Bishop Paul S. Morton unveils the track list and album cover for his upcoming final solo album Legacy: Live in New Orleans. Available for pre-order now, the lead single “Watching Over Me” is available as an instant grat track, with the 15-track album to be released on Friday October 28, 2016. A deluxe edition containing 3 bonus tracks will be available via all digital outlets.
Bishop Morton says: “This ‘Legacy’ album, my final solo recording, is very dear to my heart. I thank God for every opportunity that He allows me to share my gift. I love to help people through a song. This is truly ministry for me.”
On Friday September 30, 2016, Karew Records will release the live album GEI LIVE, from the Greater Emmanuel Institutional (GEI) C.O.G.I.C. presented by Bishop J. Drew Sheard 1st Lady Karen Clark Sheard The first live project to be released from GEI in decades, the new album is available for pre-order now. The album will feature 13 tracks, with the single “Hang On” (ft. Kierra Sheard), and “Press On” (ft. Bishop J. Drew Sheard),
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces more performers and presenters for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Hillsong UNITED, Natalie Grant and Tamela Mann will perform. Donnie McClurkin, KB, Priscilla Shirer and Ryan Stevenson will present. These new appearances join already announced performers TobyMac, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Steven Curtis Chapman and Hollyn.
Multiple Grammy Award, NAACP Image Award, Stellar and Dove Award Winner Yolanda Adams will make her long-awaited return to radio on October 3, 2016via Houston’s all-new AMAZING 102.5FM. The all-new “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” will be available to listeners locally in Houston and worldwide via http://www.amazing1025fm.com.
Highly respected and experienced Gospel Music industry executives Monica Coates and EJ Gaines have been appointed to senior management positions at Motown Gospel, it was announced by Ken Pennell, President of Gospel Music at Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG), to whom Coates and Gaines report. Coates becomes Vice President of A&R and Gaines Vice President of Marketing respectively.
Chart-topping recording artist Charles Jenkins has done it again. The Chicago-based pastor and artist has scored his third consecutive No. 1 debut with his third project “Think About These Things” (Inspired People/Empire). The project also opened at No. 10 on the Christian & Gospel Albums sales chart.
Keyondra Lockett has embarked on and embraced her solo career inking songs and a history-making deal. Former singer of the two-time stellar nominated group Zie’l, Keyondra has been graced with the honor to be the first ever gospel artist in the history of gospel to ink a deal with her own teen doll. The toy inventor of Kenya® took one look at Keyondra, listened to her sweet voice and inspirational messages and knew she would help young girls through her positive lyrics to believe in themselves and teach them the value of growing up proud.
The Walls Group, of Houston, TX is collaborating with one of the hottest producers in the music industry, Warryn Campbell. The husband of Gospel star Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell is ready to take The Walls to the next level.
Kirk Franklin has teamed up with singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams to create “123 Victory Remix”. The new single debuted this week at #1 on the Gospel Digital Sales chart and features the smooth sounds of Williams on the hip-hop infused track. “123 Victory Remix” is available now—exclusively on Apple Music. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
BET has said nothing about the future of its long-standing gospel music competition show “Sunday Best,” which has aired most of its seasons in Atlanta. The last season was in 2015, an all-star edition. This year, BET didn’t schedule it at all, offering no explanation why.
At the red carpet for the BMI R&B Hip Hop Awards last week, “Sunday Best” judge Yolanda Adams said the reason they couldn’t do “Sunday Best” this year was because of host Kirk Franklin’s busy schedule. (He has been with the show since its inception in 2007.)
We have not been cancelled so thank the lord for that!” she said. Adams did promised the show will return in 2017 for a ninth season, confirming something BET has yet to do itself. (BET hates to acknowledge when a show has been cancelled or even on the bubble. It would rather say nothing at all)
Gospel Legend Ramsey Lewis is touring churches in the 4th quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017. He will be performing songs from his gospel CD “With One Voice” along with his standard hits. Ramsey and his management team have opened the door for this opportunity because he is not trying to forget his up bringing.
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.
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
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Travis Greene..Made A Way
2. Tasha Cobbs..Put A Praise On It
3. Jekalyn Carr…You’re Bigger
4. Hezekiah Walker..Better
5. Pastor William McDowell..Spirit Break Out