Posts Tagged ‘Tramaine Hawkins’

New Inductees Into The Stellar Awards Honors Club

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Stellar Guide

Lady Tramaine

In 2015, Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson introduced the Stellar Awards Honors paying tribute to individuals who have been trailblazers and trendsetters in Gospel music.  The inaugural honorees included Pastor Shirley Caesar, Byron Cage, Clifton Davis, Kirk Franklin, Vickie Winans, Dottie Peoples, Ricky Dillard, Vicki Mack Lataillade, Dr. Leonard Scott and Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones. (more…)

PJ Morgan Gets Nod From Hammond USA

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

PJ Morgan, one ofPJ Morgan the most respected and in-demand Hammond B3 superstars in gospel music celebrated his birthday on March 31st with news of a product endorsement from Hammond USA.  Morgan will assist the company in introducing their products to musicians and churches across the country.  “This is an honor for me,” says Morgan. “I just love making music and to now be affiliated with Hammond USA is beyond my wildest dreams.”

In addition to his work as producer for Maurette Brown Clark and recording sessions with Tramaine Hawkins and Pastor Shirley Caesar, he’s well known for his twenty year stint as a musician with Black Entertainment Television (BET) where he’s also played in The Ray Chew Orchestra during the cable network’s annual “BET Honors” broadcast since its inception in 2008.   Morgan also serves as director of music at  Reid Temple A.M.E. church in Glenn Dale, MD. Plans are in motion for the release of a Gospel Jazz CD to be completed before the end of 2014.

 

Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music Recording In Atlanta

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music are headed to the historic Ebenezer Baptist  Church in Atlanta, Georgia for a live recording on March 29th.

Lundy MOMThe live recording caps off the Hymns & Hip Hop Conference sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Church and the NEW Leadership Academy. Special guests include Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, Rev. James Bignon and LaShun Pace as well as the introduction of the Georgia Unit of Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music.  This marks the 7th recording for the DC based aggregation who is celebrating 20 years of music ministry.  The choir has has travelled throughout the United States and abroad, sharing the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce Evangelist Dorothy Norwood and Tramaine Hawkins.

 

Donnie McClurkin Delivers Duets On March 4th

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Donnie DuetsDonnie McClurkin calls in a little assistance from his friends for Duets, his highly anticipated CD from RCA Inspiration.  Tramaine Hawkins, John P Kee, Erica and Tina Campbell, Justin Savage and Tye Tribbett all join in the celebration. While We are Victorious (featuring Tye Tribbett) has been making the rounds at radio, we can’t get enough of the churchy remake of Write My Name Above,  a tribute to Mattie Moss Clark and the Southwest Michigan State Choir featuring Dorinda Clark Cole. Duets hits stores and digital outlets on March 4th and is available for preorder on iTunes.

2013 Essence Festival Honors Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Lady TramaineThe 2013 Essence Festival heads to the Crescent City, New Orleans, Louisiana on the weekend of July 4th through July 7th.  This yedonnie-mcclurkinar, the Get Lifted All Star Gospel Tribute honors Gospel music icons Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin.  Scheduled performers include Bishop Lester Love and the City of Love, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams, Amber Bullock, Tasha Cobbs, Bishop Noel Jones, Tyronne Foster and The Arc Singers, Kurt Carr, Isaac Carree, Kim Burrell and many more.

TV Monitor – Zacardi Cortez, Chicago Mass and Tramaine Hawkins on Bobby Jones

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Zacardi-Cortez-BiographyZacardi Cortez graces the stage of Bobby Jones Gospel this Sunday to tell the world, God Held Me Together.   The 26 year old Texan has been making waves in gospel with high profile performances with the likes James Fortune, John P. Kee, Rance Allen and others.  His debut CD, the introduction of Zacardi Cortez released last year dropped at #2 on the Billboard Gospel Chart and #8 on the R&B Albums Chart.  Cortez is currently traveling the country on the United as One Tour featuring Fortune, Kierra Sheard and VaShawn Mitchell.  Also appearing on BJG this week are the famed Chicago Mass Choir and 2013 BMI Trailblazer Tramaine Hawkins.

Dorothy Norwood Honors The Hawkins

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

screen-shot-2012-03-08-at-10-29-38-amOur red carpet correspondent celebrity stylist Goo Goo, caught up with Dorothy Norwood, member of the legendary group “The Caravans” at the 2013 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon and talks about the Hawkins family influence on Gospel Music.

 

 

RECAP: 2013 BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

(From L-R: Issac Caree, Tina Campbell, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, and Warryn Campbell (Photo Credit: BMI)

 

The 2013 Stellar Award Weekend is in full effect in Nashville, TN and the city is on fire with Gospel Music. One of the hottest tickets in town that one could receive is an invitation to the prestigious BMI Trailblazers of Gosby7w5cpel Luncheon. This luncheon features the “who’s who” of the Gospel music industry coming together to celebrate their own, whom have done remarkable things in Gospel Music. This year, GOSPELflava.com was on the red carpet and inside the luncheon for all the power packed singing that took place at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. Tons of A-List Gospel artist spoke with our Red Carpet Correspondent “Goo Goo” about how they were excited to be in the room honoring living legends. This year’s Trailblazers Luncheon honored the legendary Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr. The event was hosted by Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, BMI President Del Bryant, and Vice President Catherine Brewton.

"The Walls" Group Singing Kirk Franklin's "I Smile"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The luncheon began around noon with an opening prayer from Pastor Joseph and Yolanda Morgan, parents of Stellar Award Nominated Artist Wess Morgan. After the prayer a delicious lunch was served,and the luncheon was under way. Kirk Franklin received the award for “BMI Song Of The Year”for his hit single, “I Smile“. “I Smile“has been performed over 50ok times and did record breaking numbers on the Billboard Charts. The Walls Group, a newly signed act to Franklin’s label payed tribute to Franklin. This young group had the likes of Lexi Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and others on their feet as they sang their acoustic version of Franklin’s “I Smile“.

 

Donnie McClurkin served as host for the beginning of the afternoon as the Kurt Carr tribute began.  Donald Lawrence & Company returned this year as the backing ensemble for the afternoon, and opened up with “In the Sanctuary”. While no group can compare to that of the Kurt Carr Singers, the Company under the direction of GrSheri Jones Moffett singing "I Almost Let Go"(Photo Credit: BMI) ammy Award Winning recording artist Donald Lawrence, and three time Stellar Award winning recording artist DeWayne Woods, added their classic sound to  every song.  After the Company got the crowd on their feet, the event went into over drive. Lisa Knowles of the Brown Singerss took the stage to sing “My Soul Loves Jesus”, and just when you thought the praise couldn’t go any higher, Sheri Jones-Moffett followed behind with her rendition of the Kurt Carr chart topper, ” I Almost Let Go” . In the middle of the song, Moffett began to testify about how a few years back she didn’t even want to sing anymore, but thought back to the goodness of Jesus and how he kept her throughout the years. Needless to say after that testimony, there wasn’t a person sitting down.

To finish the tribute, Sunday Best Season 4 Winner Amber Bullock, added her unique tone to “For Every Mountain“, mixing her style of soul, jazz, and classic Gospel vocals to present a beautiful arrangement to a man who deserved all the accolades being given that afternoon.

A solemn moment came in the luncheon when BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton honored Marvin McQuitty Jr.with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. McQuitty was a long time drummer in the industry and had worked on the trailblazers luncheon for many years.  The dynamic house band included an A-list of musicians such as Joe Wilson, Jonathan Dubose, Joel Smith, and Stanley Brown just to name a few.

CeCe Winans kicked off the second half of the afternoon with tributes for Edwin Hawkins. CeCe looLaShun Pace sang "God Will Take Care Of You"(Photo Credit: BMI)ked radiant on stage as she introduced Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul S. Morton who sang “Oh Happy Day“.  Gospel twins Jason and Jonathan Nelson had the entire room moving as they sang “I Need Your Spirit“, and Kierra Sheard stood beautifully on stage and sang “This Day“. A serious moment of the afternoon arose when gospel legend LaShun Pace took the stage to sing “God Will Take Care of You“. LaShun, whose dealt with recent challenges in her health brought tears to many eyes as she delivered the message of how through it all God continues to keep her. Shortly after, Edwin Hawkins was presented with the BMI Trailblazers Award and encouraged the audience to continue to pray for others in this industry.

 VaShawn Mitchell and Yolanda Adams kicked off the last set of tributes for the afternoon honoring Lady Tramaine Hawkins. VAnyasha Figueroa sings "Holy One"(Photo Credit: BMI)aShawn and Yolanda performed a rousing rendition of “The Potter’s House“, the two added a classic Hawkins style to the song while making it their own. Light Records’ newest artist Anaysha Figueroa proved that she has what it takes to be a front runner in Gospel music as she sang one of Hawkins leading songs “Holy One“.

 

 

By this time the power of GOD was so heavy in the place and Yolanda Adams took the microphone to sing “He Brought Me“. CeCe Winans joined in on a reprise of the song and then introduced Le’Andria Johnson as she finished the afternoon with “Changed“.  This was the pivotal moment as CeCe Winans passed the microphone to Tramaine Hawkins who claimed, she had a cold but took the room into a frenzy.

Tramaine Hawkins sings her hit "Changed"(Photo Credit: BMI)

The BMI Luncheon will air on TV in the coming months, keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for more updates.

Photo Credit: BMI

EXCLUSIVE: A Musical Moment with Edwin Hawkins

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

GOSPELflava shared a few moments with the inimitable Edwin Hawkins. Hawkins will be honorEdwin Hawkinsed alongside Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr at the 2013 BMI Trailblazers Salute during Stellar Awards Weekend in a couple days.  We asked about the BMI Salute, the New Edwin Hawkins Singers and the highly anticipated Love Alive 6 recording. (more…)

Donnie McClurkin & CeCe Winans To Host 14th Annual BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Grammy Award Winners Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans are set to the host the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers Luncheon. This event will honor Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, and Kurt Carr. The invitation only event will take place Friday January 18, 2013 at Rocketown in Nashville, Stellar Award Weekend. Stay tuned to GOSPELflava.com for more details and for “The Road To The Stellars”