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The ninth annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour kicked off and took over Greater Grace Temple with dynamic singing, lots of laughter and messages of hope. With the incomparable Donald Lawrence serving as the musical director, it’s no wonder the concert was remarkable. Music veteran Yolanda Adams delivered hit after hit while Ricky Dillard was simply “Amazing.” Detroit’s very own vocal powerhouses Dorinda Clark-Cole and Tasha Page-Lockhart made their hometown proud with dynamic vocals. DeWayne Woods “Let Go” and certainly let God have His way on the stage. And Lonnie Hunter pulled double duty as he not only performed but also served as the host while funny woman Small Fire brought the laughter. Did we mention the Andrae Crouch tribute? One word – DYNAMIC!

Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III, Senior Pastor of The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta, has accepted an appointment to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA is a select 23-member council appointed to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the White House and U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, and to advance research on HIV disease and AIDS.

Recently Gospel’s #1 poster girl Casey J sat down with Roland S. Martin for a special episode of “News One Now with Roland S. Martin” that focuses on gospel music. Casey J talked about the meteoric rise of her debut single “Fill Me Up” and the album “The Truth.”

Comedian Rudy Rush will headline his very own one-hour special as part of Bounce TV’s popular, family-friendly original comedy series “Off The Chain.” “Off The Chain: Rudy Rush” premieres on Monday, May 18 at 10/9pm CT. “Off The Chain” will feature some of the most hilarious African-American comedians on the stand-up scene.

New music released digitally, Tasha Cobbs is having an explosive first week of sales as three new songs hold the top three positions on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs chart: “Jesus Saves”, “Fill Me Up” and “Overflow” hold the respective first, second and third positions on the chart. “Fill Me Up” and “Overflow” were released last week, along with “Jesus Saves” – which is the first single from Cobbs’ highly anticipated album “ONE PLACE LIVE,” recorded at Redemption Center Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Chicago Gospel Festival celebrates 30 years May 29 – 31. This year’s Chicago Gospel Festival will feature over 30 performers including Israel Houghton and New Breed, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, Marvin Sapp, Ricky Dillard and New G, Anita Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds and Cinque Cullar with a 200 voice Peace Choir comprised of churches throughout the Chicagoland area. Donald Lawrence will lead a very special tribute to Bishop Walter Hawkins and Andrae Crouch featuring Bishop Rance Allen, Bryan Courtney Wilson, Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page Lockhart, Vanessa Bell Armstong, Krystle Murden and more.

BLACK OR WHITE is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez and LeAndria Johnson are among the guests joining Bishop Paul S. Morton on July 13th at Greater St Stephens in New Orleans for a live recording celebrating Bishop Paul Mortons 30 + year career in Gospel Music as well as 20 years as leader of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. The live recording is produced by Trent Phillips and serves as the the kickoff to this year’s Full Gospel Fellowship Conference and the first of many events honoring Bishop Morton.


Casey J

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1. For Your Glory..Casey J


2. Tasha Cobbs…For Your Glory

3. Jason Nelson….I Am

2014 Trailblazers Of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon

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4.This Place..Tamela Mann

BET Music Matters Late Night Jam Session At MegaFest 2013 - Night 2

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5. I Will Trust..Fred Hammond

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