Posts Tagged ‘Israel Houghton’

Da’dra Crawford Greathouse Debuts Arms Wide Open

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Da’dra Crawford GreathoDadrause answers the “so what have you been up to” question with the release of Arms Wide Open, the new single from her long awaited solo CD.  As a founding member of the group Anointed,  she helped to define the dimensions for urban contemporary gospel music.  Da’dra and her brother Steve make up the worship team at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston and can be seen each week leading worship alongside Israel Houghton and Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff.

Greathouse spent some time sharing the news about the single and the CD during the National Religious Broadcaster’s gathering in February.  Inspired by the teachings of Pastor Joel, she began to write lyrics for Arms Wide Open and called upon childhood friend and super producer Aaron Lindsey to assist in its production. After premiering the song with the congregation at Lakewood, she was inundated with requests as to when the song would be available.  “I am at a place where God is prodding me to record my very first solo CD,” says Greathouse. “I am currently in the process of writing songs for the new project and I am very excited!”  Arms Wide Open is available now at iTunes.

Papa San Set To Release New Gospel Album One Blood

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Stellar Award winner POne Blood Album Coverapa San is set to release One Blood, his 6th Gospel project making his first appearance at Liberation 2013 at the Jamaica College Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, November 2nd.  The new thirteen track project showcases fresh and inspiring music and includes appearances by Israel Houghton, Da T.R.U.T.H., Fred Hammond and Grammy winner Lecrae.

Papa San carries the distinction of being the first Caribbean gospel artist to hit the Billboard charts and the first to win a Stellar award. Now going by the name Papa Son (his new moniker from his 2011 album “My Story”), he’s fulfilling an even greater call ministering to the masses as Senior Pastor for Our Father’s Kingdom Ministries in Florida.  Papa San One Blood Press Pic

Church Girl Movie Opens Strong

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I’m In LoChurch Girl posterve With A Church Girl is the #1 independent move in theaters in its opening weekend.  The film, produced by Israel Houghton’s RGM-New Breed production outfit was called the surprise opening of the weekend debuting on more than 450 screens.

The film stars Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins who, as a successful entrepreneur haunted by a criminal past and surrounded by old friends still “in thAdrienne and Ja Rulee life,” finds faith, redemption and inspiration when God puts a woman of faith (Adrienne Bailon) in his life. Rounding out the cast are Stephen Baldwin, Vincent Pastore, Michael Madsen, T-Bone, Martin Kove and TobyMac, with Steve Race directing.

 

 

Israel Houghton’s Call To Action

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

090_israelIsrael Houghton’s theatrical debut I’m in Love With a Church Girl opened nationwide in theaters, and Houghton took to social media on yesterday to mobilize  the Body of Christ to action.

Hey guys! I need to ask a personal favor.

I know we have posted a few things about the film I produced and did the soundtrack for called I’m in Love with a Church Girl, but I need your help. This weekend, we need the Kingdom of God to come out and support this film. Here’s why: (more…)

Israel Houghton Signs with RCA Inspiration

Friday, September 27th, 2013

5 time Gramm090_israely Award winner Israel Houghton adds his name to the RCA Inspiration roster. RCA Inspiration will be exclusively distributing and providing marketing and promotional services for albums produced by Houghton’s multimedia and music company, RGM-NewBreed Music as well as releasing future albums by Houghton.

The first release from RCA Inspiration is the soundtrack for the movie, I’m In Love With A Church Girlwhich will be available for sale October 22nd.The soundtrack includes performances by Israel Houghton & New Breed, Lalah Hathaway, PJ Morton, Ja Rule, James Fortune, Jason Nelson, Sheila E, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, T-Bone and many more.  The first single “Sunday Kinda Love” featuring Israel, PJ Morton, Aaron Lindsay and Nikki Ross is available now on all digital platforms.

James Fortune Speaks About His Sold Out Live Recording [Exclusive]

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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GRAMMY nominated, Stellar Award Winning Syndicated Radio Host James Fortune recorded his new live project in front of a sold out crowd in Atlanta, GA. Thousands began gathering at the Word of Faith Cathedral hours before the event even started. Lines wrapped around the building, parking lots quickly filled, and local interstate exits quickly jammed as people traveled from all over the country to experience “FIYA” Live. Local Radio one Affiliate Praise 102.5 kept the crowd engaged as they waited anxiously to enter the sanctuary. With the concert selling out nearly three days before the event, attendees had the hottest ticket in town.

Comedian Marcus Wiley from the nationally syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show was on hand as the evening host. Marcus kept the crowd in stitches giving his commentary about the comical things that happen weekly in local churches. For this live recording James brought together some of the most unique voices in contemporary Gospel and Hip Hop. DA Truth opened up the recording joining James and band on the track, ‘Built to Last”.  In her first ever live feature on an album, BET Sunday Best runner up Alexis Spight sent the audience into a frenzy on “Did It All For Me”. After the recording Alexis explained that she was “nervous”, however her dynamic ministry said otherwise.  “The Worship Chant” featuring Tasha Cobbs will prove to be a fan favorite as it took the house into an intense session of worship. When speaking to James afterwards he explained this album would be “hard to edit” because of the many visitations of the holy spirit that happened on that night. Zacardi Cortez’s, “Let Your Power Fall” and Isaac Carree’s “Empty Me” well rounded the project adding even more pure worship.

James showcased the power house vocal talents of his group “FIYA”.  18 year old Carvena Jones wowed the audience with her tone and stage presence alongside DShondra Rideout on, “Just Smile”.  Todd Galberth added his dynamic tenor voice to the song, “Forever”. James wife, Cheryl Fortune co-wrote several of the songs on the project and lead the track “Best Praise” and accompanied Israel Houghton on “Light The Way”. Josiah “JoJo” Martin known for his unique delivering tone added warmth to the song, “Never Forsake Me”. Minon Sarten and Lisa Knowles took the audience to church on “Miracles” which featured the backing of Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling.

Many special guests were on hand for this live recording including Kierra Sheard, Deon Kipping, Canton Jones, Damita Haddon, Ted Winn, and more.  A very special moment in the evening came when Sybrina Fulton, mother of Travyon Martin was honored. FIYA member  Carvena Jones sat at the keyboard and sang a song she wrote entitled ” I am TrayVon Martin”. The song brought tears to the eyes of many and left Ms. Fulton speechless as she received her award. While on stage Ms. Fulton thanked the congregation for their support and prayers to her family during this difficult time. Ms. Fulton went on to explain that she is encouraged and hopeful for the future.

The lead single of the album will be a personal song written by James entitled “Live Through It”. During his intro of the song James talked about how the song was birth through a season of adversity.  James explains that the amount of pain scrutiny that he experienced with his family was so unbearable at times he didn’t want to get of the bed. A firm believer of living what he sings, James chose to face the adversity head on and lived through the situation. At this point in the recording many were seen wiping tears away as the song hit close to home for many. “Live Through It” will began impacting radio soon.

I had the opportunity to speak with James after the recording and he simply stated, “I am so grateful to GOD. I wanted this CD to be one that had songs that praise teams and choirs could sing and that’s exactly what happened that night. The entire sold out crowd sang many of the choruses along with us at the recording. GOD knew exactly what he was doing and he told me to do this one live”. 

James Fortune and Fiya “Live” is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2014. James hosts ‘The James Fortune Show” weeknights on your local Inspiration Station.

 

 

Church Girl Movie Tour Hits The Road

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The promo tour for Israel Houghton’s I’m in Love with a Church Girl kicks off on Monday, September 9th in Chicago, Illinois.  Church GirlSeveral members of the cast and crew will make appearances during the multi city tour including Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Baldwin and Ja Rule.  The tour will wind through Chicago, Detroit, New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando and San Jose before the big movie premiere and concert in Los Angeles on October 16th.

Sunday Best Season 6 – And Then There Were Two

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

After weeks of intensSunday-Best-09_ae competition, the judges have spoken and the finalists selected for season six of Sunday Best, BET’s award winning hit show.

Detroit’s Tasha Page-Lockhart and Philadelphia’s Kefia Rollerson will deliver unforgettable performances this week as votes are cast across the nation to determine who will take home the coveted prize. The winner will be announced during the power packed season finale on Sunday, September 1st, which will include performances from Chaka Khan, CeCe Winans, Tamela Mann and Israel Houghton.

Check your local listings for the time and station information in your area.

Israel Houghton Presents Deeper Conference 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

logo-w-title21Award winning worship leader  and recording artist Israel Houghton announced plans for this year’s Deeper Conference, taking place August 14th – 17th in Houston, Texas.  The conference will bring together some of the top names in praise and worship, including William McDowell, Pastor Jason Nelson, David and Nicole Binion, Bishop Joseph Garlington, Aaron Lindsey, John Gray and Bishop Michael Pitts.

Israel Houghton Produces Film: “I’m In Love With A Church Girl”

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

090_israelReverence Gospel Media, a new production company in Hollywood announced their first feature film, “I’m In Love With A Church Girl” will open domestically on October 18, 2013 and will follow with an international release.  GRAMMY Award Winning Gospel star Israel Houghton serves as producer and contributed to the film’s soundtrack.  The film stars JA Rule as a successful entrepreneur haunted by a criminal past surrounded by old friends who still behave in that former life and finds inspiration through Adrienne Bailon.  Israel states, “We feel extraordinarily blessed to have been able to make this movie and can’t wait to see the impact it has on people’s lives, this is completely unlike any ‘faith-based’ movie anyone has ever seen. The characters face believable situations with real faith in a real God.”  Pastor Donnie McClurkin is lending his voice to the film and says, “I’ve seen this movie, and am both moved and inspired by the story, the characters, and the quality of both movie and music, This is not what people have come to expect from Christian films, and I know it will resonate deeply with viewers – even those who would never have gone anywhere near a movie that touches on the subject of faith.”  The movie will be distributed in the United States by High Top Releasing.