RCA Inspiration celebrates two wins at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards, as Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) and Donnie McClurkin were declared winners at this year’s show in Nashville. Kirk Franklin took home his 19th Dove Award of his career, with his chart-topper “My World Needs You” winning Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year. Donnie McClurkin garnered his 4th Dove Award win for his latest chart-topping album The Journey (Live), awarded in the category of Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.
Held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena to honor inspiring Christian/Gospel entertainment from Rock, Pop and Gospel to Country, Spanish Language, film and more, the night also featured one-of-a-kind performances from artists across the world. Taking the stage to create unique collaborations, Travis Greene, along with The Oak Ridge Boys, joined Zach Williams to open the Dove Awards Show, performing Williams’ hit “Chain Breaker.” Koryn Hawthorne paired up with Branan Murphy, performing their song “All The Wrong Things” on the Dove Awards Pre-Show, and Tasha Page-Lockhart also presented an award on the Dove Awards Pre-Show.
The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards will air on Sunday October 22nd, 2017 on TBN at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT.
NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 17: (Photo by Grant Exline /Icon Sportswire)
NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 17: (Photo by Jay Medeiros/Icon Sportswire)
Fresh off of co-hosting the green carpet at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards from Miami, hip-hop artist Dee-1 unleashes a lyrical opus with his upcoming new album SLINGSHOT DAVID. Available for pre-order now, Dee-1 has crafted a 13-track full-length release featuring “Hood Villains” as an instant grat track. He’s also released a visual for “Hood Villains.”
Scheduled for release on Friday November 10th, 2017, SLINGSHOT DAVID is the much-anticipated album from the acclaimed Southern emcee, following on the heels of such hit songs like “Sallie Mae Back,” “No Car Note,” “Against Us,” “3’s Up,” and more. Addressing some of the biggest real-life questions and situations today, Dee-1 brings his deft lyricism and powerful purpose to “Hood Villains” and other standout songs, giving fans everywhere a sneak peek with an advance rollout of the tracks “For The Stars,” “I Don’t Want To Let You Down,” and “Love Always Wins” (feat. Sevyn Streeter) in the coming weeks.
Delivering high-energy performances, the motivating speaker and former Louisiana middle school teacher also continues to give back to the youth, recently wrapping up his “Knowledge for College Tour” – where he and the college company Sallie Mae teamed up for the second time, educating students about higher education and financial literacy. Dee-1 also continues to tour across the country this fall, appearing at numerous HBCU classics. Following appearances at the Southern Heritage Classic and Circle City Classic, Dee-1 will next perform during the Magic City Classic weekend on October 28th in Birmingham, AL. Dee-1: SLINGSHOT DAVID is available now to pre-order or pre-save via digital providers:
Atlanta, GA: Freewill, a native of Atlanta, GA, School Teacher by day and an Inspirational Soul Singer by night with an uplifting message of life, love, and spirituality.
The singer’s style was influenced by both 90’s neo-soul and his gospel heritage which played a large role in his upbringing. After receiving widespread acclaim with his debut EP “One Choice,” his lead single “Real” reached the top 40 Gospel Radio Charts and garnered over 100k global streams. He is back with a new EP entitled “Let’sTalk,” which is scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2018. Soon, he will release two new singles, “Just like you” and “Love of my life” arranged by award winning producer Jor’Dan Armstrong.
“In my opinion, the first step to getting to know someone, is spending time with that individual. I believe we have a lot more in common then we think but our differences sometimes stop the opportunity for us to have an open dialog.” –Freewill Just Like You
“I wanted to write a song that anyone whose been in love can relate too. Typically, when you hear the phrase ‘I found the love of my life,’ it’s in reference to a physical or tangible love. However, I wanted to take that same approach but dedicate it to our first true love, The Most High.”- Freewill Love of My Life
The song “Just like you,” will go on pre-sale today and will be released for sale nationwide on October 20th, 2017 where all digital music is sold.
“Love of my life” will go on pre-sale on November 3, 2017 and will be released for sale nationwide on November 10, 2017 where all digital music is sold.
Multiple award winning Gospel artiste Donnie McClurkin has announced that he will be performing alongside other various artistes at the TIDAL X BROOKLYN Relief Concert.
In his official message, he said ”I am excited to be able to participate in helping those who have recently suffered such devastating catastrophes: 5 major Hurricanes, 3 deadly earthquakes, foods, loss of homes and the heartbreaking loss of lives! 2017 has been a year like we have never experienced before. And while politics cloud the issues and government does all that it can…we, together, can be “our brother’s keeper!”
On this Tuesday, October 17th, I, along with many others, will be a part of TIDAL X BROOKLY … a disaster relief concert held at Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York! JAY-Z, myself and many other artists will lend our voices and resources to aid these weather ravaged areas and bring HOPE & HELP to countless people in need!
I encourage everyone to give to this great cause! Many times in troubled situations people will say “lets pray”…. Yes ! We should always pray and keep praying; but let’s not stop there! it’s time to add our WORK into the mix!
Christianity teaches us that “faith without works is dead”! So, let’s step up and be counted!! EVERYONE! No division, no partisanship or politics, no religious or racial divides…let’s come together as family of HUMANITY! Some may say “well I can’t give very much…what will my “little” matter?” Let’s look at it this way: add your “little” with my “little” and others across this land ..and you’ll fnd that “little becomes much” and helps our brothers and sisters. Show real love…. LETS REBUILD….TOGETHER!” – Donnie McClurkin
On Saturday, October 7th, DC’s Praise 104.1 and WYCB 1340 celebrated their 10th Annual Spirit of Praise concert, held at City of Praise in Landover, MD. A star-studded line-up that featured acts including, Vashawn Mitchell, Ricky Dillard, J.J. Hairston, Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, and D.C.’s own multiple Stellar Award nominated choir, Charles Butler and Trinity, to name a few performed their hit songs in front of over 9,000 attendees.
In addition to the group’s performances, Praise 104.1 presented Charles Butler with The MVP Award honoring him for having done the most Spirit of Praise Performances throughout the Years.
Charles Butler & Trinity released their third project, THE BLOOD EXPERIENCE (Anointed Sounds/eOne), on September 8th and debuted at No.2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and Top 5 on the combined Christian/Gospel Album Sales chart. The 10-track project is produced by Butler, Brandon Maclin and James “Jimmy” Johnson and is available for purchase today on select digital platforms (http://smarturl.it/CBTheBlood).
This summer, Charles set out on a new endeavor to lose weight and partnered with Radio One DC along with DeCalo Weight Loss, Wellness, and Pain Management Clinic in an effort to lose over 200 pounds – to date he has loss 80 pounds.
Grammy® Award nominated singer-songwriter, Cheryl Fortune, is celebrating the release of her debut album, “Simply Cheryl” (LuDawn Music/Tyscot), with a special album listening performance on Friday October 13, 2017 @ 8 PM CT. “Friday the 13th will never be the same,” Fortune laughs. “We’re going to have a good time and share some uplifting, life-affirming music to motivate us to become better people and to have fun at the same time.”
The album listening party also includes Fortune performing with her band and background singers for an intimate, invitation only audience of friends, family and music industry tastemakers. The event will broadcast live from the KTSU 90.9 FM studios on the campus of Texas Southern University. It will stream live on www.iamsimplycheryl.com/live and on www.facebook.com/SimplyCherylFortune. Download the album from http://smarturl.it/hhlxzy
The album is anchored by the Billboard Top 15 hit, “Fighters.” The empowering song booms with a catchy, marching band rhythm that is as catchy as its message is empowering. The project ranges in styles from `80s and `90s R&B flavor to an un-plugged, acoustic vibe. As a songwriter, Fortune is most noted for co-writing James Fortune & FIYA’s No. 1 hits “I Trust You,” “Still Able” and “Live Through It.” Her songs have also been recorded by gospel greats such as Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs and Zacardi Cortez. She also co-wrote the Top 3 hit, “Hold On,” which features gospel great Fred Hammond and R&B singer, Monica.
Fortune was a member of the Grammy-nominated gospel act, James Fortune & FIYA, where she served as the group’s vocal arranger, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter from its inception until her separation and subsequent divorce from the group’s leader. Over the last two years, Fortune has toured on contemporary gospel legend Kirk Franklin’s “20 Years In One Night” world tour as a background vocalist and a vocal director.