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It’s over between Kelly Price and her husband Jeffrey Rolle, Sr. According to Jawn Murray’s, the R&B singer is divorcing her husband of 23 years, and he is no longer serving as her manager. The two met as teens and have been married since they were 19. They have two children together—a son, Jeffrey Rolle Jr., 23, and daughter, Jonia Rolle, 21. The divorce is amicable. Price said her decision was in pursuit of “mutual happiness” and that they had simply grown apart. Price plans to sing about the split in a way that speaks to other women on her upcoming album, “Sing, Pray, Love Vol. 2: Pray,” due next year.

Royce Lovett brings an unapologetic fusion of hip-hop, progressive R&B and soul, the singer’s Fall 2015 EP release “Write It On The Wall” rings as a foretaste of the future pop/soul. Lovett’s distinct offering to music is guaranteed to knock speakers and resonate within the hearts of listeners with anthem-like choruses and messages of unity.

Bishop J Drew Sheard presents the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Mass Choir in a live recording August 17th. Greater Emmanuel is the spiritual home of Detroit’s leading ladies, The Clark Sisters (Karen Clark Sheard serves as first lady), BET Sunday Best Judge Kierra Sheard and J Drew Sheard III. As anticipated, the Clark Sisters and Kierra will make guest appearances on the CD and GEI minister of music and producer Derrick Starks will share production duties with J Drew Sheard III.

PMG Gospel announced today plans to release “We Will Worship,” Vaughn Murphy’s new single on August 11, 2015. A portion of the proceeds from the single will benefit Murphy’s wife Khia Murphy and the Vaughn Murphy Foundation. “We were honored to know a person with such a huge heart and love for God as Vaughn; his ministry will live on forever. We are deeply hurt, but we know God has a plan,” says Paul “PDA” Allen of PAJAM/PMG Gospel.

Kim Burrell is one of the most powerful voices in music today. She is the Grammy-Award nominated and Stellar Award winning singer and everybody’s favorite mentor on BET’s & Sunday Best. This year’s Essence Festival has chosen to honor the incomparable Pastor Burrell. August 21, 2015 Kim Burrell will release her highly anticipated effort, ‘From A Different Place.’

The Gospel Music Cruise provides the very best in the world of gospel music. With artist like Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Shirley Caesar, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Take 6 and hosts, Kirk Whalum and Regina Belle, now Entertainment Cruise Productions adds Donnie McClurkin to The Gospel Music Cruise ’16. The Gospel Music Cruise will sail from March 6 through 13, 2016 departing from Ft Lauderdale, Florida and traveling to the Caribbean islands of Grand Turk, Puerto Rico (San Juan), Tortola and Half Moon Cay. In addition to the unrivaled gospel music talent, the cruise will feature daily spiritual and enlightening events as well as a vast array of activities

Gospel Choir Music has been challenged to stay relevant in the music industry over the past few years. The Gospel Choir is the heartbeat of the traditional and contemporary church and has impacted Christian and mainstream music. Dr. Charles G. Hayes & Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir, Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Choir and J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise are just a few of the choirs with radio hits, top selling albums and incredible appearances all over the world. New to the list of phenomenal choirs is Dr. F. James Clark and the Shalom Church (City of Peace) Mass Choir hailing from St. Louis, MO. The Shalom Church (City Of Peace) Mass Choir, under pastor Dr. F. James Clark debuted on Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart at #3 last week and followed up a second week holding the #3 spot again with “SIMPLY AMAZING.”

MegaFest, the nation’s largest inspirational family festival, announced Tyler Perry’s new stage play, “Madea on the Run,” will make a tour stop in Dallas during August 19-23. The play will go down at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m.
“Madea always makes us all laugh while teaching valuable lessons that we remember long afterwards,” Bishop T.D. Jakes said. “We are excited to welcome Tyler Perry back to MegaFest. Tyler is a friend and constant supporter of ours. We are happy to extend this platform to his fan base knowing that MegaFest attendees will enjoy this hilarious play. ”

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.

Seventh season BET’S Sunday Best winner and Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA artist Geoffrey Golden has released his first single “All Of My Help” to all digital music providers. “All Of My Help” is the first single from Geoffrey’s debut album “Kingdom…LIVE!” executive produced by Kirk Franklin and available everywhere on August 7, 2015.


Travis Green

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1. Travis Greene..Intentional

Anthony Brown (Gospel)

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2. Anthony Brown & Group TheARpy…Worth

Charles Jenkins

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3. Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago..War


4. Tasha Cobbs…For Your Glory

Erica Campbell I Luh God Stills

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5. Erica Campbell..I Luh God

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