December 12, 2014 – Motown Christmas, a collaborative release from Motown Gospel and Motown Records, is a stunning holiday album featuring soulful, inspired interpretations of seasonal classics. It is a must-have addition to any music collection that will help spread the joy of the season.
This week, Motown Christmas is the top-selling album on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, with more than 6,000 units sold. The Associated Press says that Motown Christmas “doesn’t disappoint…with impressive duets and solo performances”; while the Journal of Gospel Music calls the album “a marvelous addition to the Christmas canon.” (more…)
In June, Light Records released Dillard’s ninth album, AMAZING. The live set marks the 25th anniversary of his notable choir, the New Generation Chorale, and is a sonic masterpiece that has been at the top of the charts since its debut. (more…)
ATLANTA, GA – (December 11, 2014)–Our World With Black Enterprise will highlight 25-year film and television industry veteran/award-winning producer and studio executive, Tammy Williams, the first black woman to open a studio and post-production facility, Open Rivers Pictures (ORP), in the state of Georgia, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 10AM ET on TV One. (Click here to check air date & time in your area). (more…)
Baltimore, MD native and pianist John Paul McGee has kicked off the yuletide season in a big way with his inaugural CD “A Christmas with John Paul” (EPM Music Group) debuting at #10 on this week’s Billboard Gospel Airplay chart. The five-song extended play CD showcases the classically trained pianist John Paul McGee tackling seasonal evergreens such as Nat King Cole Trio’s 1946 gem “The Christmas Song” with hues of Classical, Jazz and Gospel.
“It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words,” says the Bethune-Cookman University graduate of the set that also features crisp new renditions of “Oh Holy Night,” “The First Noel,” “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and a funky “Jesus, What A Wonderful Child.” McGee is signed to gospel star Earnest Pugh’s (best-known for the #1 gospel hits “Rain on Us” and “I Need Your Glory”) EPM Music Group label and the young pianist is touring on Pugh’s nationwide Christmas concert tour. “I am so excited to have this opportunity as an instrumental artist to paint wordless pictures through the mere power of sound. Listeners can experience the joy, peace, healing and love that come at Christmas time. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, I also celebrate this season of birthing in my own life where God is transitioning me to have even greater impact on lives everywhere through my musical gifts.” (more…)
Atlanta, GA- Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE) and Tyscot Music & Entertainment have formed a partnership to release MBE projects. The first one will be a live set by worship artist Casey J who is currently #6 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. “Dreams and visions do come true,” says the singing educator. “Recently my dream of being on the Bobby Jones Gospel TV show was realized and today I wake up in the Top Ten on a Billboard chart. I know it has nothing to do with me as an individual. God is just creating another platform for Him to receive glory and it’s just happening through me and I am so thankful.” (more…)
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) continues a hit streak in delivering powerful music that crosses boundaries, racking up 4 NAACP Image Award nominations across two categories for new gospel releases from Erica Campbell, Michelle Williams, and 3 Winans Brothers. The just-released nominations for the 2015 NAACP Image Awards honor Erica Campbell with 2 nominations, in the Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) categories for her album Help, Michelle Williams in the Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) category for her album Journey To Freedom, and 3 Winans Brothers in the Outstanding New Artist category. (more…)
WOW! “Fill Me Up” is heating up the Billboard Gospel Charts with a steady boil headed to the top! Gospel Artist Casey J had no idea that within a year she’d be fully transitioned out of her full-time job as an elementary teacher and pursuing her passion and purpose in full-time ministry as a Billboard Top 10 Gospel Artist. She has truly become what most in the industry would consider an “overnight success”. “Dreams and visions do come true. Just last week my dream of being on Bobby Jones Gospel happened and then today I wake up to being #9 on a billboard chart! I know it has nothing to do with me as an individual. God is just creating another platform for Him to receive glory and it just happen to be through me. I am thankful”, says Casey J. (more…)