Posts Tagged ‘Billboard’

Casey J Live Recording (Recap) + Single Hits Top of Charts

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Casey J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey J Live Recording

Date: January 30, 2015

Location: Fresh Start Church- Duluth, GA

Label: Marquis Boone Enterprises/ Tyscot Records

 

Refreshing, Passionate, Energetic, and Anointed are just a few of the words to describe the atmosphere at Fresh Start Church on Friday January 30, 2015. Hundreds lined up outside the sanctuary in expectation for the move of God that was about to take place. Worshippers were greeted by smiling faces as they were ushered into the sanctuary. VIP’s were welcomed with excellence as their names were written on cards in their seats and offered water so their worship experience would be comfortable. Gospel’s elite leaders such as Micah Stampley, Jason Nelson, and VaShawn Mitchell filled the church along with music industry personalities and figures. The sanctuary was decorated with warm colors, trees, and candlelight to create a warm, inviting, and intimate setting. Casey’s personality shined through the building even before she hit the stage. Prior to the recording, guests watched a video where she took the time to thank her entire team for their hard work and labor.

For her debut project Casey assembled and all-star team of musicians, producers, and vocalist. At the helm of the project is Rick Watford (Andrae Crouch, CeCe Winans, Jason Nelson) serving as Musical Director with musicians Natalie Ragins, and Jesse Bond to name a few. Serving as vocal producer is Rachel James of Bridge, Hooks, and Stuff Entertainment (Darwin Hobbs, Ted Winn, Micah Stampley).

For those that don’t know, Casey J. Hobbs is quickly becoming a well-known name in Gospel music. Her breakout single, “Fill Me Up” has reached the top of the Billboard charts and receiving major radio airplay. Worship leaders all over the country have added the song to their praise and worship rotation.

When you meet this spunky educator now artist leader her inviting personality captivates you. Her sincerity and pure heart bleeds through her crystal clear vocals as the lyrics and melodies flow from her spirit. Her energy is infectious and fans will be delighted when they hear the new music she presents. If you ask Casey about her creativity she will tell you that she is a self proclaimed “ Flower Child” and attributes her creativity to her father who died when she was only 5 years old. Casey is no stranger to music. At the age of 12 she joined the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde and sang with them until she went to college at The University of Georgia.

Worshippers will experience original songs written by Casey such as “The Truth”, “I’m yours”, “Journal” and “Better”. Before each song Casey eloquently explained the meaning behind each song and was very transparent with the audience. She explained that even though she’s a worship leader with a single that’s reached the top of the charts she’s still growing and learning as a worshipper and woman of GOD.

There were several special moments throughout the recording. One tender moment was when Casey’s grandmother joined her to sing the Johnson Oatman Jr. classic hymn “ No Not One”. Casey explained how important it was for her grandmother to join her on this song and how hymns are the foundation of today’s church. In the midst of singing the song, the power of GOD fell in the room and Casey’s grandmother began to pray over her granddaughter and impart wisdom as she takes this next step in her career and ministry. Many found themselves wiping tears from their eyes as they witnessed this young ladies elevation.

In the midst of celebrating the #1 album in the country, Jason Nelson was front and center to celebrate his mentee recording her first album. Casey shared the story of how in prayer one day she began to discover that she was an “orphan”. She had no one to guide her as a worship leader and recording artist. While ministering out of town on the same engagement with Nelson, the two met and he began to impart into her and explained he was called to her ministry. Jason then joined Casey on stage for a song entitled “Have Your Way”. Jason’s smooth and signature vocals flowed wonderfully with Casey’s tone.

Of course the night wouldn’t have been complete without Casey recording her hit “Fill Me Up” written by William Reagan. She explains the song is “ flashback of the true worship experience I remember having during church in my grandmother’s basement”. She explains, ‘the sound isn’t a traditional church sound- it’s worship in its purest form.” Casey says that Israel Houghton has been one of her biggest influences because his music is for everyone and has transcended barriers in Gospel and Christian Music.

Casey’s album entitled “The Truth” is slated to hit stores and digital outlets on April 21, 2015. Her single “Fill Me Up” is currently #1 on Billboard.

 

Album Producers:

Chris Carter and Korey Bowie

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Top Gospel Albums

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Jason Nelson takes the top spot with the release of Jesus Revealed, his sophomore project for RCA Inspiration.  The other top Gospel CDs are listed below

  1. JASON NELSON                              JESUS REVEALED
  2. VARIOUS ARTISTS                        BILLBOARD #1 GOSPEL HITS
  3. FRED HAMMOND                           I WILL TRUST
  4. VARIOUS ARTISTS                        WOW GOSPEL 2014
  5. TASHA COBBS                                 GRACE
  6. J MOSS                                              GROWN FOLKS GOSPEL
  7. YOUTHFUL PRAISE                      I SEE VICTORY
  8. MICHELLE WILLIAMS                 JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
  9. BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON      WORTH FIGHTING FOR
  10. ICON GOSPEL                                ICON GOSPEL
  11. VASHAWN MITCHELL                 UNSTOPPABLE
  12. 3 WINANS BROTHERS                 FOREIGN LAND
  13. THE WALLS GROUP                     FAST FORWARD
  14. ANTHONY EVANS                         REAL LIFE, REAL WORSHIP
  15. ANITA WILSON                             VINTAGE WORSHIP
  16. SMOKIE NORFUL                          FOREVER YOURS
  17. JESSICA REEDY                             TRANSPARENT
  18. ERICA CAMPBELL                        HELP
  19. DEITRICK HADDON                     BEST OF DEITRICK HADDON
  20. WILLIAM MCDOWELL               WITHHOLDING NOTHING
  21. WESS MORGAN                            LIVIN
  22. RANCE ALLEN GROUP              CELEBRATE
  23. VARIOUS ARTISTS                     GREAT WOMEN OF GOSPEL
  24. RICK DILLARD/NEW G             AMAZING
  25. DOROTHY NORWOOD              AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

Top 25 Gospel Albums

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Fred Hammond’s I Will Trust holds on to the top spot as Brian Courtney Wilson makes his debut at number 2 on the the Soundscan Top 25 Gospel Albums Chart for this week.  Fred Hammond I Will Trust

  1.  Fred Hammond                          I Will Trust
  2. Brian Courtney Wilson             Worth Fighting For
  3. Tasha Cobbs                                  Grace
  4. Various Artists                            WOW Gospel 2014
  5. J Moss                                              Grown Folks Gospel
  6. Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston  I See Victory
  7. VaShawn Mitchell                       Unstoppable
  8. Smokie Norful                               Forever Yours
  9. Erica Campbell                             Help
  10. Michelle Williams                       Journey To Freedom
  11. The Walls Group                          Fast Forward
  12. 3 Winans Brothers                      Foreign Land
  13. Icon Gospel                                   Icon Gospel
  14. Jessica Reedy                               Transparent
  15. The Rance Allen Group            Celebrate
  16. Wess Morgan                                Livin
  17. Lynda Randle                              Ageless Hymns
  18. Ricky Dillard & New G              Amazing
  19. Jimmy Greene                             Beautiful Life
  20. Tasha Page-Lockhart                Here Right Now
  21. William McDowell                      Withholding Nothing
  22. Various Artists                            Motown Christmas
  23. James Fortune & FIYA            Live Through It
  24. Donnie McClurkin                      Duets
  25. Deitrick Haddon                         Best of Deitrick Haddon

 

Lecrae Makes History!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Lecrae Congrats to Lecrae and Reach Records who makes history with the f irst Gospel Album EVER to top Billboard’s Top 200, beating out Maroon 5, R&Bs Jhene Aiko and Rocker Ryan Adams to take the #1 Spot.    Anomaly sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Lecrae’s collective catalog of seven studio albums has yielded 1.4 million album sales and 2.9 million track downloads.

The Walls Group Hit Number 1 on Billboard

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Its official! Fast ForwaWallsrd, the new disc from Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul recording artist The Walls Group makes its debut in the number one position on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart.

The single, “Love On The Radio” peaked at #10 on the Christian/Gospel Chart and continues to go strong on radio while the video has received over 30, 000 views to date.

Franklin shared these words of gratitude. “I can’t find the words to explain how proud I am of The Walls Group and how thankful I am that the public went out and supported both a new group and a new company. I am truly humbled.”

Read our review of the disc here 

Catch the Video for Love on the Radio here: The Walls Group Video

Ricky Dillard & New G Set To Amaze On June 10th

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

First, there was the amazing standing room only 25th anniversary celebration and live recording in Chicago, followed by the amazing performance as the closing act on the 2014 Stellar Awards show earlier this year.  As if that wasn’t eRicky no wordsnough, Ricky Dillard and New G continue to dominate radio with Amazing climbing the singles chart, rising to #2 in Gospel Radio.  It all leads up to June 10th, when  Ricky Dillard’s highly anticipated new live album, Amazing, will hit shelves and digital outlets everywhere.

Ricky Dillard will cross the country with a slate of upcoming appearances, bringing the Amazing live album experience to fans beginning in his native Chicago on June 7th and 8th, then to New York on June 10th, and Philadelphia on the following date with additional dates to be announced.

Anthony Evans’ Real Life/Real Worship Bows At #2 On Billboard

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Season 2 contestant on the ever popular NBC talent competition The Voice Anthony Evans’  Real Life/Real Worship makes its debut at #2 on the Billboard Gospel chart.  The CD also charted at #4 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.  Real Life Real Worship

Evans leaned upon the talents of worship pioneers Martha Munizzi, her daughter Danielle Munizzi and Christian music staples Cindy Morgan and Krissy Nordhoff to assist in co-writing the music. He then partnered with up-and-coming Los Angeles producer Max Stark.

Be sure to catch Anthony Evans performing songs from Real Life/Real Worship in venues across the country.

Anthony Brown & Tamela Mann Top Billboard Best Of 2013 Gospel Charts

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

anthonybrownBillboard Magazine released in Best of 2013 charts and included are the most popular Gospel songs as determined by Nielsen BDS. Anthony Brown’s Testimony takes the top spot, followed by Israel and New Breed’s Its Not Over, Tamela Mann’s Take Me to the King, Tasha Cobbs’ Break Every Chain and Bishop Paul S. Morton’s Your Best Days Yet.

Tamela Mann took the top spot in the Gospel Songs Artists, Gospel Artists and Gospel Albums Artist Categories. 63891-Tamela-Mann-original

BMI and eOne Music’s ‘Trailblazers’ Album Debuts at #10 on Gospel Chart

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Trailblazers_CD_Cover

Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) and Entertainment One (eOne) Music  new release “Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013” debut at #10 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. The album is a collection of live performances from the 2013 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon held on January 18th in Nashville, TN. The album was released on October 22nd and was a milestone for BMI as it was the company’s first ever recording and sets a standard for other performing right organizations. The album features live performances from Pastor Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence and Company, Jason and Jonathan Nelson, Kierra Sheard, and more. Recently, BMI held an invitation only release event in Atlanta that featured newly signed artist Anaysha singing  the leading single, “Holy One”.  The album is produced by music director Joe “Flip” Wilson and Donald Lawrence with BMI’s Catherine Brewton and Wardell Malloy serving as Executive Producers. The compilation is available online and in stores.

 

Check out Exclusive Photos of the Atlanta Release Party 

Read Recap of 2013 BMI Luncheon 

Isaac Carree’s Reset Debuts at #1 on Billboard Gospel Chart

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

GOSPELIsaac-Carree-CD_Resetflava extends congratulations to Isaac Carree as his sophomore solo project Reset debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Charts.  The CD features the smash hit Clean This House, which is riding the Top Gospel songs charts at #2.