The Chicago Mass Choir stands on a proud legacy of music from the authentic Chicago experience and continues a proud heritage with the release of We Give You Praise, its 16th album on New Haven Records. We Give You Praise sets the praises in motion, taking its cues from the infectious radio single, Thank You, Thank You Jesus.
Dr. Feranda Williamson, CMC President shares these sentiments: “Through the years, Chicago Mass Choir has brought unapologetically traditional gospel music to the Church. If it’s relevant and transforming, people will embrace it. Based on the amazing reaction to “Thank You Thank You Jesus,” We Give You Praisewill be a landmark album in an already legendary career.”
Ken Harding, President of New Haven Records adds these words: “We really appreciate the overwhelming support that “Thank You Thank You Jesus” is receiving from Gospel radio everywhere. The Chicago Mass Choir loves Gospel radio and Gospel radio loves the Chicago Mass Choir!”
The Williams Singers, the Indy based quartet sensation joins the ranks of The Williams Brothers as they announce their being signed to Blackberry Records. Doug
Williams, President & CEO of the label said, “Adding this awesome group of brothers to the Blackberry roster is a big feather in our cap. They’ve proven to be on the cutting edge
when it comes to their musical style and vocal abilities. They are true anointed men of God!”
Look for a a new single in May and the new album in the late Summer.
Entertainment One Music celebrates as the new singles from Todd Dulaney, J.J. Hairston and Deitrick Haddon ride the top of the radio charts. Todd Dulaney takes the #1 spot on Gospel radio chart with “The Anthem,” the single from his new CD A Worshipper’s Heart while “You’re Mighty” from J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise takes its place at #3, and “Be Like Jesus” from Deitrick Haddon hits #4. On the R & B side, Lalah Hathaway’s “Angel” remains #1 at UAC radio for the ninth consecutive week, from her acclaimed album Lalah Hathaway Live, with the hit single marking Hathaway’s longest run at #1.
Phil Thornton, Vice President and General Manager of Gospel Music at eOne Music, says: “Congratulations to Todd Dulaney, J.J. Hairston, Deitrick Haddon, and Lalah Hathaway! We are proud of the continued success of their music, and the impact and inspiration they continue to deliver to fans around the world.”
Donald Lawrence returns in the post of music director as McDonalds gears up to celebrate the tenth season of its Inspiration Celebration tour. The multi city event will cover 13 markets including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Houston, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Philadelphia, Raleigh, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Fans can expect to hear the glorious sounds of the incomparable Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Jonathan McReynolds, Doug Williams, Canton Jones and Pastor Charles Jenkins. Lonnie Hunter returns as host this year, complimented by the comedy antics of Christian Comedienne Small Fire.
“This tour has been a staple in the African American community for ten years. It is an honor to be part of this year’s lineup,” said Bishop Marvin Sapp. “Gospel music inspires, uplifts AND empowers like no other music can. I am proud to join my peers and friends in supporting the work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities while bringing joy, hope and encouragement to Gospel music fans around the country.”
Entertainment One Music celebrates its own Erica Campbell and Jonathan McReynolds for their Billboard Music Award nominations. Erica Campbell was nominated in the Top Gospel Song category for “I Luh God” (feat. Big Shizz) from her album Help 2.0, while Jonathan McReynolds’ nomination is in the Top Gospel Album category, for his sophomore album, Life Music: Stage Two.
Phil Thornton, Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational at eOne Music, says: “Congratulations to Erica Campbell and Jonathan McReynolds on their Billboard Music Awards nominations! We celebrate the ongoing break-out success of their solo projects and inspiring impact that continues to reach such a wide range of fans.”
Its been a good year for Tyscot Records and the blessings just continue to flow. The oldest existing African American Gospel Music label began the year with a record 10 Stellar Award wins for Anthony Brown and group therAPy. The radio hit Worth from their Everyday Jesus project spent 21 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital sales chart. The album also received three Billboard Music Award nominations.
Newcomer Casey J continues her reign holding down the top spot on the Billboard radio charts with her current radio single I’m Yours, and internet sensation Bri (Briana) Babineaux made her Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart debut at number 1 and held on to the top spot for another week with the release of Keys To My Heart.
In honor of their 4 decades in the business, Tyscot will release “Feel Good! 40 Years of Life Changing Music,” a fifteen-track compilation featuring some of the label’s top acts past and present, in celebration of the historic recording firm’s 40th anniversary on April 29th.
Bryan Courtney Wilson earned his first Billboard Music Award nomination for the hit single Worth Fighting For. The song from his Billboard chart topping Gospel CD also earned him a Grammy award nomination as well as a Dove Award win. Wilson has had prominent performance opportunities on Bobby Jones Gospel, BET Celebration of Gospel, the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards and the Stellar Awards.
Wilson will take to the stage during the Essence Music Festival on July 3rd participating in the Essence All-Star Gospel Tribute honoring The Clark Sisters.