Ten-time Grammy winning, icon and best-selling gospel artist CeCe Winans has announced a new distribution agreement with Thirty Tigers, which will manage the physical and digital distribution of Winans’ music, including her first solo release in nine years coming in 2017. Her current single “Never Have To Be Alone”, hit radio last week.
Producer, preacher and New York Times Best-Selling author DeVon Franklin (“Miracles from Heaven,” “The Wait,?” ?”Produced By Faith”?) has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox. Under the multi-year pact, Franklin will produce and develop film content for the studio through his Franklin Entertainment banner. Franklin most recently developed and produced the hit faith-based film “Miracles from Heaven,” which starred Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. The film made a modest $15 million and has earned over $73 million at the worldwide box office.
Tyscot Records took home three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards at this week’s 47th annual ceremony at the Allen Arena in Nashville. Tyscot co-founder Dr. Leonard S. Scott and his son Bryant Scott (Tyscot President) were on hand to accept the GMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the company’s 40th anniversary.
Award Winning International Urban Inspirational Artist and Philanthropist Anthony Faulkner released his all new GUARDIAN ANGEL album via his own independent label 7th Chapter Music, and in partnership with CPI Distribution. Anthony’s album of Gospel, Urban AC, Reggae and Inspirational Pop songs is culturally poignant, musically eclectic and is tied together by a lyrical account of his life experiences, international travel and philanthropy work. Anthony’s album features appearances by artists from around the globe including A’ngela Winbush from the United States on “Closer”, Fabio Carry from Milan, Italy on “Symphony”, and Ugandan mega group Cooper Ssali and G-Way and The “Faith Remix”.
Newly engaged worship leader Israel Houghton says he doesn’t deserve to be loved by God or his fiancee Adrienne Bailon but says he embraces their love anyways. In a recent Instagram post, Houghton posted a photo of himself and Bailon at their Parisian-themed co-ed wedding shower hosted by West Hollywood eatery Fig & Olive
The BET/Centric Voting Academy announced the 2016 Soul Train Awards nominees and RCA Inspiration came out on top. Clinching three out of five nods in the gospel category—Kirk Franklin’s “123 Victory” (Fo Yo Soul / RCA), Travis Greene’s “Made A Way” and Donnie McClurkin’s “I Need You” were recognized with nominations for “Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.” Hosted by Erykah Badu, The Soul Train Awards show will tape live at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, November 6th.
It’s time for the best in Soul, R&B, Hip-hop, Jazz, Gospel, and beyond to be honored at the 2016 Soul Train Awards! This year’s celebration will take place on November 6th in Las Vegas.
Find out who made the cut for the Gospel category below…
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song
Donnie McClurkin – “I Need You”
Hezekiah Walker – “Better”
Kirk Franklin- “123 Victory”
Tamela Mann- “God Provides”
Travis Greene- “Made A Way”
The 2016 Soul Train Awards will premiere on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 27th at 8P/7C.
Entertainment One (eOne) celebrates 3 Dove Award wins for Hezekiah Walker, Jonathan McReynolds, and William McDowell at the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Hezekiah Walker won the Dove Award for his #1 hit anthem “Better” for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Jonathan McReynolds and William McDowell each celebrate career-first wins – with McReynolds winning the Dove Award for “The Way That You Love Me” Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year – and McDowell winning the Dove Award for Sounds of Revival Urban Worship Album of the Year.
Reach Records founder Lecrae sat down with CNN after his passionate plea for social justice at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards, to discuss faith and politics in relation to being a successful black man in America. Christian is a noun; Christian is a person. I function, I live life as a Christian and me living life as a Christian does not mean I’m a sanitized person. It means that I readily admit that I’m a jacked up person and I need a savior, Lecrae said on a CNN Politics segment. Issues are homogenized and so to be a Christian, I’m either this staunch conservative Republican or I’m this tree hugging liberal, Lecrae continued, speaking of his faith. I think I have to embody it, employ it and live it and hopefully they’ll get what I’m saying. Over the weekend, Lecrae performed live at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards and did not hold back when he made a jab at Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s slogan to “Make America Great Again.” They telling us, “Make America great again” I’m like, Hold up, when was America great again? Was it when they took us from our native land? Or maybe it was when they took the Natives land, he passionately rapped
Acclaimed worship leader, award-winning recording artist Bishop Paul S. Morton has released a new lyric video for the inspiring anthem “Watching Over Me,” the lead radio single from his upcoming final solo album “Legacy: Live in New Orleans.” Available for pre-order now, joining Morton for the 15-track live album are guest appearances from PJ Morton, Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, Tasha Cobbs and more. Bishop Paul S. Morton, “Legacy: Live in New Orleans” release date is October 28, 2016
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Travis Greene..Made A Way
2. Jekalyn Carr…You’re Bigger
3. Tasha Cobbs..Put A Praise On It..
4. Tamela Mann…God Provides
5. Hezekiah Walker..Better