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“The Great Shrine Concert” turns 60

When Art Rupe of Specialty Records recorded the July 22, 1955, gospel program at Los Angeles’s Shrine Auditorium, he was making history. It would be the first multi-artist gospel program to be recorded, and one of the most significant aural examples of live gospel music during its golden age. Artists appearing that day included the Soul Stirrers with a pre-soul star Sam Cooke, the Pilgrim Travelers, Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, the Caravans with Albertina Walker and James Cleveland, and Brother Joe and Annette May. Rob Strauss and Cameron Kell honored the 60th anniversary of the program by ...

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Tye Tribbett Hosts “Hate Won’t Win” Concert to Benefit Charleston Victims

PRESS RELEASE: The June 17th Charleston Church Massacre has prompted Grammy Award winning recording artist Tye Tribbett to launch a “Hate Won’t Win” concert to benefit the families of the nine people who were shot to death in that tragic incident. The concert features some of the biggest names in Christian music such as gold-selling artist Israel Houghton, “Break Every Chain” singer Tasha Cobbs, R&B star Akon’s protégé Mali Music and Columbia, SC native Travis Greene. The concert takes place Thursday, July 23 @7 PM at The Medallion Conference Center in Columbia, SC and caps the first day of Tribbett’s ...

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NewReleaseTuesday is now NewReleaseToday

(BOISE, Idaho) — Christian music’s largest site online, NewReleaseTuesday.com, got its name from the day new music releases in the U.S. But with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s impending move to a global release day on Fridays beginning July 10, the media outlet had a decision to make: Hang on to history or embrace the future? The site–known as NRT to its fanbase–chose the latter, and became NewReleaseToday as of June 5. Despite having owned NewReleaseFriday.com for years, NRT Founder/President Kevin McNeese said the release day change was a perfect opportunity to reassess his media company’s identity and ...

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Brian Courtney Wilson Launches #WeAreWorthFightingFor Campaign

June 18, 2015 (Houston, TX) – Today it is Charleston, but in the last several months, it has been Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, and so many others. There is a constant barrage of images that continues to devalue the African American community. In response to hate crimes, social and civil injustice and outright killings of unarmed young men, Motown Gospel recording artist Brian Courtney Wilson wanted a way to bring people together to share visual messages for our community and our young people that WE are valuable, treasured and worth fighting for. The multi-media #WeAreWorthFightingFor initiative encourages parents, community leaders ...

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Sign Up for Updates from “Jubilee Showcase”

Airing from 1963 to 1984, Jubilee Showcase was the longest running gospel music television show before BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel.  Every week, host Sid Ordower introduced television audiences of all races and creeds to the era’s gospel stars.  Offering “music that both entertains and inspires,” as Ordower announced at the opening, the 30 minute program presented gospel music with grace and dignity. Ordower’s son, Steven, is working on a documentary of the historic television program.  He encourages you to check out a new Jubilee Showcase website and sign up with your email address for FREE and exclusive access to rare ...

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Michael Corcoran on Washington Phillips and the “Manzarene”

Historian and journalist Michael Corcoran uncovered a myriad of hitherto unknown facts about Texas pianist and Church of God in Christ member Arizona Dranes.  Those findings were revealed in He Is My Story (Tompkins Square), a resplendent extended essay that accompanied a reissue of Dranes’s 1920s-era recorded material.  Dranes is often cited as gospel music’s first recording artist. By Jove, Michael Corcoran’s done it again, this time for another largely forgotten but no less important Texas musician, Columbia recording artist Washington Phillips. Here is a link to Corcoran’s article from Arts + Labor. http://www.artslabormagazine.com/juneteenth-wash-phillips-son-of-slaves-makes-music-for-the-ages

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Tamela Mann Lands Third #1 Single from “Best Days”

DALLAS (June 9, 2015) – Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann is the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel Radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. Her current single, “This Place,” is the third song to ascend to No. 1 from her Tillymann Entertainment CD, Best Days. The historic Gospel radio chart honor follows the album’s previous No. 1 chart toppers, “Take Me To The King,” Best Days‘ lead single, written by Gospel icon Kirk Franklin, which is RIAA certified gold and approaching platinum, and fan favorite and second single, “I Can Only Imagine.” Best ...

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