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2016 Rhythm of Gospel Awards – Official Awardee List

Here is the official 2016 Winner List for the 2016 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, submitted by National Independent Gospel Music Association CEO Kris Jackson. Congratulations to the following individuals and groups: Contemporary CD Of The Year Robert E. Person – “Love Divine” Special Event CD Of The Year Dr. F. James Clark & The Shalom Church Mass Choir – “Simply Amazing” Traditional CD Of The Year Walter Blocker presents St. Thomas Gospel Choir – “Jesus” Urban Contemporary/R&P CD Of The Year Darren Deac – “Christian Walk” Praise & Worship CD Of The Year Jodi Litmon – “The Live Experience” Quartet ...

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GMA Foundation Announces 2016-17 Board of Directors

Industry leaders oversee the legacy and educational aspects of Gospel and Christian music NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 11, 2016) – The GMA Foundation is proud to announce its 2016-17 Board of Directors. The GMA Foundation’s mission is to continue to educate, preserve and invest in the Gospel and Christian music industry. GMA Foundation President Jackie Patillo states, “The GMA Foundation serves our community by focusing on our history and legacy as well as investing in education for our future creative leaders. These two pieces are so important to the growth and long-term success of our industry. I’m grateful to have this ...

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Florida Gospel Announcer, Actor, & Singer Launches Blog

By Bob Marovich Janell Lancaster is a gospel announcer, singer, actor, dancer, and now a blogger. Last month, she launched Keep the Gospel Alive into the blogosphere. Its purpose, Lancaster says, is to serve as “a discussion and informational forum. . .to explore and bring awareness about the Gospel Industry and how we as artists, ministers, radio personalities and any others, can continue to keep the gospel alive through the Christian Music community.” She adds: “We must continue to keep God first in all we do in this industry, because if we don’t, many can and will be lost.” Lancaster ...

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Michael Weatherspoon’s New Book Aims to Improve Music Ministry Leadership

By Bob Marovich For the past 30 years, musician, producer, and record label executive Michael Weatherspoon has seen what works and what doesn’t in church music ministry. In particular, he’s noticed that church members are often elevated to leadership positions without the proper leadership education. A lack of training, he says, can be detrimental to both minister and ministry. His new book, The Cost of Indecision: A Plan for Music & Life (Faithwalk Publishing), is a collection of lifelong observations, lessons, and directives on music ministry, as well as action items that can be learned today and put in practice tomorrow. ...

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Black History Month: Calvin Bridges Honors His Heroes

A lovely tribute from gospel singer-songwriter Calvin Bridges: Black History Month – My Tribute IV I am blessed and elated to express my gratitude and veneration of several people who have made an indelible impartation in and have had significant impact on my life… my Heroes! Today…   I Celebrate the men responsible for my recording career! First, Pastor Walter Veal, Just Faith Full Gospel Church, Harvey, IL, a friend and brother for 40 years… and host for many years on WYCA Radio. It was he who first approached me and the pastor of Spirit of Love Baptist Church, encouraging ...

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RIP: Jodi Litmon, Independent Gospel Artist

By Bob Marovich The gospel music world mourns the passing of Mrs. Jodi Litmon, an independent gospel artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, who recently racked up six nominations for the 2016 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, including New Artist of the Year. Mrs. Litmon was Founder and CEO of Jodi Litmon Heart of Worship Ministries and director of music at Overflow Ministries Covenant Church.  Earlier this year, she published My Experience…For His Glory, a book chronicling the power of a positive outlook in the midst of her cancer diagnosis and recovery. She also wrote a song in response to her illness.  Listen to “Soar ...

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Journal of Gospel Music’s Best of 2015

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 chosen as “best of” based on sales, chart status, promotion, voting, fan popularity, number of likes or retweets, committee decisions, throwing darts, reading tea leaves, arm twisting, or anything other than 1) JGM was serviced with the music for review and 2) JGM believes they best represented gospel music in 2015 in terms of overall music quality. Artists whose music does not appear here: please don’t despair.  These lists were ...

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Nominations for the 58th GRAMMY Awards

The nominations in the Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music categories (#36-40) for the 58th GRAMMY Awards were announced, and they are as follows: 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song Worth [Live] – Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy Wanna Be Happy? – Kirk Franklin Intentional – Travis Greene How Awesome is Our God [Live] – Israel & Newbreed feat. Yolanda Adams Worth Fighting For [Live] – Brian Courtney Wilson   37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) – Crowder Because He Lives (Amen) – Matt Maher Soul On Fire – Third Day feat. ...

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