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Coming Soon to Roku TV and Fire TV, Tammy Padilla, the talk show host of BLESSED TOUCH, brings Ben Tankard back for a second interview on the Gospel International channel. Executive Producer, Ben Tankard talks in depth about the ins and outs of producing his fourth season on Bravo TV Network series, THICKER THAN WATER – THE TANKARDS.  Ben Tankard is a music producer — one of the best-selling gospel jazz producers of all time — and motivational speaker. He’s also a family man to wife, Jewel, and their six children who, although grown, still live at home and must abide by their parents’ rules. The Tankards’ believe that “God wants us all to be millionaires,” so they try to be the best in everything they do, which sometimes leads to rivalry among the family members. The Southern clan weaves its strong religious convictions into its penchant for enjoying the finer things in life. During the interview with Tammy he also encourages viewers on how to have more money at the end of the month instead of more month at the end of the money. For more information.

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Lisa Bellamy

By infusing classical technique, Jazz, and Gospel into her Praise and Worship music, singer Lisa Bellamy creates an atmosphere of worship through a beautiful musical experience.  Lisa is a songwriter, motivational speaker who recently earned her Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership and Management.  Lisa uses visual and vocal offerings to deliver inspirational messages that have motivated people around the nation.  In February of this year, Lisa released her WHAT WILL IT TAKE album with a successful Gospel radio single Nothing But The Spirit“. 

The single reached #1 on the Urban Influencer Gospel Radio chart (week of August 23rd).  Lisa is offering a new single, “In This House,” that showcases her soulful vocal stylings and mixes blues musicality with a traditional churchy sway.    
“In This House” is written by Bellamy and produced by Lisa, her husband William Fluker, and Tim Johnson.  The single is available on all digital outlets now and is her new Gospel radio single which is already receiving immediate adds.

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Jekalyn Carr

A new Christian, Gospel record label, WayNorth Music, debuts with new music from chart-topper Jekalyn Carr. The label headed by industry veterans Lindsay Bless and Paul Wright will be home to several new artists and ‘surprise recordings.’ 

With the goal to increase awareness of new and emerging artists, WayNorth Music will offer quality music and expand the next generation of gospel artists and music ministers. WayNorth Music will announce a slate of artist signings over the next few weeks as the label prepares for their inaugural release from top-selling Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr.

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DeVon Franklin, Holly Carter, Kirk Franklin
Courtesy of Devon Franklin Entertainment; Derek Blanks

BET+ has given a series order to Kingdom Businessa music-driven drama executive produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles From Heaven)Holly Carter (The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel), multi-Grammy-award-winner Kirk Franklin and Michael Van Dyck. The eight-episode series explores the gospel music industry through the lenses of family, faith, love and the redemptive power of music.

Written by John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart, co-creators of Mr. & Mrs. Smith the series, Kingdom Business is centered around the reigning Queen of Gospel Denita Jordan, and her ex-producer/songwriter/lover, Caesar, who created her sound and launched her career. Denita, who also runs an in-house record label and megachurch, is determined to guard her family and its many secrets at all costs to retain her place on the throne. Things seem to be unfolding in Denita’s favor until an unsuspecting young woman on the rise with a checkered past enters the scene. Destined and anointed to challenge gospel music conventions, Rbel, also a former exotic dancer, will see if her new-found voice can carry her to the top of the gospel kingdom.

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Benita Bellamy-Kelly

Marketing guru, Benita Bellamy Shares her amazing 31-day inspiring devotional of real life stories, affirmations, and scriptures to empower who you are Born 2 Be!

Benita Bellamy poses with Gospel International Publisher, Joyce Logan with her incredible book during the recent G.I.N. Summit held in Chicago, IL

Media Contact: Benita@thebellamygroup.com / 615-348-7944
Radio Servicing Contact: eci.com@comcast.net / 610-459-1216
Booking Contact: nspyremusicgroup@gmail.com / 855-727-5700

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In 2012, Adrian J. Wells recorded his first album SET ASIDE, 

AJ Wells

with Endless Worship of San Diego.  During that time, he was appointed the first African American Director of Worship and Arts for the California Southern Baptist Convention.   AJ has also become a sought-after background vocalist for many Christian and mainstream artists and has lead music ministries in Nashville, Dallas, and Memphis.

AJ is an anointed creative and songwriter and has written an all-new project and independently released the first single called “King”.  The spirited praise anthem was recorded live and features vocalist Shauna Hughes.

King came from a moment of devotion and perplexity,” AJ states.  “I began to wonder where the majestic and big sounds of Gospel and soul music went.  Artistry felt common, and songs sung in our churches felt simple.  I felt compelled to write the super attributes of God and hail him as KING.”

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Connie Denell Cato-Dickerson

NASHVILLE MOURNS THE LOSS OF LEGENDARY GOSPEL RADIO ICON CONNIE DENELL CATO-DICKERSON, 65

Legendary Stellar Award and NAACP Award-winning radio announcer Connie Denell Cato-Dickerson was the pride of Nashville.

The daughter of radio legend Evelyn Cato, the first black female disc-jockey in the Southeast, Denell started as a sports reporter for her school newspaper while attending Riverside High School in Chattanooga, TN. She worked for two local Chattanooga radio stations, WNOO AM and WNTP, hosting the Quiet Storm shows before attending the famed Morris-Brown College, a historically black college in Atlanta, GA. Denell went on to attend Georgia State University and worked at the local Atlanta radio station WAOK FM on the campus of Clark-Atlanta University.

In the early 80s, Denell married and relocated to Music City, Nashville, TN, where her career took off. She worked briefly at WLAC radio doing the news. Later, she joined the Nashville-based television network TNN and became the first black talent coordinator to book country music artists on nationally televised Music City Tonight, hosted by legendary country music artist Ralph Emery. Denell went on to work with the Charlie Chase and Lorraine Crook Show, as well as with Dick Clark Productions and Rac Clark on the popular show, Prime Time Country, hosted by Gary Chapman.

In 1983, Denell worked as the Morning Show Host for 92.1 WQQK FM and news reporter for WVOL AM in Nashville.  By 2000, she made the shift from R&B to Gospel, launching 92Q’s hugely popular radio show, Gospel Inspirations, which aired Sunday mornings and earned her the beloved title of “The Gospel Diva.” Gospel Inspirations quickly became one of the most listened to radio shows in the Music City, thereby accrediting her with laying the blueprint for Black Gospel in Nashville. She retired from 92Q in December 2017, after 37 years with the company.

Kenny Smoov, Vice-President of Urban Formats and Classic Hip Hop for Cumulus Media, reflects on Denell’s impact on the community. “Connie Denell retired from 92Q in 2017, but her impact on our 92Q family will last a lifetime. She is one of the architects of Gospel music for the entire region and she had a ‘Heart of Gold’ to go with that.”

Her love and passion for Gospel music led her to audiences once more. In late 2017, Denell joined the legendary Dr. Bobby Jones as a co-host on Dr. Bobby Jones Presents television show currently airing on the Impact Television Network.

“Losing Connie has certainly been an uncomfortable situation for me,” says Dr. Bobby Jones. “However, to know that I was able to play a part in her life makes me smile. I am blessed to know that I was able to give something to another soldier that has gone home to be with the Lord.”

Connie Denell Cato and Bobby Jones

Her request to Dr. Jones was to be on television, and he obliged by sharing his platform with her as a co-host. Dr. Jones says Denell was delighted to be a part of the show.

Connie Denell Cato, 65, passed away Tuesday, August 24th, after a series of surgeries and medical complications. She is survived by her son, Stephen Keith Dickerson.

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The Gospel Industry Network (G.I.N.) celebrated its 1st Summit with a focus on bridging the gap with integrity and accountability between the church and the community, organizations, businesses and the Gospel Music Industry.  The 3-day summit recently convened in Chicago, IL and consisted of stimulating music business sessions, valuable networking opportunities with ministry and industry professionals, exhilarating concerts and special performances, and honored 4 recipients as they were inducted into the G.I.N. Hall of Fame.

Gospel, Christian, Hip Hop, Music Industry Executives, Creatives, Influencers and Multi-Media World Changers all pulled up, showed up and were blessed as the G.I.N. came together to pool  resources that elevated the kingdom of God through their many gifts and talents. Regional Representatives such as Benita Bellamy, Earl Bynum, Shielah Belle, LaMarr Scales, and many others helped to grow ministries, network with decision makers, and offered platforms where participants voices could be heard.

The National GIN Executive Board and the Honorees
(From left to right) Benita Bellamy Kelly Executive VP of Marketing, Jeral Gray, Robert M. Marovich, CEO/Chairman Bishop Wells, Willie Rogers, Sybil Sloane Executive VP, CFO, Dr. Joyce Logan,  Sheilah Belle “The Belle”, Executive Vice President/COO, Earl Bynum Senior Vice President and Ron Briggs, Executive Vice President

This year’s highlight included four honorees being inducted into the Gospel Industry Network’s Hall of Fame.  The 2021 Inductees included Robert M. Marovich (Journal of Gospel Music), Willie Rogers (Soul Stirrers), Jeral Gray (New Direction) and Dr. Joyce Logan (Gospel International).  The G.I.N., Executive Vice President Tammy Taylor also received the Trail Blazer Award. 

Hosted by the Chicago Music Industry Professionals under the leadership of Willie Jones and The Gospel Industry Network, under the leadership of Bishop Kenneth Wells and taking place at Christ Unity Evangelistic Church on Chicago’s South Side, this year’s Summit and Showcase delivered an electric mix of Gospel Legends, Hip Hop, Quartets, new and upcoming contemporary artists, and chart-topping choirs who are still letting the world know it’s all about the good news of Jesus Christ. Some of this year’s special guests included Mary Glover, San Franklin, Josh Bracy and Power Anointed, New Direction Alumni Choir (Chicago),

New Direction Alumni Choir

Lemmie Battle, God’s Posse, Shervonne Wells, Diane Williams,

Diane Williams and Shervonne Wells singing the classic Jesus Can Work it Out

Michael Boykin, Tyscot Records President Bryant Scott, Sydney Scott, Johnnie Sanders and many more

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Village Lights

The multi-cultural worship collective, Village Lights, has recently released a new song, Here Is Our Hallelujah, from their upcoming debut album.

Village Lights is comprised of Sarah Kroger, Ike Ndolo and Ricky Vazquez and are based out of Nashville and Arizona. The song is a worshipful symphony growing from beautiful simplicity to a full-fledged anthem including choirs and a communal pattern of echoing the praises being sung. The central message displayed in the song’s title truly reflects a collective “hallelujah”, meaning “praise the Lord.” “Music is always best when made in a community,” shares multiple GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Matt Maher, producer for the Village Lights’ album and mentor to the group. Earlier this year, the band released their debut self-titled EP, which introduced their heartbeat; one of unity, inclusivity and reconciliation wrapped in worshipful devotion. Seeing themselves as more than a band, but rather a movement for those who seek justice in our world and Church.

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The untiring Marvin Sapp is up for two 2021 Dove Awards. His 13th album, Chosen Vessel, is nominated for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, while the album’s lead single – “Thank You For It All” – received a Song of the Year nod.

Written by Sapp, with Aaron Lindsey, Christopher Thomas Leach and Jamone Davis, “Thank You For It All” marked the fourth time Sapp had a #1 position on the Hot Gospel Songs chart, a trend that began with his seminal “Never Would Have Made It” in 2007. “Thank You For It All” also ascended to #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs and Gospel National Airplay charts.

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TYSCOT RECORDS-afilliated acts earn five Dove Award nominations – Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kelontae Gavin, PJ Morton, and VaShawn Mitchell. The upcoming 52nd annual Dove Awards will take place October 19th at Nashville, TN’s Allen Arena. The Tyscot artists’ nominations are:

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR

Anthony Brown & group therAPy – Help

PJ Morton, J Moss – Repay You

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

PJ Morton – Gospel According to PJ

GOSPEL WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Various Artists – VaShawn Mitchell Presents Africa Worship

Kelontae Gavin – The N.O.W. Experience

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Mark Hubbard

Mark Hubbard & The Voices release their first Single In six years.

Mark has created unforgettable performances with musical legends including Richard Smallwood, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Melba Moore, Tramaine Hawkins, Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Carr, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Beverly Crawford, Kim Burrell, Karen Clark-Sheard and the late Aretha Franklin, among others. His new new single, “Now Cry Holy,” is a showcase of his ability to weave many voices into one ethereal sound. Featuring his signature ensemble “The Voices,” the song leaves one spellbound with every note.
According to pastor and multiple music award winner Hezekiah Walker, “’Now Cry Holy’ is the perfect song for this season.

Hezekiah Walker

It was refreshing for me to hear because we have gotten away from singing about the holiness of God. There are so many catchy slogans and anthems in lyrics now, it felt good to just hear ‘holy is the lamb’ sung so beautifully. It reminded me of the Gospel music I heard growing up.” Now Cry Holy” is available now everywhere digital music is sold.

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Amy Grant

Six-time GRAMMY-winner Amy Grant recently appeared on FOX & Friend’s All American Summer to perform her GRAMMY-nominated, No. 1 smash, “Baby Baby,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks.  Grant joined Clint Black for an episode of his show Talking In Circles, which airs on the Circle All Access Network.
Grant has just released the double disc, 30th anniversary editon of her iconic album, Heart In Motion, and was recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) Class of 2021 along with Toby Keith,

Toby Keith

Rhett Akins, Buddy Cannon and John Scott Sherrill.  She will hit the road and visit 42 cities this fall with a set that will span her four-decade long career, including hits from Heart In Motion to celebrate its milestone anniversary.  The all new In Motion: The Remixes from Amy Grant features a collection of hits remixed by well-known remix engineers and radio announcers. With hits like Baby Baby, Every Heartbeat, and That s What Love Is For this remix album brings a new sound to the songs that have defined Amy’s career.

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Todd Dulaney

Grammy-nominated gospel artist Todd Dulaney has launched a subscription-based music production company, DulaneyLand Music, to provide accessible, affordable, and customized services to artists. From pre-launch, DulaneyLand Music already boasts 500+ paid artist subscribers and is actively catering to 76 clients, meeting song production needs, and crafting marketing campaigns.

DulaneyLand offers a virtual experience, connecting clients across the country with ongoing and personalized access to services. Their on-demand model offers speed and momentum to create new music at faster rates while maintaining quality production standards. Their subscription-based service also provides artists with 30-day options to meet every client’s unique needs. “I’ve always wanted to even the playing field for aspiring artists everywhere, and the one place I knew we could make a real difference is granting access to top tier music production,” said Dulaney.

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Bishop Larry D. Trotter and the Sweet Holy Spirit Choir (SHSC) are among the most distinguished choirs in the nation and have recorded eleven albums, landed on top of the Billboard Gospel charts multiple times, and claimed multiple Stellar Awards.  They carry forth the classic ‘Chicago Gospel’ sound and are the quintessential Gospel Choir. This summer, Bishop Trotter and SHSC have been heard throughout the country on Gospel radio with their hit “Alright” featuring Mrs. Betty Lott.  The high-octane instrumentation power drives the choir’s passion to activate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this uplifting track.  “Alright” can be downloaded and streamed now on all digital music outlets.

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Pastor John Cable

New artist John Cable has taken one of his favorite scriptures and written “Seek Yee First”, his affirming and uplifting debut Gospel single. 

“Seek Yee First” is a powerful and joyful reminder of what Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  This is a very familiar promise in scripture, but you’ve never heard it like this – inspiring lyrics of hope, wrapped in an enthusiastic upbeat rhythm that induces anticipation, gratitude, and praise. John says, “”Part of my purpose is to create a sound in the earth that resembles the heart of God, the Kingdom lifestyle, and relationship with God behind the Veil,” “Seek Yee First” is available on all digital music outlets now.  His irresistible song of praise is also impacting Gospel radio stations across the country.  John is blessed with praise in his fingers, worship in his heart, and a song on his lips.  His calling is to inspire people to love God with all their hearts, and to lead them to experience life behind the veil.

John is Pastor of Behind The Veil Ministries, in Vallejo California.  His passions are his love for God, his family, his music, and his ministry.  John is a man who seeks after the heart of God and lives for revival.  His life’s journey is to work with leaders to create conditions where individuals and families are blessed.

Follow: @PastorJohnCableRADIO CONTACT: Revival Music Company
Terrance Howell – terrance@revivalmusiccompany.com
Jesse Wood – connect@revivalmusiccompany.com

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CD Porter, Javon Inman, and Rob Mercer are DRK 2 LGHT, one of Gospel music’s hottest rising super-groups.  

They have a brotherhood that is bonded through their love for God, love for music, and love for life.  This exudes from every lyric they write, every chord they play, and every enrapturing performance they present. Their sophomore single is a sizzling twist on the traditional Gospel format.  Fix My Heart dishes out a hefty dose of electric guitar, a chorus of fierce background singers, and DRK 2 LGHT’s soulful and fiery vocals to make a standout track that is heating up Gospel radio.  DRK 2 LGHT teamed up with director Lionel Rawlings of Lionskey Productions to shoot the official music video for “Fix My Heart”.  Rawlings captures DRK 2 LGHT’s dynamic performance and chemistry as a group while guiding the viewers through an emotional and gripping storyline.  

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Bishop-Elect, Dr. Susie Jones recently experienced an electrical wiring fire in her home. She and her family are now displaced and in need of help and a place to live. You can help by donating to her Cashapp $YAHWEHS2 or PO BOX 91429, Los Angeles, CA, 90009.

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Now streaming on Roku and Fire TV on the Gospel International Channel – A live interview with Minister Cokiesha Baily Robinson (daughter of the late E.K. Baily); Grammy nominated, Stellar Award winner, Charles Jenkins ; The Williams Brothers Greatest Hits; DRK 2 LGHT singing Fix My Heart; C&M Media interviews Deitrick Hadden, The Aretha Franklin Story (Upcoming movie), and much more!!!

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Charles Jenkins

Global spiritual leader, thought provoker and celebrated GRAMMY®-recognized, Stellar Award-winning artist Charles Jenkins returns with the highly-anticipated album, PRAISE PARTY, volume 1, available now wherever music is sold and streamed.

PRAISE PARTY features Jenkins’ signature vocals, progressive instrumentation and provides a summer dance soundtrack for all. Jenkins’ current single, “Never Knew Love (feat. Stephanie Mills)” is a throwback anthem of praise with Fellowship Chicago singing over the sampling of Stephanie Mills’ 1980’s top-10 Billboard hit, “Never Knew Love Like this Before.”

Charles Jenkins, was recently awarded a Doctorate of Divinity from the historic Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, GA for his innovative leadership, and comprehensive impact, not just in the community of believers, but beyond the church. For over two decades he served as the Senior Pastor of the historic Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago. Jenkins is also a multi award-winning songwriter and acclaimed gospel artist with GRAMMY® recognition, 14 Billboard #1 honors, 9 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and more. He serves as a member of Morehouse College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Scholars and Preachers. Jenkins is married to accomplished speaker and author Dr. Tara Rawls Jenkins and together they parent 3 children.

Dr. Charles Jenkins and Dr. Tara Jenkins

As an author, Jenkins’ latest book Seasons is a guide for leaders and organizations considering transition and succession. The book will also serve as a textbook for the coursework for the program launching in the Fall of this year.

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In a move that won widespread applause, Sony Music announced that it was to disregard unrecouped balances for a swathe of heritage recording artists on its books. The move was launched via an initiative called “Artists Forward” which, according to the record company, focuses on “prioritizing transparency with creators in all aspects of their development”.

Now, the marquee policy from that initiative, The Legacy Unrecouped Balance Program, is being extended to songwriters, with Sony Music Publishing (SMP) revealing today that it will disregard unrecouped balances going forward for qualifying songwriters. The news was confirmed in a letter sent by Sony Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Jon Platt to the company’s songwriters on July 20th.

Jon Platt – Chairman/CEO Sony Music Publishing

What this means in practice is that if a songwriter last received an advance from SMP prior to 2000, and that advance is still unrecouped today, said writer will now start being paid money from streaming and other royalty sources, backdated to January 1 of this year.

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Ledisi and Brian Courtney Wilson

Powerhouse R&B singer-songwriter Ledisi, whose name means “to bring forth” in Yoruba, is one of the most gifted voices of our time, continuing to release music with no signs of slowing down. The 12 time Grammy-nominated artist recently released a refreshing, modern take on the hit “Be Real Black for Me” in collaboration with artist Brian Courtney Wilson, a song originally sung by Donnie Hathaway and Roberta Flack. The track, an expression of beauty and unabashed celebration of Black love, appears on Wilson’s new album Still (Deluxe).

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Kergyma Community Choir

They love to offer a sweet spirit of praise and they live to lift a shout to Zion!  They have raised their voices in harmony as a Gospel choir for over 20-years.  The Kergyma Community Choir is keeping the Gospel choir sound alive and well through award-winning albums and exhilarating performances.  Their mission is to represent their genre of music and to represent the one true God.  Leaders and founders Arnold Johnson and Gwendolyn Williams have now guided the choir to their third album release CHOIR LIFE: DELUXE VERSION. The album also includes their newest radio single “I Do Don’t You” featuring Darnell Williams of the popular quartet group The Williams Singers.  “I Do Don’t You” is the intersection of where a mass choir meets a deep-rooted quartet group and the collision ignites a soulful swagger and sway that no one can resist.

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Maverick City Music, took home New Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year at the 2021 Stellar Awards live taping in Nashville, for the 2020 release of Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1. Between Maverick City Music and all of its artists, the Billboard No.1 collective garnered 11 Stellar Award nominations. The gospel event of the year, the 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, aired on BET Sunday, August 1st. Gospel legend Tye Tribbett

Tye Tribbett

and multiple Stellar Award winner Jekalyn Carr

Jekalyn Carr – Stellars 2021

hosted the highly-anticipated event, which featured inspirational performances from the genre’s most celebrated artists.

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The International Gospel Music Summit was hosted virtually from Seattle, WA in 2020. Though the pandemic kept the event online, the vision of The Summit was still fulfilled. Industry professionals shared priceless knowledge during the panel discussions, independent artist networked internationally, and their music was enjoyed by many around the globe.

The event this year spans two days. Day one is focused on education through workshops and industry panels, and day two is focused on music. Artists from both sides of the world will have the opportunity to perform on the same stage. This is a platform for connections with an international audience and industry. As part of the Artist’s participation, they will receive over seven months of international promotion, as well as interviews and press coverage for even more visibility. EVENT INFORMATION: Visit the event website for information on Artists participating, how to register to attend the Summit and panel sessions www.internationalgospelmusicsummit.com  or email GospelSummitINTL@gmail.com

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Pastor Troy Gramling

Potential Music is a contemporary Christian worship ministry from Potential Church in Miami, Florida. Potential Music began as the musical arm of Potential Church, a multi-site church, under the leadership of Pastor Troy Gramling.  Potential Church has a mission to partner with people to reach their God potential, in order to impact the world for good. The group is part church; part publishing house; part label,; and home to singers, groups, musicians, and songwriters Preston Stephens, William Thomas, Ryan Classe, Zea Classe, Roslyn Peralta, and many others. They have now released their debut single “Into The Deep“, a passionate and powerful contemporary song that pushes the atmosphere to an apex of pure worship. 

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LeBron James

With the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy, July 16, Starring LeBron James and Bugs Bunny, SpringHill Media, a company led and created by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, is in early talks with a range of potential investors to sell minority or majority equity stakes. Interest is high in the company, with parties ranging from streaming-video providers and tech companies to Nike, according to a source familiar with the talks.

In addition to the Space Jam sequel, which Warner Bros. released, July 16, on HBO Max and in theaters — the company is currently in production on House Party for New Line, as well as the Adam Sandler-led Hustle for Netflix. And on Monday, July 12, Viacom CBS’s Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films announced an original live-action movie titled Fantasy Football, which will be executive produced by SpringHill Media, in partnership with Genius Entertainment. The as-yet-to-be casted production is about a 15-year-old girl who discovers she can control her professional football player dad’s prowess on the field through her video game.

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Some albums are destined for a certain time. After several years of evolution and change in her life, Grammy® Award-Winning Artist, NAACP Image® Award-Winning Actress, Songwriter, and Producer, Tamela Mann, released her new Tillymann Music album, Overcomer, through The Orchard Distribution on Friday, August 6. There is a new sense of authority and urgency in Tamela’s music now; she has lived these songs and is ready to share the strength and purpose she has found. Bonus

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Chris Liverman

Chris Liverman Releases “Purpose” Gospel Radio Single and Official Music Video.

Purpose is a song about believing that God will take the bad things that life throws our way and work them for our good,” says Liverman.  “Romans 8:28 states: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  It’s sometimes hard to hold on to that truth when we encounter difficult things in life, but my prayer is that this song will bring hope and encouragement to those walking through tough times right now.””Purpose” is available on all digital music outlets and is impacting Gospel radio now. Just as the video depicts, Liverman desires to inspire and uplift every listener, reminding them of God’s faithfulness. Liverman has served as a Worship Leader and Youth Choir Director for several ministries. He takes pleasure in serving his local church and creating soothing musical experiences with lyrical depth and purpose.

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On October 2, 2021 from 6pm – 10pm, Gospel International Presents an elegant dinner concert at the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom, featuring the soulful gospel sounds of Dave Shirley

Dave Shirley

singing his original gospel tunes in addition to the smooth soulful classic songs of Sam Cooke. Elaine Gibbs delivers her gutsy gospel segment and comes back with classic and powerful songs by Aretha Franklin.

Elaine Gibbs

Meet Dave Shirley and Elaine Gibbs close and upfront. PURCHASE YOUR TICKET TODAY

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Kirk Franklin performs during 2021 BET Awards

RCA Inspiration celebrated the 2021 BET Awards with a powerful night for Gospel, as two #1 hits from Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) were lauded at this year’s awards. The sixteen-time GRAMMY®-winning artist, songwriter and producer was honored with the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award for the second consecutive year, winning for his #1 Gospel hit single Strong God (from his hit album LONG LIVE LOVE ). Franklin also kicked off the night’s broadcast in an exuberant opening performance with Lil Baby, showcasing their #1 Gospel hit “We Win” (featured from the soundtrack for the highly-anticipated summer movie Space Jam: A New Legacy ). The 2021 BET Awards ceremony was held before a live audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday June 27th.  

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Travis Greene releases a striking new single with Hold On Me” (feat. Kirk Franklin and John P. Kee), the first official single going out to Gospel radio from his upcoming new album Oil + Water. Bringing the Gospel trailblazers together on this new collaboration, Greene paints a jazzy, bold tune celebrating the freedom and joy we experience, knowing God is with us. The single is available now via digital music providers.  

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Michael W. Smith

Iconic multi-platinum, singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith recently released his #1 highest-selling album of all time, Worship, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the album’s release on September 11, 2001. Worship Forever will re-imagine the album from start to finish, this time, with a full symphony orchestra.  

Worship Forever was recorded in front of a live audience at Allen Arena on July 12, 2021 in Nashville, TN and released on September 10, 2021. The one-of-a-kind evening will also be released as a television event later this year. Joining Michael on-stage for this special recording were friends: Amy Grant, Matt Redman, Tauren Wells, amongst others.

Amy Grant – Tauren Wells – Mat Redman

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Jekalyn Carr

Multiple award winner, singer-songwriter Jekalyn Carr was recently honored at the Women’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in Washington DC.  Carr, the first Gospel artist to receive this prestigious induction, was celebrated at an elite event hosted by Jody Watley at the National Museum of Women In Arts. This recognition honors her significant contributions to the gospel genre and Carr’s continued ability to inspire and encourage people through her songs.  The rising star has also co-hosted the 36th Annual Stellar Awards with Tye Tribbett held on July 10 in Nashville, The Stellar Awards are considered Gospel music’s biggest night!

Dubbed as “The Darling” of Gospel Music, Detroit native D’Shondra has now spread her wings with the release of her debut single “Trouble Don’t Last Always.” Featuring Gospel legend Kirk Franklin, the single is now available on all digital platforms. Grammy Award winning artist Kirk Franklin appears courtesy of Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records. D’Shondra’s self-entitled EP, “D’Shondra:The EP” released July 2nd on all digital platforms. “The new D’Shondra single, “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” featuring Kirk Franklin, for me, is the beginning culmination of a dream come true. Breaking a new artist is NEVER easy. But when you have a unique artist, it automatically becomes a historic moment for you as a producer if done right! Quincy had Michael, Clive had Whitney, David had Celine, & I have D’Shondra.” states D. DoRohn Gough, CEO of DoRohn Records.

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Lakewood Music

Lakewood Music, the music team at the Houston-based 50,000-member church pastored by Joel Osteen,

Joel Osteen

makes its debut under a new multi-year distribution and publishing administration agreement with Re:Think/Capitol CMG (a Universal Music Group company). “In the Name” (featuring Kim Walker-Smith) is now available on all digital streaming platforms. A Spanish version of the single, “En Tu Nombre,” is also available. The first full-length album under the freshly minted deal, Whatever May Come, releases August 27, 2021. 

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Totally 4 Him Release “For Yourself” Single Featuring John “JubuSmith and Virgil Reliford.  four dynamic and dedicated young men of God. These talented singers, songwriters, and musicians formed their group and bond in music in the early 2000s after singing in church. The group members are biological brothers Carlos Harvey and Michael “Turk” Harvey, Jr., and Dante Eady and Jesse Eady who are also biological brothers.  The four friends make up this soul-stirring, stylish and charismatic Georgia-based singing group Totally 4 Him (T4H).

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After the release of his Be Encouraged 2020 Remix in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic hit, Gospel music trend-setter William Becton returns with more soulful music for Black Music Month.  He is a two-time Stellar Award-winning producer who has taken his music to #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart and has crossed over to the R&B Top 40 Radio charts.  

Becton’s newest offering is a remake of the 1980s classic “Set Me On Fire”.  His blazing musical production heats up the track that encourages listeners to live a life sold out for Christ so that others can see the fire that burns within the soul.  “Set Me On Fire” is available now on all digital music outlets and is a single from Becton’s forthcoming BROKEN 3 album releasing this fall via his Becthoven Music Group, LLC (BMG) record label.

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Josh Copeland

BET’s Sunday Best season 9 finalist and Maryland native Josh Copeland releases his latest single “All Things Working“, which is available now for digital download and streaming on all platforms. The song landed in the top 20 on the iTunes Top 200 Christian/Gospel Songs chart upon its release reaching #18. Released via Anointed Sounds Records/eOne, the song is produced by Daniel Weatherspoon, co-written by Larry Vaughn and Jeremy Haynes with backing vocals by Charles Butler & Trinity. Veteran marketing and promotions executive Neily Dickerson serves as executive producer.

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The Gospel International channel provides FREE 24-hour streaming and Videos on Demand (Netflix style) on ROKU and Fire TV (stick), featuring live interviews with VIPs and artists such as Ben Tankard, Detrick Hadden, Jerome Allen Bell, GI’s founder and producer, Dr. Joyce Logan, and many others; concerts with artists such as Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s; a cooking show with Bronson Williams; full-length video reviews; upcoming movies; Good Gospel Gossip, and MORE!!! Coming soon – On-Air Personalities Live! ROKU and/or Fire TV means No more costly cable TV bill – you can watch all of your current TV shows, local news, sports, and more.

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The legendary brother-duo, Anson and Eric Dawkins releases their long awaited new album and pushes out their new single “In My Feelings.”  Currently signed to Legacy Music Group. The group consists of two brothers, Anson Dawkins and Eric Dawkins. The first album, Dawkins & Dawkins, was released in 1993 by A&M Records. In My Feelings is Available on iTunes and all digital platforms NOW!

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Matthew West on Amazon Music
Matthew West

The K-LOVE Fan Awards have announced a powerhouse line-up of performers and presenters for their 8th year. Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House will host the only fan-voted awards show in Christian music hosted by five-time Grammy nominee Matthew West.  The show, sponsored by Coca-Cola Consolidated, aired on TBN in June   For all updates on the 2021 K-LOVE Fan Awards go to www.klovefanawards.com, and for information on the broadcast, please visit TBN.org.

Recent Nominees for the K-LOVE Fan Awards were newcomers Maverick City Music 

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Maverick City Music

leading with four, including Group of the Year, Artist of the Year, Breakout Single of the Year and Worship Song of the Year.  for KING & COUNTRY,

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Toby Mac

TobyMac and Zach Williams followed with three nominations each.  Fans nationwide are now voting for their favorites at www.klovefanawards.com.

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Gospel International is streaming live from ROKU and Fire TV to the GI website. Install ROKU and/or Fire TV on your TV to see GI’s videos on demand.

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2020 Changed the Music Business Forever. Warner Music Group recently announced its investment into tech company, Genies to develop avatars and create NFTs for Warner artists. That came three months after Warner pumped an 8-figure sum into social gaming platform Roblox, having already invested in the virtual artist record label, Spirit Bomb. This time, WMG has invested in Wave – the virtual concerts platform

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Brent Jones

Recently awarded Gold & Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) – to certify over a million albums sold of “Awaken My Love”, his critically acclaimed collaboration with superstar Childish Gambino (who made history as the first rapper ever to win Record of the Year & Song of the Year – 62nd Annual Grammy Awards), Brent Jones has now been inducted into the Hall of Fame by Stevie Wonder’s powerhouse station KJLH 102.3 FM https://kjlhradio.com/gallery/spread-the-word-hall-of-fame/ 

Yolanda Adams
Kirk Franklin

“What an honor to be inducted with Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker, and Donnie McClurkin into the Hall of Fame!” 

Hezekiah Walker

says Brent Jones  Featured in the blockbuster DreamWorks movie “Trolls World Tour” (starring Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick & Mary J. Blige),

coveted admission into the Screen Actors Guild, a hit song collaboration “Time” with pop star Ariana Grande, and a recent Billboard #1 plaque for his contributions to the Trolls World Tour movie soundtrack, 2020 was been quite the year for gospel star Brent Jones!  

Singer/songwriter extraordinaire, whose pioneering work with his urban group Brent Jones & T.P. Mobb set the stage for Kirk Franklin and urban contemporary gospel, JDI artist Brent Jones’ upcoming new CD “Nothing Else Matters” is the highly anticipated follow-up to “Open Your Mouth and Say Something”, which topped the Billboard charts for over 54+ weeks, earning widespread critical acclaim and multiple award nominations including the 2019 Dove Award and 2019 Stellar Award. 

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Nigel Lewis, Papa San, Canton Jones, Daniel Musgrove

Right in the midst of the Pandemic, a song was brewing. Daniel Musgrove Bahamian native collaborated with Gospel Music Hip-Hop Mogul Canton Jones from Pompano Beach, FL, and now resides in Atlanta, Nigel Lewis from Trinidad and, Papa San from Jamaica. This collaboration brings the four countries to together  show unity and solidarity amongst them – United for Christ.

Daniel, Canton, Nigel, and Papa San just dropped a hot new single called “Wave it.” This music transcends across all cultures and generations; it’s an upbeat tempo that will have you dancing from the beginning of the song to the ending. Wave It has done exceptionally well on the digital radio tracker Inspirational Top 50 Radio Air Play Charts, holding the #15 slot for three weeks. It has over 43K streams on Spotify and over 20K on YouTube.
https://youtu.be/rLzZZHBA42M

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Hillsong Worship

GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling Hillsong Worship announces the release of “Fresh Wind / What A Beautiful Name (Live).” The multitrack single includes a live medley version of “Fresh Wind” and “What A Beautiful Name” featuring Hillsong United’s TAYA and Hillsong Worship’s David Ware as co-primary artists. The second track includes the original studio recording of “Fresh Wind” which released earlier this year and is currently the highest U.S. audio streaming debut of any Hillsong song to date, amassing more than 942,000 street week streams. Globally, “Fresh Wind” now has more than 8.2 million streams. Listen to the new multitrack single here and watch the live video here.

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Pastor E. Dewey Smith

Renowned faith-leader, author, and pastor E. Dewey Smith, releases “Your Presence Is a Gift” today under his new record label, Pebble Street Records.

The prolific teacher and Atlanta-based Senior Pastor deliver “Your Presence Is A Gift” digitally on all streaming platforms.

The beautiful ballad will precede a full album due later this year. Speaking to the goodness of always having God in our life Your Presence Is A Gift” showcases Smith’s deep, resonant vocals and establishes him as a bonafide contemporary Gospel artist.

“During a major time of grief, bereavement & loss, I had to rely on God’s presence totally,” said Smith. “I have always preached about it … multiple deaths made me now live it! Now I understand that even when we have to deal with the absence of those closest to us God’s presence is a gift.”

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Desmond Pringle

Desmond Pringle’s golden tenor can be heard on some of the finest recordings in recent times. Over the years, he’s shadowed Aretha Franklin, Marvin Sapp and Yolanda Adams on CD, and led “The Place” on Shekinah Glory Ministry’s RIAA certified gold CD, “Live.” He’s composed hits for others and also enjoyed hits of his own ranging from the worship ballad “You Are God” to the inspiring Adult R&B hit, “Arms Wide Open.” and let’s not forget “You Are Good”. Now, after a six-year recording hiatus, Pringle is back on the scene with the mid-tempo, “Still the Blood.” The soul-stirring “Still The Blood” is a fresh addition to the current praise and worship music trend. “Usually songs come to me with lyrics and melodies as if someone is singing on the inside of me,” Pringle says when asked how the song was conceived.

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Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson, best known for his No. 1 gospel ballads “Shifting the Atmosphere” and “Forever,” is showcasing another dimension to his immense talent on the smooth, mid-tempo track, “Residue” (Tyscot / FairTrade).

Dueling guitars – including Nelson on Bass – open this R&B-flavored groove about a bright future with no residue of a dark past. “The blind mark on my soul has been erased,” Nelson testifies. The warm track shows the Baltimore, MD native’s seemingly effortless and soulfully measured tenor that is on par with that of Charlie Wilson or Luther Vandross.

“Residue” is Nelson’s first release in three years and he’s planning to release a full album later in the year. “The new album will definitely be a departure from what I’m known for,” Nelson confides. “First, it’s a studio record [He usually does live albums]. Secondly, the record will dig into who I am artistically and musically.  We will delve into music that helped to nurture my sound as a singer. It pays homage to Dawkins and Dawkins, Commissioned, and Fred Hammond. All of them played a major role in my musical journey.”

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Ben Tankard

The Gospel Jazz Man Ben Tankard inspired you to RISE! with his Billboard chart-topping album that remained on the charts for a record-breaking 2 years.  Now the Stellar Award Honors Hall of Fame inductee and platinum-selling artist invites you to SHINE!  

SHINE! is a masterful design of Ben’s greatest work including Kirk Franklin’s Melodies From Heaven, a remake of the Bee Gee’s smash pop hit from the 1970s “How Deep Is Your Love”, and a remake of Marvin Gaye’s Just Like Music“.  Ben’s Sunday’s Best Musician contest winners Brandon Marceal and Tracey Phipps are special guests on the album.  Marceal and  Phipps are featured on flute and vocals on “Shudda-Sed-Sompin’-Din”.  Ben proves why he is one of the best-selling artists in Gospel and Jazz by adding a dynamic arrangement of “Yeshua” to the album. The full concert can be seen on the Gospel International channel on ROKU and Fire TV.

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Mary Glover

Mary Glover is continuing her journey in the Gospel music industry. With more than 15 national appearances on BET, The Word Network, TV One, and The Impact Network, she’s back with her latest single, “It’s Time”. This up-tempo, high-energy, Traditional-styled offering was written by Mary, produced by Nashville Gospel Music scene titan, Derrick Lee, CEO Dherico Music (Dr. Bobby Jones, Beverly Crawford, Earl Bynum, and Dorothy Norwood) “Will definitely get you juked for Jesus”.

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Marvin Sapp

Multiple award-winning gospel recording artist and renowned pastor Marvin Sapp announces new multi-media entertainment production company,  Elev8 Media & Entertainment, a new multimedia company that will be the hub for upcoming film, television and music projects.

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Motown Gospel releases Grace by Kelly Price, 9 x Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. “I’m A Writer First”… are the words Kelly Price chooses to describe herself, her talent.  When you listen, closely, to her songs, it’s evident that she writes and sings from her soul. It’s a place she’s come to know quite well. “Music saved my life,” she says. “Writing has been my therapy; it’s the most incredible gift.”

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GI Bonus – Featuring Deitrick Hadden

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GOSPEL INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES TV CHANNEL
ON ROKU AND AMAZON FIRE TV

Dr. Joyce Logan, Publisher of Gospel International online, recently launched The Gospel International channel on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Both are a free alternative to cable television and the TV devices can be purchased at stores such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon. Both channels feature simultaneously live interviews with artists such as Deitrick Hadden, Martha Munizzi, Lamar Campbell, Jerome Allen Bell; UK and USA-based C and M Media, and Tammy Padilla with her “Lets Talk About Him” series. The channels also feature new music video reviews and Good Gospel Gossip! which are news updates about who’s doing what when and where in and around the gospel music industry. Viewers can watch the live stream or click videos on demand on the channel.

To add Gospel International to your ROKU network use the Roku Search box and type in Gospel International and click add channel.

It will automatically go to your ROKU Home screen lineup.

To watch Gospel International on Amazon Fire stick, click the Search icon at the top of the screen and either type or speak GOSPEL INTERNATIONAL and follow instructions.  According to GI’s Publisher and Producer, Dr. Joyce Logan, “this has been a lifelong dream from the moment we hit the street with the print magazine back in 1993, to becoming a tabloid music trade publication in 1999, to going online in 1994. I’ve seen many gospel industry magazines come and go in print and online since then, but we’ve stayed the course even when adversity knocked us down for a season. They knocked us down but they didn’t knock us out.

Now we can carry the Gospel International message to an even broader market via TV as we give exposure and a louder voice to varying gospel music industry ministries.” Add the Gospel International Channel to your ROKU TV lineup for videos on-demand and live streaming.

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International ambassadors of gospel music Chicago Mass Choir were recently honored as Best Gospel Entertainer of the Year at the 39th Annual Chicago Music Awards which honors the Windy City’s finest in musical and spoken word artistry across every genre.

Percy Gray, Jr. = Producer/Songwriter

Their 2020 New Haven Records release, My Soul Says Yes, has been particularly encouraging to listeners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as—among many others—producer/songwriter Percy Gray, Jr. was stricken with the virus (and subsequently recovered), and Dr. Feranda Williamson, the choir’s president and CEO, recently suffered the passing of her mother.

Chicago Mass accepting award

In closing, New Haven Records president Ken Harding observes, “We consider it a privilege to partner with a group that has such an outstanding legacy as well as ongoing relevancy.  We congratulate them on this award, and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for Chicago Mass Choir in 2021.”

Harding continues, “We really feel that this year is going to be a banner year for Chicago Mass Choir.  We recently learned that they have received 10 nominations for the 2021 Stellar Awards.”

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Chicago Mass Choir

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Dr. Susie Jones is no stranger to the gospel music industry however her first love is the church where she serves as the Senior Pastor of Yahweh’s House of Prayer and Worship for All People located in Los Angeles, California.  In addition to pastoring full time Dr. Jones serves as: 

Chaplin for the Alliance of Gospel Music Professionals of the GMWA, Overseer in the Macedonia Diocesan Bishop J. Wendell Davis, Prelate, Music Editor of Precious Times Magazine for Christian Women.

She is a mentor and a Mother figure to many. Having a rich history as a radio announcer and talk show host she has served as a guest radio personality for various local and internet stations to include:

KJLH 102.3FM, KTYM 1460AM, KPFK 90.7FM, ICN (online) Radio. She was the host for the Simply Gospel TV show on the Inspirational Cable Channel and “Talking With Dr. Susie” on the Time Warner Cable Channel. Dr. Susie Jones has hosted concerts for major and independent Gospel recording artists.  

Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology; a Doctorate in Theology; An Alumni Fellow of the University of Southern California Center of Religion. In spite of her vast achievements and profound accolades, she is most known for her down to earth personality, signature smile, and being a giver and encourager as she ministers throughout the Kingdom. During the 2020 pandemic Dr. Jones interviewed veteran radio announcer and concert promoter, Prez Blackmon

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R&B singer-songwriter and producer, PJ Morton, has scored his third Grammy® Award. This award is his first-ever inspirational music album, Gospel According to PJ (Morton Records/ Tyscot), in the category of Best Gospel Album. The award was revealed during the pre-telecast of the 63rd annual Grammy® Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mexican Music vocalist, Lupita Infante, announced the winner of the category and Morton accepted it virtually.

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Eric Chambers is on the west coast with Jazzspel

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CeCe Winans

The incomparable CeCe Winans is thrilled to release her newest album Believe For Ittoday.  For over three decades she has consistently rolled out an array of music that has evolved into all-time classics.  Now she’s back with her first live recording taped in Nashville, Tennessee.

The highly anticipated Believe For It is an inviting 78 minutes of worship, offering 12 engaging tracks that highlight some of the biggest songs in Christian music today and became one of the most pre-added albums worldwide on Apple Music. 

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Bishop Sam Williams is back on the air with “The Sounds of Victory” Radio Broadcast on www.WFNKradio.com The Sounds Of Victory with Bishop Sam Williams” is Two Hours of Music Intensity, including talk and interviews

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Merry Clayton

Merry Clayton is returning to her gospel roots with her first new album in decades. The Grammy Award-winning vocal powerhouse, who sang with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones classic “Gimme Shelter”

Mick Jagger – Merry Clayton sing Gimme Shelter

and was later the subject of Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winning 2013 documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” has released a stirring rendition of the Sam Cooke-penned gospel tune “Touch the Hem of His Garment.”

Produced with longtime collaborator, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lou Adler,

Lou Adler

Clayton is singing her heart out throughout the uplifting ballad, the first single from her forthcoming solo album, “Beautiful Scars.”

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Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. Releases New Gospel Album for Doubters & Christians Alike: “It’s for Every Level of Faith”. The album, entitled Alone With My Faith, is dear to the singer’s heart, since he wrote the songs, played every instrument, and sang every part. Connick Jr. claims his one-man-band production is not quite the gospel album he had originally planned on making. “I wouldn’t call this the gospel album I had thought about making only because it’s not a collection of spirituals that everyone knows.

It’s got some original songs and quite honestly, some of the songs deal with struggling with faith as much as having faith so when I was home, I found myself counting on my faith or questioning my faith. So I said, ‘I’m gonna write about it,’ the artist continued. “And so the album that I thought was going to be a Gospel album 5-10 years down the road turned out to be this album now because it was really helping me get through this time.”

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Kevin Lemons

Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling celebrates its 25th year anniversary as one of the most dynamic and captivating choirs in Gospel music with a new recording project that will release later this year. As an introduction to the forthcoming LP, the single “For Your Good” is available today on all digital music outlets. The lyric video will help you sing along about the “good news from glory” that all things will indeed work out for your good. “For Your Good” Is the second single released from Hezekiah Walker’s HEZHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT

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Tauren Wells

8-time Grammy Nomine, Tauren Wells recently announced the release of

Citizen of Heaven Live, released April 16, 2021. “My favorite thing about creating an album is anticipating what the live versions of the songs will become,” says Wells. 

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Bishop Leonard Scott, the professor of hymns, teams up with the legendary Rance Allen in one of his last performances. They come together and breathe new life into the vintage spiritual “Throw Me Overboard.” Listen to what Bishop Scott has to say about this collaboration with the late Rance Allen

Rance Allen

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The follow-up single to her Top 5 hit “I Love Him” with 10-time Grammy nominee & multiple winner Hezekiah Walker, Stellar & Grammy nominee Renee Spearman is back with another hit single “I GOT GOD”!One of music’s top singer/songwriters, Renee Spearman has worked with some of music’s biggest stars including Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Dr. Bobby JonesByron Cage, and Gladys Knight, just to name a few.  
With 4 Billboard topping releases in a row, Renee’s career has soared on highly regarded indie powerhouse label JDI Records(Brent Jones, Beverly Crawford, Norman Hutchins, etc)​​. A sophisticated blend of contemporary gospel, praise & worship, and traditional gospel, “I GOT GOD” is the new powerhouse release by Grammy & Stellar nominee Renee Spearman!”I GOT GOD”

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Bishop T D Jakes
Bishop T D Jakes

Following the successful partnership of Lifetime with Bishop T.D. Jakes with Faith Under Fire and I Am Somebody’s Child, Lifetime reteams with the Bishop for two movies –Lust: A Deadly Sins Saga (wt) and Envy: A Deadly Sins Saga (wt) – based on two books from the Seven Deadly Sins anthology by Victoria Christopher Murray. Lust: A Deadly Sins Saga (wt) premieres on Saturday, April 17th at 8pm ET/PT and stars Keri Hilson (Love By The 10th Date), Tobias Truvillion (One Life to Live), and Durrell ‘Tank’ Babbs (The New Edition Story). Envy: A Deadly Sins Saga (wt) premiered on Saturday, April 24th and staring Serayah (Empire), Rose Rollins (The L Word), and Kandi Burruss (Real Housewives of Atlanta). Bishop T.D. Jakes and Derrick Williams serve as executive producers on both films, alongside TV host, Shaun Robinson, who under the Broader Focus initiative, will executive produce movies for the first time. 

A Deadly Sins – movie clip

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Luther Wardlaw

Luther Wardlow of the famed Wardlaw Brothers has embarked on a solo career as he prepares his new single “On The Way”. He makes his acting debut in “The Perfect Mate” now streaming on Urban Flix TV.

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DistroKid, the biggest music distributor in the world, distributes approximately a third of all new music released around the globe, and that more than 2 million artists rely on its platform. The company is opening up a new line of business: enabling major and indie record companies to mine its data, and get paid a finder’s fee each time one of these labels signs a DistroKid artist.

According to DistroKid Founder and CEO Philip Kaplan, this new service, Upstream, meets a need for both artists and labels.

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Spotify’s latest invention monitors your speech, determines your emotional state… and suggests music based on it. For those who remember, in October Spotify was granted a patent for personality tracking technology. The filing explained that behavioural variables, such as a user’s mood, their favorite genre of music, or their demographic could all prospectively “correspond to different personality traits of a user”.

Now, according to details published in a new US Spotify patent, the company wants to use technology to get even deeper into its users’ heads, by using speech recognition to determine their “emotional state, gender, age, or accent” – attributes that can then be used to recommend content…

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The Prayze Factor Awards will be held September 16th – 19th,  2021 in Atlanta, GA

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Maurice Griffin

Chicago native Maurice Griffin, a stellar performer and noted as a dynamic powerhouse, is making his imprint worldwide. He recently released the single`s music video Love Peace Happiness to social media. The video`s views have climbed to over 432,000 with 650 shares on Facebook. The video continues to climb the Gospel Radio Billboard Charts with cross-over appeal. Griffin launched into the music industry after a breakout from Season 2 of BET`s Sunday Best. His platform gives fans the personality and funky grooves they love about him.

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Patrick Dobson

Soulful singer and songwriter Patrick Dopson is a Dove Award-nominated artist and a Stellar Award-winning creative whose Billboard Chart-topping Gospel hits include “God Is” and “God Is Able”.  After a few years away from recording and plowing through the unprecedented changes and challenges of last year, Dopson continues to push his anointed and poignant pen to craft healing and hope-filled music to inspire the world. “Make It Alright” is written by Dopson and Kevin Camp (Israel & New Breed, Smokie Norful, Regina Belle, Donnie McClurkin).  Dopson invited Gospel music legend Pastor John P. Kee to join him on the new single. “Make It Alright” is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon Music now.  The single released on all digital music outlets February 5.  “Make It Alright” is also impacting Gospel radio now across the country. For more information

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Carol and Miles Crawford
Carol and Miles Crawford

C and M Media is a collaboration between siblings Carol Crawford and Miles Crawford.
Over the coming weeks, interviewing Gospel Artists and Christians in the public eye in Sports and Entertainment fields, from the UK, USA and worldwide. These interviews have a virtual audience, by invitation only, and are also streamed on social media platforms, including the new C and M Media website and social pages.
C and M Media is a unique and one of a kind company, where a British transplant based in the USA and her sibling in the UK are connecting from across the Atlantic, providing a much-needed platform of visibility for independent gospel artists. Now you can watch C and M Media interviews on the Gospel International Channel on ROKU and Fire TV.

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Ben Tankard

The Stellar Award Honors Hall of Fame inductee and platinum-selling pioneer of Gospel Jazz has found Sunday’s Best Musician!  Ben Tankard launched his quest to find and inspire new talent and allow upcoming musicians an opportunity to appear on his next album.  After judging entries based on presentation, professionalism, talent, and skillset fit with the style of the track he would record, Tankard selected two winners – flutist Brandon Marceal and vocalist Tracey Phipps.

Brandon Marceal is an amazing freelance flutist who is creating quite a buzz by presenting a unique and refreshing voice to Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, Gospel, Funk, Country, and Rock music.   Tracey Phipps is a rising R&B singer and songwriter whose sultry vocals and airy falsetto flow in a combination of new school R&B meet a flare of the 90s.  Brandon and Tracey perform with Tankard on his new album SHINE.  

The SHINE album in follow-up to his award-winning album RISE.  His “Rise” single climbed to #1 Billboard Smooth Jazz Airplay chart, on the Mediabase Smooth Jazz Radio Chart, and the Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler on TheSmoothJazzNetwork.com.  In addition, “Passionfruit” remains at #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz recurrent chart enabling Tankard to have singles from RISE at the top of the charts for over 2-years. the concert can be seen on ROKU and Fire TV on the Gospel International channel

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Jonathan McReynolds sings “Grace”

Jonathan McReynolds follows up his chart-topping collaborative single “Movin’ On” with a powered packed new fan-favorite titled “Grace”. “Grace” is reminiscent of your favorite hymn with Jonathan’s signature touch. With background vocals echoing the sound of a Sunday Morning choir, “Grace” is a heart-grabbing song that will resonate with listeners.

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Demetrus Alexander

The doors continue to open wide for long-time gospel music veteran, Demetrus Alexander. This summer Alexander joined Compassion International as gospel artist relations manager. In her role, she will help the team broaden Compassion’s reach into the gospel music community and bring more awareness to their work releasing children from poverty around the globe. Although the organization is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., Alexander will be based in Nashville. “Demetrus leaves an imprint of excellence and trust everywhere she goes,” said Steve Jones, Compassion’s director of artist relations. “Having someone with her rich, insider knowledge of the gospel music industry will allow us to reach new audiences and have even greater impact as our ministry expands to serve more and more children around the world.”

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Spotify has launched a new tool within its so-called “two-sided marketplace” strategy – and it’s got the music industry talking.

The streaming platform allows artists and record labels to flag tracks that are a particular priority for them via a ‘Discovery Mode’ feature… and that this flagging then influences the selection of songs that Spotify’s algorithm picks out for listeners. Labels can be able to exert this ‘Discovery Mode’ influence in two areas: Autoplay tracks, which play after a Spotify user has completed listening to an album and/or playlist based on their prior usage; and Spotify Radio, whereby the platform picks out a radio-esque selection of songs based on a track or artist chosen by the listener. In other words, when artists/labels opt in to use ‘Discovery Mode’ to identify a track that they’d like to be prioritized in personalized listening sessions (in Radio and Autoplay), they agree to get paid a lower recording royalty rate for streams within those personalized listening sessions.

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