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At 20, Jekalyn Carr Is In Her Winning Season

By Bob Marovich Jekalyn Carr frequently listened to her mother, Jennifer Selvy Carr, as she sang with the award-winning family gospel group the Selvy Singers. But this time it was different. The preteen was watching the Selvys sing from the set of Don McGlynn’s 2010 gospel music documentary, Rejoice and Shout. “We were on the set of [Rejoice and Shout] and they found out I could sing,” Jekalyn told JGM during her recent visit to Chicago. “They wanted me to sing ‘Amazing Grace.’” Jekalyn’s “Amazing Grace” stole the show. But for all the buzz about the young girl’s performance, it was ...

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Damon Williams: “If the Chart Could Become a CD, It Would Be WOW Gospel.”

By Bob Marovich In 1998, Damon Williams eagerly purchased a copy of the first-ever WOW Gospel two-CD compilation. “It was a big moment in gospel music,” Williams, who was recently named Vice President of Marketing for RCA Inspiration, shared with the Journal of Gospel Music. “To find something that had the year’s best gospel songs all in one place, by the top artists, was extremely appealing to me as a consumer and a burgeoning industry executive.” On the 20th anniversary of the best-selling franchise, the 2-CD WOW Gospel 2018 hits stores today. While it will be Williams’ first time working ...

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The Recording Academy Announces 60th GRAMMY Nominees

Congratulations to the 60th GRAMMY nominees in the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music categories: 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song • Too Hard Not To Tina Campbell; Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters • You Deserve It JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn; David Bloom, JJ Hairston, Phontane Demond Reed & Cortez Vaughn, songwriters • Better Days Le’Andria • My Life The Walls Group; Warryn Campbell, Eric Dawkins, Damien Farmer, Damon Thomas, Ahjah Walls & Darrel Walls, songwriters • Never Have To Be Alone CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters 37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song • Oh ...

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Bishop Cortez Vaughn’s Corporate Sound Music Group Inks Joint Venture with Tyscot

Indianapolis, IN: Bishop Cortez Vaughn’s Corporate Sound Music Group firm has entered into a joint venture agreement with the world’s oldest operating black gospel music label, Tyscot Records. Bishop Vaughn co-wrote and co-leads JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise’s soul-stirring anthem, “You Deserve It.” The song has spent 21 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Digital Song Sales chart, 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart. “Tyscot Records is excited about the partnering with Corporate Sound Music Group in developing and presenting ...

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Tauren Wells Releases Debut Solo Album “Hills and Valleys” June 23; Opening for Lionel Richie

(Nashville, TN) – June 8, 2017 – Reunion Records/Sony Music Entertainment announces the anticipated release of Tauren Wells’ new solo LP Hills And Valleys. The digital-only deluxe edition features 15 songs and releases June 23. A physical version of the album, featuring 11 songs, will debut July 21. To create the unique combination of sounds heard throughout Hills And Valleys, Wells, a two-time GRAMMY® nominee, collaborated with a variety of seasoned producers from the musical worlds of R&B, funk, pop, Gospel, urban and AC. Working alongside Chuck Butler, Jordan Sapp, Casey Brown, Colby Wedgeworth and Bernie Herms, Wells also partnered ...

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Phil Thornton on WOW Gospel 2017: “A Source of Hope and Inspiration”

By Bob Marovich What does it take to compile an annual survey of the Best of the Best in gospel music? Phil Thornton knows. As Senior Vice President and General Manager for RCA Inspiration, which just released WOW Gospel 2017, the latest in a twenty-year string of two-CD samplings of the finest in African American gospel music, Thornton is now an integral part of the process. “I remember purchasing the collections years ago,” he told the Journal of Gospel Music. “Actually being part of the process feels like I’ve come full circle. It’s an honor to be involved with a ...

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British Airways Offers First In-Flight Gospel Show

British Airways and YolanDa Brown take Gospel Music into the Air From a Press Release: British Airways has added a new radio show to its inflight entertainment offering: “The Gospel Show,” presented by YolanDa Brown.” This is the first ever gospel radio show to be broadcast on British Airways planes around the world. A lively mix of gospel music from both established and emerging artists from all over the world. From trad to the best of contemporary gospel and everything in between, this show explores the different sides of gospel music. Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown fell in love with ...

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