GOSPELflava joins others around the world saddened with news of the passing of Rickey R. Grundy. A master musician and composer, Grundy’s rise to prominence came with the recording of his song, Call Him Up (Can’t Stop Praising His Name) by Keith Pringle and the Pentecostal Community Choir. His compositions dominated Gospel music over the next 2 decades in recordings by the Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir, Ron Kenoly, Ann Nesby, Willmington Chester Mass Choir, Rodnie Bryant, Bishop Larry Trotter and others. Rickey’s choir, the Rickey Grundy Chorale would go on to record for Sparrow Records and in later years, Rickey served as music director for Andrae Crouch.
As a result of the untimely passing of singer/songwriter and worship leader Minister DeVaughn Murphy, PAJAM/PMG Gospel announced today plans to release “We Will Worship,” his new single on August 11, 2015. Murphy was an established songwriter, having written such memorable songs as “Chasing After You,” “Make Me Righteous”, and “Let Us See Jesus”. A portion of the proceeds from the single will benefit Murphy’s wife Khia Murphy and the Vaughn Murphy Foundation. “We were honored to know a person with such a huge heart and love for God as Vaughn; his ministry will live on forever. We are deeply hurt, but we know God has a plan,” says Paul “PDA” Allen of PAJAM/PMG Gospel.
Of course, we knew it was bound to happen, and now we know when. August 17th will more than likely go down as a historic moment when proud pastor Bishop J Drew Sheard presents the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Mass Choir in a live recording. If you remember, Greater Emmanuel’s 1994 CD The Sun Will Shine Again peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums charts and produced the radio hit Get the Glory. Of equal importance is the fact that Greater Emmanuel is the spiritual home of Detroit’s leading ladies, The Clark Sisters (Karen Clark Sheard serves as first lady), BET Sunday Best Judge Kierra Sheard and J Drew Sheard III.
As anticipated, the Clark Sisters and Kierra will make guest appearances on the CD and GEI minister of music and decorated producer Derrick Starks will share production duties with J Drew Sheard III. Starks, who is a former music director for the Trumpet Awards and contributed to the Stellar Award nominated Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir project is the composer of several chart topping compositions including So Many Times, He Brought Me and Take It Back (all recorded by Dorinda Clark Cole) which was celebrated by BMI as 2010’s Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year.
GOSPELflava joins others across the country mourning the passing of singer, songwriter and worship leader Minister DeVaughn Murphy, brother of RCA Inspiration recording artist and Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Music Overseer Bishop William Murphy III. In additon to writing songs for his brother, Minister DeVaughn’s music was recorded by Shekinah Glory Ministry, Myron Butler, Preashea Hillard and VaShawn Mitchell.
A musical celebration will be held on Friday at Greater Ebenezer Ministries followed by home going services on Saturday at Second Ebenezer Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Let us continue to lift up the entire Murphy family in our prayers.
GOSPELflava joins others across the globe sending congratulatory greetings to Pastor Marvin Sapp on his elevation to the office of Bishop. The consecration ceremony was held during the gathering of the Global United Fellowship gathering in Jacksonville, Florida on July 10th.
Bishop Sapp is currently enjoying the success of Yes You Can, the hit single which hit #1 on the Mediabase chart. Yes You Can comes from his fourth #1 album You Shall Live released by RCA Inspiration on June 2nd.
In response to the June 17th Charleston Church shooting, Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, Mali Music and Columbia, SC native Travis Greene will join Tye Tribbett for Hate Won’t Win, a concert benefiting the families of the nine victims. The concert will serve as the opening event for Tribbett’s second annual “The Chosen Music Mentorship” conference for church worship leaders on June 23rd at Columbia South Carolina’s Medallion Conference Center.
“Gospel is the good news,” Tribbett says of his use of music as a healing tool. “By spreading the music we induce hope, and we train new worship leaders so they are equipped with the same intent to go fearlessly where some have lost hope and to boldly declare through this gospel that there is yet hope.”
We were first exposed to the antics of SWV’s Cheryl Coko Clemons and her manager Cory Taylor via their interaction and verbal comedic jousts on the hit We TV reality show SWV Reunited. The joy of the experience makes its way to radio with the addition of The Coko and Cory Radio Show on Rejoice Musical Soulfood.
Manager Cory explains the camaraderie this way, “We both grew up in church but in the show we say things other Christians may be thinking but are afraid to say.” Rejoice Musical Soulfood CEO Mike Chandler agrees. “The response has been incredible. The audience is really loving the dynamic of Coko and Cory. So, I’m excited to see where the show is going from here.”
RCA Inspiration celebrates Anthology, the new disc from celebrated maestro Richard Smallwood making its debut in the number one spot on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. “I’m elated that ANTHOLOGY has entered on the number one spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart,” said Richard Smallwood. “Personally, this project is the most important recording that I’ve done, so it adds more to the excitement that people are excited. I’m so appreciative of their support!”
The two disc project is a celebration of Smallwood’s four decades in Gospel music and features his backing ensemble Vision flanked by noteworthy performances from Angela Winbush and former Richard Smallwood Singers alum Dottie Jones .
Stan Jones has made a name for himself writing and producing the hits for Bryan Courtney Wilson (All I Need), Mississippi Mass Choir (God’s On Your Side) and Marvin Sapp (You Shall Live, Greater, He Has His Hands On You). Today, the multifaceted producer and award winning composer enlarges his territory with the formation of Clout Music Group. Jones announced BET Sunday Best Season Three finalist Durward Davis as the first artist signed to the new label.
Jones is ecstatic about the label and had this to say , “He’s a phenomenal vocalist and great communicator through song. I’m excited to launch my label with his project and to witness what God will do through the unification of our gifts.”