eOne Music Celebrates a Stellar Evening

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 31st, 2015

30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music AwardsEntertainment One Music carried the night at the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.  Eone artists Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Ricky Dillard Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan McReynolds and Michelle Williams performed during the eventful celebration as eOne artists took home 14 awards out of the 28 categories.

Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, William McDowell, Michelle Williams took home awards in the major categories while Bishop Paul Morton received special honors.

“Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational shared these sentiments, “Wow! It’s truly a blessing to receive these honors capping an incredible past year for our artists, and celebrate the creative gifts and work that continues to inspire so many fans across the globe. There is more new music coming on the horizon, and congratulations to all the nominees and honorees this year,”

Erica Campbell Celebrates Stellar Wins

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 31st, 2015

Erica Campbell was the big winner at the 30th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards taking home 6 statues for Artist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music AwardsCD of the Year, the Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Artist of the Year, all for her debut solo project Help.

Campbell’s team was also celebrated on the winning night with awards going to Warryn Campbell for Producer of the Year and Derek Blanks for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.

The excitement continues as Help 2.0 (the remix album) hits stores and digital outlets on Tuesday, March 31st.

This Week’s Top Gospel Albums

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 30th, 2015

PastorCharlesJenkinsAlbumCoverCharles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago make a triumphant return to the top of the charts with their sophomore project Any Given Sunday displacing the WOW GOSPEL Series  as we conclude the 12th week of the year.   The rest of the top 25 CDs are listed below:

1 JENKINS*CHARLES ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
2 VARIOUS ARTIST WOW GOSPEL 2015
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS WOW GOSPEL 2014
4 COBBS*TASHA GRACE
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS BILLBOARD #1 GOSPEL HITS
6 HAMMOND*FRED I WILL TRUST
7 CLARK-COLE*DORINDA LIVING IT
8 NELSON*JASON JESUS REVEALED
9 MOSS*J GROWN FOLKS GOSPEL
10 3 WINANS BROTHERS FOREIGN LAND
11 BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR PRAY
12 DR LARRY D REID THE SET
13 CAMPBELL*ERICA HELP
14 REEDY*JESSICA TRANSPARENT
15 MCDOWELL*WILLIAM WITHHOLDING NOTHING
16 YOUTHFUL PRAISE FEAT. J.J. HAI I SEE VICTORY
17 NORFUL*SMOKIE FOREVER YOURS
18 ICON GOSPEL ICON GOSPEL
19 GGC VOLUME 1 GGC VOLUME 1
20 WALLS GROUP*THE FAST FORWARD
21 GGC VOLUME 2 GGC VOLUME 2
22 MITCHELL*VASHAWN UNSTOPPABLE
23 WILSON* BRIAN COURTNEY WORTH FIGHTING FOR
24 WILLIAMS*MICHELLE JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
25 WOODS* DEWAYNE LIFE LESSONS

Destiny’s Child Reunion Highlights Gospel’s Biggest Night

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 30th, 2015

stellar-awards-logoMichelleWilliamsSingsSayYes,JoinedByKellyRowland,Beyonce-2015StellarAwardsOf all the weekend buzz of Gospel’s biggest night, the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards was capped by a reunion performance of Destiny’s Child.  Michelle Williams flanked by Beyonce and Kelly Rowland opened the awards show with a rousing rendition of Say Yes from Williams’ Journey to Freedom CD.

The big winner of the night was Erica Campbell, taking home six statues out of the ten nominations that she received for her solo debut CD Help.

The Stellar Awards broadcast will be shown on Easter Sunday April 5th on TV One.

Bob Marovich Chronicles Chicago Gospel Roots In New Book

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 26th, 2015

Noted historian and host of Gospel Memories shines a bright light on the celebrated history of Gospel Music and its origins in the Gospel Music Capital of the City Called Heavenworld, Chicago, Illinois.  In the early days of Gospel Music, Chicago was the home to Thomas Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Roberta Martin, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Pops Staples and Sam Cooke.
“The challenge in writing A CITY CALLED HEAVEN was to tell as much of the Chicago story as possible, give it the scholarly treatment it deserves, and at the same time make it a pleasure to read,” Marovich shares.  “I also hope the book stimulates readers to learn more about the topics and people I’ve covered, and inspires other cities to examine their own rich African American sacred music traditions.”

Maurette Brown Clark Joins SRT Entertainment Family

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 26th, 2015

Maurette+Brown+Clark+03D.A. Johnson’s SRT Entertainment roster continues to grow with the recent announcement of the signing of Stellar Award winner Maurette Brown Clark.

Clark had this to say on the new musical venture: “I am very excited and optimistic about this next move in my musical journey. To be working with D.A. Johnson again is a joy and I look forward to what God has for SRT Entertainment and my ministry. #forward“

McDonalds Announces Lineup & Schedule For Inspiration Celebration Tour

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 26th, 2015

Donald Lawrence pr photo 1-Photo credit Dominick GuillemotMcDonalds has announced the lineup and schedule for the 9th installment of their popular Inspiration Celebration Tour beginning in Detroit on May 13 and running through Oct. 17th.

This year’s lineup features celebrated Gospel artists  Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard,  DeWayne Woods,  Tasha Page-Lockhart, comedian Small Fire  and syndicated radio host Lonnie Hunter.

Scheduled tour dates include:

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Any Given Sunday Bows at Number 1

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 26th, 2015

Inspired People/Motown Gospel recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago are all smiles as their sophomore release Any Given Sunday PastorCharlesJenkinsAlbumCovermakes its debut at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart.

“It’s no easy feat to follow up a #1 album with another #1 regardless of genre,” says Larry Blackwell, Motown Gospel Vice President/ General Manager. “We congratulate Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago on this significant achievement. More importantly `Any Given Sunday’ continues the vital legacy and rich heritage of Chicago choir music.”

BET Sunday Best All Star Show Announced For Season Eight

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 25th, 2015

The ever popular BET Sunday Best program is getting in gear for a very special all star show.  Beginning April 1st through April 15th,  the public will be given a chance to vote Sunday-Best-09_aonline for their favorite contestants from the past 7 seasons, and the top 10 vote getters will be announced via the Season 8 premiere on Sunday, July 19th.

Casey J Continues Strong Showing At Radio

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 25th, 2015

Bobby Jones Gospel -Day 1, Show 1Casey J continues her radio reign as Fill Me Up makes its return to the #1 spot on the radio chart for the 6th week.  The song is the anchor of her debut CD The Truth which hits stores and digital outlets on April 21st.

GOSPELflava was in the audience for this live recording and magnetic night of praise at the Fresh Start Church where she serves as Worship Leader (see our recap here) .