Lisa McClendon: New CD… and a Devotional for Teen Girls.

Written by: Stan North

January 21st, 2015

lisamcclendon5amcdFresh from the December 2014 release of her devotional book geared towards teen girls (The Proverbial Girl: The 31-Day Devotional of Wisdom, Values, and Being Fabulous), neo-soul songstress Lisa McClendon has now also released her next audio project. Titled 5AM, the 12-track project features popular cuts “Fly” and “Turning the Corner”, and released on January 21, 2015 at popular online retailers.

Recap: 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

Written by: Martin Williams

January 19th, 2015

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Atlanta, GA was on fire as Gospel music’s biggest and brightest stars, producers, and industry personalities invaded the city for The 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards.  BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton described the event as a “homecoming”. Sixteen years ago the first BMI Trailblazers Event was held in Atlanta with just a keyboard, drum set, and a hundred people. Since its humble beginnings the event has gone on to be considered the Gospel equivalent of the annual Clive Davis Grammy Party. In past years the event was apart of Stellar Award Weekend, but when it was decided that The Stellar Awards would be held in Las Vegas, BMI decided to return “home” to its Atlanta beginnings.

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BMI Awards Most Performed Songs

Written by: Melanie Pratt

January 19th, 2015

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This weekend’s BMI Trailblazer Awards were also the scene to honor Gospel’s Most-Performed Song of the Year: “The Gift,” written and performed by Donald Lawrence. The song, featured on Lawrence’s album Best For Last, topped the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and achieved  wide-spread success. BMI also recognized five additional opuses as Top-Performed Gospel Songs of the Year (2014): “1 On 1,” written by Lucius B. Hoskins and performed by Zacardi Cortez; “Clean This House,” co-written by Philip Cornish and Isaac Carree, who is the performer; “God Will Make a Way,” written by Ay’Ron Lewis and performed by Shirley Caesar; “Here in Our Praise,” co-written by Michael Bethany and Fred Hammond, who is the performer; and “It’s Working,” co-written by Aaron Lindsey and William Murphy, who is the performer.

BMI HONORS ISRAEL HOUGHTON, LASHUN PACE AND THE ANOINTED PACE SISTERS

Written by: Melanie Pratt

January 19th, 2015

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This past weekend, BMI brought legends and contemporary stars together to celebrate the careers of gospel giants Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards in Atlanta.

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Top 25 Gospel Albums

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 14th, 2015

Fred Hammond’s I Will Trust holds on to the top spot as Brian Courtney Wilson makes his debut at number 2 on the the Soundscan Top 25 Gospel Albums Chart for this week.  Fred Hammond I Will Trust

  1.  Fred Hammond                          I Will Trust
  2. Brian Courtney Wilson             Worth Fighting For
  3. Tasha Cobbs                                  Grace
  4. Various Artists                            WOW Gospel 2014
  5. J Moss                                              Grown Folks Gospel
  6. Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston  I See Victory
  7. VaShawn Mitchell                       Unstoppable
  8. Smokie Norful                               Forever Yours
  9. Erica Campbell                             Help
  10. Michelle Williams                       Journey To Freedom
  11. The Walls Group                          Fast Forward
  12. 3 Winans Brothers                      Foreign Land
  13. Icon Gospel                                   Icon Gospel
  14. Jessica Reedy                               Transparent
  15. The Rance Allen Group            Celebrate
  16. Wess Morgan                                Livin
  17. Lynda Randle                              Ageless Hymns
  18. Ricky Dillard & New G              Amazing
  19. Jimmy Greene                             Beautiful Life
  20. Tasha Page-Lockhart                Here Right Now
  21. William McDowell                      Withholding Nothing
  22. Various Artists                            Motown Christmas
  23. James Fortune & FIYA            Live Through It
  24. Donnie McClurkin                      Duets
  25. Deitrick Haddon                         Best of Deitrick Haddon

 

Israel Houghton Celebrates God’s Goodness

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 14th, 2015

2015 marks a milestone in the music ministry of award winning worship leader and singer/songwriter Israel Houghton; 15 years of ministry with New Breed and the March release of CoHougton 2015vered, Live in Asia, his 10th album with the group.  Making impact is the current single, How Awesome Is Our God, which is now available on all digital outlets on January 13th and features the inimitable Yolanda Adams.  Houghton shared his joys of the pairing, “Having Yolanda Adams singing with us on this song marks a personal ‘bucket list’ moment for me!”

Houghton will be celebrated at the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Ceremony in Atlanta on January 17th as well as taking part in the 16th Annual Superbowl Gospel Celebration concert series in Phoenix, AZ.  There are plans for a theatrical release of the “Alive in Asia” concert film to theaters in select cities.

 

Anthony Hamilton, PJ Morton & Dave Hollister Join DeWayne Woods For Life Lessons

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 14th, 2015

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DeWayne Woods provides “Soul Therapy” with Life Lessons, his new album after a four year hiatus.  Best known for Let Go, Let God and Living on the Top, Woods feels confident the music on the new disc will position him in a different perspective yet remain true to his sound.  “I can honestly say this is the kind of creative project I’ve always wanted to record where there is enough on it to cater to everyone, but not lose my core,” Woods says of his third faith-inspired album. “It’s always great to think about building your audience as you grow in your career, and I definitely feel this is the record to do so.”

Woods is joined by Anthony Hamilton and Dave Hollister on the current radio single Friend of Mine, and the project will also feature music from Avery* Sunshine, P.J. Morton and Larry Waddell & Stokley Williams of the legendary band Mint Condition. Life Lessons hits the streets on February 3rd.

Stellar Award Nominees Announced

Written by: Melanie Pratt

January 13th, 2015

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Central City Productions today announced that stand-up comedian turned television personality, David Mann, multiple Stellar Award winner, Tamela Mann, and syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley, will collaborate to co-host the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The annual salute to Gospel music, The Stellar Awards will be held at its new location, the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Awards and Pre-show will both be held in the Orleans Showroom. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from April 12 through May 3, 2015 and on the TV One network on Easter Sunday, April 5.

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Casey J Set For Live Recording

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 13th, 2015

Casey J heaBobby Jones Gospel -Day 1, Show 1ds to the Fresh Start Church in Duluth Georgia to record her first CD for Tyscot Records on January 30th.  The singer is enjoying the success of her single, Fill Me Up which hit #3 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart as well as a recent appearance on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel show. Joining in during this night of worship will be RCA Inspiration recording artist, Jason Nelson.

Rod Lumpkin II Makes Dream Debut With Glimpse

Written by: Gregory Gay

January 13th, 2015

GlimpseWorship Leader Rod Lumpkin makes a joyful noise and celebrates Jesus with the release of Glimpse, his debut CD for the Dream Gospel Label.  Lumpkin serves as Pastor of Praise and Worship for the Atlanta based Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton as well as Overseer of Operations for the Worship Ministry of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.  His Unrestrained Worship Conference, now in its 8th year draws together worshipers from across the globe for a time of refreshing and renewal.  Glimpse hits digital outlets on January 13th