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One of the most iconic annual celebrations of Black excellence, the NAACP Image Awards draws the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood. Hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor, Anthony Anderson The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live on Saturday, February 26, at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT on BET. The Nominees were announced in January in a special virtual event on NAACP’s Instagram channel.

Anthony Anderson

According to Derrick Johnson, President and CEO,  “Black artists over the past year have not only showcased our history and uplifted values of progressive change, but have also redefined genres and brought our stories to the screen in so many creative ways.”

Nominated in the category of Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album

  • Anthems & Glory – Todd Dulaney (MNRK Music Group)
  • Believe For It – CeCe Winans (Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade Services / Red Alliance Media)
  • Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. – Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music  (Life Room Label LLC / K Approved Enterprises. Inc.)
  • Overcomer – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
  • Power – Jason McGee & The Choir (My Block, Inc.)

Nominated In the category of Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song

  • Believe For It – CeCe Winans (Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade Services / Red Alliance Media)
  • Help Me – Tamela Mann feat. The Fellas (Tillymann Music Group)
  • Hold Us Together (Hope Mix) – H.E.R. and Tauren Wells (RCA Records / Sony Music)
  • Overcome 2021 – Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records )
  • Time for Reparations – Sounds of Blackness (Sounds of Blackness / Atomic K Records)

NAACP extraordinaire

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The Gospel Industry Network better known as the G.I.N. hosts its annual summer conference July 17 – 21 at the fabulous Chateau Mar Resort Hotel in Ft Lauderdale Florida. You wont want to miss this event featuring education, enlightenment, training, fun, food, and music, music music.  Start planning now by booking your discounted room asking for the Gospel Industry Network discount rate of $99. I hope to see you there.

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1K Phew and Lecrae released their third single and video, “MOVE,” from their new collaborative album, No Church In A While.

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Koryn Hawthorn

Two-time GRAMMY® nominated, Billboard Music Award, NAACP Image Award, Dove and Stellar Award-winning phenom, Koryn Hawthorne, continues to give back to the community and shine a light on her hometown of Abbeville, Louisiana as an entrepreneur, as owner of the dessert shop, The Cobbler House Abbeville.  Hawthorne teamed up with the chart-topping rapper/producer, Big K.R.I.T , on the new digital single, You (Remix)

Big K.R.I.T.

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After a two-year hiatus, the incomparable, soul-stirring Festival of Praise is set to kick off its fifth nationwide tour in March 2022. The 30-city tour will be headlined by Gospel music icon Fred Hammond,

Fred Hammond

along with Gospel superstars Marvin Sapp and Hezekiah Walker. Tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster and other outlets where concert tickets are now on sale. The tour will start March 18   in   Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the  Marcus Performing Arts Center and wind up May 1st  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL  at the   Broward Center.

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Chart-topping artist DOE releases a brand new single “When I Pray,” available now.

Released by Jonathan McReynolds’ Life Room Label in partnership with RCA Inspiration, the three-time GRAMMY® nominated artist/songwriter/producer has written an uplifting ballad on “When I Pray,” the first of more new music to come in 2022.

DOE also released the official music video for “When I Pray,” which had a broadcast premiere airing on the BET Gospel, BET Soul, and BET Her channels, as well as on BET.com. She is performing live in Chicago at the Chicago Bulls’ January 14th evening game vs. the Golden State Warriors, singing the national anthem.

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The new album Breakthrough: The Exodus from Ricky Dillard on Motown Gospel is available now! Ricky welcomes Kim Burrell

Kim Burrell

back to the choir after 25 years on his brand new song, “Things Are Gonna Get Better.” Check out the album wherever you listen to music,

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Vincent Bohanan

Vincent Bohanan & SOV’s rousing set LIVE FROM CHICAGO is available on HezHouse Entertainment/RCA Inspiration. The full-length album bows proceeds the online premiere of the upbeat video for Bohanan’s current single, “Oh Give Thanks.” The video, which celebrates the vibrant Brooklyn community where Bohanan was raised.

Bohanan, who also serves as Pastor of The Winner’s Assembly – a thriving church in Brooklyn, New York, comprised entirely of members under the age of 30 years old – has mastered the generational divide by reaching back to the days of traditional gospel choir music and bringing them fully into the new millennium. 

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Producer, screenwriter, Regina Hicks

Netflix is expanding its relationship with The Upshaws creator Regina Hicks.

Hicks has inked a multiple-year overall deal with the streaming giant. As part of the pact, Hicks is teaming with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company to develop a scripted comedy about four middle-aged Black women. 

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama,
Founders of Higher Ground Production Company

The untitled series will focus on the lives of four middle-aged Black women from Houston, Texas, and explore how they navigate a world of affluence while also balancing the everyday scenarios of women of a certain age. Hicks will write, serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside the Obamas. Tonia Davis and Ada Chiaghana will oversee for Higher Ground.

Wanda Sykes, Kim Fields Mike Epps

The Upshaws premiered on Netflix on 12th May 2021. It’s created by Wanda Sykes and Regina Y. Hicks and they have also conjointly written the pilot episode of the show. The Upshaws tells the story of a working-class family in Indiana and their day-after-day lives. The cast of The Upshaws includes Wanda Sykes as Lucretia, Mike Epps, and Kim Fields as upper, and Regina Upshaw, severally.

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Pastor Larry Davies and his wife, Sharon Davies

The Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards are in their 24th year. Leading the charge for excellence in gospel music has been Pastor Larry Davies and First Lady Sharon Davies. Together with their team, they have created a powerful platform that gives independent artists recognition for excellence. This years event is scheduled for February 24 – 27, 2022

For 24 years, the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards (TGMEA), founded by Pastor Larry Davies has been one of the top gospel award shows in the country. It was his desire then, as it still is today, to reward independent artists for the excellence they have shown through their ministry.


Prior to starting TGMEA in 1998, Pastor Davies assisted with a similar event called the Texas Gospel Music Awards. It was very similar to the TGMA, however, with the hiring of a camera crew, and renting of an elaborate Downtown Houston hotel space, it required a much bigger operating budget. Unfortunately, after several attempts over a 3 year period of time, the Founder of the TGMA decided to end the ceremony. Pastor Davies sized up TGMA and made some changes. The result was a significant increase in attendance over the 2 day period.

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  Trendsetting Gospel duo Dawkins & Dawkins had not released music in 10-years.  This year, they returned to present a colossal dose of their iconic sound and innovative production and songwriting through a series of album releases called NEVER GETS OLD. 

Brothers Anson Dawkins and Eric Dawkins released NEVER GETS OLD Vol 1: LOVE & LIGHT featuring their hit “In My Feelings” and NEVER GETS OLD Vol. 2: FAITH & FAVOR this summer.   Vol 2: Faith & Favor gave the duo a recent Top 30 Billboard and Mediabase Chart Gospel radio single, “Come By Here”.  With two more volumes of music still to be released to their fans, Dawkins & Dawkins added their first Christmas album to this anthology of music, NEVER GETS OLD: HOLIDAY.

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After a two-year hiatus, the incomparable, soul-stirring Festival of Praise is set to kick off its fifth nationwide tour in March 2022. The 30-city tour will be headlined by Gospel music icon Fred Hammond, along with Gospel superstars Israel Houghton, who replaces Marvin Sapp, and Hezekiah Walker. Tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster and other outlets where concert tickets are now on sale.

Israel Houghton

The renowned Festival of Praise Tour follows in the footsteps of 1997’s The Tour of Life, which saw Hammond sharing the stage with Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams in front of crowds of more than half a million people. Festival of Praise Tour once again promises to be an unforgettable “Hand clapping and foot stomping, get up out your seat” worship explosion with production and stage sets unmatched in any gospel tour.  For the first time in Gospel music history, 2022’s Festival Of Praise will offer a talented local choir in each city of the tour the opportunity to perform on the show. Tickets are now on sale.

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New Haven Records recently announced that international gospel music ambassadors Chicago Mass Choir’s much-heralded release, My Soul Says Yes, will debut in deluxe digital format. The project was recently nominated in six categories in the 36th Annual Stellar Awards and helped earned them Best Gospel Entertainer of the Year honors at the 39th Annual Chicago Music Awards.  

In addition to the eleven tracks on the original version of the album, the expanded collection will include nine performance videos shot live during the recording of the album. This Deluxe Edition also includes a bonus “virtual choir” version of their hit single, “My Soul Says Yes / I Say Yes to My Lord,” featuring Chicago Mass members performing the song from their homes during COVID-19.

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Johnny Sanders, International Recording Artist

Florida based Gospel Recording artist, Johnny Sanders recently appeared in concert at Los Angeles based, Yahwehs House, pastored by Dr. Susie Jones

Bishop Elect- Dr. Susie Jones, pastor of Yahweh’s House of Prayer (Los Angeles, CA)

after performing that morning during the 90th birthday celebration of Dr. Benjamin E. Hardwick

Pastor Benjamin E. Hardwick of Praises of Zion (Los Angeles, CA)
Pictured after concert left to right: Dr. Joyce Logan (Publisher of Gospel International; Johnny Sanders International Recording artist; Bishop Elect Dr. Susie Jones; Dave Shirley, International Recording Artist.

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From the Heart

Formed in 2013, From the Heart Gospel is a national recording group that is a multi-faceted Gospel group that harmonizes and boldly ministers traditional to contemporary songs. Their diversity has allowed them to appear on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel and minister with Kirk Franklin, Luther Barnes, Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s and Ruth La’Ontra.

The group members are brothers Aaron Meadows, Brian Meadow, Marcus Meadows, and long-time family friend Sedric Beulah. FTHG is a family group who transfer their close bond through their Intricate and smooth vocal blend.  Reminiscent of great male groups Commissioned, The Winans, and Men of Standard, FTHG have innovatively carried the classic vocal bravura into modern music.

“We are a very eclectic group,” says group member Brian Meadows.  “We are not a traditional quartet group, although we do have some songs that fit that style.  We pride ourselves in being able to reach outside of those lines and to appeal to a much wider spectrum.”

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The 64th annual Grammy Awards scheduled for Jan. 31, 2022, at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center) in Los Angeles has been postponed due to rising Covid -19 virus cases. Jon Batiste leads all artists with 11 nominations, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. with eight. Nominated in the Gospel Categories are:

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Voice of God,” Dante Bowe featuring Steffany Gretzinger and Chandler Moore; Dante Bowe, Tywan Mack, Jeff Schneeweis and Mitch Wong, songwriters

“Joyful,” Dante Bowe; Dante Bowe and Ben Schofield, songwriters

“Help,” Anthony Brown & Group Therapy; Anthony Brown and Darryl Woodson, songwriters

“Never Lost,” CeCe Winans

“Wait on You,” Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake and Chandler Moore, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

“We Win,” Kirk Franklin and Lil Baby; Kirk Franklin, Dominique Jones, Cynthia Nunn and Justin Smith, songwriters

“Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),” H.E.R. and Tauren Wells; Josiah Bassey, Dernst Emile and H.E.R., songwriters

“Man of Your Word,” Chandler Moore and KJ Scriven; Jonathan Jay, Nathan Jess and Chandler Moore, songwriters

Believe For It,” CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans and Mitch Wong, songwriters

Jireh,” Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music featuring Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine; Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

Changing Your Story,” Jekalyn Carr

Royalty: Live at the Ryman,” Tasha Cobbs Leonard

“Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition,” Maverick City Music

Jonny X Mali: Live in LA,” Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music

Believe for It,” CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

“No Stranger,” Natalie Grant

Feels Like Home Vol. 2,” Israel and New Breed

“The Blessing (Live),” Kari Jobe

“Citizen of Heaven (Live),” Tauren Wells

Old Church Basement,” Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music

Best Roots Gospel Album

“Alone With My Faith,” Harry Connick, Jr.

That’s Gospel, Brother,” Gaither Vocal Band

Keeping On,” Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

“Songs For the Times,” The Isaacs

“My Savior,” Carrie Underwood

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Earl Bynum’s versatility as an artist becomes more evident through the album released on his own Lrae Entertainment record label in partnership with Tyscot Records.  The album has yielded hit singles “Call Him” featuring Andra’ Cross, title track “This Song Is For You,” and Safe In His Arms.”  Bynum offers a new radio single from the album Give Him Praise,” which reminds us of the biblical mandate to honor God and the access it grants to Him. The song has a robust musical production supporting the vocally magnificent declaration to praise the Lord. 

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Scott M. Mills

ViacomCBS recently announced that Scott M. Mills has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of BET, the nation’s leading provider of quality content from Black creators. The announcement was made today by President and CEO of ViacomCBS, Bob Bakish,

Bob Bakish, President and CEO of Viacom CBS

and Chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks, David Nevins.

David Nevins, Chairman and CEO of Showtime

During his four-year tenure as BET President, Mills sparked invaluable change that structured and positioned the legacy brand for future success in a rapidly evolving media landscape. Since his appointment in 2018, Mills expanded the BET brand well beyond the framework of a traditional cable network, into the multi-platform media powerhouse that it is today with the launches of BET+, a premium subscription streaming service; BET Studios, an innovative studio venture providing equity ownership to Black content creators; BET’s wide-reaching digital platforms and footprint; and much more. Bringing A-list content creators into the fold, Mills set new precedents for BET, and, by extension, ViacomCBS, making the global media brand the largest commissioner of Black premium content through partnerships with Tyler Perry, Lena Waithe, Kenya Barris, Lee Daniels, and many others.

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Jemison & Associates Presents Alexia Curry and her Debut Single “Hear His Voice” For more information contact Roderick Jemison at 615-642-8384

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James Fortune delivers a new song of hope, gratitude, and faith with his new single “Never Let Me Down“. Fortune continues to provide soul-grabbing hit songs that resonate with listeners. Many are grappling with or are clinging tightly to their faith, and Fortune’s new single reminds them that God has never let them down. It’s an important and timely message with Fortune’s signature sound infused with a contemporary feel.  

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Shawn Bigby

Shawn Bigby is the creator of worship music that generates atmospheres of freedom and unrestrained worship.  Many Gospel artists have recorded his songs, including Jason Nelson, Earnest Pugh, Hart Ramsey & The NCC Family Choir, and Marvin Sapp, who recorded “Great and Mighty” on his 2021 Dove Award-winning CHOSEN VESSEL album.  Shawn is also a recording artist who landed on the Billboard Top 30 Gospel Albums Chart with his debut EP #THESETLIST VOL. 1.  

There are multiple layers to Shawn’s teachings that develop the skilled and dedicated leaders needed for corporate worship.   Derived from his experience, insight, and anointing, Shawn can offer tools to guide ministries to connect the worshipper further to embrace the raw presence of God through the Word and theologically based music.  

His teachings will now be available through his first book THE PLATFORM: ON & OFF – A Blueprint For Worship Facilitators.THE PLATFORM: ON & OFF encourages self-examination and provides opportunities to build and expand your leadership muscles as you lead others into the presence of God.  This comprehensive book is a guide for anyone who operates in worship ministry or facilitates worship, including worship leaders, pastors, choir members, praise teams, and musicians. THE PLATFORM: ON & OFF – A Blueprint For Worship Facilitators can be pre-ordered now at ShawnBigby.com.  The book and ebook will be available on Amazon November 8 via JT Publishing House.  Follow and connect with Shawn on Facebook and social media to discover ways you can go deeper in worship both on and off the platform.

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J. C. is the A.I. (artificial intelligence) voice – a forefront runner in the Metaverse on Meta

Marquis Boone Enterprises is excited to announce they have developed the very first Gospel A.I. artist named J.C., who will be a forefront runner in the Metaverse on Meta. JC is the voice. A metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection (ie: Oculus Quest2)

While he is not a real person, he’s an artist created solely from artificial intelligence and technology. J.C’s forthcoming single “Biblical Love” is according to press, the first Gospel song written by an algorithm, recorded by an algorithm and preformed by an algorithm. It’s called “Biblical Love,” and press says it is “about unquantifiable love beyond description or measure – a love of biblical proportions that transcends to everyone and everything!” The single, “Biblical Love” can be heard on Gospel radio as well as Metaverse. It is slated to premiere on all streaming platforms in the first quarter of 2022.

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The Malaco Music Group has amassed the largest black gospel catalog in the world. Their new collection The Gospel According to Malaco: Celebrating 75 Years of Gospel Music in an unparalleled book and eight cd set which tells the story of gospel music over a seventy-five-year period from the post-war years to the present. To order

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David Frazier

Songwriter David Frazier has become a staple in the Gospel Music genre with over 30 years of consistency in creating songs and music that transcend the genre.  He pens Stellar, Dove, and Grammy® nominated and award-winning songs that have been recorded by Gospel’s top artists including Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Choir, Karen Chark Sheard, Pastor Shirley Caesar,Bishop T. D. Jakes, Pastor Carlos Kelly & BBC Worship, and most recently Ricky Dillard, who garnered a Grammy® nomination for his his song “Release”.   David is a decorated songwriter and a recording artist.  His PSALMS, HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS series of albums have become an essential four-volume collection to the Gospel music genre.   His hit songs “I Need You To Survive”, “Favor,” and “God Is Doing Something Wonderful In Me” are songs commonly sang in worship settings around the globe.  David is offering a new single with that global appeal.

 “The Healing Song is a contemporary worship song in simplistic form containing the passion and theological depth to engage a multicultural and intergenerational audience into pure worship.

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Blair Whitlow

 One of Nashville’s most inspiring and consistent voices is worship leader, songwriter, and professional background singer Blair Whitlow.   Her vocal work is exceptionally inventive.  It comes from an undying thirst to please and serve God and lead others into that same desire.  In 2020, Blair released a series of worship singles called THE WONDER This series includes “Jesus Is Lord (Live)”, “Our God”, “Running Back”, and “The Wonder”.  Blair released THE WONDER series to provoke thought behind the wonder of Christ, his love for us, and the Father that carried him to the cross. Blair has now teamed up for a stunning duet with vocalist Ron Poindexter.  The duo created a beautiful musical moment with the inspirational ballad “The Other Side”.  

Ron Poindexter – Blair Whitlow

The single is a song of encouragement that will provoke God’s people to persevere through trials and make it to the other side.
“The Other Side” is written by Whitlow and Bryan Harrison, who also produced the track.  The single is available now on all digital music outlets.  

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Josh Copeland

BET’s Sunday Best season 9 runner-up Josh Copeland recently released his sophomore EP NO FEAR now available for download or streaming on all music platforms. Upon its release NO FEAR reached No. 15 on iTunes Christian/Gospel Top 200 Digital Albums chart. The 7-track EP is produced by Stellar Award winning producer Daniel Weatherspoon and executive produced by Neily Dickerson of the ND co.

Josh Copeland’s official live performance music video for the EP’s lead single “All Things Working,” released on June 25, the song landed in the Top 20 (#18 peak) on iTunes Top 200 Christian/Gospel Digital Songs chart.

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Jelinda Hill

Writing Rounds Gospel Online Community Release “Victory Belongs To You” Radio Single

Featuring Jelinda Hill. The Writing Rounds community is an international, online community of creatives from all backgrounds, ages, and genres.  Founded by singer and songwriter Jessica Hitte and co-founder LeBron Arnwine, the collective aims to make learning and opportunities accessible to all skill levels.  

Jessica Hittte
LeBron Arnwine

Writing Rounds is also on a mission to assure the community collaborates creatively, produces quality music together, and utilizes the label to release music that positively impacts culture. Writing Rounds Music has released their second single, “Victory Belongs To You“.  The song was produced by A&A Production Studios and written by Jessica Hitte, LeBron Arnwine, Steve Davis, and Mark Scriven.  All writers are members of the Writing Rounds Community who unite to strengthen one another’s gifts.  They focus entirely on the music to ensure they release exceptional songs that stand the test of time.”Victory Belongs To You is about how grateful we are for the things that the Lord has done in the past to show how victorious He is,” says Hitte.  “But yet, it’s still a song of expectancy for what He’ll do in the future to continue showing his power.”

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Madontrenique “Mona” Fenner’s  true love is singing.  Having sung background vocals and opened for Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Sapp, Donald Lawrence, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins,  Richard Smallwood, Hezekiah Walker, and Darryl Coley, Mona’s voice has carried her around the United States and to Stockholm, Sweden, to perform at the Stockholm Gospel Festival.  Mona recently released her debut single “Troubles Don’t Last Always” via EMG Alliance. 

Her robust vocal and evangelical delivery of the encouraging lyrics create a powerful song of inspiration.  Written by James Jackson and available on all digital music outlets the song is produced by Ivan Johnson (for Yibro Music Group) and features legendary guitarist Jonathan Dubose.  The single is impacting Gospel radio now.

“This song is one of my many testimonies of a season of trouble and darkness in my life,”  Mona shares.  “But it also represents a period of preparation for my current journey.” She continues, “God does some of his best work in some of our darkest places.  He is still working and will work things out on your behalf.  That is the encouragement I want to give through this song.”

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Spotify Issues Stern Warning on Fake Streams — Promises to Withhold Royalties and Remove Content. Fake streams are plays of music by bots, hijacked accounts, or other inauthentic listening methods.

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Anna Golden

Anna Golden is back with Peace: The Deluxe Album, featuring five new versions of songs from the original record! Worship with Anna

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Warner Music has partnered with text message marketing platform Community, marking Community’s first deal with a major music company. The partnership will see select Warner Music artists given the power to “personally text with fans” via a 10-digit Community number – about exclusive releases, ticket sales, merch, and more, “free”, according to a statement “of social algorithm interference, spam, and ads”.

Founded in 2019 by Matthew Peltier and Josh Rosenheck, Santa Monica, California headquartered Community is used by celebrities including Barack Obama and Ashton Kutcher, as well as a number of superstar artists. It counts 28 million members, with 6 billion messages having been sent through its platform. The company raised $40 million investment from Salesforce Ventures in April 2021, bringing its total amount raised since launching in July 2019, to nearly $90 million.

Community says that its average open rates are upwards of 95% within the first three minutes of receiving a text message with a 59% average click through rate. Scott Cherkin, SVP, Global Audience Strategy, WEA said: “Community’s model helps us cut through the noise and gives us an authentic, personal, and unique way to reach the superfans.

“The direct line helps our artists get to know their fans better and opens up opportunities for them to plug their priorities – whether it be merch, concert tickets, or a new single – knowing they have an engaged and eager audience on the receiving end. “Some artists are already promoting their numbers at shows to really great reception and we’re excited to offer Community to even more artists in the Warner Music family.”

David Ross, SVP, Growth, Partnerships and Revenue, Community, added: “Our partnership with Warner Music unlocks additional opportunities for artists to drive engaging conversations at scale with their fans. “Deeper connections with fans ultimately results in increased sales, greater content consumption, deeper artist affinity and additional opportunities for Warner Music’s roster and brands.”

In recent weeks Warner Music Group (WMG) and Twitch struck what the two companies call a “first-of-its-kind” partnership – marking the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform’s first partnership with a major record company.

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Warner Music Group (WMG) and Twitch (a video live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions. In addition, it offers music broadcasts, creative content, and more recently, “in real life” streams. ) have struck what the two companies call a “first-of-its-kind” partnership – marking the Amazon-owned live-streaming platform’s first partnership with a major record company. The agreement with Warner Music Group’s recorded music business will see the launch of WMG artist channels featuring exclusive content and behind-the-scenes material. A standalone WMG music space featuring premium music-centric programming will also be created and promises to be “an up-to-the-minute exclusive experience”.

It will feature professionally produced original programming curated by digital media company IMGN (IMGN media is a leading media technology company that produces, programs, and curates social content for Gen Z audiences), which WMG acquired last year. According to a media statement, the move “empowers Warner Music’s talent to tap into Twitch’s unique creator-driven model, opening up additional income opportunities, as well as access to Twitch’s fan engagement tools to get to know their audiences better”.

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TIKTOK has surpassed 1 billion global monthly active users. According to a blog post published on the company’s website, “more than 1 billion people around the world now come to TikTok every month to be entertained as they learn, laugh, or discover something new”.

A billion people are now using TikTok around the world every month – around three times the global audience Spotify pulls in. And for the music industry, TikTok is expanding far beyond its core function as a repository for frivolous viral videos.

Some 70 acts were discovered on TikTok and consequently signed by major record companies last year, according to TikTok’s own stats. The platform’s higher-ups grew significantly in 2021.

TikTok’s increasing presence in the music industry has even revived industry trends long thought dead and buried. Remember when the global record industry blew up the concept of exclusive artist releases on individual streaming platforms? They’re now back, via a side door, on TikTok.

Many artists have premiered clips of much-anticipated new records on TikTok over the past year – days before these tracks land on music’s largest on-demand streaming services.

And then there’s the potential of live-streamed concerts. This is an obvious expansion play for TikTok – whose per-user watch-time is, according to market research, now rivalling YouTube‘s (and even surpassing it amongst some demographics).The commercial potential of such projects is vast.

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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’s new single, “In This House,” 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!

Media Contact: Benita@thebellamygroup.com / 615-348-7944
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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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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 held in the summer of 2021 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 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 in 2021, 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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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.

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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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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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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, 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. In the summer of 2021, 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, has released her new Tillymann Music album, Overcomer, through The Orchard Distribution. 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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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 re-imagines 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 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, released 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.  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 released 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, Calvin Bernard Rhone, 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.

Add the Gospel International Channel to your ROKU TV lineup for videos on-demand and live streaming. Live streaming is also provided on the Gospel International Website 24 hours a day.

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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

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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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CCM Q&A with Hillsong Worship | CCM Magazine
Hillsong Worship

GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling Hillsong Worship announced 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 in Videos on Demand.

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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 much less xpensive 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 abroad 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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CeCe Winans

The incomparable CeCe Winans released in 2021 her newest album Believe For It.  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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Merry Clayton

Merry Clayton returned 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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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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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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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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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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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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What Is the Future of Social Media? Plus How It Will Affect You

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