Dr. LouDella Evans Reid Continues To Set The Standard

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 9th, 2015

If there is anything Dr. LouDella Evans Reid wants you to remember, its this: as long as there is a church, there will be a place for Sunday morning choir music.  Reid, a founding member and four decades plLERinflightus music minister of Chicago’s historic Fellowship Baptist Church celebrated the pre-release of Count It All Joy, a new collection of songs from her Traditional Gospel Choir during the 90/85 birthday celebration festivities that honored both her and her brother, the Reverend Clay Evans.

He Touched Me, a lively remake of the Thurston Frazier composition serves as the radio single and is garnering praise along with rave reviews from around the country. Dr. LouDella Evans Reid and the Traditional Gospel Choir were a highlight of the National Baptist Convention Christian Education Conference in June and will make an appearance at GMWA during July.

Jonathan McReynolds Gives a Second Helping of Life Music

Written by: Gregory Gay

July 9th, 2015

Mcreynolds Life MusicEver since the electrifying performance of the hit Pressure on this year’s Stellar Awards, fans have been waiting with great anticipation for the new album from Jonathan McReynolds.  We are pleased to report that McReynolds sophomore effort, Life Music: Stage Two will hit stores and digital outlets on September 18th.

McReynolds states, “I wrote my first album as a college student. This second album, as a college teacher. My life has changed – different pressures, more revelation, more musical ideas. The one thing that hasn’t: my approach to songwriting. Still aiming to be transparent and genuine. Message first.”

With notable performances at the Stellars, BET Celebration of Gospel, the Essence Music Festival and the BET Music Matters showcase, McReynolds continues to tour in support of the upcoming CD release with stops in Washington DC, Tampa, Baltimore, Mobile AL, Boston, New York and overseas.

Israel and New Breed Release Covered July 24th

Written by: John Burton Jr.

July 9th, 2015

“Gospel is good news- Good News is global. Global Gospel, Kingdom Music is our passion.” – Israel HoughtonCD100_out

Under those sentiments, internationally renown worship leader Israel Houghton and his group New Breed embarked upon a courageous effort to “go ye into all the world” taking the Gospel to the east hosting worship experiences at concerts in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Korea, Tokyo and Manila, with the end result being his new CD, Covered: Alive in Asia hitting stores on July 24th.

The project celebrates 15 years of Israel and New Breed and their tenth album together.  With production from Aaron Lindsey, Covered: Live In Asia also features a concert DVD with behind the scenes footage in a special edition CD/DVD package.

 

Pastor Charles Jenkins Rejoices With Radio Show

Written by: John Burton Jr.

July 9th, 2015

CharlesTaraJenkinsGrammy winner and Billboard chart topping singer/songwriter and recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins is moving into radio with the launch of Inspired People Radio, a 2 hour music and infotainment show on Rejoice Musical Soulfood network.  Jenkins, who serves as pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church will make the show of family affair by having his wife, Dr. Tara join him as co-host.  Pastor Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago is riding the airwaves with War,  the single from their Any Given Sunday CD in the top ten on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.

“My wife Dr. Tara and I are so grateful to Mike Chandler for the opportunity to join the Rejoice Musical Soul Food Family with our new radio show,” Jenkins noted. “Inspired People Radio is a combination of everything inspiring, fun, empowering and uplifting. We call it radio’s remix and we add a dose of family, friends and more.” The show will boast interviews with celebrities and intriguing regular folks as well as segments focusing on faith, wisdom, business, health, music and more.”

Dottie Jones & Angela Winbush Join Richard Smallwood For Anthology Live

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 26th, 2015

Richard Smallwood CD CoverRCA Inspiration is in full prep mode for the release of Anthology Live, the highly anticipated 15th CD from Gospel Music maestro Richard Smallwood  The two disc set pairs Smallwood with his celebrated ensemble Vision and features memorable cameos from former Richard Smallwood Singers Dottie Jones (He Won’t Leave You) and R & B song stylist Angela Winbush.

“After nearing the 40 year mark of being in ministry and doing music as a profession, I am elated about this latest work ANTHOLOGY LIVE,” says Smallwood of the release.  Anthology hits stores and digital outlets on June 29th.

 

Donnie McClurkin Honors Andrae Crouch During BET Awards

Written by: John Burton Jr.

June 26th, 2015

Donnie McClurkinRCA Inspiration recording artist Donnie McClurkin will pay tribute to Gospel Music legend Pastor Andrae Crouch during the  2015 BET Awards on Sunday, June 28th.  The show will air live on  BET. Check your local listings for time and channel information in your area.

McClurkin marks 9 years as host of his syndicated Donnie McClurkin radio show as well as getting in gear for the July 19th premiere of the popular BET Sunday Best singing competition.  This season’s All Star Show features popular contestants from previous years.

Martha Munizzi Records New CD

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 26th, 2015

June 26th is the datemarthamunizzi2 set for the live recording of GRAMMY-nominated, Stellar and Dove Award-winning inspirational artist Martha Munizzi at Miami’s Metro Life Church. Israel Houghton will return in the producer’s seat for this project along with guest appearance from Anthony Evans.  The recording becomes a family affair as the Munizzi children join their mom for this praise and worship experience.

Christon Gray Signs With Fo Yo Soul

Written by: John Burton Jr.

June 26th, 2015

ChristonGrayFo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA announced the signing of WLAK group member and writer, singer, rapper, and producer Christon Gray. In 2014, Gray’s  solo album, School Of Roses, debuted in the top 5 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart.

“Christon is one of the most exciting, young voices in urban music today,” says Kirk Franklin.  “We are thrilled to be able to partner with him to cultivate his influence in the flourishing Christian Hip Hop market and to expand his platform into the mainstream.”

Smokie Norful Receives Top Honors at 2015 ASCAP Awards

Written by: John Burton Jr.

June 26th, 2015

Smokie Norful at the keyboardThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers held its 28th annual Rhythm and Soul Awards honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs on the charts.

In the Gospel category, top honors went to Bart Millard for I Can Only Imagine (as recorded by Tamela Mann).  Other award recipients include Smokie Norful (who performed his composition No Greater Love during the evening), William McDowell for Withholding Nothing, Erica Campbell for Help and David Bratton for Every Praise (as recorded by Bishop Hezekiah Walker).  A full list of Gospel award recipients can be found here: 2015 ASCAP Top Gospel Songs

Pastor Shirley Caesar Honored In Hollywood

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 24th, 2015

Lady ShirleyMultiple Grammy winner Pastor Shirley Caesar was recently announced as a 2016 recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  She is the 4th Gospel artist to receive the prestigious honor.   Eone VP/GM Phil Thorton shared these sentiments: “Entertainment One Music congratulates Pastor Shirley Caesar on this monumental achievement as an honoree on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 2016! What a great blessing to be selected for this honor. Pastor Caesar’s incomparable style, personality and lifelong dedication to ministry have continued to impact and influence so many fans around the world, and we are thrilled to celebrate her upcoming 50-year anniversary and deliver new music to come.”