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JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Set to Release New Album "MIRACLE WORKER" on July 26th + JJ & Trina Hairston Debut New Book "A Miracle Marriage"

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

GRAMMY nominated, Billboard Music Award Winner, and seven-time Stellar Award winner JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise are set to release their 10th album “Miracle Worker,” on July 26 via Hairston’s JamesTown Music, which is distributed exclusively by Entertainment One. Hairston’s 10th album will be accompanied by the release of a relationship book with his wife, Trina Hairston, titled, “A Miracle Marriage.”

The acclaimed contemporary sound and trendsetting impact of JJ Hairston has continued to explode, with the monumental success from the 2017 release of JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise's #1 album “You Deserve It,” and its #1 smash hit song "You Deserve It.

"Hairston’s new album is sure to follow up with just as much success as its predecessor. "Miracle Worker" is the first single lifted from the upcoming JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise album set to release on July 26th. The single has quickly gained traction, currently sitting in the top 15 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. The upcoming album, “Miracle Worker,” was recorded in two sessions, one in Abuja, Nigeria at COZA Church and the second half was recorded at Hairston's home church City of Praise in Landover, MD.

JJ Hairston and his wife Trina will be releasing a relationship book titled, “A Miracle Marriage,” on the same day as his 10th album, giving fans a balanced dose of knowledge and inspiration. The book is a simple guide on how millennial couples can learn to make their marriage work in today’s society. JJ Hairston says,

"I am amazed at the awesome things that God continues to do,” Hairston continues, "It’s something my wife, Trina, and I never imagined. It is our prayer that this album reminds people that miracles still happen. They are not just Bible stories, but even today God works miracles in homes, families, bodies, marriages and so much more. Not only that, but He shows us in signs and wonders that continue to blow our minds.”

“It has been a privilege to watch God use the ministry and music of JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise for more than a decade. To create music that continually makes an impact globally, reaching continents, countries, cities, and churches around the world, touching the hearts and lives of people, speaking to them regardless of their native language, and where they are is also a miracle. I can’t wait to see the love and miracles that we all are about to witness as this new, life changing music, is released,” says Gina Miller, eOne’s VP & General Manager - Nashville. 

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise will kick off the promotional Love & Miracles Tour at Radio One D.C.’s “Praise In The Park” at the Gateway Pavilion on June 22nd. Hairston's new album “Miracle Worker,” and relationship book “A Miracle Marriage,” will both be available on July 26th. Both are available for pre-order on June 22nd at JJHairston.com.


Posted on June 24, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the last decade, Zacardi Cortez’s muscularly dynamic vocals have established him as one of soul music’s new leaders. On his own, the gruff-voiced tenor has scored No. 1 hits such as “1 on 1” and “Oh, How I Love You” which recently spent a dozen weeks atop the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart. Now, he’s recorded his most poignant, heart-felt musical statement yet with “YOU DON'T KNOW” (Black Smoke Music Worldwide). It opens softly with Cortez singing, “you don’t know what I’ve been through, let me share my story with you.” He reminisces on some of his real-life challenges.

BET Announces Top 20 Contestants of "Sunday Best" - Premieres Sun. June 30th at 8/7c

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Returning from its four-year hiatus, America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best,” makes its triumphant return to BETon Sunday, June 30that 8/7c with two brand-new back-to-back episodes. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host, gospel songstress and host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell as a judge; and added two Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds as new additions to the panel. With a brand-new stage and exciting themed challenges, this season has narrowed down the competition to 20 finalists. 

The new season kicks off for the first time ever with in-person auditions in front of the judges, with no audience. The contestants have to show their true talent, with no smoke and mirrors, by performing acapella with no band support, as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10. For the first time the contestants were able to use an online submissions process, after which the team lead a global search for this year’s contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeriaand for the first time-ever London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants. The top 20 contestants are:

Antonio Santora, 31, Durham, North Carolina

Ashley Barnes, 24, Memphis, Tennessee

Brielle Frage, 21, Avenel, New Jersey

Cornelius Edwards, 33, West Palm Beach, Florida

Chelsey Barnes, 22, Memphis, TN

Emorja Roberson, 27, South Bend, Indiana

Jamal Roberts, 22, Meridian, Mississippi

James Thompson, 23, Derby UK

Jason Warrior, 23, Chicago, IL

Joshua Copeland, 37, Salisbury, Maryland

Kayva Offord, 27, Orange, Texas

Keyla Richardson, 22, Pensacola, Florida

Lakeesha Rice, 36, Greensboro, North Carolina

Linda Williams, 52, University Heights, OH

Melvin Crispell III, 21, Charlotte, North Carolina

Opal Staples, 38, Chicago, IL

Roy Moye, 26, Wichita, Kansas

Tiffany Andrews, 35, Newark, New Jersey

Tiffany Moore, 35, Augusta, Georgia

Yoonjung Park, 32, South Korea

Music Industry Veteran Tracy Williamson Releases New Book-"Own Your Moment and Take the Stage"

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (3)

Gospel Music Industry Executive and Founder of Tre7 Entertainment, Tracy Y. Williamson has added "Author" to her name with the new book: "Own Your Moment and Take the Stage: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Music Career". Tracy has worked in the music industry for nearly 20 years as a record label executive, artist consultant, publicist, artist manager, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and radio host. Through her new book, "Own Your Moment and Take the Stage: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Music Career", Tracy shares her journey along with viable tips and information to help guide those who desire to be connected to the music industry. 

The Book: If you are in pursuit of a career in the music or entertainment industry, this book will step-by-step help lay the groundwork for you to successfully own your moment and take the stage. Gain insight, motivation, and information to properly develop your vision before writing a song, recording music, releasing a project, performing on stage, or signing with a record label. Learn how to establish and maintain your vision, finances, music, creative goals, team and brand, while pursuing national platforms, record contracts, and distribution deals.

This book also includes an Artist Journal to notate your moments of creativity and information gathered throughout your journey.

Endorsements: “I’ve had the experience of working with Tracy Williamson and it was an experience of excellence! She was giving, attentive, and such a caregiver. Talent coordination at its finest!”

-Anthony Hamilton, Grammy Award-Winning and Platinum Selling Recording Artist

“I am so proud of Tracy. She is driven and a dreamer. She sees things before they happen and works to make her dreams a reality. She has tough skin to deal with the pressures of the music business. She prepares herself for the journey at hand and believes she can do anything with God on her side. She is a true professional.”

-Percy Gray, Jr., Stellar Award-Winning Songwriter and Producer

“Tracy Williamson’s love and gift for developing and cultivating gospel artists comes from a pure place. Many artists have benefited from her knowledge, authenticity, and commitment to equipping them with the tools needed to navigate throughout the music industry.

-Kevin Bond, Grammy Award-Winning Producer

“Tracy has established herself as an industry professional and expert in the areas of A&R and marketing. The information in this book should be a blessing to any artist seeking to further their career in the music business.

-Bryant Scott, President of Tyscot Records – Oldest African-American-Owned International Gospel Record Company

Available Now on Amazon and at www.Tracy7.com

"Don't Just Be....Become"-Tracy Williamson

For more information visit: www.Tracy7.com

"Talks With Toya" Recap Of The 18th Annual I Hear Music Weekend

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Fred Hammond

If you did not attend the 18th Annual I Hear Music Conference, you totally missed a treat. Tracey Artist did it again with her star-studded Friday Night concert on May 3, 2019. The Friday Night lineup included Zarcardi Cortez, Le’Andria Johnson , Charles Jenkins and the one and only Fred Hammond. Le’Andria came and took us all the way to church. If you missed a Sunday you made up for it that night with her singing. Then you have Zacardi, and when he sings you always feel like you are riding the wind as he moves from note to note. Now Pastor Jenkins is always going to make sure that you get a good toe tapping foot stomping praise in and have you thinking about your home church you grew up in. Last but definitely not least, Fred Hammond who took us down memory lane from his first album to his most recent. He made sure we felt the best of 90s Gospel Music with a twist. The bands and host, Isaac Carree made the night even more memorable. And the founder Tracey herself received a well-deserved recognition of her outstanding work from the Ohio Governor, Governor Mike DeWine, which was presented by Michelle Reynolds the Director for the Ohio Governor’s Faith Based Initiative Program.

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 the Youth Jam was a great success and allowed us to pour into the next generation of Gospel musicians and artists. And the Manager Roundtable was full of wisdom and ah ha nuggets. The kind of wisdom that compels you to sit at your elder’s feet and in awe and absorb the knowledge that flows from their belly. Each panelist gave every artist something that they could have taken home and applied to their current career. The panelist consisted of Nicole Heyward, Walter Thomas, Devante Arbet & John Hart. These four managers have worked with Gospel greats such as (eight-time Stellar Award & Grammy Nominated), Jonathan McReynolds, Zacardi Cortez, (Multi Stellar Award-Winning Artist), James Fortune, JJ. Hairston, Travis Green, and (Stellar Award/BET Sunday Best Winner) Y’Anna Crawley. And let’s not forget about the incredible artist line up that blessed us such as Chosen and Bridgewater. Later on, that evening, a listening party for industry executives (Managers, Publicists, Radio Stations and more) to take a peek at LeNasia Tyson’s new record. Let me tell you, there is a little bit of praise, church, soul and more. Make sure you get a copy and listen for yourself. She has her single out now entitled Praise Party.

On Sunday, May 5, 2019 the Legends ball which was a sold-out after five event that recognized industry and community leaders. Not only did she honor legends, but she blessed a few graduating seniors with $1,000 scholarships to help them pursue their educational dreams. The special musical guest was none other than Isabel Davis. She is known for her song The Call that was released in 2017 and poured out to the attendees in such a way that those who watched the FB Live videos felt the presence of the Lord.

This weekend would not have been possible without having awesome sponsors like 5/3 Bank, St. Jude, Cincinnati Herald, Faces of Praise, 1050AM Inspiration, The Ohio Media School, Yes Lord Radio, BBHM Ministries, Ayers Transportation Services, Kingdom Family Dentistry, and Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes.

All in all, well done Tracey! Make sure you plan to make it to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2020 to be a part of the 19th Annual I Hear Music Conference. There is something for everyone, if you would just listen…. “to the music in the air”.

Visit their website for more information at www.hearmusicintheair.com

LaToya Dowdell-Burger, Talks With Toya

La Ti Do Music Co. – Owner/Chief Strategist

LaToya is a Chief Strategist, Publicist, Business Manager and owner of La Ti Do Music Co. She truly enjoys ALL THINGS Gospel. Check out her online blog on Tumblr entitled "Talks With Toya". She will be chatting it up with you on all things Ministry and Industry. Stay tuned and connect.


Posted on May 31, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Tasha Cobbs Leonard continues to expand her business ventures with the launch of CURVE Athletics, announced today. Following the successful launch of Fritz Eyewear last summer, Cobbs Leonard broadens her retail brand with CURVE Athletics. Billed as an “Athleisure” apparel line for women with CURVES, the line promises to offer stylish, comfortable and fun pieces that can are worn for workouts, a busy day running through airports, or on a hot date. This collection is designed with the plus-sized woman in mind. Each piece is structured with a breathable, and supportive high-end fabric that provides both a comfortable and shaping hold.

CURVE Athletics offers outfits for everyday occasions with both the security and shaping of a body garment, but with the ease and flexibility of your favorite sweat pants. Key elements include a waistband that never rolls down, targeted compression that offers a flattering fit, and easy movement. CURVE Athletics is available in a range of sizes starting from Large (12/14) to 3XL (24/26).Tasha launched the line with an incredible photo spread that features women of all sizes and ages. The collection is available now at www.curveathletics.net/. CURVE Athletics is the CURVY Woman’s New Addiction! All this plus Tasha continues to tour and share her musical gifts around the world. She currently has two singles making an impact, “This Is A Move,” and “You Know My Name (Live).”


Posted on May 31, 2019 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In a time when churches are facing extreme challenges - from gun violence and terrorism to declining attendance and scandals - the faith community could use some guidance on navigating the harsh realities of modern times. Olu Brown, author and founding pastor of Impact Church in Atlanta, has provided timely wisdom on church management and leadership in his latest books 4D Impact: Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church and Leadership Directions from Moses: On the Way to a Promised Land.

Brown will bring this wisdom to life on Thursday, May 9 at 12:00pm ET during a one-hour interactive 4D Impact Online Conference where users will get a first-hand opportunity to learn the principles that guided Impact Church to becoming the fifth fastest-growing United Methodist congregation in the United States. To assess the "health" of a church, Brown believes there are four critical areas of 21st century church ministry that should be examined: culture, hospitality, worship, and technology. In 4D Impact, Brown shares stories of success and failure from Impact Church's ongoing journey and offers diagnostic tools to help you determine if your church is healthy or in need of a reboot.

Leadership Directions from Moses is a handy tool for those dealing with the departure of key members from the church. Brown uses the story of Moses to illustrate how to help others exit gracefully, how to not let yourself or a congregation be upended when others choose to leave, and how to find unexpected opportunities in the challenge of new vacancies.

"Like all church leaders, I want our church to be healthier and vital," says Brown. "However, given the times we live in, our traditional approach to reaching people for Jesus Christ has to evolve. I've been blessed to learn some key lessons as pastor of Impact and I want to share those insights with the world." For more information on 4D Impact, Leadership Directions from Moses and to register for the online conference, visit olubrown.com.

12 Year Old Anti-bully Advocate & Prodigy Jhala Angelique Releases Empowering Single

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

12 year old actress, anti-bully activist & recording artist JHALA ANGELIQUE releases new single titled "Kaleidoscope". Also known as a child prodigy Jhala is making her sparkling music debut with an anthem for the ages. "Kaleidoscope" positively promotes the importance of having strong self-image and recognizing the beauty within that we all have. 

In 2018 Jhala Angelique was the winner of the Los Angeles acclaimed and celebrated “A Taste of Soul” and “StarQuest” singing competitions. Jhala is a fast-rising vocal dynamo who sees her future not merely as a catch-all for superstardom but as a catalyst for positive change in the hearts and minds of her generation. As young Jhala launches her music career many listeners have said she brings with "Kaleidoscope" one of the most dynamic and empowering messages to come along since “The Greatest Love of All”. "Kaleidoscope" is now available for streaming and downloads on all digital outlets.


Jhala (pronounced Jay-lah’ and meaning “God is with you”  is a Los Angeles native who was attending school in Fontana when she became a victim of bullying in 2nd grade. “I was a happy, high-energy kid before my mom started seeing a change,” Jhala shares. “She asked me a series of questions which led to me telling her what was happening to me. I was just 7-years-old and the only Black kid in my class. A group of girls would run up during recess and take turns hitting me, calling me names because of the color of my skin. My mother immediately demanded many meetings with the principal, parents and my teacher who instigated some of the attacks. At the end of the semester, she made the decision to homeschool me.” “I later heard about kids that were bullied committing suicide,” Jhala continues. “I told my Mom I wanted to be a voice of change. So, I started my anti-bullying campaign on YouTube to encourage my peers to unite and stand up to bullying!

Jekalyn Carr Releases "I See Miracles" to Gospel Radio

Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Jekalyn Carr – internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist/author/actress/speaker/entrepreneur – is releasing a brand new track, "I See Miracles," to Gospel radio on today, her 22nd birthday.

The inspiration behind the song came from the interactions Jekalyn has shared with people from around the globe as she ministered. "During my visits to different cities, so many people would come to me, asking me to agree with them in prayer for what they were believing for. They would post on my social media, too - people from all across the world were trusting God for jobs, family restoration, finances for school, houses, children, needing cars, running for goverment office and on and on," says Jekalyn. "Then, it hit home as my family and I began to believe God to move some mighty mountains in our lives. In the spirit, we begin to hear: If you believe in something long and hard, if you believe in something with all your heart, it shall come to pass...I see miracles, I see miracles, I see miracles, happening for you. I quickly began to learn that this was a faith activation message – not just for me but for people to hold on and not to quit to what they were believing for, because God is surely to bring it to pass."

The track was produced and written with Jekalyn's father, Allen Carr. The father / daughter duo come together again to present this inspirational and faith-activating song, "I See Miracles." As a team, they have garnered three #1 Billboard Gospel singles at radio within the last three years - "You're Bigger," "You Will Win," and "It's Yours." The label they operate - Lunjeal Music Group – became a 2018 Billboard Top 10 Gospel record label, along with Jekalyn being nominated for three GRAMMY Awards.

The release comes fresh on the heels of Carr's Stellar Awards wins. The beloved young woman was awarded in the categories of Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year for the project One Nation Under God, and set the arena on fire during her performance of "It's Yours."

Independent artist, Carr, has taken the industry by storm with her rising success. Since her break-out single in 2013, “Greater Is Coming,” she has gone on to create two top producing gospel albums, One Nation Under God and The Life Project. Most recently, Carr has added author to already impressive résumé with the book, You Will Win.

Recently, the celebrated Carr accomplished a rare feat. Her latest single, "It's Yours," held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart as well as the MEDIABASE Gospel chart for 9 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS!

Jekalyn will host the You Will Win Conference June 21-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL. For more information on the conference, visit www.youwillwin.org.


Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Comedian, actor and REACH Media Syndicated Radio host, DL Hughley brings an original brand of comedy and commentary to nighttime television with his new talk show THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW. The series airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10C PM with an encore the following day at 11/10C AM only on TV One.

Joining DL in the studio next week are actor Morris Chestnut on Tuesday, April 23; comedian Tony Rock on Wednesday, April 24; and film producer/preacher DeVon Franklin on Thursday, April 25. More guests to be announced this upcoming week. The series dives head first into the hot topics of the day and dishes on the latest news, entertainment, pop culture and what's trending in social media. Always insightful and informative, Hughley and his co-host Jasmine Sanders use humor to deliver everything from hard news to lighter fare. The nighttime show offers everything from covering the day's major headlines and roundtable discussions to celebrity guest interviews and comedy bits.

THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW is produced for TV One by Pygmy Wolf Productions with DL Hughley and KP Anderson serving as Executive Producers. Sonya Vaughn and Charlie Gerencer serve as Co-Executive Producers and Jade Mills serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Melanie Massie serves as Talent Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry and Regina Thomas serve as Executive Producers in Charge of Production.

For more information about TV One's upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network's companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #THEDLHUGHLEYSHOW, #TVONE and #REPRESENT.