News & Inspiration
|Posted on March 20, 2019 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Coming off her first Grammy Awards nomination just last month. Recording artist Doe has released (to radio and digital outlet stores) a powerful new single titled "Reach". The single is a game changer and truly stirs up the listeners spirit. While also reminding us that when we get to our weakest and darkest moments the answer is to "Reach".
"Through this song I want people to know that reaching is a lifestyle. And in the moments when you don’t have the strength to reach for God, if you ask him, he’ll teach you!" ~ Doe
As a new solo artist Doe is quickly gaining traction in the music world. She's been added to the upcoming 34th Annual Stellar Awards talent lineup. She will be also be on the Jonathan Mcreynolds "Make More Room" (Dallas Tx) tour stop. Last month Doe was was featured by Ebony Magazine in their "28 Days of Ebony Love" campaign.
Doe is recognized globally for her infectious and powerful energy on and off stage. Her signature voice, eclectic creativity and sound has been heard on songs like “Cycles” by Jonathan Mcreynolds (which she received a Grammy Award Nomination) also leading on "He Wants It All" by foreverJONES and many other Billboard chart topping hits. "He Wants It All" written by Doe was included on Motown Gospel 20 year compilation album in 2018.
|Posted on March 12, 2019 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Unity Media Limited the creators of Gospel Superfest officially announces its plan to return its flagship production to the city of Dayton, Ohio for its 19th annual national TV recording session. Noted for its innovative Broadway styled production, the shows have become a staple TV program among faith-based and general market TV audiences worldwide.
This year, the show is proud to welcome African Pride as “Title Sponsor” for the upcoming Dayton, Ohio session and 19th TV season. "Our African Pride family is excited to partner with the Gospel SuperFest as their 2019 title sponsor," said Kendria Strong, African Pride Director of Marketing. "Gospel music is a staple in many homes and communities that we serve, and we look forward to joining the Gospel SuperFest team for what will surely be an empowering celebration.” “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome African Pride as our title sponsor for 2019 and we have been blessed and very fortunate to remain relevant to our viewers, the gospel music fan-base and to corporate America,” says Bobby Cartwright, Jr. who is the show’s executive producer and founder.
For the second consecutive year the African Pride Gospel Superfest will be recorded at the 100 million-dollar-state-of-the-art Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton. As fans have become accustomed to witnessing throughout the years, the production will include a who’s who of urban, inspirational and mainstream performers from across the musical spectrum. The show has built a reputation in the industry of including a diverse array of gospel, urban, rap and hip-hop styled talent while offering “A List” TV and film celebrities as hosts and presenters. The 2019 African Pride Gospel Superfest is sure to uplift, encourage and motivate attendees when the production returns to Ohio. The Show will be hosted by Film and TV star Wendy Raquel Robinson who is most noted for her roles as Regina “Piggy” Grier on the hit sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show.” And most recently her leading role on the BET Network’s hit drama “The Game” where she stared as the feisty Tasha Mack.
The African Pride Gospel Superfest live TV recording will take place, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Schuster Performing Arts Center located at 1 W. Ludlow Street, Dayton, OH 45402. Tickets for the event will be available beginning Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, 2019. Tickets will be sold exclusively through the Schuster Center box office and online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. Tickets can be purchased by phone by calling (937) 228-3630. More info is also available at www.gospelsuperfest.com.
|Posted on March 12, 2019 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Six gospel artists will have the chance to become a gospel music star on a new reality program called “The Gospel.” The Gospel chronicles 10 days with eight episodes as contestants compete for a national management contract with T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds and Marquis Boone Music Group. The first of its kind for Gospel music, the winner of this Christian music competition will be announced with the opportunity to perform at the International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay on April 25.
The show is Executive produced by T.D. Jakes and Marquis Boone and hosted by Darlene McCoy. The Gospel will serve as a platform for up-and-coming gospel artists while inspiring viewers through their faith-filled musical performances. Not only will artists discover stardom, but also experience the hustle and drive necessary to rise in the entertainment industry. The program will air beginning March 10 exclusively on the Bishop’s Village, T.D. Jakes’ online streaming platform with behind the scene videos, messages and content. Visit bishopsvillage.com to subscribe, stream, and vote.
Contestants were discovered via video recordings submitted on social media and through the Bishop’s Village platform. Mentors, including Micah Stampley, Jekalyn Carr, Q Parker, Devyne Stephens and more, will help mold them into polished performers. Each week, viewers subscribed to Bishop’s Village will have the chance to vote and select the winner of the artists’ weekly challenge. In the end, T.D. Jakes and Marquis Boone will select the winner of a national management contract.
|Posted on March 12, 2019 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
BET Networks for the sixth consecutive year premiered The 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. This year's celebration was hosted by National radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley and singer and TV personality Adrienne Bailon Houghton. The annual NFL-Sanctioned event, took place during Super Bowl LIII week aired on BET Saturday, February 2nd and reached 1.4M viewers during its premiere telecast. The premiere telecast grew +26% among total viewers 2+.* Additionally, the premiere telecast ranked as the #1 Religious/Gospel themed program on all TV for the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.*
"I am overwhelmed with joy at the response to this year's celebration. Merging Faith and Football is something I look forward to each year and I'm honored to share it with the world," says Super Bowl Gospel Celebration founder, Melanie Few. The one-hour special featured performances by Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, The Winans, Lecrae, Hezekiah Walker, Tamia, Koryn Hawthorne, and the Super Bowl Gospel NFL Players Choir. The special also included appearances by Cam Newton and NeNe Leake and honored Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller with the annual "Faith in Action" Award for his work with his charity Von's Vision.
ARETHA FRANKLIN TO BE HONORED WITH ICON AWARD AND ALL-STAR TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE BY KELLY PRICE, ERICA CAMPBELL, REGINA BELLE AT THE 34TH ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS
|Posted on March 12, 2019 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Central City Productions today announced a sensational line-up of performers and presenters for The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by AT&T, including a posthumous tribute to the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The exhilarating all-star tribute performance by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell will be followed by a presentation of the Aretha Franklin ICON Award.
PHOTO CREDIT: Matthew Jordan Smith
Gospel prince, Kirk Franklin, will return to host the live show taping at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Friday, March 29, 2019. For the first time since 2005, The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on BET on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and again at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. The biggest night in gospel music will also feature rousing performances by Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis and Todd Dulaney. Tickets are available now but going fast at www.ticketmaster.com
|Posted on March 4, 2019 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Kendra McIntosh releases follow up single "All For You" to her forthcoming EP. Her first single "You Are" led listeners into the presence of the Almighty to worship. All For You picks up as the call to worshippers to clap and dance in praise for the mighty works done. This infectious interactive uptempo song is sure become a favorited track moving listeners to praise not only on Sundays, but all throughout their week. All For You is available on all digital music outlets for download. Kendra uprooted from her home in Southern Florida as the call to higher ground led her to the Atlanta, Georgia area. New place, new people, new opportunities have availed themselves to her fertilizing the ground in which she walks. Setting the stage for her new single "All For You" to blaze a trail so bright that the masses will immediately take notice. Produced by South Florida native Timothy Wimberly, All For You embodies a colorful mix of rhythmic ethnic drums, synthesized horns and smooth background vocals cultivating a sound worthy of adoration to God. Kendra sets forth a proclamation through her music to gather the masses uniting them under God in praise and worship.
|Posted on February 8, 2019 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on February 8, 2019 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
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
|Posted on January 24, 2019 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
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.