Posts Tagged ‘Il’

Leo Davis Writes The How To Manual For Effective Music Ministry

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Leo Davis BookLeo Davis has spent 40 years “singing to the Lord a new song” and ensuring that the singers and musicians under his tutelage mastered the art of not just being loud, but also skillful.  After 25 years of ministry at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, Davis pens his first book, No Gimmicks.  The book offers an autobiographical look at the life of this celebrated servant leader and master musician/choir conductor as well as  a wealth of  information from his life experiences to motivate persons in music and ministry to reach for higher heights.

A Chicago native who began playing organ for church services at age 15, Davis was exposed to the individuals that helped to shape Gospel music including Dr. Charles Clency, founder of the Voices of Melody, accompanist for the Queen of Gospel Music Mahalia Jackson and choir trainer in the early years for Dr. Charles G. Hayes’ Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer choir.  Clency would serve as mentor and model for Davis.  The book goes on to give practical insight on major issues facing music ministry leaders in churches today.

No Gimmicks is available at online retailers including Amazon.com

Edwin Hawkins Music Conference Celebrates 35 Years In Chicago

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Edwin HawkinsEdwin Hawkins, the Father of Contemporary Gospel Music celebrates the 35th anniversary of his Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago, Illinois June 26 – July 1st.

“I love Chicago”, said Hawkins.  “There is so much Gospel Music history in the city.  Chicago was the home of the greats, the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey (who was with us at our first convention) Sallie Martin, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Martin, Delois Barrett Campbell, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. Clay Evans, Pastor Maceo Woods and the list goes on.  Chicago is now home to the some of Gospel’s current music influencers like Jonathan McReynolds, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy and others.  The Lord has allowed us to be together for 35 years, and I’m ecstatic that we get a chance to have a reunion celebration in the Windy City. The key to the continuation of our genre is empowerment through education.  Its up to us to train future generations, giving them the origins and celebrated history of this great music we know as Gospel music to prepare them for whats to come”

The convention begins with a Quartet Concert followed by a Tribute concert honoring Chicago’s legendary Reverend Milton Brunson and the Tommies featuring some of Chicago’s finest community choirs including Malcolm Williams and Great Faith, Paul Turner and CMI, Dexter Walker and Zion Movement and William Smith and RVC. Classes will be offered during the week with nightly services, guest preachers and musicals.  The convention will close on Friday, July 1st as the mass choir presents new music taught by some of the nation’s upcoming songwriters and arrangers.

Happy Birthday Reverend Clay Evans

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

GOSPELflava joins others across the country wishing a Happy 91st birthday to the Gospel music legend and iconic pastor, preacher civil rights leader and humanitarian, the founding pastor of Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church, the one and only Reverend Clay Evans.  Clay Evans

 

 

 

 

 

It wouldn’t be enough to just mention Rev. Evans without hearing him sing a hymn of the church as only he can:

Todd Dulaney Takes #1 Spot On Billboard

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Todd Dulaney-A Worshipper's Heart-Album cover artTodd Dulaney follows up his #1 debut on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Chart with a #1 debut on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart for  his new disc, A Worshipers Heart. The lead single,  “The Anthem” also takes the #1 spot  on the Gospel Airplay Chart, and the album charts at #3 on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel Albums (Combined) Chart, #14 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums Chart, and #22 on Billboard’s Current Digital Albums Chart.

Todd is currently on tour in support of the album’s release with special performances in Baltimore, MD; Norfolk, VA; Kansas City, MO; and his home town of  Chicago, IL.

Jonathan McReynolds Announces New Non-Profit

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Jonathan McReynolds performs at BMI’s Gospel on the Park Brunch, held on June 7 at Park Tavern in Atlanta. Photo Credit: Prince Williams #BMIgospelbrunch

In an effort to create, promote and celebrate young seekers and carriers of wisdom, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds has announced the creation of Elihu Nation.  A non-profit, Elihu makes its debut in McReynolds hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and believes that “with God and adequate community, young people can avoid ignorance, shallow living and life-altering mistakes.”   (more…)

Chicago Gospel Legend Doris Sykes Passes

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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GOSPELflava joins others around the country mourning the loss of Doris Sykes, lead singer for Pastor Maceo Woods’ Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir of Chicago, Illinois.  In a time when sopranos reigned supreme, Sykes had an inimitable style and held her own amongst the likes of Sarah Jordan Powell and  Hulah Gene Dunkin while serving as inspiration to newcomers like Lecresia Campbell, Felicia Coleman Evans and Tina Watson. (more…)

Passing of Aldrea Lenox

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Jessy Dixon SingersGOSPELflava joins others around the country in mourning the passing of Aldrea Lenox (pictured top left), wife of the late Pastor (and noted singer) James Lenox (God’s Been Good to Me aka I Won’t Complain) and mother of Annette Queenie Lenox and Pastor Lamont Lenox.  A singer in her own right, Aldrea Lenox along with Ethel Holloway and Elsa Harris made up the Jessy Dixon Singers and traveled across the country and the world.  The group so greatly impressed Paul Simon that he had them back him on his Saturday Night Live appearance and recorded two million selling albums with them.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

Paul Simon and the Jessy Dixon Singers on the Dick Cavett Show

Funeral Arrangements for Cleotha Staples

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Arrangements have been made for the services celebrating the life of Cleotha Staples (pictured on the left), founding member of the Staple Singers.  Viewing takes place Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 PM at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619. The funeral services will be held on Friday March 1, 2013 @ 10:00 AM at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60628. The burial will follow immediately at Oakwood Cemetery, 1035 E 67th Street, Chicago, IL 60680. Ms. Staples will be buried in the Staples family plot alongside her father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples; her mother, Oceola Staples; and her sister, Cynthia Staples

Playing Catch Up with Carlis Moody, Jr.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Carlis 7Recognized the world over for his original composition (Lord, I’m ) Available To You, GOSPELflava played catch up with GRAMMY Award winning singer/songwriter Carlis L Moody Jr.  (more…)

Funeral Arrangements for Gospel Legend Inez Andrews

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The funeral arrangements for Inez Andrews have been announced

Musical Salute

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – 7:00 P.M.

Homegoing Celebration

Friday, December 28, 2012 –

10:00 AM Visitation

11:00 AM Service

All services will be held at:

Apostolic Church of God

6320 South Dorchester Avenue Chicago, IL 60637