Posts Tagged ‘commissioned’

Thursday Throwback – Commissioned Memories

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

CommissionedWe like Thursdays.  Celebrating good times gone by, we remember the impact of one of Gospel music’s most influential acts, Commissioned.  These Detroit boys produced a string of hits that our forever in our hearts.  From the archives, we pull some amazing facts and via the wonderful world of youtube, we find some amazing footage of the group performing on Chicago’s Saturday Night Sing television program

Commissioned Influence

Interview with Fred Hammond

Gerard Bonner Commissioned Tribute

 

Straight Gate Mass Choir Hits Billboard Top Ten

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Straight Gate Mass Choir1The Straight Gate Mass Choir hit a new stride with the release of their new disc, Saturate Us.  Its the fourth album from the Detroit church pastored by Bishop Andrew Merritt that burst on the scene with the release of Faith In The House in 2000.  Faith In The House went on to sell over 150,000 copies.

With production from Noel Hall (Fred Hammond, CeCe Winans) and performances from Jaye Thomas, Pam English, LaDon Ford and former Commissioned member Marcus Cole, Saturate Us is destined to be another praise and worship favorite.

Lisa Page Brooks Set For First Live Recording

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Mark your calendars forLisa Page October 23rd as the city of Detroit serves as the backdrop for Lisa Page Brooks’ first live solo recording.  This not to be missed event will take place at the Christian Tabernacle Church in Detroit, MI.  Music Legend and Commissioned co-founder Bishop Michael Brooks will produce the live music set including a highly anticipated reunion of the group Witness.

““We decided to do a live recording because my live performances often take on a deeper dimension than what we capture in the studio. I couldn’t think of a better special guest artist for the night,” Lisa Page Brooks says. “The fun of getting together to do a medley and getting to see everybody again is going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to a great time.”

Marvin Sapp Declares You Shall Live June 2nd

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Sapp Marvin YSLPreacher, Pastor and Psalmist Marvin Sapp declares victory in Jesus despite trying circumstances with the June 2nd release of his 10th solo CD, You Shall Live on the RCA Inspiration label.  “I was in a very transparent space when I recorded this album.” “I wanted to deliver something that was going to encourage those who are in the valleys of their lives, to let them know I get it. I know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out of your chest. But, I also needed them to know that no matter the heartbreak, God’s got us and even the most painful experience can be overcome.”

Pastor Sapp will celebrate the CD’s release with concert appearances in Atlanta, Charlotte and as part of the 30th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival.

Can We Get A Witness? Yes! Reunion and Live Recording Announced

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Was it just our way of thinking or did welisa-page-brooks all consider Witness, the female group organized by Michael Brooks as the counterpart of Commissioned????  Widely regarded as one of Gospel Music’s most prominent female groups, Witness dominated the airwaves with hits that included Safety, Get In the Way, Standard, He Can Do the Impossible, Magnify and many others.  GOSPELflava would like to take full credit for impressing upon the hearts and minds of the group members and Bishop Michael Brooks to pull the group together for one more go around.  It is now official as Lisa Page Brooks took to social media to announce her live recording featuring a Witness reunion taking place on MStandarday 1st at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.  Stay tuned for details……

Marcus Cole Releases New Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Its high tide over at Riverphlo Music Group as Letting Go, the brand new single from Commissioned alum Marcus Cole is now available.  Letting Go is the first single from the Soul Preacha CD which is expected to be released this summerMarcus Cole.  The project is a reunion of sorts as it once again teams Cole with Super Producer Luther Mano Hanes (Andraé Crouch – “The Journey” and “Live In Los Angeles”, Israel & New Breed – “A Timeless Christmas”, Jonathan Butler – “Brand New Day”, Cece Winans – “Live In the Throne Room DVD” and “Thy Kingdom Come”) for the first time since Cole’s 2006 debut project Write My Song.

Riverphlo’s roster includes Cole, the legendary Andrae Crouch, Vonnie Lopez and Leon Timbo as well as former Commissioned member Keith Staten.

Riverphlo Announces the Re-signing of Marcus Cole

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Marcus ColeGospel music lovers and die hard Commissioned fans will remember Marcus Cole as part of the group for the Time and Seasons CD. This affiliation was Cole’s first exposure to a national audience and would lead to additional high profile appearances on additional projects from Fred Hammond, Joann Rosario and Andrae Crouch. The multi-talented vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer teamed up with Riverphlo founder Luther Mano Haynes to release Write My Song, his debut solo project in 2006. In 2013, Cole once again connects with Riverphlo Entertainment joining the ranks of Andrae Crouch, Vonnie Lopez, fellow Commissioned member Keith Staten and Leon Timbo.

A Marvin Sapp Christmas

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Marvin Sapp ChristmasPastor Marvin Sapp went to social media today to unveil the cover for his first holiday CD entitled Christmas Card. The CD, his seventh solo release will drop on October 22nd.  Pastor Sapp was a keynote presenter during Bishop TD Jakes’ Megafest festivities and will host the Full Life Conference celebrating 25 years of ministry and 10 years of pastoral service later this month.  Guest speakers include Bishop Liston Page, Bishop Marvin Winans, Bishop Rudolph McKissick  and Bishop Paul Morton.

Former Commisioned Member Chris Poole Passes

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Commissioned Chris PooleGOSPELflava received news of the passing of Apostle Christopher L Poole Sr, (pictured second from left) on Monday, May 6th. Chris Poole and Marcus Cole joined founding members Karl Reid and Mitchell Jones for Commissioned’s 1999 Times and Seasons CD. Poole was an active part of Detroit’s Gospel scene, having worked alongside such gospel luminaries as Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, The Clark Sisters, The Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Shirley Murdock.

Funeral Services are scheduled for May 15th and 16th in Detroit.

Lisa Page Brooks Talks Witness Reunion

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Lisa PageWas it just us or was anyone else paying attention when Lisa Page Brooks tweeted “There will be a Witness Reunion” yesterday?  We know Brooks is busy gearing up for the release of Ready, her new solo project from Habakkuk Records featuring God Thing and Better Than Life, but the mere thought of a Witness reunion got us EXCITED.  The group, whom many viewed as the female counterpart to Commissioned dominated the 80s and 90s with hits including Safety, Get In the Way, Standard, Magnify and Justified By Faith.  We will keep our eyes and ears open for additional updates as they occur.

In the meantime, an Easter themed Witness remembrance: