Posts Tagged ‘gospel’

BET Nominees Announced

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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The BET Award nominees were announced Monday, May 18. In the “Best Gospel Artist” category, the nominees are Deitrick Haddon, Erica Campbell, Fred Hammond, Lecrae, Mali Music and Michelle Williams.

The BET Awards will air on the BET network on June 28 in celebration of the achievements of African Americans and other minorities in music, entertainment and sports.

 

Fantasia Writes First Gospel Song

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Fantasia is no stranger to gospel, but she took to her Instagram account to announce that she has just written her first gospel song. (more…)

Casey J Live Recording (Recap) + Single Hits Top of Charts

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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Casey J Live Recording

Date: January 30, 2015

Location: Fresh Start Church- Duluth, GA

Label: Marquis Boone Enterprises/ Tyscot Records

 

Refreshing, Passionate, Energetic, and Anointed are just a few of the words to describe the atmosphere at Fresh Start Church on Friday January 30, 2015. Hundreds lined up outside the sanctuary in expectation for the move of God that was about to take place. Worshippers were greeted by smiling faces as they were ushered into the sanctuary. VIP’s were welcomed with excellence as their names were written on cards in their seats and offered water so their worship experience would be comfortable. Gospel’s elite leaders such as Micah Stampley, Jason Nelson, and VaShawn Mitchell filled the church along with music industry personalities and figures. The sanctuary was decorated with warm colors, trees, and candlelight to create a warm, inviting, and intimate setting. Casey’s personality shined through the building even before she hit the stage. Prior to the recording, guests watched a video where she took the time to thank her entire team for their hard work and labor.

For her debut project Casey assembled and all-star team of musicians, producers, and vocalist. At the helm of the project is Rick Watford (Andrae Crouch, CeCe Winans, Jason Nelson) serving as Musical Director with musicians Natalie Ragins, and Jesse Bond to name a few. Serving as vocal producer is Rachel James of Bridge, Hooks, and Stuff Entertainment (Darwin Hobbs, Ted Winn, Micah Stampley).

For those that don’t know, Casey J. Hobbs is quickly becoming a well-known name in Gospel music. Her breakout single, “Fill Me Up” has reached the top of the Billboard charts and receiving major radio airplay. Worship leaders all over the country have added the song to their praise and worship rotation.

When you meet this spunky educator now artist leader her inviting personality captivates you. Her sincerity and pure heart bleeds through her crystal clear vocals as the lyrics and melodies flow from her spirit. Her energy is infectious and fans will be delighted when they hear the new music she presents. If you ask Casey about her creativity she will tell you that she is a self proclaimed “ Flower Child” and attributes her creativity to her father who died when she was only 5 years old. Casey is no stranger to music. At the age of 12 she joined the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde and sang with them until she went to college at The University of Georgia.

Worshippers will experience original songs written by Casey such as “The Truth”, “I’m yours”, “Journal” and “Better”. Before each song Casey eloquently explained the meaning behind each song and was very transparent with the audience. She explained that even though she’s a worship leader with a single that’s reached the top of the charts she’s still growing and learning as a worshipper and woman of GOD.

There were several special moments throughout the recording. One tender moment was when Casey’s grandmother joined her to sing the Johnson Oatman Jr. classic hymn “ No Not One”. Casey explained how important it was for her grandmother to join her on this song and how hymns are the foundation of today’s church. In the midst of singing the song, the power of GOD fell in the room and Casey’s grandmother began to pray over her granddaughter and impart wisdom as she takes this next step in her career and ministry. Many found themselves wiping tears from their eyes as they witnessed this young ladies elevation.

In the midst of celebrating the #1 album in the country, Jason Nelson was front and center to celebrate his mentee recording her first album. Casey shared the story of how in prayer one day she began to discover that she was an “orphan”. She had no one to guide her as a worship leader and recording artist. While ministering out of town on the same engagement with Nelson, the two met and he began to impart into her and explained he was called to her ministry. Jason then joined Casey on stage for a song entitled “Have Your Way”. Jason’s smooth and signature vocals flowed wonderfully with Casey’s tone.

Of course the night wouldn’t have been complete without Casey recording her hit “Fill Me Up” written by William Reagan. She explains the song is “ flashback of the true worship experience I remember having during church in my grandmother’s basement”. She explains, ‘the sound isn’t a traditional church sound- it’s worship in its purest form.” Casey says that Israel Houghton has been one of her biggest influences because his music is for everyone and has transcended barriers in Gospel and Christian Music.

Casey’s album entitled “The Truth” is slated to hit stores and digital outlets on April 21, 2015. Her single “Fill Me Up” is currently #1 on Billboard.

 

Album Producers:

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Recap: 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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Atlanta, GA was on fire as Gospel music’s biggest and brightest stars, producers, and industry personalities invaded the city for The 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards.  BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton described the event as a “homecoming”. Sixteen years ago the first BMI Trailblazers Event was held in Atlanta with just a keyboard, drum set, and a hundred people. Since its humble beginnings the event has gone on to be considered the Gospel equivalent of the annual Clive Davis Grammy Party. In past years the event was apart of Stellar Award Weekend, but when it was decided that The Stellar Awards would be held in Las Vegas, BMI decided to return “home” to its Atlanta beginnings.

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Lecrae Makes History!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Lecrae Congrats to Lecrae and Reach Records who makes history with the f irst Gospel Album EVER to top Billboard’s Top 200, beating out Maroon 5, R&Bs Jhene Aiko and Rocker Ryan Adams to take the #1 Spot.    Anomaly sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Lecrae’s collective catalog of seven studio albums has yielded 1.4 million album sales and 2.9 million track downloads.

Streaming Link for The Funeral Services of Al Hobbs

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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The services for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs will be streamed live tonight and tomorrow via the following website:  (more…)

Pastor Donnie McClurkin Celebrates Gospel With The Cincinnati Reds

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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This past Sunday July 27, the Cincinnati Reds hosted their first ever Post-Game Gospel Concert at Great American Ball Park, with performances by Isaac Carree and Grammy-winning artist Pastor Donnie McClurkin on Sunday, July 27.

Pastor McClurkin posted via his Facebook page that it was “A GREAT day” as Family and friends were able to enjoy their favorite gospel artists for true day of praise in the park!

Tamela Mann to sing “Take Me To The King” on “The View”

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

 

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ABC’s Hit Day- Time Talk Show, “The View” welcomes Tamela Mann to sing her #1 hit, “Take Me To The King”. The Stellar Award winner was asked to come and sing the hit on Tuesday April 22nd to celebrate co-host Sherri Shepherd’s birthday.  Tamela says, ““Sherri is a dear friend, and I’m thrilled to be a part of her special day,” said Tamela. “It’s going to be a big celebration and time of fellowship, and I’m honored to be able to share my music with the ladies of The View and people across the country.”  Mann’s latest hit “I Can Only Imagine” is currently #1 at Gospel Radio.  “The View” airs on ABC at 11am est, please check your local listings for more information.

Recap: 29th Annual Stellar Awards

Monday, January 20th, 2014
Seven time 2014 Stellar Awards winner Tamela Mann (Photo Credit: Linximages / The FrontPage Firm

Seven time 2014 Stellar Awards winner Tamela Mann (Photo Credit: Linximages / The FrontPage Firm

Nashville, TN was on fire as the 29th Annual Stellar Awards came into time. This year’s award show was hosted by two comedians who truly love GOD. The View’s, Sherri Shepherd, and Rickey Smiley from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show had the crowd in stitches the entire evening. The night kicked off with Bishop Hezekiah Walker singing, “Every Praise”. The song is still the #1 song at Gospel Radio and the crowds reaction to it explained why. The entire room stood as one big choir and lifted their voice in praise unto GOD. The show was being broadcast live on upTV and the praise in the room was high.  In between commercial breaks Comedian Jonathan Slocumb kept the crowd entertained and warmed up. Central City Productions might want to consider doing a behind the scene of the show as some of the funniest moments happened when the cameras weren’t on. The first award of the night was given to Tye Tribbett for Male Vocalist of the Year. After such a big debut of his latest album  “Greater Than”, and the smash single, “If He Did It Before”, this award was well deserved.

Next up there was an all female lineup that included Lexi, Erica Campbell, LaTice Crawford, and JeKalyn Carr. Lexi started it off singing her two step theme song, “Abide”, and Latice Crawford followed behind with some hot new music. The little vocal powerhouse JeKalyn Carr set the house on fire with her song, “Greater Is Come”. Many marveled at how much vocal power and anointing the young lady had. Perhaps if she had more time, we probably would have went over time as the anointing fell thick. Lastly Erica Campbell took is in with some down home Gospel singing her song, “A Little More Jesus”.  Erica’s sister Tina was her biggest fan in the audience cheering her on.  In between commercial breaks the crowd got a chance to see a sneak peak of the new season of Mary Mary which premiers on February 27th.

Actress Kimberly Elise presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Pastor Joel Osteen appeared via video and sent his congrats to the Bishop. Next the now Stellar Award Winning Anthony Brown and Group Therapy took to the stage to sing his song, “Testimony”. The entire room went into a frenzy when the group added vocal inflections to their hit song. I just happened to be sitting near Anthony’s mother who had the biggest smile on her face as she watched her son minister in song on this national stage.

Now the Stellar Awards would not be complete without a performance from the First Lady of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar. Looking beautiful and never aging Pastor Shirley Caesar sang her song, “God Will Make A Way”. Next Melinda Doolittle and Jason and Jonathan Nelson presented Tasha Cobbs with the UNCF award for “New Artist Of The Year”. Despite their being a mixup of the envelopes, Cobbs graciously accepted the award and thanked her parents.  This proved to be bittersweet as when she returned home from the Awards, her Father suddenly passed away.

There was a special tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela. Kirk Franklin who performed at Mandela’s memorial service talked about this great South Africa leader and how honored he was to be there. Jennifer Holiday, The Original Dreamgirl sang a special song in tribute, delivering a song only the way she can.

Sister Bernice Jenkins made a special appearance to this year’s show and read this years church announcements.  Tamela Mann was presented the Albertina Walker Female Vocalist Of The Year by Kierra Sheard who won the award previously and past Stellar Nominee Anita Wilson.  Next Donald Lawrence and Company took to the stage doing choreography to their single, “The Gift”.  The Tankards from Bravo’s, “Thicker Than Water”, presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with “Choir Of The Year”. After a successful debut of Azusa: The Next Generation no one was surprised Bishop received this honor.

Isaac Carree gave a unique performance of his song, “Clean This House”. The performance started off with a video that set up the theme of the song. In the video Carree sat a  conference table with this legal team. The team brought up some of the issues the song talks about. Next Carree was on stage in a press conference style setting, setting the record straight through song. Carree’s performance will go down in the Stellar history books as one of the most unique live performances.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was presented with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. This was a well deserved award as Congresswoman Lee works tirelessly for the Gospel music industry in Washington, DC. She was the driving force behind making September: Gospel Music Heritage Month.

For All the quartet fans there was a special performance featuring The Wardlaw Brothers, The Canton Spirituals , and The Gospel Legends. Dr. Bobby Jones presented Reverend Maceo Woods with the Bobby Jones Legends Awards.  Erica Campbell and Tye Tribett presented Anthony Brown and Group TherAPY the award for “Group/DUO of the Year”. Anthony thanked his team and his parents who went into a Baptist fit when his name was called.

When Tasha Cobbs took the stage to sing her hit “Break Every Chain” the atmosphere was immediately charged. Cobbs took the stage and the power of GOD fell strongly in the room.  The Ford “Song Of The Year” was presented to Kirk Franklin for writing Tamela Mann’s smash hit, “Take Me To The King”.

VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan McReynolds, Zacardi Cortez, and Jonathan Nelson took to the stage singing a medley of their hits. And Lastly Tamela Mann was presented the award for “Artist Of The Year”. A tearful Tamela took to the stage thanking her family and longtime friend Kirk Franklin and all who believed in and pushed her.

 

Full List of Winners 

 

Erica Campbell To Release Debut Single- “A Little More Jesus”

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

971910_10151613279460053_215463618_nErica Campbell of “Mary Mary” is set to release her debut single, ” A Little More Jesus” on all digital platforms on June 25th. The song will also be featured as a ringtone for Verizon Wireless Black Music Month. The song has received critical acclaim from fans and industry insiders. Elroy Smith of Radio One stated that when the song debut on Praise 103.9 in May, “listeners constantly begged us to play it again, and if you want to feel good and uplifted this is the song for you.” The single is the first song to be released off Erica’s debut solo album that will be produced by her husband Warryn Campbell, and the song is co written by Erica and her sister Tina Campbell. Warryn states, “The Erica Campbell project is long over due, she has shined so brightly with Mary Mary over the last 10 Years, and now we get to hear her in a way that she has never been heard before.” Warryn goes on to say that listeners should be prepared to take an amazing journey with Erica and that they will enjoy the ride. This summer Erica will hit the road with several high profile appearances and performances at conferences, and is currently in production on the third season of her and Tina’s self titled WEtv Series “Mary Mary”.