Multiple GRAMMY® nominated and Stellar Award-winning acclaimed artist James Fortune revealed a new song, track listing, and cover art for his upcoming album DEAR FUTURE ME, to be released on Friday June 23rd, 2017. Available for pre-order now at all digital retailers, Fortune releases the album’s title track “Dear Future Me”, an uplifting new anthem that soars with a lively mix of sounds and hopeful lyrics, which is available along with the lead hit single “I Forgive Me” as two instant grat tracks on iTunes.
An astonishing collection comprising 17 tracks in total, James Fortune & FIYA’s new album DEAR FUTURE ME also features the standout songs “Expectation”, “More Like You” and “Free Indeed”, as well as featured appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Kierra Sheard, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Todd Galberth, and Joseph “JoJo” Clarke.
Check out the videos for “I Forgive Me” and a behind the scenes clip for “Dear Future Me” below:
James Fortune: “I Forgive Me” video
Behind the scenes video in the studio for “Dear Future Me”
One of New York City’s finest musical treasures, James Hall and his Stellar and Dove Award nominated Brooklyn-based choir Worship and Praise – who are known across the East Coast for their vocal somersaults and breathtaking crescendos are celebrating 30 years in the music business with a reunion concert.
The 30th reunion concert will feature GRAMMY nominated special guest VaShawn Mitchell and legendary vocalist Lisa Page Brooks with Praise & Worship by Andrea Dumas. Stellar Award winning recording artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker is tapped to host the star-studded event.
The choir’s last two albums both distributed by Entertainment One garnered both critical and consumer acclaim. 2012’s Trip Down Memory Lane, debuted on two Billboard charts, reaching No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and No. 49 on the Independent Albums chart, while 2015’s New Era, the choirs most successful album to date, debuted at No. 2 on the Top Gospel Albums chart and No. 23 on the Top Independent Albums chart. This project was highlighted by the ultimate passing of noted musician Melvin Crispell.
Sean David Grant, the multi-talented CEO of Trackstarz, LLC and co-host of the syndicated Trackstarz podcast and radio show, debuts his new album Wonder Years on Monday, April 24. The 14-song set features collaborations with the likes of Mouthpi3ce, Jasmine Le’Shea, Ric Sincere and Eshon Burgundy as well as production from Jay Cardec, Wontel, JRuckers, Cobra, PKOneDay, C-Beats and Trav.is.Music. The project is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify.
On Sunday, Grant unveiled a Wonder Years companion piece, a 119-page digital photo album with conceptual images shot specifically for each song, album credits and lyrics. The idea was inspired by iconic photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks. For Grant’s “Alfie,” an ode to his wife, the flip book displays endearing pictures of the couple. “Abandon” captures visuals of homelessness. “Suffocating” depicts Grant submerged in water. “Honest With Me” showcases Grant under an interrogation spotlight.
Grant wants listeners to relate to his personal stories. “Wonder Years not only chronicles my life but the typical life of a young Christian trying to find their way,” he explains. “You start out on fire for God then trouble comes. You can either run from God or run towards Him. This album shows you how I got through my ‘wonder’ years dealing with self-doubt, doubts with God, and questions about my future. Are you in your ‘wonder years’?”
Sean David Grant was born outside of Chicago, raised in South Florida, but has been a long-time resident of the Metro Atlanta area. Grant, who holds an electrical engineering degree and an engineering entrepreneurship certificate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the CEO of Jaidot, LLC and Trackstarz, LLC as well as the co-founder of Nectar Distribution. A former WEA recording artist and director for the spoken word group Destinations, Grant now records for Trackstarz, LLC, is a co-host for Trackstarz Radio & Television, and is additionally a master of photography, videography, web and graphic design, audio production and engineering. Most importantly, he is the devoted husband of Mrs. Alfie Grant.
Wonder Years track listing:
How Bout Now [Prod. by PK One Day]
They Know ft. Mouthpi3ce [Prod. by Trav.is.Music]
Temper Temper [Prod. by Jay Cardec]
R Rated Nights [Prod. by C-Beats]
Addicted ft. FMG [Prod. by Trav.is.Music]
We Rise ft. Jasmine Le’Shea [Prod. by Cobra]
Alfie [Prod. by Jay Cardec]
Suffocating ft. Camille Priscilla [Prod. by Jay Cardec]
Paper Weapons ft. Ric Sincere [Prod. by Trav.is.Music]
Glorious ft. Danny Script [Prod. by Danny Script]
Good Enough ft. Eshon Burgundy [Prod. by Wontel]
Worry ft. JayStrong [Prod. by Jruckers]
Abandon ft. Celita [Prod. by Sean David Grant and Jordan Roe]
Bishop George Bloomer’s recent Barnes & Noble book signing in Durham, North Carolina, was not your run-of-the-mill literary event. Packed with fans of Bloomer’s TV show “Rejoice In The Word” (The Word Network), members of his nearby church, social media followers, and listeners of The Light 103.9FM radio, broadcasting live from the store, the event was filled with soulful praise, prayer, and preaching.
“Break loose from those things that hold you hostage in this life,” Bishop Bloomer told the crowd. “If you pause to look at your own life, what do you see? Are you free to wholeheartedly be the man or woman God created you to be? Or is something hindering you from your full potential? If the answer is yes, this book will help you!”
Cheri Hodges, Community Business Development Manager for The Streets at Southpoint Barnes & Noble Durham, NC location, said that 715 copies of Break Loose were sold, particularly good news for students at Eastway Elementary School, located in a nearby disadvantaged neighborhood. Barnes & Noble partnered with Bishop Bloomer to donate a percentage of each sale to the school.
“Right now about $1,800 has been raised for the school,” Hodges said. “This will go a long way to help purchase new books for many needy children.”
Bishop Bloomer is the founder and senior pastor of Bethel Family Worship Center, a multicultural congregation in Durham. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bishop Bloomer overcame difficult personal challenges, growing up in environment of poverty and drugs, and chose to use what he learned to help others facing similar circumstances through his ministry and books like Break Loose.
He is the author of numerous of books, including Authority Abusers, More of Him, Love, Dating, and Marriage, and Witchcraft in the Pews which has sold over a million copies and remains a perpetual bestseller.
Bishop George Bloomer Appearance Schedule:
April 23-24 Roanoke Rapids, NC House of Mandate
April 26-27 Los Angeles, CA Rose Banner Ministries
May 3-4 Chatham, United Kingdom Kingsway International Christian
May 7 Indianapolis, IN New Life Worship Center
May 18 Big Spring, TX Still Useable Ministries
With a listen to Tye Tribbett, it’s obvious that God has blessed him with many gifts. Noted as one of the most relevant voices of this generation, with a sound that reaches the hearts of the young and the old, this New Jersey native’s high-energy and infectious sound has helped redefine Gospel music. Subsequently, Tribbett’s musical talents have earned him two Billboard #1 albums, two GRAMMY® Awards, four Stellar Awards, two Dove Awards, a Soul Train Music Award, and career record sales exceeding 1.2 million to date.
The Motown Gospel recording artist’s lead single “Work It Out” continues to climb Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Airplay chart jumping from No. 9 to No. 7 this week with +108 spins. “Work It Out” is lifted from Tribbett’s forthcoming sixth album slated for release later this year.
The Billboard No. 1 Digital Gospel Singles Sales charting song continues to maintain a Top 10 position for the fourth week on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs hybrid chart this week, which combines airplay, digital sales and streaming data.
Tribbett alongside co-headliner and Stellar Award winning, Soul Train Award nominated recording choir J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise and special guests Tasha Cobbs and Jekalyn Carr kicked off the 20-city Bloody Win Tour this past Easter Sunday to a sold-out crowd in Orlando, FL, at The Holy Land Experience, where Tye and his wife Shante Tribbett, also launched their newly launched ministry, LiVe Church.
Nashville based singer and songwriter TARA DANAE is a new artist who’s sweet and soulful voice has been breaking through stereotypical categories to place the singer in multiple genres of music. Her lyrics strip down life to its core and offer profound hope and reinforcement to relatable life challenges. With a voice assigned to inspire and a mindset determined to break outside the box, Tara Danae has released her first project TAKING MY HEART.
TAKING MY HEART releases via AfterTouch Music, a multi-genre indie label in Nashville, TN and is available on all digital music outlets. Tara wrote all songs on the EP and some of the production credits include Roger Ryan, Michael Gaines and Marcus Perry (producers), Anton Nesbitt (bass), Joshua Lutz (guitar), Lloyd Barry (brass), Steve Brewster (drums) and background vocals by some of Nashville’s elite (Nickie Conley, Nate Bean, Terrell Hunt).
“I’m very proud and excited about the release of Tara’s new EP which marks a significant milestone in her career and also in the life of AfterTouch Music,” says Roger Ryan, CEO of AfterTouch Music. “Her single ‘I Find Rest’ has been on the charts for over a year and now we’re releasing TAKING MY HEART with anxious anticipation.”
Tara’s lead single from the EP is the passionate contemporary ballad “I Find Rest”, which continues to find favorable airplay at Gospel radio stations across the country. Tara also collaborates with hit making rap artist PETTIDEE on the song “In A Box”, an urban/pop track with a powerful message encouraging the audacity of individuality and confidence.
“Tara’s music reaches a broad audience of listeners as it touches and encourages people,” Ryan continues to share. “She’s a writer who writes from her heart and soul and, as she goes through life, she deals with her journey with questions and resolve through these beautifully penned songs.”
TAKING MY HEART Track List:
I Find Rest
Taking My Heart
In A Box (ft Pettidee)
Pour It Out
Through The Dark