Dottie Peoples is taking us “Back to the Old Church” as the second single from her latest CD I Got This makes the rounds at radio. “I chose Back To The Old Church as my second single because so many people around the country have told me they don’t hear enough of the old style traditional Gospel music that so many of us love. I wrote and recorded this song with the old country church service in mind where everybody is having a good time praising God. It’s a song that my generation can really relate to but I also believe the young folks can experience something that maybe they were never exposed to. I always love to go back to my roots as I go forward in my life.”
The three-time Grammy®-Award nominee and winner of numerous Stellar, Dove, Soul Train, NAACP, and GMWA awards celebrates 30 years of music ministry and uplifts and encourages people everywhere she goes through inspirational messages contained in her music. Look for Dottie on tour this spring.
Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune gets on the road with his group FIYA as they embark on a multi-city promo tour in support of the highly-anticipated live album Live Through It.
James Fortune & FIYA celebrates the CD release hosting a concert on February 25th at Atlanta’s Greater Travelers Rest Church with live appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Alexis Spight and more. The album release concert will be live streaming on Yes Lord Radio. Other stops include Houston at Lakewood Church (February 26), Chicago at New Life Covenant Church (February 27), Charlotte for a free concert with Yolanda Adams (February 28), Washington DC for an exclusive Listening Party with Praise 104.1 DC’s Inspiration Station (March 1), and more, appearances on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” as well as upcoming performances at the Allstate Gospel SuperFest in Chicago (March 22) and Praise 103.9’s Inspiration & Music Conference Finale Concert in Philadelphia (March 29).
Howard Hewett, Ann Nesby, Shawn McLemore, Tommye Young West, Renee Spearman and Paul Jackson Jr.join Dr. Bobby Jones and his group NSC for Rejoice with Me, his latest offering from Echopark/JDI Records dropping on March 25th. The title cut featuring Faith Evans has been in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart for three months.
Dr. Jones has been a mainstay on Sunday mornings with his Bobby Jones Gospel Show, the longest running program in cable television history on BET and has released a dozen or so albums over the years. His backing ensemble, NSC (formerly the Nashville Super Choir) joins him weekly on Sunday as well as on the new disc.
Beverly Crawford takes great pleasure in “churchin” her audience as evidenced in her glory days with Bobby Jones’ New Life Singers (He’ll Step Right In) and her house rocking rendition of It’s About Time for a Miracle from her Live from Los Angeles CD. She recently whet our appetite with her remake of the Caravans’ Sweeping Through the City at the Stellar Awards pre show. Now JDI has shown us the artwork and informed us a single is imminent. As for our response, we simply can’t wait. We’ve got our tambourines and shouting shoes ready.
Tony Wilkins is considered by most as an architect of the choir sound from the late 80s well into the 90s. As a composer and musician, Wilkins gave life and breath to LA Mass Choir working with the likes of Donald Taylor and Laythan Armour to create hits as Love Lifted Me, That’s When You Blessed Me and Grace. Grace would find new life some ten years later being covered by Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir and winning two Stellar awards.
Today, the California native finds himself leading the saints in praise at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Full Gospel Baptist Church in Compton, CA. With a career that spans 30 years, Wilkins shows no signs of slowing down and has just released his debut solo project He’s Great, which is available digitally.
Mark your calendars for June 22nd- 27th, as the Edwin Hawkins and Walter Hawkins Music & Arts Love Fellowship Conference makes it triumphant return to Oakland, California. This year’s conference boasts of a number of hands on classes and workshops taught by industry leaders and veterans as well as nightly concerts and showcases.
Minister Keith Pringle was inspired to form and organize a community choir in the Los Angeles area while sitting in a nightly musical at the Gospel Music Workshop of America . The choir would bear the name, the Pentecostal Community Choir and would record their first album at Reverend James Cleveland’s Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church. That first album would yield such hits as True Victory, Trees and the ever popular Call Him Up (If You Confess the Lord). With 7 recordings, multiple award nominations, numerous concerts and appearances across the United States, the Pentecostal Community Choir now prepares to celebrate their 35th Year with a reunion concert scheduled for May 24, 2014 at the West Angeles Church of God In Christ.
If you are not familiar with the name Duawne Starling, you then are most certainly familiar with his voice. Duawne Starling has sang background for a plethora of gospel artists including CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin (remember Great is Your Mercy?) , Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Fred Hammond (When Jesus Sings), Sandi Patty and the list goes on. Duawne released his solo project back in 2004 and is making plans for the release of his follow up project, Deeper Faith in the Spring. His single, If This is Faith is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
GOSPELflava caught up with Duawne and talked about Background Singers, read our archive interview here: Duawne Starling Interview
Pastor Ronald Williams has fed the flock of the 3,000 member Mt. Zion Fellowship (known as the Tabernacle) for some 30 years now serving as founder, senior pastor and CEO. An accomplished composer, arranger and concert pianist, Dr. Williams takes great joy in recording with the church’s musical aggregation known formally as the Voices of Koinonia. Dr. Williams and the Voices have been providing music for the Sunday Morning Worship experience for a number of years now. Staying true to form, the choir presents Straight Out of Zion Volume 2 and continue giving high praise to God through song. The lead single, I Love The Name is making its way to radio. The CD is available digitally via amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.
Well, the wait is almost over as Motown Gospel recording artist SHERI JONES-MOFFETT puts finishing touches on her long awaited new album POWER & AUTHORITY: LIVE In Memphis. While being her sophomore release, Power & Authority carries the distinction of being Jones – Moffett’s first full length live solo album. “After Renewed, I want every project that I do to tell a story about the space that I’m living in,” Sheri explains. “My mentor, Donald Lawrence, told me, ‘Let every moment stand alone. Don’t try to make the next moment look like this one.’” The CD will be in stores on April 1st.