When you’re part of a musical family, the expectation of strong music potential can run high, fortunately with the case of Tim Bowman, Jr., we can rest easy. The son of noted guitarist Tim Bowman, the younger introduced the saints to “sanctified scat” with his appearance on his aunt Vickie Winans’ smash hit, How I Got Over. That was followed by the release of his independent CD in 2010 featuring Beautiful, which made its way into the top ten. Bowman’s signing with Rodney Jerkins Lifestyle Music Group/Motown Gospel just gets us in gear for great things to happen.
The first radio single I’m Good, written by Jhonte Austin and produced by Jerkins shows a mature and modern sound for Bowman. The single has been serviced to radio and Bowman will make appearances in support of its release.
Preacher, Pastor and Psalmist Marvin Sapp declares victory in Jesus despite trying circumstances with the June 2nd release of his 10th solo CD, You Shall Live on the RCA Inspiration label. “I was in a very transparent space when I recorded this album.” “I wanted to deliver something that was going to encourage those who are in the valleys of their lives, to let them know I get it. I know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out of your chest. But, I also needed them to know that no matter the heartbreak, God’s got us and even the most painful experience can be overcome.”
Pastor Sapp will celebrate the CD’s release with concert appearances in Atlanta, Charlotte and as part of the 30th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
RCA Inspiration announced the addition of award winning songwriter, producer and musician Phillip Bryant to their roster. The North Carolina native and two time Dove Award winner has worked with the likes of Dave Hollister, John P. Kee, Kelly Price, Fantasia, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Trinitee 5:7 and CeCe Winans over the past 10 years and is now set for the release of his first national label effort.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my music with the world and making history with RCA Inspiration,” said Phillip Bryant. “My first single ‘Source’ is a song of both surrender and praise. The simple yet powerful lyrics: ‘I never wanna think I can do this on my own’ is my personal testimony.”
“Phil is the consummate musician: singer, composer and producer,” said Joseph Burney, VP of A&R at RCA Inspiration. “I am enthused to present these gifts to the listeners.”
Leave it to Ashford Sanders to lead an entire restaurant into a moment of worship. The Sunday Best season 5 fan favorite who recently released his single Because You’ve Been Good on Fountain of Life Records was instantly recognized as he encountered the prom night crowd at a local restaurant in Mississippi on a weekend in early May. He was asked to sing and obliged the audience with a verse of Something About the Name Jesus. What he didn’t expect was the entire restaurant (including patrons and waitstaff) to join him in the rousing rendition. The moment was captured via cellphone and posted to social media sites. That musical event caught the attention of the local news and the social media post has garnered over 3 million views.
Darwin Hobbs first appeared on “The Oprah Show” during its historic final season. Hobbs, a guest on a poignant show about child sex abuse, bravely shared his testimony as an abuse survivor. Now, Hobbs and wife Traci will appear on the update show, OWN’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” this Saturday, May 23rd at 10pm EST.
The show will update viewers on Darwin’s courageous journey to freedom from shame, guilt, and tragedy of abuse. Additionally, the episode will also feature Darwin and Traci’s weight loss story. They lost a combined 250 pounds with the help of weight loss surgery and lifestyle changes.
In an awesome twist, Darwin and Traci share their proudest update their first baby girl, Bethany Lennox Grace, born in May 2014.
After 18 years as a major label artist and a 5 year hiatus, Darwin returned to the recording studio, and this summer will release his hit single “God Has Remembered,” a song inspired by the miracle of Bethany. A full album is also planned for an Early Spring 2016 release on the couple’s new indy label Heart Art Music.
On May 29 – 31, the largest free outdoor Gospel music festival celebrates 30 years in Chicago. This year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival will feature over 30 performers including Israel Houghton and New Breed, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Marvin Sapp, Chicago’s own Ricky Dillard and New G, Anita Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds and Cinque Cullar and a 200 voice Peace Choir comprised of churches throughout the Chicagoland area.
Donald Lawrence will helm a very special tribute to Bishop Walter Hawkins and Andrae Crouch featuring Bishop Rance Allen, Bryan Courtney Wilson, Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page Lockhart, Vanessa Bell Armstong, Krystle Murden and more.
A complete listing and lineup for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival can be found here
Houston is an enclave for Gospel music and singer songwriter Cedric Ballard is definitely one of the city’s greatest offerings. Ballard is without a doubt an effective worship leader and the music in his heart flows as a result of his personal time of prayer praise and worship. His perspective of life experiences tempered by God’s grace prompted him to create songs that would lead to the creation of Transparency, his long awaited solo project. Radio is abuzz with the release of his first single, My Praise Belongs To You.
Ballard will celebrate the release of Transparency with a CD Release Concert on Saturday, May 30th at Houston’s Greater Grace Church before embarking on a multi-city promotional tour.
20 year old Bri Babineaux wowed audiences with her rendition of Tonex’s Make Me Over. Posted on Youtube by a friend, the video went viral and was seen over 200,000 times. A staff member brought Bri to the attention of starmaker and Casey J manager Marquis Boone and he grabbed the opportunity to sign her.
“Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE) is so excited to acquire such an amazing talent as Bri,” says Marquis Boone, President of Marquis Boone Enterprises. “We take pleasure in introducing fresh new voices to the world and this young lady’s voice is beyond spectacular. I knew from the first time I heard her that the world needed to meet her.” A radio single is being prepped for release this summer with an EP slated for the fall.
Truth be told, Casey J makes her opening week debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart. The Truth is being fueled by the hit single Fill Me Up, which continues its 9th week at the top spot on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart.
“We are so thankful and excited at Marquis Boone Enterprises that The Truth debuted at number #1 on Billboard,” says Casey J’s manager, Marquis Boone. “We were so optimistic about this artist and project and I believe the proof is in the pudding. Thank you to everyone that purchased the album and helped make this young new artist’s dream come true.”