It has been a history-making year for Ricky Dillard. In June, Light Records released Dillard’s ninth album, “AMAZING.” The live set marks the 25th anniversary of his choir, the New Generation Chorale. The album’s first single the title track, “Amazing” just became the longest running song at Gospel radio this decade, with a phenomenal 25 weeks in the #1 slot. This enormous accomplishment was instrumental in garnering Dillard a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Album, his third nomination for a Grammy Award. Additionally, Ricky Dillard & New G is named as 2014’s Top Gospel Duo/Group in the year-end issue of Billboard Magazine (on stands December 12).
The Judah Band recently signed with Xist Music, a division of Malaco Music Group and a new management firm, Media Concept Solutions. Affectionately known as “JB”, Judah Band is the first band to be signed to Xist Music. Their current single, “Up and Praise Em” has been seen on The Word Network’s Lexi Show.
Erica Campbell caps off a successful year for her debut solo album “HELP” receiving two Grammy Awards® nominations for “Best Gospel Album,” and “Best Gospel Performance/Song,” announced today. Recently, Campbell has been racking up awards; winning a Soul Train Award last week for Best Gospel / Inspirational Song for “Help” and a Dove Award last month for Traditional Gospel Song of the Year for “A Little More Jesus.”
Unity Media Limited, the producers of the Allstate Gospel Superfest, announced today that it will return to Chicago for its 16th Annual Allstate Gospel Superfest television extravaganza. It goes down at Chicago’s House of Hope Arena that features Dorinda Clark-Cole, J. Moss, The Rance Allen Group, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and many others. Over thirty national acts are slated to take the stage during event that will be recorded for national syndication. The event will be hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson of the hit BET series “The Game.” The Allstate Gospel Superfest “Live In Chicago” will take place Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Season one’s rating success proved family values are great T.V. and now “Thicker Than Water” is set to return for a second season on Sunday, December 21 at 9 pm ET/PT. The unpredictable Tankard clan continues to live their lives as best as they can with their strong religious convictions at hand. Ben and Jewel Tankard with their high spirited family are back.
Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) announced that the 16th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards will honor Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Pace Sisters on January 17th, 2015 in its new location at the Rialto Center of the Arts in the city of Atlanta. “I’m thrilled to bring the fete to Atlanta this year and to honor these revered luminaries of gospel music,” said BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Atlanta has a rich musical history and it’s the perfect setting to laud Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters.”
57th Grammy Awards is vastly approaching and the nominees were recently announced. Check out the list below of the nominees. The ceremony will go down on February 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. CBS will broadcast the show live.
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG
HELP-Erica Campbell featuring Lecrae
SUNDAY A.M. [LIVE]-Karen Clark Sheard
I BELIEVE-Mali Music
NO GREATER LOVE-Smokie Norful
LOVE ON THE RADIO-The Walls Group
BEST GOSPEL ALBUM:
AMAZING [LIVE]-Ricky Dillard & New G
WITHHOLDING NOTHING [LIVE]-William McDowell
FOREVER YOURS-Smokie Norful
VINTAGE WORSHIP-Anita Wilson
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Michelle Williams feat./ Beyonce and Kelly Rowland..Say Yes
2. Ricky Dillard & New “G”..Amazing
3. Tasha Cobbs…For Your Glory
4. Fred Hammond…I Will Trust
5. Every Praise..Bishop Hezekiah Walker & LFC