DJ JaySmoke working on The Introduction Cypher 2017 | @JaySmoke |

Ghana’s No1 Urban Gospel DJ/Advocate, JaySmoke, is back at it once again.

For the first time in the country, Ghanaians and the world at large will be ushered into a new dimension of urban gospel music. A dimension full of promise, hope and anticipation. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls it’s with great pleasure that we present to you The Introduction Cypher 2017.

The Introduction is designed to showcase RJE’s best upcoming and active urban gospel ministers. Every year, JaySmoke will select 8 fast rising emcees, put them all on one hot banging beat and the result is presented to the world.

This year’s top 8 emcees have been selected and they are The Township, Bodiless, Lil Krah, Joe Kay, Edem Evangelist, Berean and Kobby Salm. Working on the sound will be one of GH’s finest rappers, Christ Image.

Am very excited about this. I don’t even remember where the idea came from but I give all the credit to the Holy Spirit. But I prayed and took my time in selecting these guys, there are alot of good guys out there working real hard for the King and this good problem, made it quite hard to narrow it down to 8. But I believe God has spoken and these guys are going to do really well this year. You need to keep a close eye on them cause heat is coming! says JaySmoke.

We eagerly wait for this one and as you know, we will be posting it right here for you all.

Stellar Awards 2017; Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, Todd Dulaney, Shirley Caesar, William McDowell, and More Collect Multiple Nominations | @eOneNashville |

Entertainment One garners a diverse breadth of nominations for the upcoming 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, with 30 nominations across 16 categories, and multiple nominations in major categories including: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, and Choir of the Year.

A total of 9 artists are nominated for their chart-topping mix of powerful albums and live projects released over the past year, led by Hezekiah Walker with 7 nominations. The additional nominees are: Shirley Caesar, Todd Dulaney, Deitrick Haddon, William McDowell, Jonathan McReynolds, and Jekalyn Carr*, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise*, and Charles Butler & Trinity*.

Gina Miller (VP/General Manager of Urban Inspirational, Entertainment One Music Nashville) says, “We are excited to celebrate such a tremendous year, for each of these remarkable artists. It continues to be our honor to serve them, as their ministries, music, and lives impact the world.”

Chris Taylor (President of Entertainment One Music) adds, “The tradition of excellence in Gospel music continues at Entertainment One. What an amazing year it has been for Gina Miller and the team!”
Below is the full list of eOne Music Nashville’s Stellar Awards nominations by artist. Additionally, Entertainment One artist Erica Campbell will join Anthony Brown to host the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards show, which will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday March 25, 2017.

eOne Music Nashville 2017 Stellar Awards nominations:

CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY* (Make It – Anointed Sounds/eOne)
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

SHIRLEY CAESAR (Fill This House)
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR – Fill This House
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR – Fill This House (Paul Grosso)

JEKALYN CARR* (The Life Project – Lunjeal Music Group/eOne)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR – “You’re Bigger”
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
PRAISE & WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR – The Life Project

TODD DULANEY (A Worshipper’s Heart)
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CD OF THE YEAR – A Worshipper’s Heart
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR – A Worshipper’s Heart
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE or PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – “The Anthem”
PRAISE & WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR – A Worshipper’s Heart

DEITRICK HADDON (Masterpiece)
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR – Masterpiece

J.J. HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE* (Single: “You Deserve It” – JamesTown Music/eOne)
SONG OF THE YEAR – “You Deserve It”
URBAN/ INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE or PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – “You Deserve It”

WILLIAM McDOWELL (Sounds of Revival – Delivery Room Music/eOne)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
PRAISE & WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR – Sounds of Revival

JONATHAN McREYNOLDS (Sessions – EP)
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “The Way That You Love Me” (Derek Blanks)

HEZEKIAH WALKER (Azusa The Next Generation 2 – Better – Azusa Inc./eOne)
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Azusa The Next Generation 2 – Better (Donald Lawrence & Hezekiah Walker)
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE or PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – “Better”
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “Better” (Mark Clement)
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Pioneering Urban Gospel Sister Trio Virtue Earns Two Stellar Award Nominations for Group/Duo of the Year And Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year | @VirtueGirls |

Pioneering, Urban Gospel, sister trio, Virtue, are relishing in the recent news of their two Stellar Award nominations for Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year for the release of their 7th critically acclaimed studio album FEARLESS, for the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards, which will be held in Las Vegas on March 25th at the New Orleans arena.

FEARLESS was released on February 26th, 2016 via Mixed Bag Entertainment and debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album charts and remained in that position for second consecutive week, making it Virtue’s highest career debut to date, proving the ladies not only looked and sounded better than ever, but their presence had been missed. The album spawned hits like “You Are,” which spent eight consecutive weeks in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay and MediaBase Gospel Airplay charts, the pulsating, smash “Walk It Out,” and the refreshingly updated Clark Sisters remake, “Miracle,” which reached Top 25 on the radio charts.

The success of the album propelled the 3 blood sisters to land several high profile appearances such as; “News One Now with Roland Martin”, The Stellar Awards, 2016 Essence Festival, BET’s Lift Every Voice, BET’s Joyful Noise with Tye Tribbett, Kirk Franklin’s “20 Years In One Night, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, The Willie Moore Jr Show, Nightly Spirit with Darlene McCoy, among many others.

Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin will also celebrate another extraordinary career milestone approaching this year with the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut project, which was released on Verity Records in April of ’97 that spawned 3 hit singles “Let The Redeemed,” “Greatest Part of Me,” and “I Must Tell Jesus.” To date, this CD has sold over 100,000 copies and is still a favorite among Gospel music lovers to this day and also featured original members, Negelle Green Morris and Shavonne Floyd Sampson.

Virtue is one of the best selling Gospel girl groups of all time with career sales in the upwards of nearly 500,000 copies. Heather Martin exclaims, “We are just so happy and blessed to still do what we love to do all these years later and to do it with your family is just icing on the cake. We are over the moon about our two Stellar nominations and of course it’s always wonderful to be nominated, but it would be great to take one or both home! But either way, God gets all the glory and we will continue to spread the message of Jesus Christ until he returns!”

19 Year Old Grammy Nominee Jekalyn Carr added to the performance line-up for the 19th Annual NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration | @JekalynCarr |

19 year old GRAMMY® nominated teen sensation Jekalyn Carr has been added to the performance line-up for the 19th Annual NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Carr will join top Gospel and Christian artists Yolanda Adams, Lecrae, Natalie Grant and CeCe Winans and R&B superstars Lalah Hathaway, Anthony Hamilton and BJ The Chicago Kid to name a few for a star studded event that will be hosted by David and Tamela Mann. The event will take place on Friday, February 3rd at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, TX at 7:30pm and will be taped in front of 16,800 attendees. The show will air on Sunday, February 5th at 10a/9a CST on BET/CENTRIC.

Announced yesterday by Central City Productions, Carr earned 5 Stellar Award nominations including top honors for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “You’re Bigger.” Additionally, Carr also received nominations in the categories of Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Praise & Worship CD of the Year (“The Life Project”). Carr is also slated to perform her chart topping single “You’re Bigger” on the award show which takes place on March 25th in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena.

“I want to thank my team, radio, media and my supporters for their love over these last couple of months and to eOne for being a vehicle for my latest project,” states Jekalyn. “None of this would be possible without you and I’m forever grateful.”

Last month, THE RECORDING ACADEMY® announced that Carr, who is an independent artist, received a GRAMMY® nomination in the category of Best Gospel Performance/Song for “You’re Bigger.” This is Carr’s first GRAMMY® nomination, and it definitely caps off a remarkable year of firsts for the 19 year old prophetic powerhouse singer. The 59th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS® will take place on Sunday, February 12th in Los Angeles and will air live on CBS. For more information visit www.grammy.com.

Additionally, “You’re Bigger” was named the 2nd most played Gospel song at radio in 2016 according to Billboard Magazine’s “Year-End” chart and is currently spending 33 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. The single debuted in the Top 5 on June 6th and landed at #1 on September 14th spending four weeks in that position. The song also spent four weeks on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs chart. “You’re Bigger” is the first single from Carr’s third album THE LIFE PROJECT (Lunjeal Music Group/eOne) which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and iTunes Top 200 Digital Christian/Gospel Albums charts. The album also made a significant impact on Billboard’s Combined Christian/Gospel Albums chart (#6), Billboard’s Overall Top Albums Chart (#108) and landed in the Top 40 on iTunes Top 200 Pop Albums Chart.

RCA Inspiration collects 23 Nominations for the 2017 Stellar Awards | @RCAInspiration |

RCA Inspiration continues to deliver top inspiring hit music over the past year that reach across genres of contemporary and traditional Gospel, hiphop, and more, collecting 23 nominations for the upcoming 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Unveiled today, with nominations in 14 categories that include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and CD of the Year, Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Recordings/ RCA), Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, and Donnie McClurkin each garner multiple nominations, along with 1 nomination apiece for rising artist Christon Gray and the beloved WOW Gospel hits collection. Additionally, Franklin garners 2 nominations as a songwriter and producer on Tamela Mann’s project.

Below is the full list of RCA Inspiration’s Stellar Awards nominations by artist. The 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be taped on Saturday March 25th, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, with the weekend kicking off on Friday March 24th with the 2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show.

RCA Inspiration 2017 Stellar Awards nominations:

Kirk Franklin – LOSING MY RELIGION (Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Records)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CD OF THE YEAR – Losing My Religion
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR – Losing My Religion
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “Wanna Be Happy?” (Dir: Rock Jacobs)
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR – Losing My Religion (Art Dir: Jeff Gilligan)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Losing My Religion (with Co-Producers Ron Hill, Monica Coates, Shaun Martin, Max Stark)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – One Way (for Tamela Mann) (with Co-Producers Tamela Mann, David Mann, Myron Butler, Timbaland, Eric Dawkins, King Logan, Shaun Martin)
SONG OF THE YEAR – “God Provides” (for Tamela Mann)

Travis Greene – THE HILL (RCA Inspiration)
SONG OF THE YEAR – “Made a Way”
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CD OF THE YEAR – The Hill
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – The Hill (with Co-Producers Geo Bivins, Victor Navejar)
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR – The Hill
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “Intentional” (Dir: Will Thomas of Space Cherry Films)
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR – The Hill (Art Dir: Annie Stoll)
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR – The Hill

Fred Hammond – WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE (RCA Inspiration)
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR – Worship Journal Live

Donnie McClurkin – THE JOURNEY (LIVE) (RCA Inspiration)
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Christon Gray – THE GLORY ALBUM (Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Records)
RAP/ HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR – The Glory Album

Various Artists – WOW GOSPEL 2016 (RCA Inspiration)
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR – WOW Gospel 2016

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