Michael Bethany has been a fixture on the music stage for some 15 years, working with top Gospel acts including Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, Myron Butler and Kirk Franklin. The singer/songwriter and worship leader comes into his own with the release of Yours Forever, his debut CD across digital outlets. The Stellar Award nominated songwriter and BMI Award recipient collaborates with Calvin Rogers and Phillip Feaster to produce 11 tracks that run the gamut of musical styles from high-energy praise, intimate worship, artistic, and intense gospel.
Leading people into worship has become a passion for Bethany as he travels around the globe helping people to experience God’s presence. The Dallas, Texas resident finds great joy in his post as Executive Director of Worship at the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church under the leadership of senior pastor, Dr. Tony Evans.
Bethany will make several appearances in support of the CD’s release including this year’s EK Bailey Preaching Conference in Dallas.
Fresh from their tribute performance to the legendary Clark Sisters at the Essence Festival, Virtue releases a lyric video for their top 30 radio hit Miracle. I’m Looking For a Miracle was written by Elbernita Twinkie Clark and originally recorded by the Clark Sisters on their 1980 Is My Living In Vain LP. The women of Virtue made the song a part of Fearless, their seventh studio project.
“Miracle” has spent more than 6 consecutive weeks in the Top 30 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart .
Charles Jenkins has collaborated with award winning producer Warryn Campbell with the result being his latest track Winning. “I wanted to lift people up with a different sound and spread some #positiveair on the the radio airwaves and social media,” says Jenkins who is pastor of the historic Fellowship Chicago. “There’s so much bad news, pain, negativity, violence and hopelessness in the world right now that we just wanted to send out some encouragement and remind everyone that they can win and be upbeat in this thing called life.”
Winning will be available at all digital retailers on July 22nd and is the first single from Jenkins’ new disc called Think About These Things. This will be the first project from Jenkins’ new distribution agreement with the San Francisco based Empire Group who boasts a roster of Hip Hop acts that include Hip Hop acts such as T.I., Anderson .Paak, Snoop Dogg, Jamaican DJ Popcaan and R&B recording artist Lloyd.
Jenkins will complete dates on the McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Tour winding up in Los Angeles on October 15th.
With God Provides making its way to the top of the radio charts, TIllyMann Music Group sets the date of September 9th as the release date for One Way, the new project from multiple award winning songstress and actress Tamela Mann. “This project has been a labor of love,” Tamela said. “Songs by some of the top writers and producers from different genres all came together to fit into a beautiful puzzle. I believe this album is going to encourage so many – wherever they’re at. I hope people will open their hearts to receive the message of the songs and let His word speak into their life.”
One Way is produced by Myron Butler and David Mann with production assistance from Kirk Franklin, Eric Dawkins, King Logan, Shaun Martin and Timbaland.
RCA Inspiration celebrates as Demonstrate, the new CD from Grammy nominated Bishop William Murphy takes a bow this week at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. The album was recorded before a live audience at The Church at Chapel Hill in Douglasville, Georgia and marks the singer/songwriter’s fifth solo project.
Murphy could not contain his excitement with the news, “I’m extremely grateful to God, and to every person, who’s helped to make my new CD/DVD, DEMONSTRATE, #1! Your love and your support is Divine, and I pray that every song helps you to encounter God’s Presence, over and over, and over again.”
Audiences around the world are experiencing great Joy with the release of VaShawn Mitchell’s new single. “Joy” is the first single from the multiple Grammy and Stellar nominated artist’s new album, SECRET PLACE, which was recorded in South Africa.
This live recording and worship experience was held at the MOSAÏEK TEATRO in Fairland, Gauteng, South Africa (a suburb of Johannesburg). The concert incorporated the beauty, power and sounds of South Africa with a prominent sound of worship that has become Mitchell’s signature. The live atmosphere and energy from the South African audience reflected the globalization of Gospel music and unifying power of worship.
The famed Chicago Mass Choir aims to give God praise all year long and gets Summer praise into high gear with a performance at TBN Studios in Aurora, Illinois. CMC President Dr. Feranda Williamson shared these words: “TBN has so graciously allowed Chicago Mass Choir to share several selections from our new CD with their viewing audience. This is truly a great opportunity, and we are very thankful to TBN for their support of Chicago Mass Choir.”
New Haven Records follows up the ever popular Thank You, Thank You Jesus with both a live video and lyric video for CMC’s latest single, I Give You Praise.
Jekalyn Carr is ready for the world to hear the music from her third album, The Life Project, which hits stores and digital outlets on August 5th. You’re Bigger, the first single from the project continues its reach on Gospel radio hitting number 2 on both the BDS and Mediabase charts, and the live video has garnered some 185,000 views in a month. Essence Magazine named Carr one of Gospel’s 15 artists to watch.
The Life Project is Carr’s first live project and she took time to talk to GOSPELflava about the CD and what inspires her to keep on going, read our interview here: The Rising Star of Jekalyn Carr
David and Tamela Mann report via Facebook that while in Atlanta yesterday, their car was broken into outside a Red Lobster in Camp Creek Marketplace. The couple, in town for a comedy show, posted a video about the incident Monday night on Facebook. indicating they had just arrived at the restaurant and were being seated when a woman ran into the restaurant and told them someone was breaking into their car. Mann ran outside and tried to grab one of three men, but the assailants got away with his backpack, a new computer, identification and some of Tamela’s jewelry. The incident is under investigation.