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Pastor Jamal Bryant and the Empowerment Movement is calling on members of the clergy and concerned citizens to come out to the “CODE RED” Conference.  The voter registration initiative will be held in Baltimore on August 16 – 18, at the Empowerment Temple AME Church.

It looks like the Gospel industry has caught the Reality TV bug. First Mary Mary found success with their show, then Marvin Sapp released a trailer for his upcoming show, Marvin Sapp: Single Dad and now Kim Burrell has released a sneak peek of her upcoming project “Whatever It Takes.” The new reality show stars Kim Burrell, Krishnar Lewis, Karen Smith and Kenneth Jackson. They are team members of the Manhattan-based PR Management firm: Lewis Agency.

Arrow Records announced the signing of legendary singer, songwriter, and actress Ann Nesby to their Atlanta-based label. Over the past 20 years Nesby has built an enviable career and has collaborated with some of the most famous and well-respected names in entertainment, such as the late Reverend James Cleveland, Luther Vandross, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Sting, and Al Green. In the early 1990s, Nesby rose to prominence on the worldwide stage as lead singer of the popular music ensemble Sounds of Blackness.

Look for Shekinah Glory to drop their fourth CD, entitled “Surrender” September 25, 2012.

Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and Israel Houghton, known collectively as the “King’s Men”, gave a preview of their upcoming tour by performing a medley on The View. All four men performed one of their chart-topping hits! The King’s Men Tour will hit major venues in 15 U.S. cities beginning on Sunday, September 16th throughout Sunday, October 14th.

The 40th Annual Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries goes down August 10, 2012 at Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church Raleigh, NC.

Tyscot Music & Entertainment has released Damita’s new project “Anticipation.” Damita has been touring not stop promoting her new release and loving every minute of it.

In the spirit of Thomas A. Dorsey, the “Father of Black Gospel Music and his legacy which paved the way for so many gospel artist, The Thomas A Dorsey Foundation will host their 79th Annual Thomas A. Dorsey Convention (National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses). The convention goes down August 4th-10th, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

Marvin Sapp has just filmed a pilot for an upcoming reality show, “Marvin Sapp” Single Dad.” It has not been picked up by a network yet, we will keep you posted.

Michael Ealy, who appears in films like Think Like A Man and Barbershop, stars in the upcoming Christian/Faith based film, “Unconditional.” Ealy plays Joe, a childhood friend of the main character, Samantha, played by Lynn Collins. In the movie Samantha’s life is a storybook life. She’s happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she’s told and illustrated since childhood have become published books. When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. However, a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe. As Samantha watches Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us. The movie is scheduled to premiere in theaters on September 21, 2012.

Tye Tribbett is recording his next project live, from coast to coast, this August. The CD/DVD recording, titled Greater Than, will take place first in Miami, on August 17th, then in Los Angeles, on August 31st.

Tamela Mann, actress, NAACP Image Award Nominee and Dove Award-Winning singer for Traditional Gospel Album Of The Year, is set to deliver another musical gift to the body of Christ on August 14, 2012.  Tamela Mann is scheduled to release her sophomore project “Best Days.”

It was announced this week by James Robinson, President of Light Records, the signing of former Destiny’s Child member and Broadway star, Michelle Williams. Williams, who is well known as one-third of record-breaking R&B and Pop sensation Destiny’s Child, is also a multiple award-winning international singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Guided by her faith and deeply rooted in church, Williams will release an all-new gospel album set for a January 2013 release.

Israel Houghton returns with New Breed for their first live recording in five years, “JESUS AT THE CENTER” releasing Aug. 14 . Recorded live at Houston’s Lakewood Church, this double-CD, 17 song album with three additional studio singles features Israel & New Breed returning to their roots. Joining Israel & New Breed to produce the studio version of the released Christian AC single from Jesus At The Center, “Your Presence Is Heaven,” is hit maker Ed Cash, while acclaimed vocalists Jason Nelson and James Fortune are featured on the studio version of “It’s Not Over (When God Is In It).”

THE TOP GOSPEL SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:

5. Pastor Marvin Sapp…My Testimony

4. Pastor Jason Nelson..Shifting The Atmosphere

3. Andre Crouch/Dr Marvin Winans..Let The Church Say Amen

2. Tamela Mann..Take Me To The King

1. Pstor Charles jenkins/Fellowship Chicago..Awesome

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