Archive for the ‘Life Status (Births & Obituaries)’ Category

Songwriter and Producer Rickey Grundy Passes

Monday, July 27th, 2015

GOSPELflava jRGCoins others around the world saddened with news of the passing of Rickey R. Grundy. A master musician and composer, Grundy’s rise to prominence came with the recording of his song, Call Him Up (Can’t Stop Praising His Name) by Keith Pringle and the Pentecostal Community Choir.  His compositions dominated Gospel music over the next 2 decades in recordings by the Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir, Ron Kenoly, Ann Nesby, Willmington Chester Mass Choir, Rodnie Bryant, Bishop Larry Trotter and others.  Rickey’s choir, the Rickey Grundy Chorale would go on to record for Sparrow Records and in later years, Rickey served as music director for Andrae Crouch.

 

PAJAM Set To Release DeVaughn Murphy Track Posthumously August 11th

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

As a result of the untimely passing of singer/songwriter and worship leader Minister DeVaughn Murphy, PAJAM/PMG Gospel announced today plans to release “Wevaughn-murphy-296x300 Will Worship,” his new single on August 11, 2015.  Murphy was an established songwriter, having written such memorable songs as “Chasing After You,” “Make Me Righteous”, and “Let Us See Jesus”.   A portion of the proceeds from the single will benefit Murphy’s wife Khia Murphy and the Vaughn Murphy Foundation. “We were honored to know a person with such a huge heart and love for God as Vaughn; his ministry will live on forever. We are deeply hurt, but we know God has a plan,” says Paul “PDA” Allen of PAJAM/PMG Gospel.

Minister DeVaughn Murphy Passes

Monday, July 20th, 2015

GOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of singer, songwriter and worship leader Minister DeVaughn Murphy, bDevaughn Murphyrother of RCA Inspiration recording artist and Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Music Overseer Bishop William Murphy III. In additon to writing songs for his brother, Minister DeVaughn’s music was recorded by Shekinah Glory Ministry, Myron Butler, Preashea Hillard and VaShawn Mitchell.

A musical celebration will be held on Friday  at Greater Ebenezer Ministries followed by home going services on  Saturday at Second Ebenezer Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.  Let us continue to lift up the entire Murphy family in our prayers.

Celebrating Rev. Clay Evans 90th Birthday

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Clay EvansYou cannot mention Chicago Gospel without a mention of the Godfather of Gospel Preaching, the Rev. Clay Evans.  For some 5 decades, the What A Fellowship Hour reached thousands of home weekly via radio and television and featured the preaching of Evans and the melodic sounds  of the 200 voice Fellowship Baptist Church Choir.  We were on hand for his 85th birthday (check out the photos here), and this weekend everyone is all excited as friends from across the country gather to celebrate the 90th.

Producer/Singer/Songwriter and Fountain of Life Records CEO Pharis Evans Jr. (who features his famous uncle on his new single All My Help) shared these sentiments, “Reverend Clay Evans is a religious icon”, says master producer/songwriter and Fountain of Life Records CEO (and nephew) Pharis Evans, Jr. “He is an inspiration to so many. A man of great wisdom, candor and great humor, he motivates us to keep moving and trust God with everything. At 90, he can go into any church, anywhere on the planet on any given Sunday and simply say, “My, My, My” or “Can I get a witness” and the church will go in. ”

Fountain of Life is preparing for the reissue of some early recordings of Rev. Evans and the choir as well as a previously unreleased track.  In the meantime, catch the spirit of Fellowship in the following throwback clip.

 

Passing of Aldrea Lenox

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Jessy Dixon SingersGOSPELflava joins others around the country in mourning the passing of Aldrea Lenox (pictured top left), wife of the late Pastor (and noted singer) James Lenox (God’s Been Good to Me aka I Won’t Complain) and mother of Annette Queenie Lenox and Pastor Lamont Lenox.  A singer in her own right, Aldrea Lenox along with Ethel Holloway and Elsa Harris made up the Jessy Dixon Singers and traveled across the country and the world.  The group so greatly impressed Paul Simon that he had them back him on his Saturday Night Live appearance and recorded two million selling albums with them.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

Paul Simon and the Jessy Dixon Singers on the Dick Cavett Show

Sparrow Records Founder Billy Ray Hearne Passes

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Billy-Ray-HearnGOSPELflava joins others around the world remembering the life of Christian music legend Billy Ray Hearne who passed away on Wednesday, April 15th.  Hearne, a graduate of Baylor University began his career at Word Records, launching the Myrrh label and introducing the world to Amy Grant.  In 1976, he founded Sparrow Records, which would include a number of top Gospel artists including Bebe and CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, Daryl Coley, and the West Angeles COGIC Saints In Praise series.

In 1992, Sparrow was sold to EMI Music, making way for the creation of Capitol Christian Music, the world’s largest Christian music group and home to Motown Gospel.

Prayers for Pharis Evans, Jr.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

GOSPELflava joins others across the nation praying for singer/songwriter/producer and Fountain of Life Records CEO Pharis Evans, Jr. and the Evans family in the loss of the familyAnn Evans matriarch, Mrs. Ann Evans.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th.  Condolences can be sent to The Evans Family, c/o Clark Road Baptist Church, 2841 Clark Road, Gary, Indiana 46404

Prayers For The McClurkin Family

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

GOSPELfCheryl McClurkinlava joins others across the nation praying for the McClurkin Family in the loss of Cheryl “Cheri” McClurkin. Cheryl sang and recorded with The McClurkin Family in addition to penning an autobiographical story of her life for the stage entitled A Cry For Help.

Cards and condolences can be forwarded to Perfecting Faith Church, 311 N. Main , Freeport, NY 11520.  Details for service arrangements will be forthcoming.

Gospel Dream Winner Stephanie Dotson Passes

Friday, February 27th, 2015

GOSPELflava joinsstephaniedotson2 others across the country in mourning the passing of worship leader and psalmist Elder Stephanie Dotson.  Dotson, a Louisiana native and the 2004 Gospel Dream Competition Winner burst on the scene with Miracles Still Happen, her recording effort for Tehillah Records (read our review here and interview here). Dotson would go on to appear in the 2006 Tyler Perry movie, Madea’s Family Reunion.

UPDATE: Homegoing Celebration For Pastor Andrae Crouch Announced

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The Funeral Services have been set to honor the life of Pastor Andrae Crouch:

Andrae Celebration

Bishop Marvin Winans will eulogize Pastor Crouch and there will be performances by Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin, Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Bobby Jones, Kim Burrell, Pastor Shirley Ceasar, Byron Cage, Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, David and Nicole Binion, Erica Campbell, Smokie Norful, Richard Smallwood, Israel Houghton, Bryan Duncan, Ledisi, Tata Vega and others. An all-star band has been assembled by Mano Hanes and Bill Maxwell, including an 80-voice choir.

BET will stream both services “LIVE” at  www.bet.com/andraecrouchfuneral .  West Angeles Church of God In Christ will also stream both services at  www.watch.westa.tv.