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Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music Recording In Atlanta

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music are headed to the historic Ebenezer Baptist  Church in Atlanta, Georgia for a live recording on March 29th.

Lundy MOMThe live recording caps off the Hymns & Hip Hop Conference sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Church and the NEW Leadership Academy. Special guests include Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, Rev. James Bignon and LaShun Pace as well as the introduction of the Georgia Unit of Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music.  This marks the 7th recording for the DC based aggregation who is celebrating 20 years of music ministry.  The choir has has travelled throughout the United States and abroad, sharing the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce Evangelist Dorothy Norwood and Tramaine Hawkins.

 

LA Gospel Messengers Celebrate 30 Years With Live Recording

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

LAGM OffCelebrating 30 years of music ministry lifting high the banner for the King, the Los Angeles Gospel Messengers will cap off the closing of the GMWA Board meeting with a live recording on Friday, March 14th at the Peoples Independent Church of Christ.

The LA Gospel Messengers was organized by the late Reverend James Cleveland and received a Grammy nomination for their first album, I Give Myself To You. They have a total of 7 albums to their credit and have had outstanding songwriters and musicians amongst their ranks including Kurt Carr, Calvin Bernard Rhone and their present director, Reverend Quincy Fielding, Jr.

 

Live Recording Set For Pastor Jason Nelson

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Jason-NelsonIt is now official.  Pastor Jason Nelson took to Facebook to announce his live recording as part of the Full Nelson Summit taking place May 1-3, 2014.  The location for the conference and recording is the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church in the city of Linthicum, Maryland.  Guests for the summit include Bishop Neil Ellis, Dr. Jazmin Sculark and Bishop William Murphy III.

Recap: 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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It’s arguably one of the most anticipated events of the Stellar Award Weekend.  Hundreds come from across the nation in anticipation of the sweet presence that always invades the room. For many it sets the tone for their year, and is a time to be uplifted and encouraged.  I’m writing about none other than the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon.

For the past 15 years the event has been hailed as the hottest ticket in town. The invitation only event is the brain child of BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton and her team. The idea was stemmed from other industries hosting events and parties to celebrate their legends. Brewton felt that Gospel music with its life changing power needed that as well. It was there that the luncheon was birthed and since its inception it continues to get better. Throughout the years the event has maintained its intimacy by gathering Gospel’s top artist, musicians, writers, and industry executives into one room. Each person in the room represents a brand and function that makes the industry work.

The anticipation and energy was high on January 15th as legends Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood were set to be honored. Despite the cold temperatures hundreds pressed their way to the Rocket Town venue for an afternoon of praise and worship. The presence was strong as you entered the beautifully decorated room. The lighting was warm and the center pieces shined brightly. Oprah Winfrey once stated, “Love Is In The Detail”, and that’s surely something that the BMI team believes. From the personalized invitations that were sent in the mail, to the seating assignments everything about the afternoon was excellence.

After the opening prayer by Bishop Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, the coveted “BMI Most Performed Gospel Song Of The Year Award” was presented to Kirk Franklin. Franklin penned Tamela Mann’s smash single, “Take Me To The King”. Both Franklin and Mann took the stage tearful and Franklin shared how both him and Mann were friends since the age of 15. Tamela’s, “Best Days” album was nearly complete but Franklin insisted they save a slot for him on the album. That slot was the now ground breaking single, “Take Me To The King”. The song has spent over 20 weeks at #1 and the “Best Days” album remains in the Billboard Top 10. With the release of the Deluxe Edition the album is quickly headed to Gold Status. This win prepared Tamela for an amazing weekend , as the next day she won the Stellar Award for “Artist Of The Year”.

Hosts Donnie McClurkin and Erica Campbell greeted the attendees and the afternoon was underway. To honor the legendary Daryl Coley, BMI put together some of the most versatile and beastly vocalist to pay tribute to one of the best male vocalist of all time:

  • Floyd Wilkinson- “2nd Chronicles”
  • Earnest Pugh- “More Like Jesus”
  • Zacardi Cortez- “Jesus Saves”
  • Tasha Page Lockart- “He’s Preparing Me”
  • Jason Nelson- “Sovereign”
  • Pastor Beverly Crawford- “Can’t Tell It All”.

Pastor Beverly Crawford got the entire room in a shout as she took us to church on “Can’t Tell it All”. Zacardi Cortez’s rendition of “Jesus Saves” would be a refreshing radio hit as he breathe new life into the classic. Tasha Page Lockhart’s rendition of “He’s Preparing Me” brought forth testimony service. Host Erica Campbell explained how she listened to that song many years ago when her and her sister Tina were just starting out.  Jason Nelsons amazing tone on “Sovereign” made the song an even greater masterpiece. Donald Lawrence and Company sang heaven down holding the background  vocals along with the band.

To honor the maestro Dr. Richard Smallwood the following artist gave the following tributes:

  • Y’Anna Crawley- “Don’t Worry”
  • Donnie McClurkin- “Center Of My Joy”
  • Dorinda Clark Cole- “What He’s Done for Me”
  • Marvin Sapp- “Healing”
  • Yolanda Adams- “I Love The Lord and Total Praise”
  • Anyasha Figueroa and Timiney Figueroa- “Angels”

BMI VP Catherine Brewton announced this years luncheon will be available on CD as a compilation and released later in the year.  Yolanda Adams’s “I Love The Lord” was reminiscent of her powerful tribute to Whitney Houston at the NAACP Image Awards, and Anyasha and Timiney’s “Angels” brought a new light to the song as well as honored the previous version.  Keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.

Gospel Music Finds Its Way To The New Smithsonian Museum

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Little Lucy SmithFor a number of years, Baylor University’s Robert Darden has led the charge on preserving music from Gospel’s Golden Era via the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project.  Baylor and his team have sought to identify, record and catalog both well known and obscure recordings that make up the gospel music tradition.  To date,more than 8,000 tracks have been digitized.  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announced via social media that the collection will be a part of the museum’s Musical Crossroad’s exhibition.

Read more about the exhibit and project here: NMAAHC Welcomes Gospel Recordings from Baylor University

BMI Hosts Album Release Party To Celebrate Trailblazers Album

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA will never be the same after the electrifying live performances at the BMI Trailblazers Album Release Party. Gospel’s elite traveled from all angles of the globe to celebrate the release of BMI’s first Trailblazer Gospel Compilation. The album is a collection of the live performances from the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville, TN. This year honorees included award winning artist Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr.

To celebrate this accomplishment BMI and eOne Music hosted an invitation only album release party. The event was reminiscent of the luncheon, as Gospel’s elite gathered together in an intimate setting to worship and encourage one another. Isaac Carree was on hand to host the event Anyasha Figueroa- Cooper started the evening singing the lead single, “Holy One” accompanied by Donald Lawrence and Company. Jason and Jonathan nelson sang “I Need Your Spirit”, and Lisa Knowles did her rendition of “Oh My Soul Loves Jesus” which sent the place into a worship frenzy.

The BMI staff, under their leader Catherine Brewton had the Park Tavern venue decorated with soft lighting and warm colors. Catherine made it very clear this project was to celebrate Gospel music and its life changing message. She gave honor to Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, and her team for working so diligently on producing this project. BMI plans to release next year’s luncheon as a compilation album as well. All proceeds from this album will go directly back to the composers of the songs.

 

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Kirk Whalum Live Recording November 15th

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Grammy winningKirk Whalum instrumentalist Kirk Whalum will record his fourth installment of the ever popular Gospel According to Jazz series on November 15th at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. Joining Kirk for this session are Norman Brown, Rick Braun and Kevin Whalum.

Kirk won a Grammy for Its What I Do featuring Lalah Hathaway from the Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 3 CD.

Read our review of the CD here and catch our 2002 interview with Kirk here

JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise Plan November Live Recording

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

jjhairston2Now comes word of a November 4th date set for the Live Recording of JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise. All roads will lead to the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Connecticut. A number of guests will be on hand for the worship experience including Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, VaShawn Mitchell and Pastor Jason Nelson.

James Fortune Speaks About His Sold Out Live Recording [Exclusive]

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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GRAMMY nominated, Stellar Award Winning Syndicated Radio Host James Fortune recorded his new live project in front of a sold out crowd in Atlanta, GA. Thousands began gathering at the Word of Faith Cathedral hours before the event even started. Lines wrapped around the building, parking lots quickly filled, and local interstate exits quickly jammed as people traveled from all over the country to experience “FIYA” Live. Local Radio one Affiliate Praise 102.5 kept the crowd engaged as they waited anxiously to enter the sanctuary. With the concert selling out nearly three days before the event, attendees had the hottest ticket in town.

Comedian Marcus Wiley from the nationally syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show was on hand as the evening host. Marcus kept the crowd in stitches giving his commentary about the comical things that happen weekly in local churches. For this live recording James brought together some of the most unique voices in contemporary Gospel and Hip Hop. DA Truth opened up the recording joining James and band on the track, ‘Built to Last”.  In her first ever live feature on an album, BET Sunday Best runner up Alexis Spight sent the audience into a frenzy on “Did It All For Me”. After the recording Alexis explained that she was “nervous”, however her dynamic ministry said otherwise.  “The Worship Chant” featuring Tasha Cobbs will prove to be a fan favorite as it took the house into an intense session of worship. When speaking to James afterwards he explained this album would be “hard to edit” because of the many visitations of the holy spirit that happened on that night. Zacardi Cortez’s, “Let Your Power Fall” and Isaac Carree’s “Empty Me” well rounded the project adding even more pure worship.

James showcased the power house vocal talents of his group “FIYA”.  18 year old Carvena Jones wowed the audience with her tone and stage presence alongside DShondra Rideout on, “Just Smile”.  Todd Galberth added his dynamic tenor voice to the song, “Forever”. James wife, Cheryl Fortune co-wrote several of the songs on the project and lead the track “Best Praise” and accompanied Israel Houghton on “Light The Way”. Josiah “JoJo” Martin known for his unique delivering tone added warmth to the song, “Never Forsake Me”. Minon Sarten and Lisa Knowles took the audience to church on “Miracles” which featured the backing of Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling.

Many special guests were on hand for this live recording including Kierra Sheard, Deon Kipping, Canton Jones, Damita Haddon, Ted Winn, and more.  A very special moment in the evening came when Sybrina Fulton, mother of Travyon Martin was honored. FIYA member  Carvena Jones sat at the keyboard and sang a song she wrote entitled ” I am TrayVon Martin”. The song brought tears to the eyes of many and left Ms. Fulton speechless as she received her award. While on stage Ms. Fulton thanked the congregation for their support and prayers to her family during this difficult time. Ms. Fulton went on to explain that she is encouraged and hopeful for the future.

The lead single of the album will be a personal song written by James entitled “Live Through It”. During his intro of the song James talked about how the song was birth through a season of adversity.  James explains that the amount of pain scrutiny that he experienced with his family was so unbearable at times he didn’t want to get of the bed. A firm believer of living what he sings, James chose to face the adversity head on and lived through the situation. At this point in the recording many were seen wiping tears away as the song hit close to home for many. “Live Through It” will began impacting radio soon.

I had the opportunity to speak with James after the recording and he simply stated, “I am so grateful to GOD. I wanted this CD to be one that had songs that praise teams and choirs could sing and that’s exactly what happened that night. The entire sold out crowd sang many of the choruses along with us at the recording. GOD knew exactly what he was doing and he told me to do this one live”. 

James Fortune and Fiya “Live” is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2014. James hosts ‘The James Fortune Show” weeknights on your local Inspiration Station.

 

 

Dorothy Norwood Recording Live In DC

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Evangelist Dorothy Norwood RecordingNorwood is planning to have “some pure church with a little flair” as she heads to the nation’s capital to record her 52nd album on September 25th at Reid Temple AME Church. Joining her for the session will be Dorinda Clark Cole, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music.