Posts Tagged ‘Zacardi Cortez’

Men of Standard Take The Stage At Father’s Day Concert

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

MOSFather’s Day 2016 will go down in history as the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, (the church home of Stephen Hurd and Anthony Brown) hosted a Father’s Day Concert that touted the reunion of Men of Standard after a 7 year hiatus.  It was indeed a great moment as Lowell Pye, Isaac Carree and Bryan Pierce took to the stage to take us down memory lane.  The icing on the cake was the addition of Zacardi Cortez (you can only imagine the utter pandemonium, right?!?!?!?!)

The gentlemen quickly but effectively ran through a number of their hits including the Winans’ Trust In God, Yet Will I Trust In Him, Anointed Song, In Your Will, Latter Rain and I Made It.  The songs had huge impact on the audience as the guys ministered messages of faith and inspiration in the music.  We can only hope that this is the start of a tour and a possible CD in the works.

While we wait on the Men of Standard recording, you can prepare yourself as Bryan Pierce is set to record in August at Mount Zion in Greensboro, NC.

Williams Singers Exert Staying Power With Can’t Leave

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Williams Singers Cant LeaveEveryone’s favorite quartet The Williams Singers continue to make a lasting impression with “Can’t Leave”, the new single from their soon to be released Live project recorded last year.  Brothers Darnell, Dezmien and Dezrale mix traditional quartet-style singing with uplifting, contemporary Gospel and R&B and have gained the admiration and respect of fans across the country. Their 2014 CD Destined featured Lisa Knowles, Virgil Reilford and Zacardi Cortez on the hit “Been Good”.

The Indy based group caught the attention of  Doug and Melvin Williams and joined the Blackberry Records family earlier this year.  “Can’t Leave” is written by Darnell Williams and features a cameo performance by Sam James.  The Williams Singers In Real Time CD makes its debut later this year.

Williams Singers Show Staying Power With There Is No Way

Monday, November 9th, 2015

We are pleased to report that quartet is here to stay and continues to live through the collective efforts of Joe Ligon and the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Canton Spirituals, the WWill Singersilliams Brothers, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs and  newcomers like Zacardi Cortez, Ashford Sanders, Cedric Ballard, Tim Rogers and one of our all time favorite new groups, The Williams Singers.  The brothers from Indianapolis mesmerized the audience during their live CD/DVD recording in September and are now exposing us to some new music with the release of their cover of the Tommies classic, There Is No Way.  The early reviews are in, and the audience can’t seem to get enough.

There is No Way is available on digital platforms now, and hold on to your seat.

 

The Williams Singers Prepare For Live DVD Recording

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The city of Indianapolis will never be the same after The Williams Singers Live CD/DVD recording, taking place on September 11th at the Caring Place. Second Williams Singersgeneration quartetsmen Darnell, Dezmien, and Dezrale Williams  known for their hit single Been Good have been leaving audiences “slain”with their electrifying performances merging the fire and intensity of quartet with contemporary music and intricate harmonies. The CD/DVD recording will also feature performances from Zacardi Cortez, Lisa Knowles, Alexis Spight and Bishop Neal Roberson.

Bishop Paul S Morton Legacy Live Recording Set For July

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Bishop Rance AlleBishop+Paul+Morton-press+photon, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez and LeAndria Johnson are among the guests joining Bishop Paul S. Morton on July 13th at Greater St Stephens in New Orleans in what is being billed as a legacy recording event celebrating his 30 + year career in Gospel Music as well as 20 years as leader of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.

The live recording is produced by Trent Phillips and serves as the the kickoff to this year’s Full Gospel Fellowship Conference and the first of many events honoring Bishop Morton.

BMI Awards Most Performed Songs

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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This weekend’s BMI Trailblazer Awards were also the scene to honor Gospel’s Most-Performed Song of the Year: “The Gift,” written and performed by Donald Lawrence. The song, featured on Lawrence’s album Best For Last, topped the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and achieved  wide-spread success. BMI also recognized five additional opuses as Top-Performed Gospel Songs of the Year (2014): “1 On 1,” written by Lucius B. Hoskins and performed by Zacardi Cortez; “Clean This House,” co-written by Philip Cornish and Isaac Carree, who is the performer; “God Will Make a Way,” written by Ay’Ron Lewis and performed by Shirley Caesar; “Here in Our Praise,” co-written by Michael Bethany and Fred Hammond, who is the performer; and “It’s Working,” co-written by Aaron Lindsey and William Murphy, who is the performer.

Zacardi Cortez Hits Top Ten With Sophomore Project

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Zacardi and HathawayThe blessings are overflowing for Gospel Music’s favorite son Zacardi Cortez. His new CD “Reloaded Deluxe Edition” ” (World Wide Music, Inc.) debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  Over 2.6 million viewers got to witness a special performance with Cortez and Lalah Hathaway on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” this past Sunday. The show will be rebroadcast on Thursday, April 10th and Saturday, April 12th.  Check your local listings for time and station information in your area.

Recap: 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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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 GOSPELflava.com for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.

Zacardi Cortez Wows Audiences During Stellar Weekend

Monday, January 20th, 2014

What a weekend it was for Zacardi Cortez. The soulful singer paid tribute to gospel legend Daryl Coley covering the Coley classic Jesus Saves at the annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon and then performed his latest hit “1 on 1” on the 29th annual Stellar Awards on Saturday eve20140120-222330.jpgning. Cortez garnered praise from fans and fellow comrades in the Gospel community.

“Zacardi is the best singer in America today,” says Worldwide Music, Inc. CEO Kerry Douglas. “I have no doubt that he will be one of the biggest artists the gospel world has ever seen.” “1 on 1” is now #1 on this week’s Mediabase Gospel chart and remains at #2 for the sixth week on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. Cortez’ forthcoming CD “Reloaded” will be released in March.

 

John P Kee Readies Fall Tour, DVD Taping and More

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

John P KeeWe were fully persuaded and convinced that Life and Favor was one of John P Kee’s best albums to date (check out our review here).  Then came news of the Life and Favor Deluxe Edition from the Kee Camp.  With a scheduled release date of October 15th, the CD is already making waves with the new single Walking In Favor featuring Zacardi Cortez, a Spanish version of Life and Favor  and a tribute to the late Reverend James Moore entitled Great Things Happen.

Pastor Kee takes his Gospel cavalcade on the road with a 20 plus city tour featuring Shawn Bigby and Zacardi Cortez beginning  on September 26th in Jacksonville and continuing through November.  This will lead to the event of the year, the DVD taping of Pastor John P Kee and the New Life Community Choir scheduled for December