Posts Tagged ‘The Clark Sisters’

Virtue Set To Honor Clark Sisters At Essence Festival

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

VirtueGoatFarm-39Clark Sisters OLTGRAMMY nominated female group Virtue (Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin) will join Yolanda Adams, Travis Greene, Brian Courtney Wilson, Tasha Page Lockhart, Kierra Sheard, Faith Evans and Keke Wyatt in paying tribute to the legendary Clark Sisters at the Essence Festival on July 3rd in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Virtue’s current radio single, Miracle (written by Twinkie Clark and recorded by the Clark Sisters in the 80s) has spent 6 weeks in the top 30 on the Billboard radio chart.  Miracle comes from the group’s seventh studio album, Fearless, which made its debut at #3 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

Continuing their summer promotional stops, Virtue will appear at Kirk Franklin’s 20 Years In One Night World Tour on Tuesday, June 14 at The Alabama Theatre.

On Pause With Bill Moss, Jr.

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Bill MossGOSPELflava caught up with Bill Moss, Jr. to talk for a minute about his upcoming recording, his famous family and heritage and the work he does at Moss Academy of Music.

GF: Bill, you come from good stock, talk about your beginnings

BMJ: Well, you are right, I am from a family of musicians.  My parents, Bill and Essie Moss traveled the country singing as part of Dad’s group, the Celestials.  My brother is J. Moss (no explanation needed).  My aunt, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, reared one of the greatest gospel acts in Gospel music today, The Clark Sisters.  Then there is the next generation with Kierra and J. Drew, so  as you can see, there was a whole household of music makers.

Since we were always surrounded by music, music kinda came naturally.  I can remember when I was 5 years old, Dad and his group were on the stage singing their hit, Already Been to the Water one evening and Dad jumped off the piano, and I just got on and began to play, I didn’t have a clue, hadn’t had a lesson and Dad hadn’t showed me anything so he was standing there in amazement and the audience was astonished;  that was my first public performance.  Dad seized the opportunity to start me in piano lessons, and shortly thereafter my brother J came along.  Soon the Moss Brothers singing group came to fruition.

J didn’t stick with piano very long, as he developed it became very obvious that he was gifted in the area of production and songwriting, and of course he is an amazing vocalist.  I continued my studies through high school and went to college and got a degree in music.  Everything that I learned I shared with my brother, that just added to his depth .

GF: Give us details about your upcoming live recording

BMJ:  I am honored to serve as Worship Pastor at the Third New Hope Baptist Church where Dr. EL Branch is our Senior Pastor.  It is our desire to capture the energy of the worship that we experience on Sunday morning, thus, the Songbook of Praise and Worship came to be.  We are doing about 7 or 8 covers and I have written about 5 or 6 songs, our intention is to get everybody singing and present to the world praise and worship as we experience it on any given Sunday.  Its going to be a great experience.Bill Moss jr

GF: Any words you would share with up and coming musicians?

BMJ: I’m glad you asked.  I founded the Moss Academy of Music in the year 2000 to provide music instruction to young people in the community.  We  offer instruction in piano, voice, organ, drums and guitar, I am pleased to say that we have done well going on 16 years now,  it gives me an opportunity to not allow my gift to die with me and to prepare future generations of musicians.

I always tell the musicians coming up to be wise, work in the area where you have been planted, be a part of the church where you give service, and don’t let everything be about making top dollar.  It seems the trend of thought among young musicians is “I gotta get paid because I have a gift and a little skill”, but a great number of them lack any real depth, they can’t read music and  don’t know the hymns of the church, can’t follow the preacher, etc.  Take the time to perfect your craft.  Go to school, learn the ministry that you are a part of, I always tell musicians, its alright to crawl before you walk, but you need to be humble.  Make God your focus.  I have been blessed to be a part of some great ministries and have both seen and experiened great growth.  The Bible is right, your gift will make room for you, but you have to allow yourself to be molded and shaped for the Master’s use.

 

The Clark Sisters and Kierra Sheard Guest on Greater Emmanuel Live Recording August 17th

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

clark sisters glamDrew and KarenOf course, we knew it was bound to happen, and now we know when.  August 17th will more than likely go down as a historic moment when proud pastor Bishop J Drew Sheard presents the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Mass Choir in a live recording. If you remember, Greater Emmanuel’s 1994 CD The Sun Will Shine Again peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums charts and produced the radio hit Get the Glory. Of equal importance is the fact that Greater Emmanuel is the spiritual home of Detroit’s leading ladies,  The Clark Sisters (Karen Clark Sheard serves as first lady),  BET Sunday Best Judge Kierra Sheard and J Drew Sheard III.

As anticipated, the Clark Sisters and Kierra will make guest appearances on the CD and GEI minister of music and decorated producer Derrick Starks will share production duties with J Drew Sheard III.   Starks, who is a former music director for the Trumpet Awards and contributed to the Stellar Award nominated Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir project is the composer of several chart topping compositions including So Many Times, He Brought Me and Take It Back (all recorded by Dorinda Clark Cole) which was celebrated by BMI as 2010’s Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year.

Sparrow Records Founder Billy Ray Hearne Passes

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Billy-Ray-HearnGOSPELflava joins others around the world remembering the life of Christian music legend Billy Ray Hearne who passed away on Wednesday, April 15th.  Hearne, a graduate of Baylor University began his career at Word Records, launching the Myrrh label and introducing the world to Amy Grant.  In 1976, he founded Sparrow Records, which would include a number of top Gospel artists including Bebe and CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, Daryl Coley, and the West Angeles COGIC Saints In Praise series.

In 1992, Sparrow was sold to EMI Music, making way for the creation of Capitol Christian Music, the world’s largest Christian music group and home to Motown Gospel.

The Clark Sisters Spread Sunshine On The Queen Latifah Show

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Clark Sisters QLSet your DVR’s for Tuesday, March 18th as Karen, Jackie and Twinkie help to make Queen Latifah’s day with a rousing rendition of You Brought the Sunshine on her syndicated daytime talk show.  The Clark Sisters was just one of many surprises as the show celebrated Queen Latifah’s birthday.  Check your local listing for time and station information in your area.

In other Clark Sisters news, Twinkie continues to travel with her Songs of Twinkie Clark tour, while Karen is prepping for the March 25th  release of Sunday AM (morning), the first single from her highly anticipated live recording in Chicago and Jacky is flooding social media with news of her new single which hits the streets on March 25th.

Ernest Allen Jr. Releases Hymns For The Soul

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

AmongErnie Allen Jr.st the cloud of great gospel musicians is one Chicago native Ernest Allen Jr. After years accompanying a venerable list of gospel greats including the late Rev. Timothy Wright, the late Rev. James Moore, The Clark Sisters, Ricky Dillard and Jesse Campbell, Minister Allen has finally released an instrumental CD entitled Hymns For The Soul. Allen gives his interpretation of the classic church standards Great Is Thy Faithfulness, It is Well and the Yes Lord Praise.   The CD is available on iTunes.

Minister Allen shakes Heaven with his rendition of Even Me as evidenced here:

Karew Records and Entertainment One Music Announce Partnership

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Karew Records, the labeKaren Clarkl home of Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters and Jonathan Nelson announced news of the label’s new partnership with Entertainment One Music beginning with the live recording of Karen Clark Sheard on September 9th in Chicago produced by Donald Lawrence.

The two entities already share a connection via the BET hit reality series The Sheards.  “We are excited to extend the eOne relationship with the Sheard family beyond television into music as well through this new partnership with Karew Records,” said Phil Thornton, Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development at eOne Music, Nashville.

The label also indicated that Johnathan Nelson’s latest project, Finish Strong will continue its distribution via Motown Gospel and the next CDs from Kierra Sheard and the Clark Sisters will also be handled by Motown Gospel

Music From Twinkie Clark Drops January 29th

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Twinkie UnpluggedClark Sisters Fans Rejoice! Dr. Elbernita Twinkie Clark begins 2013 with the release of the first single from her Live and Unplugged CD recorded last year. The single is Speak Lord (a remake from TCS Is My Living In Vain album) and features Karen Clark Sheard. A companion video will be released via youtube and the full project is scheduled for a Spring, 2013 release.

UPDATE: Grad your tambourines! Twinkie Clark tells GOSPELflava there is a remake of The Clark Sisters Hallelujah (the ultimate shout song made famous by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and the International Mass Choir of the Church of God in Christ)  on the CD as well,