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Multiple Stellar Award nominated group Judah Band returns with a new single, “I Believe” available at all major digital retailers now. Judah Band made waves at Gospel radio and on the Gospel music scene in 2018 with its debut single, “For My Good,” and is widely known now as “one to watch.” The energetic, spirit-filled and fashion forward group follows up with “I Believe.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-yaN2wl440&feature=youtu.be

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced nominees for the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Entertainment One (“eOne”) received five nominations across various categories. Nominees: “Make Room”– Jonathan McReynolds, “I Made It Out”– John P. Kee, “You’re Doing It All Again”– Todd Dulaney, Declarations– Jonathan Nelson and To Africa With Love – Todd Dulaney. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com

This week, THE LADIES OF SISTER CIRCLE WELCOMES SOCIAL MEDIA SENSATION KWAY, ACTRESS SHERYL LEE RALPH, Sunday’s Best Finalists, THE ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT, David Oyelowo, Champ Bailey and James Fortune.

“Exciting plans are underway for multiple award- winning artist Donnie McClurkin to return to London for a special celebration. Twenty years ago the trailblazer made a gutsy decision to do an international live recording on the heels of his gold-selling, self-titled solo debut album, “Donnie McClurkin.” Despite the naysayers, he went on to record Live in London and More… at the historic Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England in 1999. Now years later, UK’s #1 radio station Premier Gospel and The New Wine Church located at Gateway House, in East London will host anniversary concerts on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19.

Pastor Marvin L. Winans and the Perfecting Church Choir shined brightly as musical guests at the recent Democratic Presidential Debates held at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Winans created special arrangements of, “America the Beautiful” and the “National Anthem” that was performed and aired live on CNN. White House correspondent April Ryan tweeted, “What an incredible rendition of “America the Beautiful,” it mixed both the classical choral styles with the soul of the Black church experience. Bravo!” Pastor Winans has now turned his attention to the Perfecting Church 30 Year Celebration and Gala on Friday, October 11. The black tie affair is going down at the historic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Flash Back Gospel Spotlight! Hear Pastor Marvin Winans In His Own Words….http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/marvin_winans_intvw.htm

JAY-Z and Will Smith are expanding their already impressive business portfolios by investing in the Airbnb-like camping app Hipcamp. The company announced on Thursday that it has taken $25 million in its latest round of fundraising, and among those investors is JAY-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners and Will Smith’s Dreamers VC fund. “Hipcamp is on the forefront of culture, creating meaningful and joyful experiences with the outdoors,” said Marcy Venture Partners co-founder Larry Marcus. “While mobile devices and technology enables their marketplace of unique camping sites, Hipcamp experiences provide a welcome respite from those very devices. Their ethos of creating an inclusive community that values the environment, preservation, and the great outdoors makes them an ideal partner to our firm. We are thrilled to be partnered with Alyssa and the team to help grow their business.”

Beyonce and Nipsey Hussle’s longtime partner Lauren London were among the celebs who posted tributes to the slain rapper and philanthropist on what would have been his 34th birthday Thursday. On Thursday, Beyonce, shared a black-and-white portrait of Nipsey on Instagram along with the quote: “The marathon will be televised for N.I.P. ’cause true kings don’t die, we multiply, peace. Happy Birthday in paradise.” Hussle died on March 31 after being gunned down outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. Eric Holder, accused of killing Nipsey, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

For years, producer Kenya Barris and his wife, Dr. Rania “Rainbow” Barris’ relationship helped inspire plotlines on Black-ish, Barris’ acclaimed and widely-watched ABC sitcom. Now, the two are parting ways. The Associated Press reports Barris filed for divorce last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, on what was his 45th birthday. The couple, married since 1999, have six kids together, and their relationship served as inspiration for Andre “Dre” Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow “Bow” Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) marriage on Black-ish. As one might expect in any long marriage, the Barrises have also weathered their share of trials: Dr. Barris, an anesthesiologist, previously filed for divorce in 2014, but the couple was able to reconcile and she withdrew her request the following year.

RCA Inspiration celebrates fifteen Dove Award nominations this year, with the full list of nominees just unveiled for the upcoming 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards, going down in October. Nine artists are nominated, with hit makers Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Koryn Hawthorne, Israel Houghton, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence, William Murphy, Jason Nelson, and Marvin Sapp hailed in nine categories for their acclaimed releases over the preceding year. Garnering four nods in the top categories of Song of the Year and Gospel Artist of the Year, the remaining eleven Dove Award nominations span all the Gospel categories: Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (with a separate writer’s nod for Franklin), Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year, Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, Gospel Worship Album of the Year, as well as Short Form Video of the Year. Additionally, Franklin received a nod in the category of Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, as a producer on Tori Kelly’s album, Hiding Place. Each year the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) Dove Awards are the biggest night, marking a milestone 50th anniversary this year celebrating the excellent artistry and successes across all varieties of Christian and Gospel music in the world, including Pop/Contemporary, Rap/Hip Hop, Traditional and Contemporary Gospel, Spanish Language, Worship, Bluegrass/Country/Roots, and more

Popular Christian rapper Lecrae revealed who his great grandmother’s slave owner was. “Just found the slave Master that bought my 3rd Great grandmother at 9 years old from Africa,” the Reach Records founder tweeted Monday. “Sobering,” he ended the post. The information was pulled from an 1860 federal census in Arkansas. Thousands of people liked and commented on the tweet, including Christian rapper THI’SL who revealed that he too recently discovered that he was born on a plantation. The public records are “Painful, Yet gives us some sort of identity and answers from our past,” NFL star Benjamin Watson tweeted Lecrae. “We are a strong people. To survive what this country has done to us and still be standing. Grace and truth.” Lecrae is known as a trailblazer in Christian hip-hop and paved a path for himself into the mainstream market. But with success came a lot of public criticism, disenchantment and a bout with depression

Pull Us Through is a song written, arranged, produced and performed by Jermaine Dolly featuring Maranda Curtis. This song serves as a reminder as well as encouraging the listener and all believers to call on God to pull us through in thes

Motown Gospel honors 60 years of Motown with the release of the digital compilation Hitsville: A Motown Gospel Celebration, available with lyric videos for each classic song available on Motown Gospel’s YouTube Channel. Motown Gospel joins this year’s worldwide celebration of Motown by paying homage to the rich legacy and enduring impact of its sister label. The compilation project is a prelude to Motown’s journey and musical legacy that will be reflected in the upcoming documentary, Hitsville: The Making of Motown, premiering on Showtime on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT. The five-track project features classic songs covered by some of Motown Gospel’s top artists, including Brian Courtney Wilson’s soulful cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),” Gene Moore’s soul-soothing rendition of the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye,” Jerard & Jovaun’s groovy soul version of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need To Get By,” and Lexi’s uplifting execution of Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” As a special bonus, Evvie McKinney, winner of FOX’s hit TV singing competition The Four, graces the project as a special guest artist with her powerful and rousing delivery of Stevie Wonder’s “Sign, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).” Celebrating the eternal influence of Gospel on R&B/Soul music, the compelling Hitsville: A Motown Gospel Celebration marries the two genres with updated, gospel-soul renditions of Motown classics

Grammy nominated Gospel sensation Anthony Brown and Group therAPy announces the 2econd Wind Live tour, today. The 2econd Wind Live tour will kick-off at the Bronze Peacock at the Houston House of Blues in Texas Sunday, October 6, 2019. With the highly anticipated upcoming album 2econd Wind: Ready, the Stellar Award winner Anthony Brown and Group therAPy will deliver all the fan favorites, including his latest trending single “Blessings on Blessings.” 2econd Wind is not just another CD. It’s the song of the conqueror. It’s what happens when you push past the place where you said “I can’t”. This tour will be a defining moment for all who come. When God adds His “super” to your “natural”, 2econd Wind is the result. Meet me in a city near you so we can experience it together!, said Anthony Brown.

Lauren Daigle lands her first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart, as “You Say” ascends 2-1 on the Aug. 10-dated ranking. The ballad dethrones the longest-leading hit in the chart’s history: Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” after 33 weeks in charge. With “You Say” having topped the Christian Airplay chart for 17 weeks beginning last September, the song is the first to have led both that list and the AC survey.

Madame Tussauds will honor late singer Aaliyah with a wax figure tribute set to debut in Las Vegas on August 21st. To celebrate the event, Aaliyah’s family and estate have set up a contest for loyal fans to get a chance to attend the exclusive VIP party where the wax figure will be unveiled. The Aaliyah App, helps to keep fans in the loop and allows users “to post videos up to three minutes long. The Aaliyah App was released after the long-awaited Aaliyah for M.A.C makeup collection that launched in June.

Grammy-award winning singer Tori Kelly recently sat down for an exclusive interview with YouVersion and opened up about her faith, and the role God’s Word plays in her life. YouVersion is a popular Christian app that exists to help people regularly read, hear, and explore the Word of God. In Kelly’s interview for the app’s social media page posted over the weekend, she shared her testimony and how she keeps her faith strong. https://youtu.be/vi2JkR4vejY

The 19th Annual African Pride Gospel SuperFest TV spectacular presented by The Cartwright Family Foundation wrapped production in Dayton, Ohio at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Hosted by NAACP Image® Award-Winning Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, the star-studded, sold-out celebration of Gospel music is set to air on TV One in August 2019. During the event, Pastor Donnie McClurkin and The Rance Allen Group received the Founder’s Award for Lifetime Achievement for their trailblazing and transformative music and ministries. The evening’s lineup included Deitrick Haddon, LeAndria Johnson, Tye Tribbett, Ricky Dillard & New G, J. Moss, Bri, Tonya Baker, Byron Cage, Isabel Davis, Jonathan Nelson, Demetrius West, 21:03, Ted Winn, Sensere, Zacardi Cortez, Doe Jones and many other “surprise” special guests. TUNE IN to TV One Sunday, August 25 @ 7:00 PM/ET to see the spectacular show.

Prolific, singer-songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson announced his JUST B(E) Tour today following an exclusive announcement on Instagram. JUST B(E) will kick off on Friday, August 23 in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage with dates across the country including Charleston, Charlotte, New Orleans, St . Louis, Orlando, Philadelphia and others. This is Wilson’s first North American tour, and will play such venues as Knitting Factory in Brooklyn (September 4), as well as the House of Blues in New Orleans (September 8), and Houston (September

Jekalyn Carr internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist/author/actress/speaker/entrepreneur is excited to announce a LIVE ALBUM RECORDING! The event will go down during the 15th Anniversary of Praise 102.5’s Praise In The Park ATL, October 5, 2019 at the CELLAIRIS Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA. Jekalyn has enjoyed incredible success – with “I See Miracles.” She’s had multiple #1 hits, including “You’re Bigger,” “You Will Win,” and “It’s Yours.” Additionally, she is a 3-time GRAMMY Award nominee, two-time Billboard Music Award nominee, NAACP Image Award nominee and four-time Stellar Award and GMA Dove Award winne

TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:

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1. Kirk Franklin…Love Theory

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2. Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers…Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)

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3. Anthony Brown..Blessings on Blessings

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4 Tasha Cobbs-Leonard…You Know My Name

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5. Koryn Hawthorne..Won’t He Do I

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