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Melvin Crispell Passes

Friday, May 30th, 2014

MelvinCrispellLegendary Songwriter and Charlotte-area resident Melvin Crispell has passed away unexpectedly. It is believed that Crispell passed from complications connected to his diabetes, during a minor surgery.

Melvin Crispell was most widely known for his ground-breaking and prolific skill on a church organ.   Gospel artists worldwide have taken to social media to express this enormous loss. Yolanda Adams remarked via twitter “Melvin Crispell is a legend whose music influenced choirs & musicians. His legacy will live on through the music God birthed through him.” And that music is ringing out today in celebration of the life and musical legacy. Songs like “Jesus Is My Help” recorded by Hezekiah Walker, and “Wonderful Is Your Name” recorded by Walker as well as Juanita Bynum. There are countless songs recorded by James Hall Worship & Praise, among them “Caught Up” and “He Took My Place”, from Crispell’s early days and life in New York.

BET Blogger Torrence Glenn paid tribute to the mastery and majesty of Crispell’s works here: RIP: Professor Melvin Crispell

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Tye Tribbett Nominated For BET Award

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Tye Tribbett 514What a banner year it has been for Tye Tribbett! The Motown Gospel artist took home a Grammy Award  for Gospel Song of the Year and for Best Gospel Album.  This was followed by high profile performances of his Billboard smash single “He Turned It” on UNCF’s ‘An Evening of Stars and Celebration of Gospel and an appearance on 106 & Park. Adding to this streak is Tribbett’s first nomination for Best Gospel Artist for the 2014 BET Awards.

Tribbett hosts his first mentorship clinic for aspiring singers and songwriters this weekend.

Thomas Dorsey Project Honors Father of Gospel Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Thomas A. Dorsey III is leading efforts to preserve the history and legacy of his grandfather through the organization of the Thomas A Dorsey Project.  Widely regarded as the FaThomas Dorsey Projectther of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey a noted blues musician who found God in the midst of personal tragedy combined elements of the blues with spiritual lyrics and personal life experiences to form Gospel music.  Dorsey composed over three hundred songs, including Precious Lord, Take My Hand, a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr which was sung at his funeral by Mahalia Jackson and recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, Al Green and others.  Dorsey was featured in the documentary Say Amen Somebody with Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sallie Martin, The Oneal Twins & The Barrett Sisters.

The Thomas Dorsey Project aims to increase awareness of Thomas A. Dorsey’s contributions to the rich tapestry of American culture and expose new generations of singers, songwriters, musicians and music lovers over the world to his works.

Sunday Best Season 7 Auditions Announced

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Palm Card The opportunity to share your gift of song with the world is coming! Auditions for Season 7 of the top rated BET show Sunday Best were announced. Auditions for the month of March will cover the cities of Houston, Atlanta, Memphis and Washington, DC.

 

Zacardi Cortez Wows Audiences During Stellar Weekend

Monday, January 20th, 2014

What a weekend it was for Zacardi Cortez. The soulful singer paid tribute to gospel legend Daryl Coley covering the Coley classic Jesus Saves at the annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon and then performed his latest hit “1 on 1” on the 29th annual Stellar Awards on Saturday eve20140120-222330.jpgning. Cortez garnered praise from fans and fellow comrades in the Gospel community.

“Zacardi is the best singer in America today,” says Worldwide Music, Inc. CEO Kerry Douglas. “I have no doubt that he will be one of the biggest artists the gospel world has ever seen.” “1 on 1” is now #1 on this week’s Mediabase Gospel chart and remains at #2 for the sixth week on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. Cortez’ forthcoming CD “Reloaded” will be released in March.

 

The Word Network Adds New Shows With Paula White & Dorinda Clark Cole

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Dorinda“Monday Night Live,” with noted pastor and teacher Paula White and “Gospel According to Dorinda” with Grammy Award winning singer and evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole are new shows being added to the programming lineup of the Word Network.

2013 has been a year of expansion for the Light Records recording artist and member of the legendary Clark Sisters. Cole’s Singers and Musicians Conference grew to include regional conferences in additional cities across the US.   In related news, Cole’s syndicated radio program Serving Up Soul will be re-branded as the Dorinda Clark Cole Show beginning in January, 2014. Clark is currently in the studio working on music for her upcoming solo project.

RCA Inspiration Announces Signing of Tashawna Johnson

Friday, August 9th, 2013

SJOHNSONIMAGERCA Inpiration GM Geo Bivins announced the signing of Tashawna “She nice” Johnson to their roster.

“I am intentional about my music having a message that points to the goodness of God, and to His grace,” says Johnson – who will record by the name She’nice. “I’m beyond excited to be a part of the RCA Inspiration family.”

“Vocally, She’nice is amazing. She is a young girl with an old soul, so she brings a uniquely youthful dynamic to the genre,” says RCA Inspiration Head of A&R Stanley Brown. “I was first intrigued by She’nice when I saw her on TBN. She talked about having a love for hymns. I thought it was fascinating that a young woman had such a deep appreciation for Gospel music tradition. Putting her touch on that foundation will make She’nice stand out in the genre.”

Ashmont Hill Drops New CD on August 20th

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Love Lifted MeFinally, Ashmont Hill has set a date for the release of their new CD, The Maze and went to Youtube to share their news and catch us up on all the things we wanted to know about the group and more. Check out the clip below:

Passing of Reverend Gerald Thompson

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

GOSPELflava has been notified of the passing of Reverend Gerald Thompson, noted preacher, pastor, singer, songwriter and producer. Amongst ReverenGerald Thompsond Thompson’s production credits are co producer of On Time God and Live at Salem for the songbird of the south, Dottie Peoples. Thompson recorded several albums for the AIR Gospel label producing such hits as Hallelujah, I Found Him and Jesus Is My Rock.

Arrangements are as follows:
Musical Tribute
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:30 PM
Covenant of Zion Cathedral
3023 W. 12th St.
Little Rock, AR 

Visitation for Family & Friends

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
12 – 6 PM
Robinson Mortuary Chapel
1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Little Rock, AR
Homegoing Celebration
Thursday, May 30, 2013
11 AM
Greater Second Baptist Church
5615 Geyer Springs Rd.
Little Rock, AR

Former Commisioned Member Chris Poole Passes

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Commissioned Chris PooleGOSPELflava received news of the passing of Apostle Christopher L Poole Sr, (pictured second from left) on Monday, May 6th. Chris Poole and Marcus Cole joined founding members Karl Reid and Mitchell Jones for Commissioned’s 1999 Times and Seasons CD. Poole was an active part of Detroit’s Gospel scene, having worked alongside such gospel luminaries as Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, The Clark Sisters, The Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Shirley Murdock.

Funeral Services are scheduled for May 15th and 16th in Detroit.