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BET Celebration of Gospel 2014 - Red Carpet

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The longest running original series in the history of cable television and the top Sunday morning program on BET Networks, ” Bobby Jones Gospel” will come to an end after 35 years on air this season. BET announced the cancellation of the show during it annual upfront meeting yesterday.
In an interview host of the program and gospel recording artist, Dr. Bobby Jones, 75, thanked his fans and BET Networks and said he looks forward to a continued relationship, but as for the show he pioneered, “it’s the end.”

Creflo Dollar’s campaign for a $65 million private jet ended shortly after it began. And now, the embattled megapastor is firing back at his critic. In a video clip uploaded Tuesday to YouTube, Dollar blasts “Internet commentators” and detractors who “don’t know” him.

Marvin Sapp new CD “You Shall Live” Digital presale starts 5/5. CD are already available for presale at Amazon

Five women have been selected to usher in a new musical chapter in Bishop T.D. Jakes’ ministry. Psalmists Candy West, DeeDee, April Nevels, Ruby Cavazos and Shana Saint, each a Potter’s House of Dallas choir member, have collectively been signed by the mega ministry leader’s Dexterity Sounds label. Named “Grace” from the Greek charis meaning “to rejoice,” the all-female quintet has released a new single, “This Time,” produced by Eric Dawkins. From diverse cultural and social backgrounds, with the backing of one of America’s most influential pastors, Grace is poised to reach a broad audience. Their single is currently available on iTunes

Evolve Music Group Chairman/CEO Rodney Jerkins announces his first formal venture into the gospel and Christian music industry with the launch of Lifestyle Music Group (LMG). The multi-Grammy® Award-winning producer, songwriter and executive has appointed industry veteran Demmette Guidry as General Manager of LMG, which will be distributed through Motown Gospel/Capitol Christian Music Group. Lifestyle’s kickoff roster includes singer/songwriters: Joy Enriquez and Tim Bowman Jr. The label’s rollout begins this spring with the Jerkins-produced Bowman single “I’m Good.” A Mother’s Day release is planned for Enriquez’s first single, “Hallelujah.” Also produced by Jerkins, the single features violinist/instrumentalist Lindsey Stirling.

Noted historian and host of Gospel Memories Robert Marovich shines a bright light on the celebrated history of Gospel Music and its origins in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago. In the early days of Gospel Music, Chicago was the home to Thomas Dorsey, Sallie Martin, Roberta Martin, Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Pops Staples and Sam Cooke. “The challenge in writing A CITY CALLED HEAVEN was to tell as much of the Chicago story as possible, give it the scholarly treatment it deserves, and at the same time make it a pleasure to read,” Marovich shares. “I also hope the book stimulates readers to learn more about the topics and people I’ve covered, and inspires other cities to examine their own rich African American sacred music traditions.”

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.

“I Hear Music in the Air” ministry and music conference is an assembling of some of the industry’s best and brightest singers, ministers, songwriters, praise & worship leaders, pastors, music industry professionals and more, makes its highly anticipated return to Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 15th-17th, 2015 opportunities. The conference weekend is set to kick off with the explosive “I Hear Music in the Air Concert.” Expect artists like Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Jonathan McReynolds and more to attend

TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:

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1. Tasha Cobbs…For Your Glory

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2. Casey J..Fill Me Up

56th GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

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2. Erica Campbell…I Luh God

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4. Ricky Dillard & New “G”..Amazing

5. Jason Nelson….I Am

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