2012 Grammy Award WINNERS – Gospel & Contemporary Christian

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 Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

WINNER

Jesus

Le’Andria Johnson
Track from: The Awakening Of Le’Andria Johnson
[Music World Gospel]

Do Everything

Steven Curtis Chapman
Track from: re:Creation
[Sparrow Records]

Alive (Mary Magdalene)

Natalie Grant
Track from: Music Inspired By The Story
[WOW Joint Venture/EMI CMG]

Your Love

Brandon Heath
Track from: Leaving Eden
[Reunion Records]

I Lift My Hands

Chris Tomlin
Track from: And If Our God Is For Us…
[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]

Best Gospel Song

WINNER

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Track from: Hello Fear
[Verity Gospel Music Group/Fo Yo Soul Ent.; Publisher: Aunt Gertrude Music]

Sitting With Me

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters (Mary Mary)
Track from: Something Big
[Columbia Records; Publishers: Precious Baby Music/T Bella Music/EMI April Music, It’s Tea Tyme, That’s Plum Song]

Spiritual

Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
Track from: YRM (Your Righteous Mind)
[Verity Gospel Music Group; Publisher: Quiet Water Entertainment]

Trust Me

Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)
Track from: Promises
[Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal-Z Tunes/T.Autumn Music]

Window

Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)
Track from: Dominionaire
[Cajo Records; Publisher: CAJO Music]

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

WINNER

Blessings

Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
Track from: Blessings
[Fair Trade Services; Publishers: New Spring/Gleaning Publishing]

Hold Me

Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)
[Gotee Records; Publishers: Universal Music, Brentwood Benson Tunes, Songs of Third Base/Chriscendo Music, Meaux Mercy/Achtober Songs]

I Lift My Hands

Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
Track from: And If Our God Is For Us…
[Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords; Publishers: sixsteps Music/worshiptogether.com Songs/Vamos Publishing/Thankyou Music/spiritandsong.com Publishing]

Strong Enough

Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
Track from: The Story Of Your Life
[Sparrow Records; Publishers: External Combustion Music/Songs For Delaney/Songs of Southside Independent Music]

Your Love

Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)
Track from: Leaving Eden
[Reunion Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Big Skwawka Music, Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Windsor Hill Music]

Best Gospel Album

WINNER

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin
[Verity Gospel Music Group/ Fo Yo Soul Ent.]

The Love Album

Kim Burrell
[Shanachie Entertainment]

The Journey

Andraé Crouch
[Riverphlo Entertainment]

Something Big

Mary Mary
[Columbia Records]

Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition

Trin-I-Tee 5:7
[Music World Gospel]

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

WINNER

And If Our God Is For Us…

Chris Tomlin
[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]

Ghosts Upon The Earth

Gungor
[Brash Music]

Leaving Eden

Brandon Heath
[Reunion Records]

The Great Awakening

Leeland
[Essential Records]

What If We Were Real

Mandisa
[Sparrow Records]

Black & White

Royal Tailor
[Essential Records]

Verity Gospel Music Group Tops Billboard’s Year End Charts For Fourth Consecutive Year!

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Billboard’s year end music charts have been published and, for the fourth consecutive year, Verity Gospel Music Group is the Top Gospel Album Label Imprint of the year. Additionally, RCA is the top Gospel Album label.

Billboard lists Kirk Franklin as the top Gospel Albums Artist of the year, and his HELLO FEAR is the year’s top Gospel Album. Additionally, Verity Gospel Music Group secured three of Billboard’s list of Top-10 Gospel Album Artists; seven of the Top-25 Gospel Albums; three of the Top-10 Hot Gospel Songs Artists, and five of the Top-25 Hot Gospel Songs – including Franklin’s “I Smile;” Marvin Sapp’s “He Has His Hands on You;” and Deitrick Haddon’s “Well Done.”

“It is an honor to work with the best and brightest in Gospel music, and our #1 position in the genre is a nod to our commitment to cultivating and propelling the great tradition that is Gospel music,” says James “Jazzy” Jordan, Executive Vice President, Verity Gospel Music Group.

Verity Gospel Music Group’s 2012 releases will include WOW Gospel 2012 and new music from Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, J Moss, Crystal Aikin and Donnie McClurkin.

Verity also received 14 Stellar Award nominations, and four Grammy Award nominations.

2012 Grammy Award Nominees – Gospel & Contemporary Christian

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GRAMMY.com

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Do Everything

Steven Curtis Chapman
Track from: re:Creation
[Sparrow Records]

Alive (Mary Magdalene)

Natalie Grant
Track from: Music Inspired By The Story
[WOW Joint Venture/EMI CMG]

Your Love

Brandon Heath
Track from: Leaving Eden
[Reunion Records]

Jesus

Le’Andria Johnson
Track from: The Awakening Of Le’Andria Johnson
[Music World Gospel]

I Lift My Hands

Chris Tomlin
Track from: And If Our God Is For Us…
[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]

Best Gospel Song

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Track from: Hello Fear
[Verity Gospel Music Group/Fo Yo Soul Ent.; Publisher: Aunt Gertrude Music]

Sitting With Me

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters (Mary Mary)
Track from: Something Big
[Columbia Records; Publishers: Precious Baby Music/T Bella Music/EMI April Music, It’s Tea Tyme, That’s Plum Song]

Spiritual

Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
Track from: YRM (Your Righteous Mind)
[Verity Gospel Music Group; Publisher: Quiet Water Entertainment]

Trust Me

Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)
Track from: Promises
[Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal-Z Tunes/T.Autumn Music]

Window

Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)
Track from: Dominionaire
[Cajo Records; Publisher: CAJO Music]

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Blessings

Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
Track from: Blessings
[Fair Trade Services; Publishers: New Spring/Gleaning Publishing]

Hold Me

Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)
[Gotee Records; Publishers: Universal Music, Brentwood Benson Tunes, Songs of Third Base/Chriscendo Music, Meaux Mercy/Achtober Songs]

I Lift My Hands

Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
Track from: And If Our God Is For Us…
[Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords; Publishers: sixsteps Music/worshiptogether.com Songs/Vamos Publishing/Thankyou Music/spiritandsong.com Publishing]

Strong Enough

Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
Track from: The Story Of Your Life
[Sparrow Records; Publishers: External Combustion Music/Songs For Delaney/Songs of Southside Independent Music]

Your Love

Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)
Track from: Leaving Eden
[Reunion Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Big Skwawka Music, Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Windsor Hill Music]

Best Gospel Album

The Love Album

Kim Burrell
[Shanachie Entertainment]

The Journey

Andraé Crouch
[Riverphlo Entertainment]

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin
[Verity Gospel Music Group/ Fo Yo Soul Ent.]

Something Big

Mary Mary
[Columbia Records]

Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition

Trin-I-Tee 5:7
[Music World Gospel]

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Ghosts Upon The Earth

Gungor
[Brash Music]

Leaving Eden

Brandon Heath
[Reunion Records]

The Great Awakening

Leeland
[Essential Records]

What If We Were Real

Mandisa
[Sparrow Records]

Black & White

Royal Tailor
[Essential Records]

And If Our God Is For Us…

Chris Tomlin
[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]

VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP Tops Charts, Announces New Releases

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On the heels of the stunning release of Kirk Franklin’s HELLO FEAR, which is the #1 Gospel CD in the country for the 5th consecutive week, Verity Gospel Music Group secures a dominant position on the radio and sales charts. The label has four CDs in the Top-10 on Billboard’s Gospel Sales chart, and three of the Top-10 songs at Gospel radio.

On the Gospel Sales chart, HELLO FEAR is #1; WOW GOSPEL 2011 is #5; Deitrick Haddon’sCHURCH ON THE MOON is #8 and PLAYLIST: THE VERY BEST OF MARVIN SAPP is #9. At Gospel radio, Franklin’s “I Smile” is #1 for the 4th consecutive week, and continues to gain spins. Haddon’s “Well Done” is #4 at Gospel radio, and Sapp’s “He Has His Hands on You” is #9. Franklin’s HELLO FEAR is also #4 on Billboard’s R&B chart and #5 with a bullet at Urban AC radio.

While these projects continue to gain momentum, Verity is gearing up for exciting summer releases from 21:03, Donald Lawrence and Richard Smallwood. Smallwood’s new single “Trust Me” entered the radio chart at #20 with a bullet and is one of this week’s most added songs at Gospel radio.

With an outstanding roster of superbly talented, multiple-award winning artists, expect Verity Gospel Music Group to keep putting out music that inspires the heart, uplifts the soul and warms the spirit. “It is a very exciting time for us as a company and it is always an honor to work with the best artists in Gospel music. We are looking forward to a busy, but successful, next few months,” says James “Jazzy” Jordan, EVP, Verity Gospel Music Group.

A division of Jive Label Group, Verity Gospel Music Group is comprised of Verity Records; GospoCentric Records; Fo-Yo Soul Entertainment; Quiet Water Entertainment; F. Hammond Music and New Life Records. Verity Gospel Music Group is based in New York with offices in Nashville, TN.

 

Kirk Franklin’s Hello Fear Holds On To #1 Position

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Kirk Franklin’s 12th CD, HELLO FEAR, is the #1 CD on Billboard’s Gospel sales chart for the second consecutive week. The CD is the 4th highest Gospel debut in SoundScan history, and solidifies Franklin’s position as the top-selling Gospel artist in the history of SoundScan. This is the 10th Kirk Franklin CD to reach the #1 position.

Kirk and Tammy Franklin, who have been married for 15 years, are on the cover of JET Magazine’s current “celebrity couples” issue. In the story, Kirk shares many of the life experiences that he went through while recording the CD. “From a spiritual standpoint, this CD is my greatest work,” he tells the magazine. “I dealt with my own fears, anxieties and worries…and this album shares that.”

In addition to promoting HELLO FEAR, Franklin is currently taping the fourth season of BET’s Sunday Best – for which he serves as co-executive producer and host – and touring with Steve Harvey. Kirk Franklin will perform “I Smile” on The Dove Awards April 24 on Gospel Music Channel and is featured

Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour
Saturday, April 9 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, April 30 Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
Saturday, May 7 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
Saturday, May 21 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial
source: Neechy.com

KIRK FRANKLIN’S HELLO FEAR DEBUTS #1 ON BILLBOARD GOSPEL CHART

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Hello FearMarch 30, 2011 – Kirk Franklin’s 12th CD, HELLO FEAR, debuts #1 on Billboard’s Gospel sales chart, and #5 on the Billboard Top-200, making the CD the 4th highest Gospel debut in SoundScan history. This is Kirk Franklin’s biggest first week release since the 2002 release of The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. The CD also debuted #1 on the Christian/Gospel Digital Albums Chart; #3 on the R&B Chart, and #7 on the Overall Digital Albums Chart.

James “Jazzy” Jordan, EVP Verity Gospel Music Group says: “Kirk Franklin is in a class by himself not just in Gospel music, but in music – period. He is a genius in the studio, an incredible songwriter and has a heart and ear firmly poised towards God. His music is always timeless, and HELLO FEAR is no exception. His music makes you smile not just today, but everyday.”

Kirk Franklin says: “I am just humbled. It is a blessing to know that, after all of these years making music, God continues to give me songs that people want to hear. I knew going into this project that God was not as concerned about what I do in the process of this album, but what I become in the process of this album. I am hopeful that HELLO FEAR reaches the hearts of everyone who purchased the CD and helps them along their process of becoming who God would have them become.”

Though Franklin is currently taping the new season of BET’s Sunday Best – for which he serves as co-executive producer and host – and touring with Steve Harvey, he is spending significant time promoting HELLO FEAR through radio and press visits; church and promotional appearances, and retail in-stores in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore. Tomorrow, March 31, he will make an appearance at Stonecrest Mall in Atlanta. In addition to a new CD being available, Franklin’s New York Times Bestseller “The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms” will be released in paperback April 5.

HELLO FEAR was written and produced by Kirk Franklin. The CD’s first single, “I Smile” is Top-5 at Gospel and Urban radio. Kirk Franklin will perform “I Smile” and “Before I Die” this Monday, April 4, on BET’s The Mo’Nique Show and will also appear on The Dove Awards April 24 on The Gospel Music Channel.

(source: http://www.neechy.com)