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

Happy Birthday Reverend Clay Evans

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

GOSPELflava joins others across the country wishing a Happy 91st birthday to the Gospel music legend and iconic pastor, preacher civil rights leader and humanitarian, the founding pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church, the one and only Reverend Clay Evans.  Clay Evans

 

 

 

 

 

It wouldn’t be enough to just mention Rev. Evans without hearing him sing a hymn of the church as only he can:

Happy Birthday to JJ Hairston!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Happy Birthday to ‘Flava favorite, JJ Hairston!  We are privileged to have grown up together and to be connected to your ministry! Super proud to call you friend! #everybodylovesjj

 

 

Prayers For Williams Singers Dezrale Williams Family Tragedy

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Williams SingersGOSPELflava joins others across the nation in prayers for Blackberry Records recording artists The Williams Singers’ Dezrale Williams in the untimely drowning and death of his 18 year old son, Jachai’

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Additional details can be found via the following link : 18 year old drowns in tragic accident

Gospel Artists Honor Jan Crouch In Her Passing

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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Matt and Laurie Crouch posted sad news of the passing of Jan Crouch, yesterday morning on TBN’s website.

“Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward. Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.  Those who battled for the Kingdom of God knew her as a fighter-someone who didn’t give up, someone who fought relentlessly to get the Gospel around the world.  Viewers of the Trinity Broadcasting Network knew her as someone who partnered with Paul Crouch in the launch and expansion of TBN, and as someone who came into their homes for over 40 years. To thousands of orphans around the world, and those orphaned in spirit, she was Momma Jan, quick with a smile, a gift, and a word of encouragement. To a select few she was not a television figure, but was sister, wife, Mom, or Grandma- an integral part of a family. Jan Crouch loved many things, but most of all she loved Jesus, and now has seen Him face to face and has experienced His grace in fullness.

She has taken a piece of our hearts with her, but it’s so wonderful to know that Paul and Jan Crouch are together again, in the arms of Jesus.” (more…)

Streaming LIVE: Funeral Services for Daryl Coley

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

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Funeral services are streaming live from the City of Refuge in Los Angeles, where the Bishop Noel Jones is pastor. Expected to minister this afternoon are Tonex, Yolanda Adams and Ernest Pugh – just to name a few. The link for the live stream is HERE

Homegoing Services For Daryl Coley

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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Service arrangements have been announced for Daryl Coley who passed away last week.  Services will be held on April 2, 2016 at the City of Refuge in Los Angeles where Bishop Noel Jones is pastor.

The Passing of Iconic Gospel Singer Daryl Coley

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Daryl ColeyGOSPELflava joins countless others around the world mourning the passing of Daryl Coley.  Born October 30, 1955 in Berkely, California, Daryl would gain early exposure to jazz music and display an affinity for playing keyboards early on in his high school years while attending Claremont High with friends Rodney Franklin and bass player Freddie Washington.  The Bay area connection would lead him to found an organize the New Generation Singers (which would go on to do background on James Moore’s first LP) and meet the likes of Walter and Edwin Hawkins.  Coley toured with the Hawkins family, making a unforgettable appearance on the tag of Holy One on Tramaine’s first solo album in addition to being the perfect duet partner for Lynette Hawkins Stephens on Do Your Best from Walter Hawkins’ I Feel Like Singing album. Daryl’s stand out vocals caught the attention of Reverend James Cleveland, that association would lead to his fronting He’ll Never Let You Down for the Gospel Music Workshop of America recording in 1982.  Just Daryl, his first solo album was released in 1986 and received a Grammy nomination.  Daryl would record additionally for Light Records and for Sparrow Records, releasing such standards as To Live Is Christ, He’s Right On Time, It Shall Be Done, He That Dwelleth, Beyond the Veil, Integrity, When the Music Stops and a host of others. Daryl’s body of work outside of Gospel music included a performance of the Star Spangled Banner on The Simpsons and a featured performance on the 1984 Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson album, The Two of Us.

Some of his most memorable performances comes from guest appearances with the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir (He’s Preparing Me, Sovereign, He Shepherds Me) and Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers (When Sunday Comes) his improvisation on Quincy Jones’ arrangement of the Hallelujah Chorus.  BMI honored him with the Trailblazers of Gospel Salute in 2013.

Passing of Noted Songwriter and Musician Herbert “Pee Wee” Pickard

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

DLC and Pee WeeGOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of acclaimed Gospel songwriter and musician Herbert Pee Wee Pickard (seated at the piano).  A child prodigy and son of a COGIC pastor, Pickard grew up in Detroit, Michigan and trained, directed and accompanied choirs as well as a number of the legends of Gospel including Reverend James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle (his piano accompaniment is heard on their first hit, The Love of God),  Brother Joe May, Professor Alex Bradford and a long stint with the Original Gospel Harmonettes.

Pickard recorded two albums for Savoy Records, one an instrumental and the other with his group, the Pickard Singers.

 

Homegoing Arrangments for Erica Bratton-McCullough

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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There will be Celebration of Life services in both Maryland and North Carolina for Erica Bratton-McCullough. Bratton-McCullough departed this life on Thursday, February 11, 2016 after an extended illness.

Tri City Singers’ Erica Bratton-McCullough Passes

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

MCculloughGOSPELflava joins others around the country mourning the passing of Donald Lawrence and Tri City Singers’ member Minister Erica Bratton McCullough.  (more…)