Posts Tagged ‘James Cleveland’

Homegoing Services For Dr. Helen JH Stephens

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

DrHelenJHStephensdd1074GOSPELflava joins others across the globe mourning the passing of gospel music trailblazer Dr. Helen JH Stephens Amongst her many contributions are the organization of the “The Voices of Christ” of Berkeley, California which recorded for the Savoy record label.  Dr. Stephens traveled nationally with the late Rev. James Cleveland, and is most notably known as the organizer and long-serving Chapter Representative of the Northern California Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), officially retiring in 2013. At the time of her passing, Lady Stephens remained an Emeritus member of the GMWA National Board of Directors.

The life and legacy of Dr. Helen JH Stephens will be celebrated in words and music as she lived. Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation – Monday, May 12, 2014-10am-5pm
Visitation – Tuesday, May 13, 2014-10am-3pm
CP Bannon Mortuary-6800 International Blvd, Oakland,CA

Musical Celebration, Tuesday May 13, 2014,Time 6pm-8pm
Love Center Ministries-10440 International Blvd, Oakland,CA

HomeGoing Celebration, Wednesday May 14,2014@ 10am
Beebe Memorial Cathedral 3900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

The Passing of Henry Hanq Neal

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

GOSPEHanq NealLflava has been informed of the passing of Minister Henry Hanq Neal as a result of complications after suffering a massive heart attack earlier during the week.  Neal is a recognizable fixture in Gospel music circles having performed with, the Pentecostal Ambassadors,  Donald Vails’ Choraleers and more notably with the late Rev. James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

An accomplished singer, songwriter, choir director and musician, Neal relocated to Houston, Texas in 1984 to serve at a small Windsor Village United Methodist Church under Reverend KirbyJohn Caldwell.  At the time, the choir began with a modest 25 voices.  Under Neal’s tenure, the choir grew from one to five choirs with over 500 active participants.  Neal was serving in music ministry at the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston at the time of his passing.

LA Gospel Messengers Celebrate 30 Years With Live Recording

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

LAGM OffCelebrating 30 years of music ministry lifting high the banner for the King, the Los Angeles Gospel Messengers will cap off the closing of the GMWA Board meeting with a live recording on Friday, March 14th at the Peoples Independent Church of Christ.

The LA Gospel Messengers was organized by the late Reverend James Cleveland and received a Grammy nomination for their first album, I Give Myself To You. They have a total of 7 albums to their credit and have had outstanding songwriters and musicians amongst their ranks including Kurt Carr, Calvin Bernard Rhone and their present director, Reverend Quincy Fielding, Jr.

 

Jubilee Showcase Commemorative DVD Collection Available

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Long before Gospel Music Channel and Bobby Jones Gospel, there was a show originating out of Chicago Illinois that brought GOSPEL MUSIC into the homes of tv viewers each Sunday morning.  You can now have a piece of Gospel Music history with the release of the Jubilee Showcase DVD Collectors Edition Jubilee Showcase

Steve Ordower, son of Jubilee Showcase host, the late Sid Ordower,  has compiled the “Jubilee Showcase” compilation DVD featuring classic performances from the 1960s and 1970s of The Staple Singers, The Soul Stirrers, Inez Andrews, Andrae Crouch and Jessy Dixon, among others.   PBS has been airing an hour-long special on the groundbreaking series celebrating its 50 years since late November 2013. Scores of artists and personalities appeared on the show over the years, ranging from James Cleveland, The Staple Singers and Andrae Crouch to Rev. Jesse Jackson. At its height, “Jubilee Showcase” boasted over 250,000 weekly viewers and presented some of the biggest names in gospel.

 

The DVD is available online at http://www.jubileeshowcase.com.

We Remember James Cleveland

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Gospelflava remembers the King of Gospel, Reverend James Cleveland on what would have been his 81st birthday.  Reverend Cleveland was born on December 5, 1931 in Chicago surrounded by the major gospel influences of all time namely, Thomas Dorsey, the Father of Gospel Music, Roberta Martin, famed gospel composer and Mahalia Jackson. It would be Roberta Martin that a young Cleveland would pattern his playing style after.

Cleveland relocated to Detroit to take on minister of music duties for Reverend CL Franklin (father of Aretha Franklin) and the New Bethel Baptist Church and later the Prayer Tabernacle Church under Reverend Charles Craig Sr.  It was at Prayer Tabernacle that James would record with the Voices of Tabernacle his first hit, The Love of God.

Cleveland signed with Savoy Records and in 1962 began a successful pairing with Reverend Lawrence Roberts and the Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, NJ.  These albums produced such hits as Christ Is the Answer, So Good, How Great Thou Art, My God Can Do Anything and Peace Be Still.  James would later go on to found the Cornerstone Church in Los Angeles, Ca and his famed Southern California Community Choir and his greatest contribution, the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

 

 

Kurt Carr Honored with James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, October 26th, 2012

                                                           

 Kirk Franklin announced via webcast that the 28th Annual Stellar Awards will honor Kurt Carr with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.

A gifted songwriter, musician, arranger and producer, Kurt Carr has been a staple in gospel music for over 20 years and together with the Kurt Carr Singers has blessed audiences across the country with great gospel hits such as For Every MountainGod Blocked It, I Almost Let Go, The Presence of the Lord is Here, In the Sanctuary and countless others.  His production credits include Byron Cage, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Tramaine Hawkins and Ami Rushes.

Kurt announced via his Twitter page  this week the upcoming release of 2 new singles, Bless This House and I’ve Seen Him Work  available on iTunes on November 6th

Passing of Bishop James Craig

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Gospelflava joins the gospel music community at large in mourning  the passing of Bishop James Craig.  James along with his brother Charles rose to prominence as The Craig Brothers recording for the Savoy and Sound of Gospel labels.

Read the Gospelflava article on the Craig Brothers here: http://www.gospelflava.com/articles/craigbrothersinterview2007.html

Passing of the Queen of Gospel, Dr. Albertina Walker

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Gospelflava.com joins the world in mourning the passing of the Queen of Gospel, Dr. Albertina Walker at the age of 81.  Funeral arrangements are pending.