Funeral Arrangements For Dr. Theola Booker

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 23rd, 2014

GOSPELfTheolaBooker2lava joins others across the country mourning the passing of noted songwriter, music minister and Houston native Dr. Theola Booker.  Dr. Booker served for 45 years as minister of music at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Houston, where her husband served as pastor, recording several projects including“I’m An Heir” and “God’s Been Good” recorded by the Greater St. Matthew Mass Choir and  Theola Booker and Friends with the Greater St. Matthew Choir.  Dr Booker was an integral part of the Gospel Music Workshop of America,  having served as Assistant Chapter Representative for the Houston Chapter of the GMWA. Read the rest of this entry »

New Music & More From Anthony Brown & group therAPy

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 23rd, 2014

Following their 3 Stellar Award wins and one of the most unforgettable performances of this year’s Stellar Awards telecast, Tyscot recording artist Anthony Brown & group therAPy are getting in gear to hit the road as hAnthony Browneadliners for the McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour visiting a dozen cities this summer.  In addition, the group is excited about the release of their new single, Water.  Water is in stark contrast from the group’s beloved Testimony.  Anthony Brown indicated that he composed Water to tap into that one-on-one experience with God.

Look for Anthony Brown & group therAPy as they visit a city near you this Summer.

Bishop Marvin Winans and Perfecting Church Celebrate 25 Years

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 23rd, 2014

marvin_winansAnswering a Divine appointment, Gospel singer/songwriter and  traveling evangelist Marvin L Winans gathered 8 members in the basement of his home for what would be the organization and founding of the Perfecting Church.  A modest total of 13 people would gather for the first service held on May 27, 1989.  Some 25 years later, Perfecting Church stands as a house of worship serving over 5,000 members with its 30 ministries that address the needs of the total man, including the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, the Perfecting Community Care Center, the Amelia Agnes Transitional Home for Women, and the Jenesta McCraw Youth Activity Center.  Bishop Winans and the Perfecting Church family are gearing up for a weekend celebration during the month of May.  Perfecting Church’s global outreach is felt via its Perfecting Fellowship International with churches in the US as well as in London and South Africa.

And what would a church be without music?????? The music ministry of Perfecting Church was celebrated in two CD’s, Marvin Winans and the Perfected Praise Choir Introducing Perfected Praise (1992) and Marvin Winans and Perfected Praise Choir Friends (2001).

Tekesha Russell Sings of Wondrous Things on Debut CD

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 23rd, 2014

LeChateau Earl Records annTR Coverounces the  digital release of Wondrous Things, the debut release of singer/songwriter and worshiper Tekesha Russell.  Wondrous Things is the fourth release from the label, which was founded by  celebrated producer and recording artist Damien Sneed and noted pastor, preacher, evangelist and author Bishop Iona Locke. 

“Tekesha is a modern-day David”, exclaims Bishop Locke. This project is a compilation of thoughts and conversations with God, as well as observations about the world around her. Wondrous Things has a sound of its own, unlike anything that we have heard in gospel music. The uniqueness of this worship album takes us into the heart and mind of Russell, a gifted songwriter and an amazingly skilled vocalist. The single and title track exclaims how God only does wondrous things. “I’m really excited about seeing God’s promises fulfilled in this CD,” says Russell. “I was able to realize a dream of not just singing but composing and actually seeing my writing published. For a first project, this was a good marriage of composition and musicianship. I actually get to bring maximum glory to God.”  Look for Wondrous Things at CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.

 


Anthony Evans’ Real Life/Real Worship Bows At #2 On Billboard

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 17th, 2014

Season 2 contestant on the ever popular NBC talent competition The Voice Anthony Evans’  Real Life/Real Worship makes its debut at #2 on the Billboard Gospel chart.  The CD also charted at #4 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.  Real Life Real Worship

Evans leaned upon the talents of worship pioneers Martha Munizzi, her daughter Danielle Munizzi and Christian music staples Cindy Morgan and Krissy Nordhoff to assist in co-writing the music. He then partnered with up-and-coming Los Angeles producer Max Stark.

Be sure to catch Anthony Evans performing songs from Real Life/Real Worship in venues across the country.

Mississippi Mass Joins Erica Campbell & Anthony Brown For McDonalds Tour

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 16th, 2014

anthonybrownThe world renowned Mississippi Mass Choir joins 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, Moses Tyson, Jr. and Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers for the 8th year of McDonalds Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour with Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb serving as hosts.

Campbell, who is currently riding the charts with her solo debut CD Help shared her sentiments, “I am so thankful and honored to be chosen not only to host the tour, but to perform alongside other gospel greats.” “The tour will definitely be filled with uplifting music, laughter and an overall good time for everyone.” Miss Mass

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will make stops in 12 markets, including: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Washington, D.C.  and focus on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Tamela Mann to sing “Take Me To The King” on “The View”

Written by: Martin Williams

April 15th, 2014

 

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ABC’s Hit Day- Time Talk Show, “The View” welcomes Tamela Mann to sing her #1 hit, “Take Me To The King”. The Stellar Award winner was asked to come and sing the hit on Tuesday April 22nd to celebrate co-host Sherri Shepherd’s birthday.  Tamela says, ““Sherri is a dear friend, and I’m thrilled to be a part of her special day,” said Tamela. “It’s going to be a big celebration and time of fellowship, and I’m honored to be able to share my music with the ladies of The View and people across the country.”  Mann’s latest hit “I Can Only Imagine” is currently #1 at Gospel Radio.  “The View” airs on ABC at 11am est, please check your local listings for more information.

Oxygen Airs Deitrick Haddon and LXW Concert On Good Friday

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 15th, 2014

Fresh from thLXW2eir awe inspiring performance on Celebration of Gospel, Deitrick Haddon and his League of Extraordinary Worshippers will once again wow viewers as Oxygen airs a special “Live In Concert” on Good Friday.

In addition to Haddon and the choir, the concert features performances from Donald Lawrence, Jessica Reedy, Hezekiah Walker and Ricky Dillard.  Haddon shared his excitement about the concert being aired, “”Wow! This is amazing! Oxygen is not afraid to go where no other network has gone just to encourage their viewers…and it’s the perfect day, it’s Good Friday. This is groundbreaking for the Kingdom.” Viewers will just have to tune in for themselves to see this extraordinary choir do what they do best, taking audiences back to choirs in church.

The debut CD of Deitrick Haddon’s League of Extraordinary Worshippers hits stores on April 22nd.

Mississippi Mass Choir Declares God’s On Your Side

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 11th, 2014

Miss MassThe Wait Is Over!!!!! Malaco Music Group went to Youtube to “leak” God’s On Your Side, the first single from the Mississippi Mass Choir’s 25th Anniversary CD, Declaration of Dependence. God’s On Your Side is written and produced by Stan Jones and features newly signed RCA Inspiration recording artist LeAndria Johnson.  The CD was recorded in front of a capacity crowd last fall in Jackson, Mississippi.  Head over to the MMC facebook page to get a look at the video or you can check it out via the following link .

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God’s On Your Side – Mississippi Mass Choir

 

Bryan Courtney Wilson Lands At Motown Gospel

Written by: Gregory Gay

April 10th, 2014

Bryan Courtney Wilson finds a new home as part of the Motown Gospel family. Music World Entertainment President and CEO Mathew Knowles released Wilson from his recording contracBCourtneyWilsont with Music World Gospel.    As Knowles restructures Music World Entertainment and its Gospel division, he is making it a priority to help continue the growth of the artists that were signed to the label. “Brian is an exceptionally gifted artist with a unique vocal style,” says Knowles. “When I first saw him sing at church, I wanted to sign him immediately. I know that Brian will continue to have great success with his music and ministry. And Motown Gospel is a perfect fit for him.”