Habakkuk Music Partners With Central City for Stellar CD

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 5th, 2015

Habakkuk StellarAlbumMusic 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.

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Virtue Joins Donnie McClurkin, BeBe Winans, Kirk Franklin and Harry Belafonte For Selma Concert

Written by: John Burton Jr.

March 5th, 2015

Virtue Sep14The 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

 

Prayers For The McClurkin Family

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 3rd, 2015

GOSPELfCheryl McClurkinlava 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.

Fantasia Writes First Gospel Song

Written by: Melanie Pratt

March 3rd, 2015

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This Week’s Top Gospel Albums

Written by: Gregory Gay

March 3rd, 2015

Dorinda newGoing 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:

  1. Various Artists                                               WOW GOSPEL 2015
  2. Dorinda Clark Cole                                         Living It
  3. Tasha Cobbs                                                    Grace
  4. Fred Hammond                                               I Will Trust
  5. Various Artists                                                 Billboard #1 Gospel Hits
  6. Various Artists                                                 WOW GOSPEL 2014
  7. DeWayne Woods                                               Life Lessons
  8. Jason Nelson                                                      Jesus Revealed
  9. Crystal Aikin                                                      All I Need
  10. J Moss                                                                 Grown Folk Gospel
  11. Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir                              Pray
  12. VaShawn Mitchell                                             Unstoppable
  13. Youthful Praise Feat JJ Hairston                    I See Victory
  14. Bryan Popin                                                       You Can Make It
  15. 3 Winans Brothers                                             Foreign Land
  16. Jessica Reedy                                                     Transparent
  17. Icon Gospel                                                         Icon Gospel
  18. Smokie Norful                                                    Forever Yours
  19. Ben Tankard                                                      Full Tank 2.0
  20. Erica Campbell                                                   Help
  21. Rance Allen Group                                             Celebrate
  22. William McDowell                                               Withholding Nothing
  23. Kevin Levar                                                         Destiny:Live at the Dream Center
  24. Darrell McFadden & the Disciples                   We are DMD
  25. Michelle Williams                                               Journey To Freedom

Gospel Dream Winner Stephanie Dotson Passes

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 27th, 2015

GOSPELflava joinsstephaniedotson2 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.

New Life For Mahalia Movie Project With Bill Duke

Written by: John Burton Jr.

February 26th, 2015

MahaliaPlans 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.

Dorinda Clark Cole’s Living It Debuts At #2

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 26th, 2015

Dorinda newGospel 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.”

Lisa McClendon Inter-Review

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.
lisamcclendon5amcdOver 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.”

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Andrae Crouch Receives All Star Tribute

Written by: Melanie Pratt

February 20th, 2015

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Andraé Crouch will be posthumously saluted during the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards, airing Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7pm.

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