Dorothy Norwood Music Group has announced a distribution deal with EchoPark/JDI Entertainment and is readying the 52nd solo release of the world’s greatest story teller, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood in October. An Incredible Journey, produced by Norwood and Cedric Thompson features stellar performances from Dorinda Clark Cole, LeJuene Thompson, VaShawn Mitchell and Melvin Williams on the lead single, When the Church Begins to Pray.
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Anita Wilson is up to something good. The Grammy, Stellar, and Dove-award nominated singer keeps the flame of Urban contemporary burning with her unparalleled fusion of Gospel and Soul. As audiences everywhere fell in love with her debut album Worship Soul, Wilson readies us for more of the same with her sophomore album VINTAGE WORSHIP.
“That’s What He’s Done For Me” the album’s lead single makes its debut on the James Fortune Radio Show and serves as the first representative of how VINTAGE WORSHIP truly lives up to its moniker. A modernized relic of gospel’s golden days, “That’s What He’s Done For Me” rings from start to finish as an ode to traditional gospel, but seasoned with Anita’s unmistakable soulful flair.
Listen for music from the new album on radio and be sure to catch Anita on Dorinda Clark Cole’s The Gospel According to Dorinda on the Word Network this month.
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.
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.
Dorinda Clark Cole took to social media earlier today to announce the guest lineup for The Gospel According to Dorinda, her new show debuting on The Word Network. Guests include The Clark Sisters, Bill Moss, J. Moss, Larry Clark, Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Kierra Sheard and J Drew Sheard. The show will air live on the Word Network on January 13th.
For over 10 years, Dorinda Clark Cole has hosted her annual Singers and Musicians Arts Conference in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. This year, she decided to package the conference and “take it on the road”. On Decmeber 5th, all roads will lead to Los Angeles, California as SMAC makes its way to the Bishop Craig Worsham’s Peoples Independent Church. The three day confab features a musical extravaganza, new artist showcase and workshops featuring some of the top names in gospel including Tasha Page Lockhart, Teddy Campbell, David Daughtry, Damien Sneed, Neily Dickerson, Eric Dawkins, Asaph Ward, Gerald Haddon, Jason White, Shep Crawford and many more.
“Monday Night Live,” with noted pastor and teacher Paula White and “Gospel According to Dorinda” with Grammy Award winning singer and evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole are new shows being added to the programming lineup of the Word Network.
2013 has been a year of expansion for the Light Records recording artist and member of the legendary Clark Sisters. Cole’s Singers and Musicians Conference grew to include regional conferences in additional cities across the US. In related news, Cole’s syndicated radio program Serving Up Soul will be re-branded as the Dorinda Clark Cole Show beginning in January, 2014. Clark is currently in the studio working on music for her upcoming solo project.
Evangelist Dorothy Norwood is planning to have “some pure church with a little flair” as she heads to the nation’s capital to record her 52nd album on September 25th at Reid Temple AME Church. Joining her for the session will be Dorinda Clark Cole, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music.
SERVING UP SOUL, the two hour music and information program hosted by Dorinda Clark-Cole announced news of an agreement with Rejoice Radio Networks resulting in a major expansion of the show. Rejoice will provide programming, distribution, advertising sales, marketing and affiliate sales for the weekly radio program. The nationally syndicated SERVING UP SOUL provides inspiration, health tips, and showcases some of the best music. Today’s foremost entertainers, personalities, and recording artists share special moments with three time GRAMMY® award winner and host, Dorinda Clark Cole.
Serving up Soul was a 2011 Winner of the Crystal Mic Media Award for Best Syndicated Radio Show of the Year. Under the agreement with Rejoice, the show will now air in 100 markets nationwide. SERVING UP SOUL is produced by DMI Music & Media Solutions.
2013 Sista Friendz Stellar Women Of Gospel Honorees (from L-R) Demetrus Stewart, Melanie Clark, Diana Hobbs, Treiva Williams, Catherine Brewton, and JoJo Pada
The Stellar Awards now has another amazing event to add to its yearly weekend festivities: Toya Beasley’s SistaFriendz: “Stellar Women of Gospel Awards”.
This beautiful tribute took place on January 19, 2013 at the Gaylord Springs Clubhouse and honored women who are on the front lines in the Gospel music industry. This years honorees included GOSPELflva’s own Melanie Clark Pratt (CEO of GOSPELflava.com/ Afternoon Drive Host Praise 100.9), Catherine Brewton (Vice President, Writer/ Public Relations), JoJo Pada (Founder and President Of Ignition PR), Dianna Hobbs (CEO of EEW Magazine), Treiva Williams (Executive Administrator to Mary Mary), Demetrus Stewart (Consultant to Pure Springs Gospel), and Erma Davis (President and COO of Central City Productions).