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Enon Music Group Creates “The Levites Relief Fund” To Support Philadelphia Area Musicians

Enon Music Group Creates Fund To Financially Support Musicians Whose Employment Is Affected By Covid-19 Pandemic Philadelphia, PA — Enon Music Group (EMG) is an independent record label established by Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. The growing label has supported a diverse and dynamic roster of Stellar Award Nominated artist as well as new and developing artists. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis the world is experiencing, EMG has created a relief fund to support Philadelphia area musicians who have lost employment due to the mandatory closure of churches. EMG has ...

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RIP Billie Barrett Greenbey, Member of the Barrett Sisters

By Bob Marovich It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of Billie Barrett Greenbey today. She was a member of the award-winning gospel trio the Barrett Sisters. She had been in the hospital recently, but had come home and reports were encouraging. Alas, she is now singing sweetly with sister DeLois and the rest of the family in heavenly Zion. Billie Barrett Greenbey was born in 1928 to Susie and Lonnie Barrett, migrants to Chicago from Mississippi. The family attended Morning Star Baptist Church on the city’s South Side, where an aunt was the choir director. In ...

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Award-Winning Entertainment Executive Jovan Dawkins Launches Legacy Music Group

DAWKINS APPOINTS ERIC DAWKINS AS PRESIDENT OF A&R. LEGACY’S INITIAL ROSTER INCLUDES STELLAR GOSPEL GREATS FRED HAMMOND, TASHA (FORMALLY KNOWN AS TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART), DAWKINS & DAWKINS AND THE COMMISSIONED SOUNDTRACK, WITH MUCH MORE TO FOLLOW LOS ANGELES, CA (February 25, 2020) – Award-winning entertainment executive Jovan Dawkins is proud to announce the launch of his newly created inspirational record label, Legacy Music Group, which is deeply rooted from Dawkins’ ministerial background. Being raised in the church, Dawkins’ inspirational label launch is a natural progression as part of his life of service. In recent years, Dawkins has quietly led private in-studio ...

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62nd Grammy Award Winners

By Bob Marovich The following are the winners in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards’ Gospel and Contemporary Christian categories. Congratulations to them and to all the nominees! 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song LOVE THEORY Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter 37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song GOD ONLY KNOWS for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters 38. Best Gospel Album LONG LIVE LOVE Kirk Franklin 39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album BURN THE SHIPS for KING & COUNTRY 40. Best Roots Gospel Album TESTIMONY Gloria Gaynor Also, PJ Morton won ...

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2019 – 2020 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

Congratulations to all the nominees! Category #1 ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration – JJ Hairston; Miracle Worker; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One – Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration – Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel Category #2 SONG OF THE YEAR – Big; Michael McClure, Curtiss Glenn & Rodeny Turner; Black Smoke Worldwide – Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence, William Stokes, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge & Desmond Davis; RCA Inspiration – Love Theory; Kirk Franklin; ...

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Another Soldier Gone: Pastor James R. McClain

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music learned of yet another passing, that of Pastor James R. McClain of the Willing Four. Here is a quick history of the Willing Four, much of which comes from McClain’s own unpublished history of the gospel quartet from Chicago. Chicago’s Willing Four was organized in 1951 in the home of Deacon and Mrs. Renzy and Linda Beene. Founding members of the quartet were Isaiah and Sylvester Beene, W. C. and Arthur Smith, Jake Akins, and Clifton Love. First tenor George Hudson joined in 1955. The quartet sang a cappella until 1956, when ...

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RIP: Rev. Maceo Woods, Pastor, Organist, Founder of “Gospel Supreme” Musical

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn of the passing of the Reverend Maceo Woods today. Maceo Len Woods was born April 23, 1932, to Fred and Rosa Anna Anderson Woods, who migrated from Mississippi to Morgan Park. By age twelve, Maceo was serving as organist for Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Morgan Park, where his family was a member. Initially drawn to a career in medicine, Woods became more interested in music. Woods organized his first singing group, the Maceo Woods Male Chorus, at Mt. Calvary. Woods’ godfather, Eugene Smith of the Roberta Martin ...

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2nd Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards Submissions Open

Washington, DC — The Independent Gospel Artists Alliance, Inc. (IGAA) has announced the 2nd Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards celebrating independent Gospel, Christian, and Inspirational artists and their music. Artists can submit entries for award consideration starting January 1, 2020. The Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards recognizes the best recordings and performances of the past year in 10 different categories. Artists who are nominated for these awards are distinguished artists and musicians in their local communities and around the country. The 2nd Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards will be held on July 10, 2020, at The Mount in ...

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TIME LIFE to Release Streaming-Only Audio Album from Chicago TV Series “Jubilee Showcase”

From a press release: TIME LIFE WILL RELEASE AUDIO PERFORMANCES FROM THE EMMY® AWARD WINNING GOSPEL TV SERIES “JUBILEE SHOWCASE” AS A STREAMING-ONLY ALBUM FEATURING RAW PERFORMANCES BY ICONIC GOSPEL ACTS SUCH AS ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMERS THE STAPLE SINGERS & THE SOUL STIRRERS, AND MORE! TIME LIFE will release Jubilee Showcase, 36 raw, live performances – before a studio audience – from the Emmy® Award winning  TV concert series, Jubilee Showcase, as a streaming-only album on January 17, 2020 – MLK Weekend. It will stream globally on more than 300 digital service providers, such as Apple Music ...

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