Ten-Time GRAMMY Award Winning Producer Kevin Bond is set to release a tribute single to the late great Nelson Mandela. The Former President of South Africa passed away on Friday December 5th after a long battle with a lung infection. Compelled by the life of this great man, Kevin Bond has composed a personal musical tribute that will be included in the SABC’s home going festivities for the great leader. The single will be played on South African TV and radio stations and is a a rousing uptempo presentation featuring original music by Bond, speech clips by Mandela, and to engage the youth, Kevin’s 16 year old son Alex Bond III is rapping on the single.
Written by: Martin WilliamsDecember 10th, 2013
Written by: Gregory GayDecember 7th, 2013
The nominations are in for the GRAMMY Awards. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS on January 26, 2014. In the Gospel category, the nominees are: Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Gregory GayDecember 4th, 2013
For over 10 years, Dorinda Clark Cole has hosted her annual Singers and Musicians Arts Conference in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. This year, she decided to package the conference and “take it on the road”. On Decmeber 5th, all roads will lead to Los Angeles, California as SMAC makes its way to the Bishop Craig Worsham’s Peoples Independent Church. The three day confab features a musical extravaganza, new artist showcase and workshops featuring some of the top names in gospel including Tasha Page Lockhart, Teddy Campbell, David Daughtry, Damien Sneed, Neily Dickerson, Eric Dawkins, Asaph Ward, Gerald Haddon, Jason White, Shep Crawford and many more.
Written by: Gregory GayDecember 3rd, 2013
The nominees for the final ballot of the 2014 Stellar Awards were announced today by Don Jackson. Tasha Cobbs, Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and Tye Tribbett garner multiple nods in various categories including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year and Producer of the Year. Bishop Paul Morton, Jekalyn Carr and Twinkie Clark also received multiple nominations. Listed below is the full list covering 28 categories including the newly added Fan Favorite Quartet : Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Gregory GayDecember 2nd, 2013
GOSPELflava joins others across the country as we pray for Pastor Kim Burrell in the loss of her mother, Helen Graham Spears. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at the Greater Grace Outreach Church in Houston, Texas. Let us continue to keep Pastor Burrell and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Written by: Gregory GayNovember 29th, 2013
“Monday Night Live,” with noted pastor and teacher Paula White and “Gospel According to Dorinda” with Grammy Award winning singer and evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole are new shows being added to the programming lineup of the Word Network.
2013 has been a year of expansion for the Light Records recording artist and member of the legendary Clark Sisters. Cole’s Singers and Musicians Conference grew to include regional conferences in additional cities across the US. In related news, Cole’s syndicated radio program Serving Up Soul will be re-branded as the Dorinda Clark Cole Show beginning in January, 2014. Clark is currently in the studio working on music for her upcoming solo project.
Written by: Gregory GayNovember 26th, 2013
Catch JJ Hairston and members of Youthful Praise in the ABC network special Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular on Thanksgiving night. The ensemble will back Miss Piggy during the 90 minute show. Check your local listings for time and station information.
In the meantime, YP is hard at work putting finishing touches on its’ seventh CD, “I See Victory”. The project was recorded live and features performances from Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell, Pastor Jason nelson, Deon Kipping, Elder Fondrea Lynn Lewis, Lowell Pye and others.
Written by: Gregory GayNovember 26th, 2013
The date and lineup was announced for the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place on December 6th at President’s Park in Washington, DC. Celebrated composer and conductor Nolan Williams and his Voices of Inspiration will join the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, the Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train in performing a collection of holiday favorites.
The event will be streamed live online as well as rebroadcast on public television throughout the month of December.
Written by: Gregory GayNovember 22nd, 2013
Bravo has scored another winner with an up close and personal look into the lives of Stellar Award winner Ben and wife Jewel Tankard and their blended family . Thicker Than Water scored a record 1.86 million viewers with this past Sunday’s episode. Ben and Jewel have been on the talk show circuit with appearances on Fox News and Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
Tankard, widely regarded as the Godfather of Jazz/Gospel released his 18th solo smooth Jazz/Gospel project Full Tank this year. The project received three Dove Award nominations and was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award. Thicker Than Water airs on Sunday evenings on the Bravo Network. Check your local listings for time and station in your area.
Written by: Gregory GayNovember 21st, 2013
BMI announced today that the 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon will honor Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood. The event will take place on Friday January 17th in Nashville during the annual Stellar Awards Weekend festivities.
BMI is currently enjoying the success of the release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD. Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon, the CD features performances from Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard. The album can be purchased now at iTunes and Amazon.