Praise for Live Through It, the new CD from James Fortune & FIYA was solidified today with news that the 2 disc CD scored a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, in addition to making its initial landing at #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart. This feat marks a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales in his career thus far.
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What a weekend it was for Zacardi Cortez. The soulful singer paid tribute to gospel legend Daryl Coley covering the Coley classic Jesus Saves at the annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon and then performed his latest hit “1 on 1” on the 29th annual Stellar Awards on Saturday evening. Cortez garnered praise from fans and fellow comrades in the Gospel community.
“Zacardi is the best singer in America today,” says Worldwide Music, Inc. CEO Kerry Douglas. “I have no doubt that he will be one of the biggest artists the gospel world has ever seen.” “1 on 1” is now #1 on this week’s Mediabase Gospel chart and remains at #2 for the sixth week on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. Cortez’ forthcoming CD “Reloaded” will be released in March.
Kerry Douglas can be easily described as a hitmaker. Among his many successes are Evelyn Turrentine-Agee’s “God Did It” , Earnest Pugh’s “Rain on Us” , James Fortune & FIYA’s “I Trust You” and Keith Wonderboy Johnson’s “Send A Revival” . In honor of his many contributions and achievements, Douglas will be honored during the International Financial and Leadership Summit.
“It’s a blessing to receive my flowers while I’m still alive,” Douglas jokes. “God has been good to me and allowed me to work with some really talented artists. I’m also excited to be out on the road every week and seeing new talents out there that I hope to develop and sign for my next Gospel Mix CD.”
“Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix Vol. VI” recently debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and features the radio smash “1 on 1” by Zacardi Cortez. Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Rev. Paul Jones and others round it out with classic gospel songs alongside future gems by Lalah Hathaway, Bryan Wilson, Ted Winn and Earnest Pugh.
The event takes place Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX.
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.
Gospel Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar celebrates GOD in all of his majesty and power on Good God, her latest CD on Light Records. Truth be told, Pastor Caesar has much to be thankful for and she is counting her blessings. Good God enters the Billboard Top Gospel Chart at #4 and her radio single, God Will Make A Way has rode the charts to the top 5 on the Billboard Top Gospel Songs Chart (for April 13, 2013). This is the highest charting single in her recording career and she gives God all the glory.
Pastor Caesar enlisted the talents of Super Producer Kurt Carr and newcomer James Fortune to assist in putting Good God together. The 11 time Grammy winner shares an electryfying performance of God Will Make A Way on the Celebration of Gospel this Sunday hosted by Steve Harvey on BET.
See our review of Good God here: http://gospelflava.com/reviews/shirleycaesargoodgod.html
Zacardi Cortez graces the stage of Bobby Jones Gospel this Sunday to tell the world, God Held Me Together. The 26 year old Texan has been making waves in gospel with high profile performances with the likes James Fortune, John P. Kee, Rance Allen and others. His debut CD, the introduction of Zacardi Cortez released last year dropped at #2 on the Billboard Gospel Chart and #8 on the R&B Albums Chart. Cortez is currently traveling the country on the United as One Tour featuring Fortune, Kierra Sheard and VaShawn Mitchell. Also appearing on BJG this week are the famed Chicago Mass Choir and 2013 BMI Trailblazer Tramaine Hawkins.
Light Records recording artist Pastor Shirley Caesar returns March 26th with a brand new album entitled “Good God”. The album features production by Kurt Carr and James Fortune. The 1st lady of Gospel Music recently performed at the 2013 Stellar Awards in tribute to her fellow Caravans group member the late Inez Andrews.
All of the anticipation and excitement has led up to tonight as James Fortune, Stellar Award Winner Kierra Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell and Zacardi Cortez make their way to Fort Knox, Kentucky using MLK day as the opening for the highly anticipated United As One Tour sponsored by ALW Entertainment. The tour will wind its way through several cities including Richmond, Baltmore, Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta and Memphis.
With 2012 wrapping up, its evident that the saints of GOD are holding fast to the message “It’s Not Over”. Israel Houghton’s latest hit with James Fortune, and Pastor Jason Nelson from his latest release “Jesus At The Center” has hit #1 on the Gospel Singles Chart. Israel will perform the song on the 2013 Stellar Awards in Nashville, and currently has two Grammy Nominations.