Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

Donnie McClurkin Readies Us For The Journey

Monday, July 25th, 2016

D_McClurkin_TheJourney_CVRMultiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winner Donnie McClurkin takes us on a musical experience by way of his seventh album The Journey, hitting stores and digital outlets on August 19th.  The disc features fourteen tracks in total that comprise eleven classics and three new songs including his latest single, I Need You.

The singer/songwriter and radio host hits the road bringing inspiring words and music to people across the country as he presents An Evening with Donnie McClurkin visiting several cities.  A tentative schedule is listed below

AN EVENING WITH DONNIE MCCLURKIN DATES

 

7/30                   Baltimore, MD               Israel Baptist Church

7/31                    New York, NY                Grant Memorial Park (WBLS/WLIB event)

8/20                    Dallas, TX                        Inspiring Body of Christ

8/21                    Cincinnati, OH               Sawyer Pointe Park (I Hear Music Conference)

8/25                    Richmond, VA               St. Paul’s Baptist Church

8/26                    Charlotte, NC                 Rock Church Center

8/27                    Fairburn, GA                  Open Bible Church

9/18                    Norfolk, VA                     Rock Church

9/24                    Montgomery, AL          Safe Harbor Church

TBS                      Chicago, IL                      TBS

TBS                      Detroit, MI                      Perfecting Church

 

Passing of Noted Songwriter and Musician Herbert “Pee Wee” Pickard

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

DLC and Pee WeeGOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of acclaimed Gospel songwriter and musician Herbert Pee Wee Pickard (seated at the piano).  A child prodigy and son of a COGIC pastor, Pickard grew up in Detroit, Michigan and trained, directed and accompanied choirs as well as a number of the legends of Gospel including Reverend James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle (his piano accompaniment is heard on their first hit, The Love of God),  Brother Joe May, Professor Alex Bradford and a long stint with the Original Gospel Harmonettes.

Pickard recorded two albums for Savoy Records, one an instrumental and the other with his group, the Pickard Singers.

 

On Pause With Bill Moss, Jr.

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Bill MossGOSPELflava caught up with Bill Moss, Jr. to talk for a minute about his upcoming recording, his famous family and heritage and the work he does at Moss Academy of Music.

GF: Bill, you come from good stock, talk about your beginnings

BMJ: Well, you are right, I am from a family of musicians.  My parents, Bill and Essie Moss traveled the country singing as part of Dad’s group, the Celestials.  My brother is J. Moss (no explanation needed).  My aunt, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, reared one of the greatest gospel acts in Gospel music today, The Clark Sisters.  Then there is the next generation with Kierra and J. Drew, so  as you can see, there was a whole household of music makers.

Since we were always surrounded by music, music kinda came naturally.  I can remember when I was 5 years old, Dad and his group were on the stage singing their hit, Already Been to the Water one evening and Dad jumped off the piano, and I just got on and began to play, I didn’t have a clue, hadn’t had a lesson and Dad hadn’t showed me anything so he was standing there in amazement and the audience was astonished;  that was my first public performance.  Dad seized the opportunity to start me in piano lessons, and shortly thereafter my brother J came along.  Soon the Moss Brothers singing group came to fruition.

J didn’t stick with piano very long, as he developed it became very obvious that he was gifted in the area of production and songwriting, and of course he is an amazing vocalist.  I continued my studies through high school and went to college and got a degree in music.  Everything that I learned I shared with my brother, that just added to his depth .

GF: Give us details about your upcoming live recording

BMJ:  I am honored to serve as Worship Pastor at the Third New Hope Baptist Church where Dr. EL Branch is our Senior Pastor.  It is our desire to capture the energy of the worship that we experience on Sunday morning, thus, the Songbook of Praise and Worship came to be.  We are doing about 7 or 8 covers and I have written about 5 or 6 songs, our intention is to get everybody singing and present to the world praise and worship as we experience it on any given Sunday.  Its going to be a great experience.Bill Moss jr

GF: Any words you would share with up and coming musicians?

BMJ: I’m glad you asked.  I founded the Moss Academy of Music in the year 2000 to provide music instruction to young people in the community.  We  offer instruction in piano, voice, organ, drums and guitar, I am pleased to say that we have done well going on 16 years now,  it gives me an opportunity to not allow my gift to die with me and to prepare future generations of musicians.

I always tell the musicians coming up to be wise, work in the area where you have been planted, be a part of the church where you give service, and don’t let everything be about making top dollar.  It seems the trend of thought among young musicians is “I gotta get paid because I have a gift and a little skill”, but a great number of them lack any real depth, they can’t read music and  don’t know the hymns of the church, can’t follow the preacher, etc.  Take the time to perfect your craft.  Go to school, learn the ministry that you are a part of, I always tell musicians, its alright to crawl before you walk, but you need to be humble.  Make God your focus.  I have been blessed to be a part of some great ministries and have both seen and experiened great growth.  The Bible is right, your gift will make room for you, but you have to allow yourself to be molded and shaped for the Master’s use.

 

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.”

Dorinda Clark Cole Cast In New Preachers of Detroit Series

Friday, September 26th, 2014

DorindaAs previously reported, Oxygen makes good on its promise expanding the Preachers franchise.  The new series is set in the motor city of Detroit and takes an up close look at faith and family from the perspectives of 7 prominent preachers including Bishop Charles Ellis, Pastor David Bullock, Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Pastor Don Shelby, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston, and Pastor Tim Alden. Preachers of Detroit makes its debut in the Winter of 2015.

Kierra Sheard Announces Dates and Lineup For Bold Right Life 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Bold Right LifeKierra Sheard announced the Bold Right Life Experience 2013 will take place in her home town of Detroit on August 13-15th.  Among the lineup of preachers and singers joining her for the conference are Chicago’s Pastor john Hannah and Jonathan McReynolds, Sarah Jakes, Canton Jones, Tasha Cobbs, and Pastor John P Kee and New Life.

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.

Gospel Songwriter Elder George Jordan Passes

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

George Jordan

GOSPELflava and the Gospel Community is saddened with news of the passing of renowned  musician, singer and songwriter Elder George Jordan of Chicago, Illinois.

A native of Detroit Michigan, Jordan moved to Chicago in 1960 and accepted the position of Minister of Music for the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Maceo Woods.  He would go on to lead the famed Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir for more than 40 years. (more…)

Lisa Page Brooks Debuts Better Than Life On The Word Network

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Lisa Page Brooks will debut her new single “Better Than Life” on a very special presentation of  Rejoice in the Word  on Friday, November 16th, highlighting The Word Network’s brand new state of the art television production facility.

“Better Than Life” ranks at #31 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart and is the lead single from Brook’s forthcoming Habbakuk Music CD scheduled to be released on February 5, 2013.

The song holds a special place in Lisa’s life as it was birthed in her as she meditated on Psalms 63. She shared with her husband the “musicman himself” Pastor Michael Brooks and taught it to the church praise team.  Her daughter worked out the vocal arrangement and her son produced the song under the careful observation of her husband.

Passing of Bishop James Craig

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Gospelflava joins the gospel music community at large in mourning  the passing of Bishop James Craig.  James along with his brother Charles rose to prominence as The Craig Brothers recording for the Savoy and Sound of Gospel labels.

Read the Gospelflava article on the Craig Brothers here: http://www.gospelflava.com/articles/craigbrothersinterview2007.html