Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Damen Heyward Makes Gospel Debut With Music Video

Monday, August 15th, 2016

As a teeDamen Heyward 2n, Damen Heyward attracted success and fame as one part of the Capitol Records act 4 By Four.  The group topped Billboard with two singles at their height and Damen would go on to later join the Force MDs.  The singer/songwriter/producer and vocal coach today makes a declaration of the greatness of God with the release of a new music video, My God is the Greatest.

For Heyward, it was a return to his roots.  Growing up in and around the church, Heyward was exposed to the music of the church. “I grew up in the church”, says Heyward. “I received the Lord at a very young age but like a lot of folks I lived in sin.  God got a hold of me and in 1997, I rededicated my life to Christ. The Lord was preparing me for a greater work so after years of sitting in the pews of Love Gospel Assembly in the Bronx NY, the Lord began to deal with me about a call to the ministry.   I accepted and attended the Voice of Freedom School of Ministry , first being licensed as an Evangelist in 2011 and then the Pastoral office in 2013. Little did I know that God would once again use my music as a tool to evangelize and reach the masses with the Gospel.

Catch the video here:


Melonie Daniels Walker Gives New Life To Daryl Coley Classic

Friday, July 29th, 2016

MDW SpiritWho hasn’t been in awe of the artistry of Melonie Daniels Walker?  The in demand singer/songwriter, actress, vocal coach, vocal director, worship leader and so much more has delighted audiences with her unforgettable performances including He Lives and Forever from the GMWA Women of Worship and Reflections from Olanda Draper and the Associates.  The Gospel world was buzzing when Walker broke the news that she had begun work on her solo CD.  News that she was releasing a single only made us anxious, and then on July 29th, it became a reality.  I Need Your Spirit hit digital retail outlets and was met with rounds of praise from Walker’s large fan base.

Walker honors the memory of the late Reverend Daryl Coley as well as the legacy of the Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference (The song was originally featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir Give Us Peace LP).  “I Need Your Spirit was so ideal in that it expresses a reinforced truth that without God, we are nothing.  The Bible expresses it clearly when it says in Him we live, move and have our being.  The song also gives a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Reverend Daryl Coley, who was by far one of the greatest singers and God sent musical gifts to mankind as well as to honor the wonderful music that we have been recipients of over the past 35 years through the Edwin and Walter Hawkins music conference.  I am just blessed to have been an active part of this great assembly of talented singers and musicians.”

Spirit heads to radio as Walker makes promotional stops at select cities across the country.


New Music From Tyler Perry Alum Maurice Lauchner

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Singer and actor Maurice Lauchner grew up believing “a man’s gift will make room for him and bring him before great men”.  Knowing he possessed a gift of being able to connect with audiences, the NY native took God at His word and waited patiently for the doors of opportunity to open.  Lauchner’s acting opportunities included  roles on The Cosby Show and in the documentary on the life of Emmit Till, but his work in the Tyler Perry stage plays Madea Christmas, Aunt Bam’s Place and Madea Gets a Job brought him national recognition.

Lauchner releLauchner Cover 1ased an CD of hymns in 2009 and was eager to begin work on a new album when he was introduced to the new song, Can’t Live Without You.  The song caught his attention.   “I heard Can’t Live Without You and was immediately taken with the song’s refrain”, states Lauchner.  “I called Estee Bullock (Hezekiah Walker) and sang the chorus to him over the phone and in about a week, he called me back with some verses he had written.  It was then that I knew we were ready to record this track.  Looking over my life and all of the things that me, my wife and children have been through, I know that I couldn’t have made it without the Lord, so the song has a real personal meaning to me.   The Apostle Paul reminds us that in Him (GOD) we live, move and have our being.  As we live, we will encounter struggles in life. but how you go through your struggle determines how you will come out of it.  God allows struggles to bring back into focus that He is our way out.  He has our back, knows our future and He really loves us.  He gives purpose to our lives and gives us reason to live.

Can’t Live Without You hits digital outlets on July 4th.

Melvin Crispell Passes

Friday, May 30th, 2014

MelvinCrispellLegendary Songwriter and Charlotte-area resident Melvin Crispell has passed away unexpectedly. It is believed that Crispell passed from complications connected to his diabetes, during a minor surgery.

Melvin Crispell was most widely known for his ground-breaking and prolific skill on a church organ.   Gospel artists worldwide have taken to social media to express this enormous loss. Yolanda Adams remarked via twitter “Melvin Crispell is a legend whose music influenced choirs & musicians. His legacy will live on through the music God birthed through him.” And that music is ringing out today in celebration of the life and musical legacy. Songs like “Jesus Is My Help” recorded by Hezekiah Walker, and “Wonderful Is Your Name” recorded by Walker as well as Juanita Bynum. There are countless songs recorded by James Hall Worship & Praise, among them “Caught Up” and “He Took My Place”, from Crispell’s early days and life in New York.

BET Blogger Torrence Glenn paid tribute to the mastery and majesty of Crispell’s works here: RIP: Professor Melvin Crispell


Praying for JJ Hairston and Family

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

jjhairston2GOSPELflava extends sympathies to JJ Hairston in the loss of his mother, Evangelist Sandra Johnson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 20th at the Mt Sinai Cathedral, 1916 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY. Visitation begins at 5 and the service of celebration following at 7 pm

Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Joyce Taylor

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Joyce Taylor FuneralThe Gospel community mourns the passing of Dr. Joyce Taylor, lead singer for the famed Institutional Radio Choir. Known for her fiery, evangelistic vocal delivery, Taylor’s voice  rang out on a number of Institutional’s hits including I Feel The Spirit Moving, If You Hold Out, Let’s Go to the Top of the Mountain, Behold and Come Over Here to Stay Lord.


Kirk Whalum Live Recording November 15th

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Grammy winningKirk Whalum instrumentalist Kirk Whalum will record his fourth installment of the ever popular Gospel According to Jazz series on November 15th at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. Joining Kirk for this session are Norman Brown, Rick Braun and Kevin Whalum.

Kirk won a Grammy for Its What I Do featuring Lalah Hathaway from the Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 3 CD.

Read our review of the CD here and catch our 2002 interview with Kirk here

Lawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed Team Up For Spiritual Sketches

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

BrownleeLawrence Brownlee carries the distinction of being one of the most sought after singers in classical music today.  The international opera star paired up with his friend, Grammy award nominated producer and pianist  Damien Sneed for Spiritual Sketches,  a ten song set containing traditional spirituals scheduled for a June release on Sneed’s LeChateau Earl record label.

Brownlee used his experiences growing up as a child in church as a backdrop for the disc. “My musical background started with exposure to church music. I come from an extremely musical family, with both parents being gifted singers. My father was also the church choir director. There was a lDamienSneedove of music that was passed on to me and my five siblings; all of them are still involved in music to varying degrees. That early exposure in addition to a strong music education throughout all my years of schooling allowed me to be influenced by so many styles of music including classical, jazz, gospel. As a singer of color, I felt the unique responsibility not only to carry a torch that has been passed on by my predecessors, but to expand on the traditional negro spirituals.”

Brownlee and Sneed have performed selections from the disc as part of his solo recital tour.  Their captivating rendition of All Night All Day has been met with standing ovations at each performance.  Brownlee will do a special in store performance on June 9th at the Apple Store in New York and the disc will be available on iTunes on June 11th.