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Australian Choir Debuts Journal of Gospel Music in Print Form

Many thanks to Mrs. Jade-Lori Crompton Haggis  and the Joyful Noise Choir, Inc. of Western Australia for converting some of the Journal of Gospel Music’s most popular artist interviews of the past several years into a stunning print souvenir magazine. This combined magazine and program will be available for attendees of a forthcoming gospel music festival in Perth, Western Australia. Entirely Jade-Lori’s vision and her handiwork, along with some ninja superstar designers, this Aussie Exclusive represents the first time in JGM‘s 12-year history that it has been transformed from digital to  print. Looks mighty nice, too! Featured inside are our interviews with ...

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Who’s the Voice On BET’s “Joyful Noise?” It’s Liz Black of WBLS!

PRESS RELEASE: When Black Entertainment Television (BET) premiered its new weekly musical television program “Joyful Noise” a couple of weeks ago, Liz Black’s Twitter page buzzed with friends and fans asking if that was her voice opening the show and introducing its host Tye Tribbett. It was indeed the legendary New York City area radio personality who hosts “Sunday Praise” on the Big Apple’s WBLS 107.5 and also on its sister station WLIB 1190 AM. “It’s very exciting,” says Black. “I’ve been doing radio for years but this feels like a totally new adventure for me and I’m loving every ...

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eOne Music Nashville Appoints Gina Miller to VP/GM of Urban Inspirational

NASHVILLE, TN (October 5, 2016) – Entertainment One Music Nashville (eOne Music Nashville) announces the appointment of Gina Miller to VP/General Manager of Urban Inspirational, promoting the veteran music executive from her previous role as VP National Promotions and Label Relations for eOne Music Nashville. Joining the Nashville-based division 12 years ago beginning with an unconventional internship at Light Records then serving in various roles from radio and retail to marketing, sales and more, Miller will helm an award-winning roster of hit artists that span a wide range across the genre, from traditional and contemporary gospel, to praise and worship, ...

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Gospel Vocalist Lecresia Campbell Passes Away

By Bob Marovich JGM learned today that powerhouse gospel vocalist Lecresia Campbell passed away on September 29. Born in Chicago, Campbell was the lead singer on Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago’s 1990 gospel smash, “Perfect Praise (How Excellent).” She earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Voice at Tougaloo College and went on to teach elementary school for eight years. She also was background vocalist for Vanessa Bell Armstrong and sang alongside many others in the gospel industry. In 2008, Campbell recorded a solo album, Even Me, which earned her a Stellar Award nomination for Best Female Vocalist ...

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Temple University Libraries honors Dixie Hummingbirds Guitarist Howard Carroll September 29

Philadelphia, PA, September 1, 2016 – September is Gospel Music Heritage Month, and on Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m., the Blockson Collection of Temple University Libraries will present “Gospel Gold: The Golden Era of Gospel Music,” honoring legendary Dixie Hummingbirds guitarist Howard Carroll. Hosted by Gospel Highway Eleven (WNAP 1110 AM) Radio DJ Linwood Heath, the program will include gospel music by the Sons of the Birds and special guest speaker, the Reverend Joe Williams. Howard Carroll, affectionately known as the “Father of the Gospel Music Guitar,” is the oldest living member of the Dixie Hummingbirds gospel group. Mr. ...

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Lecrae’s Anomaly Certified Gold by RIAA

Atlanta, GA – September 20, 2016 – Grammy-award winning rap artist Lecrae celebrates the RIAA Gold Certification of his breakthrough album Anomaly. Released with Reach Records on September 9, 2014, Anomaly debuted at #1 on the coveted Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, receiving universal acclaim and making Lecrae a force in rap music. The Atlanta-based artist, community leader, activist and entrepreneur has helped to revive the genre’s conscious sensibility with his message of inspiration. Nominated for multiple awards throughout his career, Lecrae has blazed an unchartered path, winning two Grammy Awards. His hit single “All I Need Is You” from ...

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Grammy® Award Nominated Artist Tamela Mann Drops New Album “One Way” Friday, September 9

Click on the image above to purchase One Way. Sponsored Post: DALLAS (September 8, 2016) – Grammy® Award Nominated, NAACP Image Award Winning Artist and Billboard Chart-Topping Singer TAMELA MANN releases her highly-anticipated new album ONE WAY Friday, September 9 on her Tillymann Music label through RED Distribution. One Way features the power ballad single “God Provides,” which is currently No. 4 on the Billboard Gospel Radio Chart this week. “God Provides” is written and produced by long-time friend and collaborating partner, Gospel Music Icon Kirk Franklin. Tamela is currently touring the country in support of the new album with ...

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RIP: Audrey Cher, Gospel Singer

It is with heavy heart that JGM reports the passing of Audrey Lockett LaBranche, known to the gospel music community as Audrey Cher. She recently gave birth to a son, Mathias Amir, on August 26. Click here to read an interview that JGM did with Audrey last year: Audrey Cher. Homegoing information will be provided when available.  Meanwhile, please keep the LaBranche family in your prayers.

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Pastor Van D. Roberson Passes Away

Zadella “Mama” Curtis informed JGM that Pastor Van D. Roberson has passed away. In addition to pastoring the Shiloh Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas, Roberson was a gospel singer in the traditional-quartet style, honed, no doubt, from his years as a member of the Roberson Brothers, which started out prior to 1961 as the Israelite Voices of Peace.  He was also part of the Pastors Chorus of Bryan/College Station, Texas; they recorded the single, “Good to Me,” in 2012. Roberson also sang with the Mighty Clouds of Joy’s Joe Ligon on the 2012 Mother’s Day single, “Momma Remembered.” Below is ...

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Entertainment Industry Veterans Secure Major Label Distribution Deal

August 18, 2016 – Nashville, TN – Michelle Duffie and her brothers, twins Kelvis (Clyde) and Kendall, have been mainstays in the faith-based entertainment industry for more than two decades. Collectively, the dynamic sibling trio boasts superior experience and accomplishments in management, marketing, radio promotions, A&R, and music production. In 2006, after spending the prior 10 years building credibility, experience, and relationships working in house at record labels including Light Records, PureSprings Gospel and the historically #1 Verity Gospel Music Group (now RCA Inspiration), the trio established D3 Entertainment as a specialized marketing and promotions agency that connects the African American faith ...

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