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In 2002, Gospel artist Lance Williams formed the True Worship Retreat to unite worshippers and to empower those called as worship leaders. Since its conception 10 years ago, the True Worship Retreat has been a perennial event for those serious about the ministry of gospel music. This year’s retreat goes down Thursday, September 6 thru Saturday, September 8, 2012. The True Worship Retreat 2012 theme is “Restoring the Divine Order of Worship,” and it will be held at Cathedral International, Perth Amboy, NJ. Special guests include Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Rance Allen, Richard Smallwood, JJ Hairston, Twyse and Kierra Sheard.

Angel Taylor and Chanelle Haynes, collectively known as the award-winning Gospel duo Trin-i-tee 5:7, are no longer with Matthew Knowles’ Music World Gospel. Last week, Music World Gospel announced that the ladies were released from the label. Details of the split are still sketchy, if they requested to leave or if it was the label’s idea. However, Matthew Knowles has released a statement. He says, “Angel and Chanelle scored their first Grammy nomination as well as Grammy night worldwide TV performance with Music World. Their careers will always be linked to Music World. We will miss them and wish them the best of luck.” As for the ladies, they say, “We thank Music World and Mathew Knowles for everything they have done for us.” The split can be looked at as an end of a chapter or as a new beginning.

Israel & New Breed Presents its Annual Deeper Conference 2012 Beginning Aug. 29, The King’s Men Tour Featuring Israel Houghton, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin Begins Sept. 16.

The first round ballots for the 28th Annual Stellar Awards have been announced. Voting will be available online until 8/31/12. Voting is only reserved for current SAGMA members.

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.

Michael Ealy, who appears in films like Think Like A Man and Barbershop, stars in the upcoming Christian/Faith based film, “Unconditional.” The movie is scheduled to premiere in theaters on September 21, 2012.

THE TOP SINGLES IN THE NATION THIS WEEK:

5. My Testimony..Marvin Sapp

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

3. Shifting The Atmosphere..Pastor Jason Nelson

2. Take Me To The King..Tamela Mann

1. Awesome..Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago

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