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J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise continue to reach higher heights as they are nominated for three (3) Billboard Music Awards. The nominations include Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album, and Top Gospel Song for their #1 hit, “You Deserve It.” They were also nominated for a GRAMMY® Award earlier this year. “You Deserve It” and the group’s current Top Ten single, “No Reason To Fear,” hail from their latest album, You Deserve It.

Bishop Leonard Scott is back with another smash hit “Working In My Favor”, boasting an A-list supporting cast, featuring Fred Hammond, Shirley Murdock, and Jeral Gray & New Direction. This summer jam is one of the featured up-tempo hits on Bishop Leonard Scott’s upcoming new release entitled “Jesus Love Legacy”.

Atlanta’s DeVon Baker, CEO of BakersWay Entertainment presents Zuri Craig’s hit musical stage-play, ‘The House That Misery Built”. The spine tingling production comes to Raleigh, North Carolina Sunday, June 3. Doors open at 5pm and showtime is 6pm. After starring in several Tyler Perry plays and a Top 5 finalist on America’s Got Talent, Zuri Craig, stepped into the directors role. The play stars LaShaun Pace, KeKe Wyatt, Le’Andria Johnson and Q Parker.

On Friday, April 27, global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL is honored to partner with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to celebrate the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL with a livestream of the Concert for Peace and Justice. The show will feature performances from The Roots, Usher, Common, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes and Kirk Franklin. Beginning at 7:30 PM CT audiences world-wide will be able to watch as history happens on TIDAL.com/EJI. While the livestream will be available to members and non-members alike, new TIDAL customers will be eligible for a free three-month trial.

TV One has announced the start of production in Los Angeles for the new  original docu-series WE’RE THE CAMPBELLS. The docu-series follows Gospel music power coupleWarryn and Erica Campbell as they balance raising their family, building their own individual empires, growing their flourishing church ministry and maintaining their strong faith. Married since 2001, WE’RE THE CAMPBELLS will allow viewers to follow Warryn and Erica as they manage their hectic daily work schedules while fostering a healthy marriage and raising three children with the help of their core group of family and friends.

Grammy Award winning recording artist Kurt Carr is looking to add two new voices to his acclaimedKurt Carr Singers. In preparation of his forthcoming album, “Bless Somebody Else,” Carr is looking to bless two aspiring artists looking for an opportunity in Gospel Music by having them join his collective of singers. To submit, applicants must upload a video under two minutes long to YouTube singing one of the seven pre-selected songs to KurtCarrSingersSearch@gmail.com. Submissions must include full name, age, photograph, city of residence and contact information. All submissions must be emailed by Monday, May 1, 2018

The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Foundation announced its inductees and honorees for the 5th Annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony set for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. This year’s GMA Hall of Fame inductees include CCM artist Carman, award-winning Southern Gospel artist Karen Peck Gooch, legendary Gospel family group The Staples Singers and acclaimed producer Greg Nelson. The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year’s honorees include Chonda Pierce for Branches Counseling Center, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Ryan Lampa for People Loving Nashville and Lipscomb University. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Oprah Winfrey Network announced the second season premiere of its hit docu-series “Black Love” on Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series which highlights love stories from the Black community debuted last fall with 1.2 million total viewers, becoming OWN’s most-watched unscripted series debut in network history and its highest-rated unscripted series debut in more than four years. This second season will feature Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, Emmy Award-winning actress Niecy Nash and husband Jay Tucker, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, NBA All-Star Grant Hill and Grammy-nominated recording artist ‪Tamia, RUN DMC’s Rev Run and wife Justine Simmons, Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist ‪Kirk Franklin and wife Tammy, comedian D.L. Hughley and wife LaDonna, former NFL-running back Eddie George and wife Taj of SWV, Hip-Hop artist Styles P and wife Adjua, Actors Alano Miller and Dewanda Wise, NFL Linebacker Bart Scott and wife Starr, and more.

Chadwick Boseman to deliver Commencement address at Howard University. “I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” said Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will deliver the address for Howard University’s 150th Commencement on May 12, 2018. For updated information about Commencement, please visit: commencement.howard.edu

RCA Inspiration celebrates four total nominations across all top Gospel categories for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, with double nominations in the category of Top Gospel Album. Chart-topper, Travis Greene, is honored with three nominations for Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album, for his #1 GRAMMY®-nominated album Crossover: Live from Music City, and Top Gospel Song for his #1 Grammy nominated album “Crossover: Live From Music City and top single “You Waited.” Greene won his first Billboard Music Award last year for “Made A Way.” Marvin Sapp was also nominated for his #1 Grammy nominated album, “Close.” The 2018 Billboard Awards go down in Las Vegas Sunday May 20th and air live on NBC at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT.

The 36th Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest comes to Newark Symphony Hall (1030 Broad Street, Newark, NJ) on Saturday, May 12th for the gospel event of the year. This year will feature a stellar line-up of gospel artists including Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, VaShawn Mitchell, Le’Andria Johnson, Wes Morgan, Cissy Houston, Melba Moore, and Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson.

Watch the all-new trailer for God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness right now In theaters nationwide March 30, 2018, GOD’S NOT DEAD: ALIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope.

The new album from GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson, A GREAT WORK, is available today for pre-order across all digital platforms in advance of the March 23 street date. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will instantly receive the album’s lead single and title track, as well as the upbeat “Increase My Faith.”

GRAMMY, Billboard and GMA Dove Award nominated and Stellar Award-winning 20-Year old millennial recording artist and evangelist Jekalyn Carr is hosting her first conference. The You Will Win Conference will take place June 21-22, 2018 in Southaven, MS at Brown Missionary Baptist Church. This conference will inspire individuals to succeed in ministry, business, the work-place and at home

TOP SINGLES IN THE NATION:

BMI How I Wrote That Song

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1. Charlie Wilson…..I’m Blessed

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2. Koryn Hawthorne…Won’t He Do It

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3. Anthony Brown..Trust In You

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4. Travis Greene…You Waited

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5. Todd Dulaney…Your Great Name

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