The 2013 Essence Festival heads to the Crescent City, New Orleans, Louisiana on the weekend of July 4th through July 7th. This year, the Get Lifted All Star Gospel Tribute honors Gospel music icons Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin. Scheduled performers include Bishop Lester Love and the City of Love, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams, Amber Bullock, Tasha Cobbs, Bishop Noel Jones, Tyronne Foster and The Arc Singers, Kurt Carr, Isaac Carree, Kim Burrell and many more.
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The 2013 Stellar Award Weekend is in full effect in Nashville, TN and the city is on fire with Gospel Music. One of the hottest tickets in town that one could receive is an invitation to the prestigious BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon. This luncheon features the “who’s who” of the Gospel music industry coming together to celebrate their own, whom have done remarkable things in Gospel Music. This year, GOSPELflava.com was on the red carpet and inside the luncheon for all the power packed singing that took place at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. Tons of A-List Gospel artist spoke with our Red Carpet Correspondent “Goo Goo” about how they were excited to be in the room honoring living legends. This year’s Trailblazers Luncheon honored the legendary Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr. The event was hosted by Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, BMI President Del Bryant, and Vice President Catherine Brewton.
The luncheon began around noon with an opening prayer from Pastor Joseph and Yolanda Morgan, parents of Stellar Award Nominated Artist Wess Morgan. After the prayer a delicious lunch was served,and the luncheon was under way. Kirk Franklin received the award for “BMI Song Of The Year”for his hit single, “I Smile“. “I Smile“has been performed over 50ok times and did record breaking numbers on the Billboard Charts. The Walls Group, a newly signed act to Franklin’s label payed tribute to Franklin. This young group had the likes of Lexi Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and others on their feet as they sang their acoustic version of Franklin’s “I Smile“.
Donnie McClurkin served as host for the beginning of the afternoon as the Kurt Carr tribute began. Donald Lawrence & Company returned this year as the backing ensemble for the afternoon, and opened up with “In the Sanctuary”. While no group can compare to that of the Kurt Carr Singers, the Company under the direction of Grammy Award Winning recording artist Donald Lawrence, and three time Stellar Award winning recording artist DeWayne Woods, added their classic sound to every song. After the Company got the crowd on their feet, the event went into over drive. Lisa Knowles of the Brown Singerss took the stage to sing “My Soul Loves Jesus”, and just when you thought the praise couldn’t go any higher, Sheri Jones-Moffett followed behind with her rendition of the Kurt Carr chart topper, ” I Almost Let Go” . In the middle of the song, Moffett began to testify about how a few years back she didn’t even want to sing anymore, but thought back to the goodness of Jesus and how he kept her throughout the years. Needless to say after that testimony, there wasn’t a person sitting down.
To finish the tribute, Sunday Best Season 4 Winner Amber Bullock, added her unique tone to “For Every Mountain“, mixing her style of soul, jazz, and classic Gospel vocals to present a beautiful arrangement to a man who deserved all the accolades being given that afternoon.
A solemn moment came in the luncheon when BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton honored Marvin McQuitty Jr.with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. McQuitty was a long time drummer in the industry and had worked on the trailblazers luncheon for many years. The dynamic house band included an A-list of musicians such as Joe Wilson, Jonathan Dubose, Joel Smith, and Stanley Brown just to name a few.
CeCe Winans kicked off the second half of the afternoon with tributes for Edwin Hawkins. CeCe looked radiant on stage as she introduced Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul S. Morton who sang “Oh Happy Day“. Gospel twins Jason and Jonathan Nelson had the entire room moving as they sang “I Need Your Spirit“, and Kierra Sheard stood beautifully on stage and sang “This Day“. A serious moment of the afternoon arose when gospel legend LaShun Pace took the stage to sing “God Will Take Care of You“. LaShun, whose dealt with recent challenges in her health brought tears to many eyes as she delivered the message of how through it all God continues to keep her. Shortly after, Edwin Hawkins was presented with the BMI Trailblazers Award and encouraged the audience to continue to pray for others in this industry.
VaShawn Mitchell and Yolanda Adams kicked off the last set of tributes for the afternoon honoring Lady Tramaine Hawkins. VaShawn and Yolanda performed a rousing rendition of “The Potter’s House“, the two added a classic Hawkins style to the song while making it their own. Light Records’ newest artist Anaysha Figueroa proved that she has what it takes to be a front runner in Gospel music as she sang one of Hawkins leading songs “Holy One“.
By this time the power of GOD was so heavy in the place and Yolanda Adams took the microphone to sing “He Brought Me“. CeCe Winans joined in on a reprise of the song and then introduced Le’Andria Johnson as she finished the afternoon with “Changed“. This was the pivotal moment as CeCe Winans passed the microphone to Tramaine Hawkins who claimed, she had a cold but took the room into a frenzy.
The BMI Luncheon will air on TV in the coming months, keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for more updates.
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Music World Gospel Recording Artist Amber Bullock’s debut video “Lord You’ve Been Good” produced by PJ Morton will be the “New Joint Of The Day” on BET 106 and Park Wednesday August 29th, 2012. The show starts at 6pm and is currently the #1 Video Countdown show on Television. Bullock performed the single on last week’s episode of “Sunday Best”. Amber’s debut album “So In Love” in stores and online now.
This past Sunday (11/27) the “Fearless Tour” featuring Kirk Franklin with special guests: Isaac Carree, Jason Nelson, Deon Kipping, and Sunday Best Season 4 winner Amber Bullock came to a close in NYC. The tour stopped in several cities across the nation garnering rave reviews. We saw Kirk Franklin expressing his heart on social networks about how much time, effort, and love he was putting into the production of the tour for his supporters. I was able to attend the culmination in NYC and it was definitely an amazing concert from start to finish. Not only was there phenomenal talent there, but there was a sense of love and definitely God’s spirit in the air. Deon Kipping, Pastor Jason Nelson, Isaac Carree, Amber Bullock, Anaysha Figueroa,Charmaine Swimpson, Eric Moore,and Nikki Ross provided amazing vocals throughout the concert. Pastor Jason Nelson and Deon Kipping set the stage with their outstanding vocals and presence. They both performed their singles that are now available at music media outlets. Isaac Carree definitely got the crowd hyped with songs off of his chart topping project “Uncommon Me“, which features his hit single “In The Middle“. Amber Bullock definitely did not dissapoint with her sultry, jazzy, Gospel sound.
Last, but certainly not least, Kirk Franklin hit the stage. He incorporated new material from his chart topping new project “Hello Fear” with his beloved classics like: “Something About the Name Jesus“, “Melodies From Heaven“, “Imagine Me“, “Why We Sing” and more. With Kirk Franklin you’re always going to get a ecclectic array of music. From hip hop to traditional to contemporary sounds, dare I say- he covers it all! I reflected, shed a few tears, danced, sang to the top of my lungs, and was completely ministered to by the “Fearless Tour” Concert. He ended off the night with his current single “I Smile” which has been riding at the top of the Billboard Charts. The musicians, singers, and all involved produced a wonderful musical experience. It was a great night and part of the experience was recognizing the need to continue to spread the message of love, diversity, and the gospel to the world. Kirk asked us to commit to reaching out to venues or entities that would host events like the “Fearless Tour” and let them know that we will support Gospel music, and come out to concerts etc. So in whatever way you can make an impact, let’s do just that. Let’s break down the walls and allow folks to experience the influence of Jesus Christ in our lives through the music and media forums. The “Fearless Tour” definitely proved to be a night to remember!
Isaac Carree, Deon Kipping, Jason Nelson & Amber Bullock Are Featured Artists on Kirk Franklin’s Upcoming “Fearless Tour”!!Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Gospel music legend Kirk Franklin joins forces with some of Gospel music’s brightest on the upcoming “Fearless Tour” sponsored by the American Heart Association. The tour will kick off November 3rd, in Oklahoma and end in NYC on November 27th. The tour will feature Isaac Carree, who is topping the Billboard Gospel Chart with his 1st solo effort “Uncommon Me“, season 4 Sunday Best winner Amber Bullock, acclaimed singer Jason Nelson, and noted artist and song writer Deon Kipping. You can visit Kirk Franklin’s website for more details and to purchase tickets for the tour!