Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Chicago’s Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Team Up With Percy Bady

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Percy BadySinger/Songwriter and Master Producer Percy Bady helped to establish the iconic Choir Sound working with the legendary Thompson Community Singers aka the Tommies during the reign of the Choir years.  Today, Bady recreates a musical menagerie with God’s Got Me, the first single from How Sweet the Sound winner DexteZion Movement at SAr Walker and Zion Movement’s live recording captured during this past summer in Chicago.  God’s Got Me pairs the energetic choir with the equally energetic Minister Tim White for a rapturous reassurance of God’s abiding presence and constant care.

God’s Got Me is available on digital outlets and look for the full album to be released in 2016.

Jonathan McReynolds Tours With India.Arie For Christmas

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

JonathanMcReynolds_Whole,single cover artJonathan McReynolds continues to deliver hope and inspiration with music from his Billboard chart topping CD Life Music:Stage Two.  The Chicago native delights his fans with the release of a  new lyric video for Whole, his single featuring India.Arie and prepares to visit a number of cities as part of Arie’s Christmas with Friends tour.

The tour will make stops in Washington, DC (December 14, Howard Theatre); New York, NY (December 15, Gramercy Theatre); Philadelphia/Glenside, PA (December 17, Keswick Theatre); Memphis, TN (December 20, Minglewood Hall); and Nashville, TN (December 21, Schermerhorn Symphony Center).

McReynolds will finish out the year with dates in Fresno and Oakland, California and begin the new year with a trip overseas to London, England.

AME Music Conference Returns To Chicago

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The African MetMCAM 2015hodist Episcopal Church International Music and Christian Arts  Ministry (MCAM) Conference brings Pastors, Praise leaders, Drama teams and liturgical dancers from across the country to the city of Chicago November 4th – 7th.  Reverend Anthony Vinson, MCAM Director,  shared his excitement about this year’s event: “we  are elated to be back in Chicago this year, grateful to God for all his blessings.  This is the time that we are able to gather from all parts of the globe for fellowship and a time of impartation.  The bible instruction was for us to play both loud and skillfully and it is to our advantage to seek every opportunity to perfect our skills and abilities to offer greater service to the body of Christ.

The MCAM Conference will bring a number of noted clinicians and gospel artists to Chicago including Lamar Campbell, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright, and Adrian Dunn.  Additional details can be found at the MCAM website. Other highlights include the welcome service with keynote speaker Bishop John Bryant, a musicians clinic and the DVD recording of the AME Mass Choir.

Cinque Cullar Takes Worship To The Nations

Friday, October 30th, 2015

While Cinque Cullar may have altered his look since we last saw him, we can rest assured that the worship remains intact.  The Chicago based worship leader is preparing for the release of Life and Worship, the follow up to his debut Letters to God that produced the singles Continual Praise and Let the Glory of the Lord.Cinque Cullar .

“I had some reservations about doing a live CD,” said Cullar.  “Letters to God was released almost three years ago, and I hadn’t given much thought to doing a new project, let alone a live CD.  I then thought, wait, I lead people in worship almost every Sunday of the year.  I can do this.  I had a Philippians 4:13 and Zechariah 4:6 moment.  Standing in God’s ability and not my own power gave me what I needed to honor God and do my part.”  Cinque is also proud to say that God served as executive producer of the project.  “It was a God thing, from start to finish.  The Lord opened the doors for us to go to Sweden, and when I tell you God ALWAYS has a witness, believe it.  The people came with open hearts and minds and great expectations; we had a very meaningful encounter. What you will hear is worship, unrestrained, free flowing and all that.

A radio single, Believer’s Declaration is making the rounds at radio as Cullar prepares to celebrate the CD Release with a concert in Chicago on November 14th.

Lonnie Hunter Announces End Of Radio Show

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Lonnie-HunterSyndicated radio host and Tyscot recording artist Lonnie Hunter informed listeners that his radio show will come to an end on September 21st.  “It’s time for a change,” Hunter says of his exit that’s been in the plans for weeks. “I’ve loved doing the show, interviewing artists and playing the Battle of the Sexes and Clues & Categories games with the audience; but I’ve got lots of other new and exciting adventures on the horizon that I’m about to get off the ground.”

The Stellar Award winning artist and Pastor of Worship for New Jersey Bishop David Evans’ Bethany Baptist Church is preparing for the release of He’s Worthy, the new single from his Billboard top 5 charting CD #GETITDONE.  Hunter will make his final appearance on October 17th in Los Angeles as host of this year’s McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour and has signed on for hosting duties as the tour celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2016.  Plans are in the works for Hunter to transition to television with details on the show and format to come in the near future.

 

Early Birthday Presents For Jonathan McReynolds

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Mcreynolds Life MusicJonathan McReynolds celebrates his birthday with the release of Life Music: Stage Two hitting stores and digital outlets on September 18th. Fueled by the release of Gotta Have You and Pressure, the highly anticipated disc made its debut at #1 on the Amazon Hot New Releases in Christian Music Chart.  The Chicago native will celebrate the release of the CD with a birthday party/CD release event in Chicago.  Guests include Israel Houghton, Travis Green and India Arie followed by additional performances in New York, DC, Oklahoma, Virginia, Canada and Norway.

Dr. LouDella Evans Reid Continues To Set The Standard

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

If there is anything Dr. LouDella Evans Reid wants you to remember, its this: as long as there is a church, there will be a place for Sunday morning choir music.  Reid, a founding member and four decades plLERinflightus music minister of Chicago’s historic Fellowship Baptist Church celebrated the pre-release of Count It All Joy, a new collection of songs from her Traditional Gospel Choir during the 90/85 birthday celebration festivities that honored both her and her brother, the Reverend Clay Evans.

He Touched Me, a lively remake of the Thurston Frazier composition serves as the radio single and is garnering praise along with rave reviews from around the country. Dr. LouDella Evans Reid and the Traditional Gospel Choir were a highlight of the National Baptist Convention Christian Education Conference in June and will make an appearance at GMWA during July.

Celebrating Rev. Clay Evans 90th Birthday

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Clay EvansYou cannot mention Chicago Gospel without a mention of the Godfather of Gospel Preaching, the Rev. Clay Evans.  For some 5 decades, the What A Fellowship Hour reached thousands of home weekly via radio and television and featured the preaching of Evans and the melodic sounds  of the 200 voice Fellowship Baptist Church Choir.  We were on hand for his 85th birthday (check out the photos here), and this weekend everyone is all excited as friends from across the country gather to celebrate the 90th.

Producer/Singer/Songwriter and Fountain of Life Records CEO Pharis Evans Jr. (who features his famous uncle on his new single All My Help) shared these sentiments, “Reverend Clay Evans is a religious icon”, says master producer/songwriter and Fountain of Life Records CEO (and nephew) Pharis Evans, Jr. “He is an inspiration to so many. A man of great wisdom, candor and great humor, he motivates us to keep moving and trust God with everything. At 90, he can go into any church, anywhere on the planet on any given Sunday and simply say, “My, My, My” or “Can I get a witness” and the church will go in. ”

Fountain of Life is preparing for the reissue of some early recordings of Rev. Evans and the choir as well as a previously unreleased track.  In the meantime, catch the spirit of Fellowship in the following throwback clip.

 

Passing of Aldrea Lenox

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Jessy Dixon SingersGOSPELflava joins others around the country in mourning the passing of Aldrea Lenox (pictured top left), wife of the late Pastor (and noted singer) James Lenox (God’s Been Good to Me aka I Won’t Complain) and mother of Annette Queenie Lenox and Pastor Lamont Lenox.  A singer in her own right, Aldrea Lenox along with Ethel Holloway and Elsa Harris made up the Jessy Dixon Singers and traveled across the country and the world.  The group so greatly impressed Paul Simon that he had them back him on his Saturday Night Live appearance and recorded two million selling albums with them.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

Paul Simon and the Jessy Dixon Singers on the Dick Cavett Show

Bob Marovich Chronicles Chicago Gospel Roots In New Book

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Noted historian and host of Gospel Memories shines a bright light on the celebrated history of Gospel Music and its origins in the Gospel Music Capital of the City Called Heavenworld, Chicago, Illinois.  In the early days of Gospel Music, Chicago was the home to Thomas Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Roberta Martin, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Pops Staples and Sam Cooke.
“The challenge in writing A CITY CALLED HEAVEN was to tell as much of the Chicago story as possible, give it the scholarly treatment it deserves, and at the same time make it a pleasure to read,” Marovich shares.  “I also hope the book stimulates readers to learn more about the topics and people I’ve covered, and inspires other cities to examine their own rich African American sacred music traditions.”