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A gospel companion soundtrack to OWN’s new drama series, Greenleaf, is slated to be released on August 26, in conjunction with Lionsgate. Titled Greenleaf – The Gospel Companion Soundtrack Volume 1, the album will be comprised of 14 tracks, with music featuring Deborah Joy Winans, Mavis Staples, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples and The McCrary Sisters. Winans is also one of the cast members of the show, playing the character of Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, the daughter of Bishop James Greenleaf, portrayed by actor Keith David

Gospel singer, songwriter, producer and musician, the Reverend Luther Barnes has been a stalwart presence on the gospel scene for over twenty years, scoring hit records with his choir, Red Budd Gospel Choir, and with his quartet, the Sunset Jubilaires, His new album “The Favor Of God” will be released on September 9, 2016 and the lead single from the album, “God’s Grace,”is playing on radio now.

After a four year hiatus Mary Mary returns with new music inspired by the new Paramount/MGM movie Ben Hur, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. “Back To You” is written and produced by Warryn Campbell.

Sheryl Lee Ralph and The Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware, D.I.V.A Foundation will celebrate its 2nd annual staging of DIVAS Simply Singing! in Philadelphia after 26 consecutive years in Los Angeles. This highly anticipated and much respected community health service charity concert began in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It now adds mental wellness, heart disease, diabetes and HepC and other life threatening diseases. The Foundation will bring together some of the industry’s most talented artists and Divas to address the need for Health and Wellness awareness.

Award-winning hip-hop artist Derek Minor debuts the video for his new single “Free” via his blog. With the recent murders of several African-Americans by law enforcement including the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, that struck a deep chord inside of Minor. This motivated him to write and produce “Free,” which addresses the violence and disparities in our culture based on race. Watch Derek Minor’s “Free” video at https://youtu.be/2LEAKTCN2ik

The 28th Annual Midwest Black Family Reunion will go down August 19 – 21, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The celebration honors historic strengths and values of the Black Family and is the only Black Family Reunion remaining—drawing up to 20,000 visitors each year from across the country. Admission is free. Cameo and Donnie McClurkin

Trinity Dawson releases “Simply Amazing,” the third single from his debut CDalbum “With All That I Am. ” The former athlete turned singer released the project in 2015 with the singles “Just Be With Me” and “Not That Easy.”

Bishop Marvin Sapp is speaking out against a woman who is claiming to be his wife and trying to book shows using his name. “This young woman has posted and has been posing as my new wife. SHE IS NOT MY WIFE, ” Sapp exclaimed in a Facebook message. “The only reason why I’m posting this is not to put her on blast, however it is because she has placed a link onto her page as it pertains to my booking.” The woman, who goes by the name First Lady Annisha Sapp, took to Facebook where she posted the message: “Hello Everyone! Here’s our new Facebook business page for Bishop Marvin Sapp and first lady Annisha Sapp. If you would like to book Bishop Sapp for preaching/singing at your church click the link.”

Monica Lisa Stevenson has released a new single “Testimony” in the spring that topped the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart this week at #3. “Testimony” features special appearances by musician/singer Doobie Powell and The Williams Singers. Monica Lisa Stevenson will release her new project “THE KAINOS PROJECT” at the end of the Summer.

Teddy and Tina Campbell recently announced a second leg of their “Evening with Teddy and Tina Campbell” tour for this Fall. Hitting 36 cities across the nation, the husband and wife duo are hitting the road again to continue evangelizing to couples, hoping to build up marriages and strengthen relationships. The tour features musical selections from Tina’s first solo album, It’s Personal, and excerpts from her book, I Need a Day to Pray. This time, the tour is FREE!

Two time Grammy Award winner, multiple Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett heads to the iconic Fillmore Philadelphia Theater for the second installment of his “Bloody Win” Live Recording. It will be a reunion of Tye Tribbett with the group he founded Greater Anointing. Tribbett formed the group in March of 1996 and recorded the hugely successful albums “Life” and “Victory Live” with the ensemble before going solo in 2010. The “Bloody Win” Part 1 was recorded in May in Greenville, South Carolina.

Grammy nominated recording artist, actress, entrepreneur, fashion designer, Kierra Sheard, is preparing to hit the road on a self-titled solo tour; with an all girl band. After releasing her latest project, the critically acclaimed, “LED EP,” Sheard is eager to get back on the road and give her supporters more of the positive, inspiring, yet edgy and bold, Christ-centered music that she is known for.

Monday, August 29th, The Tommies Reunion and the Dream Team along with special guest Edwin Hawkins presents a live CD and DVD recording at New Faith Baptist Church in Matteson, IL, where Rev. Dr. Trunell D. Felder is Senior Pastor. The Dream Team consists of Darius Brooks, Percy Bady, Steve Stone Huff, Richard Gibbs, Kevin Brunson, Al Willis and Tyrone Block. They are working in tandem once again to create, produce and record NEW life-changing music with a universal message that is inspiring and thought provoking. With a group of seasoned veterans that includes; producers, artists, musicians, and songwriters that have worked in almost every genre of music and garnered Grammy, Stellar and Dove Awards, this LIVE RECORDING should be an epic historical experience.

Fred Hammond announced the return of the ever popular Festival of Praise Tour, making its way across the country and visiting 2 dozen major cities. “FOP 2016 is going to be off the chain!,” Hammond said, adding, “ The thing I love about this tour is that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, something is surely going to inspire you, and you’re going to want to come back again and again! You definitely don’t want to miss this so don’t be late because we’ve got an incredible show planned from beginning to end!” This year’s lineup includes Hammond along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J. Hammond also announced that his new album will be released in October to coincide with the release of the FOP tour.

Grammy Award® Nominated, NAACP Image Award® Winning Artist and Billboard Chart-Topping Singer TAMELA MANN releases her highly-anticipated new album ONE WAY on Friday, September 9 on her Tillymann Music imprint through RED Distribution. An extensive multi-city U.S. tour in support of the album will launch this fall.

Anita Wilson is getting in gear for a live recording going down in Chicago on October 8th. Wilson was recently elected Governor to the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy.


Ebony Magazine Presents The Taste Of Ebony

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1. Hezekiah Walker..Better

56th GRAMMY Awards - Press Room

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2. Tasha Cobbs..Put A Praise On It

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3. Kirk Franklin…Wanna Be Happy

Travis Green

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4. Travis Greene..Made A Way

Jekalyn Carr

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5. Jekalyn Carr…You’re Bigger

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