Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

V Michael McKay Pens A New Classic

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Composer V. Michael McKay writes the songs that inspire people to sing all across the world.  A sample of his body of work includes The Battle Is ThVMMe Lord’s and The Good Shepherd (both recorded by Yolanda Adams) , The Potter’s House (Tramaine Hawkins),  Intercession (Kim McFarland), All In His Hands (Florida Mass Choir and Dr. Charles G Hayes’ Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir), Broken But I’m Healed (Byron Cage), The Corinthian Song (Kathy Taylor), I’m Still Here (Albertina Walker) and Oh Jesus (Dorothy Norwood).  McKay adds to his list of classics with the release of his new song Rest (For My Yoke Is Easy) making the rounds at radio.

The two time Dove Award winner said the song’s strong and deliberate message  are derived from scripture and his upbringing.  “These were words that I heard my mother and her mother recite with such conviction as I was growing up. When we realize that Jesus gives us a special invitation (to come to Him) in Matthew 11:25-30 and the invite allows us to bring our worries, our frustrations and our fears and in turn He gives us his rest. We can exchange our weakness for His strength. I Peter 5:7 is interspersed in the middle of the song, and what a joy it is to know we can cast every care upon Jesus and realize the load is not too heavy for Him to bear. For the weary, wounded and disappointed, there is rest. The world is teetering in a state of uncertainty and confusion, and in the midst of the turmoil. God offers us His peace and his rest.

A special release of the song heads to digital outlets in a couple of weeks.

African Worship Leader Uche Agu Releases The Glory Experience

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Uche Agu2African Worship Leader Uche Agu makes a praise declaration with the release of The Glory Experience Deluxe Edition.  Recorded live in Houston, the CD presents Agu as he celebrates God in all his majesty and power.  Production assistance comes from producer, musician and songwriter Clay Bogan III (William McDowell, Israel & New Breed), coveted vocal arranger and worship artist Daniel Johnson, world-class drummer Chris Coleman (Israel & New Breed, Chaka Khan, Prince), Grammy award winning recording engineer Danny Duncan and along with the Grammy award winning mix engineer Paul “Salvo” Salveson.

The Nigerian born preacher’s kid began singing God’s praises since the age of 3  and has ministered abroad across Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. The Glory Experience is available via iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets now.

Preashea Hilliard Takes Us To The Glory Experience

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Houston Texas is still abuzz from the October 21st live recording of Preashea Hilliard.  Five years after the release of her debut project Live Out Loud, the prolific worship leader and youngest daughter of Houston Pastors Bishop IV and Dr. Bridgette Hilliard invited worshipers to experience worship from a deeper level. Starting with the firsPreshea and Tashat song, Isaiah 40, the tone of worship was set for the night with every song taking the audience higher and higher.

The  event drew a number of gospel luminaries including CeCe Winans, Ernest Pugh, Steve Crawford and Dadra Crawford Greathouse of Anointed, Brian Courtney Wilson, Jonathan Nelson and Tasha Cobbs. Hilliard wasted no time in invoking the presence of God through worship on the power packed evening, bringing the audience to their feet on the Tasha Cobbs composition Lord, You Amaze Me.  Hilliard contributed ten original compositions on the project with writing assistance provided by her co producer and music director Eric King.

The Glory Experience is scheduled for a 2016 release.

Cedric Ballard Readies CD Release

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

imageHouston is an enclave for Gospel music and singer songwriter Cedric Ballard is definitely one of the city’s greatest offerings.  Ballard is without a doubt an effective worship leader and the music in his heart flows as a result of his personal time of prayer praise and worship.  His perspective of life experiences tempered by God’s grace prompted him to create songs that would lead to the creation of Transparency, his long awaited solo project.  Radio is abuzz with the release of his first single, My Praise Belongs To You.

Ballard will celebrate the release of Transparency with a CD Release Concert on Saturday, May 30th at Houston’s Greater Grace Church before embarking on a multi-city promotional tour.

Trinity Dawson Takes The Field To Sing Praises

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The Bible says the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and newcomer Trinity Dawson is a recipient of God ordered steps.  The University of Toledo Division 1 running back had his sights set on a football career until his plans were redefined by Divine intervention.  Dawson soon realized, “purpose is not one-dimensional; but, when surrendered to God, Trinity Dawsonevery aspect of who I am is for His glory.”

Dawson now finds himself in the right place as he presents music and melodies both near and dear to his heart on With All I Am – The EP.  Counting Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Hillsong United, John Legend and Stevie Wonder as some of his influences, he carefully weaves together the sound of progressive praise music colored by urban influences.  The EP is available digitally online and a full project hits stores in the summer.




Earnest Pugh Releases Just Worship

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Earnest Pugh draws peoPugh Just Worship EPple into the presence of the Lord on his new EP, Just Worship hitting retail and digital outlets September 2nd.  Pugh is assisted by veteran producers Michael Bereal (Beverly Crawford, Norman Hutchins, and Judith Christie McAllister) and Grammy Award winner Cedric Thompson (Donald Lawrence, Stephanie Mills, Karen Clark-Sheard) in the creation of the disc that features music culled from the many worship experiences from Pugh’s live concerts.

A CD release celebration will be hosted by Pastor Keion Henderson and the Lighthouse Church family, where Earnest serves as Worship Pastor.  Joining in the night of praise are Deric Lewis of Austin and Keith Williams and the Lighthouse Church Radical Praise Choir.



Johnny B Williams Making Good Noise

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Johnny BSocial Media has been abuzz about Houston Texas based singing sensation Johnny B. Williams.  One listen and you will agree that the hype-meisters got this one right.  Williams spent most of his youth surrounded by music and started singing and playing at an early age.  His love for music continued through his high school and college years as he earned degrees in theater and education administration.  A proud father and husband, Williams takes great pride in molding young minds as a public school teacher and honors the Lord with his gift every week in the position of  music director at Houston’s Fallbrook Church.  Williams’ radio single, The Greatest King is making impact at radio now and his Songs for the World to Sing is available on digital outlets everywhere.

Brian Courtney Wilson Gets In The Ring July 25th

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

BCourtneyWilsonNewly signed Motown Gospel artist Brian Courtney Wilson pulls out all the stops for his first live recording session on July 25th.  The event takes place at Pastor Rudy Rasmus’  St. John’s United Methodist Church in the city of Houston.  The album entitled, “Worth Fighting For” will be Wilson’s  debut release on the Motown Gospel label with production duties handled by the very capable Aaron Lindsey.

Lindsey could hardly contain his joy in preparing for the session.  “I’m truly honored to see this recording come together.  Brian’s songs are lyrically and musically so relevant to the current hybrid sound of worship and gospel that this recording is going to be amazing!” Wilson echoed the same sentiments, “I am so thankful to be recording new music with this team and to share in the experience with my friends, family and supporters. In some ways it feels like a long time coming…in other ways it feels like it is right on time.”

J Shep and Standard Release Haven’t Forgot

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Jason ShepJason Shepherd has been on the watch list for a while now and with good reason.  An up and coming producer, songwriter and contemporary Gospel artist, he has composed music for the likes of Shekinah Glory Ministry, Phil Tarver and the Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir.  Jason’s music was prominently featured in the Coca Cola Pay It Forward Program in 2013.  His latest contribution comes via the release of Haven’t Forgot, featuring Vernard Burton backed by Standard.  The song serves as a constant reminder of God’s active presence in our lives.  Haven’t Forgot was released in early June and is available at digital outlets everywhere.

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Honors Minister Hanq Neal On New CD

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Marcus CosbyHouston’s Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir honors the legacy of the late Minister Hanq Neal with the release of I Still Believe, the first single  from their CD, Oh To Be Kept By Jesus.  Neal served as minister of music for the church for many years and worked untiringly towards the completion of this project celebrating the church’s 50th anniversary. Leon C. Lewis  who succeeded Neal wrote and arranged I Still Believe and was tasked with completing the project started by his friend and mentor.  “Taking over for Hanq Neal was a bittersweet honor,” Lewis shares, “he prepared me for the journey.”Hanq Neal

The mass choir of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church consists of over 200 voices united in praise ministering to the congregation that numbers over 13,000.  Senior Pastor Dr. Marcus Cosby has a heart for worship and joins the choir on the disc.