New Haven Records President Ken Harding announced the re-signing of the legendary Chicago Mass Choir as plans are being finalized for the release of the choir’s 16th recording celebrating 25 years of chart topping hits.
CMC President and CEO Dr. Feranda Williamson shared these sentiments, “God’s faithfulness has been poured out on Chicago Mass Choir for the past 25 years. His blessings and favor culminate in this new CD, which we pray will bless and encourage people around the world!”
Longtime producer Percy Gray was in agreement: “This project is filled with traditional worship and praise songs for the choir. Get it for your Sunday church service—it’ll really bless you!”
War, the infectious fight song that serves as the lead single for Any Given Sunday, Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s latest project has made its way to Number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart.
“Nothing brings us more joy than hearing people sing #WAR as their personal fight song. There is so much going on in the world and real people are fighting real battles everywhere. The stories and testimonies we hear everyday say it all and in the words of the great Andrae Crouch: To God Be The Glory.”
Gospel icon John P Kee joins the ranks of Smokie Norful, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett and VaShawn Mitchell in becoming a part of the Motown Gospel family. Kee is preparing for the release of Level Next, his 25th album scheduled for release on September 25th, 2015.
“John P. Kee is a man on a mission. He could rest on his legendary musical accomplishments of the last 35 years, but instead he continues to write and produce compelling music with the passion of a brand new artist,” said Ken Pennell, President, Gospel Music, Capitol Christian Music Group. “At Motown Gospel, we are honored to partner with him as he takes his ministry and music to the next level.”
One of Ohio’s biggest secrets is out! Jennifer Mekel, a native of Akron, is blazing up the gospel charts with her single Great God. Being played on stations across the country, even the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, the powerful song is currently in the Gospel Top 40. The single beautifully showcases Mekel’s silvery vocals paired with the world-renowned Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble. “We had this phenomenal song in Great God and we needed a choir. Someone suggested the Harlem Alumni Choir and I thought it was a wonderful idea,” Mekel stated. “I was honored to have been able to collaborate with them and while it was a collaborative effort, the result is pure worship.” The single is a prelude to her forthcoming album on the POWAMM (Power Of Word And Music Ministry) record label. On her full project, Mekel will be joined by famed multi-Dove and Stellar Award nominated Earnest Pugh, Swoope, Khyrie Tyler, and H. Doobie Powell. Still the prolific singer/songwriter is taking all of this industry “buzzing” in stride saying, “I am thrilled to be using my gifts to glorify God in these times.”
GOSPELflava joins 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.
As a result of the untimely passing of singer/songwriter and worship leader Minister DeVaughn Murphy, PAJAM/PMG Gospel announced today plans to release “We 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.
Of course, we knew it was bound to happen, and now we know when. August 17th will more than likely go down as a historic moment when proud pastor Bishop J Drew Sheard presents the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Mass Choir in a live recording. If you remember, Greater Emmanuel’s 1994 CD The Sun Will Shine Again peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums charts and produced the radio hit Get the Glory. Of equal importance is the fact that Greater Emmanuel is the spiritual home of Detroit’s leading ladies, The Clark Sisters (Karen Clark Sheard serves as first lady), BET Sunday Best Judge Kierra Sheard and J Drew Sheard III.
As anticipated, the Clark Sisters and Kierra will make guest appearances on the CD and GEI minister of music and decorated producer Derrick Starks will share production duties with J Drew Sheard III. Starks, who is a former music director for the Trumpet Awards and contributed to the Stellar Award nominated Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir project is the composer of several chart topping compositions including So Many Times, He Brought Me and Take It Back (all recorded by Dorinda Clark Cole) which was celebrated by BMI as 2010’s Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year.
GOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of singer, songwriter and worship leader Minister DeVaughn Murphy, brother 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.
GOSPELflava joins others across the globe sending congratulatory greetings to Pastor Marvin Sapp on his elevation to the office of Bishop. The consecration ceremony was held during the gathering of the Global United Fellowship gathering in Jacksonville, Florida on July 10th.
Bishop Sapp is currently enjoying the success of Yes You Can, the hit single which hit #1 on the Mediabase chart. Yes You Can comes from his fourth #1 album You Shall Live released by RCA Inspiration on June 2nd.