Good Gospel Gossip!

Mass media conglomerate MSNBC recently moved forward with the promotion of Rashida Jones who became President of the network on February 1. Jones succeeds Phil Griffin, who has been president of MSNBC for 25 years. Jones is the first Black woman to hold this type of influence at the network. This is the first change in leadership since 2008.

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The full-list of nominees for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards were announced March 3rd in a special virtual event on NAACP Image Awards’ Instagram channel hosted by Tony-award winning actress and singer Anika Noni-Rose, actress and singer Chloe Bailey, actress Erika Alexander, actor, dancer, and choreographer Nicco Annan, and actor and singer TC Carson. NAACP Image award-winning and Emmy-nominated talk show “The Real”, kicked-off the announcement revealing nominees in 15 categories (watch here) ahead of the virtual event. The winners will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special airing on BET and will be simulcast across Viacom CBS Networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at 8/7c.

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SiriusXM and the Recording Academy® join forces to celebrate the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® with the launch of The GRAMMY® Channel. The limited-edition channel began March 2 at 12 p.m. ET and will run through March 14 on channel 104. 

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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) premieres on Saturday, April 24th at 8pm ET/PT and stars 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

Voting Proceeds As Follows​

Round 1 (General Public) voting begins March 1st – April 15, 2021

​Round 2 (The International Music Association T.I.M.A. Members, Board of Directors and Advisers) voting begins May 1 – June 1st, 2021

​FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 19, 2021

​Final Round of Voting (Certified Committee/Prayze Factor Executives and Gospel Industry Leaders) voting begins July 1, 2021. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED DURING SEASON 14

OF THE Prayze Factor Awards.

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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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In an effort to better inform and enlighten the public about the COVID-19 vaccine, global spiritual leader Bishop T.D. Jakes has brought together several of the world’s leading coronavirus experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official, for a panel discussion titled Conversations with America: Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine. Conversations with America is a semi-regular, data-driven forum developed by Jakes to help Americans navigate difficult discussions. The conversation premiered exclusively on the official T.D. Jakes YouTube channel on starting Monday, Jan. 25, at noon CT.

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Cast of “Bigger”

BET recently announced the linear television premiere of the hit BET+ Original Series, “Bigger,” executive produced by Will Packer and Will Packer Media, began Wednesday, January 27 at 10:30 PM ET/9:30 PM CT on BET. The 10-episode first season airs weekly ahead of the previously announced season two, set to debut in 2021 exclusively on BET+.  “Bigger,” follows a single-black-woman who is dealing with the threat of marriage to a boring-in-bed boyfriend and the sudden, random death of a college acquaintance. The tragedy drives her ambitious group of friends to take a deeper look at their stagnant lives, asking themselves— is there something “bigger” and better in life. The acclaimed comedy created by Felischa Marye stars Tanisha Long (Layne Roberts), Angell Conwell (Veronica Yates), Rasheda Crockett (Tracey Davis), Chase Anthony (Deon Randall), and Tristen Winger (Vince Carpenter).

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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. Watch C and M Media interviews on the Gospel International Channel on ROKU and Fire TV.

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Project release date – January 21, 2021

DCB released their highly anticipated project entitled Da Chozen Brothaz: The book of DCB-Chapter III. on January 21. This project is diverse and shows the diversity of DCB. From hard-core quartet to worship to quartemporary to neo-soul, to old school church. Da Chozen Brothaz have comprised a storyline with this amazing project.

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Brent Jones

Brent Jones has been 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).

Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover

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

Trolls World Tour Trailer

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 has been quite the year for gospel star Brent Jones!  

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 will perform with Tankard on his new album SHINE that will release in 2021.  

Tankard is preparing his 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.


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The Hershey Company today announced it will invest $1.5 million in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to establish a scholarship endowment, with the goal to increase that to $3 million over the next ten years.  The endowment will be used for students pursuing degrees in food science in TMCF-member-schools, which include public colleges that provide advanced education for underrepresented populations. 

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Rashida Jones – becomes President of MSNBC TV Network

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Sony Music Entertainment has acquired Human Re Sources, J. Erving’s Los Angeles-based artist distribution and services company, from the music and tech company Q&A.

J. Erving

It became part of The Orchard, Sony’s global independent music distribution and artist and label services company. According to the announcement, Human Re Sources will continue to sign and develop artists directly as part of The Orchard’s offerings to artists and record labels.

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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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VOICES OF FIRE follows Pharrell Williams’ hometown community as it builds one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs. Pharrell’s uncle and a well-respected musical genius in the area, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, and his core team of influential gospel leaders will venture out into Hampton Roads to find undiscovered talent. With the belief that diverse backstories can give their collective voice a greater meaning, the Bishop and his team will be searching for people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Now playing on Netflix!!!

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Darwin Hobbs dons BLM T-Shirt

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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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TikTok has struck a deal with Sony Music Entertainment to “make songs from SME’s roster of global superstars and exciting emerging artists widely available across the TikTok app”. The news marks the first time that TikTok has announced a licensing agreement with one of the three major recorded music companies. TikTok added: “TikTok and Sony Music will work together to support greater levels of TikTok user personalization and creativity on the platform, and drive new and forward-looking opportunities for fan engagement with SME’s artists and music.” Furthermore, TikTok says it will “partner with Sony Music in promoting artists on the platform”.

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South by Southwest (SXSW) the largest music conference in the world prepares for its 2021virtual conference. SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, this year’s online event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, professional development, and a variety of networking opportunities. For more information, please visit sxsw.com.

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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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First Lady, Serita Jakes, wife of Bishop TD Jakes, takes her business to the next level. Serita Jakes Home has joined hands with small business owner, Briana Nickerson, CEO of Fierce Elements, to keep customers and community safe.

My Safe Home Set

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Former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Spotify Podcast on Twitter. continues to attract lots of guests and discussions as she deals with current and urgent issues. Check out Spotify podcasts

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