Habakkuk Music in partnership with Central City Productions will release a commemorative compilation album celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The very special collector’s edition disc will be comprised of performances by fifteen of the most legendary names to grace the Stellar Awards stage. The CD hits stores and digital outlets on March 31st.
Written by: Gregory GayMarch 5th, 2015
Written by: John Burton Jr.March 5th, 2015
The 50th anniversary of the historic march to Selma will be commemorated with a concert on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 8th. Sister group Virtue will join in with additional performances and speeches offered by Anthony Hamilton, Arrested Development, Bebe Winans, Fantasia, Bell Biv DeVoe, D-Nice, Donnie McClurkin, Eddie Levert, Eric Benet, Flavor Flav, Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, MC Lyte, Rick Ross, Tank, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Cicely Tyson, Harry Belafonte and the keynote address from President Barack Obama.
The concert is set to stream live on BET.COM and CentricTV.com
Written by: Gregory GayMarch 3rd, 2015
GOSPELflava joins others across the nation praying for the McClurkin Family in the loss of Cheryl “Cheri” McClurkin. Cheryl sang and recorded with The McClurkin Family in addition to penning an autobiographical story of her life for the stage entitled A Cry For Help.
Cards and condolences can be forwarded to Perfecting Faith Church, 311 N. Main , Freeport, NY 11520. Details for service arrangements will be forthcoming.
Written by: Melanie PrattMarch 3rd, 2015
Fantasia is no stranger to gospel, but she took to her Instagram account to announce that she has just written her first gospel song. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Gregory GayMarch 3rd, 2015
Going into the eighth week of the year, WOW GOSPEL 2015 holds on to the #1 spot on the Top Gospel Albums Chart followed by the debut of Living It, the sophomore CD from Dorinda Clark Cole. Jason Nelson, Dewayne Woods, Crystal Aikin and Brooklyn Tabernacle all make strong showings to round out the top tier. Listed below are the top 25:
- Various Artists WOW GOSPEL 2015
- Dorinda Clark Cole Living It
- Tasha Cobbs Grace
- Fred Hammond I Will Trust
- Various Artists Billboard #1 Gospel Hits
- Various Artists WOW GOSPEL 2014
- DeWayne Woods Life Lessons
- Jason Nelson Jesus Revealed
- Crystal Aikin All I Need
- J Moss Grown Folk Gospel
- Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Pray
- VaShawn Mitchell Unstoppable
- Youthful Praise Feat JJ Hairston I See Victory
- Bryan Popin You Can Make It
- 3 Winans Brothers Foreign Land
- Jessica Reedy Transparent
- Icon Gospel Icon Gospel
- Smokie Norful Forever Yours
- Ben Tankard Full Tank 2.0
- Erica Campbell Help
- Rance Allen Group Celebrate
- William McDowell Withholding Nothing
- Kevin Levar Destiny:Live at the Dream Center
- Darrell McFadden & the Disciples We are DMD
- Michelle Williams Journey To Freedom
Written by: Gregory GayFebruary 27th, 2015
GOSPELflava joins others across the country in mourning the passing of worship leader and psalmist Elder Stephanie Dotson. Dotson, a Louisiana native and the 2004 Gospel Dream Competition Winner burst on the scene with Miracles Still Happen, her recording effort for Tehillah Records (read our review here and interview here). Dotson would go on to appear in the 2006 Tyler Perry movie, Madea’s Family Reunion.
Written by: John Burton Jr.February 26th, 2015
Plans to bring the life story of Mahalia Jackson to the silver screen advanced with the announcement of Bill Duke signing on to direct the film. The director of A Rage In Harlem and Sister Act 2:Back In the Habit shared his thoughts: “Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years. When she sings ‘How I Got Over,’ it helps us all to believe that we can get over, too.”
Gospel Music’s first megastar, Jackson traveled across the world rightfully earning her the distinction as the world’s greatest Gospel singer. Her close association with Dr. King led to her unforgettable music performance at the March on Washington in 1963 and her influence on music landed her a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Mahalia Jackson Story, written by Ruth Ratny, based on the book Just Mahalia Baby will be filmed in Chicago and feature the music of Mahalia including Move On Up A Little Higher and Thomas Dorsey’s Precious Lord, Take My Hand.
Written by: Gregory GayFebruary 26th, 2015
Gospel powerhouse Dorinda Clark Cole is overjoyed with the release of her fifth solo project, Living It hitting the #2 spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. “This is a huge honor and I am overjoyed,” says Cole. “After being in this business for as long as I have, it is an incredible feeling to know that people still want to hear my music. This album is my life’s testimony and I am thankful for every person who purchased it and every heart it has touched.”
Written by: John Burton Jr.February 20th, 2015
The Princess of Rhythm and Praise is back! Lisa McClendon has returned with a new project, outlook on life, and an indomitable spirit to praise God no matter what. Gospelflava.com had the pleasure of catching up with the gospel neo-soul songstress to talk about her new release, new lease on life and what’s new outside of music.
Over the past decade, McClendon has wowed us with her sultry, organic, and spiritual vocals. Although she rose to prominence with the song “You Are Holy” from Soul Music (2003), her first CD release “My Diary, Your Life” debuted in 2002 (definitely worth a listen). Subsequently she released “Soul Music”, “Live from the House of Blues” (2006), “Reality” (2009), and “Christmas with You” (2010). However since that time, she seemed to have vanished. Many wondered, “Where is Lisa McClendon?” Her stalwart answer is, “Home.” She jovially added, “I’ve been home. I needed to take time out to be wife and mother. Plus, my husband Maurice had just started a ministry and I needed to be there to help. I knew I had to put some things on hold. It was hard, but it was worth it.”
Now she’s back! What took so long many would wonder? This wasn’t a 3 to 6 month project, McClendon says, “It’s been in the making for the last 3 years.” As to why, “My story wasn’t done” she admitted. As she was doing life, she was gaining life also. If you are a social media McClendon devotee, she talks about her personal ups and downs, especially her bouts with depression. When many would omit this storyline, McClendon shares it. “I share my truth about my depression because truth sets you free. I was truthful and honest with myself.” She described her time away simply as the color gray. “I was confused. There wasn’t a black or white. I hadn’t had my 5 AM moment yet. I had some stuff I needed to experience.” Then her breakthrough came! In the breaking, she felt the desire to write again. “I started pouring out. Every song is a different place during the season that I had to go through.” Her most liberating revelation was, “God told me, I will never be perfect. I said amen. Now, it’s okay. I’m me and I’m progressing.” Life experiences such as these always make for superb song material for stellar albums. Hence her new project “5 AM.”