On September 14, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will release its highly anticipated sixth Shanachie Entertainment recording, Freedom, a riveting collection of freedom songs from South Africa and beyond, marking the Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Jonathan McReynolds is sharing dates for his upcoming fall “Make Room” tour, including dates in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Memphis. The tour comes on the heels of a high-profile streaming premiere for his live concert video “Jonathan McReynolds: Make Room” exclusively on global music and entertainment platform TIDAL. As part of the partnership, all ticket sales for the tour will include a free three month membership to TIDAL. The live concert recording was previously broadcast as a network TV special in March exclusively to TVOne, and it’s available freely online for the first time now, exclusively at TIDAL.com/JonathanMcReynolds. Jonathan will be on tour from September 6th-21st with special guests to be announced
Xernona Clayton, who broke race and gender barriers in national broadcast TV and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to end racial inequality in America, will talk about her life and experiences at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC). The conference, in its 12th year, is sponsored by The MGM Resorts Foundation. It will be held Aug. 27-28 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Sacondrea Holden is a new Gospel artist that has a distinct charge to worship God and fulfill that mandate of Worship and Ministry placed on her life. The Louisiana native is currently the Praise and Worship Leader at Dominion and Power Family Life International. Confirmation of her appointment to minister in music came after a tragic accident in 2010 that spared her life. Surviving that experience with a now clear understanding of her destiny, Sacondrea began using her voice for ministry and has released a single “Here Is My Worship
Erica discovers that her eldest child Krista struggles with self-esteem because of her dark skin tone. Erica introduces Krista to Kheris, a social media star who has her own fashion line dedicated to embracing her dark hued complexion. After Erica shares Krista’s concerns with Warryn, he reveals a secret he’s kept from Joi that certain record executives refused to work with her because they thought her skin was too dark. When Warryn shares the truth, she questions remaining in the music industry altogether. Meanwhile, Warryn asks Erica to co-preach with him at church but Erica doesn’t have time to prepare
Whether you sing it, whether you preach it, whether you live it, the gospel must be spread,” say pastor, Bishop Noel Jones, on the opening track of The City Of Refuge Sanctuary Choir’s 1st album In years, “Run To The Altar” their sophomore live recording. The first song is the pulsating, 1960s R&B styled shimmy, “Praise is Power,” which features the solo lead of Jason McGee. The album is mostly a mix of original Pentecostal-flavored songs such as “Flow,” “;No Way” and “Holy Ghost; along with contemporary praise and worship proclamations “Wait on Him,” “;Rain” and “Give You Praise.”
Darius Brooks, the former music director of the late Rev. Milton Brunson’s Grammy® Award winning Thompson Community Singers (also known as The Tommies), has just signed a deal with Tyscot Records to release, The Tommies Reunion (Tyscot), a live recording, on October 26th.
In the pantheon of all the new voices being introduced in Gospel music, DENITA GIBBS will stand out as truly unique. A native of Birmingham, AL, Denita earned national recognition as a finalist in the Vickie Winans Rising Star Talent Search, sponsored by Chrysler and was a was a Top 5 Finalist for the 2018 IMMERSE Conference Talent Search! Gospel Recording Artist Denita Gibbs’ unique style and high definition of praise and worship ushers audiences directly into the presence of God. “Keep Holding On” is her new single.
Beloved songstress, Pastor Lisa Page Brooks is back with an up-tempo, contemporary Gospel single that is guaranteed to get listeners up and on their feet! “My Life
The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. is celebrating its 51st Anniversary. The Annual Convention is being held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA, July 16-20, 2018. It was announced today by the GMWA. GMWA is the largest gospel music convention across the United States and has a proven track record for producing major artists. GMWA has academic courses that teach the art of music including song writing techniques and more. Each year Bishop Albert Jamison and the Gospel Music Workshop of America strive to make the convention better than the year before. This year will be no different. Bishop Jamison and the GMWA Board Members are welcoming a great line up of notable speakers for the 51st Daily Bread Sessions including Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop William Murphy, Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Dr. Todd M. Hall, Bishop Paul Morton, Pastor Todd Hall, Sr., Dr. John Adolph and Dr. Jasper Williams, Jr. There will be musicals nightly.
Jor’Dan Armstrong is back with new music. His last EP “Vibes” did well and the single “So much luv” garnered a lot of play on gospel radio. This go around instead of releasing a full album, Armstrong broke up the effort into three EP’s so listeners can fully consume the project. The effort is entitled “BLSD” short for Blessed. The 3 part EP gives listeners a nostalgic look back at Armstrong’s up bringing and the sounds and feelings he had growing up in Baton Rouge, LA aka Ghost town. would be Blessed. Good times and bad times my answer still remains Blessed. BLSD is 3 parts, each one telling a story.”
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.
Accomplished international speaker, prolific author and Billboard #1 independent recording artist Jekalyn Carr continues to inspire people as she travel across the world sharing the message of Christ through song with her #1 single”You Will Win” and preaching or providing inspiration into the lives of people through her first published book “You Will Win!: Inspirational Strategies to Help You Overcome.” Returning from the British Virgin Islands, inspiring and ministering to the people that was affected by the Hurricane. Carr is preparing to minister in South Africa this week at the PRETORIA Showgrounds. ECG Ministries will be hosting the major event for their youth from all over the country. She is scheduled to be in Montreal Canada, Freeport Bahamas, Toronto Canada and Alberta Canada in the coming weeks as well.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s career began with an unplanned opportunity. Cobbs who was part of a youth choir in her hometown Jesup, Georgia was suddenly thrust into the spotlight when the lead vocalist was unable to make a performance. The group decided Cobbs who was just 15 at the time, would fill in. “I got up that night and I sang “Now Behold the Lamb” and when I opened my eyes people were crying”, she said. Everyone in the room knew Cobbs had a special gift and from that moment on she would realize it too. She would take on a position as worship leader of Jesup New Life Ministries, a church founded by her father Bishop Fritz Cobbs, who passed away three years ago. During her time of grief, Cobbs said she grew spiritually. “My heart was broken and a lot times we withdraw. We just want to be alone. The Lord said to me, the peace that you need it’s in my presence.” Now as a gospel recording artist whose album “Grace,” has top the charts the sky is the limit.
Chart-topper and former “The Voice” finalist Koryn Hawthorne, rolls out a vital force of musical energy to lift up and fuel fans on her upcoming debut album Unstoppable, out July 13th. Available for pre-order today, Hawthorne reveals the track list for her 10-song album, with the #1 hit single “Won’t He Do It” (Remix), “Warriors,” and“Reasons” (feat. J. Monty), available instantly upon pre-order. Koryn Hawthorne’s powerful voice and dynamic message on “Won’t He Do It” remains a captivating anthem among listeners – as the hit single continues to set the charts ablaze with four #1’s on the latest Gospel charts this weeK
TOP SINGLES IN THE NATION:
1. Koryn Hawthorne..Won’t He Do It
2. Charlie Wilson…I’m Blessed
3. Todd Dulaney…Your Great Name
4. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard…I’m Getting Ready
5. JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise…No Reason To Fear