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JGM Pick of the Week – November 7, 2022

“Impossible” Pastor Mike Jr. Black Smoke Music Worldwide (release date: October 22, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich Stylistically, Pastor Mike Jr.’s new single, “Impossible,” evokes the heavy-duty evangelism of Kirk Franklin and James Fortune by combining singing and preaching to express gratitude to God for doing what nobody else can do. Indeed, Fortune is the featured vocalist on the single as he, PMJ, and the background vocalists sing consistently in the red on this litany of ways in which the hand of God heals and protects. With six Stellar Awards this year, including his second consecutive Artist of the Year ...

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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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37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards Announced

Pastor Mike Jr., CeCe Winans, Jonathan McReynolds, and Mali Music Among Top Honorees during the Greatest Night in Gospel Music The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards Premieres Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, and BET International (CHICAGO) July 19, 2022 — The Stellar Gospel Music Awards celebrated its 37th year honoring excellence in Gospel music during an uplifting weekend of events, concluding with the live-taped ceremony on Saturday, July 16, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by Stellar Award-winning artists Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard, this year’s celebration will premiere Sunday, ...

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“Did It Again” – Ruth La’Ontra ft. Thomas and the Situation

“Did It Again” Ruth La’Ontra ft. Thomas and the Situation Tyscot Music and Entertainment (release date: July 8, 2022) www.tyscot.com By Robert M. Marovich Ruth La’Ontra’s new single, “Did It Again,” makes plain its premise in the lyrics: a “simple song to say thank you” for making “a way for us again.” Her creamy-to-shouting vocal demonstrates her conviction. She weaves her vocals in and around the Situation, and belts some straight outta North Carolina-style blue notes at the end. Throughout, producer and writer Jeffrey Thomas II drops interjections like Kirk Franklin or James Fortune, but it is an unnecessary layer ...

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Brian Courtney Wilson to Appear on the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour Holiday Experience December 12

By Robert M. Marovich On Sunday, December 12, at 8 p.m. ET, McDonald’s USA will deliver the gift of music to McDonald’s fans through its Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour Holiday Experience. Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, James Fortune, The Walls Group, and Brian Courtney Wilson, and featuring BET’s Sunday Best winner Stephanie Summers, will grace the virtual stage to ring in the season with some of their chart-topping hits and holiday carols and gospel music. The show, hosted by multi-award-winning musician and syndicated radio personality Lonnie Hunter, will air on BET Network’s YouTube Channel.  In addition to their solo spots, the ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 29, 2021

“I Believe” Fred Jerkins feat. Bishop Paul S. Morton From the DarkChild Gospel album A Project of Healing By Robert M. Marovich Not the 1953 inspirational pop song nor the James Fortune composition, this “I Believe” was written by Fred Jerkins and is the fifth radio single from A Project of Healing, his 2018 various artists concept album. It is a confident anticipation of victory over life’s troubles—in the album’s specific case, the trouble is cancer. The muscular vocal timbre of Jerkins and Bishop Paul S. Morton sets a dramatic tone for what amounts to a litany of affirmations ending ...

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Celebrating the Life of Gospel Legend Shawn McLemore

For Immediate Release (Houston, Texas) The music community is mourning the loss of a Gospel music legend with the passing of Shawn McLemore after an extended illness. “Shawn was a great spirit with enormous talent and personality to match”, says Blacksmoke Music Worldwide CEO Kerry Douglas. “To see him take the stage and have absolute command of the room was just magic. He was genuine, he had a great sense of humor and when he sang, God listened. Shawn was a gift to us and he will surely be missed.” Life began for Shawn McLemore in Los Angeles, California, where ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 138

Episode 138 Playlist: He worked it out – Leah Oduro-Kwarten Nobody like Jesus – James Fortune feat. Lisa Knowles Smith I can do anything – Joanna Hale-McGill I know He’s been good – Linda Sanders Grateful – James Chappell III Oh how good He is – Byron Cage He careth for you – John P. Kee I choose you – Marjane’ Stay – William McDowell Higher – Nikki Berry Take your burdens – Chrystal Rucker The Lord’s Prayer – Peg Luke Born for this – BeBe Winans

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James Fortune – Dream Again

James Fortune Dream Again eOne Music / FIYA World Music (release date: August 23, 2019) www.entertainmentone.com By Bob Marovich I admit to having had significant misgivings when I was approached to review James Fortune’s new album, Dream Again. The gospel artist’s guilty pleadings to assaulting his wife Cheryl Fortune and earlier, to felony injury to his stepson, left me profoundly disappointed and angry. Why condone such behavior by acting as if it didn’t happen? My inkling was to never review his music again. Later, I read an article in which Fortune expressed remorse for what he had done and indicated ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: April 15, 2019

“You Don’t Know” Zacardi Cortez Black Smoke Music Worldwide (2019) By Bob Marovich “You don’t know my story,” is a frequently uttered church aphorism. “I don’t look like what I’ve been through” is another. On the appropriately-titled “You Don’t Know,” the popular gospel singer Zacardi Cortez (“Oh, How I Love You,” “1 On 1”) offers his own testimony. His big, rough-as-sandpaper shouting tenor, introduced to a national gospel audience on James Fortune & FIYA’s 2007 album The Transformation, is on full display on this deceptively powerful song, as much a recitative of gratitude as a cathartic expression of trials endured ...

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