Tag Archives: BET

Kirk Franklin Scores Another “Victory” at Soul Train Awards

Dallas, TX (November 29, 2016) – Gospel mega-star Kirk Franklin celebrated a win in the category of Best Gospel/Inspirational Song for his #1 hit “123 Victory” at this year’s Soul Train Awards, which recently aired on BET and CENTRIC. Marking his sixth Soul Train Award win, “123 Victory” is Franklin’s buoyant hit anthem from his chart-topping album LOSING MY RELIGION, which also features the smash single “Wanna Be Happy?” Franklin also released another version of the acclaimed anthem early this fall, topping the Gospel charts again with the creation of “123 Victory Remix” (feat. Pharrell Williams). LOSING MY RELIGION also ...

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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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LaVarnga Hubbard Calls On Her Chicago Mass Choir Family for “Worthy”

By Bob Marovich Lady LaVarnga Hubbard, known as the Duchess of Gospel Music, has been a member of the Chicago Mass Choir since it was the Ecclesiastes Community Choir, under the leadership of the late James C. Chambers. Her lead on Chicago Mass’s “Call Him Up” has ensured the song a place in the choir’s repertory. So when it was time for her to release solo music, all Hubbard had to do was call up her extended Chicago Mass Choir family. That’s what she did for her latest single, “Worthy.” “Worthy” was written especially for her by Grover Lafayette Simmons, whose ...

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Bryan Popin: Created for Such a Time as This

By Bob Marovich Bryan Popin, the singer, songwriter, producer, and musician whose national debut gospel album, You Can Make It, was released by eOne Music in 2013, is back with a new single and new career momentum. But as he tells JGM, his journey has had its share of challenges. JGM caught up with Popin just prior to his departure to appear on BET’s new gospel music television program, A Joyful Noise. Bryan Popin was born and raised in Middletown, New Jersey, about 45 minutes from New York City. “My mom had an incredible gift for teaching piano,” he said. ...

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“Live the Life You Dance About:” Vanessa Odom on the Praise Dance Phenomenon

By Bob Marovich Once upon a time, there was an artistic expression of worship, inaugurated and performed by youth, that wasn’t accepted by all members of the church. I’m not talking about gospel music, or Christian hip hop. I’m talking about praise dancing. Like its musical forebears, praise dancing was once seen as anathema to the Sunday worship service. Today it is more broadly embraced, but Vanessa Odom of St. Luke Gospel Expressions, representing St. Luke Community Christian Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, knows there’s a long way to go. A dancer her entire life, Odom was first exposed to praise ...

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Latice Crawford – Diary of a Church Girl (EP)

Latice Crawford Diary of a Church Girl (EP) EchoPark ARTS Entertainment (release date: May 20, 2016) www.laticecrawfordonline.com By Bob Marovich The word “testimony” could be substituted for “diary” in Diary of a Church Girl, Latice Crawford’s introspective and autobiographical follow-up EP to her self-titled debut album. Many know Crawford as second runner-up on BET’s Sunday Best during the show’s second season.  The five-track Diary of a Church Girl is a chronicle of the singer’s journey to overcoming loss, financial issues, and anxiety through a renewed spiritual commitment.  Most importantly, Crawford notes, the EP is “my desire to be accepted and ...

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Kalind Haynes – “One Angel Short”

Kalind Haynes “One Angel Short” www.cdbaby.com/artist/KalindHaynes At six foot, eight inches tall, Kalind Haynes of south suburban Chicago stands out physically. He also stands out vocally. An alumnus of BET Sunday Best, where he made it to the top ten in 2009, Haynes was praised by Tina Campbell of Mary Mary for his clean and smooth delivery. On “One Angel Short,” Haynes delivers Donald Smith’s pop-inspirational love ballad in that clean and smooth delivery, a silky touch reminiscent of Luther Vandross and Peabo Bryson. The song’s premise? To quote Tavares: Heaven must be missing an angel: she is here on earth, ...

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“Alright” – Tony Mclendon

“Alright” Tony Mclendon From the forthcoming The Music Church CD I’m a Winner Available on iTunes Taking his cue from a snippet of the vamp from Kool and the Gang’s “Ladies Night,” Tony Mclendon, along with a party of equally enthusiastic supporters and a relentless disco beat, offer up spiritual reassurance that “I got a feeling everything’s gonna be all right.” No heavy religious content, no deep theosophy, just a feel good reminder that “He never let you down” so hang loose and don’t give yourself an ulcer worrying about your problems. McLendon is pursuing the family business. His parents, ...

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Alexis Spight – Dear Diary

Alexis Spight Dear Diary Uncle G Records / eOne Music (2015) www.unclegpromo.com By Bob Marovich On the opening track of her new album, Dear Diary, the blazingly red haired Alexis Spight declares she comes from the old church and commences to sing a medley of congregation classics as an “old school song with a new school twang.” From there, however, Dear Diary offers mostly new school twang, with modern beats and instrumentation, flashes and chortles of electronica, and percussive piano quarter notes as intros on a few tracks. The instrumentation, in fact, is as much of a presence on the ...

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“I Survived It” – Joseph Robinson & the Chosen Aggregation feat. Joshua Rogers

“I Survived It” Joseph Robinson & the Chosen Aggregation feat. Joshua Rogers AMA Productions (release date; September 22, 2015) www.thechosenaggregation.com Sunday Best Season Five champion Joshua Rogers guest solos on “I Survived It,” a neo-traditional choir piece with a rocking chair 12/8 tempo and Joseph Robinson & the Chosen Aggregation contributing thunderous harmonies. Employing a battery of gospel blue notes, Rogers and the choir gratefully acknowledge a journey filled with disappointments, heartaches, trials and tribulations, and the supreme satisfaction of overcoming it all with God’s help. The choir started out in Atlanta in 1993 as Dirk Chaney & the Chosen Aggregation. ...

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