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RECORDING ARTIST MARCUS CARR LANDS DEAL WITH eONE'S INDIEBLU MUSIC AND RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED URBAN WORSHIP SINGLE
|Posted on June 25, 2020 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
WHO IS MARCUS CARR:
Hailing from Kansas City, Marcus Carr quickly amassed a national following with his assertive, anointed and Rhythmatic Praise dance style. This unique brand afforded him the opportunity to share the stage with multiple singing sensations across the country, in both R & B and Gospel centered music. After several years of dancing professionally, Marcus found GOD and accepted the call to minister to all the young people in his path and he soon returned to his singing & rapping roots.
In 2003 Marcus won the Midwest Apollo competition beating out hundreds for the crown. Soon after branching out musically he released his debut single(s) entitled "Holy Ghost Party" (2009) & "Thank you lord" 2011 These feel good tunes were well received and and warranted him mass appeal. With that appeal Marcus would soon land a major management contract with "The Platform Agency" and he didn't stop there, in 2020 he was signed to eOne's "IndieBlu Music".
Embarking on these great achievements, and following the release of his 2017 independent effort entitled "No Hinderance" certifiably enabled him the opportunity to deliver his brand new hot single "The Gospel" (currently available now on all digital outlets) This impactful urban worship/hip hop sound marks a new level of reach for Marcus Carr.
BEYONCE SET TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN AWARD; SPECIAL TRIBUTES TO KOBE BRYANT & LITTLE RICHARD ;SWIZZ BEATZ, TIMBALAND, D-NICE TO BE HONORED AT 2020 BET AWARDS
|Posted on June 25, 2020 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Today BET Networks announces new additions to the line-up of the 20th Annual BET Awards, honoring prolific activists in the Black community and recognizing those who unfortunately left us in 2020. The world endured incredible losses this year including NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard. In memoriam of those great losses, Grammy Award-Winning Global icon and superstar Lil’ Wayne will give tribute to Kobe Bryant and the multitalented Wayne Brady will honor Little Richard.
BET Network also announces Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be honored with the prestigious Humanitarian Award at the 20th annual "BET Awards."
A global phenomenon, Beyoncé is one of the most successful artists to date, with over 100 million records sold worldwide, numerous awards, including 24 Grammys, and a catalog of timeless music. Along with her illustrious music career, she has acted in several films including Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records, and most recently Disney The Lion King, which became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. On top of her numerous successes, Beyoncé is also a philanthropist who has created several initiatives to give back to the world at large.
In 2017, as a part of her BeyGOOD initiative, Beyoncé established “Formation Scholars,” to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident. The scholarship awarded students from four colleges. That year, she partnered with UNICEF to create ‘BeyGood4Burundi.’ This multi-year partnership was established to bring safe water and sanitation to the small, landlocked East African country of Burundi. In 2018 she created the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, following her historic performance at Coachella, which benefited students at eight HBCU colleges and universities.
And recently, in response to the pandemic, Beyoncé teamed up with her mother, Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson, for the #IDIDMYPART mobile testing initiative to encourage residents in Houston in Black and brown communities, disproportionately affected by COVID-19, to know their status. She has also donated to support organizations on the ground helping to meet basic health and mental needs in vulnerable communities, affected by the crisis. For Juneteenth, following the release of her latest song, “Black Parade,” Beyoncé announced the creation of BeyGOOD’s Black Business Fund, administered by the National Urban League, to support Black-owned small businesses.
Additionally, the 20th Annual BET Awards is proud to honor Nicolas Johnson, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and D-Nice as the 2020 Shine A Light Honorees, which recognizes exceptional resilience, ingenuity and creativity in the face of adversity. This year's honorees demonstrate how art and education can unite and inspire even during the most challenging of times. Assa Traoré a French anti-racist activist has been selected as the 2020 BET International Global Good recipient, which recognizes global celebrities and public figures who use their platform for social responsibility and goodness while demonstrating a commitment to the welfare of the global black community.
Previously announced celebrities including Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with leading entertainers Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, and Whoopi Goldberg will reflect on the current state of the community with a spotlight on Social Justice as well as the Network’s 40th anniversary with a special appearance by BET founder Robert L. Johnson.
As previously announced, “BET Awards” 2020 will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Black Thought, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jay Rock, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Questlove, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher and YG, with performances by BET Amplified Artists, Masego and Lonr. who are set to take the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.
Music News/Radio Servicing: James L. Patterson's Single "Serve God 'Til I Die" Most Added At Gospel Radio / Digital Release Set For June 26
|Posted on June 23, 2020 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Orangeburg, SC -- James L. Patterson is an independent artist who is always on the move. From his debut single "Better Is On The Way" in 2014, to his chart-topping single "Move" in 2019, Patterson has performed, promoted and pushed his way through the Gospel music industry. He is an established Gospel artist with an innate gift and passion for music.
Patterson has a new single at Gospel radio, “Serve God ''Til I Die”, which reflects a new traditional choir sound mixed with the Gullah and Geechee culture, history, and traditional sounds.
Deeply rooted in music traditions brought to the Americas by enslaved Africans, Gullah Geechee music evolved out of the conditions of slavery that characterized their lives. The influence and evolution of musical forms that arose out of Gullah music can be heard in many musical genres throughout history and even today such as spirituals and gospel music, ragtime, rhythm and blues, soul, hip hop, and jazz. ( https://gullahgeecheecorridor.org )
Patterson infuses influences of the Gullah Geechee sound with his robust voice and energetic delivery to create a Gospel song that ushers an atmosphere of praise and celebrates sacred music history. In addition, "Serve God 'Til I Die' is a timely release during the observance of Black Music Month this month.
Patterson's rendition of this sacred song is produced by Jamaine Eric Holmes for Mixed Waves Soundz. The single was recently serviced to Gospel radio and has already hit the Billboard Gospel Radio Indicator Most Added list this week. "Serve God 'Til I Die" will be available June 26 on all digital and streaming music platforms.
Patterson is an Orangeburg, SC native who is devoted to applying his God-given gift of music in every facet of his life. He is currently a music teacher and band/chorus director at Cross Elementary and Cross High School in South Carolina. His dedication to music education has earned him a nomination for The Recording Academy® and Grammy Museum® 2021 Music Educator Award™. From nearly 2,000 nominations submitted this year, Patterson is one of 216 who has advanced to the quarterfinals.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized during Grammy® week for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.
|Posted on June 23, 2020 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Bri Babineaux Music, Tyscot Records and Integrity Music celebrate the return of Gospel music’s “Praise and Worship Princess” Briana “Bri” Babineaux with the release of her sophomore album, The Encounter – after a three-year hiatus. The Encounter is available now at all major digital retail and streaming outlets.
The Encounter’s, core-theme is centered around a 1:1 relationship with God. Recorded live at Living the Word International Church in New Orleans, LA, the album captures the beauty and power of unrestrained and organic worship. The Encounter features special guests Todd Dulaney, Pslamist Raine, Dante Bowe and features covers of popular worship songs like “Oceans,” and “Build My Life.”
“The Encounter is like my baby. I was able to have all hands and feet in the creative process. This album is a combination of my penmanship, what I found out was my sound, all combined with what God told me was a work for the body of Christ. Given everything that’s going on now, I know that people are going to be extremely blessed by it,” says Babineaux.
The newlywed’s (now Briana Fontenot) current single, “Baptize Us Again” is sitting in the top 30 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. “Baptize Us Again” is sure to usher believers into the heavenly atmosphere at first listen. Written by Timothy Reddick, Alton Buggs II and Kierre Bjorn Lindsay the song serves as a reminder that healing happens when you ask God to fill you up again and take you back to the place you first fell in love with Christ. The mid-tempo song has a refreshing sound that uplifts the listener in every way.
The social media singing sensation carries an impressive digital footprint with a combined total of over 1M followers across all her platforms. Currently Bri serves as the Assistant Worship Director alongside Pastor Tim Bowman Jr. at Spirit of Faith Christian Center in Maryland under the leadership of Apostle Mike and Dr. DeeDee Freeman.
The Encounter is available now wherever music is sold digitally and streamed. Bri encourages her fans, affectionately known as #BriNation to keep up with her on social media by using the handles @BriBabineaux.
|Posted on June 23, 2020 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
GoDigiPath, LLC, a global digital aggregator and physical distributor, is celebrating the success of its distribution client Relevé Entertainment’s successful launch of The First Ladies Of Gospel: The Clark Sisters Biopic Soundtrack – the audio companion to the recent Lifetime TV original movie, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. The thirteen-track album earned over 521,000 first week streams and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart for the week ending April 25, 2020.
Grammy® winner Donald Lawrence produced the soundtrack for Quiet Water Entertainment. It is a masterful reimagining of some of the best-known songs by the sister act such as their 1983 signature song “You Brought the Sunshine,” 1982’s “Name It, Claim It” and “If You Can’t Take It, You Can’t Make It” from their 1973 debut LP. The new renditions are sung by the actresses who portrayed them in movie such as Christina Bell, Kierra Sheard, Sheléa Frazier, Raven Goodwin, Angela Birchett, and Aunjanue Ellis who portrayed their mother, Mattie Moss Clark.
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel made its television bow on April 11th and gifted the Lifetime TV network with its highest Nielsen ratings for an original film in four years – 2.7 million viewers. Its’ available for viewing at https://play.mylifetime.com/movies/the-clark-sisters-first-ladies-of-gospel and The First Ladies Of Gospel: The Clark Sisters Biopic Soundtrack is available for streaming and download consumption via all major digital service providers.
Forthcoming GoDigiPath, LLC distribution releases include Dare Records’ May 8th digital single “It Belongs to Me(featuring Marvin L. Winans)” by the Grammy® nominated husband and wife duo, Juan & Lisa Winans; and multi-Grammy® winner PJ Morton’s star-studded The Gospel According to PJ (Morton Inspiration/Tyscot) album, among others.
|Posted on June 23, 2020 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
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Returning to BET for season 10 is America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best.” Kicking off in Sunday Best fashion, the series returned with a live audience and band from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. 2020 marks both the 10th anniversary of the show and BET’s 40th anniversary. Season 10 welcomes back GRAMMY®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host; returning as judges are 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. “Sunday Best” season 10 will premiere Sunday, July 5th at 8PM ET/PT on BET.
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. The highly anticipated, season 10 will feature exclusive performances from today’s chart-topping artists including Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Mali Music, season 9’s winner, Melvin Crispell, III with additional performers set to be announced in the forthcoming weeks.
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.
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.”
|Posted on June 23, 2020 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Rich Nation Entertainment (distributed by Sony Orchard) celebrates the release of its newest signee, acclaimed worship leader, Nia Allen’s, Every Nation (EP). The six-track EP, Every Nation, is available now at all major digital retailers.
Every Nation features six uplifting songs, including the lead-single, "Every Nation," recorded live at Hopes House in Los Angeles, based off Revelation 7:9-11, describing what worship will look like in Heaven. Every Nation was created to capture a sound that all believers are able to sing - regardless of their race, culture or background. EP track, “Wait,” is a simple song of worship reminding all to wait on God during the current political time of social unrest and know that God will implement change.
Nia Allen shares, “It is my heart to see more unity as it relates to race within the Body of Christ. I believe our worship on earth is preparation for worship in heaven. I want to see Heaven on earth...as it relates to our worship, and worship gatherings.”
Nia Allen is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Since her years at Berklee, Nia has garnered the attention of some of the top artists and producers in the industry. She has traveled as a background vocalist for CeCe Winans, Nicole C. Mullen, David and Nicole Binion and more. Nia presently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she serves as a full-time worship leader and recording artist. Nia recently received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University.
For more information on Nia Allen please visit www.niaallenmusic.com or by using the social media handle @NiaAllenMusic.
|Posted on June 17, 2020 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
National recording artist and songwriter Shanta Atkins has released her highly anticipated single "Made Up My Mind". Most may know her as the younger sister to the Grammy Award winning Gospel duo "Mary Mary". Shanta's experience as recording artist has her prepped to now blaze a trail all her own. "Made Up My Mind" displays Shanta Atkins powerful vocal ability and anointing. The single is just what fans and the gospel music industry have been waiting for from Shanta. Reviews from music industry veterans and listeners have been extremely positive. "Made Up My Mind" is currently available on all digital and streaming outlets.
"THIS IS GONNA BE ONE OF THE HOTTEST SONGS RIGHT HERE! THIS A REAL SONG. A GAMBIT OF EMOTIONS IN PRAYER...WITH BEAUTIFUL RESOLVE!" ~ DONNIE MCCLURKIN
MORE ABOUT SHANTA
Shanta is no stranger to the industry. She has appeared on hit reality show MaryMary which aired on WE tv. Her talents also have afforded her opportunities to perform nationally and abroad. Some of her prominent appearances have been on platforms such as the SOAR Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Awards, Jay Leno Show, Arsenio Hall Show and Oprah Winfrey to name a few. She can be heard on recorded projects with Kanye West, Mary Mary, Jason Champion, Al Green and Dorinda Clark-Cole. She has also shared the stage with music great like Natalie Cole, U2, Yolanda Adams and BeBe Winans.
One of Shanta's previous singles "God Sees You" gained her traction on the Billboard Charts. Shanta Atkins is not only as an artist with a great voice but also an amazing songwriter. With life wrapped in her voice, her spiritual upbringing inspired her to lend her gifts and talents to the forgotten and emotionally wounded. She can be found in impoverished communities across the globe serving and empowering women, men and children. She uses her natural and spiritual gifts and talents to help heal hearts and empower souls. Shanta is an avid promoter of education and her professional career encompasses the work of a educator, missionary, and activist. Along with being a recording artist she also host "The Shanta Atkins Podcast" on "The Bridge Network" and is the Executive Director of Love Changes Lives Inc. which is an organization that offers spiritual counseling, personal empowerment, vocal coaching, summer music programs. Shanta is currently available for interview and special appearance opportunities.
MOMS OF BLACK BOYS UNITED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, INC. CALLS THOUSANDS OF MOMS TO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF THE JUSTICE IN POLICING ACT 2020
|Posted on June 17, 2020 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, Inc. (M.O.B.B. United for Social Change), an online community of more than 170,000 moms with 15 local chapters nationwide advocating for fair and just treatment of Black boys and men in American society, remains on the front lines of the fight against racial injustice. From recent activities, such as participating in protests for policing and criminal justice reform, to hosting a National Day of Prayer uplifting the George Floyd family and others devastated by police violence, or rallying its thousands of members for outreach campaigns pressuring local and national elected officials to adopt new policies, MOBB United is actively working to ensure that Black sons survive and thrive.
Today, the organization is calling upon mothers engaged in the MOBB United community to raise their collective voices in support of the recently introduced Justice In Policing Act 2020. This legislation would establish national standards for training and operation of police departments that would be mandated at the federal level and uses the power of funding to encourage adoption of the same standards at the state and local level. It also seeks to address the systemic racism and bias that affect how Black boys and men are treated by law enforcement, as well as puts measures in place for better data collection around misconduct and clearer guidelines for effective prosecution.
Founder Depelsha McGruder believes these measures are an important first step in addressing the lack of accountability for police officers who perpetrate violent behavior toward Black men and boys. "We were encouraged to see measures put forth in recent days by the Governor of New York, Mayor of Los Angeles, and Louisville City Council, as well as the federal Justice in Policing Act legislation introduced in Congress. While these measures move our fight for justice in the right direction, we will not rest until these policies are signed into law and become common practice nationwide."
For more information on M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, to donate or volunteer, please visit mobbunited.org.
CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS SHIFTS PLAN TO A SAFER-AT-HOME VIRTUAL PRODUCTION OF ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
|Posted on June 17, 2020 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Though celebrating the milestone 35th Anniversary of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards has been delayed due to the ongoing global health crisis and pandemic of COVID-19, Central City Productions today announced plans to produce the “Greatest Night in Gospel Music" as a two-hour virtual awards telecast that will air in 3Q of this year. Replacing the live taping previously rescheduled for August in Las Vegas, the new show format will harness the power of technology and creative television production honoring the best in Gospel music. The virtual production will acknowledge all winners of the Stellar Awards pre-show and main show, with select categories being presented in the broadcast. The broadcast will also feature inspirational performances from Gospel music’s most celebrated artists, and special tributes to first responder heroes on the front lines of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.
"As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic closing venues in Las Vegas we are producing our Stellar Awards as a virtual at home television special to honor our Stellar Award 2020 nominees and winners, that will still raise the roof for our fans at home with great Gospel music performances in a new format,” said Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson . “Also, it gives us the opportunity to honor COVID-19 first responder heroes in appreciation of the great work they are doing to save lives during this pandemic. We hope to further inspire these heroes with tributes of thanks from our Gospel music cast of Stellar winners and performances."
Joining previously announced first time co-hosts Jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne is Stellar Awards veteran host Kirk Franklin . The superstar trio will work together to keep the virtual television praise party lifted and flowing seamlessly throughout the evening. Confirmed performers include Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Pastor Mike Jr., Kierra Sheard , and Doe , with more to be announced.
An important tradition at the Stellar Awards will be held for next year’s 2021 show, where Jackson will bestow well-deserved special honors and recognition upon Gospel greats who have elevated the genre. The previously named recipients – The Clark Sisters, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Pastor Shirley Caesar in addition to Gospel music industry leaders Dr. Leonard Scott, Skip Barrett, Kerry Douglas , and Dr. Teresa Hairston -- will be celebrated for their contributions to Gospel music when The Stellar Awards returns to Las Vegas next Spring in March 2021.
Tickets purchased for 2020 Stellar Awards events that were scheduled for August 14–16 will be refunded. To submit requests or for more information, visit Ticket Masters.
Previously announced nominees for the 2020 Stellar Awards includes 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, please visit The Stellar Awards website.
More of the biggest names in Gospel and a few additional surprises are being added to the growing list of top performers appearing in this year’s show, presented by AT&T and also sponsored by State Farm.
“I am especially grateful and appreciative of the tremendous positive response we have had from Gospel music artists, our advertising partners and over 200 television broadcast and cable partners around the country who have agreed to support our 35th annual Stellar Awards at home special honoring Stellar winners and first responder heroes," said Jackson.
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 will produce and direct this year's award show.