16 year old Kelontae Gavin made waves when his Youtube video performance of I Won’t Complain went viral, garnering some 575,000 views. Marquis Boone , the mastermind behind the success of Casey J and social media sensation Bri Babineaux received a clip of his performance and immediately began to make inroads to sign him.
“It was a long process getting Kelontae to become part of MBE because of his age but after many emails, phone calls and conversations with his parents we are thrilled and ecstatic to be trusted with such an awesome talent and we at MBE are ready to position him to be a new breakout artist,” says Boone.
MBE is set to re release Higher, a single from Gavin’s 2014 digital EP later this year.
Viewers are in for more love, life and a whole lot of laughs as BET announced the return of Its a Manns World, the reality series that takes us into the lives of entertainment power couple David and Tamela Mann and their family.
Set to make its second season premiere on February 23rd, Manns World will pick up following the family as they find themselves juggling careers, church and community and family life .
The ever popular Celebration of Gospel makes its triumphant return to the airwaves on Sunday, January 31st. Pastor Shirley Caesar is joined by Anthony Hamilton for the debut of new music in addition to paying tribute to Gospel legend Andrae Crouch who made his transition last year.
The new song, Its Alright, Its Ok is currently available on digital outlets and is penned by Courtney Rumble and Stanley Brown and produced by Stanley Brown. Pastor Caesar spoke of her new music by saying, “It has been more than two years since I have recorded a project so needless to say I am very excited about my new release, ‘It’s Alright, It’s Ok’ that also features Anthony Hamilton. It is my prayer that you will be blessed not only by this song but all the others that will be featured on my upcoming release.”
Catch our pictures of the Celebration of Gospel here
Mark your calendars for March 11th as Christon Gray releases his second solo project, The Glory Album on Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul label. The multi talented rapper, singer, songwriter and producer topped the Billboard Gospel chart as a member of WLAK (We Live As Kings) with their self titled debut in 2013 followed by School of Roses, his premiere solo album charting in the top 5 on Billboard’s R & B chart in 2014.
“Christon is one of the most exciting, young voices in urban music today,” says Kirk Franklin. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with him to cultivate his influence in the flourishing Christian Hip Hop market and to expand his platform into the mainstream.”
By all indications, this year’s Celebration of Gospel looks to be the show not to be missed as Tamela Mann delights audiences with the performance of her new single, One Way. Mann performed the song during this year’s festivities which will be airing Sunday, January 31st on BET.
With such hits as Take Me To The King, I Can Only Imagine, Speak Lord, You Deserve My Praise and more, Tamela Mann comes roaring back with One Way hitting digital retail outlets on Friday, January 29th.
We are just one day away from the ultimate praise Party, BET’s The Celebration of Gospel. This special will be sure to encourage and lift your spirit. Taraji P. Henson will be on deck as your host and guide you through the evening of praise that includes some of the hottest performances by some of today’s Top Gospel Artist! We want you to join us on Twitter tomorrow night for the Tweet Party using the hashtag #CelebrationOfGospel. In the meantime check out our exclusive Celebration of Gospel Gallery and post and share your favorite images.
One performance that’s sure to usher you in is Anthony Brown’s performance of his Chart topping single, “Worth” with Group Therapy. This song has captivated the heart of millions since its release in 2015, and has garnered Brown several Stellar Nomination.
WOW Gospel 2016 makes its return on January 29th featuring great gospel music from newcomers Travis Greene , The Walls Group , Geoffrey Golden , Casey J and mainstays Richard Smallwood, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann and others comprising 30 tracks.
The WOW Gospel series has sold over 8 million units with last year’s WOW Gospel 2015 #1 debut marking the 17th consecutive year of the compilation making its entry at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.
Bryan Andrew Wilson delivers a new song of praise with the release of Overflow hitting digital outlets on January 29th. Wilson penned the song and called upon the talents of Benjamin R. Brown to assist with co production. The track was recorded at the Wall Factory Studios in Baltimore, MD last summer and features How Sweet the Sound regional winners Roderick Giles & Grace as the backing ensemble.
Overflow already has a strong radio presence making its way to #31 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart.
Candi Staton gives people reason to Shout Hallelujah with the release of a new single. Shout Hallelujah anchors Its Time To Be Free, the new album Staton has been working on and is preparing for release. The singer states emphatically, “It’s great to wake up and start your day off with a Hallelujah shout.”
The former disco diva whose Young Hearts Run Free earned her great notoriety rededicated her life’s work to the Lord and started Beracah Records in the 80s, recording hits that included “Sin Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Love Lifted Me,” “Mama” “I’m Changed” and “The First Face I Want To See.”
Gospel singer/songwriter Deitrick Haddon is counted in the number of gospel artists taking the stage to offer praise at this year’s Celebration of Gospel. The Detroit native uses the show to debut a new song, Be Like Jesus from his eighth solo album Masterpiece. View pics from Celebration of Gospel here
Its a tv weekend for the Preachers of LA star as he makes appearances on the Trumpet Awards airing on January 29th and Lift Every Voice on Sunday morning in addition to his appearance on Celebration of Gospel. A new video for Be Like Jesus directed by Yolande Geralds was released on Vevo this week.