Posts Tagged ‘Aretha Franklin’

Aretha Franklin Gives Thanks With Gospel Friends

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Aretha file photo GFThe undisputed and reigning Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin celebrates Thanksgiving with a free dinner and gospel concert in the motor city at the historic New Bethel Baptist Church, located at 8430 Reverend C L Franklin Boulevard.  The event takes place on Sunday, November 22nd and features guest appearances from multiple Grammy and Dove award winner Pastor Shirley Caesar, the Williams Brothers, Detroit native Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Audrey Dubois Harris and Reverend Marcia Dyson.  Lady Shirley

“Church” Was Had At the White House!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

white-house-concert“Welllll….I hope everybody is in the spirit tonight. We’re bringing some church to the White House!” were President Obama’s opening remarks for the White House Gospel Music Celebration last Tuesday. Held in the East Wing of the White House, which was converted into a concert venue, President Barack, First Lady Michelle Obama, and invited guests were entertained by some of the nation’s premiere Christian and Gospel artists. Among the list of performers included: Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, tamela Mann, Rodney Crowell, Darlene Love, the Morgan State University Choir, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Aretha Franklin. ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The show is scheduled to air on PBS and TV One on June 26th. Take a listen!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnNxnQ1zZ3I

White House Gospel Music Celebration To Air On PBS and TV One

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

RanceAllen Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tamela Mann and others join Aretha Franklin and the Morgan State University Choir for “The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House”.  The hour long program celebrates the rich history of Gospel music and its impact on other music genres and will air on PBS and TV One on June 26th.

“The gospel tradition, which has its roots in the African-American community, has lifted up so many, promising hope whether through the everyday travails of life or some of our nation’s most turbulent times,” noted Brad Siegel, president of TV One. “We’re proud to be partners with WETA and public broadcasting in celebrating this uniquely American institution at the White House and with the American public.”

Thomas Dorsey Project Honors Father of Gospel Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Thomas A. Dorsey III is leading efforts to preserve the history and legacy of his grandfather through the organization of the Thomas A Dorsey Project.  Widely regarded as the FaThomas Dorsey Projectther of Gospel Music, Thomas Dorsey a noted blues musician who found God in the midst of personal tragedy combined elements of the blues with spiritual lyrics and personal life experiences to form Gospel music.  Dorsey composed over three hundred songs, including Precious Lord, Take My Hand, a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr which was sung at his funeral by Mahalia Jackson and recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, Al Green and others.  Dorsey was featured in the documentary Say Amen Somebody with Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sallie Martin, The Oneal Twins & The Barrett Sisters.

The Thomas Dorsey Project aims to increase awareness of Thomas A. Dorsey’s contributions to the rich tapestry of American culture and expose new generations of singers, songwriters, musicians and music lovers over the world to his works.

Karen Clark Sheard Slated To Perform For BET Honors 2014

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Karen_and_KiKi-01Karen Clark Sheard joins Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and Wayne Brady performing for BET Honors 2014.  This year’s event will honor Motown Records founder and creator of the smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems, entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube and the iconic Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Clark Sheard is also gearing up for the release of Sunday Morning, the first track from her highly anticipated Live In Chicago CD on Karew Records produced by Donald Lawrence. Karew Records will also release a new project from Kierra Sheard as well as the solo debut of Praise and Worship leader David Daughtry.

“BET Honors” will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 24.

Nolan Williams’ Voices of Inspiration Participate in National Christmas Tree Lighting

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

imageThe date and lineup was announced for the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place on December 6th at President’s Park in Washington, DC.  Celebrated composer and conductor Nolan Williams and his Voices of Inspiration will join the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, the Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train in performing a collection of holiday favorites.

The event will be streamed live online as well as rebroadcast on public television throughout the month of December.

This Year’s Gospel Grammy Winners

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were held Sunday February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center. Yolanda Adams represented the entire Gospel Community as being the only Gospel performer during the live show, in tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. Bebe and Cece Winans proved to be the big winners in the Gospel category as they took home both awards they were nominated for.

The Following Gospel Awards were given out during the Grammy Pre-Show streamed exclusively on the web:

  • Best Gospel Performance- “Grace”- BeBe and CeCe Winans
  • Best Gospel Song- “It’s What I Do”- Jerry Peters and Kirk Whalum
  • Best Pop/ Contemporary Gospel Album- “Love God, Love People”- Israel Houghton
  • Best Traditional Gospel Album- “Downtown Church”- Patti Griffin
  • Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album- “Still”- Bebe and CeCe Winans

Yolanda Adams To Perform on The Grammy’s

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

GRAMMY Award Winning Singer and National Syndicated Radio Host Yolanda Adams is set to perform on this year’s Grammy Awards. The singer will join Jennifer Hudson, Christina Augilera, Martina McBride and Florence Welch in tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY’s will air live on Sunday February 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

Aretha Franklin honors the Queen of Gospel

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

The Celebration of Life for the Queen of Gospel Dr.  Albertina Walker took place over October 14th and 15th in Chicago, Illinois, the Gospel Music Capital of the World as well as Albertina Walker’s birthplace and home city. The two days of celebration brought the masses from all across the country to pay homage to this Gospel Music Giant.  During the Friday Funeral service, the Queen of Soul, the legendary Aretha Franklin was given an opportunity to share her memories of The Caravans and other gospel groups of yesterday as well as give a rousing rendition of I’ll Fly Away, all of which you can watch above. Pictures from the two day celebration will be posted shortly at Gospelflava.com