JJ Hairston is headed to radio; this time as the host of “Sunday Praise with J.J. Hairston” on Hot 93.7 FM (WZMX).
Hairston notes “it’s a huge opportunity to spread the gospel,” It’s a Hip-Hop station! This is the first time this station has had gospel music on their station. So the fact that they’re entrusting me as the host and that they’re trying gospel music is huge! Many of the listeners don’t go to church so this program may be introducing many of them to the gospel for the first time and hopefully, eventually, to Christ.”
Sunday Praise will air from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. every Sunday beginning March 30th. Be sure to look for JJ and the Youthful Praise ensemble on the BET Celebration of Gospel airing on April 6th as well as the release of their new single It Pushed Me hitting radio in April.
In light of societal influences and the veracity of God’s Word as recorded in 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, Bryan Andrew Wilson gets the chance to comingle preacher and singer in the proclamation of Turning Away, the new single from his upcoming CD from Echopark/JDI Records. The song is a poignant personal testimony of the believer’s conscious decision to lay aside every hindrance that would cause strain in the Christian journey. Wilson does a masterful job of delivering the message of the song with heartfelt conviction and accuracy.
Turning Away is making impact at radio and releases to digital outlets on May 6th with a full CD release slated for the month of June.
It took singer/songwriter and worship leader Jackie Gouche ten minutes to pen a song inspired by Psalms 121. The song would be featured on the debut project of Purpose, Pastor Beverly Bam Crawford’s church choir. But that was just the beginning. The song would become a staple for Pastor Donnie McClurkin as he sang it during his many concerts in additon to being recorded by Ron Winans and CeCe Winans for his Family and Friends series and by Carol Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Today, My Help is a classic and is sung in churches across America and around the globe.
As for Jackie Gouche, you can find her doing what she does best leading worship at Bible Enrichment Fellowship Church International each week. Gouche has authored two books; one being her autobiography and the other a book on true worship. Convinced that God is not through with her yet, Gouche is preparing for the release of her solo CD Big God, Little Me.
Lisa Knowles has proven to be a musical force to be reckoned with but doesn’t like to be categorized. “I’ve always been labeled as one thing,” says Knowles when it comes to defining her style and place “Oh, she’s just a quartet singer or she’s just a churchy singer, but there are so many layers to me. I’m just showcasing what God gave me. People ask how I categorize myself and I say: I don’t know. I’m just Lisa.”
Knowles and her group, The Brown Singers are ready to make another mark with the release of their latest effort, The Evolution Continues from Zantino Kimmons’ One Voice Media label with distribution from Central South. While the project delivers on traditional quartet, there’s a lot of musical variety in store, including a cover of LaShun Pace’s He’s Able. All in all, its 11 tracks of undeniably great gospel music produced by Marque Walker.
On the heels of the closing of the GMWA Board Meeting in Los Angeles comes word of the passing of one of Gospel music’s distinctive voices, the legendary Edna Tatum has passed away after enduring some health challenges. A tribute service honoring her for her contributions to Gospel music was held this past January.
Known as the “Voice” of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Edna Tatum found great joy as a gospel radio announcer in Los Angeles. She caught the attention of Reverend James Cleveland and introduced him and the Southern California Community Choir on several occasions including the Live at Carnegie Hall LP as well as Rev Cleveland’s last recording with SCCC, Having Church . In 1996, she was joined by Billy Preston for the compilation of a words and music disc. Her voice can also be heard on projects from Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, Bishop Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Rev. Daryl Coley.
Funeral Services are as follows:
Musical Tribute – Tuesday – March 25, 2014 – 7 PM
Homegoing Celebration Service:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 10 AM
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
4269 S. Figueroa St. – Los Angeles, CA 90037
Kathy Taylor has a burning desire for everyone to experience WORSHIP as she has for the last 25 years leading the music department at Houston’s Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Seeing that she couldn’t get everyone to move to Houston, she decided on the next best thing. Kathy Taylor is proud to introduce you to her church via Spirit of A Grateful People, the Windsor Village Church Family Worship & Arts Ministry, the first album from her Katco Music Group label.
“This record was born out of a desire to tell God… We are grateful,” Taylor shares, “with all the natural disasters and tragedies…we remain grateful to Him.” “The album was a homegrown project,” Taylor adds, “most of the songs were written by members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church Mass Choir.” Taylor notes that the CD offers something for everyone. “This is a family album, there is music for every generation from the grandmother to the grandbaby.”
Set your DVR’s for Tuesday, March 18th as Karen, Jackie and Twinkie help to make Queen Latifah’s day with a rousing rendition of You Brought the Sunshine on her syndicated daytime talk show. The Clark Sisters was just one of many surprises as the show celebrated Queen Latifah’s birthday. Check your local listing for time and station information in your area.
In other Clark Sisters news, Twinkie continues to travel with her Songs of Twinkie Clark tour, while Karen is prepping for the March 25th release of Sunday AM (morning), the first single from her highly anticipated live recording in Chicago and Jacky is flooding social media with news of her new single which hits the streets on March 25th.
Ben Tankard is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people. The award winning producer, musician, minister, motivational speaker, licensed pilot and star of Bravo TV’s hit reality series Thicker Than Water along with wife Jewel host an Urban Eagles youth summit offering young people at first hand look at aviation. “I have friends that are stunt pilots, airplane mechanics, flight attendants, charter plane operators, and airline captains that will be on hand to talk ….. about the many opportunities available in aviation. We want to help kids soar, exposing them to planes and relationships will help them develop their own wings (dreams).
Fifth Third Bank made a donation to assist in underwriting the costs of this year’s Urban Eagles youth summit. The gift was presented during an event hosted by the financial institution celebrating Black History Month. Tankard said, “we are so very thankful to Fifth Third Bank for sowing into these wonderful future aviators “.
Pastor Keion Henderson is making a bold proclamation for Jesus Christ in Houston, Texas inspiring hope and changing lives as he interacts with people each week. He founded the Light House Church in 2009 with just over 100 members. The congregation has swelled to over 2,500 and is one of the Houston area’s fastest growing congregations. Seeing a need for growth in the church’s music ministry, Pastor Henderson decided to add Earnest Pugh as the assembly’s new Pastor of Worship. “It is an honor to announce the addition of Earnest Pugh to our church,” Pastor Henderson noted. “It’s a perfect match. He fits in with our church’s culture and shares the same vision as I. We are excited to embrace his talent and utilize his God-given gifts to help grow our congregation even further.”
The EPM Music Group will soon release a Word & Worship CD on Pastor Henderson to bring greater awareness to his dynamic preaching, teaching and singing ministry. “I’m excited about my future with the church and also about the blooming of Pastor Henderson’s ministry,” Pugh adds.