The current Queen of Gospel, legendary artist Pastor Shirley Caesar garners a new milestone, as an honoree in the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s just-announced honorees selected for the class of 2016, to receive a star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. The award-winning Gospel trailblazer, who’s garnered a career-high 11 GRAMMY® Awards, 18 Dove Awards, 14 Stellar Awards and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, was also recently inducted into the inaugural Stellar Honors Club at the 2015 Stellar Awards. Pastor Caesar will also celebrate another milestone in 2016, marking 50 years in her internationally-renowned career as a solo artist.
The upcoming Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship annual conference (July 13-17, New Orleans) will witness a milestone. The founder and presider, Bishop Paul S. Morton will pass the baton to Bishop Joseph W. Walker (Nashville, TN). A formal banquet saluting Bishop Morton will be held on Tuesday, July 14. On Monday, July 13, Bishop Morton will record one last time. He states that he will now ‘mentor’ others!
On Friday, July 10th, during “The Gathering” (July 8-10, Jacksonville, FL), Bishop Neil Ellis will consecrate several pastors to the office of Bishop. Among them will be Pastor Marvin Sapp and Pastor A J Wright.
RCA Inspiration announces Hip Hop artist Dee-1’s tour dates. This is Dee-1’s second tour in 2015 and includes performances at BET Experience in Los Angeles, CA at 1pm PST on Sunday June 28 (BETx Stage: Music Matters) and Essence Festival in Dee-1’s hometown New Orleans, LA at 7pm CST on July 5 (Art of Hip-Hop Superlounge). The energetic MC toured the nation in February to promote his critically acclaimed EP, “3’s Up.”
Hallmark’s Mahogany brand announced a partnership with Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation spearheaded by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott. Through this partnership, Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation have established a national, merit-based scholarship for college students interested in pursuing a career in the writing arts. This collaboration unites Mahogany’s commitment to a genuine, progressive and optimistic reflection of African-American culture with the Blues Babe Foundation’s extensive work in initiatives supporting minority students pursuing a college education.
Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA, a joint venture between gospel music icon Kirk Franklin and RCA Records, announce the signing of writer, singer, rapper, and producer Christon Gray. The Columbus, Ohio-based artist moves between both singing and rapping while also playing keys and writing most of his own music. As a member of WLAK (We Live As Kings), Christon topped the Gospel charts with their self-titled debut in 2013. “King In Me,” a single from that album, was used as the theme song for American Idol’s Superbowl commercials in 2014. His last solo album, “School Of Roses,” debuted in the top 5 on R&B albums chart in March 2014.
The Fifth Annual Long Beach Gospel Fest, founded by Pastor Wayne Chaney, Jr. and wife Myesha of the Antioch Church of Long Beach, announced this year’s lineup which include Tasha Cobbs, Deitrick Haddon, Kierra Sheard, Jonathan Nelson, Myron Butler, Jessica Reedy, Brian Courtney Wilson and more. The free, open-to-the-public event goes down Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Marina Green Park.
On Saturday, July 4th, the 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® will rock New York City skies. Grammy® Award winning gospel artist, CeCe Winans, country star Rodney Atkins, the U.S. Air Force Band, Emilio and Gloria Estefan will entertain.
MegaFest, the nation’s largest inspirational family festival, announced Tyler Perry’s new stage play, “Madea on the Run,” will make a tour stop in Dallas during August 19-23. The play will go down at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m.
“Madea always makes us all laugh while teaching valuable lessons that we remember long afterwards,” Bishop T.D. Jakes said. “We are excited to welcome Tyler Perry back to MegaFest. Tyler is a friend and constant supporter of ours. We are happy to extend this platform to his fan base knowing that MegaFest attendees will enjoy this hilarious play. ”
Festival of Praise, a 50-city concert tour features some of the best names in Gospel music including Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, with Hezekiah Walker (in concert 9/30-10/31) and Israel Houghton (in concert 11/1-11/29). The tour also features Isaac Carree, Jessica Reedy and Zacardi Cortez. Marcus Wiley of the “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” will be this year’s festival host. The national tour kicks-off at Fallbrook Church in Houston, TX on September 30, and runs through November 29.
Karen Clark Sheard will release her highly-anticipated new album “Destined To Win,” on July 17, 2015. Ushering in her sixth solo project and her second solo album to be released on her record label Karew Records, the 4-time GRAMMY®-winning gospel superstar’s renowned voice and captivating performance style came together before a packed audience of listeners to create a powerhouse live album experience on the 10-track album. Recorded live at Chicago’s House of Hope, Karen Clark Sheard delivers a bold statement of faith and spiritual encouragement on “Destined To Win,” teaming up with long-time collaborator Donald Lawrence, who produced the album along with Daniel Weatherspoon, as well as her son J. Drew Sheard II.
Seventh season BET’S Sunday Best winner and Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA artist Geoffrey Golden has released his first single “All Of My Help” to all digital music providers. “All Of My Help” is the first single from Geoffrey’s debut album “Kingdom…LIVE!” executive produced by Kirk Franklin and available everywhere on August 7, 2015.
Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez and LeAndria Johnson are among the guests joining Bishop Paul S. Morton on July 13th at Greater St Stephens in New Orleans for a live recording celebrating Bishop Paul Mortons 30 + year career in Gospel Music as well as 20 years as leader of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. The live recording is produced by Trent Phillips and serves as the the kickoff to this year’s Full Gospel Fellowship Conference and the first of many events honoring Bishop Morton.
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Erica Campbell..I Luh God
2. Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago..War
3. Tasha Cobbs…For Your Glory
4. Tamela Mann….This Place
5> Brian Courtney Wilson..Worth Fighting For