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BET Celebration of Gospel Airs Tomorrow at 8!

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

504215054We are just one day away from the ultimate praise Party, BET’s The Celebration of Gospel. This special will be sure to encourage and lift your spirit. Taraji P. Henson will be on deck as your host and guide you through the evening of praise that includes some of the hottest performances by some of today’s Top Gospel Artist! We want you to join us on Twitter tomorrow night for the Tweet Party using the hashtag #CelebrationOfGospel. In the meantime check out our exclusive Celebration of Gospel Gallery  and post and share your favorite images.

One performance that’s sure to usher you in is Anthony Brown’s performance of his Chart topping single, “Worth” with Group Therapy. This song has captivated the heart of millions since its release in 2015, and has garnered Brown several Stellar Nomination.

Earnest Pugh Announces Partnership With GOSPELflava

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

EP announceGospel singer and label owner Earnest Pugh announced a partnership with GOSPELflava, the foremost source of Gospel music on the world wide web to exclusively promote his labels and ministry events through their e-blast vehicle.  “I am very optimistic about joining forces with GospelFlava in this effort to now e-blast EXCLUSIVELY for both of my labels EPM Music Group and P-Man Music, LLC along with my personal ministry Earnest Pugh Ministries, Inc. We have been connected since my entry into the gospel music industry with my first cd in 2006. The worst is over and GOD’s BEST is yet to come. –Earnest Pugh

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:

Chris Carter and Korey Bowie

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECAP: 1st Annual “The Sista Friendz”- Stellar Women Of Gospel Awards

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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 Honorees (1)

 

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).

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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

Bonnerfide Radio Celebrates 1 Year

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010


Gospel Flava would like to congratulate our Co-Founder and  Associate Editor, Gerard Bonner on celebrating one year of his Stellar Award Nominated and Crystal Mic Media Award Winning Internet Radio station, Bonnerfide Radio. (more…)