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Travis Greene, Tamela Mann Big Winners at 32nd Stellar Awards

By Bob Marovich Combined, gospel artists Travis Greene and Tamela Mann took home nearly half of the honors at the 32nd Stellar Awards, held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend.  Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown served as hosts. Greene garnered six awards, including Song of the Year (“Made a Way”) and Male Vocalist of the Year. Annie Stoll’s design for Greene’s The Hill (RCA Inspiration) secured a Stellar for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year. Mann, whose live rendition of her single, “God Provides,” was among the highlights of the Saturday evening awards program, received six honors, ...

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Tasha Cobbs Weds Producer in Private Ceremony

GRAMMY®-Winning Recording Artist Tasha Cobbs Weds Acclaimed Music Director & Producer Kenneth Leonard In Surprise Private Ceremony Atlanta, GA— GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Tasha Cobbs shocked friends, family and fans this weekend with a surprise wedding to longtime beau, acclaimed music director and producer Kenneth Leonard, Jr. On Friday, March 3, 2017, the pair exchanged vows before an unsuspecting group of family and close friends who believed they were gathering for a private dinner party. News of the wedding surprised many as it saturated social media, but the nuptials had actually been in the works for quite some time. “We’ve ...

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Franklin, Scott Among Winners at 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Here’s the rundown on Gospel Music / Christian Contemporary Music winners this weekend at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Best Gospel Performance/Song: “God Provides” – Tamela Mann (Kirk Franklin, songwriter) Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “Thy Will” – Hilary Scott & the Scott Family (Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott, and Emily Weisband, songwriters) Best Gospel Album: Losing My Religion – Kirk Franklin Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Love Remains – Hilary Scott & the Scott Family Best Roots Gospel Album: Hymns – Joey + Rory Additionally, Pastor Shirley Caesar was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tamela Mann and Kirk Franklin ...

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RIP: Tommie TommyGunn1965 Gunn, Gospel Songwriter, Producer

From a press release: True aficionados of contemporary gospel will count among their favorites gospel greats like Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi, Commissioned, Darwin Hobbs, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, etc. What some fans may fail to realize is that one of the greatest sonic architects of the genre was Tommie TommyGunn1965 Walker with more than 4 million in song sales to his credit. Sadly, Tommie passed away on February 3, 2017, at 51 years of age, surrounded by family. Tommie passed away after failing to emerge from a medically induced coma brought on by ...

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Performers for the 2017 Stellar Awards Announced

(CHICAGO) – Feb. 8, 2017 – Central City Productions announced today select performers for the 2017 Stellar Awards. Hailed as an “epic night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication on 170 stations in over 150 markets around the country from April 15 – May 7, 2017. Set to take the stage this ...

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RIP William Bright, Member of the Sons of the Birds

The Reverend Joe Williams and Suzette Arnold passed along the sad news that William Bright, an original member of the Sons of the Birds quartet, went from labor to reward. Arnold noted that Bright was also with the Dixie Hummingbirds, singing with them as recently as last Saturday at a sellout crowd at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The Sons of the Birds got their name because at one time, some of the singers were sons of members of the Dixie Hummingbirds. They recorded an album and several singles for Peacock’s Song Bird subsidiary in the 1960s. Mr. Bright is ...

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The 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees Announced

(CHICAGO) – January 17, 2017 – Central City Productions has announced the nominees in 26 categories for the 2017 Stellar Awards. Hailed as an “epic night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication on 170 stations in over 150 markets around the country from April 14 – May 7, 2017. Praise and Worship breakthrough ...

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Journal of Gospel Music’s Best of 2016 Lists

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 necessarily chosen as “Best of 2016” based on sales, chart status, promotion, voting, fan popularity, number of likes or retweets, committee decisions, throwing darts, reading tea leaves, arm twisting, flipping coins, or anything other than 1) JGM was serviced with the music for review and 2) JGM believes the selections best represent gospel/sacred music as an art form. The top selections in Best CDs and ...

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Jekalyn Carr Launches Support Movement for Sheila Belle of “The Belle Report”

For Immediate Release: ATLANTA, GA (Thursday, December 15, 2016) – – Recording artist Jekalyn Carr has launched a support movement for Richmond, Virginia based nationally syndicated radio personality Sheila Belle as she battles the winning fight against cancer. Carr was inspired to spearhead this support movement after attending Belle’s event last weekend in Richmond called “The Gift” – an event for cancer survivors. She was moved by hearing the winning stories from the survivors as well as Sheila Belle. Watch Jekalyn’s support movement video here: www.facebook.com/jasonmauricehardy/videos/10100700900092599/ Carr is calling a call to action to her fellow recording artists, radio announcers/PDs, ...

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