Los Angeles native and new artist Stephen B. Steward releases his long-awaited debut album, ENTER YOUR GATES (https://itun.es/i6gX34C) , today May 20th available in stores and online via Central South Distribution.
Stephen B. Steward will perform songs from his debut album on TBN’s ‘Praise the Lord’ special on Thursday May 22nd at 10pm est/ 9pm cst/ 7pm pst.
ENTER YOUR GATES An energetic worship experience that takes off full speed from the listener’s first press of “play”, the album starts with its enchanting title track “Enter Your Gates.” Navigating listeners through inspiring narratives of worship, the journey is guided by a prominence of scriptural references. From the Psalm 100:4-inspired “Enter Your Gates” to the John 14:6-derived “The Way, The Truth, The Life,” ENTER YOUR GATES lets the Word lead the way. And, lead it does.
Entering praise pathways where tunes like the album’s animated “The Sound of Heaven” ring as hand-clapping celebrations, elsewhere numbers like “Sing Alleluia,” “I Feel Your Presence,” and “I Repent” employ modest instrumentation to keep the message at the forefront. As all of the aforementioned feature simple, elegant arrangements led by piano or string, the songs opt to leave behind the gloss of numbers like “With My Whole Heart” and instead are carried by Stephen’s supple baritone.
The likes of the aptly titled “Something Special (ft. Adetomi Akinbode),” “Jesus Reign (ft. Candace Moore, Gromyko Collins, Carol Dennis-Dylan, and Belle Johnson),” and “I Sense Your Presence (ft. Candace Moore)” see Stephen team with gifted musicians and singers to impart a worship session strengthened by numbers. But, one of the album’s most notable tracks comes in the form of its official second single “Purify My Soul.” A prayer-filled petition for purity, the song’s contemporary decorations only accent the heartfelt lyrics. Calling by name the temptations men face every day, the song’s bold subject matter make it a daring record for Stephen. Yet, through its vulnerability, comes its beauty.
The standout track comes via the Andraé Crouch-assisted lead single “With My Whole Heart.” Boasting a cosmic guitar riff and lyrics that plea to the heart of God, the song shines as a testimony of loving the Lord with one’s entire being. A message that finds itself a mainstay on the album, the tune acts as a well-appointed midpoint on the musical journey that is ENTER YOUR GATES. It’s equally impressive remix, delegated to close the album, offers subtlety without distracting from the message.
Stephen B. Steward will embark on an ENTER YOUR GATES east coast promotional tour beginning in June hitting select markets such as New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
Award-winning new artist Stephen B. Steward has inked a deal with Central South Distribution (CSD) – the world’s #1 independent Gospel distributor – Steward’s long -awaited debut album ENTER YOUR GATES, will be available in stores and online May 20th.
Coming after months of rising anticipation, buzz for the album was first catalyzed by the album’s lead single “With My Whole Heart,” featuring Grammy®-winning gospel legend Andraé Crouch. Storming Billboard’s Top Gospel Songs Chart and later helping the crooner win three 2013 Prayze Factor People’s Choice Awards, Steward followed the dynamic leading track with the equally buzz worthy rising Billboard single “Purify My Soul.”
Steward is set to celebrate ENTER YOUR GATES with a very special “One Night Only” concert– featuring Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Jonathan Butler slated for April 12th, the concert will be held at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium and will feature a special appearance from legendary gospel icon Andraé Crouch.
Additionally, Steward will hit the road to promote his forthcoming debut project at the Urban Digital Summit in San Diego, Prayze Factor event in Columbia, SC a performance on TBN’s Praise the Lord on May 22nd among more.
1. Enter Your Gates
2. Sing Alleluia
3. Jesus Reign
4. I Sense Your Presence
5. With My Whole Heart
6. The Sound of Heaven
7. Something Special
8. I Feel Your Presence
9. I Repent
10. Purify My Soul
11. The Restorer
12. The Way, The Truth, The Life
13. With My Whole Heart (remix)
About Stephen B. Steward
Stephen B. Steward is an award-winning gospel singer, songwriter, and producer whose contemporary worship stylings have seen him touted as one of the genre’s top rising acts.
Before his highly anticipated national debut album, ENTER YOUR GATES, enters digital and brick-and-mortar record shelves in spring 2014, Steward made his triumphant debut on the wings of “With My Whole Heart” – his high-spirited collaboration with GRAMMY® winner/gospel icon Andraé Crouch. The joint venture not only landed him a hit on the Billboard Top Gospel Singles Chart, but also helped him nab three 2013 Prayze Factor People’s Choice awards and, subsequently, three 2014 Rhythm of Gospel Award nominations in “Worship/Praise Artist of the Year”, “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year”, and “Songwriter of the Year” categories.
Veronica Petrucci is half of the three time Dove Award winning husband and wife duo ANGELO & VERONICA. The Latin Christian songstress is now releasing her debut solo project MADE IT OUT ALIVE on Latin Soul Entertainment and Central South Distribution. The project is available on digital music outlets.
MADE IT OUT ALIVE is produced by her husband Angelo Petrucci and features guest appearances by Fred Hammond and Canton Jones (“Come On”), John P. Kee (“Expecting Great Things”), Shirley Murdock (“A Voice For Women”), The Mississippi Mass Choir (“Made It Out Alive”), and Will Champlin from the hit TV show The Voice. Veronica also duets with soulful singer Brian Courtney Wilson on “Hope Saved My Life”, which is featured in the motion picture UNDCONDITIONAL.
Along with her much anticipated project, Veronica has dynamic new music videos from the project – “Expecting Great Things” feat. John P Kee and a cover of Tamela Mann’s hit “Take Me to the King” (Llévame al Rey) in Spanish.
Veronica recently shared her personal testimony and story behind MADE IT OUT ALIVE in an sincere and transparent video blog.
“Veronica is one of my favorite female singers IN THE WORLD! Her gift and her ministry are inspiring, empowering and full of God’s goodness. I know her music and powerful voice will continue to bless her listeners, all over the world!”
— Multi-Award Winning Artist, Producer & Composer – Donald Lawrence
“Veronica is one of God’s best…her voice moves me! She is truly anointed to sing!!!”
— Stellar Award Winning Producer and Artist – Kurt Carr
Nashville, TN — Jelama Records, Central South Distribution and The Bellamy Group have partnered to present a special night of Worship and fellowship uniting some of Christian and Gospel music’s most gifted and decorated artists. FAITH UNITED: NASHVILLE will be held on Monday, Oct 14 at 7PM at Cathedral of Praise Church, 4300 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37214. This free concert is being held in celebration of the 44th Annual Dove Awards. Jelama Records, The Bellamy Group and Central South Distribution have gathered their family of artists, their Dove Award Nominated artists and have invited a few guests artist to share in this amazing night of music.
FAITH UNITED: NASHVILLE is the embodiment of unity in faith and in music. Nashville, TN is a mecca for Christian and Gospel music and unfortunately these genres are sometimes divided. This event and movement is uniquely positioned to be a catalyst for unity and fellowship among artists, the industry and the Nashville community through the vehicle of music gifted to us by Christ.
The event will be hosted by Dan Willis who is the Senior Pastor of The Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, IL which is also known as Chicago’s “Bridging the Gap” Church and is one of the nation’s leading multicultural ministries with nearly seventy nationalities represented in its congregation. Dan Willis is also the host of the Emmy Award nominated late night Christian television show on TCT Network – “I’m Just Sayin”.
Artists united for this inspiring night of worship include: The God Father of Gospel and three time 2013 Dove Award nominee Ben Tankard and Bishop Jerry L. Maynard and The Cathedral of Praise Choir who are also 2013 Dove Award Nominees in two categories. Rising newcomers Ethan Kent noted for his radio hit “My Hope Is In Glory” and Washington DC based female vocalist/pianist Ronnette Harrison will also be performing.
Soulful singer-songwriter Chris August will also be making a special appearance. August cemented his name in the Christian music world and earned the Texas native the coveted titles of “New Artist of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Pop Contemporary Album of the Year” at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. August also had a massively popular radio single “Starry Night,” which held the No.1 spot on Billboard’s Christian / AC chart for six consecutive weeks and was the first debut single to reach No.1 on that chart in more than three years.
Bringing a touch of classic soul to the concert will be Nashville duo Joint Heirs. Christian music veteran Veronica Petrucci and Gospel’s leading man Earnest Pugh will offer their powerful music ministries for the evening. Nashville Worship artists Terrell Hunt and Bryan Popin are slated to set an atmosphere of praise while Urban Praiser and rapper Uncle Reece promises to worship until he passes out! Watch Uncle Reece’s << “Until I Pass Out”>> Video.
FAITH UNITED: NASHVILLE exclusive media partner is Yes Lord Radio: www.YesLordRadio.com
FAITH UNITED: NASHVILLE is one of the many amazing events circulated around the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee at 7:30pm CT and will be broadcast exclusively on UP on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Tickets are also available now at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at www.ticketsnashville.com. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376.
MEDIA CREDITIALS CONTACT: Benita@TheBellamyGroup.com
Media Access includes: Red Carpet / Green Room / Media Seating and Photography clearance during concert.
Dallas, TX — Ethan Kent is a new voice in gospel music. He’s a singer, songwriter, producer, and worship leader from Dallas, TX who has accumulated fifteen years in music ministry and has developed a style and skill that is invigorating and eclectic.
Ethan’s inventively multifarious style to his artistry has captured the attention of the Christian music industry and music fans. “It’s all about committing to being a student first,” Ethan explains. “The eclectic and edgy style is reflective of the types of music I listen to and study. If you were to scroll through my iTunes library you would find just about every genre of music that there is: Jazz, Gospel, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, Classical, and even some Country. I make a deliberate effort to learn something from each genre and implement it in my own musical approach.”
“I am very much influenced by other singer/songwriters who are also producers: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andre Crouch, Kirk Franklin,” he shares. “I spend time studying their works, and exploring their song stories. Most people listen to a good song, and just hear a cool beat and great melody, but I like to know how the song came about, how it was recorded, and how it was engineered. The greatness is in those little details.”
Ethan’s debut project WORK IN PROGRESS releases July 9, 2013 on his own Tonic Blueprint label via Central South Distribution. This much anticipated project moves in a different vein musically, merging gospel, R&B, rock, and pop with refreshing themes and conversational lyrics that will inspire people of all ages.
His Top 30 Billboard Gospel Radio single, “My Hope Is In Glory”, is an inspirational anthem set to a steppers groove that is setting the tone of a new wave emerging in gospel and motivating listeners to live life with eternity in mind. His edgy urban and pop influences can be heard on the title track “Work In Progress” while creatively orchestrated horns and piano work are intertwined throughout the entire project.
A lyric in one of Ethan’s songs says, “a work is used to define, someone’s stance their state of mind, a work can stand the test of time, and always be remembered”. Work is symbolic of the art form of music, the effort it takes to live a life committed to God, and the boldness it takes reach and influence others in order to build the kingdom of God. In Progress is symbolic of being imperfect, but a having a willingness to grow and move forward in every area of life.
“Through WORK IN PROGRESS, I want listeners to see me putting forth by best effort to walk out my salvation–living the gospel that I sing about,” Ethan expresses. “When people look at my life and music I want them to be inspired to live, and grow into what God has called them to be.”
WORK IN PROGRESS Track list:
1. W.O.R.K. (feat. Marcell Tennyson)
2. Work In Progress (feat. Mark Mock)
3. Lecture (feat. Chanese Jones & Will Sanders)
4. Cast Away
5. People (feat. Lauren Lee)
7. The Name Of The Lord
8. Good To Me
9. Take This Pride
10. Human Tendencies
11. Your Love
12. Always Be Around
13. Bring Us To Our Knees
14. My Hope Is In Glory (feat. Drea Randle, J.E. McKissic, Fred Williams, Niya Cotton, Donrico Colden, Chanese Jones, LaNesha Reneé)
I Found Her
Will You Marry Me
Work In Progress Remix
We just can’t wait for this album to drop. Anticipate.
Murfreesboro, TN — He is the world’s best-selling Gospel Jazz musician, has won twelve Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and has multiple Grammy™and Dove Award nominations from his Gold and Platinum albums. With twenty years of Gospel Jazz, Ben Tankard is continuing to sculpt his musical legacy as one of music’s preeminent artist.
Ben Tankard has added another impressive project to his catalog – FULL TANK. Released in June 2012 via Tankard’s own label Ben-Jamin Universal Music and Central South Distribution, FULL TANK landed Tankard a 2013 Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist and recently peaked at #2 on the Independent SmoothJazz Top 50 and #4 SmoothJazz Top 50 Sales Charts. His new single and title track “Full Tank” featuring sax man Gerald Albright has already hit the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Radio Chart at #20 and Smooth Jazz Singles sales chart at #16.
Listen Full Tank featuring Gerald Albright
Adding to his list of award nominations, Tankard has received two 2013 Gospel Blue Mic Award
nods (Best Instrumental Artist of the Year and Best Packaging of the Year). The Gospel Blue Mic Awards
will be handed out on July 12 in Chesapeake, VA during the Independent Gospel Artist Alliance 4th Annual Conference.
Tankard is also gearing up for the debut of his new reality television series Thicker Than Water: The Tankards,
which will premiere on BRAVO TV
this fall. The show is produced by Sirens Media with Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton Drescher, Lucilla D’Agostino, Kris Lindquist and Michael Call as Executive Producers. Tankard’s new docu-series follows him – former professional basketball player turned popular gospel singer/recording artist and minister, his blended family and their journey in expanding the family fortune. From music-producing to NBA life coaching and motivational speaking, his business-oriented family strives to keep on top of their game, but finds their true passion lies in ministry. (Bravo TV Press Announcement)
In companion to his new TV show, Tankard is putting the finishing touches on a new book The Full Tank Life
(Ben-Jamin’ Publishers / Thomas Nelson Publishers) which will be released in early September in sync with the show. Tankard’s book is an inspirational how-to guide for having a Full (Tank) Life in every area: family, health, wealth, career and spiritual walk.
And of course, Tankard is still traveling weekly on his FULL TANK TOURwhich has covered over 200 cities to date.
Thicker Than Water: The Tankards
New Reality TV Series Premieres on BRAVO TV This Fall!
We will bring you more update as things unfolds. Congrats Ben.