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National Museum of Gospel Music Hosts “Voices of Celebration & Thanks” December 10

From a press release: The National Museum of Gospel Music and Pilgrim Baptist Church invite you to join us for our holiday concert – VOICES OF CELEBRATION & THANKS 2022, hosted by your gospel sister Pam Morris! On December 10 at 7 pm, help us raise the roof during an evening of music. Artists scheduled to appear include: Bishop Leonard Scott. Jason Clayborn, Ruth La’Ontra, Young Men 4 Christ, Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir & others. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Reservations close Wednesday, December 7. COVID-19 Protocols: Masks are strongly recommended but ...

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Legendary Gospel Recording Artist & Label Executive Doug Williams Launches DLW Music Group, Set to Release New Holiday Single

Jackson, MS – November 11, 2022 – Doug Williams is synonymous with quality traditional gospel music boasting contemporary inflections that satisfies the heart and touches the soul. Today he announces his new label, DLW Music Group, and a new holiday single featuring Grammy Award winning saxophonist Gerald Albright. “An Unusual Child” featuring Gerald Albright will be available on all music platforms in late November.  “I started to feel a tug in my spirit in 2020 during the pandemic that it was time to start my own label,” says Williams. “I had recently retired from Blackberry Records, so I was reluctant ...

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Black Smoke Music Worldwide Announces Distribution and Label Partnership with Motown Gospel and Capitol CMG’s RE:Think

Iconic independent label Readies Release of New Music from 2-time Stellar Award Artist of the Year Pastor Mike, Jr. October 12, 2022 (Nashville, TN) —Today, successful independent label Black Smoke Music Worldwide announces its distribution and label partnership with Motown Gospel and Capitol CMG’s Re:Think. Led by Founder & CEO Kerry Douglas, Black Smoke Music Worldwide is already making way for the release of new music from 11-time Stellar Award winner Pastor Mike, Jr. with the infectious new radio anthem, “Impossible” feat. James Fortune. “I am elated to be an architect in bringing forth the ‘new deal’ in Gospel music,” ...

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DOE Celebrates American Music Awards Nomination for Favorite Gospel Artist 

Nashville, TN (October 14, 2022) – Life Room Label/RCA Inspiration recording artist DOE celebrates a nomination for Favorite Gospel Artist at this year’s upcoming American Music Awards. Voting is open now to the public at VoteAMAs.com for the American Music Awards, which bring together the fans and their favorite artists for a musical celebration of all types of genres, from Pop, Rock, Latin, R&B, Gospel, and Inspirational, to Hip-Hop, Country, Afrobeats, Dance/Electronic, and more. With her chart-topping refreshing sound on her #1 songs “When I Pray” and “Brighter,” the three-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter has continued to grab attention from her debut ...

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The Birdsong Association of Broadcasting & Arts Presents First Annual Virtual Conference

Rahway, New Jersey – Sep 24, 2022 (Issuewire.com) – The 2022 1st Annual Mentors of Performing Arts & Broadcasters Virtual Conference will take place October 13-15 and October 20-22, 2022. Birdsong Association of Broadcasting & Arts (BABA) will present this celebrity-filled event with entertainment and music industry executives, producers, songwriters, record labels, and more. This four-day virtual presentation will focus on children and teenagers. The conference will be live streamed nationwide on the organization’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The Birdsong Association of Broadcasting & Arts was created from the vision imparted by its founder, Dr. James C. Birdsong, Jr. ...

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Surprise Performance by R&B Legend Valerie Simpson Highlights Newark’s “Gospel In The Park”

NEWARK, NJ (August 8)— The 15th Anniversary Lincoln Park Music Festival, Newark NJ’s “best kept secret,” continues the city’s rich history of Gospel music in an outdoor “Black Church revival style” experience. The historic downtown neighborhood of Lincoln Park (named after President Lincoln in the 1800s), was home to Sarah Vaughan, who cut her singing chops at Mount Zion Baptist Church. In modern times, it has been the home of the annual “Gospel In The Park” night at Lincoln Park Music Festival, which has featured legends Donald Malloy, Cissy Houston (The Drinkards), Rev. Milton Biggham, Joshua Nelson, and the Clark ...

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Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story

TV One Original Film Premieres Sunday, August 21st at 9/8c on TV One Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story Chaz Lamar Shepherd (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”, “The Game”) will star as Marvin Sapp with Ambre Anderson (“Power Book II” “Manifest Evil”) joining him as Sapp’s wife, MaLinda Prince Sapp. The biopic chronicles the prominent gospel music artist and preacher’s Michigan upbringing, battle against teenage alcohol abuse, love for MaLinda Prince, rise in the music industry, and growth in his faith. Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story premieres Sunday, August 21st at 9/8c on TV One. ...

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Jekalyn Carr Presented Key to the City

JULY 15, 2022 (Atlanta, GA) — Top-selling, popular Gospel star Jekalyn Carr was presented with the Key to the City, by City Commissioner, Natalie Hall last night, July 14, 2022, also proclaiming it “Jekalyn Carr Appreciation Day.” The event kicked off the exciting, events filled Stellar Awards Weekend in Atlanta. Last night, at the Bear Tag Entertainment celebrity basketball at the Riverside Epicenter, Carr was presented with a proclamation and the Key to The City in recognition of her success as a Gospel artist and her contributions to the arts and entertainment community in Atlanta and her continued efforts in ...

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Radio Executives Form National Association of Gospel Radio

TO EXPAND THE REACH AND INFLUENCE OF THE FORMAT Shreveport, LA: A group of the most influential executives in the urban inspirational and gospel music radio industry have come together to create the National Association of Gospel Radio (NAGR) with a mission to empower stations as they preserve, protect, and advance the format. The national organization’s first President, Charles Johnson aka Pastor CeJay, was elected by the board to serve as its first lead officer. Johnson is a transformative community leader and an executive with Alpha Media, which owns the historical KOKA Radio Station (72 years of existence) in Shreveport ...

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Gospel Artist Anthony Nelson Signs with Shanachie Entertainment

Releases First Single “Love Letter” Available Everywhere June 24, 2022 Label Debut Due Out Fall 2022 Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of “Love Letter,” the first single from Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers’ inaugural single from Anthony’s forthcoming and yet untitled release due in Fall 2022. Written by Anthony and Shanzel Willis and produced by Anthony with Desmin Gore, “Love Letter” is a beautiful soaring expression of gratitude for the Lord’s blessings. “’Love Letter’ is a ballad and humble gesture of admiration to our Lord and Savior,” Anthony says. “Nostalgically speaking, love letters were a great way ...

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