Releve Entertainment CEO Dr. Holly Carter welcomes attendees at the Merge Summit makes its return to Los Angeles at the end of August. The 3 day event brings together prominent faith based leaders and hollyentertainment industry elite for a time of fellowship, education and impartation.
“I’m excited to have The Merge Summit back in LA. It’s the birthing ground for this vision and I am believing for infinite possibilities for all those who attend. All I can say is…”are you ready for this?” says Dr. Holly Carter– Founder of The Merge Summit.
Cedric the Entertainer will host the opening gala on August 25th as special recognition is given to Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial- Dorinda Walker, ESSENCE Magazine Editor At Large-Mikki Taylor, founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC)-Dr. Bill Winston and Emmy Award Nominated Actor-Courtney B. Vance.
A number of Hollywood’s movers and shakers will be on hand including Michelle Williams, Jonathan McReynolds, Kierra Sheard, Devon Franklin and Tasha Cobbs
On Monday, August 29th, 2016 Dove Award Nominee, Chicago Mass Choir will perform “Live” on Chicago’s top rated, daytime talk show, Windy City Live. Chicago Mass Choir has been invited back, by special request to encourage the viewers and audience members of Windy City Live with their powerful vocals and Gospel music sound. Tune in as Chicago Mass Choir performs new music from, “We Give You Praise.” Chicago Mass Choir will be interviewed by, the show’s co-hosts, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini.
The Reverend Luther Barnes’ call to a music ministry that embarked on a hit-making career as lead singer, producer, songwriter and director of the “quartet” group Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires and founder of The Red Budd Gospel Choir now steps forward with a brand new choir, the Restoration Worship Center Choir. “The Favor Of God,” is his first choir project in a decadeand will be released on Sept. 9, 2016.
Months after Israel Houghton stepped down from his position as worship leader at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, he was welcomed back with open arms when he attended a service last Sunday. Osteen’s mother, Dolores “Dodie” Osteen, posted an image of herself with Houghton who recently got engaged to talk show host Adrienne Bailon.
Shirley Caesar’s newest effort “Fill This House” showcases her signature powerhouse vocals and ability to deliver a message that touches the hearts and souls of listeners. It’s the title track from Caesar’s June release. The new single is tailor made for Sunday morning worship services with its full ensemble sound and soul raising lyrics. Caesar has had a year marked with milestones. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June of this year and is celebrating 50 years of recording music.
Tyscot Records, the nation’s oldest Black Gospel label has garnered five nominations for the 47th annual Dove Awards. Anthony Brown & group therAPy with Song of the Year, Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year, Gospel Artist of the Year, Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and Briana “Bri” Babineaux earned her first Dove Award nomination in the newly created category of Urban Worship Album of the Year .
Jekalyn Carr hits big with The Life Project, her third album and first live recording making its debut at number one on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. Carr’s single You’re Bigger also makes its way into the top spot on the Billboard Top Digital Downloads chart.
The Life Project, which dropped on August 5th is produced by Allen Carr and has seen much success because of the radio single. You’re Bigger has held on to the number two spot on the Radio airplay chart for 8 consecutive weeks.
Grammy and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett will join Christian Rock group For King & Country as this year’s hosts for the GMA Tye Tribbett 514Dove Awards. The Dove Awards return to the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University on Tuesday, October 11th. The show is being taped and will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 16th.
Chart-topping recording artist Charles Jenkins best known for his No. 1 hits “War” and “Awesome” has a new gospel joint with a catchy new beat “Winning.” The uplifting anthem of hope and determination has already earned status as the second most added song.
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) collects 15 Dove Award nominations 2016 GMA Dove Awards with a dominating presence across the categories of Gospel Artist of the Year (2) artists nominated and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year (3) artists nominated.
The hit summer drama series “Greenleaf” delivered OWN’s most watched Wednesday telecast in network history (8/10) with 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.79 women 25-54 rating. It was also Wednesday night’s #1 cable telecast for women. Last night’s telecast was up +13% in women 25-54 and +18% in total viewers.
RCA Inspiration announce 9 nominations in 7 different categories at the 2016 GMA Dove Awards. The GMA Dove Awards nominations unveiled today recognized the acclaimed projects of Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Israel Houghton & NewBreed and Marvin Sapp. Franklin and Greene lead the pack in nominations with multiple nominations across seven different categories for their chart-topping projects. Houghton & NewBreed along with Sapp wrap up the nominations with 1 apiece for their chart-topping albums. The 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be taped Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Nashville, TN.
Unity Media Limited is pleased to announce its broadcast agreement with the TV One Network to air the Allstate Gospel Superfest “A Holiday Special” for the 2016 holiday season. The show was recently filmed in Baltimore, MD at Coppin State University and features J. Moss, Karen Clark Sheard, Jonathan Butler, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Beverly Crawford, Jonathan McReynolds, James Hall & Worship & Praise, Tim Bowman, Jr., Dorinda Clark Cole, Alexis Spight, and Patrick Lundy’s Ministers of Music. There will be a tribute to Pastor Shirley Caesar who receives the show’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It is hosted by noted film and television star, Vivica A. Fox.
The ever popular Allstate Gospel Superfest finds a new broadcast home at TV One during the 2016 holiday season. This show in its 18th year was founded and is produced by Bobby Cartwright, Jr. and has had a syndicated run for 16 consecutive years. This year’s celebration took place at Coppin State University in Baltimore and featured performances from J. Moss, Karen Clark Sheard, Jonathan Butler, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Beverly Crawford, Jonathan McReynolds, James Hall & Worship & Praise, Tim Bowman, Jr., Dorinda Clark Cole, Alexis Spight, and Patrick Lundy’s Ministers of Music
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
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.
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Tasha Cobbs..Put A Praise On It
2. Travis Greene..Made A Way
3. Jekalyn Carr…You’re Bigger
3. Hezekiah Walker..Better
5. Kirk Franklin…Wanna Be Happy