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51st ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Posted on September 2, 2020 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) recently announced the nominations for the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards recognizing an array of new songs and first-time nominees, as well as esteemed performers and hit songs that have been a bright light during this difficult time.


 

The celebration will air exclusively on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Friday, October 30th. For further information, please visit www.doveawards.com.

Zach Williams and for KING & COUNTRY lead the Artist nominations with five (5) nods, including Artist of the Year, in addition to Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin, and Jonathan McReynolds with four (4) nominations. In non-artist nominations, Jason Ingram leads with eight (8), along with Ed Cash, Jonathan Smith, and Jordan Sapp receiving seven (7) each. Notable first-time nominees include Kanye West (3), Gloria Gaynor (2), We The Kingdom (3), and Unspoken (2).

This year's highly anticipated nominations were collectively presented by artists Brooke Ligertwood (Hillsong Worship), Joel Smallbone (for KING & COUNTRY), Anthony Brown, Christine D’Clario, Joseph Habedank, and Aaron Cole from their individual homes all across the country.

The program was broadcast exclusively on SiriusXM/Pandora’s “The Message,” (Channel 63), “Kirk Franklin’s Praise” (Channel 64) and “EnLighten” (Channel 65). Watch the Nominee Announcement in its entirety on the GMA Dove Awards Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

“The GMA is honored to continue its legacy of celebrating our diverse creative community and the music that moves us and ministers to us all, especially during these trying times,” GMA President Jackie Patillo says. “We believe this year, especially, our community and our world need to show love to one another and, above all, recognize and worship our faithful Creator.”


ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

for KING & COUNTRY

Hillsong Worship

Lauren Daigle

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Zach Williams


SONG OF THE YEAR:

“Almost Home” (songwriters) Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Mike Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran (publishers) 9t One Songs, Ariose Music, So Sappy Music, Tunes of Mercyme

“Burn The Ships” (songwriters) Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Matt Hales, Seth Mosley (publishers) CentricSongs, Kilns Music, Method of the Madness, Shankle Songs, Shaun Shaenkle Pub Designee, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., WC Music Group

“Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus) (songwriters) Desmond Davis, Donald Lawrence, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge (publishing) QW Publishing, Williams Stokes Publishing House and Primary Wave Bears, Shonnamacmusic, ROB BASS INC, Desmond Davis Designee

“Dead Man Walking” (songwriters) Emily Weisband, Jeremy Camp, Jordan Sapp (publishers) Capitol CMG Paragon, Only In You Publishing, Songs By J Sapp

“Holy Water” (songwriters) Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Marin Cash, Scott Cash (publishers) Andrew Bergthold Designee, Capitol CMG Genesis, We The Kingdom ASCAP Designee, We The Kingdom Music

“King of Kings” (songwriters) Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, Scott Ligertwood (publishers) Fellow Ships Music, Hillsong Music Publishing Australia, So Essential Tunes

“Love Theory” (songwriter) Kirk Franklin, (publisher) Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing LLC

“Nobody” (songwriters) Bernie Herms, Mark Hall, Matthew West (publishers) Be Essential Songs, Highly Combustible Music, House of Story Music Publishing, My Refuge Music, One77 Songs

“Rescue” (songwriters) Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury (publishers) CentricSongs, Fellow Ships Music, Flychild Publishing, See You At The Pub, So Essential Tunes

“Rescue Story” (songwriter) Andrew Ripp, Ethan Hulse, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams (publishers) Anthems of Hope, Be Essential Songs, Cashagamble Jet Music, EGH Music Publishing, Songs By Fishbone, Wisteria Drive

“See A Victory” (songwriters) Ben Fielding, Chris Brown, Jason Ingram, Steven Furtick (publishers) Fellow Ships Music, Music By Elevation Worship Publishing, SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia, So Essential Tunes

“The God Who Stays” (songwriters) AJ Pruis, Jonathan Smith, Matthew West (publishers) Be Essential Songs, Cashagamble Jet Music, Combustion Five, Highly Combustible Music, O77 Songs, Two Story House Music

“Way Maker” (songwriters) Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu (publisher) Integrity Music Europe


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Chris Renzema

Cochren & Co.

Elle Limebear

Switch

We The Kingdom


GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Jekalyn Carr

Jonathan McReynolds

Kirk Franklin

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Travis Greene


POP/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

“NOBODY" – Casting Crowns (feat. Matthew West) – (songwriters) Bernie Herms, Matthew West, Mark Hall

“Burn The Ships” – for KING & COUNTRY– (songwriters) Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Seth Mosley, Matt Hales

“Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp – (songwriters) Jeremy Camp, Emily Weisband, Jordan Sapp

“Rescue” – Lauren Daigle – (songwriters) Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury

“Holy Water” – We The Kingdom – (songwriters) Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash, Scott Cash


SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

“This Is The Place” – Gaither Vocal Band – (songwriters) – Gloria Gaither, Williams J. Gaither, Gordan Mote

“The God I Serve” – Karen Peck & New River – (songwriters) Rebecca Bowman, Sonya Yeary, Karen Peck Gooch, Jimmy Yeary

“What Kind Of Man” – Legacy Five – (songwriters) Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Sue Smith

“The Power Of An Empty Tomb” – The Erwins – (songwriter) Joel Lindsey

“Can I Get A Witness” – The Sound – (songwriters) Kenna Turner West, Brent Baxter, Jason Cox


CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

“Blessings on Blessings” – Anthony Brown & group therAPy – (songwriter) Anthony Brown

“Won’t Be Moved” – Gene Moore – (songwriters) – Bryan Sledge, Cedric Smith, Demeon Reeves

“People” – Jonathan McReynolds – (songwriter) Jonathan McReynolds

“B!g” – Pastor Mike Jr. – (songwriters) Michael McClure, Curtiss Glenn, Rodney Turner

“Truly Amazing God” – Travis Greene – (songwriter) Travis Greene


GOSPEL WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

“Miracle Worker” – JJ Hairston – (songwriter) Rich Tolbert Jr.

“Something Has To Break” (Live) – Kierra Sheard, featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard – (songwriters) J. Drew Sheard, Kierra Valencia Sheard, Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith

“Promises” – Maverick City Music – (songwriters) Aaron Moses, Lemuel Marin, Carrington Gaines, Dante Bowe, Joe L. Barnes, Keila Alvarado

“Proverbs 3” – Todd Dulaney – (songwriters) Todd Dulaney, Jaylen Moore, Isaac Tarver

“Only You Can Satisfy” (Live) – William McDowell and Chris Lawson (songwriters) William McDowell, Chandler Moore


WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

“King of Kings" (Live at Qudos Band Arena, Sydney, AU/2019) – Hillsong Worship – (songwriters) Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood, Jason Ingram

“Goodness of God” – Jenn Johnson – (songwriters) Ben Fielding, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram

“The Blessing” (Live) – Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship – (songwriters) Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick

“Way Maker” – Leeland – (songwriter) Osinachi Okoro

“Great Things” – Phil Wickham – (songwriter) Phil Wickham, Jonas Myrin


RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Not By Chance – Aaron Cole

Work in Progress – Andy Mineo

HEATHEN – GAWVI

Jesus Is King – Kanye West

MOOD // DOOM – Social Club Misfits

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Out of Body – Apollo LTD

War –

 


SUNDAY BEST AMERICA'S MOST INSPIRATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION CROWNS STEPHANIE SUMMERS SEASON 10 WINNER

Posted on August 24, 2020 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

America’s most inspirational singing competition on “Sunday Best,” on BET has announced it’s season 10 winner - Stephanie Summers (Colorado Springs, CO). Summers will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a prize of $50,000, an opportunity to be a featured performer on the McDonald's Inspiration Gospel Tour and the title “Sunday Best.”

 

Stephanie Summers, A veteran in the gospel music scene, Stephanie has opened up for legends like Pastor John P. Kee, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and others. Her gospel career was derailed following the death of her best friend and father. After a short period of becoming homeless, she has once again found her footing and is ready to return to the gospel scene and prove that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Today, she is living with her children in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

The season 10 finale episode featured original performances by show judge Jonathan McReynolds feat. Mali Music with “Movin’ On;” show judge Erica Campbell with “You;” The Clark Sisters with “Victory;” Kierra Sheard with “It Keeps Happening” and season 9 winner Melvin Crispell III with a rendition of “What’s Going On?” Gospel music great Dorinda Clark Cole and Sunday Best season 3 winner Le’Andria Johnson made special appearances during contestant mentoring moments.

 

Season 10 premiered July 5th from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA with a live audience and band, before transitioning to a virtual telecast in light of COVID-19. GRAMMY®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin served as host; and GRAMMY® winning songstress & host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell, GRAMMY® nominated artist & star of BET’s “American Soul” Kelly Price and GRAMMY® nominated & multiple Stellar award-winning artist Jonathan McReynolds returned as judges. Season 10 auditions were previously held earlier this year in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope.

 

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), and Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) serve as executive producers of season ten of Sunday Best along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!), and Torrence Glenn (Celebration Of Gospel, Trumpet Awards) is co-executive producer.

 

For updates and more information about “Sunday Best”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging onto social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.



OFFICIAL WINNERS LIST FOR THE 35TH ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS

Posted on August 23, 2020 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Team Gospel Central would like to congradulate the winners of the 35th Annual Stellar Awards. Also a big shoutout to Don Jackson (CEO of Central City Production) and the entire Stellar Awards production, pr and administrative team on the production of an amazing show and virtual experience! See you all next year!!!

35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners

Category #1

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel


Category #2

SONG OF THE YEAR

Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence, William Stokes, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge

& Desmond Davis; RCA Inspiration


Category #3

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #4

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Le'Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #5

DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records


CATEGORY #6

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Pastor Mike Jr.; Live Free; Black Smoke Worldwide


CATEGORY #7

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #8

CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration



CATEGORY #9

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Kirk Franklin, Ronald Hill & Phil Thornton; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #10

CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records


CATEGORY #11

TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers; Bless Somebody Else; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #12

CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #13

TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One


CATEGORY #14

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel


CATEGORY #15

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Le'Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #16

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #17

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

I Made It Out; John P. Kee; Entertainment One


CATEGORY #18

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #19

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Love Theory; Matt DeLisi; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #20

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One


CATEGORY #21

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration


CATEGORY #22

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Rise!; Ben Tankard; BEN-Jamin' Universal Music


CATEGORY #23

SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Greenleaf: Season 3 (Music from The Original TV Series); Various Artists; Lionsgate Entertainment


CATEGORY #24

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Live Free; Pastor Mike Jr.; Black Smoke Worldwide


CATEGORY #25

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Gospel Kids; Gospel Kids Present... Christian Soldiers; Tyscot Records


CATEGORY #26

QUARTET OF THE YEAR

Keith Wonderboy Johnson & Josh Myles; Inspirational Project; Timeless Music


CATEGORY #27

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR

Bless Somebody Else; Derek Blanks; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration

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CATEGORY #28

PRAISE AND WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Miracle Worker; JJ Hairston; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One


GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR WINNERS

MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR

WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR

WPZS Praise 100.9 FM, Charlotte


MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR

WXHL 89.1, Wilmington

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR

WJAY 98.3 FM & 1280 AM, Mullins


INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR

U Gospel, http://uGospel.com


GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR

Meta Washington, SiriusXM, Satellite Radio


THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOP STELLAR AWARDS TOP WINNERS

Posted on August 23, 2020 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)




Not even a global pandemic could diminish the powerful spirit of praise, worship and celebration during the historic virtual broadcast of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Sunday night on BET and BET Her. Led by hosts Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne, the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards awarded trophies in 28 categories for the year's best performances in the genre -- including six statues presented to the night’s big winner, host and Gospel icon Kirk Franklin.

 

From the first moments featuring welcome remarks by Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson and powerful show open by Tye Tribbett of his uplifting anthem “We Gon’ Be Alright,” through the final credit roll, the “Greatest Night in Gospel Music” lived up to its claim to fame. Virtually bringing together the nation’s Gospel community to offer hope and inspiration during these turbulent times, among the evening’s highlights are a moving tribute to the late Congressman John Lewis by CeCe Winans, who performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and special recognition to COVID-19 first responder heroes. 

Franklin’s work on Long Live Love earned him five Stellar Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, and Contemporary Album of the Year. Franklin earned an additional Song of the Year trophy for his work on "Love Theory." Gospel great Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers received four Stellar Awards for work on the Goshen project including Choir of the Year and Contemporary Choir of the Year, as well as Song of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year for "Deliver Me (This is My Exodus)." Gospel legend John P. Kee's I Made It Out delivered three Stellar Awards for Traditional Male Vocalist, Traditional Album of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year.

 

Singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard garnered two trophies for Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year for her project Heart, Passion, Pursuit, while Le'Andria Johnson earned two for her work on Donald Lawrence's project, Goshen in the categories Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year Award and the Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. The Walls Group received two statues for Duo Group of the Year and Contemporary Duo Group of the Year for their album Friend in Me, along with newcomer Pastor Mike Jr. who took home a pair of Stellar Awards for New Artist of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop Gospel Album of the Year for his work on Live Free. Kurt Carr received two Stellar awards, one as an artist (Traditional Duo/Chorus Group of the Year) and another for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year for the Bless Somebody Else project.

 

Rounding out the night with one Stellar Award each were JJ Hairston (Praise and Worship Album of the Year), Ben Tankard (Instrumental Album of the Year), Gospel Kids (Youth Project of the Year), Keith Wonderboy Johnson (Quartet of the Year) and Greenleaf; Season 3 (Special Event Album of the Year).


 

Performers raised the bar with awe-inspiring renditions of their work calling attention to social justice and other challenges facing our society. Breathtaking and visually-stunning performances were delivered by Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown, James Fortune, Koryn Hawthorne, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Jonathan McReynolds, Travis Greene, Kierra Sheard, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Tauren Wells, Zacardi Cortez, Pastor Mike Jr, DOE, and Rich Tolbert Jr. Emerging artists making their Stellar Awards debut, Group Fire, Keyla Richardson, Melvin Crispell III, and Titus Showers joined a rich legacy of 35 years of excellence in Gospel music.


 

The show’s hosts visited first responder heroes on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic in Dallas, Nashville and Chicago, expressing gratitude for their sacrifice and bestowing commemorative Stellar Awards lapel pins in honor of their service. In addition, several healthcare professionals and civic organizations were highlighted for their efforts to combat the deadly pandemic. The segments were made possible with the generous support of sponsors AT&T, State Farm, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, McDonalds and AARP.


 

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael A. Johnson serves as producer and director for this year's award show. The Stellar Awards is presented by AT&T and recognizes the year's best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry. To relive all of the highlights, viewers can watch the Stellar Awards in national broadcast syndication in 210 markets starting August 29 – September 27 (check local listings). Follow @thestellars for the latest news and updates about the greatest night in Gospel music.

"Sunday Best" Announces S10 Finalists - JADA SPIGHT & STEPHANIE SUMMERS

Posted on August 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

PHOTOS COURTESY OF BET NERTWORKS

 

SEASON 10 FINALE EPISODE SET TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE CLARK SISTERS, ERICA CAMPBELL, JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS, KIERRA SHEARD & SEASON 9 WINNER MELVIN CRISPELL III


America’s most inspirational singing competition on BET, “Sunday Best,” has announced it’s season 10 finalists - Jada Spight (Buffalo, NY) and Stephanie Summers (Colorado Springs, NY). The season 10 finale of “Sunday Best” airs Sunday, August 23rd at 8PM ET/PT and voting is now open to the public at BET.com/SundayBestVote.


 

Kicking off in Sunday Best fashion, the series returned in week one with 20 hopeful contestants, a live audience and band from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. GRAMMY®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin served as host; and GRAMMY® winning songstress & host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell, GRAMMY® nominated artist & star of BET’s “American Soul” Kelly Price and GRAMMY® nominated & multiple Stellar award-winning artist Jonathan McReynolds returned as judges. Season 10 auditions were previously held earlier this year in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope. The season 10 winner will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a cash prize of $50,000 and the title “Sunday Best.”

 

In light of the of COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to keep the shows judges, contestants and crew safe - new and innovative technology, techniques and artist-generated content were used to complete production of episodes four through eight of season 10 - allowing the audience to join in on weekly praise & worship during the time when America needs it most.

 

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), and Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) serve as executive producers of season ten of Sunday Best along with executive producer and show runner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!), and Torrence Glenn (Celebration Of Gospel, Trumpet Awards) is co-executive producer.

 

For updates and more information about “Sunday Best”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.


ABOUT THE SEASON 10 FINALISTS:

 

Jada Spight, The youngest of 5 children, Jada Spight comes from a musical family. Her sister, Alexis was second runner up on season 3 of Sunday Best. She is currently a full-time student at Fisk university majoring in Musical Education with a concentration in Vocal Performance. She contemplated suicide after being alone for the first time in her life while at college shortly after her parents’ divorce. She says prayer and music saved her life. God told her that if she could get through that moment amazing things would happen in her life, and soon after that she got the call from Sunday Best.

Stephanie Summers, A veteran in the gospel music scene, Stephanie has opened up for legends like Pastor John P. Kee, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and others. Her gospel career was derailed following the death of her best friend and father. After a short period of becoming homeless, she has once again found her footing and is ready to return to the gospel scene and prove that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Today, she is living with her children in Colorado Springs, CO, while she pursues her dreams to compete to be crowned Sunday Best.

TUNE IN TO THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY STELLAR AWARDS VIRTUAL SPECIAL PREMIERING ON BET & BET HER THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 6 PM ET

Posted on August 23, 2020 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday, music fans, Gospel enthusiasts and anyone looking for a little inspiration can tune into the highly-anticipated 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards premiering on BET and BET Her as a two-hour virtual special on Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. ET/5C (with an encore at 9 p.m. ET). The award show will also run in national broadcast syndication in 210 markets starting August 29 – September 27 (check local listings).

 

Serving as hosts, the award-winning trio of Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne artfully guide viewers through the virtual salute to 35 years of excellence as "The Greatest Night in Gospel Music" with inspirational performances from Gospel music's most celebrated artists. Filmed from various locations, the pre-taped special acknowledges all award winners from the "Road to Stellars" pre-show and the main show, with select categories being presented in the broadcast.

 

One of the evening's highlights will feature special segments honoring the late Congressman John Lewis with a musical tribute by Cece Winans and contributions of first responder heroes on the front lines of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, sponsored by AT&T, AARP, State Farm, Toyota and Proctor & Gamble. As part of the tribute, hosts Franklin, McReynolds and Hawthorne visited frontline workers and presented special Stellar Awards lapel pins in recognition of their service at MeHarry Medical College in Nashville, TN; Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago, IL; and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. In addition, several individuals were highlighted for their efforts to combat the deadly pandemic: Dr. Angela Mosby of Los Angeles, CA for her work at UCLA Urgent Care in the area of Telemedicine; Dr. Michele Reed of Queens NY, a family medicine practitioner who contracted and recovered from COVID-19 while serving others; and Dr. Leon McDougle, the 121st President of the National Medical Association who also serves as a member of the NCAA Coronavirus Panel and Chief Diversity Officer of OSU Medical School. Two organizations have also been noted for their work to combat the devastating effects of COVID-19 on communities of color, the National Urban League and the National Medical Association.

 

"This is a moment to come together," said veteran Stellar Awards co-host Kirk Franklin. "We have something very important to say to a world that needs this kind of music, with this particular message, now more than ever. The Stellar Awards is going to provide that as they have for 35 years."

 

 

Performers include Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown, CeCe Winans, James Fortune, Koryn Hawthorne, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Jonathan McReynolds, Travis Greene, Kierra Sheard, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Tauren Wells, Zacardi Cortez, Pastor Mike Jr, DOE, Rich Tolbert Jr., and more. Emerging artists set to make their Stellar Awards debut include Group Fire, Keyla Richardson, Melvin Crispell III, and Titus Showers.


The “Road to the Stellars” kicked off with a week-long digital announcement of the non-televised pre-show winners. Pre-Show nominees and winners are announced daily at 6 p.m. CT and began Monday, August 17, continuing through Saturday, August 22 on the Stellar Awards website as well as Facebook and Instagram pages. The show’s star-studded digital red carpet will be hosted by Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr on Stellar Awards Facebook and Instagram pages at 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 23.


The Stellar Awards recognizes the year's best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry. Previously announced nominees for the 2020 Stellar Awards include veteran Gospel collective Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers, who leads the field of nominees with nine nominations. Other top nominees include Gospel icon and Stellar Awards Host, Kirk Franklin and powerhouse singer, producer and performer Tasha Cobbs Leonard with eight nominations each; JJ Hairston (7 Nominations), Bishop Paul S. Morton (6 Nominations), John P. Kee (5 Nominations), Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers (4 Nominations), William Murphy (4 Nominations), Pastor Mike, Jr. (4 Nominations), Maranda Curtis (3 Nominations), and Fresh Start Worship (3 Nominations) round out the field of top nominated artists. For the complete list of the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees, please visit www.thestellarawards.com.


The Stellar Awards is presented by AT&T. Follow @thestellars for the latest news and updates about the greatest night in Gospel music. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael A. Johnson serves as producer and director for this year's award show.

Pensacola, Florida Singer, BET's Season 9 Sunday's Best Finalist Keyla Richardson's "So Good" Hits No.1 at Gospel Radio, Set to Perform On Stellar Awards

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Pensacola, Florida native, singer and Season 9 Sunday's Best finalist Keyla Richardson celebrates her first Billboard Gospel Airplay No.1 and Mediabase Gospel Radio No.1 song with "So Good." Produced by Sean Keys (Titus Showers, Kim Person), who also co-wrote the song along with Alyna Maberry and Aldolphus Scot III, "So Good," which released in 2019 also landed at No.1 on the Billboard Gospel Indicator Charts.

 

A self-trained gospel singer who's passionate about ministry, Keyla will make her Stellar Awards debut performing her hit song on The Emerging Artist Stage, which will air on BET Networks and BET Her on Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. EST.

 

In 2015, a video of Richardson and her friends Kelontae Gavin and DeWayne Crocker, Jr., (who are emerging gospel stars in their own right) was singing a song entitled, "Hold On" (made popular by The Walls Group), which went viral and helped build interest in the singer. The following year, she gained widespread attention as a finalist on season 9 of BET's Sunday's Best, which led to her signing a record deal with music industry radio maven and label executive Greg "Uncle G" Lyons' Uncle G Records.

 

Fans can also download or stream "So Good" here: https://smarturl.it/KeylaSoGood. For more information on Keyla Richardson please visit her website at www.keylarichardson.com. Connect with her on all of her social media platforms on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON OFFERS REMAKE OF "INNER CITY BLUES" DIGITALLY

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

3X Grammy Award nominee and popular singer-songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson releases Marvin Gaye classic, "Inner City Blues," July 24, on all digital platforms.

 

Recorded last year for a special Motown Records 60th celebration, Wilson will re-release an extended version of the song as a response to the current movement for change, and justice. As relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago, "Inner City Blues," remains a powerful declaration against the injustices and police brutality that face the Black Community.

 

Wilson is a modern-day, soul singer ("Worth Fighting For," "A Great Work,” “All I Need,”;) who profoundly feels the impact of today's current events, and this song holds as much meaning to him today, as it did to those who first heard Marvin Gaye's impassioned vocals. Lyrically, the song is an indictment on the widening gulf of inequality, racial instability, and social hardship that was prevalent then and continues now. Wilson delivers them with just as much potency.

 

In conjunction with the release, Wilson performed the song for the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy for their Facebook Live "Healing Together: Conversations and Music" event in support of MusiCares.

 

Brian also launches a new conversation series on Instagram and on the Houston-based Amazing 102.5 radio station called "Breathe Again with Brian Courtney Wilson." This series will feature ministry leaders, mental health clinicians, artists, and community activists to focus on moving past the pain of injustice and loss. Focusing on encouraging and empowering positive esteem within the Black community, "Breathe Again," will offer constructive and worthwhile conversations for these unprecedented times.

 

“It’s important to me to make an impact on my community, and all communities where it is needed,” said Wilson. “I believe collectively we can repair the breaches - racial injustice, poverty, access to healthcare, pay disparities - that continue to separate our communities.”

 

"Breathe Again" will premiered Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm EST on Instagram Live @BrianCourtneyWilson with Pastor Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston TX, and author of the upcoming book "Learning To Be."

 


SEASON 10 OF BET'S SUNDAY BEST FINALIST JAMAL ROBERTS ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Season 10 BET's Sunday Best finalist Jamal Roberts has announced the upcoming release of his debut single titled "He's Preparing Me". The highly anticipated single will be released nationally to all digital outlet stores on August 21st.

 

The Meridian Mississippi native is coming off a successful run on BET's hit singing competition Sunday's Best. Roberts beat out hundreds of auditioning hopefuls to make it all the way to the top and final 3 contestants. Due to the

Covid-19 pandemic Sunday Best decided to transition to an all virtual competition. Jamal and other contestants rehearsed & performed from their homes. Proving to be challenging for all Jamal Roberts thrived and surprised judge's and viewers each week with his anointing, creativity and his raw vocal ability. As a fan favorite he has generated a positive social media buzz from viewers and those in the music industry.

 

Although eliminated from the show Jamal received rave reviews throughout the season from host Kirk Franklin & judges Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds & Kelly Price. Prepped for success and looking towards the future Jamal Roberts is ready for the next level!

 

"I have seen you grow and evolve so

much as a singer and I love

your growth!" ~ Kelly Price


MORE ABOUT JAMAL ROBERTS:

Jamal is an award winning millennial gospel artist, who at such a young age; has appeared on many radio formats and gospel soundstages alongside many of gospels elite including Grammy Award winning Kirk Franklin who has served as his personal vocal coach and mentor. Jamal recently gained national attention appearing on ABC & MSN discussing his journey on Sunday Best season 10.

 

This powerhouse singer will soon release his highly anticipated debut single entitled "He's Preparing Me", Which will be available on all digital outlets. Don't hesitate to include Jamal for your next event by contacting The Platform Agency . Jamal Roberts is currently open for interviews to discuss his Sunday Best journey and upcoming single.


BMI HONORS ITS 2020 TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC

Posted on August 1, 2020 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) paid tribute to the best and brightest in Gospel music with its Trailblazers of Gospel Music celebration. The honorees were announced today on BMI.com and across the organization’s digital platforms, celebrating the inspirational and transformative music of BMI’s accomplished Gospel songwriters. To honor these achievements, BMI created a page on its website where fans can watch special video messages and performances, listen to award-winning music and learn more about their favorite Gospel songwriters: https://www.bmi.com/trailblazers2020.

 

“BMI is proud to honor these remarkable luminaries of Gospel music,” said BMI Vice President Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Their music gives us strength and encouragement, and their voices are a source of comfort and healing when we need it most. We thank our songwriters for sharing their musical gifts that uplift, empower and encourage us all, as we unite in the movement for change, and we look forward to coming together in fellowship once again next year.”

 

Reverential hymn “I’m Getting Ready,” co-written by Todd Galberth, received the accolade for BMI’s Gospel Song of the Year. Performed by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, featuring Nicki Minaj, the song spent 52 weeks on Billboard’s Gospel charts and peaked at number one, earning Galberth one of BMI’s top honors and his very first BMI Gospel Award. Kirk Franklin received the coveted Songwriter of the Year title for writing three of BMI’s most performed Gospel songs of 2019; “If You Don’t Mind,” “Love Theory,” and “Never Alone.” The 16-time GRAMMY winner now has 17 BMI Awards to add to his collection of accolades including three BMI Gospel Song of the Year awards, BMI’s 2012 Trailblazers of Gospel Music honoree recognition and multiple Dove and Stellar awards, among many others. Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing received the esteemed Publisher of the Year distinction for representing five of the top performing Gospel songs of the previous year, “If You Don’t Mind,” “I'm Getting Ready,” “Never Alone,” “Stand In Awe” and “Victory.”

 

In addition to the major award winners, BMI also paid homage to the Twenty Most Performed Gospel Songs of the Year (2019). This year’s crop of talented winners featured 20 first-time Trailblazer Award recipients, including Maranda Curtis for her hit song “Nobody Like You Lord.” Upon receiving this honor, Curtis said, “In our troubled world, music and its healing power is more necessary now than ever before. So, let’s sing louder, let’s produce more, let’s perform bigger and let healing continue.” Other notable first-time award winners include Chanda Mukula (“Mention”), VaShawn Mitchell (“He Got Up”), Jonathan McReynolds and Terrell Demetrius Wilson (“Not Lucky, I’m Loved”), Jeffery L. Thomas II and Dwight Washington II (“Open The Floodgates”), and Wendi Henderson Wyatt (“No Reason To Fear”), among others.


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