Posts Tagged ‘Zacardi Cortez’

Kerry Douglas Honored at International Leadership Awards

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Kerry Douglas can be easily described as a hitmaker. Among his many successes are Evelyn Turrentine-Agee’s “God Did It” , Earnest Pugh’s “Rain on Us” Kerry, James Fortune & FIYA’s “I Trust You” and Keith Wonderboy Johnson’s “Send A Revival” . In honor of his many contributions and achievements, Douglas will be honored during the International Financial and Leadership Summit.

“It’s a blessing to receive my flowers while I’m still alive,” Douglas jokes. “God has been good to me and allowed me to work with some really talented artists. I’m also excited to be out on the road every week and seeing new talents out there that I hope to develop and sign for my next Gospel Mix CD.”

“Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix Vol. VI” recently debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and features the radio smash “1 on 1” by Zacardi Cortez. Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Rev. Paul Jones and others round it out with classic gospel songs alongside future gems by Lalah Hathaway, Bryan Wilson, Ted Winn and Earnest Pugh.

The event takes place Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX.

James Fortune Speaks About His Sold Out Live Recording [Exclusive]

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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GRAMMY nominated, Stellar Award Winning Syndicated Radio Host James Fortune recorded his new live project in front of a sold out crowd in Atlanta, GA. Thousands began gathering at the Word of Faith Cathedral hours before the event even started. Lines wrapped around the building, parking lots quickly filled, and local interstate exits quickly jammed as people traveled from all over the country to experience “FIYA” Live. Local Radio one Affiliate Praise 102.5 kept the crowd engaged as they waited anxiously to enter the sanctuary. With the concert selling out nearly three days before the event, attendees had the hottest ticket in town.

Comedian Marcus Wiley from the nationally syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show was on hand as the evening host. Marcus kept the crowd in stitches giving his commentary about the comical things that happen weekly in local churches. For this live recording James brought together some of the most unique voices in contemporary Gospel and Hip Hop. DA Truth opened up the recording joining James and band on the track, ‘Built to Last”.  In her first ever live feature on an album, BET Sunday Best runner up Alexis Spight sent the audience into a frenzy on “Did It All For Me”. After the recording Alexis explained that she was “nervous”, however her dynamic ministry said otherwise.  “The Worship Chant” featuring Tasha Cobbs will prove to be a fan favorite as it took the house into an intense session of worship. When speaking to James afterwards he explained this album would be “hard to edit” because of the many visitations of the holy spirit that happened on that night. Zacardi Cortez’s, “Let Your Power Fall” and Isaac Carree’s “Empty Me” well rounded the project adding even more pure worship.

James showcased the power house vocal talents of his group “FIYA”.  18 year old Carvena Jones wowed the audience with her tone and stage presence alongside DShondra Rideout on, “Just Smile”.  Todd Galberth added his dynamic tenor voice to the song, “Forever”. James wife, Cheryl Fortune co-wrote several of the songs on the project and lead the track “Best Praise” and accompanied Israel Houghton on “Light The Way”. Josiah “JoJo” Martin known for his unique delivering tone added warmth to the song, “Never Forsake Me”. Minon Sarten and Lisa Knowles took the audience to church on “Miracles” which featured the backing of Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling.

Many special guests were on hand for this live recording including Kierra Sheard, Deon Kipping, Canton Jones, Damita Haddon, Ted Winn, and more.  A very special moment in the evening came when Sybrina Fulton, mother of Travyon Martin was honored. FIYA member  Carvena Jones sat at the keyboard and sang a song she wrote entitled ” I am TrayVon Martin”. The song brought tears to the eyes of many and left Ms. Fulton speechless as she received her award. While on stage Ms. Fulton thanked the congregation for their support and prayers to her family during this difficult time. Ms. Fulton went on to explain that she is encouraged and hopeful for the future.

The lead single of the album will be a personal song written by James entitled “Live Through It”. During his intro of the song James talked about how the song was birth through a season of adversity.  James explains that the amount of pain scrutiny that he experienced with his family was so unbearable at times he didn’t want to get of the bed. A firm believer of living what he sings, James chose to face the adversity head on and lived through the situation. At this point in the recording many were seen wiping tears away as the song hit close to home for many. “Live Through It” will began impacting radio soon.

I had the opportunity to speak with James after the recording and he simply stated, “I am so grateful to GOD. I wanted this CD to be one that had songs that praise teams and choirs could sing and that’s exactly what happened that night. The entire sold out crowd sang many of the choruses along with us at the recording. GOD knew exactly what he was doing and he told me to do this one live”. 

James Fortune and Fiya “Live” is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2014. James hosts ‘The James Fortune Show” weeknights on your local Inspiration Station.

 

 

Kerry Douglas’ Gospel Mix VI In Billboard Top Ten

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Kerry Douglas New CDGospel Mix VI, the new compilation from Billboard’s #1 independent gospel CEO Kerry Douglas debuts at #9 on this week’s Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

“This is the best gospel mix yet,” Douglas says of the 15-track project that features dynamic performances by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, James Fortune & FIYA, and others. The digital version includes five bonus songs by rising artists such as Kenny Smith and Derrick Horne.

In addition to Zacardi Cortez’ Top Ten radio smash “1 on 1” , the CD features Bryan Wilson’s “It Will Happen” and Ted Winn’s “You Are The Reason.” There’s an amazing mash up between Lalah Hathaway, Zacardi Cortez and Earnest Pugh on “Every Promise.” There are also rare classics such as Rev. Paul Jones’ “I Won’t Complain,” Greg O’Quin’s “I Told The Storm” and “Praises Go Up” by Jimmy Hicks featuring Le’Andria Johnson

James Fortune Live Recording September 6th

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

james-fortuneAdding to the busy summer concert/conference/recording calendar for 2013 is the first ever live recording of  James Fortune and FIYA on Friday September 6th.  The location will be the Word of Faith Church in Austell, Ga.  Guests for the session include Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree and Zacardi Cortez

Worldwide Music Announces New Distribution Deal

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Worldwide Music , the indie label that introduced the world to the likes of Earnest Pugh and James Fortune has signed a distribution agreement with RED Distribution.  “I’m excited aboutKerry Douglas New CD working with RED because I think that together we’re going to take gospel to new heights,” says CEO Kerry Douglas. “RED is opening a door for us to the mainstream and we’re not walking but running through it because – with all the troubles people are going through – we want the world to experience the joy and inspiration that gospel music brings.” RED President Bob Morelli echoes the sentiment. “We are pleased to get a second chance to work with Kerry and Worldwide Music, Inc.,” he notes. “We all saw the amazing job WWM did for Billboard 2012 #1 Gospel Artist James Fortune and we are anxious to repeat that success together on behalf of rising stars like Zacardi Cortez, Ted Winn and Bryan Wilson. WWM fulfills our desire to work with the very best in the Gospel Music genre.”

The first project under the new deal is the “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI” CD that hits stores everywhere on August 20th. It continues Douglas’ best-selling “Gospel Mix” series of compilation CDs that introduced the world to artists such as James Fortune & FIYA and Earnest Pugh. The new collection features stellar songs by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard and James Fortune & FIYA.

New Music From Zacardi Cortez

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Zacardi-Cortez-BiographyZacardi Cortez follows up the spring 2012  release of his best-selling solo debut , “Zacardi Cortez: The Introduction” (Worldwide Music Inc.) with a new radio single, and its taking flight.   “1 on 1,”bows at #22 on this week’s Mediabase gospel chart and Billboard magazine Hot Gospel Songs chart. The digital single was released to online music retailers on July 2.

“The song is about spending one on one time with God,” says the Houston native. “We all go through those times when we just have to put everything else aside – turn off the TV, put the video game down, stop taking phone calls – and just concentrate on our relationship. It can be your relationship with your girlfriend, your child or God. We all need that one on one time with the ones we love to let them know that we do love them and that’s the real message of the song.” 1 on 1 serves as the anchor for “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI,” scheduled for release on August 20, 2013 featuring music from Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Ted Winn, James Fortune & FIYA, Bryan Wilson, Earnest Pugh, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Damon Little, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and a host of up and coming artists.

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.

TV Monitor – Richard Smallwood, Zacardi Cortez and Mary Mary

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Catch ySmallwoodour favorite gospel artists on tv this week. The Mary Mary sisters join comedienne and celebrated talk show host Joy Behar on Current TV’s Say Anything tonight at 9 PM Eastern Time.  On Sunday, Richard Smallwood talks music ministry, longevity and confesses his Twitter addiction on BET’s Lift Every Voice.  Host Cory Condrey also talks with Zacardi Cortez about his near death experience and how he surrendered Zacardihis life completely to God.

James Fortune Headlines United As One Tour

Monday, January 21st, 2013

United As OneAll of the anticipation and excitement has led up to tonight as James Fortune, Stellar Award Winner Kierra Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell and Zacardi Cortez make their way to Fort Knox, Kentucky using MLK day as the opening for the highly anticipated United As One Tour sponsored by ALW Entertainment.   The tour will wind its way through several cities including Richmond, Baltmore, Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta and Memphis.