Grammy winners Carol Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir announced their live recording scheduled for Friday, September 26th and Sunday, September 28th. The choir has plans to do an “all the way live” recording with no studio tracking. “This is taking us back to the concept of our first album Giving Him Thanks back in 1981, “ says BTC Music and Conference administrator Kevin Lewis. “Carol wanted to go back to what defined our sound in the beginning because Brooklyn Tabernacle is best when it’s completely live and spontaneous.”
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On Saturday, August 23rd, all roads will lead to Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for Anthology, the highly anticipated live recording from Richard Smallwood with Vision. Anthology is Smallwood’s first live recording in in five years and marks 13 years since he’s recorded live in his hometown of Washington, D.C.
The recording caps off a year of celebration for Smallwood. He was feted at the BMI Trailblazer of Gospel Awards during Stellar Award weekend and was celebrated at the BET Celebration of Gospel.
Newly signed Motown Gospel artist Brian Courtney Wilson pulls out all the stops for his first live recording session on July 25th. The event takes place at Pastor Rudy Rasmus’ St. John’s United Methodist Church in the city of Houston. The album entitled, “Worth Fighting For” will be Wilson’s debut release on the Motown Gospel label with production duties handled by the very capable Aaron Lindsey.
Lindsey could hardly contain his joy in preparing for the session. “I’m truly honored to see this recording come together. Brian’s songs are lyrically and musically so relevant to the current hybrid sound of worship and gospel that this recording is going to be amazing!” Wilson echoed the same sentiments, “I am so thankful to be recording new music with this team and to share in the experience with my friends, family and supporters. In some ways it feels like a long time coming…in other ways it feels like it is right on time.”
Richard Smallwood announced details of his upcoming live recording via social media today. Anthology Live will take place on August 23rd at the Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Joining Smallwood and Vision will be former Richard Smallwood singers Dottie Jones (He Won’t Leave You, I Love The Lord, I’ve Come Too Far) and Angela Winbush.
After 10 years, the nationally acclaimed Chicago Mass Choir will return to their hometown of Chicago to record their 16th live project on Saturday, May 3rd. The Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award nominated choir known for such hits as “I Can Go to The Rock”, “He That Believeth”, “Holy Ghost Power”, “You Love Me”, “Jesus Promised” and “Mighty Good God” has carried the gospel across the country and abroad.
Chicago Mass Choir President Dr. Feranda Williamson expressed her excitement about their 16th Live Recording: “God has truly shown favor over Chicago Mass Choir by allowing us to minister both throughout the United States and abroad for over 23 years! We are blessed to continue to be one of the top recording choirs in the nation and truly are humbled that our music continues to be played on gospel radio stations, the internet and other media. On any given Sunday, there is a church choir or group that sings the music recorded by Chicago Mass Choir. God has favored us with phenomenal singers, musicians and our producers (Percy Gray, Jr. & Jeral Gray, Sr.) to continue our mission to deliver excellence in all aspects of our music ministry.”
Many will remember getting ready for church on Saturday nights and waiting for the 9 o clock hour when the telecast of Reverend Clay Evans and the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago would hit the airwaves. The What A Fellowship Hour featured the church’s dynamic 200 voice choir under the direction of Reverend Evans’ sister, Dr. LouDella Evans Reid. When the choir struck up The Lord’s Prayer, you knew you unequivocally THIS WAS CHURCH.
Prepare to relive those memories as the Fellowship Reunion Choir (now known as the Lou Della Evans Reid Traditional Gospel Choir) prepares for their live recording on Sunday, April 27th. “The truth is, we have never stopped singing together”, says octegenarian Dr. Reed. There was such a great outpour and overflow from the 50 years in music ministry and 75th birthday celebration (that resulted in a CD and DVD), then we were together as we celebrated Reverend’s 85th and my 80th birthday that we decided to keep on running as the Lord gives us the strength to do so. Producer Bryant Jones added, “By no means is God finished with Mama Lou and the choir. We’re gonna go back and hit some of the old and add a little bit of the new as well.”
You can read our review of the CD/DVD here, and enjoy the traditional GOSPEL experience here
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.
The 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.
Celebrating 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.
It 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.
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.