New Music From William Becton

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 3rd, 2016

Becton SingSinger/songwriter, producer and two time Stellar Award winner Pastor William Becton makes his re entry into Gospel music after over a decade with the release of Sing Unto The Lord A New Song.  Becton is forever remembered for Be Encouraged. The song made its debut on the Billboard Gospel charts at #3, and Broken, the album propelled to #1 for over 11 weeks in addition  the song charted on the Billboard R&B singles chart at #59  and continued its ride for 21 weeks.

Becton says the new single is a homecoming of sorts, “It’s a return to ‘real music,’ classic song creation, and the pure power of praise.” Sing Unto the Lord hits digital retail outlets on August 19th.

 

Allstate Gospel Superfest Headed to TV One

Written by: John Burton Jr.

August 3rd, 2016

Allstate GospelThe ever popular Allstate Gospel Superfest finds a new broadcast home at TV One  during the 2016 holiday season.  This show in its 18th year was founded and is produced by Bobby Cartwright, Jr. and  has had a syndicated run for 16 consecutive years.  This year’s celebration took place at  Coppin State University in Baltimore and featured performances from  J. Moss, Karen Clark Sheard, Jonathan Butler, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Beverly Crawford, Jonathan McReynolds, James Hall & Worship & Praise, Tim Bowman, Jr., Dorinda Clark Cole, Alexis Spight, and Patrick Lundy’s Ministers of Music.

The reigning Queen of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar was on hand to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and the two hour telecast is hosted by actress Vivica A. Fox.  Look for the Allstate Gospel Superfest debut in November with encore performances throughout the month of December.

 

Better Makes Its Debut At Number 1

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 3rd, 2016

Hezekiah Walker Azusa The Next Generation 2-Better-Album CoverBishop Hezekiah Walker is all smiles as his latest CD Azusa The Next Generation 2-Better makes its debut at #1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Albums chart,a #3 debut on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel Albums chart and enters the Billboard 200 chart at #88.

“Better,” the lead hit single has maintained the #1 position on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart for ten consecutive weeks while holding the top spot on the Billboard Gospel Digital Songs chart for three consecutive weeks.

Thomas Dorsey III Celebrates Dorsey Convention 2016

Written by: John Burton Jr.

August 3rd, 2016

Co-author of Living the Life I Sing, NCGCC Public Relations DirectorIMG_1851 and Founder and Director of the Thomas A. Dorsey Project Attorney Thomas A. Dorsey, III extends greetings to the multitudes of people journeying to Louisville Kentucky for the 83rd session of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.  The oldest known African American singers organization in the world was founded in 1932 by the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey serving as a vehicle to train and equip singers and musicians in Gospel music.

“As a part of the many efforts to preserve and promote the legacy of my grandfather, I’m particularly elated to personally invite everyone to join the Dorsey Convention family  for the 83rd  annual session of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, Inc.’s. Throughout the week you will be blessed by words of inspiration and good news from dynamic clergy, trained in workshops designed to enhance the proficiency of both singers and musicians and inspired by performances by NCGCC’s own choral unions, church and community choirs from around the country and world renowned gospel artists Bishop Marvin Sapp, Pastor Beverly Crawford, Tasha Page-Lockhart and Jay & The Team, just to name a few.  I look forward to seeing you there!”

RCA Inspiration Heads West To Nashville

Written by: John Burton Jr.

August 3rd, 2016

RCA Inspiration announced a shift of operations as the label home to mega Gospel superstars Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, MarvinRCA Inspiration Sapp, Le’Andria Johnson, Fred Hammond and more will now exist under the umbrella of the Nashville based Provident Music Group division of Sony Records.

Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group, says: “Provident Music Group is delighted to welcome RCA Inspiration, and their incredible lineup of artists whose ever-evolving and diverse sounds have continued to make such an impact on Gospel and inspirational music. They mark a valuable addition to Provident Music Group’s ongoing growth and shared vision in delivering wide-ranging and uplifting entertainment across the world.”

Jekalyn Carr Hosts Two Night Revival Event For The Life Project CD Release

Written by: John Burton Jr.

August 3rd, 2016

Jekalyn Carr 2On August 5th, Jekalyn Carr’s live CD The Life Project hits stores and digital retail outlets.  Buzz has followed this project since its recording last year in Memphis, Tennessee largely fueled by the success of the radio single, You’re Bigger.  You’re Bigger continues to hold its own at the #2 spot on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart.

Carr heads to Birmingham, Alabama for a 2 day revival and joint CD Release celebration at the Bethel Baptist Church on August 4th and 5th.  A host of guests will be on hand including Cora Jakes Coleman, Casey J and Todd Dulaney.

GOSPELflava spoke with Carr about her many travels and the live recording The Rising Star of Jekalyn Carr

Pastor Hart Ramsey And NCC Family Choir Land In Top 100

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 2nd, 2016

Pastor Hart Ramsey and the NCC Family Choir celebrate their new single, It Is So taking the reigns of radio and landing at #92 on this weekRamsey NCC‘s chart.  The song comes from the Alabama based church’s sophomore project True Story, which is available online now for pre- order.  It Is So is written by Ramsey with assistance from Greg Johnson and Daniel Johnson.

“It Is So is an anthem for believers whose experience has not yet caught up with that they are believing for,” says Ramsey.  “The song encourages us to say only what GOD has said about us. Our believing should never be altered by our experiences, but our experiences should be affected by what we believe. God orchestrated the operation of the entire universe by the power of the spoken word.  He gave us the same power.  I think the song and the album will deliver life changing words in this prophetic time.”

Ramsey heads to Miami, Florida the week of August 10th to join Pastor Kim Burrell for the Ephesians 4 Conference and hosts a gathering on prayer at the Northview Christian Church later during the month of August.

Kim Burrell Takes Ephesians 4 Conference To Miami

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 2nd, 2016

Pastor Kim BurrellKim-Burrell takes her Ephesians 4 conference to the sunny city of Miami, Florida August 9-12.  The conference will offer 3 days of intensive workshop classes, powerful preaching, anointed singing and a time of fellowship.  Burrell will also take out time to present new music for her live recording that will close out the conference on August 12th.

Joining Burrell this year are Grammy award winner and new host of the new BET Gospel show Joyful Noise Tye Tribbett and noted songwriter, musician, author, Bible teacher and Pastor Hart Ramsey.  Donald Lawrence, Chrisette Michelle and Robert Glasper will make up the celebrity guest panel that will offer critique and wisdom to up and coming artists.

Additional conference info can be found on Burrell’s website.  In other news, the Houston based artist joined the ranks of radio announcers as she fronts Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell on Sunday afternoons via KTSU on the campus of Texas Southern University.

Luther Barnes Shows Us The Favor Of God September 9th

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 1st, 2016

Luther+BarnesAfter more than 2 decades, Reverend Luther Barnes has proven himself to be a formidable presence in Gospel music.  The writer of such classics as So Satisfied, I’m Still Holding On, The Other Shore and What More Can I Do makes a return to the recording scene with his new choir, the Restoration Worship Center Choir and a new label partnership between SRT Entertainment and Shanachie Entertainment. The new disc entitled The Favor of God, hits stores and digital outlets on September 9th.

Barnes is joined by newcomer Derrick Adams producing the new project.  “Although it has taken a minute for me to bring forth another musical project,” Luther says, “I believe the delayed process was nothing less than God’s perfect will.  The birthing of our church, Restoration Worship Center has brought with it new life and purpose which is extremely evident in these songs. The Restoration Worship Center Choir and musicians are awesome. We have truly been blessed by the Favor of God.”

Benita Washington Sets Date For Live Recording

Written by: Gregory Gay

August 1st, 2016

New Benita WashingtonWorship Leader and Psalmist extraordinaire Benita Washington waited until midnight to tell social media the news that she will be heading to Pastor Hart Ramsey’s Northview Christian Church in Montgomery, Alabama on October 7th for her Night of Worship and Live Recording.

This will be Washington’s fourth solo project.  Her  last project, The Word Remains was released in 2010. In addition to her roles as singer/songwriter, worship leader, clinician, wife and mother, Washington continues to serve as an Overseer of Worship for Bishop Joseph Walker at Nashville’s Mount Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church