Posts Tagged ‘Michael Brooks’

Thursday Throwback – Commissioned Memories

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

CommissionedWe like Thursdays.  Celebrating good times gone by, we remember the impact of one of Gospel music’s most influential acts, Commissioned.  These Detroit boys produced a string of hits that our forever in our hearts.  From the archives, we pull some amazing facts and via the wonderful world of youtube, we find some amazing footage of the group performing on Chicago’s Saturday Night Sing television program

Commissioned Influence

Interview with Fred Hammond

Gerard Bonner Commissioned Tribute

 

Lisa Page Brooks Set For First Live Recording

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Mark your calendars forLisa Page October 23rd as the city of Detroit serves as the backdrop for Lisa Page Brooks’ first live solo recording.  This not to be missed event will take place at the Christian Tabernacle Church in Detroit, MI.  Music Legend and Commissioned co-founder Bishop Michael Brooks will produce the live music set including a highly anticipated reunion of the group Witness.

““We decided to do a live recording because my live performances often take on a deeper dimension than what we capture in the studio. I couldn’t think of a better special guest artist for the night,” Lisa Page Brooks says. “The fun of getting together to do a medley and getting to see everybody again is going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to a great time.”

Can We Get A Witness? Yes! Reunion and Live Recording Announced

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Was it just our way of thinking or did welisa-page-brooks all consider Witness, the female group organized by Michael Brooks as the counterpart of Commissioned????  Widely regarded as one of Gospel Music’s most prominent female groups, Witness dominated the airwaves with hits that included Safety, Get In the Way, Standard, He Can Do the Impossible, Magnify and many others.  GOSPELflava would like to take full credit for impressing upon the hearts and minds of the group members and Bishop Michael Brooks to pull the group together for one more go around.  It is now official as Lisa Page Brooks took to social media to announce her live recording featuring a Witness reunion taking place on MStandarday 1st at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.  Stay tuned for details……

On the Go With Lisa Page Brooks

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Ready, the new release from Habakkuk Music recording artist Lisa Page Brooks is making the rounds and receiving a warm reception at raFirstLadiesTeadio and from her fans.  God Thing, the radio single  debuted in the Top 30 on the BDS Gospel indicator chart and Lisa was favored to share special moments with Cathy Hughes and Habbakuk Music CEO April Washington at Radio One’s Praise 104.1FM First Ladies Tea and Luncheon.  Hughes attended the event with her mother and sister (pictured on the right).

Brooks returns to the motor city  this weekend to host the Restored Women Sharing Conference alongside her husband, noted songwriter and producer Bishop Michael Brooks and their Restoration Fellowship Church International family where she shares pastoral duties.  The conference welcomes Sharon Willingham and Tonya Baker as guests psalmists.

Lisa Page Brooks Talks Witness Reunion

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Lisa PageWas it just us or was anyone else paying attention when Lisa Page Brooks tweeted “There will be a Witness Reunion” yesterday?  We know Brooks is busy gearing up for the release of Ready, her new solo project from Habakkuk Records featuring God Thing and Better Than Life, but the mere thought of a Witness reunion got us EXCITED.  The group, whom many viewed as the female counterpart to Commissioned dominated the 80s and 90s with hits including Safety, Get In the Way, Standard, Magnify and Justified By Faith.  We will keep our eyes and ears open for additional updates as they occur.

In the meantime, an Easter themed Witness remembrance:

New Music: Lisa Page Brooks, Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, Earl Bynum and More

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Have you heard? There’s new music coming to radio.  Habakkuk music drops 3 new singles.  Lisa Page Brooks is following up on the release of Better Than Life with God Thing. The song is the collaborative effort of Lisa and her husband, pastor/songwriter/musician Michael Brooks and comes from her 2013 CD release aptly titled Ready.  Two time Stellar Award nominee Minister Earl Bynum and the 100 voice Mount Unity Choir raises their voices in song on Bless the Name of the Lord from their debut CD dropping in February, 2013.  Rounding out the Habakkuk releases is God is Good from Gerald Scott and Company.

 

 

Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago is following up on the success of the smash hit Awesome with the release of their new single I Will Live by offering a free digital download via the Inspired People Music website.  There is an Awesome Remix featuring Isaac Caree, Jessica Reedy and Canton Jones making the rounds.   Also announced  was news of a Inspired People Music songwriting contest.  Contestants will submit their praise and worship original composition to a panel with the chances of having it appear on Fellowship Chicago’s next CD.

Lisa Page Brooks Debuts Better Than Life On The Word Network

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Lisa Page Brooks will debut her new single “Better Than Life” on a very special presentation of  Rejoice in the Word  on Friday, November 16th, highlighting The Word Network’s brand new state of the art television production facility.

“Better Than Life” ranks at #31 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart and is the lead single from Brook’s forthcoming Habbakuk Music CD scheduled to be released on February 5, 2013.

The song holds a special place in Lisa’s life as it was birthed in her as she meditated on Psalms 63. She shared with her husband the “musicman himself” Pastor Michael Brooks and taught it to the church praise team.  Her daughter worked out the vocal arrangement and her son produced the song under the careful observation of her husband.

A Thursday Take Me Back With Byron Cage and Derrick Brinkley

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

In 1986, (unofficial Commissioned member) Derrick Brinkley recorded a solo album for Tyscot Records.  The Grammy nominated Glorious Day LP was an extension of the Commissioned ministry with Mike Brooks, Fred Hammond and Mike Williams playing and Karl Reid and Keith Staten doing background vocalsThe album  included a number of radio hits including The Race, the title cut and a fan favorite Say Yes penned by Darryl Ford.

Fast forward to 2009 when Byron Cage (a Detroit native) gets the idea to “blow the dust off” and do a cover of Simply Yes on his Faithful To Believe CD. The song got a new “Sunday Church Suit and Bowtie” with a churchy organ intro and reworked to “make you sit up and take notice” choir arrangement. You knew it was church when the shout breaks out at the end.

 

Now with all this Say Yes going around, you know we would be remiss if we left out the quintessential GOD WANTS A YES, courtesy of James Hall and WAP

 

Tuesday Throwback: Lisa Page Brooks – More Than You’ll Ever Know

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Go with me if you will back to the year 1997.  Super producer Michael Brooks finally decides to devote some time to producing a solo album for Lisa Page (lead singer for the contemporary all female group Witness).  The end result was More Than You’ll Ever Know. (more…)