The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the songwriters and publishers for the most performed songs in 2013 at the 27th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 26th. Tyscot recording artist Anthony Brown was honored as his composition Testimony was recognized as the Top Gospel Song. Other Gospel songs celebrated were 1 on 1 (Zacardi Cortez), A Little More Jesus (Erica Campbell), Break Every Chain (Tasha Cobbs), Clean This House (Isaac Carree), Every Praise (Hezekiah Walker), God Will Make a Way (Shirley Caesar), Greater is Coming (Jakalyn Carr), Here in our Praise (Fred Hammond and United Tenors), Hold On (James Fortune), If He Did It Before (Tye Tribbett), Its Not Over (Israel & New Breed) and Sunday Morning (Mary Mary). Lecrae, Anthony Brown and Jekalyn Carr performed during the awards ceremony.
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Congrats to Ricky Dillard and New G! Amazing, makes a stunning debut at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums Chart and at #1 on the Top Gospel & Christian (combined) Chart, as well as #28 on the Billboard 200. The new disc honors Dillard’s 25th anniversary in ministry and marks the fifth consecutive #1 Gospel album released by Entertainment One Music, following the label’s chart-toppers from Erica Campbell, James Fortune, William McDowell, and Donald Lawrence.
Erica Campbell received her first nomination as a solo artist for the 2014 BET Awards. Her solo debut HELP was the number one gospel album on the Billboard chart for 4 consecutive weeks and has maintained the number one slot for 6 weeks total. Campbell, has won three previous BET Awards, as part of multi award winning duo Mary Mary.
This summer, Campbell shares hosting duties with Jonathan Slocumb as the McDonald’s Inspiration Gospel Tour visits Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh.
While Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell maintains the #1 spot on the Billboard Gospel Chart for the fourth consecutive week, Heartbeat, Mixed Bag Entertainment’s latest offering from Da’ T.R.U.T.H. makes its debut at #2.
Heartbeat is produced by Grammy winning producers J.R. and Symbolyc One (S1), as well as Justin Ebach, (Newsboys) and Alex Medina. The disc includes performances from Lecrae, Chris August, Isaac Caree, Alexis Spight, Canon, Papa San and Capital Kings.
The 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.”
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.
GOSPELflava extends its congratulations to Erica Campbell as Help makes its debut at the top of the charts. The highly anticipated solo project from Campbell is #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart and the Billboard Gospel and Christian (combined) Chart. Help is number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number 6 on the independent albums chart.
“We are extremely proud of the effort that Erica has put forth thus far and we are looking forward to bigger and greater things for her in the very near future. This type of amazing artist only comes along once in a blue moon,” said Warryn Campbell CEO MyBlockInc. “eOne Music celebrates Erica Campbell on the #1 debut of her new album, HELP,” said Phil Thornton eOne Music VP Marketing & New Business Development. “Working together with Erica and My Block on the successful launch of her first solo record, HELP kicks off just the beginning in Erica’s journey as a solo artist. Erica’s breakthrough artistry continues to resonate with fans, and we are excited to continue developing Erica’s ongoing success as one of music’s most preeminent artists.”
The Campbell family is getting it together for the return of Mary Mary’s hit reality show on WEtv. New episodes begin airing on February 27th. For the fans who couldn’t get enough of A Little More Jesus and Help, there’s hope for you too. The anticipated debut solo project from Erica Campbell will be available in stores on March 25th. The music video for Help made its exclusive premiere on VH1 on February 10th and features appearances from Lecrae and Erica’s daughter Krista Campbell.
Be sure to catch Erica performing live as she hits the road this spring in support of the CD’s release.
Donnie McClurkin calls in a little assistance from his friends for Duets, his highly anticipated CD from RCA Inspiration. Tramaine Hawkins, John P Kee, Erica and Tina Campbell, Justin Savage and Tye Tribbett all join in the celebration. While We are Victorious (featuring Tye Tribbett) has been making the rounds at radio, we can’t get enough of the churchy remake of Write My Name Above, a tribute to Mattie Moss Clark and the Southwest Michigan State Choir featuring Dorinda Clark Cole. Duets hits stores and digital outlets on March 4th and is available for preorder on iTunes.
It’s arguably one of the most anticipated events of the Stellar Award Weekend. Hundreds come from across the nation in anticipation of the sweet presence that always invades the room. For many it sets the tone for their year, and is a time to be uplifted and encouraged. I’m writing about none other than the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon.
For the past 15 years the event has been hailed as the hottest ticket in town. The invitation only event is the brain child of BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton and her team. The idea was stemmed from other industries hosting events and parties to celebrate their legends. Brewton felt that Gospel music with its life changing power needed that as well. It was there that the luncheon was birthed and since its inception it continues to get better. Throughout the years the event has maintained its intimacy by gathering Gospel’s top artist, musicians, writers, and industry executives into one room. Each person in the room represents a brand and function that makes the industry work.
The anticipation and energy was high on January 15th as legends Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood were set to be honored. Despite the cold temperatures hundreds pressed their way to the Rocket Town venue for an afternoon of praise and worship. The presence was strong as you entered the beautifully decorated room. The lighting was warm and the center pieces shined brightly. Oprah Winfrey once stated, “Love Is In The Detail”, and that’s surely something that the BMI team believes. From the personalized invitations that were sent in the mail, to the seating assignments everything about the afternoon was excellence.
After the opening prayer by Bishop Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, the coveted “BMI Most Performed Gospel Song Of The Year Award” was presented to Kirk Franklin. Franklin penned Tamela Mann’s smash single, “Take Me To The King”. Both Franklin and Mann took the stage tearful and Franklin shared how both him and Mann were friends since the age of 15. Tamela’s, “Best Days” album was nearly complete but Franklin insisted they save a slot for him on the album. That slot was the now ground breaking single, “Take Me To The King”. The song has spent over 20 weeks at #1 and the “Best Days” album remains in the Billboard Top 10. With the release of the Deluxe Edition the album is quickly headed to Gold Status. This win prepared Tamela for an amazing weekend , as the next day she won the Stellar Award for “Artist Of The Year”.
Hosts Donnie McClurkin and Erica Campbell greeted the attendees and the afternoon was underway. To honor the legendary Daryl Coley, BMI put together some of the most versatile and beastly vocalist to pay tribute to one of the best male vocalist of all time:
- Floyd Wilkinson- “2nd Chronicles”
- Earnest Pugh- “More Like Jesus”
- Zacardi Cortez- “Jesus Saves”
- Tasha Page Lockart- “He’s Preparing Me”
- Jason Nelson- “Sovereign”
- Pastor Beverly Crawford- “Can’t Tell It All”.
Pastor Beverly Crawford got the entire room in a shout as she took us to church on “Can’t Tell it All”. Zacardi Cortez’s rendition of “Jesus Saves” would be a refreshing radio hit as he breathe new life into the classic. Tasha Page Lockhart’s rendition of “He’s Preparing Me” brought forth testimony service. Host Erica Campbell explained how she listened to that song many years ago when her and her sister Tina were just starting out. Jason Nelsons amazing tone on “Sovereign” made the song an even greater masterpiece. Donald Lawrence and Company sang heaven down holding the background vocals along with the band.
To honor the maestro Dr. Richard Smallwood the following artist gave the following tributes:
- Y’Anna Crawley- “Don’t Worry”
- Donnie McClurkin- “Center Of My Joy”
- Dorinda Clark Cole- “What He’s Done for Me”
- Marvin Sapp- “Healing”
- Yolanda Adams- “I Love The Lord and Total Praise”
- Anyasha Figueroa and Timiney Figueroa- “Angels”
BMI VP Catherine Brewton announced this years luncheon will be available on CD as a compilation and released later in the year. Yolanda Adams’s “I Love The Lord” was reminiscent of her powerful tribute to Whitney Houston at the NAACP Image Awards, and Anyasha and Timiney’s “Angels” brought a new light to the song as well as honored the previous version. Keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.
Nashville, TN was on fire as the 29th Annual Stellar Awards came into time. This year’s award show was hosted by two comedians who truly love GOD. The View’s, Sherri Shepherd, and Rickey Smiley from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show had the crowd in stitches the entire evening. The night kicked off with Bishop Hezekiah Walker singing, “Every Praise”. The song is still the #1 song at Gospel Radio and the crowds reaction to it explained why. The entire room stood as one big choir and lifted their voice in praise unto GOD. The show was being broadcast live on upTV and the praise in the room was high. In between commercial breaks Comedian Jonathan Slocumb kept the crowd entertained and warmed up. Central City Productions might want to consider doing a behind the scene of the show as some of the funniest moments happened when the cameras weren’t on. The first award of the night was given to Tye Tribbett for Male Vocalist of the Year. After such a big debut of his latest album “Greater Than”, and the smash single, “If He Did It Before”, this award was well deserved.
Next up there was an all female lineup that included Lexi, Erica Campbell, LaTice Crawford, and JeKalyn Carr. Lexi started it off singing her two step theme song, “Abide”, and Latice Crawford followed behind with some hot new music. The little vocal powerhouse JeKalyn Carr set the house on fire with her song, “Greater Is Come”. Many marveled at how much vocal power and anointing the young lady had. Perhaps if she had more time, we probably would have went over time as the anointing fell thick. Lastly Erica Campbell took is in with some down home Gospel singing her song, “A Little More Jesus”. Erica’s sister Tina was her biggest fan in the audience cheering her on. In between commercial breaks the crowd got a chance to see a sneak peak of the new season of Mary Mary which premiers on February 27th.
Actress Kimberly Elise presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Pastor Joel Osteen appeared via video and sent his congrats to the Bishop. Next the now Stellar Award Winning Anthony Brown and Group Therapy took to the stage to sing his song, “Testimony”. The entire room went into a frenzy when the group added vocal inflections to their hit song. I just happened to be sitting near Anthony’s mother who had the biggest smile on her face as she watched her son minister in song on this national stage.
Now the Stellar Awards would not be complete without a performance from the First Lady of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar. Looking beautiful and never aging Pastor Shirley Caesar sang her song, “God Will Make A Way”. Next Melinda Doolittle and Jason and Jonathan Nelson presented Tasha Cobbs with the UNCF award for “New Artist Of The Year”. Despite their being a mixup of the envelopes, Cobbs graciously accepted the award and thanked her parents. This proved to be bittersweet as when she returned home from the Awards, her Father suddenly passed away.
There was a special tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela. Kirk Franklin who performed at Mandela’s memorial service talked about this great South Africa leader and how honored he was to be there. Jennifer Holiday, The Original Dreamgirl sang a special song in tribute, delivering a song only the way she can.
Sister Bernice Jenkins made a special appearance to this year’s show and read this years church announcements. Tamela Mann was presented the Albertina Walker Female Vocalist Of The Year by Kierra Sheard who won the award previously and past Stellar Nominee Anita Wilson. Next Donald Lawrence and Company took to the stage doing choreography to their single, “The Gift”. The Tankards from Bravo’s, “Thicker Than Water”, presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with “Choir Of The Year”. After a successful debut of Azusa: The Next Generation no one was surprised Bishop received this honor.
Isaac Carree gave a unique performance of his song, “Clean This House”. The performance started off with a video that set up the theme of the song. In the video Carree sat a conference table with this legal team. The team brought up some of the issues the song talks about. Next Carree was on stage in a press conference style setting, setting the record straight through song. Carree’s performance will go down in the Stellar history books as one of the most unique live performances.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was presented with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. This was a well deserved award as Congresswoman Lee works tirelessly for the Gospel music industry in Washington, DC. She was the driving force behind making September: Gospel Music Heritage Month.
For All the quartet fans there was a special performance featuring The Wardlaw Brothers, The Canton Spirituals , and The Gospel Legends. Dr. Bobby Jones presented Reverend Maceo Woods with the Bobby Jones Legends Awards. Erica Campbell and Tye Tribett presented Anthony Brown and Group TherAPY the award for “Group/DUO of the Year”. Anthony thanked his team and his parents who went into a Baptist fit when his name was called.
When Tasha Cobbs took the stage to sing her hit “Break Every Chain” the atmosphere was immediately charged. Cobbs took the stage and the power of GOD fell strongly in the room. The Ford “Song Of The Year” was presented to Kirk Franklin for writing Tamela Mann’s smash hit, “Take Me To The King”.
VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan McReynolds, Zacardi Cortez, and Jonathan Nelson took to the stage singing a medley of their hits. And Lastly Tamela Mann was presented the award for “Artist Of The Year”. A tearful Tamela took to the stage thanking her family and longtime friend Kirk Franklin and all who believed in and pushed her.