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ANN NESBY READIES CHRISTMAS DVD RECORDING, "SOULFUL CHRISTMAS"

Atlanta, GA – Closing out a remarkable year in music, Ann Nesby , the two-time Grammy award winning former lead vocalist to the Sounds of Blackness readies the release of her latest musical offering ‘Ann Nesby's a Soulful Christmas' for the 2009 holiday season.
‘Soulful Christmas' released on Nesby's It's Time Child Records in association with Tyscot Records follows her acclaimed The Lula Lee Project album which debuted at #13 on Billboard's Top Gospel album chart and #57 respectively on the R&B chart this year.

Spending the summer promoting The Lula Lee Project , she taped ‘Soulful Christmas' with a live band at the Gospel Music Channel studios in Atlanta in front of a live studio audience.
“I wanted to be used by God to help them usher in the masses into the holiday season,” says Nesby who excitingly marks this as her first ever Christmas show collection.

‘Soulful Christmas' highlights a few of the most noted holiday anthems sung only as Ann Nesby could deliver - “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child” leads the musical montage setting the tone for cheerful yuletide, the classically melodic “Silent Night ” finds an appropriate spot on this Christmas set, to her holiday staple from the Sounds of Blackness, “Soul Holiday,” featuring Grammy award winning songwriter/singer Big Jim Wright, musical director of the new hit BET late night talk show the Mo'Nique Show.

Nesby also revisits a few of her other popular inspirational tunes from Sounds of Blackness and her own solo musical repertoire to round out ‘Soulful Christmas' – “I Believe,” “Going All the Way,” “So Much Joy,” to her recent radio single, “I Found a Place.”

‘Ann Nesby's a Soulful Christmas' DVD will arrive in stores November 3, 2009 . To promote ‘Soulful Christmas,' The Gospel Music Channel will air Nesby's holiday special air nationally on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 8pm with an encore at 11pm . The Gospel Music Channel will re-air the TV special through the end of December.
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GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! CHRISTMAS IS SET TO CELEBRATE THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON



This holiday installment of best-selling series to include gospel classics and favorites from Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, Mandisa, and many more.

LOS ANGELES — In time for the most wonderful time of the year, GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! CHRISTMAS will begin spreading holiday cheer on Oct. 20, 2009, as 15 of today’s brightest and most renowned gospel artists lend their voices in celebration of the birth of Christ — the real reason for the season. From top to bottom, GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! CHRISTMAS is comprised of nearly all yuletide standards and classics performed by gospel’s biggest stars, including Donnie McClurkin’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Mary Mary’s “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” Fred Hammond’s “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Yolanda Adams’ “Little Drummer Boy,” Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers’ “Carol of the Bells,” and Martha Munizzi’s “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! CHRISTMAS also includes a number of modern, worshipful chestnuts, including Kirk Franklin & The Family’s “Now Behold the Lamb,” Richard Smallwood with Vision’s “Oh What a Night,” John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir’s “Let Us Adore Him,” and “We Wish You a Timeless Christmas,” a knockout duet between Israel Houghton and CeCe Winans. (*Full track listing below.) “Gospel consumers and music fans everywhere will love this homage to the greatest songs of Christmas as well as newly re-purposed classics done in a contemporary gospel style,” says Daniel D. McGuffey, chief marketing officer of Integrity Media. “Some of the biggest gospel artists in the world have put their unique signature spin on these wonderful songs, which makes for a marvelous seasonal experience.” Also featured on the release of GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! CHRISTMAS, is former American Idol finalist Mandisa which includes her stunning rendition of the Christmas standout “O Holy Night,” produced to perfection by the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning Brown Bannister (Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace). GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! CHRISTMAS arrives on the heels of the hot-off-the-presses GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL 7, which was issued Sept. 8, 2009 and debuted at No. 11 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums sales chart. The two-disc set contains the latest hits dominating gospel radio, including Mary Mary’s “God in Me,” Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers’ “Peace and Favor Rest on Us,” and Israel Houghton’s “Just Wanna Say.” A joint venture between Integrity Music and Zomba Gospel, the gold-selling GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! series compiles the biggest artists and songs in gospel music, providing a comprehensive, one-stop source for core and casual gospel listeners. The talents assembled in the series' annual compilations have sold upwards of 20 million combined career sales, are fixtures in Billboard’s airplay and sales charts, and collected numerous GRAMMY®, Stellar, GMA Dove, and Soul Train awards. To date, the GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! product line accounts for more than 2 million in lifetime sales. *Track listing for GOTTA HAVE GOSPEL! CHRISTMAS:
1. Joy To The World Medley - Joe Pace & The Colorado Mass Choir
2. Hallelujah! - Handel's Messiah
3. We Wish You A Timeless Christmas - Israel Houghton & CeCe Winans
4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Donnie McClurkin
5. Little Drummer Boy - Yolanda Adams
6. Oh Come All Ye Faithful - Mary Mary
7. Go Tell It On The Mountain - Fred Hammond
8. Mary Did You Know? - Juanita Bynum
9. Now Behold The Lamb - Kirk Franklin & The Family
10. Oh What A Night - Richard Smallwood with Vision
11. O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Martha Munizzi
12. O Holy Night - Mandisa (former American Idol contestant)
13. Joyful Joyful - Vickie Winans
14. Carol Of The Bells - Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers
15. Let Us Adore Him - John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir
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TRIN-I-TEE 5:7 RELEASES CHRISTMAS COLLECTION OF CLASSIC HOLIDAY SONGS AND VIDEO


Special CD/DVD package includes traditional and original recordings, live performance footage and a special bonus track by rising gospel label mate Brian Courtney Wilson

(New York, NY) -- GRAMMY® nominated, Dove® and Stellar® Award winning recording artists, Trin-i-tee 5:7 have released their first Christmas album, Love * Peace * Joy at Christmas. The Spirit Rising/Music World Music CD/DVD holiday collection contains top seasonal classics performed by the acclaimed and the best-selling trio in gospel music history. Showcasing the group's charismatic and inspired talents, the package includes 11 tracks and a bonus DVD of five holiday classics performed by Trin-i-tee 5:7 from the recent TV special, Gospel Music Channel presents Christmas at Union Station. A special bonus track by gospel recording artist Brian Courtney Wilson rounds out the collection.

Produced by Music World Production team The Bama Boyz (Beyoncé & Solange), Love * Peace * Joy at Christmas is sure to have something for T57 fans and all Christmas music lovers around the world. Love * Peace * Joy at Christmas includes season standards, "Joy to the World," "Winter Wonderland," "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," "The Christmas Song," "Little Drummer Boy," a jazz inspired rendition of "White Christmas," a soulful remake of Michael Jackson's "Give Love on Christmas Day" and Contemporary Christian favorites "Mary Did You Know" and "Welcome to My World" are pleasant surprises. Brian Courtney Wilson lends his re-recorded Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" as a bonus track to the package. Live recorded performances on DVD include, "Winter Wonderland," "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," "This Christmas" and "The Christmas Song."

In less than a decade Trin-i-tee 5:7 have become the best-selling trio in gospel music's history. The gifted artists launched their career with a #1 gospel album debut and have since achieved award winning results, critical accolades and global cross-over appeal.
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NOTED PRODUCER AARON LINDSEY RELEASES FRIST HOLIDAY CD





















HOUSTON, TX--December 4, 2009--Respected producer Aaron Lindsey releases his debut Christmas CD entitled "Coming Home For The Holidays," on Whatbox Global Media, available via download at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102866756858&s=5466&e=001qQxcHAF3w3M6Xf5CRwNvdyIIVVkkVWuKMV799mieKUqWIi2in5xwMxZQIGlJ0KHvg2b4LBcvS6h6Lth9vVBhgDUY6y-Qc9Uqd6Q2z65vWq2zp84U4-TZMg==today, December 4, 2009.






The 11-track project, featuring Lindsey in rare form, is sure to become an annual favorite. Displaying the essence of Aaron Lindsey his precise skills are showcased on multiple instruments including keys, accordion and bass, while rich vocals ring out on standout tracks as "When I Get Home (No Place Like Home," written especially for his wife Adrian, and the New Orleans Zydeco fusion cut "Down Home Louisiana Merry Christmas."






When asked why the sudden release of a Christmas album Lindsey answered as any happy married man would, "I did this record in three weeks solely to keep my promise to my wife who was in need of new holiday music." Now if that isn't love I don't know what is. Other favorites include the jazz infused instrumentals "Let It Snow," "Silent Night," and "Holiday Getaway," the perfect tunes for a ride on the coast, and the more traditional "Angels We Have Heard On High/O Come Let Us Adore Him," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Christmas Prayer (Watch Over)" that instantly puts us in the mood for hot chocolate and marshmallows.With internationally-known accomplishments the multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove award winner and premiere songwriter stays very humble while taking it all in. In fact, he admits, "I'm so used to being interviewed for other people's projects I've worked on that I'm lost for words when it comes to talking about myself."To date his most notable work is the RIAA gold certified "Thirsty" which he produced for Pastor Marvin Sapp with an unprecedented 105 weeks in the Billboard top ten breaking numerous number one Billboard gospel and number one radio marks. In addition, the song "Never Would Have Made It" set a new record for the longest running single in the history of the R&R charts, and sold over 1,000,000 ring tones. In addition, he has written, produced or co-produced on 2009 projects--Byron Cage's "Faithful to Believe," Israel Houghton's "Power of One" the new Marvin Sapp's single "The Best In Me" and DeWayne Woods' new single "Livin' On The Top."Lindsey is currently in production for Judy Jacobs' live recording, the new Israel Houghton studio project, being recorded at Abbey Road London, UK, and Jonathan Nelson's live recording on February 26, 2010. Add a little spice to your holiday and download Aaron Lindsey's debut Christmas CD "Home For The Holiday's" at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102866756858&s=5466&e=001qQxcHAF3w3M6Xf5CRwNvdyIIVVkkVWuKMV799mieKUqWIi2in5xwMxZQIGlJ0KHvg2b4LBcvS6h6Lth9vVBhgDUY6y-Qc9Uqd6Q2z65vWq2zp84U4-TZMg==You won't be disappointed.
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2010 Grammy Noms Announced



The 2010 Grammy Awards nominations have been announced, rocognizing gospel music in 7 categories. And the nominees are:





Best Gospel Performance (For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.)



  • Free To Be MeFrancesca Battistelli[Fervent Records/ Word Entertainment]


  • Jesus Is LoveHeather Headley Featuring Smokie NorfulTrack from: Audience Of One[EMI Gospel]

  • I BelieveJonny Lang With Fisk Jubilee SingersTrack from: Oh Happy Day[Vector Recordings/EMI Gospel]

  • Wait On The LordDonnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark SheardTrack from: We All Are One (Live In Detroit)[Verity]


  • Born AgainThird DayTrack from: Revelation[Essential Records]



    Best Gospel Song


(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)





  • Born AgainTai Anderson, David Carr, Mark Lee & Mac Powell, songwriters (Third Day)Track from: Revelation[Essential Records; Publisher: Consuming Fire Music.]

  • City On Our KneesCary Barlowe, Toby McKeehan & Jaime Moore, songwriters (TobyMac)[Forefront Records; Publishers: Achtober Songs, Emack Music, Jamnu Music, Castle Bound, Bummerman Music.]


  • Every PrayerDayna Caddell, Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey & Ricardo Sanchez, songwriters (Israel Houghton & Mary Mary)Track from: The Power Of One[Integrity Music; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane Publishing, Aaron Lindsey Publishing, Integrity's Praise! Music, Sound of the New Breed, gnidybab music, Ricardo Music Dot Com.]

  • God In MeErica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary Featuring Kierra "KiKi" Sheard)Track from: The Sound[Columbia Records; Publishers: EMI April Music, Wet Ink Red Music, That's Plum Song, It's Tea Tyme.]

  • The MotionsJason Houser, Sam Mizell & Matthew West, songwriters (Matthew West)Track from: Something To Say[Sparrow Records; Publishers: Word Music/Songs For Lulu/Simple Tense Songs/Wyzell Music/Songs of Extreme/Cedar Sides.]


Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album



(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)





  • The Big PictureDa' T.R.U.T.H.[Cross Movement Records]

  • CrashDecyfer Down[INO Records]

  • Innocence & InstinctRed[Essential Records]

  • Live RevelationsThird Day[Essential Records]

  • The DashJohn Wells-The Tonic[Cross Movement Records]




Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)


  • Speaking Louder Than Before Jeremy Camp[BEC Recordings]

  • The Power Of One Israel Houghton[Integrity Music]

  • The Long Fall Back To Earth Jars Of Clay[Gray Matters/Essential Records]

  • Love Is On The Move Leeland[Essential Records]

  • Freedom Mandisa[Sparrow Records]


Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Jason CrabbJason Crabb[Spring Hill Music Group]
  • Dream OnErnie Haase & Signature Sound[Gaither Music Group]
  • The RockTracy Lawrence[Rocky Comfort Records/Artist2Market Distribution]
  • In God's TimeBarry Scott & Second Wind[Rebel Records]
  • EverydayTriumphant Quartet[Daywind Records]



    Best Traditional Gospel Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
  • God Don't Never ChangeAshley Cleveland[E1 Music]
  • The Law Of Confession, Part IDonald Lawrence & Co.[Quiet Water/Verity]
  • Oh Happy Day(Various Artists)Bill Hearn, Ken Levitan, Ken Pennell, Jack Rovner & Cedric Thompson, producers[EMI Gospel/Vector Recordings]
  • The Journey ContinuesThe Williams Brothers[Blackberry Records]
  • How I Got OverVickie Winans[Destiny Joy Records]



    Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Audience Of OneHeather Headley[EMI Gospel]
  • RenewedSheri Jones-Moffett[EMI Gospel]
  • Just JamesJ Moss[GospoCentric/ Verity]
  • Smokie Norful: LiveSmokie Norful[EMI Gospel]
  • Bold Right LifeKierra Sheard[EMI Gospel]

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