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Pastor Marvin Sapp Announces New Multi-Media Entertainment Production Company

Elev8 Media & Entertainment will Offer “Content at the Next Level;” Bows with Label Deal from Thirty Tigers Dallas, TX – April 1, 2021 – Marvin Sapp’s seasons continue to change. Today, he announces Elev8 Media & Entertainment – a new multimedia company that will be the hub for upcoming film, television and music projects. “Elev8 has been many years in the making. I have studied the inner workings of the entertainment business as the impact of my own music ministry expanded into new territories and new opportunities. As an entrepreneur, developing my own entertainment company was a bucket list ...

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The Clark Sisters Win Outstanding Gospel Album at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards

(DETROIT, MI) March 30, 2021— Karew Entertainment celebrates a major win at the 52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards. The legendary gospel group The Clark Sisters won “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album” for their album, The Return. This is the group’s second NAACP Image Award win (first one being Outstanding Gospel Artist in 1983). The album has received praise from fans across the globe, and their current single “His Love” with Snoop Dogg, is charting top 5 on Billboard. “His Love” was written by group members Karen Clark Sheard and Dorinda Clark Cole, along with J. Drew Sheard II (producer), Kierra Sheard, R&B singer ...

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Chicago Mass Choir Takes Hometown Honors for Best Gospel Entertainer of the Year at 39th Annual 2021 Chicago Music Awards

CHICAGO, IL —International ambassadors of gospel music Chicago Mass Choir were recently honored as Best Gospel Entertainer of the Year at the 39th Annual Chicago Music Awards, which honors the Windy City’s finest in musical and spoken word artistry across every genre. This is the third time they’ve received this prestigious award (2021, 2015, 2012) since the group’s inception in 1988. Officially renamed Chicago Mass Choir in 1990, their 17 Billboard-charting albums have garnered numerous Dove, Grammy, and Stellar Award nominations as well as a Stellar Award for Best Traditional Choir for their We Give You Praise project in 2017. ...

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63rd Annual GRAMMY Winners – Gospel and Christian

Congratulations to the following winners, announced during yesterday’s 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards celebrations: BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUMCelebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)Fisk Jubilee Singers BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUMJesus Is KingKanye West BEST GOSPEL ALBUMGospel According To PJPJ Morton BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG“There Was Jesus”Zach Williams & Dolly Parton BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG“Movin’ On”Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music Also a big congratulations to all the nominees!

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RIP: Carman, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Famer

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 16, 2021) – GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, CARMAN, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital, after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia. Carman Dominic Licciardello, known to fans worldwide as “Carman,” was 65. Born January 19, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey, Carman began his musical career playing drums in his mother’s band at the age of 15. Carman holds the world record for having the largest audience to see a single Christian artist. He set the record for the largest concert ...

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RIP: Dr. Douglas Miller, Singer, Songwriter, Choir Director

By Robert M. Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Douglas Miller, a choir director, singer, songwriter, and contributor to the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ. The following is a brief bio I wrote for the Malaco Music Group website: Dr. Douglas Lee Miller was born on New Year’s Eve, 1949, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His mother, Sister Naomi Miller, was active in the local First Born Church of the Living God, pastored by Bishop Joseph McGauley. It was at this church that young Douglas, without any formal ...

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JGM’s Best CDs, Singles and Historic Reissues of 2020

By Bob Marovich As is our custom for this time of year, the Journal of Gospel Music presents its “best of” lists in the category of CDs, songs, and historical releases. The recordings were not chosen as “best of” based on sales, chart status, promotion, voting, fan popularity, number of likes or retweets, committee decisions, throwing darts, reading tea leaves, arm twisting, or anything other than 1) JGM was serviced with the music for review either on its own platform or for review in another journal or publication, and 2) JGM believes they best represented gospel/sacred music in 2020 in ...

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RIP: Duranice Pace of the Pace Sisters

By Robert M. Marovich JGM was saddened to learn of the passing of singer Duranice Pace of the Pace Sisters on January 14, 2021, at age 62. Born May 13, 1958, in Atlanta’s Poole Creek community to Murphy and Bettie Ann Pace and brought up in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Duranice was one of nine sisters who comprised the Stellar- and Grammy-nominated Anointed Pace Sisters. The sisters began singing in church, in local talent shows, and participated in COGIC national conventions, where in the 1970s they won Best Gospel Group. They also toured nationally with their uncle, ...

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Another Soldier Gone – Sister Rosetta Davis (Charles Fold Singers)

By Robert M. Marovich JGM learned that Sister Rosetta Davis, a longtime member and beloved soloist of the Charles Fold Singers of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away during the 2020 Christmas holiday. A firebrand of a singer, Davis started her singing career at a young age. In the 1950s, she was billed as the Little Blind Girl on what may have been her first single, “There is a Fountain” / “I Know My Robe is Going to Fit Me Well,” on Hilltop Records. Davis’s work with the Charles Fold Singers was robust, including solo turns on the choir’s recordings and especially ...

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RIP: Pastor Steve Hawkins

By Robert M. Marovich A. Jeffrey LaValley informed JGM of the passing of his friend, gospel singer and pastor Steve Hawkins. Born in Waco, Texas, on Valentine’s Day, 1953 (“That’s why I’m such a sweetheart!” he chuckled during our 2014 interview), Hawkins was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father was pastor of the Jerusalem Church of God in Christ. As a youngster, Hawkins learned the finer points of singing from his mother. His uncle and aunt, Dorothy and Lawrence Abrams, took him on the road to open for the Original Five Blind Boys, in which Lawrence was a member ...

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