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BMI Announces 2016 Honorees

Friday, November 20th, 2015



The BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards have announced it’s honorees for the year and it will no doubt put a premium on what is already one of the most sought after tickets of the year.  2016 marks the year that BMI will celebrate the contributions of two of gospel’s most prolific duos – Bebe and Cece Winans and Mary Mary.  The event will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Atlanta’s Rialto Center for the Arts. This is the second year the event has taken place separate from it’s longstanding annual date during Stellar Award weekend.  Headed up by BMI’s Catherine Brewton (Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations) the Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards will host gospel music’s premier songwriters, recording artists and music industry executives, as well as the genre’s legends.  BMI will also announce the Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year at the ceremony.

Recap: 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

Monday, January 19th, 2015


Atlanta, GA was on fire as Gospel music’s biggest and brightest stars, producers, and industry personalities invaded the city for The 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards.  BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton described the event as a “homecoming”. Sixteen years ago the first BMI Trailblazers Event was held in Atlanta with just a keyboard, drum set, and a hundred people. Since its humble beginnings the event has gone on to be considered the Gospel equivalent of the annual Clive Davis Grammy Party. In past years the event was apart of Stellar Award Weekend, but when it was decided that The Stellar Awards would be held in Las Vegas, BMI decided to return “home” to its Atlanta beginnings.



Monday, January 19th, 2015



This past weekend, BMI brought legends and contemporary stars together to celebrate the careers of gospel giants Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards in Atlanta.


BMI Set To Honor Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Pace Sisters

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

spacer the-anointed-pace-sistersIsrael 1014Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) announced today that the 16th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards will honor Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Pace Sisters on January 17th, 2015 in its new location at the Rialto Center of the Arts in the city of Atlanta.  “I’m thrilled to bring the fete to Atlanta this year and to honor these revered luminaries of gospel music,” said BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Atlanta has a rich musical history and it’s the perfect setting to laud Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters.”

Recap: 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


It’s arguably one of the most anticipated events of the Stellar Award Weekend.  Hundreds come from across the nation in anticipation of the sweet presence that always invades the room. For many it sets the tone for their year, and is a time to be uplifted and encouraged.  I’m writing about none other than the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon.

For the past 15 years the event has been hailed as the hottest ticket in town. The invitation only event is the brain child of BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton and her team. The idea was stemmed from other industries hosting events and parties to celebrate their legends. Brewton felt that Gospel music with its life changing power needed that as well. It was there that the luncheon was birthed and since its inception it continues to get better. Throughout the years the event has maintained its intimacy by gathering Gospel’s top artist, musicians, writers, and industry executives into one room. Each person in the room represents a brand and function that makes the industry work.

The anticipation and energy was high on January 15th as legends Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood were set to be honored. Despite the cold temperatures hundreds pressed their way to the Rocket Town venue for an afternoon of praise and worship. The presence was strong as you entered the beautifully decorated room. The lighting was warm and the center pieces shined brightly. Oprah Winfrey once stated, “Love Is In The Detail”, and that’s surely something that the BMI team believes. From the personalized invitations that were sent in the mail, to the seating assignments everything about the afternoon was excellence.

After the opening prayer by Bishop Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, the coveted “BMI Most Performed Gospel Song Of The Year Award” was presented to Kirk Franklin. Franklin penned Tamela Mann’s smash single, “Take Me To The King”. Both Franklin and Mann took the stage tearful and Franklin shared how both him and Mann were friends since the age of 15. Tamela’s, “Best Days” album was nearly complete but Franklin insisted they save a slot for him on the album. That slot was the now ground breaking single, “Take Me To The King”. The song has spent over 20 weeks at #1 and the “Best Days” album remains in the Billboard Top 10. With the release of the Deluxe Edition the album is quickly headed to Gold Status. This win prepared Tamela for an amazing weekend , as the next day she won the Stellar Award for “Artist Of The Year”.

Hosts Donnie McClurkin and Erica Campbell greeted the attendees and the afternoon was underway. To honor the legendary Daryl Coley, BMI put together some of the most versatile and beastly vocalist to pay tribute to one of the best male vocalist of all time:

  • Floyd Wilkinson- “2nd Chronicles”
  • Earnest Pugh- “More Like Jesus”
  • Zacardi Cortez- “Jesus Saves”
  • Tasha Page Lockart- “He’s Preparing Me”
  • Jason Nelson- “Sovereign”
  • Pastor Beverly Crawford- “Can’t Tell It All”.

Pastor Beverly Crawford got the entire room in a shout as she took us to church on “Can’t Tell it All”. Zacardi Cortez’s rendition of “Jesus Saves” would be a refreshing radio hit as he breathe new life into the classic. Tasha Page Lockhart’s rendition of “He’s Preparing Me” brought forth testimony service. Host Erica Campbell explained how she listened to that song many years ago when her and her sister Tina were just starting out.  Jason Nelsons amazing tone on “Sovereign” made the song an even greater masterpiece. Donald Lawrence and Company sang heaven down holding the background  vocals along with the band.

To honor the maestro Dr. Richard Smallwood the following artist gave the following tributes:

  • Y’Anna Crawley- “Don’t Worry”
  • Donnie McClurkin- “Center Of My Joy”
  • Dorinda Clark Cole- “What He’s Done for Me”
  • Marvin Sapp- “Healing”
  • Yolanda Adams- “I Love The Lord and Total Praise”
  • Anyasha Figueroa and Timiney Figueroa- “Angels”

BMI VP Catherine Brewton announced this years luncheon will be available on CD as a compilation and released later in the year.  Yolanda Adams’s “I Love The Lord” was reminiscent of her powerful tribute to Whitney Houston at the NAACP Image Awards, and Anyasha and Timiney’s “Angels” brought a new light to the song as well as honored the previous version.  Keep it locked to for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.

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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RECAP: 1st Annual “The Sista Friendz”- Stellar Women Of Gospel Awards

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

2013 Sista Friendz Stellar Women Of Gospel Honorees (from L-R) Demetrus Stewart, Melanie Clark, Diana Hobbs, Treiva Williams, Catherine Brewton, and JoJo Pada

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The Stellar Awards now has another amazing event to add to its yearly weekend festivities: Toya Beasley’s SistaFriendz: “Stellar Women of Gospel Awards”.

This beautiful tribute took place on January 19, 2013 at the Gaylord Springs Clubhouse and honored women who are on the front lines in the Gospel music industry. This years honorees included GOSPELflva’s own Melanie Clark Pratt (CEO of Afternoon Drive Host Praise 100.9),  Catherine Brewton (Vice President, Writer/ Public Relations), JoJo Pada (Founder and President Of Ignition PR), Dianna Hobbs (CEO of EEW Magazine), Treiva Williams (Executive Administrator to Mary Mary), Demetrus Stewart (Consultant to Pure Springs Gospel), and Erma Davis (President and COO of Central City Productions).


GOSPELflava’s Melanie Pratt among 2013 SistaFriendz Stellar Women of Gospel Honorees

Monday, December 17th, 2012


The GOSPELflava family congratulates our very own Melanie Pratt as a 2013 recipient of the Stellar Women of Gospel Awards.  This  event will be held on January 19th in Nashville, Tennessee during Stellar Awards Weekend.  The awards celebrate the contributions of female gospel professionals working untiringly to bring gospel music to the world.  The event is hosted by Toya Beasley, Founder and CEO of SistaFriendz and will also honor BMI’s Catherine Brewton, publicist JoJo Pada, EEW Magazine’s Diana Hobbs, gospel music professionals Demetrus Stewart and Treiva Williams.