Koryn Hawthorne continues to shatter records as a new artist, making history as the first female artist to hold the #1 position on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 26 weeks with, “Won’t He Do It,” remaining #1 on the latest chart (for the week of September 15, 2018). Hawthorne’s chart-topping success surpasses the previous record of 25 weeks set in 2013 by Tamela Mann with “Take Me to the King.” In addition to the new chart milestone, the 20-year-old’s official “Won’t He Do It” music video has garnered over 1.4 million views and counting since its debut exactly one month ago. “Won’t He Do It” – the lead single off her chart-topping debut full-length album Unstoppable – is also currently #1 on the BDS Gospel chart (for 18 weeks) and #1 on the MediaBase Gospel chart (for 17 weeks). Hawthorne is maintaining a busy schedule this fall, including a recent return appearance on the hit television series Greenleaf in last week’s episode. The 2018 Dove Awards double nominee, who is up for New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year, will be performing at the award show on October 16th. She is touring in September and November with Jonathan McReynolds on the Make Room Tour. The tour includes sold-out stops in Brooklyn, Washington DC, Richmond, Philadelphia and Atlanta, and also makes stops in Memphis and St. Louis. Koryn Hawthorne, “Won’t He Do It” official music video: https://youtu.be/OwrE0YjfNGg
Motown Gospel, to release compilation album marking the label’s twenty years of iconic and genre-defining music. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Motown Gospel, this album journeys through the birth of EMI Gospel as a seedling artist development label to its rise and transition into Motown Gospel, one of the most successful music labels. All your favorites are featured on Motown Gospel: 20 Years | 20 Hits with songs from Award-winning artists Tye Tribbett, VaShawn Mitchell, Charles Jenkins, Micah Stampley, Lamar Campbell, Forever Jones and more. Among the classic gems include “I Need You Now,” from Smokie Norful; Tri City Singers’ “Never Seen The Righteous,” Kierra Sheard’s debut single “You Don’t Know” and digging deep into the vault, their are songs like “Blessed and Highly Favored,”(The Clark Sisters), “Set Me Free,” (Myron Butler & Levi) “Worth Fighting For,” (Brian Courtney Wilson) and the career-defining “Break Every Chain,” from Tasha Cobbs Leonard.
Multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove Award-winning Gospel icon Donnie McClurkin will unveil a selection of new songs in a live concert special, airing Tuesday, September 18th 2018, on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) at 8 PM/9C. In McClurkin’s live album concert special, the prolific singer/songwriter is giving audiences a sneak peek at brand new music from his new album, which he performed before a live audience for the first time at his album recording this past June. One of the best-selling Gospel recording artists worldwide with over 10 million albums sold, Donnie McClurkin’s forthcoming new album will be released in 2019.
Jonathan McReynolds, Not Lucky, I’m Loved” hit #1 on the Gospel Airplay Chart this week and his digital deluxe record “Make More Room” hit #1 on the Nielsen Current Gospel Albums chart! Jonathan wraps his sold out “Make Room” tour this week in Memphis and St. Louis! Hear Jonathan McReynolds IN His Own Words (#IHOW)….http://gospel-spotlight.com/jonathanmcreynolds.htm
UPCOMING GUESTS ON THIS WEEK’S SISTER CIRCLE, hosted by Quad Webb-Lunceford, Syleena Johnson, Rashan Ali and Trina Braxton: Monday-Queen Latifah, Tuesday-Pastor Jamal Bryant, Wednesday-Michael Vick (NFL) and Kevin Willis (NBA), Thursday-The Walls Group and Kyla Jade, runner-up on The Voice, Friday- Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large, Essence magazine; comedian Damon Williams and actress Cree Davis, The Bobby Brown Story. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
It’s finally here! Tori Kelly’s new album, Hiding Place, is available now, honoring her deepest musical passion and delivering an R&B-infused, infectiously melodic take on classic gospel. The follow-up to her full-length debut Unbreakable Smile, Hiding Place finds the co-star of the 2016 feature film Sing teaming up with 12-time Grammy Award-winning gospel legend Kirk Franklin. With a lush yet simply adorned sound beautifully suited to Kelly’s incomparable voice, the Franklin-produced album includes such standouts as the slow-burning, harmony-infused lead single “Help Us to Love” and the powerfully radiant, full-choir-driven “Soul’s Anthem.”
The highly anticipated sixth album, “DECLARATIONS,” from Stellar Award Winner Jonathan Nelson, is available today, in stores and online everywhere. This 12-track brand-new album with Nelson’s signature vocals, lyrics and sound, “DECLARATIONS” affirms Nelson’s place in gospel music as a trailblazing praise and worship leader. From beginning to end, “DECLARATIONS” is authentic worship, straight from his heart.
Celebrity Chef Kim Stratton has cooked up a really fine meal of music with her first recording in six years, “Unto The Lamb.” The anthem-styled praise and worship ballad showcases Stratton’s powerhouse voice and signature vocal technique. The Gospel Spotlight calls it a hit!!
Contemporary Gospel artist, Lamont Sanders has a new radio single. It has a simple, yet powerful message for the masses! Lamont Sanders gives “All the Glory” and praises God. Be on the look out for this song.
UNSNG HOLLYWOOD, which profiles some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black celebrities in Hollywood, will debut new episodes on Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET/8C, kicking off with the story of the iconic African American film The Best Man (Malcolm D. Lee). The remainder of the season features equally unforgettable stories from influential entertainers including comedian/actor Wayne Brady, actor and R&B singer Ray J and comedian/TV/radio personality Rickey Smiley.. UNCENSORED, which follows at 10 p.m. ET/9C, explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped, but sometimes haunted their careers. Entertainment mogul Nick Cannon, actress Tichina Arnold, R&B singer K. Michelle and comedian/TV/radio personality D.L. Hughley will appear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL_mb8jtirM
Two-time NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann and his wife, Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann, are celebrating their 30-year love story with the release of their new memoir, ‘Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family’ available November 13, 2018. With a relationship spanning more than 30 years, David and Tamela are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of life together. In their new book, ‘Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family, ‘ the superstar couple who has delighted and inspired audiences through music, plays, movies, and the television series ” Meet the Browns,” ” The Manns” and “Mann and Wife ” candidly share a wonderfully inspiring, funny and up-close look at their lives while offering hope and practical advice for building a strong relationship, marriage and family.
Joshua Rogers has announced the album release date and has unmasked the LP’s official cover for his long-awaited new project Returning (Mixed Bag Music/eOne) available in stores and online Friday, September 28.
Christon Gray releases the new song “Together Forever,” the lead single from his upcoming fourth solo album Clear The Heir “Together Forever” kicks off a new chapter for the chart topping rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer, following a period of personal trials after the release of his acclaimed second album The Glory Album. In the song, Gray shares his experience dealing with being a Christian and facing divorce along with the life changes that follow. Reaffirming a strong declaration of faith in Jesus to inspire listeners, “Together Forever” will be followed by the release of additional singles in the coming weeks. Clear The Heir will be released on Friday October 19th, 2018.
The Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 16, at Lipscomb University. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the show on Sunday, October 21. Voting for the final winners will run August 20 through August 27.
Six-time GRAMMY® winning chart topper ISRAEL HOUGHTON kicks off “The Road to DeMaskUs Tour,” launching the twelve-city tour in Chicago, IL beginning Thursday September 27th, with tickets for select cities on sale now. Inviting fans along to explore a new journey on “The Road to DeMaskUs Tour,” in support of his upcoming solo album Road to DeMaskUs out September 21st, Houghton’s fall tour continues to eleven additional cities until October 13th, hitting Detroit, MI; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington DC; Richmond, VA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; and more.
TOP SINGLES IN THE NATION
1. Koryn Hawthorne..Won’t He Do It
2. Marvin Sapp….Listen
4. Todd Dulaney…Your Great Name
5. Jonathan McReynolds..Not Lucky-Im Loved