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Steve Harvey And Kirk Franklin 2011 Comedy Gospel Tour - Show

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Kirk Franklin broke his musical silence of nearly five years! Premiering on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the lead single “Wanna Be Happy?” And Franklin performed it at the live season finale of BET’s Sunday Best.
A yet named full album is due for release some time in November 2015.

Crystal Lewis singer/songwriter, multi-Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee who has released more than 27 albums (including seven albums in Spanish, two live albums, two Christmas albums and a children’s album) returns. “The new Crystal Lewis album is her first ever self-titled project. It drops 9/11/15.

VaShawn Mitchell will perform and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III will deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Annual Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The Miles College Choir will also perform.

Whenever we get an opportunity to remember the heyday of Mass Choirs, we seize the opportunity. Now, truth be told, we got a little misty eyed and waxed nostalgic with news of New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church celebrating its 50th anniversary on October 17th and 18th. An anticipated part of the celebration is the reunion of the New Jerusalem Inspirational Choir. Under the direction of Curtis Hayes and Jeffrey LaValley, New Jerusalem made its mark recording some 10 albums giving us a reason to go to Flint, Michigan to hear Sunday morning church music with HITS that include Everything Will Be Alright (with James Cleveland), The Lord is My Light, I Can’t Feel At Home, His Eye is on the Sparrow, Show Me the Way (with the inimitable voice of the late Bishop Odis Floyd on lead) and the unforgettable Revelations 19 (Hallelujah, Salvation and Glory).

Pastor John P. Kee returns with his 25th album release “Level Next.” Signing to Motown Gospel in 2015, the dynamic preacher and choir director, known for his signature raspy voice and classic organ riffs, delivers all that and more to his latest project. The eleven-track album encompasses testimonies of former drug addicts and true overcomers; both represented in songs such as the funk inspired groove “Norma Jean” and the spirited ballad “Never Let Me Fall”. Reinforcing the idea of God’s favor and blessings, Pastor Kee interlaces bass thumps and brass licks on the modern day track “Oooaaay” with lyrics that state, “Act like you know, it’s on the way!”

Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) garners 9 nominations encompassing the Contemporary Gospel, Traditional Gospel, and Rap/Hip Hop categories, including 2 nominations in the category of Gospel Artist of the Year. Erica Campbell, Derek Minor and Michelle Williams garner multiple Dove Award nominations with 2 nominations each, followed by repeat nominations for Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard and William McDowell. The 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards goes down at Allen Arena in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

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.


Anthony Brown (Gospel)

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1. Anthony Brown & Group TheARpy…Worth

Charles Jenkins

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2. Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago..War


3. Tasha Cobbs…For Your Glory

You Are The Power Concert

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4. Brian Courtney Wilson..Worth Fighting For

Travis Green

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5. Travis Green….Intentional

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