Posts Tagged ‘Anita Wilson’

Anita Wilson Sets Date For Live Recording

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Anita WilsonGrammy nominee Anita Wilson is getting in gear for a live recording taking place in Chicago on October 8th.  The East St. Louis, Illinois native received a Grammy nomination for her second album Vintage Worship released last year as well as her debut project Worship Soul which was released in 2013 and produced the runaway hit Speechless and the infectious homage to the Barrett Sisters cover of Jesus Will.

In other news, Wilson joined the ranks of the recording industry’s finest with her addition as a recently elected Governor to the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Ticket information and other details for the live recording are available via her website.


Israel Houghton, Richard Smallwood & Anthony Brown Headline 30th Annual Chicago Gospel Fest

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Israel 1014On May 29 – 31, the largest free outdoor Gospel music festival celebrates 30 years in Chicago. This year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival will feature over 30 performers including Israel Houghton and New Breed, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Marvin Sapp, Chicago’s own Ricky Dillard and New G, Anita Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds and Cinque Cullar and a 200 voice Peace Choir comprised of churches throughout the Chicagoland area.Smallwood

Donald Lawrence will helm a very special tribute to Bishop Walter Hawkins and Andrae Crouch featuring Bishop Rance Allen, Bryan Courtney Wilson, Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page Lockhart, Vanessa Bell Armstong, Krystle Murden and more.

A complete listing and lineup for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival can be found here

The Walls Group, Anita Wilson, Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard Get Grammy Nominations

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by the Recording Academy on December 5th in Los Angeles.



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The awards will be handed out on Sunday February 8th during a RickyPic_Press1_SideProfileAgainstWalllive broadcast at the Staples Center.  Erica Campbell and Smokie Norful received nominations in both the Best Gospel Performance and Best Gospel Album Categories, while Mali Music received nominations in the Gospel as well as Urban Contemporary categories.  A full list of nominees can be viewed here: Grammy Nominees


Chicago Honors Its Own With Chicago Gospel Music Awards

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The city of Chicago CGMAcan make its boast in that it is the birthplace of Gospel Music and the host city of the largest free outdoor Gospel Music festival in the world.  Chicago was the starting point for many Gospel Greats including Rev. James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews and Reverend Milton Brunson’s Thompson Community Singers.  Today,  Ricky Dillard, Smokie Norful,  Donald Lawrence, Jonathan McReynolds and Anita Wilson all call Chicago home.  The Gospel Community will honor its very own on Friday, July 13th with the first annual Chicago Gospel Music Awards.  The event will honor local Chicago gospel artists as well as pay tribute to legends Reverend Clay Evans, the late Dr. Charles G. Hayes and The Barrett Sisters.

Anita Wilson Brings Us Into Vintage Worship

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Anita Wilson is up to something good.  The Grammy, Stellar, and Dove-award nominated singer keeps the flame of Urban contemporary burning with her unparalleled fusiAnita Wilsonon of Gospel and Soul. As audiences everywhere fell in love with her debut album Worship Soul, Wilson readies us for more of the same with her sophomore album VINTAGE WORSHIP.

“That’s What He’s Done For Me” the album’s lead single makes its debut on the James Fortune Radio Show and serves as the first representative of how VINTAGE WORSHIP truly lives up to its moniker. A modernized relic of gospel’s golden days, “That’s What He’s Done For Me” rings from start to finish as an ode to traditional gospel, but seasoned with Anita’s unmistakable soulful flair.

Listen for music from the new album on radio and be sure to catch Anita on Dorinda Clark Cole’s The Gospel According to Dorinda on the Word Network this month.


WOW Gospel 2014 Bows At #1 On Billboard Gospel Charts

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

WOW 2014The WOW Gospel series continues to hold its own as the 2014 edition made its debut at #1 atop the Billboard Gospel Chart and a respectable showing at #26 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The 30 song 2 disc set and DVD features music from Gospel’s top artists including Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, Donald Lawrence, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Erica Campbell, Lecrae, Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs, James Fortune and others. WOW Gospel 2014 features new music from Sheri Jones Moffet and Anita Wilson and is available in stores and via digital outlets everywhere.

Recap: 29th Annual Stellar Awards

Monday, January 20th, 2014
Seven time 2014 Stellar Awards winner Tamela Mann (Photo Credit: Linximages / The FrontPage Firm

Seven time 2014 Stellar Awards winner Tamela Mann (Photo Credit: Linximages / The FrontPage Firm

Nashville, TN was on fire as the 29th Annual Stellar Awards came into time. This year’s award show was hosted by two comedians who truly love GOD. The View’s, Sherri Shepherd, and Rickey Smiley from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show had the crowd in stitches the entire evening. The night kicked off with Bishop Hezekiah Walker singing, “Every Praise”. The song is still the #1 song at Gospel Radio and the crowds reaction to it explained why. The entire room stood as one big choir and lifted their voice in praise unto GOD. The show was being broadcast live on upTV and the praise in the room was high.  In between commercial breaks Comedian Jonathan Slocumb kept the crowd entertained and warmed up. Central City Productions might want to consider doing a behind the scene of the show as some of the funniest moments happened when the cameras weren’t on. The first award of the night was given to Tye Tribbett for Male Vocalist of the Year. After such a big debut of his latest album  “Greater Than”, and the smash single, “If He Did It Before”, this award was well deserved.

Next up there was an all female lineup that included Lexi, Erica Campbell, LaTice Crawford, and JeKalyn Carr. Lexi started it off singing her two step theme song, “Abide”, and Latice Crawford followed behind with some hot new music. The little vocal powerhouse JeKalyn Carr set the house on fire with her song, “Greater Is Come”. Many marveled at how much vocal power and anointing the young lady had. Perhaps if she had more time, we probably would have went over time as the anointing fell thick. Lastly Erica Campbell took is in with some down home Gospel singing her song, “A Little More Jesus”.  Erica’s sister Tina was her biggest fan in the audience cheering her on.  In between commercial breaks the crowd got a chance to see a sneak peak of the new season of Mary Mary which premiers on February 27th.

Actress Kimberly Elise presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Pastor Joel Osteen appeared via video and sent his congrats to the Bishop. Next the now Stellar Award Winning Anthony Brown and Group Therapy took to the stage to sing his song, “Testimony”. The entire room went into a frenzy when the group added vocal inflections to their hit song. I just happened to be sitting near Anthony’s mother who had the biggest smile on her face as she watched her son minister in song on this national stage.

Now the Stellar Awards would not be complete without a performance from the First Lady of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar. Looking beautiful and never aging Pastor Shirley Caesar sang her song, “God Will Make A Way”. Next Melinda Doolittle and Jason and Jonathan Nelson presented Tasha Cobbs with the UNCF award for “New Artist Of The Year”. Despite their being a mixup of the envelopes, Cobbs graciously accepted the award and thanked her parents.  This proved to be bittersweet as when she returned home from the Awards, her Father suddenly passed away.

There was a special tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela. Kirk Franklin who performed at Mandela’s memorial service talked about this great South Africa leader and how honored he was to be there. Jennifer Holiday, The Original Dreamgirl sang a special song in tribute, delivering a song only the way she can.

Sister Bernice Jenkins made a special appearance to this year’s show and read this years church announcements.  Tamela Mann was presented the Albertina Walker Female Vocalist Of The Year by Kierra Sheard who won the award previously and past Stellar Nominee Anita Wilson.  Next Donald Lawrence and Company took to the stage doing choreography to their single, “The Gift”.  The Tankards from Bravo’s, “Thicker Than Water”, presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with “Choir Of The Year”. After a successful debut of Azusa: The Next Generation no one was surprised Bishop received this honor.

Isaac Carree gave a unique performance of his song, “Clean This House”. The performance started off with a video that set up the theme of the song. In the video Carree sat a  conference table with this legal team. The team brought up some of the issues the song talks about. Next Carree was on stage in a press conference style setting, setting the record straight through song. Carree’s performance will go down in the Stellar history books as one of the most unique live performances.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was presented with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. This was a well deserved award as Congresswoman Lee works tirelessly for the Gospel music industry in Washington, DC. She was the driving force behind making September: Gospel Music Heritage Month.

For All the quartet fans there was a special performance featuring The Wardlaw Brothers, The Canton Spirituals , and The Gospel Legends. Dr. Bobby Jones presented Reverend Maceo Woods with the Bobby Jones Legends Awards.  Erica Campbell and Tye Tribett presented Anthony Brown and Group TherAPY the award for “Group/DUO of the Year”. Anthony thanked his team and his parents who went into a Baptist fit when his name was called.

When Tasha Cobbs took the stage to sing her hit “Break Every Chain” the atmosphere was immediately charged. Cobbs took the stage and the power of GOD fell strongly in the room.  The Ford “Song Of The Year” was presented to Kirk Franklin for writing Tamela Mann’s smash hit, “Take Me To The King”.

VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan McReynolds, Zacardi Cortez, and Jonathan Nelson took to the stage singing a medley of their hits. And Lastly Tamela Mann was presented the award for “Artist Of The Year”. A tearful Tamela took to the stage thanking her family and longtime friend Kirk Franklin and all who believed in and pushed her.


Full List of Winners 


BMI Hosts Album Release Party To Celebrate Trailblazers Album

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA will never be the same after the electrifying live performances at the BMI Trailblazers Album Release Party. Gospel’s elite traveled from all angles of the globe to celebrate the release of BMI’s first Trailblazer Gospel Compilation. The album is a collection of the live performances from the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville, TN. This year honorees included award winning artist Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr.

To celebrate this accomplishment BMI and eOne Music hosted an invitation only album release party. The event was reminiscent of the luncheon, as Gospel’s elite gathered together in an intimate setting to worship and encourage one another. Isaac Carree was on hand to host the event Anyasha Figueroa- Cooper started the evening singing the lead single, “Holy One” accompanied by Donald Lawrence and Company. Jason and Jonathan nelson sang “I Need Your Spirit”, and Lisa Knowles did her rendition of “Oh My Soul Loves Jesus” which sent the place into a worship frenzy.

The BMI staff, under their leader Catherine Brewton had the Park Tavern venue decorated with soft lighting and warm colors. Catherine made it very clear this project was to celebrate Gospel music and its life changing message. She gave honor to Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, and her team for working so diligently on producing this project. BMI plans to release next year’s luncheon as a compilation album as well. All proceeds from this album will go directly back to the composers of the songs.


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Anita Wilson, The Walls Group and Tedashii Featured In Jet Magazine

Monday, March 18th, 2013

OpeWalls Groupn the April 8th edition of Jet Magazine and you will find a mini “gospel edition”.  Jet covers the addition of Michelle Williams and the Sheard family to the reality tv genre as well as profiling up and coming Gospel artists including Grammy and Stellar nominated artist Anita Wilson, Kirk Franklin latest proteges The Walls Group, Teadshii Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Cobbs.   Anita Wilson

55th Annual Grammy Award Winners (GOSPEL)

Sunday, February 10th, 2013


55thgrammyCongratulations to the following artist and songwriters who won GRAMMY Awards in the Gospel category at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. These awards were given during the Grammy Pre-Show on
Best Gospel/ Contemporary Music Performance: 10, 000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)- Matt Redman
Best Gospel Song- “Go Get It”- Erica Cambpell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary) MaryMary_GoGeIt_Cover
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song– 10, 000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)- Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin & Your Presence Is Heaven- Israel Houghton and Micah Massey
Best Gospel Album– Gravity- Lecrae lecraegravity
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album- Eye On It- Toby Mac