Be sure to catch Donnie McClurkin as he makes a guest appearance on the Steve Harvey Morning Show on Monday, May 19th. Pastor McClurkin will talk about his latest project Duets (RCA Inspiration) as well as his nomination in the Best Gospel Artist category for the 2014 BET Awards. McClurkin won the first BET Award for Best Urban Contemporary Gospel Artist in June, 2001 and then again in 2005. Pastor McClurkin will also make a special guest appearance on the Steve Harvey Show on the NBC network on June 4th. Check local listings for time and station information in your area.
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Donnie McClurkin calls in a little assistance from his friends for Duets, his highly anticipated CD from RCA Inspiration. Tramaine Hawkins, John P Kee, Erica and Tina Campbell, Justin Savage and Tye Tribbett all join in the celebration. While We are Victorious (featuring Tye Tribbett) has been making the rounds at radio, we can’t get enough of the churchy remake of Write My Name Above, a tribute to Mattie Moss Clark and the Southwest Michigan State Choir featuring Dorinda Clark Cole. Duets hits stores and digital outlets on March 4th and is available for preorder on iTunes.
The Centric Network will celebrate Black History Month with Being, an eight episode hour long weekly series examining the lives of African American entertainers and celebrities and the obstacles they have overcome. Premiering on February 15th, BEING will take an in depth look at the life and times of Wendy Williams , Chaka Khan , Al Sharpton , Dionne Warwick , Donnie McClurkin , Ruben Studdard and more.
The series features exclusive interviews, archival footage and photos spanning the careers of these high profile newsmakers. Being is narrated by hip hop music maker Big Daddy Kane. Check your local listings for time and station information in your area.
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.
Many are familiar with the name and the voice of Andrea McClurkin-Mellini as she has graced the stage in the shadows of her big brother Donnie and recorded with her family on The McClurkin Projects. Fast forward to these days, she is in the studio putting the finishing touches on her upcoming solo debut from Camdon Records in addition to taking center field on October 6 to sing the National Anthem at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the NFL’s Giants vs. Eagles game.
The gifted singer/songwriter won a BMI Award for We Praise You as the song landed on the list of Most Performed Songs on Christian Radio in 2007. Be sure to catch her performance on Bobby Jones Gospel on November 3rs and as part of Kim Field’s Holiday Love Christmas Special on TV One in December.
Now comes word of a November 4th date set for the Live Recording of JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise. All roads will lead to the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Connecticut. A number of guests will be on hand for the worship experience including Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, VaShawn Mitchell and Pastor Jason Nelson.
Well, the votes were counted and a winner announced bringing season six of the BET hit series Sunday Best to a close. In the end, Tasha Page Lockhart (daughter of Lisa Page Brooks) took home the coveted title of Sunday Best Season 6 winner and celebrated her victory as a “win for the city of Detroit”.
Donnie McClurkin’s Camdon Music is getting in high gear anticipating the summer release from 2 time Stellar Award nominee Nancey Jackson Johnson. A love for the church and Gospel music was established at an early age as Nancey begin singing at age 7 in her Dad’s church. After recording with Bishop Jeff Banks and the Revival Temple Mass Choir, the New Jersey native’s solo debut came in 1997 with the release of Free, Yes I’m Free from Harmony Records. Following the success of Free, Harmony Records released Relationship featuring five star production from Michael J Powell, Tonex, PAJAM, Fred Hammond and Dawkins & Dawkins. This licensed and ordained minister has traveled the country leading worship and sharing the stage with Donald Lawrence, Judith McAllister and Donnie McClurkin.
Her new single, I’m Free is available on iTunes and Amazon now.
The 2013 Essence Festival heads to the Crescent City, New Orleans, Louisiana on the weekend of July 4th through July 7th. This year, the Get Lifted All Star Gospel Tribute honors Gospel music icons Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin. Scheduled performers include Bishop Lester Love and the City of Love, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams, Amber Bullock, Tasha Cobbs, Bishop Noel Jones, Tyronne Foster and The Arc Singers, Kurt Carr, Isaac Carree, Kim Burrell and many more.