…And Let the Church Say "Amen"!

May 21, 2010


Filed under: Celebrity,New Christian Music — Kitina @ 1:39 pm

Lucinda Moore, who has done dynamic vocal cameos on recordings with Hezekiah Walker and Tramaine Hawkins, is celebrating a milestone. The 20-year music veteran best known for her 2006 breakthrough smash  “Pressure Into Praise,” has just released her sophomore CD Blessed, Broken & Given (Tyscot Records). The album has debuted at #13 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart –her highest entry to date (Her prior self-titled CD peaked at #18 on the same chart in 2007). Now, Pastor zachary Tims has chosen to have Moore as his special psalmist on this Monday’s episode of TBN’s “Praise The Lord” program.

Tims will host the program and conduct interviews with Bishop Larry Trotter, Dr. Todd Hall, and Pastor Lawrence Powell. Moore will sing songs throughout the broadcast. Visit http://www.tbn.org and the “Praise Tonight” tab for more information.  Visit  http://www.lucindamoore.com or  http://www.tyscot.com for more information on Lucinda Moore.

April 14, 2010


Filed under: New Christian Music — Kitina @ 1:23 pm

Friday, April 16, 2010 @ 7:30 PM at Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, NJ

Lindenwold, NJ: Abundant Harvest Entertainment will showcase some of gospel music’s dynamic future superstars on a special concert on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Bethany Baptist Church’s Harvest Hall. The recording arm of the company has signed up Cherry Hill, New Jersey’s homegrown rapper, Christawn; Long Island, New York vocalist Karen Orlando; and a Delaware based girl group known as His Own.

The purpose of the evening is to introduce the tri-state area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to these exciting new artists releasing new CDs over the course of the year. Hip Hop minstrel Christawn’s debut CD Life Story will debut May 18, 2010. The guitar-driven radio single “Save Me” features Micah Stampley’s dramatic wail and retells the real-life story of the day that Christawn escaped getting arrested for drug possession and cried out to God: “Save Me!”  $10 pre-orders of his CD will be sold that night.

Although, she was born with a brain damage diagnosis and was also tone deaf until the age of 14, Karen Orlando has defied the odds. Through her faith, she triumphed over the diagnosis and was rewarded with a beautiful singing voice. She’s recorded several praise and worship CDs, is a conference speaker and hosts a local Christian TV show, “Straight Talk.” Her CD Is expected to drop in late summer 2010. The seven-member girl group, His Own, met on the campus of Delaware State University and is currently working on their debut CD. They will all perform songs from their forthcoming projects at this special evening of gospel entertainment.

Abundant Harvest Entertainment (AHE) is a recording label founded by Bishop David G. Evans, pastor of the 27,000-member Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, NJ. Evans co-founded Sweet Rain Records, the company that made Grammy winner Hezekiah Walker a star. AHE is distributed by the Universal Music Christian Group. The label is presently enjoying success with the Top 20 Billboard smash “This Joy” from the Automatic Praise CD and the CD Pure Love that features a handful of current radio hits.

March 14, 2010

Gospel Vet Is Favorite on Top 10 CD

Filed under: New Christian Music — Kitina @ 8:43 pm


14-Track Album Showcases Down Home, Old-School Gospel Hits

FAIRFAX, VA; Time Life’s latest gospel release proves that traditional black gospel music is making a big comeback.  The new single-disc retail version of the hugely successful double-disc version (only available via TV and online), Shoutin’ Down the Aisles, has debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. The combined retail and TV sales have taken sales over the 100,000 mark and it’s still selling at a time when 30,000 units sold is considered a hit for traditional gospel music.

One of the fan favorites on the 14-song collection has turned out to be former child gospel star Bryan Wilson’s old school track, “If You’re Talking About Jesus.” The song is a stylistic blend of Pentecostal, New Orleans and Low Country South Carolina musical rhythms that Wilson started calling Bapolstogic music a decade ago. It’s a taste of what’s to come on his forthcoming CD “The Bapolstogia Begins…” Keep up with Bryan at his website http://www.bryanwilson.com

Shoutin’ Down the Aisles opens with Vickie Winans’ 1997 smash “As Long As I Got King Jesus.” Then, it continues to rock with up-tempo favorites as Fred Hammond’s “Jesus Be a Fence Around Me”, the Chicago Mass Choir’s “Holy Ghost Power” with Lemmie Battles, Jimmy Hick’s “Born Blessed”, Shirley Caesar & Tonex’s “I Know the Truth”, and Keith Wonderboy Johnson’s “Let and Let God.”

There are equally moving mid-tempo tracks such as Marvin Sapp’s bluesy “You Brought Me,” Candi Staton & Dottie People’s “Shut Up and Start Praying,” The Rance Allen Group’s “Miracle Worker,” Alvin Darling’s “All Night,” and Kirk Franklin’s “He Can Handle It.” The album is rounded out by two bonus cuts not featured on the previous Shoutin’ set. The Blind Boys of Alabama’s rootsy “Down in the Hole” and Deniece Williams’ praise jam “Glory to Glory to Glory” complete this vintage traditional gospel music set. For more information on the double disc version of Shoutin’ Down the Aisles, please visit the Time Life website, http://www.timelife.com

March 8, 2010

Rising Gospel Star’s Duet with Marvin Winans Jr. Takes Her National

Filed under: New Christian Music — Kitina @ 6:11 pm



“Passionate Praise” is one way to describe the inspiring, contemporary gospel grooves of Tampa, Florida’s rising gospel star, Toni Rackard. For the last dozen years, she’s quietly built a following on the Florida music scene and even toured Europe with the renowned Harlem Gospel Choir. As her first national radio single “You Pulled Me Through” (a sizzling duet with Marvin Winans Jr.) is gaining momentum at gospel radio stations around the country, buzz is now building for the release of Rackard’s forthcoming debut CD Unconditional Love  (Beyond The Veil Records).

The collaboration with gospel royalty Marvin Winans Jr. came by chance. “We were at the Good Luck Café in Tampa and Marvin was there. Marcus Turner [Behind the Veil’s Promotions Director] thought it would be nice to have Marvin on the CD. So we talked to him and he agreed to do a song with me.”

Rackard’s producer Lewis T. Bryant Jr. (who has collaborated with R&B veteran Freddie Jackson) then went to work on what became “You Pulled Me Through.” The mid-tempo tune opens to the familiar echo of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” before transforming into an inspiring song about God’s ability to pull mankind through life’s trials and tribulations. “You don’t have to be a in a box because you’re saved,” Rackard says of the fresh urban sound of the song. “We are to have fun and rejoice but also spread the importance of intimacy with God.” Visit http://www.tonirackard.com for more information. Rackard is the praise and worship leader at Jesus People Family Worship Center in Tampa, FL.

From Drug Dealer to Bible Belter: Christawn’s Cry of “Save Me”

Filed under: New Christian Music — Kitina @ 6:04 pm

Christawn is a THUG on a mission. A THUG. for him, is The Higher Understanding of God. This Hip Hopper has real talk street cred. In his past life, he ran the streets, sold crack, packed pistols and chased skirts. He’s rapping about all of it on his forthcoming debut CD Life Story (Abundant Harvest Entertainment/Universal Music Christian Group) that hits stores everywhere on May 18, 2010.

Christawn’s first radio single “Save Me” (featuring firey tenor Micah Stampley on the hook) is heating up around the country. The in-your-face rock guitars set the stage for Christawn to rap about the day he cried out for God to save him in 2003.  “I had a bundle of crack I had stashed in this brick wall,” he recalls. He and a buddy were leaving the area when the cops caught them. “They threw us up against the car, took our money and put us in the back of the squad car and I’m thinking this is it,” he says. One of the cops went searching for the crack. “You could actually see where the bag was hanging out of the wall,” he explains. “He was putting his hand in holes and feeling around the wall. I just called on the Lord and said, `God if you save me from going to jail, I will leave this life for good.’ The cop came back to the car and I’m thinking the worse. He says, `Get out of the car; this is your lucky day. Get out of here.’”

After the cops left, Christawn returned to the wall and pulled the stash. “I gave it to Buck. He owned Morse Street at the time. I said, `Man, this is it. I’m leaving.’ He tried to talk me out of leaving but I refused to listen. He had some harsh words for me and I left. Two weeks later, Buck gets killed and two years later, the whole block was raided. They were all Bloods and now they are all facing 25 to life. So I know the Lord saved me for a reason.” Since then, Christawn has turned his life around and has been a member of Bethany Baptist Church in South Jersey. The church’s pastor, Bishop David Evans, mentored him and has now made Christawn’s rap dreams a reality.

“Save Me” was recently featured on the “Play it or Fade it” segment on Radio One’s nationally-syndicated program “The Spirit of Hip Hop with Coco Brother.” The audience called in and overwhelmingly voted for the song to be played. “It talks about what I was doing at different points of my life in the streets,” he explains. “That’s the closest song to my heart because it brings me back to where God brought me from… I want people to know this is where I’ve been. A lot of my life story started right there in the streets. I can’t sugar coat it because this is what’s going on in the lives of many people today…This isn’t just about smoking crack…. I was literally around killing all day long and going home and crying at night praying to God to save me.”

March 5, 2010


Filed under: New Christian Music — Kitina @ 6:43 am

Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 6 p.m. at Valley Kingdom Ministry Int.

During “Refreshed By Fire… Ascending Higher” Conference

Kingdom Records’ million-selling Shekinah Glory Ministry is celebrating their tenth year as America’s #1 praise and worship ensemble with a new, and as yet untitled, live CD/DVD recording that will take place on Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. at Valley Kingdom Ministry International, 5300 West 151st Street, Oak Forest, IL 60452. Phone: 708-339-9301. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The live recording is the finale to Shekinah Glory Ministry’s first praise and worship conference that begins Friday, May 14, 2010. During the workshops, participants will learn the varied facets of performing praise and worship music from some of the genre’s most gifted practitioners.  The registration cost for the “Refreshed By Fire… Ascending Higher” conference is $60. Visit http://www.kingdomrecordsinc.com/regform.html for further information.

Since their evolution in 1999-2000, Shekinah Glory Ministry has earned five R.I.A.A. gold certifications for their musical projects, including the CDs Praise is What I Do and Shekinah Glory Ministry Live. Their debut CD spent 103 weeks on the Billboard gospel albums sales chart. They have become renowned around the world for their radio anthems “Yes,” “Jesus,” “How Deeply I Need You” and their signature tune, “Praise is What I Do.” Their acclaimed CD Jesus won the Stellar Award (the gospel industry’s Grammy equivalent) as Praise & Worship CD of the Year in 2009. Visit http://www.kingdomrecordsinc.com for more information on the live recording.

February 8, 2010

“Shoutin’ Down The Aisles” Debuts in Billboard Top 10

Filed under: New Christian Music — Kitina @ 11:03 pm


14-Track Album Showcases Down Home, Old-School Gospel Hits By Today’s Top Gospel Artists

FAIRFAX, VA; Time Life’s latest gospel release proves that traditional black gospel music is making a big comeback.  The new single-disc retail version of the hugely successful double-disc, Shoutin’ Down the Aisles, has debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.

The Shoutin’ Down the Aisles retail release is rocking the church rafters. Opening with Vickie Winans’ 1997 smash “As Long As I Got King Jesus,” the collection takes on the aura of a Pentecostal church service with such up-tempo favorites as Fred Hammond’s “Jesus Be a Fence Around Me”, the Chicago Mass Choir’s “Holy Ghost Power” with Lemmie Battles’ earth-quaking hoops and hollers, Jimmy Hick’s “Born Blessed”, Shirley Caesar & Tonex’s “I Know the Truth”, Keith Wonderboy Johnson’s quartet staple “Let and Let God” and Bryan Wilson & the Bapolstogic band’s burner “If You’re Talking About Jesus.”

There are equally moving mid-tempo tracks such as Marvin Sapp’s bluesy “You Brought Me”, Candi Staton & Dottie People’s country boogaloo “Shut Up and Start Praying”,  The Rance Allen Group’s 1991 Top 40 R&B crossover hit “Miracle Worker”, Alvin Darling & Celebration’s infectious call-and-response gem “All Night” about Jacob’s midnight tussle with an angel and Kirk Franklin’s bass-walker, “He Can Handle It.” The album is rounded out by two bonus cuts not featured on the previous Shoutin’ set. The Blind Boys of Alabama’s rootsy “Down in the Hole” and Deniece Williams’ praise jam “Glory to Glory to Glory” complete this must have album for any fan of traditional gospel music. For more information on the double disc version of  Shoutin’ Down the Aisles, please visit the Time Life website, http://www.timelife.com.

October 28, 2009

The Whispers top the charts with their 1st Inspirational CD “Thankful”

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Submitted by Bill Carpenter

After 40 Years & Over 10 Million Album Sales, “Thankful” is a  Hit!                 DSC_0040

The legendary R&B group, The Whispers, are back and their fans have shown their appreciation in a big way.  The veteran group’s first CD of new material in a decade, Thankful (Kingdom Records), has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart, #34 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart, #19 on the Independent Album sales chart and #10 on the Billboard Top Christian Album sales chart.

“This has been a great journey to work with The Whispers to deliver a wonderful project along with producers Fred Hammond and Magic,” says Kingdom Records CEO Joan Sullivan. “The guys captured what was in their hearts for God and we are pleased at the success of the project and its’ debut on the charts. We are still excited that the Whispers chose Kingdom Records in this season of their lives to help fulfill their vision of making gospel music for God’s glory.”

The smooth first radio single “For Thou Art with Me” is winning over gospel and Urban AC radio programmers.  Michael Tee at WXST in Charleston says, “It’s Gospel meets Quiet Storm” while Skip Dillard at New York’s WBLS says, “It’s a really nice song. I could see it in gospel and R&B rotation.”  The Whispers and Fred Hammond produced the 10-song CD of original music. “Working with The Whispers was truly a dream come true,” Hammond says. “I grew up listening to The Whispers and patterned a large part of my personal vocal style after, who have now become affectionately known as, uncles Scottie and Walter.”

“We’ve been wanting to do this for ten years. God has been really, really good to the Whispers,” says The Whispers’ founding member Nick Caldwell. “He was looking out for us even when we were ignoring Him. He allowed us to live long enough to do this inspirational CD that we want to use to inspire people to get closer to God.”

With 50 R&B chart singles, The Whispers are one of the most successful vocal groups in soul music history. Twin brothers Wallace and Walter Scott (aka “Scotty”) formed the group in 1963 with Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Gordon Harmon (replaced by Leaveil Degree in 1973). They sang on the street corners of the Watts area of Los Angeles before they earned their first record deal in 1964. The label chief named them The Whispers because of their smooth sound. Since then the group has enjoyed a string of hits that has maintained their position as one of urban music’s top concert draws.

Among their dance-oriented hits are the #1 Billboard R&B chart singles “And the Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady.” Other rhythmic hits include “It’s A Love Thing” and “Keep on Loving Me.” The group has also laid down their share of classic slow jams such as “Lady”,  “Just Gets Better with Time”, “In the Mood” and “Say Yes.”  The Grammy and American Music Award nominated ensemble has earned seven gold or platinum singles or albums, a 2002 NAACP Image Award and they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

Bill Carpenter at (202) 506-5051 or carpbil@aol.com

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