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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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Marvin Sapp Performs New Single on “Sound of Freedom – A Juneteenth Celebration” June 19

New York, NY – June 16, 2022 – In recognition of both Juneteenth and Black Music Month, ABC News’ groundbreaking “Soul of a Nation” series will air “Sound of Freedom – A Juneteenth Celebration,” a one-hour primetime special on Friday, June 17. The special airs at 8/7c. “Sound of Freedom – A Juneteenth Celebration” features three unforgettable performances, and one is delivered by Marvin Sapp. Sapp performs his new single “All In Your Hands” for the first time on network television. The incomparable Patti LaBelle and the electrifying Jon Batiste also deliver spine-tingling performances. Sponsored by GEICO and hosted by ...

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Steven Curtis Chapman to be Named First BMI Icon at the 2022 BMI Christian Awards

Top Christian Songwriters and Publishers to be Honored at June 14 Event June 1, 2022 – Nashville, TN – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) will celebrate the extraordinary and inspirational career of Steven Curtis Chapman by presenting him with the BMI Icon Award at the Company’s annual BMI Christian Awards, to be held at BMI’s Nashville office on June 14, 2022. Chapman will be the first Christian music artist to be honored with the prestigious BMI Icon Award. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill will host the ceremony with Leslie Roberts, BMI AVP, Creative, Nashville. The BMI Icon Award is presented ...

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New Jersey’s Renowned Reverend Stefanie Minatee to Release Final Album of Choir Jubilation with All-Star Offering “Worship Him”

Farewell Concert Sat. June 18th, 3 pm at Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church, Newark, NJ (Monday, May 9, 2022 / New Jersey, NJ) – Following 24 richly-inspiring seasons, Reverend Stefanie Minatee, a.k.a. “Rev. Stef,” and her internationally-renowned choir Jubilation (RSJ), will retire on June 18, 2022. Members of RSJ will share a farewell performance at the Grammy Museum in Newark on Wednesday, June 15, exclusively for Grammy winners. RSJ, which before COVID, thrilled audiences with 2 tours of Japan, as well as Spain and Russia, will retire in glorious style via the release of the compilation/tribute project, Worship Him, dedicated to charter ...

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RCA Inspiration Celebrates Multiple Nominations for the 37TH Annual Stellar Awards 

Nashville, TN (May 12, 2022) – RCA Inspiration celebrates multiple nominations for the upcoming 37th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, with multiple artists nominated for their album and song projects over the past year in 17 categories. Eighteen Stellar Award nominations for hit artists Mali Music, Kelontae Gavin, Travis Greene, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, and Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) include the major categories of Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Choir of the Year, along with nominations in Contemporary, Traditional, Urban/Inspirational, and Praise and Worship ...

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SiriusXM Launches Holy Culture Radio

NEW YORK – April 21, 2022 – SiriusXM announced the launch of Holy Culture Radio, a new spiritually-inspired talk and music channel beginning today. Holy Culture Radio is the home for everything Christian Hip-Hop and Rhythm & Praise. Its programming will focus on themes of Faith, Art, Vocation, and Education, unifying three foundational things listeners are looking for: connection to popular culture, connection to their faith, and success in their careers. The range of shows on the channel will include The Christ Revolution Music, hosted by Bryant Tabb, which focuses on Christian Hip-Hop and features interviews with artists, producers and ...

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