The 4th Annual Gospel Music Fest with “The Belle” Returns With Special Appearance by Larry Bland And Featured Guests
Byron Cage & the Greater Voices of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Ann Nesby, Soul Tempo and The Legendary Virginia Choral Ensemble
Dogwood Dell, Richmond, VA Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 5 PM FREE to the PUBLIC!
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East Coast Gospel Music Summer Fest RichmondChristianCenter, Richmond,VA
With Chanel of Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Troy Sneed, Earnest Pugh, Earl Bynum & The Mount, James Johnson & The Voices of Cedar Street, Bryan Pound, Javen, Bar Muziq, Gospel Rapper Blaze and MANY More Soon to Be Announced!
ALSO Industry and Leadership Roundtable Morning Discussions
Saturday, July 27, 2013 FREE to the PUBLIC!
Atlanta's Songstress MONICA LISA STEVENSON Celebrates the Release of her new CD LIVE IN ATLANTA
(In photo from left to right: Connie Birth, Shawn Bigby, Monica Lisa Stevenson, The Belle, Kim Stratton and Terrence Cotton)
Atlanta, GA -- Atlanta's powerhouse vocalist Monica Lisa Stevenson celebrated the release of her first nationally distributed CD project LIVE IN ATLANTA this week. Monica's CD is being released exclusively through Nashville, TN based Central South Distribution and can be found at Walmart, Best Buy, on iTunes and Amazon and at Christian retailers throughout the country.
The project includes her rising radio single "Right There" and a stand out contemporary track "Lead Me". LIVE IN ATLANTA also features a special guest appearance by The Princess of Gospel Angela Spivey on the foot stomping, fiery cut "Hold On".
To celebrate LIVE IN ATLANTA, Stevenson invited several of her friends to join her for a special Worship Celebration, including, Sheilah Belle (The Belle Report), Lowell Pye (Award Winning Gospel Vocalist), Small Fyre (Comedian), Gospel Singers Zacarti Cortez, Shawn Bigby, Terrence Cotton, Connie Birth, Kim Stratton, Morgan Duke, Bishop Duke, Rhondell, B. Chase, Patrick Lundy, Patrick Noble Allen, Rick Joyner, Jamila Joy, Claude Deuce, Larry Tinsley, Darlene McCoy and many others.
The concert took place at NewLifeInternationalFamilyChurch, 5349 Snapfinger Woods Dr., Decatur, GA at 7:30PM.
Look for the full story soon.
Billboard Gospel Chart Debut At #8 For Bishop K.W. Brown Presents
Earl Bynum and The MountUnity Choir
Chesapeake, VA -- The electrifying and pristine choir that has the Gospel music industry all a buzz is humbly celebrating a monumental achievement today. Under the ministerial leadership of Bishop K.W. Brown and the musical direction of International Gospel artist and two time Stellar Award nominee Minister Earl Bynum, The Mount Unity Choir, with over 100 voices strong, landed on Billboard Current Top 40 Gospel Albums Chart at #8 with their debut release BISHOP K.W. BROWN PRESENTS EARL BYNUM AND THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR LIVE.
"Eight is the number of new beginnings!" states Bishop Brown. "I pray that as God has honored this project that it will inspire people around the world to acknowledge Christ. May the project release fresh fire and birth new seasons in the lives of every listener."
“I’m ecstatic about The Mount debuting on Billboard at #8! Thank you to every announcer who has supported us with air play on our single “Bless The Name of The Lord’,” says Bynum. “Most importantly, thank you to those supporters who went out and purchased The Mount’s inaugural CD!”
BISHOP K.W. BROWN PRESENTS EARL BYNUM AND THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR LIVE is released by K.W. Brown Ministries / Habakkuk Music / INgrooves Fontana Distribution with marketing and publicity powered by The Bellamy Group. Executive Producers for this impressive release are Bishop Kim Brown and Elder Valerie Brown with Minister Earl Bynum taking the helm of producer. The CD and DVD were recorded live at The Mount Cathedral in Chesapeake, VA.
The CD also comes with a bonus DVD that includes all 13 tracks and behind the scenes footage from the live recording. The Mount Unity Choir delivers sweet worship ballads, churchy gospel songs and beautifully composed contemporary praise melodies. Making special appearances on the project are Dr. Judith McAllister, Evangelist Lemmie Battles, Charmaine Swimpson, Cora Armstrong and Slater Johnson. A companion song book will be available in June.
Earl Bynum and The Mount Unity Choir Tour Dates:
Umoja Festival/ Ntelos Theater
Hampton Minister's Conference
Issachar Leadership Conference
COGIC AIM Convention
Independent Alliance Conference
GMWA National Convention
East Coast Gospel Music Fest
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Oxygen Greenlights 'Pastors of LA' Set to Premiere Fall 2013
New York, NY -- Oxygen Media has teamed up with Lemuel Plummer, the creator and executive producer of “Vindicated” and producer of “The Sheards,” and Holly Carter, creator and executive producer of “106 & Gospel” and executive producer of “The Sheards,” for the network’s latest series greenlight, “Pastors of L.A.” Read More
Award Winning Gospel Singer Dottie Peoples Launches Exclusive "I Got This" Diva Line
Atlanta, GA -- Grammy ® Award- nominated, Dove, Stellar, GMWA, NAACP Image Award-Winning Singer DOTTIE PEOPLES teams up with Divine Dzion to create her signature line of pantyhose, "I Got This" Diva Line Hosiery, available online and in stores starting today.
"I'm excited to embark on this new adventure," said Dottie. "In addition to music, I have always had a flair for fashion. Thanks to Divine Dzion, my dream to create stylish yet comfortable hosiery for the curvaceous woman has come true."
"I Got This" Diva Line Hosiery is designed to complement a woman's curves with hours of comfort and support. The reasonably priced pantyhose collection comes in a wide range of ultra-sheer colors, from "tempting tan" to "black charcoal," and features a sleek, "barely there" feel. Available in a variety of regular and hard-to-find sizes, including A-Q3, "I Got This" Diva Line Hosiery is perfect for the everyday diva or a night of full-on diva glam.
"Whether on stage, in church, or at brunch with friends, it's important for women of all shapes and sizes to feel beautiful," explains Dottie. "Pantyhose are a key element in making a woman's style look polished and sophisticated. A lot of women have a hard time finding hosiery to fit their body comfortably, and that can interfere with a woman's self -confidence. My "I Got This" Diva Line Hosiery is designed to hug a woman's curves so perfectly that she forgets she's wearing pantyhose. When a woman can focus on how beautiful she feels, and is not distracted by ill-fitting foundation, that's when her inner diva shines!"
Sunday Morning Mothers’ Day Service at Mt.OliveBaptistChurch
(In photo left to right; First Lady A.J. Sanders, Pastor Michael Sanders, The Belle and Wendy Betha)
Richmond, VA – Mother’s were remembered around the globe on yesterday and at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Bells Road, Richmond, VA, mothers, grandmothers, Great Grandmothers, Aunts, Stepmothers, Foster mothers and anyone who had stepped into the roll to be a mother were all celebrated as Pastor Michael Sanders opened up the11am Sunday morning worship service.
The Male Chorus sang for the women, roses were passes out to all of the mothers and special guests also performed.
Stepping in as the Sunday morning guest speaker was Sheilah Belle, The Belle, making this her first time delivering an 11am Sunday morning service. Belle said, “What a blessed opportunity to be used by God.”
It was truly a memorable Sunday morning service.
Thanks again to Pastor Sanders for opening his doors.
Grammy-winning Gospel Superstar Donald Lawrence To Host a Star-Studded Live Recording Marking 20 Years in Music for Much-Anticipated Celebration Album
Nashville, TN -- Grammy® Award-winning Gospel superstar, songwriter and producer Donald Lawrence will kick off a star-studded live recording from his home base in Chicago on Tuesday, June 18th for the first part in his much-anticipated two-volume 20th Year Anniversary album, Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration Volumes I & II. Celebrating 20 years for the musical trailblazer since releasing his first album with the Tri-City Singers, a host of diverse performers will join Lawrence for this milestone live album recording of Volume I, including CCM star Natalie Grant, the legendary Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Coko (of SWV), DTP Records’ soul singer Rudy Currence, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price, Ted & Sheri, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Lawrence’s backing ensemble The Co., and dancing to Lawrence’s tune “Beautiful Feet” superstar director/choreographer/dancer Laurieann Gibson.
Taking place at Lawrence’s longtime Chicago-area home church – Dr. Bill Winston’s Living Word Christian Center – the prolific artist and his special guests will fill the stage with an inspiring evening of fresh, rousing performances on beloved hits such as “Say A Prayer for Me,” “Mighty God” and more, in this free live recording. Marking the first collaboration between Lawrence’s production company Quiet Water Entertainment and eOne Music in their partnership, the long-awaited 20-year celebration album will mix new music and fan favorites, with Lawrence’s live recording for Volume II to take place back in Charlotte, NC with the Tri-City Singers and other guests at a later date.
Says Lawrence, “Join me in Chicago for what will be an unforgettable evening of special performances with my friends; I am excited they can join me here on stage and we have an incredible celebration in store. The past 20 years have been filled with so many blessings that would not have been possible without God and your amazing support, and I look forward to celebrating in this live recording with you and sharing many more experiences in the years to come.”
An in-demand artist, composer and producer whose talents cross genres from Gospel to R&B, jazz and more, Donald Lawrence’s music ministry continues to inspire and lead the way with fans around the world and his peers in the music industry. A multiple Stellar Award-winner, Lawrence’s impact in music since the 1993 release of A Songwriter’s Point of View with the Tri-City Singers includes numerous hits including the #1 singles “The Blessing of Abraham,” “Back II Eden,” and countless arrangements and production work.
Donald Lawrence 20 Year Celebration, Volume I Live Recording: Chicago
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 – 7 PM CST
Living Word Christian Center
7600 W. Roosevelt Rd. Forest Park, IL60130
McDonald's and Gospel Music Superstars Announce Concert Tour toGive Back to Communities Nationwide
Three generations of gospel music's finest are teaming with McDonald's to give back to communities nationwide through the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. Headlined by Grammy-winning gospel sensation Smokie Norful, the concert series offers an assortment of soulful sounds through contemporary gospel with Tamela Mann, hip-hop with Lecrae and traditional/contemporary gospel with John P. Kee and Vickie Winans. McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour kicks off May 9 and runs through August 30.
"I'm elated to again headline the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour," said Norful. "From sharing some of my new music to introducing my son Ashton's career on the tour, this is a phenomenal season in life. And, I'm excited to share it with fans across the nation, all in an effort to give back."
Now in its seventh year, McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour emphasizes the importance of giving back. As a part of each show, concertgoers will learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) and the important role it plays in helping families and children worldwide. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in a love offering to support families served by the Charity, including those in their community.
"Giving back to those around us is crucial, especially with the recent tough times our families and communities have faced," said Winans, who will also host each concert. "Now more than ever, our communities need to know we are there for them, and that's something the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour has set out to do. I'm honored to take part in the cause, and I look forward to bringing joy and laughter to everyone who attends the concerts."
"I'm humbled to share the stage with legendary gospel artists," said Lecrae, who won the 2013 Grammy for Best Gospel Album. "It's amazing to see a classic brand like McDonald's stand behind a message that's needed in communities everywhere. Gospel fans are in for an experience I believe they'll talk about long after the tour."
The multi-city tour will make stops in nine markets, including: Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Louisville, Newark, Philadelphiaand Washington, D.C. Concerts are free, with the exception of the May 11 show in Newark, which is part of McDonald's Gospelfest.
"For generations, McDonald's has continued its efforts to be deeply rooted — and invested — in the areas we serve, both in restaurants and in the community," said Rob Jackson, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "McDonald's is committed to giving back and we're honored to bring messages of joy and hope to thousands of our neighbors."
Tour dates and locations include:
May 9 – Washington, D.C., EbenezerAMEChurch
May 10 – Philadelphia, SharonBaptistChurch
May 11 – Newark, McDonald's Gospelfest - Prudential Center
June 6 – Birmingham, Bill Harris Arena
June 7 – Atlanta, Greater TravelersRestBaptistChurch
June 21 – Detroit, SecondEbenezerBaptistChurch
June 22 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival
July 3 – Louisville, Full Gospel Baptist Conference
August 30 – Dallas, MegaFest
McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the company's 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of American-Americans year round. Consumers can visit www.365Black.com to learn more about the tour. Sponsors of the 2013 McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour include Dr Pepper® and EBONY® Collections.