Posts Tagged ‘Smokie Norful’

Motown Gospel Releases Acoustic Compilation 1Mic 1Take CD

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

1 mic 1 takeMotown Gospel gives a different approach to its artist’s songs with the release of an acoustic compilation aptly titled 1 Mic 1 Take.  The CD brings together the label’s best loved performers including Grammy Award winners Smokie Norful and Tasha Cobbs as well as Myron Butler & Levi, Brian Courtney Wilson and Royce Lovett.

This was a first time venture for the label, with the sessions all taking place at the iconic Capitol Studios. “Putting world class artists in a legendary room performing their signature songs with scaled back production doesn’t present itself often,” says, Larry Blackwell, Vice President and General Manager of Motown Gospel. “I believe the artists captured the fundamental essence of our genre with their soulful performances.”

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2015 Dove Awards Highlights

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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Last night’s 46th Annual Dove Awards went off in grand fashion at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, featuring hosts Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson and Erica Campbell.

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Smokie Norful Receives Top Honors at 2015 ASCAP Awards

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Smokie Norful at the keyboardThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers held its 28th annual Rhythm and Soul Awards honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs on the charts.

In the Gospel category, top honors went to Bart Millard for I Can Only Imagine (as recorded by Tamela Mann).  Other award recipients include Smokie Norful (who performed his composition No Greater Love during the evening), William McDowell for Withholding Nothing, Erica Campbell for Help and David Bratton for Every Praise (as recorded by Bishop Hezekiah Walker).  A full list of Gospel award recipients can be found here: 2015 ASCAP Top Gospel Songs

Gospel Love Songs to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Love SongsLove is in the air…because Valentine’s Day is here! Whether you have a sweetheart or not, don’t miss out on your opportunity to revel in this Love Day. Over the years, there have been several gospel songs that not only express our love towards one another, but also our love toward God. Here are a few songs to add to your playlist this Valentine’s Day weekend. Some of which you may have heard before. Whereas others you may not, but this lovers holiday, they certainly deserve a listen.

 

“I Love You Lord” – Fred Hammond
“Love Song”- Canton Jones
“Addictive Love” – BeBe & CeCe Winans
“Open My Heart” – Yolanda Adams
“Real Love” – Kirk Franklin & The Family
“Jesus is Love” – Smokie Norful featuring Heather Headley
“Be Happy” – Mary Mary
“I Adore You” – Darlene McCoy
“Just For Me” – Karen Clark Sheard
“Draw Me Close” – Donnie McClurklin
“Chasing After You” – Tye Tribbett
“Ain’t No Need to Worry” – Marvin Winans & Anita Baker
“Stuck” – Lisa McClendon
“Abide” – Lexi
“Happy” – Tasha Cobbs

Sending YOU our love from the GospelFlava.com family!

The Walls Group, Anita Wilson, Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard Get Grammy Nominations

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by the Recording Academy on December 5th in Los Angeles.

 

 

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The awards will be handed out on Sunday February 8th during a RickyPic_Press1_SideProfileAgainstWalllive broadcast at the Staples Center.  Erica Campbell and Smokie Norful received nominations in both the Best Gospel Performance and Best Gospel Album Categories, while Mali Music received nominations in the Gospel as well as Urban Contemporary categories.  A full list of nominees can be viewed here: Grammy Nominees

 

Paul Porter Enjoys Life Full and FREE

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Paul Porter is living the good life and celebrating the release of his new solo project, F.R.E.E. on Tre’Myles Music/Motown Gospel/ Mars On Sunday.  The disc features Paul at his best with a littPaul Porter Freele help from Ruben Studdard, LeAndria Johnson, Rance Allen and Smokie Norful.

Paul’s testimony of deliverance takes center stage with this project.  “In 1996, I had an aneurysm,” Paul shares. “I couldn’t walk or talk, and I lost my memory. I stayed in the bed maybe a year and a half. From 1996-2006 I went through all of the transitions—from the bed to the wheelchair to the walker to the cane. In June 2006, I dropped the cane!”

Production on the ten song disc is handled by the Grammy Award winning duo Blac Elvis (Beyonce, Jamie Foxx) and songwriter Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Beyonce).

Paul Porter Enlists Ruben Studdard & LeAndria Johnson For New Single

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Paul_Porter_I_Want_to_Know_What_Love_Is_CoverAmerican Idol alum Ruben Studdard and Sunday Best winner LeAndria Johnson join Paul Porter for the remake of I Want To Know What Love Is, the new single from F.R.E.E., his debut project for Smokie Norful’s TreMyles Music imprint. The song is already making headway at radio and is available online via iTunes and other digital outlets.

Banner Year for McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

63891-Vickie-Winans-originalThe 2013 McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Tour set a record raising more than $83,000 supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).  This year’s tour was hosted by Vickie Winans and featured Smokie Norful and son Ashton, Lecrae and John P. Kee with Tamela Mann in select cities.  The mission of the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is to bring service, encouragement and entertainme63891-Tamela-Mann-originalnt to communities while emphasizing the importance of giving back.  The tour kicked off in May in Washington, DC and made stops in Philadelphia, Newark, Birmingham, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Louisville before culminating in Dallas August 30 at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest.

Paul Porter Gets FREE on October 29th

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Paul Porter FreeCelebrated singer/songwriter and Christianaires co -founder Paul Porter will be making the rounds promoting F.R.E.E.,  his new solo CD offering scheduled to be released on October 29th from Tre’Myles Music/Motown Gospel/ Mars On Sunday .  The ten song  CD includes tracks featuring Porter in his element making soulful and heartfelt urban tinged gospel alongside the likes of American Idol’ winner Ruben Studdard and Grammy® winners Le’ Andria Johnson and Smokie Norful with Grammy® Award winning production duo Blac Elvis (Beyonce, Jamie Foxx) and songwriter Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Beyonce) providing production assistance.

In case you want to check the CD out before it comes out, listen to music snippets here: Paul Porter F.R.E.E.

Bishop TD Jakes MegaFest 2013 Begins

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

td-jakesThe triple digit temperatures in Dallas won’t deter the faithful as 60,000 people from over 40 countries are expected to gather this weekend for Bishop TD Jakes’ Megafest conference.  Billed as the largest US Inspirational Family Festival, the confab brings together Bishop Jakes’ most popular conferences: ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaYouth and MegaKidz with a plethora of entertainment, business and other inspirational features for the entire family.  This year’s event pairs Bishop Jakes with Oprah Winfrey for a Lifeclass session, the inaugural International Faith & Family Film Festival, the Just Churchin’ Comedy Show and the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship.  The fest will also include performances from top gospel artists including John P Kee, Earnest Pugh, Smokie Norful, LeCrae, Mali Music, Kierra Sheard, Tye Tribbett, United Tenors and more.