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Recording artist Doe celebrates her first GRAMMY® Award nomination as a solo artist. The songbird received the nomination for her feature on “Cycles” with Jonathan Mcreynolds in the Best Gospel Song/Performance category. "Cycles" was arguably one of the most popular gospel songs of 2018. The gripping lyrics of "Cycles" speaks to listener about ending negative patterns and thought processes in their life. Doe also has recently been added on two stops of the upcoming Jonathan Mcreynolds "Make Room" tour (Dallas, TX April 11th & Chicago, Illinois April 15th)."
“This season of my life has proven that Forward motion and Trusting in Jesus reaps incredible benefits. I’m also so thankful for my supporters that have invested in my journey and celebrated me when it was time for me to fly!” ~Doe
Doe (Dominique Jones) formerly known member of GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award nominated family group “foreverJones" has stepped out on her own as a solo artist. Known for her infectious energy on an off stage. Her signature voice, eclectic creativity and sound can been heard on her latest single “Deepest Part of You” which debuted at #36 on iTunes Christian/Gospel charts. Doe also is known for the Billboard Chart Topping single “He Wants It All” which she wrote at the age of 17. In 2018 the hit song was added to Motown Gospel's 20 year compilation album. Doe is now gearing up for a new national single release next month. She is currently available for interviews, features, award shows & special appearances.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY ® Awards will broadcast live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 from Los Angeles California.
|Posted on January 24, 2019 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
Central City Productions announces the nominees in 28 categories for the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, hosted again this year by history-making artist, Kirk Franklin on Friday, March 29. Contemporary gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds leads the field of nominees this year with nine nominations. The powerhouse singer earned recognition for his work on the album “Make Room” (Entertainment One) as well as in the key categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.
With seven nominations, chart-topping soloist Maranda Curtis, is recognized by the Stellar Awards voting body for excellence in the categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, Recorded Music package of the Year, and Praise and Worship CD of the Year for her work on “Open Heaven” (Red Alliance Media/Fair Trade). This year promises to pleasantly surprise the gospel audience with nominations for secular artists Snoop Dogg and Tori Kelly. Snoop Dogg garners a respectable three nominations for CD of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Special Event CD of the Year with his hit CD “Bible of Love” (RCA/Inspiration), and Tori Kelly’s angelic vocals have landed her three nominations in the categories of Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year with the smash hit “Hiding Place” (Schoolboy/Capitol), as well as Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year for her collaboration on “Never Alone” (Schoolboy/Capitol) with Stellars Host Kirk Franklin. Todd Dulaney is blessed with six nominations for “Your Great Name” (Entertainment One) for Artist of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Praise & Worship CD of the Year. Jekalyn Carr continues to rise higher in the gospel genre, earning five nominations this year in the top categories of Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year, and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year for her work on “One Nation Under God” (Lunjeal Music Group).
With four nominations each, Koryn Hawthorne, Kelontae Gavin, Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, and Jarrell Smalls and Company solidify their staying power in gospel music, representing contemporary and traditional gospel, respectively. Hawthorne is recognized for Song of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. Gavin has garnered Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Praise & Worship CD of the Year. Bishop Jones & CORSC and Jarrell Smalls & Company are vying for Traditional CD of the Year among their four nods each.
Other artists earning Stellar nominations include: Judah Band, The Walls Group, Earnest Pugh, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, VaShawn Mitchell, Jason Nelson, Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Jor’Dan Armstrong, and Brent Jones & the Waco Community Choir.
Don Jackson, Founder of the Stellar Awards and Chairman of Central City Productions, Inc. commented, “I am extremely excited about our 2019 Stellar Awards nominees. This year’s multiple nominations of new, established, as well as secular artists are a testament to the continued growth and success of gospel music and its appeal to a wide range of audiences across all genres. The Stellar Awards continues to be committed to celebrating the best in music that inspires and uplifts everyone.”
The Stellar Awards show taping will return to The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, March 29, 2019 and is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 - $200 at www.ticketmaster.com.
The week's activities begin with the Stellar Awards Independent Artist Showcase, taking place on Wednesday, March 27, with winners performing at the non-televised awards pre-show ceremony. The 2019 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 to showcase non-televised award winners. Also, the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held on Friday, March 29, honoring top radio stations and announcers serving urban gospel music audiences. Tickets for each event can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
CITY OF ATLANTA WELCOMES NFL-SANCTIONED 20th ANNUAL SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION TAKING PLACE AT ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL ON JANUARY 31, 2019 DURING SUPER BOWL LIII WEEK
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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms officially welcomed the 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) to Atlanta during a press conference today at City Hall with officials from the NFL, the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, Boys & Girls Club of America and Radio One in attendance. Returning to Atlanta for its 20th anniversary, the concert will be taped in front of a live audience on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Atlanta Symphony Hall during Super Bowl LIII week. National radio and tv personality Rickey Smiley is set to co-host the show, which will feature performances by Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, The Winans and the Super Bowl Gospel NFL Players Choir. More talent will be announced. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration special will premiere exclusively on BET Networks on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:00PM ET.
Award Winning International Artist ANTHONY FAULKNER Releases Original Christmas Single "This Time Of Year"
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Anthony Faulkner is an award-winning International Urban Inspirational Artist who writes, arranges and produces Gospel and Inspirational music. From Houston, TX, he has toured six continents and is noted as being a steadfast philanthropist with a passion for children and foreign missions. Anthony recently added another international music honor to his credits: The PraiseTek Gospel Music Award - International Legacy Award. PraiseTek Awards where handed out in London this October with Anthony in attendance to recieve his award.
Anthony's 2016 culturally fused GUARDIAN ANGEL album has contributed to his awards and nominations. GUARDIAN ANGEL landed on the Billboard Top 40 Gospel Sales Chart and showcases Anthony's effortless stylistic cohesion of Gospel, Urban AC, Reggae and Inspirational Pop with African, Caribbean and Italian musical influences. After taking this year to tour across the globe, Anthony closes out 2018 with a new holiday single. Via his own independent label, 7th Chapter Music, and with producer George Tyler, III, Anthony has written and released his first Christmas single "This Time of Year".
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Entertainment One Nashville (eOne Music Nashville) celebrates it’s Vice President & General Manager of Urban Inspirational Music, Gina Miller, as she receives recognition from Billboard as one of the most powerful executives in the music industry. Billboard’s annual celebration of more than 120 female industry leaders, veterans and next-gen talents was announced this week via Billboard.com.
Gina Miller joined the Nashville-based division 15 years ago beginning with an unconventional internship at Light Records then serving in various roles from radio and retail to marketing, sales and more. Miller will helm an award-winning roster of hit artists, that include 2018 #1 Billboard Gospel radio players, Todd Dulaney and Jonathan McReynolds, have generated 42.5 million and 39.6 million streams this year. Day to day she oversees operations, which includes the management of every aspect from budgets to the development of initiatives, plans, new business, strategy and partnerships. In her role, Gina also recruits and signs talent, oversees and manages staff, artist relationships, music, products, radio, sales, production, publicity and the overall division's bottom line.
“My advice to women in music is to be authentic, be teachable, be confident, be honest, be accessible, be impactful and be kind,” says Gina Miller to Billboard.com.
Over the past year, the label’s releases include chart-topping projects from Award Winning artists Todd Dulaney, Jonathan Nelson Jonathan McReynolds, and more, along with chart-topping radio singles from Lisa Page Brooks, JJ Hairston, James Fortune, Deitrick Haddon, Ricky Dillard and more.
For more information on Entertainment One visit entertainmentone.com. Follow Gina Miller on social media by using the handle @TheeGinaMiller
KELONTAE GAVIN SET TO PERFORM AT TOP-TIER EVENTS, ATLANTA'S INSPIRATION STATION, PRAISE 102.5 14TH ANNUAL PRAISE IN THE PARK, 49TH ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS PRE-TELECAST AND BISHOP T.D. JAKES' WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED! MASTER CLASS
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The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced Kelontae Gavin will perform and present at this years 2018 Dove Awards Pre – Telecast. Kelontae will perform his Top 10 hit song “No Ordinary Worship”. The _ is currently spending 32 consecutive weeks in the Top 30 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay and peaked to date at #9. The song reached #5 on Billboard Gospel Digital Single Sales and #10 on Billboard Hot Gospel Songs (which combines airplay, streaming and sales data). Gavin's debut album *The Higher Experience_* debuted at #2 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums and later hit #1 on Nielsen's Top Gospel Albums chart. Additionally, Gavin debuted at #4 on Billboard Magazine’s popular Next Big Sound Top 15 chart the leading provider of online music analytics and insights, which ranks the 15 fastest moving artists weekly, merging billions of major social music data points for hundreds of thousands of artists from the most relevant streaming sites and social networks).
On October 18-20, Kelontae Gavin will make his first appearance at T.D. Jakes’ ministries three-day Woman, Thou Art Loosed! Master Class conference as a guest artist, held at The P.L.A.C.E., the new event center developed by the Potter’s House in Dallas, TX. The gathering will hosts thousands of women to help them strengthen their skill sets, cast vision for success and advance in their spheres of influence.
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Dr. Danielle Spencer, the former child star of "What's Happening!!," has emergency brain surgery.” Dr. Danielle is dealing with serious medical conditions and needs help. Friends of Dr. Danielle have started a Go Funding Page as they are all claiming a successful prognosis she will continue to have a long recovery and stint in rehab again and funds raised will help with treatment, medication and sustaining.
Danielle rose to fame on the ABC sitcom, which ran from 1976 — 1979. She later reprised her role in What's Happening Now!!, a 1985 revival which focused on the show’s main characters as adults. After leaving Hollywood, she attended Alabama's Tuskegee University and is now working as a veterinarian in California.
About Dr. Danielle Spencer:
In 1993 Danielle became a doctor practicing her second love, which is Veterinary medicine. Dr. Danielle has lent her talents to various television and film projects, which included a guest appearance as a veterinarian in Jack Nicholson's film "As a Good As It Gets" (1997) and Peter Rabbit and the Crucifix (2001). Over the years Danielle has appeared in NBC's soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (2001). She was featured in USA's TV Land Confidential: Untold Stories" (2007). She was also recognized for her trademark phrase "Oooh I'm Gonna Tell Mama" on the TV miniseries "100 Greatest Quotes and Catch Phrases" (2006). Danielle kept busy as a child star making guest appearances on such iconic shows such as "The Brady Bunch Special (1977), Christmas at Walt Disney-world (1978), "The Tap Dance Kid" (1978), USA's "The Family Feud" (1979) and "Soul Train" (1987).Danielle was recognized with an award at the fourth annual "The TV Land Awards" in 2006 for the brattiest kid on television, a few years ago, Dr Danielle received the distinction of being the first black female child to star regularly in a television series as exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American history and culture in Washington DC. achievements she truly relishes. On the rise she continued to not let her disability and illness stop her. Recently starring in Jeremy Cormier's "Even A Good Many Is Tempted." As an ICON whose memorable work on the show What's Happening, career as a veterinarian and author will be preserved, remembered, researched and exhibited for years to come. Enduring adversity, Dr. Spencer's strength as an over comer is apparent.
|Posted on October 6, 2018 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Doe Jones (Dominique Jones) formerly known member of GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award nominated “foreverJones" has announced her new music titled "Deepest Part Of You" is set to release digitally October 23rd. This week the recording artist also revealed the cover art for the upcoming single. Doe’s highly anticipated announcement hit social media and have fans, supporters including many in the industry excited for the upcoming release. Doe Jones is known for her infectious energy on an off stage. Her signature voice, eclectic creativity and sound has been heard on songs like “Cycles” by Jonathan Mcreynolds and leading "He Wants It All" by foreverJONES. Earlier this month "He Wants It All" was included on Motown Gospel's 20 year compilation album.
"I’m kind of excited to share my heart with you. For those of you who have been on this journey with me...thank you. This ain’t the single... but it’s just a taste... of what’s been on my heart! Can’t wait to share this with you soon soon soon!" ~ DOE
WHO IS DOE JONES:
Doe Jones is a passionate musical artist and songwriter from Shreveport, Louisiana. She currently travels around the US singing and inspiring people to deepen and strengthen their relationships with the Lord. Beneath her ministry and calling as an individual lies the foundation of her family, foreverJONES. Doe, her parents, and her four brothers and sisters all have travel together and minister as a family band. To date, the group has been nominated for 2 Grammys, 6 Stellars, and 4 Dove Awards. Although they have seen much success over the years, their hearts collectively desire to see families transformed, changed, and restored by their testimony, the power of God’s presence and prayer. Doe has resolved in her heart to use every gift she possesses for the Glory of Jesus Christ.
|Posted on September 14, 2018 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
The highly anticipated sixth album, “DECLARATIONS,” (eOne) from Stellar Award Winner Jonathan Nelson, is available today, in stores and online everywhere. This 12-track brand-new album with Nelson’s signature vocals, lyrics and sound, “DECLARATIONS” affirms Nelson’s place in gospel music as a trailblazing praise and worship leader. From beginning to end, “DECLARATIONS” is authentic worship, straight from his heart.
Produced by Jonathan Nelson and Kenneth Shelton (KenHe Music Productions), “DECLARATIONS,” was recorded in both Baltimore, MD and Sunrise, FL. Nelson says the objective of this album is to give believers affirmations they can declare to God, and also hear God’s response to their call. The result is a blend of traditional and contemporary stylings that Nelson is known for. Songs like “I Agree” and “Redeemed” are sure to resonate with those who have followed Jonathan’s writing and music. Songs like “Jesus You Are Lord,” featuring Anaysha Figueroa Cooper, and “Because You Are,” featuring BeBe Winans, will cause listeners to reflect on their love of God. The album also featured collaborations with Gene Hoskins, Jalisa Faye and Na’Asia Barnes.
Nelson says, “At any given point of a Sunday morning church service, you can sing one of these songs.” Nelson is confident that “Declarations” will inspire listeners to “start declaring and speaking over their lives.”
“I agree”, says Gina Miller (VP/GM eOne Nashville). “There is a song for everyone in church and out of church. My hope is that with so much going on in the world, this album will resonate with everyone. There is a song here that is an answer to a need and there is a song here that is a celebratory response.”
Nelson is the son of a Pentecostal preacher and an alumnus of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Morgan State University. He served as the worship leader at Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, MD, under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, in the early 2000s. Nelson’s loyal fans continue to join him in sharing what they are believing God for by using the hashtag #Declarations2018. In support of “DECLARATIONS,” the singer/songwriter, worship leader and producer will conduct a series of release concerts in Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, with west coast and international dates later this fall. For more information on Jonathan Nelson visit JonathanNelson.us.