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Christian Music’s Place In Mainstream Entertainment

By Nicole McCraySpecial Feature – Journal of Gospel Musicwww.nicolemccray.com Christian music has been chiefly regarded as hymns. However, it has evolved into a multitude of genres, breaking the barrier between what people think of as “typical church music” and branching out into other styles, all of which remain grounded in worship. Independent artists are emerging in Christian music, and with the majority of Americans today identifying as Christian, religion makes up a massive chunk of popular culture. In addition, evangelicals are influencing others in the ways of Jesus. Christian bands and artists are creating hit songs, bridging gaps between secular and ...

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Sea Walker Media Corporation Announces Expansion of Singing News Brand and Major Gospel Music Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 3, 2021) – Sea Walker Media Corporation has announced the formation of Singing News Television, an expansion of the Singing News brand the organization acquired recently from Salem Media Group. Ray Flynn and Scott Godsey made the announcement during an invitation-only press event held Tuesday, June 2, 2021, in Gallatin, TN. The new network will include a vast variety of gospel music, Christian-based television shows, original and organic programming with gospel artists, movies, series, inspirational moments, news, and ‘on demand’ options that will be exclusive to the Singing News Television network. The network will be available on ...

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Charles Jenkins Pens Debut Book, SEASONS

(FEBRUARY 16, 2021) – CHICAGO, IL – Global spiritual leader, thought provoker, and celebrated GRAMMY®- and Stellar Award-winning artist Charles Jenkins continues his mark as an author with the release of the book SEASONS: How To Grow And Succeed During Times Of Transition. Additionally, as an artist, his gospel music single, “He’ll Make It Alright” (Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago) lands at #2 on Billboard’s Gospel National Airplay Chart. Jenkins’ SEASONS is available now on Amazon.com and at CharlesJenkins.com; the single “He’ll Make It Alright” is available on all major digital streaming and retail outlets. SEASONS seeks to give readers ...

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Kirk Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment Debut New Podcast Series, “Good Words with Kirk Franklin”

New York – February 9, 2021 – Sixteen-time GRAMMY-winning artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment today announced the launch of “Good Words with Kirk Franklin,” a new podcast series that welcomes people from every cross section of life who seek inspiration and empowerment. Through intimate conversations exploring faith, redemption, and the realities of today’s world, Franklin invites listeners into shared moments with some of the biggest names across entertainment, beginning with Pharrell Williams. The first episode is available now. In a deeply personal and introspective conversation that explores shared common experiences, Franklin provides listeners with fascinating ...

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RCA Inspiration Announces Strategic Partnership with Marquis Boone Enterprises

New Releases to Come from Kelontae Gavin and Fresh Start Worship (Nashville, TN) – February 9, 2021 – RCA Inspiration, one of the premiere labels in Gospel and inspirational music, announces a strategic partnership with the entertainment company Marquis Boone Enterprises, to release upcoming projects from Kelontae Gavin and Fresh Start Worship. The record label, under its partnership with the entertainment company, will provide a range of cross-departmental support including distribution, radio promotion, marketing, sales, publicity, production, among other areas. Led by Phil Thornton, SVP and General Manager of RCA Inspiration, and Marquis Boone, Founder of Marquis Boone Enterprises, the ...

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Bishop J. Drew Sheard Turns Pandemic Heartbreak into Community Healing

By Robert M. Marovich Last March, the COVID-19 pandemic washed over Bishop J. Drew Sheard’s family and associates like a tsunami. His brother, the Reverend Ethan B. Sheard, tested positive for the virus. So did his children, well-known musicians J Drew II and Kierra. His mother, Willie Mae Sheard, and father, Bishop John H. Sheard, pastor of Greater Mitchell Temple Church of God in Christ in Detroit, also contracted the virus. “It hit my family pretty hard,” Sheard, Senior Pastor of Detroit’s Greater Emmanuel Institutional (GEI) Church of God in Christ, told the Journal of Gospel Music. “The most difficult ...

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How Gospel Music Influenced Mainstream Hits

By Cecille Richman, Guest Contributor While many might say that gospel music is incredibly niche, the opposite is actually true. Formed out of a mixture of African American folk music and religious hymns, it’s a soulful genre that has inspired countless others. Genres now considered foundational to American popular music, including soul, blues, and R&B, can all trace their history back to gospel. The recent launch of Legacy Music Group is proof of gospel music’s incredible influence and popularity. Hundreds of popular artists have made use of gospel music or gospel musical influences in their discographies. In a ZenBusiness guide ...

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Tasha Cobbs Leonard Named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist Of The Decade

Singer Wraps Whirlwind Year With Holiday Programming Alongside Dolly Parton and Ne-Yo. Nashville, TN (December 11, 2020) – GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard has been named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist of the Decade. News of the top honor came late last week, as Billboard began announcing its year-end and decade-end charts. Cobbs Leonard was also named the Top Female Gospel Artist for the 3rd consecutive year. This year alone, Tasha Cobbs Leonard earned two additional RIAA® certifications—one Platinum certification for her hit single “Break Every Chain,” and a Gold certification (her third) for the #1 radio single “You Know My ...

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RCA Inspiration to Release New Music from the Voices of Fire Choir

  RCA INSPIRATION TO RELEASE NEW MUSICFROM THE VOICES OF FIRE CHOIR, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PHARRELL WILLIAMS’ I AM OTHER (Nashville, TN) – November 23, 2020 – RCA Inspiration, one of the premiere labels in Gospel and inspirational music, announces a record deal with Voices of Fire, to release new music from the new choir, in partnership with Pharrell Williams’ company i am OTHER. The newly-formed choir stars on the Netflix docuseries “Voices of Fire,” led by Williams’ uncle Bishop Ezekiel Williams. The docuseries debuted on the streamer Friday November 20th and Williams serves as an executive producer on the ...

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