JJ Hairston And Youthful Praise Drop New CD October 28th

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 16th, 2014

JJ Hairston sets the record straight about his continued recordings with Youthful Praise.   “People always ask me if I’m going to go out on my own and do my own thing. I think Youthful Praise is a part of what I do so I’d never make a J.J. Hairston record. It will always be J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise.” Looking back, Hairston admits to never having intentions to lead the aggregation. “I joined just to sing tenor.  Youthful Praise taught me to be a leader. I didn’t form the group. It was already there when I got there but they made me a leader and that’s why I appreciate the group as a whole. I See Victory

Hairston and YP are excited about the October 28th release of their 7th live CD, I See Victory on Light Records. The 17 track disc features the choir and assistance from Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Jason Nelson and Deon Kipping.  Radio has responded to “It Pushed Me” as it  rose to #13 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and “Bless Me” (featuring a rousing lead by Donnie McClurkin) is #27 on the Gospel Airplay chart.

Bridgett Kern Raises Praise To A New Level

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 16th, 2014

Worship leader Bridgett Kern is serious when it comes to her role of having people to experience the presence of God through worship. The Arizona based pastor’s wife and mother of 4 places high priority on making Bridgett Kernpeople aware of what true worship is. “As a worship leader, my heart and desire is to be relevant to the needs of the people, and give to them, through music, encouragement that will help them get through their week,” she continues. “I never assume that the people that walk into Radiant Life Church already have a relationship with God or, for that matter, even know what we are doing when we are lifting our hands. I instruct them so that they really get it!.”

Kern is poised to take her music to the masses with the release of her worship project, No One Greater, produced by BJ Putnam with musical offerings from Putnam,Melody Putnam, Doug and Laurie Enquist, Lucia Parker, Adam Ranney, Riley Enquist, Josh Lopez and Freddie Rodriguez . Radio is warmly embracing the first single from the project, He Shall Reign. “The songs I sing are always directed to The King, Our Lord, and I want people to understand that our worship is a lifestyle that reflects Gods influence.””He Shall Reign” is available on iTunes and Amazon and can be heard on Gospel and Christian Radio now.

Celebrate With The Rance Allen Group November 11th

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 16th, 2014

Rance Allen invited us to “clap our hands” on his new single released to radio at the top of the summer.  Now, he wants us to plan for an all out celebration as Tyscot readies the November 11th release of Celebrate, the new disc from the legendarCelebate RAGy Rance Allen Group.  The 12 track disc offers new music from Rance and company in their own inimitable style with assistance from long time producer and music director Chris Byrd.  Celebrate hits stores and digital retailers on November 11th.

Dorinda Clark Cole Gathers Singers and Musicians In Chicago

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 15th, 2014

Chicago prepares to welcome the Rose of Gospel, Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole as she brings her Singers and Musicians Arts Conference to the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago Illinois on September 18-20.  “I am elatedDorinda and overjoyed to join Minister Walter Owens and the dynamic music ministry of Salem Baptist Church to bring SMAC to the windy city” said Clark Cole.  “Chicago has such great gospel music history having been the home of Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker and Inez Andrews and is the place that Donald Lawrence and Ricky Dillard call home.”

The conference begins on Thursday with Thursday, September 18th with an Artist Showcase and Masters Class.   On Friday, September 19th, Dorinda Clark Cole hosts a Praise Fest with special guests to include Dexter Walker and Zion Movement, Keshia McFarland, Cinque Cullar, Valencia Lacy and the New Covenant Life Worship Team and more.  Saturday, September 20th offers morning and afternoon workshops and panel discussions presented by leading industry professionals, musicians and ministers of music.

The Walls Group Hit Number 1 on Billboard

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 11th, 2014

Its official! Fast ForwaWallsrd, the new disc from Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul recording artist The Walls Group makes its debut in the number one position on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart.

The single, “Love On The Radio” peaked at #10 on the Christian/Gospel Chart and continues to go strong on radio while the video has received over 30, 000 views to date.

Franklin shared these words of gratitude. “I can’t find the words to explain how proud I am of The Walls Group and how thankful I am that the public went out and supported both a new group and a new company. I am truly humbled.”

Read our review of the disc here 

Catch the Video for Love on the Radio here: The Walls Group Video

L Spenser Smith To Release Unstoppable October 14th

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 11th, 2014

Spenser Smith UnstopUnstoppable, the long awaited solo debut from Stellar award nominated singer/songwriter L Spenser Smith hits stores on October 14th. Smith assumes a new role in this recording as solo artist and the disc endeavors to capture the anointed worship and powerful praise of the live recording.  The lead single My Life,  is making impact at radio. Smith, a powerful preacher, author and founding pastor of the Impact Nation Fellowship Church will release the CD via his own SmithWorx Music Group label with distribution from eOne entertainment.

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Announces Live Recording

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 11th, 2014

Grammy winners Carol CymbCarol Cymbalaala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir announced their live recording scheduled for Friday, September 26th and Sunday, September 28th. The choir has plans to do an “all the way live” recording with no studio tracking. “This is taking us back to the concept of our first album Giving Him Thanks back in 1981, “ says BTC Music and Conference administrator Kevin Lewis. “Carol wanted to go back to what defined our sound in the beginning because Brooklyn Tabernacle is best when it’s completely live and spontaneous.”

David Daughtry Impacting iTunes Charts with New CD

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 11th, 2014

DaughtrycoverKarew Records celebrates David Daughtry’s self titled debut making an impressive showing at number 35 on the iTunes chart. Daughtry’s lead single God is Great/Leap was well received and has been making the rounds at radio as well as being used in worship services across the country.  David was the recipient of congratulatory greetings from Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole of the Clark Sisters and COGIC International Presiding Bishop Charles E Blake, pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (where David serves as Worship leader).

Oxygen Premieres Fix My Choir November 5th

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 9th, 2014

DeitrickDeitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams invite us to experience their many adventures as they set out to bring “the help” to Fix My Choir, the new music reality series premiering on tMichellehe Oxygen Network November 5th.  “A great choir has the potential to inspire communities and uplift people everywhere,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media. “Viewers will witness Deitrick and Michelle breathe new life into choirs that have lost their way in ‘Fix My Choir,’ culminating with unforgettable performances that will bring the house down.”

The choir represents family, unity and team work,” said Deitrick Haddon. “It’s an honor to be a part of introducing the choir culture to the world with “Fix My Choir.

Check local listings for time and station information in your area.

The Return Of Virtue

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 8th, 2014

“We are so excited and blessed to be able to have another opportunity to share our ministry with the world.” “We’ve grown tremendously and God has shown us so many different things during the time we were away. We’ve missed performing together, our friends in the industry and especially all of our fans, so it’s long overdue and we are ecstatic about this new season for Virtue!” – Heather Martin

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Sisters Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin, known as the group Virtue make their return to the music scene after an eight year hiatus with their first single “You Deserve” written and produced by Grammy® Award winner Fred Jerkins (Beyoncé , Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson) and Grammy® -nominated Alvin Garrett (Joe, Deitrick Haddon, Ruben Studdard).  You Deserve hits radio in September with a  full length albums scheduled to be released  in 2015 on their new record label home Mixed Bag Entertainment (founded by Christian Hip Hop artist Da Truth).