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Phillip Carter

2021 presents the first night of Worship – IGAA H.O.P.E. Night of Worship featuring Independent Gospel/Christian Artists from around the U.S.A. lifting up the name of Jesus in song. The project was recorded and can be found on all major digital outlets.

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Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s “In Spite Of Me” Goes #1!

“Huge Thank you to My amazing husband for producing the sound of Royalty! To my label for always believing in me and working tirelessly to make things happen. To my radio team for believing in what I’ve been chosen to carry and helping me take it to the world! To 𝐆𝐎𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐋 𝐑𝐀𝐃𝐈𝐎 for working so hard to keep GOSPEL MUSIC alive!!!” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

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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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Brian Courtney Wilson’s Goes #1!

Celebrated singer-songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson earns seconds Billboard Number 1 song with the compelling ballad “Still”. The song topped both the Billboard Gospel Songs chart and Mediabase Gospel Airplay chart. The title track to Wilson’s well-received fifth album has connected to audiences with a timeless and necessary, and reassuring message about God’s continued presence. 

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Central City Productions revealed the nominees in 28 categories for the 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which will be taped on Saturday, July 10, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. The Stellar Awards recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons, and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry.

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Jonathan McReynolds

Millennial Gospel superstar Jonathan McReynolds, co-host of the 35th Annual Stellar Awards, tops the list of nominees this year with eight nominations.

Although great strides are being made to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is not yet back to normal. Given this, tickets will not be sold to the public; but nominees, show talent and special invited guests will make up the audience for the taping of the 36th Annual Stellar Awards. Viewers around the country will be able to watch the show in national broadcast syndication starting July 30th through September 5th.

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The Gospel Industry Network 2021 Summit (G.I.N.) will host its inaugural live and in-person 3-day Summit, on Thursday, August 19 – Saturday, August 21, 2021, in Chicago, IL., as the country gradually reopen its doors and communities start coming back together.  The Hyatt Place, 6550 S. Cicero Avenue, will serve as the host hotel, just minutes away from the Mid-Way Airport, with free shuttle service provided.

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Oprah reveals the 'inappropriate question' she once asked and regrets - CNN

Oprah Winfrey Network announced recently a special one-hour programming event presented by Procter & Gamble as a part of its ‘Widen the Screen’ initiative, OWN and P&G Present: Widen The Screen – A Fuller View of Black Life” premiered on Tuesday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. This special presentation was hosted by Oprah Winfrey and features short films and new content by Black creators that celebrate Black stories and the expansiveness of Black life, while honoring the anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd. 

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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, will air on TBN June 4 (8pm and 10pm eastern).  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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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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What makes or breaks an Independent Artist? 99% of the time it’s the lack of knowledge. It’s the knowledge off the stage or off-camera that often determines how far an artist goes. You don’t necessarily have to become a business person but you need to know how it works and the people needed in your life to make it work.
2021 is about “The Next” and The Next is “NOW.” If you aren’t already working on the future then you are behind. The IGAA Conference can teach, train and guide you into your “NOW” by giving you the skills in 2 1/2 days you need to navigate your ministry in this new season. It’s all virtual. Register now at ww.indiegospelalliance.com11th Annual IGAA Conference

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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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In recognition and celebration of Black Music Month, Chicago-based television production company Central City Productions will present the 2021 Black Music Honors in commemoration of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated holiday honoring the end of slavery in the United States, which is officially celebrated on June 19th. The evening of celebrations and special moments will be pre-taped at the City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised in national broadcast syndication starting June 5 to July 4, 2021 and on Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. EST on Bounce TV.

Loni Love

Emmy® Award-winning talk show host, comedienne, and author Loni Love will host the star-studded two-hour special which will honor artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. 

Marvin Sapp

Award-nominated gospel vocalist Marvin Sapp will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award.

For more information Check out the news on the Gospel International channel on ROKU and Amazon Fire TV in GI’s videos on Demand and live streaming.

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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/ 

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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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YOUTUBE IS NOW GENERATING $2BN A MONTH FROM ADS – AND GREW FASTER THAN NETFLIX IN Q1.
According to Alphabet’s (Google) figures, YouTube generated $6.005 billion from advertising in the three months to end of March this year.

That was up by nearly $2 billion, or by 49%, on the $4.038 billion YouTube generated in the same period of 2020.

If YouTube can maintain that +49% growth across the course of 2021, it will turn over more than $29 billion this year.

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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.
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Juan Winans and sister Deborah Joy Winans

Grammy-nominated recording artist and songwriter Juan Winans recently released their new urban inspirational single, “Never On My Own,” with his sister, actress, and singer Deborah Joy Winans, on May 14, 2021, on DARE Records.

“Never On My Own” is a follow-up to Juan Winans’ No. 1 Billboard hit, “It Belongs To Me,” with his wife, Lisa Winans, featuring his uncle, Marvin L. Winans.

Juan and Lisa Winans
Marvin Winans

The tune previews Juan’s upcoming album, Legacy, which, Juan explains, “references the musical legacy I’ve inherited and hope to build upon. It is equally about my legacy as a Black man in America.”

Juan and Deborah Joy previously starred together as BeBe and CeCe Winans, in the 2019 stage musical Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story. Deborah Joy Winans is best known for her role as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee on the hit drama series, Greenleaf

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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. 

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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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Dr. Earnest Pugh pictured with Bishop Victor Couzens

Blacksmoke Music Worldwide Recording Artist and Stellar Award Nominee Dr. Earnest Pugh, known as the Gentleman of Gospel, has been elevated to the esteemed office of Overseer within the newly organized Fellowship of Christian Churches United In Service (FOCCUS) under the leadership of Presiding Prelate and Bishop Victor Couzens. Dr. Pugh’s Official Title is Bishop of Minstrel and Liturgical Activities (Designee)

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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.”

Chicago Mass Choir / "I'm Sanctified" | Gospel song, Choir, Gospel music
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, slated for 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) 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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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. Now you can watch C and M Media interviews on the Gospel International Channel on ROKU and Fire TV.

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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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Rashida Jones – becomes President of MSNBC TV Network

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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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