Posts Tagged ‘Richard Smallwood’

Maurette Brown Clark Becomes A Radio Angel

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Maurette+Brown+Clark+03Gospel’s sweetheart Maurette Brown Clark adds radio host to her many hats with the debut of “The Sound of Praise with Maurette Brown Clark” on Monday.  The Stellar Award winner known for It Ain’t Over (Until God Says Its Over) , I Hear the Sound of Victory, Breaking of Day and her most recent radio single King Oh King will host the midday show in her hometown of Baltimore as well as Philadelphia.  Clark will alternate hosting duties between cities.


Earnest Pugh’s Shares Hidden Treasures

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

EarnestPughIn the spirit of the season, Earnest Pugh comes bearing gifts in the form of  “Hidden Treasures”,  his eighth album hitting stores and digital outlets on December 4th.  Hidden Treasures will feature his latest radio single Trade It All along with eleven other tracks as Pugh enlists vocal support from notable friends including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Beverly Crawford, Richard Smallwood and Lisa Knowles.


Richard Smallwood’s Anthology Bows At Number 1

Monday, July 13th, 2015

RCA Inspiration celebrates Anthology, the new disc from celebrated maestro Richard Smallwood making its debut in the number one spot oRichard Smallwood CD Covern the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.  “I’m elated that ANTHOLOGY has entered on the number one spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart,” said Richard Smallwood. “Personally, this project is the most important recording that I’ve done, so it adds more to the excitement that people are excited. I’m so appreciative of their support!”

The two disc project is a celebration of Smallwood’s four decades in Gospel music and features his backing ensemble Vision flanked by noteworthy performances from Angela Winbush and former Richard Smallwood Singers alum Dottie Jones .

Dottie Jones & Angela Winbush Join Richard Smallwood For Anthology Live

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Richard Smallwood CD CoverRCA Inspiration is in full prep mode for the release of Anthology Live, the highly anticipated 15th CD from Gospel Music maestro Richard Smallwood  The two disc set pairs Smallwood with his celebrated ensemble Vision and features memorable cameos from former Richard Smallwood Singers Dottie Jones (He Won’t Leave You) and R & B song stylist Angela Winbush.

“After nearing the 40 year mark of being in ministry and doing music as a profession, I am elated about this latest work ANTHOLOGY LIVE,” says Smallwood of the release.  Anthology hits stores and digital outlets on June 29th.


Richard Smallwood Live Recording In Washington DC

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Richard BMIOn Saturday, August 23rd, all roads will lead to Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for Anthology, the highly anticipated live recording from Richard Smallwood with Vision. Anthology is Smallwood’s first live recording in in five years and marks 13 years since he’s recorded live in his hometown of Washington, D.C.

The recording caps off a year of celebration for Smallwood.  He was feted at the BMI Trailblazer of Gospel Awards during Stellar Award weekend and was celebrated at the BET Celebration of Gospel.


Richard Smallwood Prepares For August Live Recording

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

SmallwoodRichard Smallwood announced details of his upcoming live recording via social media today.  Anthology Live will take place on August 23rd at the Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Joining Smallwood and Vision will be former Richard Smallwood singers Dottie Jones (He Won’t Leave You, I Love The Lord, I’ve Come Too Far) and Angela Winbush.

Recap: 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


It’s arguably one of the most anticipated events of the Stellar Award Weekend.  Hundreds come from across the nation in anticipation of the sweet presence that always invades the room. For many it sets the tone for their year, and is a time to be uplifted and encouraged.  I’m writing about none other than the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon.

For the past 15 years the event has been hailed as the hottest ticket in town. The invitation only event is the brain child of BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton and her team. The idea was stemmed from other industries hosting events and parties to celebrate their legends. Brewton felt that Gospel music with its life changing power needed that as well. It was there that the luncheon was birthed and since its inception it continues to get better. Throughout the years the event has maintained its intimacy by gathering Gospel’s top artist, musicians, writers, and industry executives into one room. Each person in the room represents a brand and function that makes the industry work.

The anticipation and energy was high on January 15th as legends Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood were set to be honored. Despite the cold temperatures hundreds pressed their way to the Rocket Town venue for an afternoon of praise and worship. The presence was strong as you entered the beautifully decorated room. The lighting was warm and the center pieces shined brightly. Oprah Winfrey once stated, “Love Is In The Detail”, and that’s surely something that the BMI team believes. From the personalized invitations that were sent in the mail, to the seating assignments everything about the afternoon was excellence.

After the opening prayer by Bishop Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, the coveted “BMI Most Performed Gospel Song Of The Year Award” was presented to Kirk Franklin. Franklin penned Tamela Mann’s smash single, “Take Me To The King”. Both Franklin and Mann took the stage tearful and Franklin shared how both him and Mann were friends since the age of 15. Tamela’s, “Best Days” album was nearly complete but Franklin insisted they save a slot for him on the album. That slot was the now ground breaking single, “Take Me To The King”. The song has spent over 20 weeks at #1 and the “Best Days” album remains in the Billboard Top 10. With the release of the Deluxe Edition the album is quickly headed to Gold Status. This win prepared Tamela for an amazing weekend , as the next day she won the Stellar Award for “Artist Of The Year”.

Hosts Donnie McClurkin and Erica Campbell greeted the attendees and the afternoon was underway. To honor the legendary Daryl Coley, BMI put together some of the most versatile and beastly vocalist to pay tribute to one of the best male vocalist of all time:

  • Floyd Wilkinson- “2nd Chronicles”
  • Earnest Pugh- “More Like Jesus”
  • Zacardi Cortez- “Jesus Saves”
  • Tasha Page Lockart- “He’s Preparing Me”
  • Jason Nelson- “Sovereign”
  • Pastor Beverly Crawford- “Can’t Tell It All”.

Pastor Beverly Crawford got the entire room in a shout as she took us to church on “Can’t Tell it All”. Zacardi Cortez’s rendition of “Jesus Saves” would be a refreshing radio hit as he breathe new life into the classic. Tasha Page Lockhart’s rendition of “He’s Preparing Me” brought forth testimony service. Host Erica Campbell explained how she listened to that song many years ago when her and her sister Tina were just starting out.  Jason Nelsons amazing tone on “Sovereign” made the song an even greater masterpiece. Donald Lawrence and Company sang heaven down holding the background  vocals along with the band.

To honor the maestro Dr. Richard Smallwood the following artist gave the following tributes:

  • Y’Anna Crawley- “Don’t Worry”
  • Donnie McClurkin- “Center Of My Joy”
  • Dorinda Clark Cole- “What He’s Done for Me”
  • Marvin Sapp- “Healing”
  • Yolanda Adams- “I Love The Lord and Total Praise”
  • Anyasha Figueroa and Timiney Figueroa- “Angels”

BMI VP Catherine Brewton announced this years luncheon will be available on CD as a compilation and released later in the year.  Yolanda Adams’s “I Love The Lord” was reminiscent of her powerful tribute to Whitney Houston at the NAACP Image Awards, and Anyasha and Timiney’s “Angels” brought a new light to the song as well as honored the previous version.  Keep it locked to for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.

Daryl Coley & Richard Smallwood Feted at BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

BMI Pres nemThe Gospel music industry gathered en masse as Broadcast Music, Incorporated  (BMI) celebrated the music and ministry of Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood at its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. Kirk Tam BMI

Donnie McClurkin was joined this year by Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) as  hosts for the luncheon, along with Del Bryant, BMI President and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.  During the celebration, BMI honored Kirk Franklin for penning “Take Me to the King,”  BMI’s Most-Performed Gospel Song of the Year performed by Tamela Mann and appearing on her Billboard chart topping Best Days CD.


The musicDonnie and Ericaal tributes were phenomenal and included presentations from  Zacardi Cortez (“Jesus Saves”), Tasha Page-Lockhart (“He’s Preparing Me”), Earnest Pugh (“More Like Jesus”), Floyd Wilkinson (“II Chronicles”), Beverly Crawford (“Can’t Tell It All”) and Jason Nelson (“Sovereign”). Serving as the event’s triumphant finale, the charismatic songs of Richard Smallwood were then celebrated with dynamic performances by Yolanda Adams (“ Total Praise”/“I Love The Lord”), Anaysha Figueroa-CooDaryl BMIper and Timiney Figueroa (“Angel Watching Over Me”), Y’Anna Crawley (“He Won’t Leave You”), Dorinda Clark Cole (“What He’s Done For Me”), Donnie McClurkin (“Jesus Lover of My Soul”/“Center of My Joy”) and Marvin Sapp (“Healing”).

Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood Selected as 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

c7c16a3fbe7c435c1d127055_800x227BMI announced today that the 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon will honor Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood. The event will take place on Friday January 17th in Nashville during the annual Stellar Awards Weekend festivities.

BMI is currently enjoying the success of the release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD. Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon, the CD features performances from Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard. The album can be purchased now at iTunes and Amazon.

Donny Hathaway Anthology Box Set Releases November 12th

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

The life and mDonny+Hathaway+Never+My+Love+TheAnthologyusic of Donny Hathaway is celebrated in Never My Love, The Anthology available in stores nationwide on November 12th. Included in the set are 3 gospel flavored tracks, namely Thank You Master (For My Soul), Lord Help Me and Come Ye Disconsolate, a duet from Hathaway’s successful music partnership with Roberta Flack.

Hathaway’s gospel roots run deep as his first musical experiences evolved from being a part of the church choir under the watchful eye of his grandmother in St. Louis. Hathaway continued a close affiliation with gospel music, producing and writing for Albertina Walker and the Caravans. Hathaway’s impact on gospel music is felt and heard in the varied covers of his music by Keith Pringle, Marvin Sapp, Darius Brooks, Richard Smallwood and Ted & Sheri. His daughter, Lalah continues to wow audiences with recent appearances on Donald Lawrence’s chart topping Best For Last CD.