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McDonalds Announces Lineup & Schedule For Inspiration Celebration Tour

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Donald Lawrence pr photo 1-Photo credit Dominick GuillemotMcDonalds has announced the lineup and schedule for the 9th installment of their popular Inspiration Celebration Tour beginning in Detroit on May 13 and running through Oct. 17th.

This year’s lineup features celebrated Gospel artists  Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard,  DeWayne Woods,  Tasha Page-Lockhart, comedian Small Fire  and syndicated radio host Lonnie Hunter.

Scheduled tour dates include:

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This Week’s Top Gospel Albums

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

WOW Gospel 2015 takes the top spot on the charts as we enter the 6th week of the new year with DeWayne Woods’ Life Lessons taking the number 2 spot and Crystal Aikin’s sophomore effort All I Need making its way into the top 10.  The 25 top Gospel Albums are listed below:

  1.  Various Artists                                  WOW Gospel 2015
  2. DeWayne Woods                                Life Lessons
  3. Various Artists                                   Billboard #1 Gospel Hits
  4. Fred Hammond                                  I Will Trust
  5. Tasha Cobbs                                       Grace
  6. Jason Nelson                                      Jesus Revealed
  7. Various Artists                                  WOW Gospel 2014
  8. Crystal Aikin                                     All I Need
  9. J Moss                                                Grown Folks GOspel
  10. VaShawn Mitchell                             Unstoppable
  11. Youthful Praise/JJ Hairston            I See Victory
  12. Bryan Courtney Wilson                    Worth Fighting For
  13. 3 Winans Brothers                            Foreign Land
  14. Jessica Reedy                                    Transparent
  15. Rance Allen Group                            Celebrate
  16. Icon Gospel                                        Icon Gospel
  17. Smokie Norful                                   Forever Yours
  18. The Walls Group                               Fast Forward
  19. Erica Campbell                                  Help
  20. Michelle Williams                              Journey To Freedom
  21. Deitrick Haddon                                Best of Deitrick Haddon
  22. Wess Morgan                                     Livin
  23. Dorothy Norwood                              An Incredible Journey
  24. William McDowell                              Withholding Nothing
  25. Ricky Dillard/New G                         Amazing

Anthony Hamilton, PJ Morton & Dave Hollister Join DeWayne Woods For Life Lessons

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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DeWayne Woods provides “Soul Therapy” with Life Lessons, his new album after a four year hiatus.  Best known for Let Go, Let God and Living on the Top, Woods feels confident the music on the new disc will position him in a different perspective yet remain true to his sound.  “I can honestly say this is the kind of creative project I’ve always wanted to record where there is enough on it to cater to everyone, but not lose my core,” Woods says of his third faith-inspired album. “It’s always great to think about building your audience as you grow in your career, and I definitely feel this is the record to do so.”

Woods is joined by Anthony Hamilton and Dave Hollister on the current radio single Friend of Mine, and the project will also feature music from Avery* Sunshine, P.J. Morton and Larry Waddell & Stokley Williams of the legendary band Mint Condition. Life Lessons hits the streets on February 3rd.

Recap: 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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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 GOSPELflava.com for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.

DeWayne Woods Teams Up With PJ Morton, Readies New CD

Monday, January 20th, 2014

DewayneWoodsPromoDeWayne Woods reunites  with PJ Morton for a new radio single fronting a new CD scheduled for a fourth quarter release. Never Be The Same is Woods’ first radio single in three years.  Also announced was a distribution agreement with Central South for the release of his third CD that will feature a collaboration with Mint Condition.

“ P.J. was instrumental in creating a voice for me and he keeps helping to define that voice,” Woods says of the reunion with Morton. “We have such great chemistry like we did on `Let Go.’” The song is positioned for airplay on both Gospel and Urban AC radio formats. “The deal with Central South Distribution is the perfect marriage for Soul Therapy Music Group to make inspirational yet out-of-the-box music,” says Jordan. “And having the opportunity to work with an industry legend like Vicki Mack and a major businessman and salesman like Chuck Adams is just huge.”

 

 

Kevin Vasser Drops New CD – Only You Can Deliver

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Malaco Music Group is proud to announce the Malaco debut full length album release of Kevin Vasser’s “Only You Can Deliver” on October 29, 2013.  Kevin Vasser’s “Only You Can Deliver” CD Available In Stores & OnlineKevin Vasser OYCD October 29, 2013.

Kevin Vasser serves as the Director of Worship and Arts at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and is the featured lead vocalist on “Days Of Elijah” on the Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship, “Best Of Both Worlds” CD.  The lead single “Only You Can Deliver” featuring DeWayne Woods is a top 30 charting song that is making an impact within the Gospel community and churches around the country. From the very moment you hear Kevin’s anointed voice singing “Only You Can Deliver,” you know that this is a special song and it will touch the hearts of millions.”

BMI Hosts Album Release Party To Celebrate Trailblazers Album

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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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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Getting to Know Kevin Vasser

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Kevin VasserWhile you’ve heard his voice most recently on Joy Will from Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s Stellar Award winning Best of Both Worlds CD,  Malaco Music Group Recording Artist Kevin Vasser is set to makes waves at radio with Only You Can Deliver (featuring DeWayne Woods), the first single from his debut Malaco CD.  Vasser posted this video to help us to get to know  and understand the man, the ministry and his love for music.

 

 

RECAP: 2013 BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

(From L-R: Issac Caree, Tina Campbell, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, and Warryn Campbell (Photo Credit: BMI)

 

The 2013 Stellar Award Weekend is in full effect in Nashville, TN and the city is on fire with Gospel Music. One of the hottest tickets in town that one could receive is an invitation to the prestigious BMI Trailblazers of Gosby7w5cpel Luncheon. This luncheon features the “who’s who” of the Gospel music industry coming together to celebrate their own, whom have done remarkable things in Gospel Music. This year, GOSPELflava.com was on the red carpet and inside the luncheon for all the power packed singing that took place at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. Tons of A-List Gospel artist spoke with our Red Carpet Correspondent “Goo Goo” about how they were excited to be in the room honoring living legends. This year’s Trailblazers Luncheon honored the legendary Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr. The event was hosted by Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, BMI President Del Bryant, and Vice President Catherine Brewton.

"The Walls" Group Singing Kirk Franklin's "I Smile"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The luncheon began around noon with an opening prayer from Pastor Joseph and Yolanda Morgan, parents of Stellar Award Nominated Artist Wess Morgan. After the prayer a delicious lunch was served,and the luncheon was under way. Kirk Franklin received the award for “BMI Song Of The Year”for his hit single, “I Smile“. “I Smile“has been performed over 50ok times and did record breaking numbers on the Billboard Charts. The Walls Group, a newly signed act to Franklin’s label payed tribute to Franklin. This young group had the likes of Lexi Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and others on their feet as they sang their acoustic version of Franklin’s “I Smile“.

 

Donnie McClurkin served as host for the beginning of the afternoon as the Kurt Carr tribute began.  Donald Lawrence & Company returned this year as the backing ensemble for the afternoon, and opened up with “In the Sanctuary”. While no group can compare to that of the Kurt Carr Singers, the Company under the direction of GrSheri Jones Moffett singing "I Almost Let Go"(Photo Credit: BMI) ammy Award Winning recording artist Donald Lawrence, and three time Stellar Award winning recording artist DeWayne Woods, added their classic sound to  every song.  After the Company got the crowd on their feet, the event went into over drive. Lisa Knowles of the Brown Singerss took the stage to sing “My Soul Loves Jesus”, and just when you thought the praise couldn’t go any higher, Sheri Jones-Moffett followed behind with her rendition of the Kurt Carr chart topper, ” I Almost Let Go” . In the middle of the song, Moffett began to testify about how a few years back she didn’t even want to sing anymore, but thought back to the goodness of Jesus and how he kept her throughout the years. Needless to say after that testimony, there wasn’t a person sitting down.

To finish the tribute, Sunday Best Season 4 Winner Amber Bullock, added her unique tone to “For Every Mountain“, mixing her style of soul, jazz, and classic Gospel vocals to present a beautiful arrangement to a man who deserved all the accolades being given that afternoon.

A solemn moment came in the luncheon when BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton honored Marvin McQuitty Jr.with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. McQuitty was a long time drummer in the industry and had worked on the trailblazers luncheon for many years.  The dynamic house band included an A-list of musicians such as Joe Wilson, Jonathan Dubose, Joel Smith, and Stanley Brown just to name a few.

CeCe Winans kicked off the second half of the afternoon with tributes for Edwin Hawkins. CeCe looLaShun Pace sang "God Will Take Care Of You"(Photo Credit: BMI)ked radiant on stage as she introduced Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul S. Morton who sang “Oh Happy Day“.  Gospel twins Jason and Jonathan Nelson had the entire room moving as they sang “I Need Your Spirit“, and Kierra Sheard stood beautifully on stage and sang “This Day“. A serious moment of the afternoon arose when gospel legend LaShun Pace took the stage to sing “God Will Take Care of You“. LaShun, whose dealt with recent challenges in her health brought tears to many eyes as she delivered the message of how through it all God continues to keep her. Shortly after, Edwin Hawkins was presented with the BMI Trailblazers Award and encouraged the audience to continue to pray for others in this industry.

 VaShawn Mitchell and Yolanda Adams kicked off the last set of tributes for the afternoon honoring Lady Tramaine Hawkins. VAnyasha Figueroa sings "Holy One"(Photo Credit: BMI)aShawn and Yolanda performed a rousing rendition of “The Potter’s House“, the two added a classic Hawkins style to the song while making it their own. Light Records’ newest artist Anaysha Figueroa proved that she has what it takes to be a front runner in Gospel music as she sang one of Hawkins leading songs “Holy One“.

 

 

By this time the power of GOD was so heavy in the place and Yolanda Adams took the microphone to sing “He Brought Me“. CeCe Winans joined in on a reprise of the song and then introduced Le’Andria Johnson as she finished the afternoon with “Changed“.  This was the pivotal moment as CeCe Winans passed the microphone to Tramaine Hawkins who claimed, she had a cold but took the room into a frenzy.

Tramaine Hawkins sings her hit "Changed"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The BMI Luncheon will air on TV in the coming months, keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for more updates.

Photo Credit: BMI

DeWayne Woods Becomes 1st Faith Based Spokesperson for Peta

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Stellar Award winning Gospel artist DeWayne Woods has made history. DeWayne is now the first faith based spokesperson for PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals).  The ad is now running online for PETA. DeWayne shot the photo and video for PETA in the fall of 2012 for their 2013 campaign.