Oxygen Taps Deitrick Haddon & Michelle Williams For Fix My Choir

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 8th, 2014

DeitrickOxygen Media announced the addition of Fix My Choir, a new reality series hosted by Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams to its lineup.  Each week, Fix My Choir will take Haddon and Williams into various cities across the country to work with school and community gospel choirs providing leadership training, music coaching and confidence building.  Michelle

Haddon will return for season 2 of Oxygen’s Preachers of LA this Summer.  Casting has also begun for new Preachers series in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit.

Funeral Arrangements for Delores Carr

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 7th, 2014

Funeral arrangKurt Carr ISHDIements have been announced for Delores Carr, mother of Kurt Carr.  They are as follows:

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Visitation 11am to 12noon
Homegoing Celebration Noon to 1pm

Hopewell Baptist Church
280 Windsor Ave, Windsor, CT

GOSPELflava joins those around the country praying for the family during their time of bereavement.

 

Dr Bobby Jones’ Rejoice With Me Bows At #5

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 3rd, 2014

DBJ Rejoice With MeGospel’s favorite television host, Dr. Bobby Jones is celebrating today as Rejoice With Me (EchoPark/JDI), his first CD in 7 years makes it debut at #5 on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart, the highest debut in his 35 + years career.  “I’m thrilled that the public has responded in such a big way,” says Jones. “I pray that the music continues to inspire people.”

New Music From D’Morea Johnson

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 3rd, 2014

New York native D’Morea Johnson is ready to make a joyful noise unto the Lord as he gears up for the digital release of a multi EP on Tuesday April 8th.  PRPhoto Joy to Have Your Love, Its in There and Safe With You are a sample of the music from his self titled debut CD, set for a summer 2014 release.  “I’ve been working on this record diligently, and I’m confident there’s plenty to draw from.”

Erica Campbell’s Help Tops the Charts

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 2nd, 2014

Erica-Campbell_Help_CDGOSPELflava extends its congratulations to Erica Campbell as Help makes its debut at the top of the charts.  The highly anticipated solo project from Campbell is #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart and the Billboard Gospel and Christian (combined) Chart.  Help is number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number 6 on the independent albums chart.

“We are extremely proud of the effort that Erica has put forth thus far and we are looking forward to bigger and greater things for her in the very near future. This type of amazing artist only comes along once in a blue moon,” said Warryn Campbell CEO MyBlockInc.    “eOne Music celebrates Erica Campbell on the #1 debut of her new album, HELP,” said Phil Thornton eOne Music VP Marketing & New Business Development. “Working together with Erica and My Block on the successful launch of her first solo record, HELP kicks off just the beginning in Erica’s journey as a solo artist. Erica’s breakthrough artistry continues to resonate with fans, and we are excited to continue developing Erica’s ongoing success as one of music’s most preeminent artists.”

LeAndria Johnson Signs With RCA Inspiration

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 2nd, 2014

Sunday Best Season 3 Winner LeAndria Johnson is now a part of the RCA Inspiration family. “I’ve been a fan of Le’Andria’s ever since her first performance on Sunday Best,” said Geo Bivins, General Manager of RCA Inspiration. “Vocally, her gift is amazing. We are all very excited to have her here at RCA Inspiration.”   LeAndria Johnson“Le’Andria has a very unique gifting for bridging generations of gospel music lovers,” said Joseph Burney, A&R Vice President of RCA Inspiration. “She brings incredible vocals and a passion for people to every stage. I look forward to supporting her essential ministry.”

PJ Morgan Gets Nod From Hammond USA

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 1st, 2014

PJ Morgan, one ofPJ Morgan the most respected and in-demand Hammond B3 superstars in gospel music celebrated his birthday on March 31st with news of a product endorsement from Hammond USA.  Morgan will assist the company in introducing their products to musicians and churches across the country.  “This is an honor for me,” says Morgan. “I just love making music and to now be affiliated with Hammond USA is beyond my wildest dreams.”

In addition to his work as producer for Maurette Brown Clark and recording sessions with Tramaine Hawkins and Pastor Shirley Caesar, he’s well known for his twenty year stint as a musician with Black Entertainment Television (BET) where he’s also played in The Ray Chew Orchestra during the cable network’s annual “BET Honors” broadcast since its inception in 2008.   Morgan also serves as director of music at  Reid Temple A.M.E. church in Glenn Dale, MD. Plans are in motion for the release of a Gospel Jazz CD to be completed before the end of 2014.

 

Dream Records Expands Roster With New Signings

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 1st, 2014

Dream Records threw its hat in the GOSPEL arena with the announcement of its Dream Gospel label and the signings of Jason Wright and the Master’s Touch, Ziel and B. Chase Williams.  Dream Records BchaseWilliamswas founded in 2008 by David Hanley, lead singer of the Christian Rock band Press Play.  Dream Label Group is the home to CCM artists Aaron Bagwell and Cindy Cruse Ratcliff.

Jason Wright and The Master’s Touch will be going into the studio this summer to record their debut album on DREAM Gospel to be released July 8th. B. Chase Williams’ single is headed to radio now with a full CD release scheduled for the summer.

Thomas Dorsey Project Honors Father of Gospel Music

Written by: Gregory Gay

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.

Marcus Cole Releases New Music

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 25th, 2014

Its high tide over at Riverphlo Music Group as Letting Go, the brand new single from Commissioned alum Marcus Cole is now available.  Letting Go is the first single from the Soul Preacha CD which is expected to be released this summerMarcus Cole.  The project is a reunion of sorts as it once again teams Cole with Super Producer Luther Mano Hanes (Andraé Crouch – “The Journey” and “Live In Los Angeles”, Israel & New Breed – “A Timeless Christmas”, Jonathan Butler – “Brand New Day”, Cece Winans – “Live In the Throne Room DVD” and “Thy Kingdom Come”) for the first time since Cole’s 2006 debut project Write My Song.

Riverphlo’s roster includes Cole, the legendary Andrae Crouch, Vonnie Lopez and Leon Timbo as well as former Commissioned member Keith Staten.