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NEW ARTIST/POLICE OFFICER/PASTOR MARCUS JORDAN WINS THREE VOICES OF GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS

Posted on September 11, 2019 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Houston native and new artist Marcus Jordan Won Big at the Voices of Gospel Music Award in Mobile, Alabama, bringing home 3 Awards on September 7, 2019. Jordan was nominated for Traditional Single of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year, Record Label of the Year, and VOGMA Artist of the Year. This win was very big for Jordan who is a New Artist, Police Officer, and Pastor.



Jordan won for his radio single and album of the same name. Co-written and produced by Marcus along with Samuel Fisher, "I Will Bless The Lord" continues to gain traction at Gospel radio. The track is available now on all digital and purchasing retailers including AppleMusic, iTunes, GooglePlay and AmazonMusic.


 

Jordan recently was a presenter at the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Telecast in Las Vegas this past March. Jordan also recently appeared and performed live on the SXM Ford Stage at the 25th Essence Festival in New Orleans. His new radio single, “Give God the Glory” is impacting radio and is available on all digital platforms. The song, which is written by Marcus and produced along with Samuel Fisher is a song of acknowledgement to the Father!


 

Marcus Jordan is a Gospel artist-songwriter, Pastor and Law enforcement officer and resides in Houston, TX. In January 2018, Marcus released his debut project I Will Bless The Lord, led by the albums lead single "You Are Here."



VIP JUDGES & ADVISORS ANNOUNCED FOR THE JOHN SINGLETON SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Colleagues of the late iconic filmmaker, John Singleton, are uniting to serve as judges and advisors for the John Singleton embRACE L.A. Short Film Competition. The notable film and entertainment experts include Stephanie Allain, Robi Reed, Paul Hall, Preston Holmes, Bobbi Banks, Dawn Gilliam, Camile Tucker, Erika Conner, and Pat Prescott. Academy Award winners Spike Lee and Regina King have shown support for the competition on social media.



"It’s heartwarming that John's village of friends and colleagues are rallying to keep his flame burning by igniting other filmmakers dedicated to telling our stories,” explained Project Manager, Sherri G. Sneed, who worked with John Singleton in the early years of his career.



Interested filmmakers can take part in this major opportunity, to have their screenplay read by Hollywood insiders, when submitting their live-action short narrative script before the September 15th deadline. After a series of competition judging rounds, three winners will be awarded $20,000 each for the production and completion of a live-action narrative short film. Eligibility criteria information and submission forms are available at www.PAFF.org.



The competition is presented through a partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) under Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr.’s embRACE L.A. initiative.


XSCAPE, YOLANDA ADAMS, TAMIA, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT AND FREDDIE JACKSON RECEIVE RECOGNITION AT 4TH ANNUAL BLACK MUSIC HONORS

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

PHOTO CREDIT: BLACK MUSIC HONORS 


Chicago based television production company Central City Productions held the 2019 Black Music Honors television taping last night at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA. During this star-studded two-hour television special, Central City Productions honored Xscape who received the Urban Music Icon Award for the platinum selling quartet group's 25 years in the industry; Yolanda Adams who received the Gospel Music Icon Award; Culturally-conscience eclectic group, Arrested Development, Tamia, and chart-topping crooner, Freddie Jackson, whose career has spanned over 33 years, also received awards. Television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and GRAMMY® Award-Winner and actress LeToya Luckett returned as the show’s co-hosts.


2019’s show featured tribute performances by Avery Wilson, Dee-1, Jade Novah, Jagged Edge, Jekalyn Carr, Naughty By Nature, June's Diary, Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price, Le'Andria Johnson, Melanie Fiona, 702, MAJOR. and more. The show will air Sunday, October 20th at noon EST on Bounce TV, and in national broadcast syndication, September 14 – October 20. The broadcast schedule is available at www.blackmusichonors.com.


The 2019 Black Music Honors show is sponsored by State Farm and AT&T, executive produced by Don Jackson with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as producer, and Michael A. Johnson as producer and director. For more information on the Black Music Honors, please visit www.blackmusichonors.com and connect on social media @blackmusichonors and #blackmusichonors.


RECORDING ARTIST MICAH LEE ACHIEVES 4TH STRAIGHT BILLBOARD TOP 20 SINGLE & #1 ON NIELSEN BDS INTERNET GOSPEL RADIO PANEL FOR 13 WEEKS

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Recording artist Micah Lee's newest single "Dont Break" is currently making some major noise in the industry. "Don't Break" released in May 2019 is Micah's 4th straight Billboard's top 20 single. Don't Break has held the #1 spot on Nielsen BDS Internet Gospel Radio Panel for 13 consecutive weeks. Micah Lee who is also one of Fred Jerkins newest clients at Darkchild Gospel has reached over 500,000 total streams for popular single. 

"Dont Break" speaks to Micah Lee's powerful testimony. The sound of music tastes different when life intervenes with faith. After surviving a near-fatal accident in the midst of a burgeoning singing career, for rising gospel star Micah Lee, the music tastes so much sweeter! Destiny wouldn’t have it any other way. “As a young boy, I dreamed of using my God-given talent to encourage, inspire and make people happy as well as bring people together from all walks of life,” Lee says. While still in college, Micah’s dream was nearly silenced; however, as his SUV hydroplaned, crashed into a wall, and slid into a canal where it remained submerged in water until he was rescued. Doctors first said both his injured legs would have to be amputated. Then, declared the singer’s legs could be saved - but he would never walk again. Oh, but “they” didn’t know! Micah is not only a prolific songwriter, but consistent faith walker; after a year in a wheelchair, the gentle giant started walking again…and walked straight into his anointing. “At that moment, I knew my healing came from nobody but God! Life is short, and I knew if I was going to take the leap of faith into the music business, it was time.” Lee says. And it is so. Lee went on to garner success as an independent artist. Micah Lee’s determination, integrity, and relentless work ethic spoke as loudly as the astounding range he belts out, whether on stage or in the studio.


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.


ZACARDI CORTEZ IS BACK WITH POWERFUL SINGLE "YOU DON'T KNOW"

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.


TASHA COBBS LEONARD LAUNCHES NEW ATHLEISURE LINE CURVE ATHLETICS

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).”



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