Posts Tagged ‘Kurt Carr’

Sheri Jones Moffett “Shines”

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

 

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GOSPELflava.com was on the red Carpet for the 2013  BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon in Nashville Stellar Award Weekend. Our red carpet correspondent, Celebrity Stylist Goo Goo, caught up with Sheri to talk about her new single, and about BMI Honoree Kurt Carr.

 

 

 

RECAP- 28th Annual Stellar Awards LIVE SHOW

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

The 28th Annual Stellar Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night was presented all the way live this year on GMC (formerly Gospel Music20121229-193320.jpg Channel). The energy in the place was absolutely electric! (more…)

RECAP: 2013 BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

(From L-R: Issac Caree, Tina Campbell, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, and Warryn Campbell (Photo Credit: BMI)

 

The 2013 Stellar Award Weekend is in full effect in Nashville, TN and the city is on fire with Gospel Music. One of the hottest tickets in town that one could receive is an invitation to the prestigious BMI Trailblazers of Gosby7w5cpel Luncheon. This luncheon features the “who’s who” of the Gospel music industry coming together to celebrate their own, whom have done remarkable things in Gospel Music. This year, GOSPELflava.com was on the red carpet and inside the luncheon for all the power packed singing that took place at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. Tons of A-List Gospel artist spoke with our Red Carpet Correspondent “Goo Goo” about how they were excited to be in the room honoring living legends. This year’s Trailblazers Luncheon honored the legendary Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr. The event was hosted by Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, BMI President Del Bryant, and Vice President Catherine Brewton.

"The Walls" Group Singing Kirk Franklin's "I Smile"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The luncheon began around noon with an opening prayer from Pastor Joseph and Yolanda Morgan, parents of Stellar Award Nominated Artist Wess Morgan. After the prayer a delicious lunch was served,and the luncheon was under way. Kirk Franklin received the award for “BMI Song Of The Year”for his hit single, “I Smile“. “I Smile“has been performed over 50ok times and did record breaking numbers on the Billboard Charts. The Walls Group, a newly signed act to Franklin’s label payed tribute to Franklin. This young group had the likes of Lexi Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and others on their feet as they sang their acoustic version of Franklin’s “I Smile“.

 

Donnie McClurkin served as host for the beginning of the afternoon as the Kurt Carr tribute began.  Donald Lawrence & Company returned this year as the backing ensemble for the afternoon, and opened up with “In the Sanctuary”. While no group can compare to that of the Kurt Carr Singers, the Company under the direction of GrSheri Jones Moffett singing "I Almost Let Go"(Photo Credit: BMI) ammy Award Winning recording artist Donald Lawrence, and three time Stellar Award winning recording artist DeWayne Woods, added their classic sound to  every song.  After the Company got the crowd on their feet, the event went into over drive. Lisa Knowles of the Brown Singerss took the stage to sing “My Soul Loves Jesus”, and just when you thought the praise couldn’t go any higher, Sheri Jones-Moffett followed behind with her rendition of the Kurt Carr chart topper, ” I Almost Let Go” . In the middle of the song, Moffett began to testify about how a few years back she didn’t even want to sing anymore, but thought back to the goodness of Jesus and how he kept her throughout the years. Needless to say after that testimony, there wasn’t a person sitting down.

To finish the tribute, Sunday Best Season 4 Winner Amber Bullock, added her unique tone to “For Every Mountain“, mixing her style of soul, jazz, and classic Gospel vocals to present a beautiful arrangement to a man who deserved all the accolades being given that afternoon.

A solemn moment came in the luncheon when BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton honored Marvin McQuitty Jr.with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. McQuitty was a long time drummer in the industry and had worked on the trailblazers luncheon for many years.  The dynamic house band included an A-list of musicians such as Joe Wilson, Jonathan Dubose, Joel Smith, and Stanley Brown just to name a few.

CeCe Winans kicked off the second half of the afternoon with tributes for Edwin Hawkins. CeCe looLaShun Pace sang "God Will Take Care Of You"(Photo Credit: BMI)ked radiant on stage as she introduced Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul S. Morton who sang “Oh Happy Day“.  Gospel twins Jason and Jonathan Nelson had the entire room moving as they sang “I Need Your Spirit“, and Kierra Sheard stood beautifully on stage and sang “This Day“. A serious moment of the afternoon arose when gospel legend LaShun Pace took the stage to sing “God Will Take Care of You“. LaShun, whose dealt with recent challenges in her health brought tears to many eyes as she delivered the message of how through it all God continues to keep her. Shortly after, Edwin Hawkins was presented with the BMI Trailblazers Award and encouraged the audience to continue to pray for others in this industry.

 VaShawn Mitchell and Yolanda Adams kicked off the last set of tributes for the afternoon honoring Lady Tramaine Hawkins. VAnyasha Figueroa sings "Holy One"(Photo Credit: BMI)aShawn and Yolanda performed a rousing rendition of “The Potter’s House“, the two added a classic Hawkins style to the song while making it their own. Light Records’ newest artist Anaysha Figueroa proved that she has what it takes to be a front runner in Gospel music as she sang one of Hawkins leading songs “Holy One“.

 

 

By this time the power of GOD was so heavy in the place and Yolanda Adams took the microphone to sing “He Brought Me“. CeCe Winans joined in on a reprise of the song and then introduced Le’Andria Johnson as she finished the afternoon with “Changed“.  This was the pivotal moment as CeCe Winans passed the microphone to Tramaine Hawkins who claimed, she had a cold but took the room into a frenzy.

Tramaine Hawkins sings her hit "Changed"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The BMI Luncheon will air on TV in the coming months, keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for more updates.

Photo Credit: BMI

EXCLUSIVE: A Musical Moment with Edwin Hawkins

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

GOSPELflava shared a few moments with the inimitable Edwin Hawkins. Hawkins will be honorEdwin Hawkinsed alongside Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr at the 2013 BMI Trailblazers Salute during Stellar Awards Weekend in a couple days.  We asked about the BMI Salute, the New Edwin Hawkins Singers and the highly anticipated Love Alive 6 recording. (more…)

Donnie McClurkin & CeCe Winans To Host 14th Annual BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Grammy Award Winners Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans are set to the host the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers Luncheon. This event will honor Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr. The invitation only event will take place Friday January 18, 2013 at Rocketown in Nashville, Stellar Award Weekend. Stay tuned to GOSPELflava.com for more details and for “The Road To The Stellars”

Tramaine, Edwin Hawkins and Kurt Carr Receive BMI Top Honors

Friday, November 16th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Tramaine Hawkins confirmed via Twitter and Facebook that she is among the honorees for the 2013 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon held during Stellar Awards Weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.  Sharing BMI top honors with Tramaine are  Edwin Hawkins, widely regarded as one of the fathers of contemporary gospel music and noted singer/songwriter and master producer Kurt Carr.

Gospel 411: Williams Brothers, Ted Winn, Hez, Harvey Watkins, Clark Sisters, Paul Morton and more

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

 

Tuesday saw the release of the new project from Bishop Paul Morton.  Ted Winn composed 2 songs for the project; Living In His Favor (the Curse is Broken) and The Best Is Yet to Come.  Many will remember The Best Is Yet to Come from Ted and Sheri’s The Healing Starts Here 2001 CD.  Karen Clark Sheard joins Bishop Morton on a revamped remake of the Thomas Whitfield classic, The Grass Withereth. There is also a nice family track featuring Bishop Morton, son PJ and daughter Jasmine. Jasmine’s husband and film producer Elvin Ross is generating buzz around his documentary that continues the story of the descendants of Kunta Kinteh, popularized in the Alex Haley Roots miniseries of the 1970s. You can view the trailer and website here: http://www.kuntakintehislandmovie.com/

 

In Clark Sisters news, congratulations goes out to Bishop J. Drew Sheard (husband of Karen, father of Kierra and J Drew III and Karew Record Label co founder) on his election to the 12 member General Board for the 6 million member Church of God in Christ denomination.  Sheard received over 2,600 votes during the elections held in St. Louis at the Holy Convocation.

Producer Stan Jones tweeted about studio time with Harvey Watkins Jr. (of the Canton Spirituals) and The Williams Brothers and Lee Williams.  Projects are scheduled for release sometime in 2013

When does Donald Lawrence sleep? Following his performance on the weekend at the COGIC confab in St. Louis, Lawrence alloted time for studio work on a new Hezekiah Walker project.  Lawrence also noted that  Love Fellowship alum Timiney Figueroa – Caton (who is currently featured on the new single from the Kurt Carr Singers) is featured on a new Hez track.  Donald Lawrence and Company will celebrate New Years in London, England.

 

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir records a new project this weekend.  Plans are underway for BTC to be a part of the Obama Inauguration festivities.

New Music: Kurt Carr and Jonathan Nelson

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Election Day 2012 brings powerfully anointed messages in song from two of gospel music’s most beloved artists, Kurt Carr and Jonathan Nelson.

Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers deliver the goods with “I’ve Seen Him Do It” featuring Timiney Figueroa Caton for Verity Records, while Jonathan Nelson releases Finish Strong, the lead single for his debut project from his new label, Karew Records.

Both songs are available for download via Amazon and iTunes.

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

Ami Rushes Celebrates the Release of Testify

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Ami Rushes chose the city of Chicago to celebrate the release of her 4th project entitled “Testify”.  A CD Release Listening Party was held at Chicago’s House of Blues and hosted by the Ambassador of Gospel Dr. Bobby Jones.

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