Posts Tagged ‘Ricky Dillard’

Chicago’s Pleasant Green Choir Gets In The Mix With New Music

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

PG Choir ChicagoChicago is the ultimate destination for Gospel music and this is reinforced by the weekly (and sometimes daily) addition of new quartets, groups, choirs and solo acts.  In the exception category is the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church where Pastor Walter Matthews greets the members and guests each Sunday morning on Chicago’s south side.  From the exterior, the church would give the appearance as one of the many places of worship where people gather weekly, but when any one of the Pleasant Green choirs hit the stand, you are in for some exuberant sounds of joyful noise.

Minister of Music Elaine Pheloan describes it as such, “We are just a group of ordinary people that God has placed together for worship and to unite people through the power of life changing music.  The music ministry of Pleasant Green consists of people of all ages from the children to the seniors who love the Lord and take seriously the mandate to make His praise glorious. We are blessed with some amazing singers, anointed musicians and skillful songwriters, God takes what we have and it all comes together.”

On their new single Oh the Blood, Pleasant Green calls upon Grammy and Stellar Award nominated songwriter and producer Montage Pheloan (Ricky Dillard and New G, Isaac Carree, Chicago Mass Choir) and co songwriter Paris Baker to present a Sunday church styled track worthy of Chicago, and the song delivers.

Rusty Watson Proclaims The Greatness of God In His Solo Debut

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

GOD-CD-Cover-Front-7-16Rusty Watson is known for his music.  He has written for Rodnie Bryant and CCMC, Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale, Bishop TD Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir and the GMWA Women of Worship.  Watson is most recognized for his composition For My Good, which appeared on the Grammy nominated Love Alive V CD of Bishop Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir.  Now, the St. Louis native begins anew with the release of God, his debut solo single hitting digital retail outlets on August 5th.

Watson shared these words about the song and his writing inspiration, “”I am a lover of the Word”, God has equipped and conditioned me to be able to write music that reaches the heart.  Genesis, the book of beginnings adeptly opens with these words, in the beginning God, so I wanted to make that my place of beginning this new chapter as well.  God is a song that I wanted everybody to know who I was talking about with no confusion.  Its a song that honors God the great and God the magnificent, the Supreme God of the Universe in all of His sovereignty.  When we stop and think of all that God is, its enough to make you shout, He’s the Alpha, the Omega, Jehovah, El Shaddai, no one greater, no one above Him, no one before Him and definitely none like Him.”

Watson heads to Louisville, Kentucky for the Dorsey Convention in addition to making several other stops across the country as the single makes waves at radio.

Robin Covington Embarks Upon Solo Debut

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Robin CovingtonRobin Covington is in a class all by herself.  As a lead singer (and founding member) of Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale, she has earned her keep  as a mainstay and an enduring persona with gravitas.  Through it all, the Chicago native counts herself in the company of the blessed.  “God gave this little girl with a big voice a huge opportunity to sing his praises, and I don’t take that opportunity lightly, when you come to full realization that God doesn’t have to use you, He could have used ANYBODY else to carry out His work, you lose your sense of entitlement, bask in His grace and appreciate each experience. I owe God this and so much more.”

Covington comes into her own as she celebrates her birthday with a Melodies from My Heart concert in Chicago on June 11th.  “I have felt the impression in my spirit that its been time to do this, but I have lived with apprehension and fear for so long. The Lord had to tell me Robin, I have equipped you for this, I have prepared you for this, many of the life experiences that you have endured were getting you ready for this moment. After that, there was nothing else to say but Yes Lord.” Look for new music coming via a single in the fall and a CD project to follow.

James Cleveland Award Honors The Legacy of Olanda Draper

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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The 2016 James Cleveland Award will celebrate the heyday of the choirs with a posthumous honor for Olanda Draper. Olanda Draper (more…)

Tiff Joy Lauded With Song of the Year Award From BMI

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Tiff Joy AwardBroadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) gave special recognition to singer/songwriter Tiff Joy as Amazing, her composition recorded by Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale took top honors as the  Most Performed Gospel Song of 2015 at the 17th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music.

Amazing, which was nominated for a Grammy spent some 30 weeks in the top spot on the Billboard chart and received a Stellar Award for Song of the Year.

 

Tiff Joy Releases Debut CD September 25th

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

What an amazing experience it has been for Chicago native Tiffany Joy McGhee.  The singer songwriter penned the song Amazing and performeTiffJoyd it locally around the Chicagoland area.  The song caught the attention of Donald Lawrence who in turned mentioned it to Ricky Dillard, and the rest is history.  A performance on the Stellar Awards started the movement.  “Amazing” would go on to capture the title of  2014 “Song of the Year” in addition to holding the number one spot on Billboard’s Gospel singles chart for over 30 consecutive weeks.

Tiff Joy uses “Chicago power”connecting with award winning producer VaShawn Mitchell for her 12 track debut CD for Mitchell’s Walkway Music Group/ VMan Entertainment and Tyscot Records.  The CD hits stores and digital outlets on September 25th.

Tiffany Joy McGhee Signs With VaShawn Mitchell’s Walkway Music Group

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Stellar Award Winner Tiffany Joy McGhee (TiffJoy) becomes the first artist under VaShawn Mitchell’s Walkway Music Group banner in partnership with Tyscot Records.  TiffJoy’s Amazing recorded by Ricky Dillard and New G took home the Stellar for song of the year and remained on the Billboard charts for 30 consecutive weeks.TiffJoy

“Tyscot has enjoyed years of working with VaShawn in various capacities, and now we are elated to be the label partner for his Walkway Entertainment,” said Bryant Scott, President and COO Tyscot Records. “We are excited about our first artist through this joint venture, TiffJoy. Her voice and song have saturated our spirits for the past year, culminating with a Stellar Awards win for Song Of The Year. It is now time to present TiffJoy on her own stellar project.”

eOne Music Celebrates a Stellar Evening

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music AwardsEntertainment One Music carried the night at the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.  Eone artists Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Ricky Dillard Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan McReynolds and Michelle Williams performed during the eventful celebration as eOne artists took home 14 awards out of the 28 categories.

Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, William McDowell, Michelle Williams took home awards in the major categories while Bishop Paul Morton received special honors.

“Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational shared these sentiments, “Wow! It’s truly a blessing to receive these honors capping an incredible past year for our artists, and celebrate the creative gifts and work that continues to inspire so many fans across the globe. There is more new music coming on the horizon, and congratulations to all the nominees and honorees this year,”

McDonalds Announces Lineup & Schedule For Inspiration Celebration Tour

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Donald Lawrence pr photo 1-Photo credit Dominick GuillemotMcDonalds has announced the lineup and schedule for the 9th installment of their popular Inspiration Celebration Tour beginning in Detroit on May 13 and running through Oct. 17th.

This year’s lineup features celebrated Gospel artists  Donald Lawrence, Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard,  DeWayne Woods,  Tasha Page-Lockhart, comedian Small Fire  and syndicated radio host Lonnie Hunter.

Scheduled tour dates include:

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This Week’s Top Gospel Albums

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Billboard #1 Gospel Hits took the top spot on the Gospel Albums Chart.  Listed below are the top sellers

  1.  Various Artists                                                         Billboard #1 Gospel Hits
  2. Fred Hammond                                                         I Will Trust
  3. Various Artists                                                          WOW Gospel 2014
  4. Tasha Cobbs                                                                Grace
  5. J Moss                                                                           Grown Folks Gospel
  6. Youthful Praise w/ JJ Hairston                          I See Victory
  7. Brian Courtney Wilson                                          Worth Fighting For
  8. VaShawn Mitchell                                                    Unstoppable
  9. Icon Gospel                                                                Icon Gospel
  10. Michelle Williams                                                    Journey to Freedom
  11. Ricky Dillard and New G                                       Amazing
  12. Brittney Wright                                                        Fight 4 U
  13. The Walls Group                                                       Fast Forward
  14. Smokie Norful                                                           Forever Yours
  15. 3 Winans Brothers                                                  Foreign Land
  16. Jessica Reedy                                                           Transparent
  17. Erica Campbell                                                         Help
  18. Dorothy Norwood                                                  An Incredible Journey
  19. Rance Allen Group                                                 Celebrate
  20. Wess Morgan                                                            Livin
  21. James Fortune & FIYA                                         Live Through It
  22. William McDowell                                                  Withholding Nothing
  23. Beverly Crawford                                                   Thank You For All You’ve Done
  24. Tasha Page Lockhart                                             Here Right Now
  25. Donnie McClurkin                                                   Duets