicago’s legendary Reverend Milton Brunson and the Tommies featuring some of Chicago’s finest community choirs including Malcolm Williams and Great Faith, Paul Turner and CMI, Dexter Walker and Zion Movement and William Smith and RVC. Classes will be offered during the week with nightly services, guest preachers and musicals.  The convention will close on Friday, July 1st as the mass choir presents new music taught by some of the nation’s upcoming songwriters and arrangers.

Dorsey Convention is Kentucky Bound

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

presidentgentryDr. Marabeth Gentry extends an invitation for all to join her and the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses for its 83rd annual gathering taking place in Louisville, Kentucky August 6th – 13th.  The Dorsey Convention, founded and organized by the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey is the oldest African American singing organization in the world.

In addition to a full slate of classes, the convention will offer new music as presented by the convention choirs with special guests to include Bishop Marvin Sapp, Bishop Larry Trotter and the Sweet Holy Spirit Choir, Kierra Sheard, Tasha Page Lockhart, Evangelist Beverly Crawford and the Canton Spirituals. Further details and offerings can be found at the NCGCC website.


Anthony Brown, William McDowell and VaShawn Mitchell at Immerse 2016

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Vashawn_PUB2Immerse, the education and networking summit sponsored by the Gospel Music Association takes place June 13-15 on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.  New to this year’s event is the addition of a faith based film track for aspiring filmmakers, screenwriters and actors.

The three day conference provides aspiring artists, songwriters and other music professionals an outlet to inspire creativity, foster community and advance education. Among the presenters and artists this year are Stellar Award winners, Anthony Brown, William McDowell, VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan McReynolds,  Grammy nominated producer Daniel Weatherspoon and music professionals Phil Thornton,  Benita Bellamy, Eboni Funderbunk and Demetrus Alexander.

Damien Sneed Calls Levites To NYC

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

DamienSneedDamien Sneed extends an invitation to music ministers, musicians, psalmists, praise and worship leaders, sound engineers, gospel music industry leaders and lovers of gospel music to join him in New York City for the Third Annual Levites Gathering, taking place June 8th-11th at the Cathedral at Greater Faith in the Bronx .

“This year marks our third annual conference,” said  Sneed, who came up with the idea for The Levites’ Gathering. “The inaugural conference was held in Detroit, followed by Washington, DC. Each year The Levites’ Gathering has grown exponentially. “We are delighted that the conference will be held in New York City because it’s known as a city for the arts.”

This year’s event will feature guest speakers Bishop Iona Locke, Prophet Todd Hall, Pastor Kim Burrell, Prophet Andre Cook, Pastor Juandolyn Stokes, Pastor Jonathan Shaw, Pastor John Paul McGee, Pastor San Franklin and Pastor Chantel Wright. Other presenters include Evangelist Rita Womack, Apostle James Duncan, Evangelist Sheilah Vickers, Evangelist Tekesha Russell, Elder Justin Cunningham, Karla Scott, Stanley Brown, Gwendolyn Quinn, Loren Dawson, Steven White and LaTonya Wrenn. Musical artists include Trevon Perry & Divine Purpose, Mike Willis & The Called, Lynette Rhett McNeil, Matia Washington, Tiffany Andrews Woodside, Markita Knight, Cory Campbell, Vincent Bohanan & SOV, and Damien Sneed & The Levites.

AME Music Conference Returns To Chicago

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The African MetMCAM 2015hodist Episcopal Church International Music and Christian Arts  Ministry (MCAM) Conference brings Pastors, Praise leaders, Drama teams and liturgical dancers from across the country to the city of Chicago November 4th – 7th.  Reverend Anthony Vinson, MCAM Director,  shared his excitement about this year’s event: “we  are elated to be back in Chicago this year, grateful to God for all his blessings.  This is the time that we are able to gather from all parts of the globe for fellowship and a time of impartation.  The bible instruction was for us to play both loud and skillfully and it is to our advantage to seek every opportunity to perfect our skills and abilities to offer greater service to the body of Christ.

The MCAM Conference will bring a number of noted clinicians and gospel artists to Chicago including Lamar Campbell, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright, and Adrian Dunn.  Additional details can be found at the MCAM website. Other highlights include the welcome service with keynote speaker Bishop John Bryant, a musicians clinic and the DVD recording of the AME Mass Choir.

Late Night Industry Mixer Moves To July

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The Late Night Industry Mixer originally scheduled during the GMWA Board Meeting/Stellar Awards weekend is being rescheduled for the Annual Convention of the Gospel Music Wimageorkshop of America in July.  Plans are already underway for the new event with additional details being announced in mid April.

Bishop Paul S Morton Legacy Live Recording Set For July

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Bishop Rance AlleBishop+Paul+Morton-press+photon, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez and LeAndria Johnson are among the guests joining Bishop Paul S. Morton on July 13th at Greater St Stephens in New Orleans in what is being billed as a legacy recording event celebrating his 30 + year career in Gospel Music as well as 20 years as leader of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.

The live recording is produced by Trent Phillips and serves as the the kickoff to this year’s Full Gospel Fellowship Conference and the first of many events honoring Bishop Morton.