Posts Tagged ‘Charlotte’

Dennis Reed and GAP Hit #1 on Digital Songs Chart

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Dennis Reed and GAPThe sheer power of GOSPEL music is felt through the song Necessary, recorded by Charlotte, NC based Dennis Reed and GAP some nearly 10 years ago.  The song had a resurgence thanks to Fantasia posting a video in rehearsal performing the song with members of the group.  Fortified by the video that has had over 10 million views and performances during her concert stops, Necessary has made its way from #11 into the top spot on the Digital Download Gospel Songs chart, selling some over 3,000 +  downloads.

Just in case you’ve been out of the country and on an internet fast, here’s a lyric video for Necessary

Donald Lawrence Announces 2016-17 Plans For New Music

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

 

Donald Lawrence took to Facebook to announce new music coming!  Celebrating a birthday today,  Lawrence posted on April 29, that we can expect a new single from TriCity late this summer.  He also announced a live recording in Charlotte and a new project in 2017,  Donald Lawrence Presents: The TriCity Singers “Curtain Call”

Cissy Houston to be Honored at Gospel Image Awards

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

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Award winning gospel and soul singer Cissy Houston, mother of the late Whitney Houston and grandmother of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, will be honored at the Gospel Image Awards in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The multiple Grammy winning singer will be awarded the lifetime achievement honor at Saturday’s event, held at Halton Theater. “Miss Cissy has worked for the gospel industry for a very, very long time and she’s very deserving of this award,” said Diana Davis, Gospel Image Awards executive producer.

Houston was in the Drinkard Singers and well-known vocal group the Sweet Inspirations, who performed alongside artists like Aretha Franklin, Elvis, and countless others. She won two Grammys in 1998 and 1996 for traditional soul gospel albums.

Melvin Crispell Passes

Friday, May 30th, 2014

MelvinCrispellLegendary Songwriter and Charlotte-area resident Melvin Crispell has passed away unexpectedly. It is believed that Crispell passed from complications connected to his diabetes, during a minor surgery.

Melvin Crispell was most widely known for his ground-breaking and prolific skill on a church organ.   Gospel artists worldwide have taken to social media to express this enormous loss. Yolanda Adams remarked via twitter “Melvin Crispell is a legend whose music influenced choirs & musicians. His legacy will live on through the music God birthed through him.” And that music is ringing out today in celebration of the life and musical legacy. Songs like “Jesus Is My Help” recorded by Hezekiah Walker, and “Wonderful Is Your Name” recorded by Walker as well as Juanita Bynum. There are countless songs recorded by James Hall Worship & Praise, among them “Caught Up” and “He Took My Place”, from Crispell’s early days and life in New York.

BET Blogger Torrence Glenn paid tribute to the mastery and majesty of Crispell’s works here: RIP: Professor Melvin Crispell

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John P Kee Announces Dates for VIP 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

VIP 2013JPKPastor John P Kee took to Twitter today to announce the dates and line up for his annual VIP (Victory In Praise) Conference convening in Charlotte July 28th through August 4th.  This year’s conference includes informative workshops, networking opportunities, artist showcases and worship.  The guests for this year’s confab are among the top names in gospel, including Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Kim Burrell, Brian Moore, Maranda Willis,Isaac Caree, Lowell Pye,Lejuene Thompson, Zacardi Cortez, Darius Paulk, Crystal Rucker and more.