The Gospel Music Workshop Of America (GMWA) founded by the late James Cleveland in 1968, today educate, advocate, promote and preserve the gospel music genre. The National Gospel Announcers Guild (GAG)is an auxiliary of the GMWA that is comprised of religious broadcasters and music executives. Have announced changes to their leadership team. Following the recent death of the National Gospel Announcers Guild Chairman, Al “The Bishop” Hobbs, Bishop Albert Jamison and the Board of Directors of the GMWA announce the appointment of a new GAG administration and leadership team. The newly appointed officers, along with the GAG Committee, will oversee the operation of the National Gospel Announcers Guild. Dennis Cole (Chicago, IL) has been appointed Committee Leader and Chris Squire (Philadelphia, PA) appointed Assistant Committee Leader.
It’s time to start celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. Dr. Leonard Scott’s “Wishing You Christmas” is a feel-good, jazz inspired track that will continuously usher in the spirit of Christmas this holiday season!
Tina Campbell of the famed gospel music duo Mary Mary will be transparent at “An Evening With Tina Campbell,” Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7pm, at In is Presence located in Woodland Hills, California.
The focus of the evening is to accept, let go and move on where Tina’s journey of forgiveness will be revealed. Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance towards someone who has harmed you. “This event is for anyone who has experienced death, betrayal, infidelity, disappointment or other hurdles in life,” states Tina. This is a first step to let go and jumpstart your road to forgiveness.” “An Evening With Tina Campbell” will be recorded for season 4 of the reality series Mary Mary on the WEtv network.
Pastor, leader and prolific worship artist William McDowell to host Red Carpet Christmas concert December 5, 2014. A benefit concert going down at Church In The Son Orlando, Fla. In it’s 3rd year the concert will feature Tina Campbell, Tasha Cobbs, Kierra Sheard and more. This special evening of music and worship will aid Feeding Children Everywhere, a non-profit charity that assembles healthy meals for hungry children. As an added bonus to the night, McDowell will record a new song, “Send the Rain,” live at the Red Carpet Christmas event. The event is free.
ForeverJones is ready to drop their first new offering in two years the “Musical Prayer Project.” The disc will also feature the track “Access,” the long awaited solo performance from Dominique which is a follow up to her Stellar Award winning song “Wants It All.”
RCA Inspiration has announced the release of its new holiday compilation album, “Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas… O Holy Night.” The 15-song collection boasts some of the most beloved and recognizable voices in both popular and inspirational music performing holiday classics and modern worship songs. The award-winning artists featured on “Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas…O Holy Night” are: Yolanda Adams, Anthony Brown & Group therapy, Commissioned, James Fortune & FIYA, Ayana George, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Whitney Houston, Joe, John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Tarralyn Ramsey, Richard Smallwood and Hezekiah Walker.
Centric posted their list of Soul Train Award nominees for Best Gospel/Inspirational Song. This year’s award show will be hosted by daytime talk show host, Wendy Williams at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 7th and will air on BET and Centric on November 30th. Nominees in the Gospel are:
Erica Campbell feat. Lecrae-Help
Tamela Mann-I Can Only Imagine
Smokie Norful-No Greater Love
Charles Jenkins-Real Love
Michelle Williams feat. Beyonce and Kelly Rowland-Say yes
Donnie McClurkin feat. Tye Tribbett-We Are Victorious
Season one’s rating success proved family values are great T.V. and now “Thicker Than Water” is set to return for a second season on Sunday, December 21 at 9 pm ET/PT. The unpredictable Tankard clan continues to live their lives as best as they can with their strong religious convictions at hand. Ben and Jewel Tankard with their high spirited family are back.
Oxygen is expanding the network’s popular franchise and heading to Motown for “Preachers of Detroit,” set to premiere winter 2015. The series will also focus on powerful themes of faith, family, and friendship as these seven men and women of the cloth share their lives, transformations and triumphs in and out of the pulpit in Detroit, Michigan. The prominent pastors include: Bishop Charles Ellis, Pastor David Bullock, Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Pastor Don Shelby, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston and Pastor Tim Alden. There are still Houston and New York casts to be determined. It should be noted “Preachers of L.A.” Season one was the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54, averaging over one million total viewers. The series delivered digital success as well with more full episode streams per week in season one.
Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) announced that the 16th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards will honor Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Pace Sisters on January 17th, 2015 in its new location at the Rialto Center of the Arts in the city of Atlanta. “I’m thrilled to bring the fete to Atlanta this year and to honor these revered luminaries of gospel music,” said BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Atlanta has a rich musical history and it’s the perfect setting to laud Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters.”
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Michelle Williams feat./ Beyonce and Kelly Rowland..Say Yes
2. LeCrae..All I Need Is You
3. Ricky Dillard & New “G”..Amazing
4. Hezekiah Walker & LFC..Every Praise
5. Tasha Cobbs…For Your Glory