Bishop Hezekiah Walker Honored By GMA

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 13th, 2016

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Earlier this week, Bishop Hezekiah Walker was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Grammy Award-winning gospel artist was honored along with singer/songwriter Russ Taff; founder of Christian Copyright Licensing International, Howeard Rachinski, and other industry luminaries.

The honorees were celebrated with tributes and performances from Lady Antebellum’s Hillary, Richard Smallwood, JJ Hairston, Michael English, Amy Grant and Pastor Donnie McClurkin. You can view the ceremony when it airs on JUCE TV June 5 at 10p .

Charles Jenkins is London Bound

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 11th, 2016

CharlesJenkins1Pastor Charles Jenkins takes the #WAR cry overseas for dates in the United Kingdom.  The Chicago based ensemble will be in concert at London’s The Rock Tower on Friday, May 13th followed by the Sunday morning worship experience at at Kingsway International Christian Centre’s Prayer City  location.

“This will be my first real promotional tour in London,”Jenkins noted.  The pastor of 8,000 member Fellowship Chicago Church will also do interviews and press for various outlets during his visit.

Bryan Popin Returns With Such A Time As This

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 11th, 2016

Bryan Popin ministers words of life with the release of his new single, Such A Time As This, impacting radio across the country. “This song was born through a very confusing time in my life,” Popin stated. “I’ve felt what so many people feel, but don’t always say – one moment you experience favor and a blessing you don’t deserve, then the next you are so beat down you feel like it’s all over. But Bryan Popinthank God, something or someone comes along to remind you that God has placed you exactly where you are supposed to be at this moment, at this exact time! This IS your time; this IS your moment and He’s with you through it all – He’s not giving up on you even when we give up on yourself. I’m learning sometimes it’s just another chapter to the story.”

“Such A Time As This,” is available now on iTunes and all digital outlets. It is the first single to follow the critically acclaimed project, I Can Make It. Popin’s new album is slated to release later this year on his joint venture imprint label, Little Boy Wonder Music | Flaydo Music.

New Mobile App and Tour Dates Announced For Kierra Sheard

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 11th, 2016

Karew Records recording artist Kierra Sheard is banking on girl power to propel her solo tour hitting the road in July.  Sheard took to social media to announce online auditions for her all girl band.  While the band is comprised of girls, Sheard extends an invitation for guys to enjoy the music of the tour.

“I want those thatKierra Kiki Sheard come, to leave feeling refreshed. Transparency, God, love, music, and more is what I’ll have to offer. I’ll have fun on this tour and do things that I’ve never done before. I will not be prohibited or stopped by anyone but God! I won’t worry about what’s said, I’m going for a raw experience! People don’t want fake experiences. They want what’s real. We all want to feel like we aren’t alone while doing this thing called “life,” says Kierra.

In addition, Sheard is excited about the release of her very own mobile app going live on May 12th.

Shirley Caesar Reunites With Sanchez Harley For Mother Emanuel AME Church Tribute

Written by: John Burton Jr.

May 11th, 2016

Award winning producer Sanchez Harley returns to the studio with Pastor Shirley Caesar to produce a moving musical tribute in the form of the composition destined to be a classic and aptly titled Mother Emanuel.  The song, written by Reba and Donnie McGuire and Chip Davis celebrates the enduring spirit of the members of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church who united a nation after tragedy befell the congregation resulShirleyCaesar-FillThisHouse-AlbumCoverFinalting in the loss of nine lives during its weekly bible study last year.

Chip Davis presented the idea of the song to Donnie and Reba McGuire and upon its completion, contacted Sanchez Harley, who insisted that Pastor Caesar should hear it.  Pastor Caesar loved the song immediately and prevailed upon her record company to make it part of her upcoming project.

Mother Emanuel is one of eleven songs comprising Fill This House, the new CD from Pastor Caesar scheduled for release on Friday June 3, 2016

 

Pastor David Wright Gives Us Reasons To Clap Our Hands

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 11th, 2016

DW CYHPastor David Wright perpetuates the Sunday morning church experience with the release of Clap Your Hands, his second installment from the New York Fellowship Mass Choir – Next Generation.  “I am building on the legacy laid by my Dad, Pastor Timothy Wright, when he started the New York Fellowship Mass Choir over 15 years ago.  We want to do all that we can to make sure that the choir sound is kept in tact, as the trend is that people are doing away with choirs and replacing them with praise team and ensembles.  This album shows that the choir is still viable. The title song,  Clap Your Hands is an old call and response song that we used to sing in the church a long time ago that we put a new spin on.”

Clap Your Hands features some of New York’s finest assembled en masse as well as performances from Wright’s own Godfather Records roster.  There are cameo appearances from the incomparable Doobie Powell, Roger Hambrick,  Leon Lacey, Timiney Figueroa Caton, Monique Walker, and Evangelist Rubenstine McClure.

Clap Your Hands is available on all digital outlets.

 

Pastor Dale Sanders Makes A Declaration Of Victory In You Win

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 10th, 2016

Pastor Dale Sanders strikes a resonant chord with people across the country via the release of his latest single, You Win.  The NOLA based mPastor Dale Sandersinistry gift operates in a Levitical anointing while serving as Pastor, Prophet and Teacher of two prominent and thriving congregations.  The message of You Win was deposited in Sanders’ spirit after experiencing the devastation of watching his father, Pastor Leroy Sanders, Sr. endure the humiliation of false accusation, arrest and a two-year court battle resulting in the elder Sanders leaving the two churches he worked for 40 years to build.

In the midst of the chaos, the Lord reminded Dale Sanders of his promise as recorded in Jeremiah 29:11 and his everlasting love.  He clung to the promise that the fight was fixed in his favor and in the end, he would come out a winner.  Setting words to music gave birth to vision and a single was released.  You Win delivers an encouraging expression of love from God himself and has made its way into the top 50 on Billboard’s Gospel Radio chart.

Pastor Dale Sanders lays out the facts of his father’s story of turning tragedy to triumph in the new book, Termites In the Church.  Sanders will travel to various cities across the country in support of the book’s May 28th release.   Sanders will return to the studio to work on music for his upcoming CD scheduled for release in the third quarter.

The Rising Star of Jekalyn Carr

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 5th, 2016

Jekalyn Carr FullWe came to know of the exuberance of fifteen year old Jekalyn Carr when she ignited a fire with the release of her 2013 single, Greater is Coming.  The dynamic singer and evangelist would chart in the top 5 on Billboard and take home a Stellar Award win all by the age of 15.  Some three years later, Carr returned to the recording booth this time for a live recording, Jekalyn’s very first, entitled The Life Project.  GOSPELflava caught up with Jekalyn to talk about her new project, her mentors and what keeps her going.

GOSPELflava: Ok, set the stage for us, its 3 years since the release of Greater is Coming, what’s Jekalyn Carr been up to?

Jekalyn Carr: Well, I did my first national live recording October 22, 2015 and the result of that is my new album The Life Project.  My first single from the CD,  You’re Bigger is at radio and I am touring with singing and preaching dates, so its nothing short of amazing and all for God’s glory.

 

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Jonathan Nelson Talks Fearless To GOSPELflava

Written by: Gregory Gay

May 4th, 2016

Jonathan Nelson-FEARLESS album coverFearless is the fifth album from multiple Stellar Award winning singer/songwriter Jonathan Nelson.  GOSPELflava caught up with the worship leader and shared a few moments to talk about the new album, new label and other things.

GOSPELflava: Jonathan, bring us up to speed since our last conversation.

Jonathan Nelson: I signed with a brand new record company Eone Music, recorded and released a new CD entitled Fearless and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.    I told Eone when we started talking that I wanted to expand and I wanted to  infiltrate the Gospel market with a stronger brand and a stronger sound, having a stand out kind of approach, and  Eone helped me to do just that. Everything about this CD is me living out the word fearless, taking the risks, doing what I have never done before and being out the box so to speak.  All of the background singers that are singing on the CD, we have never really worked together officially as a team, some of the background singers I had never met in person, the band had never really worked together,  we maybe did one record together but not really as a team effort with the band or singers.  I  had never worked with Da Truth, Tye Tribbett, Kim, Dorinda or Sonnie Badu as it relates to partnering or collaborating on music, so that was completely different.  I just took a leap of faith.   I believed what God would do and His hand of approval is on it,  so everything about this CD, there is no script for it, it is really me living out what fearless is in me. Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Lawrence Announces 2016-17 Plans For New Music

Written by: Melanie Pratt

May 4th, 2016

 

Donald Lawrence took to Facebook to announce new music coming!  Celebrating a birthday today,  Lawrence posted on April 29, that we can expect a new single from TriCity late this summer.  He also announced a live recording in Charlotte and a new project in 2017,  Donald Lawrence Presents: The TriCity Singers “Curtain Call”