Ted Winn Invites Fans To Listening Party

Written by: Martin Williams

June 14th, 2016

11175026_10152937312602523_1479946091227277281_nAward Winning Gospel Artist Ted Winn has new music on the way and is inviting everyone to be apart. On Tuesday June 14th, Winn will go live on his Facebook and Periscope social media pages. Those who join him will be given the opportunity to hear his new single, “Grateful“, with Gospel’s newest sensation Maranda Willis.

The single is inspired by the Hawkins family classic, “Be Grateful”,  led by the legendary Lynette Hawkins Stephens. Willis who was dubbed as one of Essence Magazine’s, “Gospel Artist to Watch in 2016”, adds her own unique flair while remaining true to the musicality of the original Hawkins version.  When asked about recording the song with Winn she states, “It was a joy and honor to work with Ted. It’s such an amazing song and to be able to excerpt from the legendary Hawkins was humbling”. Read the rest of this entry »

Fantasia Turns Rehearsal Into Praise Break

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 13th, 2016

fantasiaOn June 9th, Fantasia went live on social media with Dennis Reed and GAP singing Necessary, a track from his 2005 CD Water Walker.  The song caused quite a stir in the rehearsal as the presence of the Lord permeated the room and tears begin to flow.  The Season Three American Idol winner begin to share out of her own personal experiences how the song ministers to her and how the Lord has kept her in spite of her mistakes, each experience was necessary.  The video went viral, being shared over 300,000 times and generating upwards of ten million views.

Over on iTunes, the album rode the top 20 through the week’s end and the single made its debut at number 11 on the Hot Gospel Songs charts.  Fantasia and the group performed the song at her concert in Houston and she commented on the impact of the song and of how the testimonies from people who were touched by the song continue to pour in.  Reed got in on the commentary and added the following via the group’s facebook page:

“I want to take the time to say THANK YOU. Look at what God can do in just a moment. Many of us are facing some tough challenges and want to quit. But it’s those trials that are the resistance we need to BUILD muscle. It’s those challenges that are the brick and mortar To set us on our FIRM FOUNDATION! Don’t you want to Stand as this BLESSING OVERTAKES you? Read the rest of this entry »

Charles Butler & Trinity Make It To Number 2

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 13th, 2016

CharlesButler-MakeIt2Make It, the second project from DMV based Stellar nominated contemporary Gospel group Charles Butler and Trinity bows at #2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  Trinity, founded by Butler in 1997 has shared the stage with some of Gospel music’s greatest artists in addition to appearances at the White House, The March on Washington Anniversary celebration and having served as the backing ensemble on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel program for eight years.

The group made their national debut with the release of Better  for Earnest Pugh’s EPM Music Group label in 2014.  That album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Chart and garnered a Stellar nomination for the group.  The group recently signed with Anointed Sounds Records for the release of their sophomore project.  Their first single and title track Make It continues to dominate the radio charts, making its way into the top 40.

 

A #1 Debut for Pastor Shirley Caesar

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 13th, 2016

PastorShirleyCaesar-Photo311 time Grammy winner and reigning Queen of Gospel Pastor Shirley Caesar celebrates her new album, Fill This House making its debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  With a celebrated six decade career and 40 albums under her belt, the 2016 Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree shows no signs of slowing down as she continues to spread the Gospel across the world.

GOSPELflava spoke with Pastor Caesar about the secret of her longevity and the new CD, you can read more here Pastor Shirley Caesar Talks to GOSPELflava

 

LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON BEGINS WORK ON NEW CD

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 13th, 2016

LeAndria-BETTER DAYSGrammy and Stellar Award winner Le’Andria Johnson took to social media on Sunday night to inform her fans that she has begun work on an upcoming solo album.  The Sunday Best winner released a new single, Better Days in March following the Season One finale of  Preachers of Atlanta.    Better Days also received a warm reception from audiences as Johnson performed the song on BET’s Celebration of Gospel.

This will be the fifth project from Johnson and she presented her wish list of collaborators and duet partners including Fantasia, Anthony Brown, Tye Tribbett, B Slade, Marvin Winans, Darryl Walls and Tim Rogers.

Half Mile Home: Don’t Judge Me

Written by: Stan North

June 13th, 2016

Contemporary gospel groovers Half Mile Home is prepping for their 11-song July 8 2016 album release, Don’t Judge Me, which will be released via Church Boy Muzik, Inc. and Black Smoke Music World Wide.  The project features a guest appearance from Lejeune Thompson.halfmilehome10

The Akron Ohio-based group is comprised of Terence “Buttons” Burton, Darryl “Deaken” Brownlee and Todd Burton, and brings decades of experience in the R&B world (before their move to gospel in 2004 with their Malaco Records debut, The Movement.)

You can hear their hit single “Thinking of Me” from the new album spinning on radio now, as the group embarks on a promotional concert tour.

Marquis Boone Enterprises Celebrates Good Success

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 10th, 2016

BooneAtlanta’s Marquis Boone in a short time has gone from new kid on the block to music powerhouse.  His Marquis Boone Enterprises has racked up 6 Billboard #1 singles in the last year from breakout artists Casey J and Bri (Briana Babineaux).

Casey J’s meteoric rise begin with her doing what she does best,  serving as Worship Leader at Fresh Start Church in Duluth, Ga.  Her Casey Jrousing rendition of Fill Me Up wowed the attendees in Sunday Worship to the point that Boone had her record it and serviced the song to radio.  Fill Me Up connected with audiences nationwide hitting #1 on the Billboard radio chart and spending some 14  non consecutive weeks in the top spot.   Her debut CD, The Truth was released taking the top spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and making way for the second single, I’m Yours to spend some 4 weeks at #1 on the radio chart.

BrianaMarquis discovered Bri (Briana Babineaux) via a social media posting of her singing Tonex’s Make Me Over.  The Youtube video amassed over 1.5 million views.  Boone quickly signed her and recorded I’ll Be The One and made history.  The song made Bri the the first artist to debut in the #1 spot on the Digital Gospel chart without aid of radio airplay, a national television appearance or prior sales history. Keys To My Heart held the number 1 spot on the Billboard Gospel albums chart for 2 consecutive weeks.

 

Myron Butler & Levi Celebrate A Decade of Gospel Hits

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 10th, 2016

Myron ButlerTen years ago, Myron Butler & Levi burst on the scene with their debut project Set Me Free, leaving an indelible mark on Gospel music.  Butler’s musicality was displayed in his giftings as producer and songwriter flourished pairing him with the likes of Smokie Norful, Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin. Some dozen accolades and award nominations later, Butler and company return with their 4th disc On Purpose, hitting digital channels and retail on June 10th.

In addition to the CD Release, Butler also dons the hat of author and releases Born Identity, his first book helping believers to understand and reach their God ordained destiny.

Hezekiah Walker Prepares Us For Better July 22nd

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 10th, 2016

“The central theme of the album is that regardless of your situation, things will get better. We’re living in a world of uncertainty. We’re all going through certain things. It’s a season where we need encouragement. My aim is to go around the world to put this into the atmosphere.” Bishop Hezekiah Walker
Hezekiah Walker Azusa The Next Generation 2-Better-Album Cover

Grammy and Stellar Award Winner and recent GMA Hall of Fame inductee Bishop Hezekiah Walker readies the world for the release of his 15th album produced by Donald Lawrence entitled Azusa The Next Generation 2 – Better. Led by the title track and radio single, Better has taken hold of the country seizing the #1 spot on Billboard’s radio chart.

The album is the follow up to the 2013 Azusa The Next Generation which gave the world the amazing hit, Every Praise.  Azusa 2 is available now for pre order on iTunes and Amazon.

Desmond Pringle Memorializes Charleston 9 In New Song

Written by: Gregory Gay

June 9th, 2016

Pringle Get Us ThroughSinger/songwriter Pastor Desmond Pringle, a Charleston, SC native pays tribute to the Charleston 9 as he releases a new single on the anniversary of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church.

“It was very personal,” he said. “As I watched the news, I am seeing places that are very familiar to me – every street sign and every landmark. One of the ladies who was killed was the wife of the pastor at the church I grew up in. I sang at Emanuel AME just a few months prior and had been in talks with Rev. Senator Clementa Pinckney (Emanuel AME’s Pastor who was also killed) to come back and do a concert there. It was crazy.  As I watched the reports, I just sang to myself, ‘Get us through, Lord, Oh get us through.’ And there the song was. It came very organically.”

Get Us Through,” will be released on Friday, June 17th on iTunes, CD baby, Amazon and other digital platforms.Pringle will join others  marking the anniversary of the incident and to remember the lives of those lost on June 25th at the Emanuel AME Church.