New Music and Live Recording For Israel Houghton

Written by: Gregory Gay

October 1st, 2014

Israel 1014Israel Houghton wants you to know that you are covered as his new single is released to radio.    “Anyone who has followed our music for any length of time in our 15 years of existence knows that we tend to sing a lot about God’s grace,” said Israel Houghton.  “We all need it. This single “Covered” represents the newest—and I believe clearest version of that force of God’s favor that I’ve ever had the privilege of writing.”

Israel and New Breed set their sites on Asia for a multi-country live recording of COVERED…ALIVE IN ASIA.  The new album will mark Houghton’s 10th album with New Breed.  The project will feature a concert film on limited theatrical release and DVD and a Spanish companion album.

Keeping Up With The James

Written by: Gregory Gay

October 1st, 2014

TheJamesThe music of Savoy Records recording artists the Florida Mass Choir dominated the radio airwaves in the 80s.  Among their many hits was the song Be Ye Steadfast (pause for a moment of reflection and listen here), and the signature voice of Delores James Cain served as an inspiration to many.  Cain (a second generation preacher and pastor of Tampa based Heritage Christian Community Baptist Church) comes from a family of singers and preachers and credits her faith for sustaining them through times good and bad.  A couple years ago, Cain and the members of her family decided to relive the music moments of their childhood by forming a family singing group and called themselves The James.  They caught the attention of gospel music loves with My Everything featured on the  Time Life Music compilation CD Shoutin’ Down the Aisles .  Their next hit would come in the form of Jesus Rescued Me, which debuted in 2011 at #21 on the Billboad Top Gospel Albums Chart.  The James are empowered to carry the message of the Gospel to those who are willing to hear.

Dorinda Clark Cole Cast In New Preachers of Detroit Series

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 26th, 2014

DorindaAs previously reported, Oxygen makes good on its promise expanding the Preachers franchise.  The new series is set in the motor city of Detroit and takes an up close look at faith and family from the perspectives of 7 prominent preachers including Bishop Charles Ellis, Pastor David Bullock, Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Pastor Don Shelby, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston, and Pastor Tim Alden. Preachers of Detroit makes its debut in the Winter of 2015.

Travis Greene Signs With RCA Inspiration

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 22nd, 2014

RCA Inspiration announced its latest addition to its roster in the person of Travis Greene.  “One of our goals is to seek out the best up and coming artists in the business,” said Geo Bivins, General Manager of RCA Inspiration.  “Travis is an amazing singer and songwriter with a unique following.  Travis GreeneHe’s true to his ministry and creates music people immediately connect to.”  “I could not be more grateful and excited to join the team at RCA Inspiration,” said Travis Greene.  “I pray that God will use the songs on my heart to help transform lives around the world. These past few years have been quite a journey, and from it I’ve gained a new perspective on life. Get ready, this is just the beginning!”  “We are equally excited to have Travis on our label”, said Joseph Burney, Vice President, A&R of RCA Inspiration.  “Travis has a fresh sound and brings authentic ministry to the masses of music lovers. His choruses are sure to resound in the sanctuary, and everywhere great music is heard.”

Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Make A War Cry

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 18th, 2014

Inspired People JenkinsRecording Artists Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago get a jump on the fall with the release their latest single, WAR. War is a song of declaration serving notice on the devil and his plans.  The song  is making the rounds at radio and sets the stage for the 2015 release from the Stellar Award winning pastor/songwriter and choir.

David Daughtry Leaps On Billboard Charts

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 18th, 2014

Karew RecordsDavid Official Press celebrates the success of David Daughtry as his self titled debut CD bows at #12 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.  “On behalf of Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard, everyone at Karew is very excited about David’s project and his debut on the charts,” says Karew’s General Manager, Darrell Thompson.  “In the current state of the music industry, it is difficult for established artist to find an audience.  Accordingly, it is refreshing to know that as a new artist, consumers are supporting David.  We know that as the word of mouth builds, so will future success.”

Michelle Williams Earns A Spot In Billboard Top Ten

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 17th, 2014

MichelleWilliams0514Michelle Williams celebrates with news of Journey To Freedom earning a spot on both Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian & Gospel Albums charts at #2, as well as making a Top Ten debut on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart at #7. Fueled by the success of Top 10 Gospel Radio hit “Say Yes” (featuring  Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland), Journey to Freedom offers both fresh and vibrant musical offerings winning praise from fans across the globe.

Michelle will join Deitrick Haddon as a mentor on the new television series “Fix My Choir,” premiering Wednesday, November 5th at 10 pm ET/PT on Oxygen.

Andrea Helms Signs With Dream Gospel

Written by: Gregory Gay

September 17th, 2014

HelmsThe Dream Gospel roster continues its growth with the recent signing of BET Sunday Best Season 4 finalist Andrea Helms.   The Texas native grew up surrounded by church (her dad a preacher and musician) and developed a love for music at an early age.  She assumed leadership of the music department of her father’s church upon graduating high school and today continues her work in music ministry as her husband now serves as pastor.  She desires to use her music to connect people with Jesus.  ” I want people to know how big Jesus is through what I sing.  I want them to know He is real.   I’m excited for this new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to have you all hear it.”

Clap Your Hands hits stores on October 27th.

 

Lecrae Makes History!

Written by: Melanie Pratt

September 17th, 2014

Lecrae Congrats to Lecrae and Reach Records who makes history with the f irst Gospel Album EVER to top Billboard’s Top 200, beating out Maroon 5, R&Bs Jhene Aiko and Rocker Ryan Adams to take the #1 Spot.    Anomaly sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Lecrae’s collective catalog of seven studio albums has yielded 1.4 million album sales and 2.9 million track downloads.

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.