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Saturday, January 23, 2010

KIM BURRELLL SHOWS OFF NEW FIGURE AT BET HONORS


Gospel songstress Kim Burrell showed off a brand new body while wowing Whitney Houston with a serenade of "I Believe in You and Me" at the BET Honors recently. All ears were locked on her amazing voice, but eyes were undoubtedly afixed on Burrell's noticeably slimmer bod, caressed by a one-shouldered smug, black floor length dress--almost identical to the dress Mary J. Blige wore on the red carpet that night. Houston was also saluted by Jennifer Hudson. The 2010 BET Hip Hop Honors celebrated the accomplishments of Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Dr. Ruth Simmons, and Dr. Keith Black on Jan. 16, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.

Pictured above: Whitney Houston stands in the audience enjoying Kim Burrell's performance.

Mary J. Blige rocks the red carpet at the BET Honors in a similar dress that performer Kim Burrell wore at the same show.
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Friday, January 22, 2010

DESIGNER RECO CHAPPLE GETS INSPIRED AT THE STELLAR AWARDS


Contestant on Bravo's The Fashion Show appreciates gospel music and fashion

Designer Reco Chapple was doubly inspired when he attended The Stellar Awards last week – by the fashion and the music.

“ Gospel, it always inspired me to get my juices flowing and get my day going.” Said the Chattanooga, TN native, whose all-time favorite gospel artist is Smokie Norful, Male Volcalist of the Year winner.

Chapple also came to the award show to pull a page from the gospel industry fashion book.

“I wanted to see what everyone was wearing to give me a new direction on where I want t take my career. In the gospel industry they love glitz, they love glamour, they love being over the top ad that is so much my style,” admits the designer.

As the lone African American designer on season 1 of Bravo’s the Fashion Show, Chappele’s “over-the-top” vision of style landed him the honor of fourth place finalist. The Chattanooga, TN resident is the owner of The House of Chapple based in Atlanta. View the video below to see who he thinks are the best dressed in gospel.

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxg9wMaKr6M
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ALVIN WILLIAMS LEAVES GOSPEL MUSIC CHANNEL


Alvin Williams, Senior Director of Music, Talent and Acquisitions has exited Gospel Music Channel due to network restructuring, it was announced today. As a founding employee of Gospel Music Channel his executive stamp will be seen for years to come.

"This is the first cable network dedicated to all forms of Gospel Music and I was part of this historical moment while re-branding myself as an entertainment executive,” said Williams. "I had a great five-year run here at Gospel Music Channel, and remember when we flipped the switch to turn on Gospel Music Channel to only 3,000 homes in Jackson, TN--now at over 47 million households.”

Working on a team and learning from the best Williams had the opportunity, for five years, to work directly with Charley Humbard, Brad Siegel and Paul Butler on various projects as building a cable network, producing high quality television series as; Front Row Live, Faith and Fame, Revealed, Hype & Glory, Gospel Dream, Espiritu Latino, and other aspects of the business while creating great relationships with artists, record labels, publishing companies, managers, booking agents, and the advertising and film industries, and with other cable executives."

"I have all this additional knowledge, said Williams. “You give a man a fish, you feed him for the day, you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. I am getting ready to catch some big fish now.”

Williams created division and companies for others as Word Records, Music World Gospel now Spirit Rising and Gospel Music Channel. Now he feels it’s time to focus on his company and his wife's company."

His fondest achievement, while at Gospel Music Channel, is making history by creating Gospel Music Heritage Month, which entailed the actual writing of the document that makes up the Resolution that was passed in the United States Senate and Congress.

"God allowed me to make a mark in history by giving me the ability to research the rich history of Gospel Music and present it to Senator Blanche Lincoln, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee and Gospel Music advocate Carl Davis, to which they created the Resolution for the passage of Gospel Music Heritage Month."

Williams will be making an announcement, of his new company structure soon, but at this time he will take some time off to spend with his wife Tammy who is the CEO of Open Rivers Pictures, a TV/film production company. "I owe her a honeymoon and it is time to pay up,” said Williams.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Gospel Artsits Unite On Historic Haiti Relief Song During Stellars Weekend


ARE YOU LISTENING: A LOVE SONG FOR HAITI: GMC TO PREMIERE VIDEO OF HAITIAN RELIEF SONG ON JAN. 22

The vast majority of the gospel industry was in Nashville, TN already poised to lift their voices for the 25th Annual Stellar Awards a week ago. In support of relief efforts in earthquake shattered Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Kirk Franklin acted as the "MJ of Gospel" and seized the moment to galvanize his peers for recording what has been dubbed the gospel community's answer to "We Are the World." With the cooperation of various "go-to" people in the gospel industry, a historic call to action was answered quickly to quell the cries of Haiti's desperate survivors.

The word spread rapidly via social media, emails and a personal plea from Franklin at a scheduled industry prayer service that not only were the prayers of the gospel industry needed, but so were their voices. Within 48-hours, a 150-member, all-star gospel chorus, now known as Artists United for Haiti, came together to record "Are You Listening?: A Love Song for Haiti," some working into the wee hours of the morning.

As "Are You Listening?: A Love Song for Haiti" was recorded to raise funds for recovery efforts in the third world island, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Haiti relief. While everyone invovled donated their time and talent for the cause as an expression of compassion, Claude Latalliade's connection to the project was more personal. A Port-au-Prince native, the Director of Central South Distribution/Gospo Centric Records co-founder Lataillade, has family in Haiti.

"It's really sad. It's the worst scenario for Haiti. They don't have the right infrastructure to handle the kind of devastation that has befallen Port-au-Prince. What I'm hoping is with all this world outpouring, Haiti can get a fresh start out of the ashes," he said according to Gospel Music Channel.

Artists United for Haiti includes (listed in alphabetical order) Yolanda Adams; Jeremy Camp; Shirley Caesar; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Natalie Grant; Fred Hammond; Tamela & David Mann; Mary Mary; Donnie McClurkin; Bishop Paul S. Morton; J. Moss; Smokie Norful; Marvin Sapp; Karen Clark-Sheard; Kiera "KiKi" Sheard; BeBe Winans; CeCe Winans and Marvin Winans along with other gospel artists featured in choir including Shari Addison; Kathy Taylor Brown; John Gray; Anthony and Tarsha Hamilton, Bishop Darryl Hines; Stephen Hurd; Karima Kibble; Judith McAllister; Nicole C. Mullen; Jessica Reedy; The Neville Sisters; Troy Sneed; Micah Stampley; Melinda Watts and Brian Courtney Wilson.

Franklin recognizes Americans are struggling economically, but the needs of our neighbors in the Atlantic ocean are more dire.

"This initiative is so important because while we are asking America to give we know that many are giving sacrificially. The people of Haiti are very spiritual people with an unwavering faith and belief in God and still count The Lord as the main source and provider. We will continue to pray and stand with them. We hope this song will bring much needed support and awareness in an effort to raise funds in the near and long-term future."

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

"Are You Listening" also features top musicians in popular music including GRAMMY Award-winning co-producer Shaun Martin. Franklin is the executive producer along with, James "Jazzy" Jordan, executive vice president/GM of Verity Gospel Music Group; and Carla Williams and Jessie Hurst of FoYo Soul Entertainment.


There are numerous people in the gospel and Christian communities supporting the people of Haiti and this initiative. Top radio hosts Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner are supporting Kirk Franklin in effort to support our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean. On Friday, January 22, Kirk Franklin will do call-ins to both shows and Steve Harvey will play the song during his radiothon.


The Gospel Music Channel

(http://www.gospelmusicchannel.com)television network had exclusive access to the historic gathering and recording session. GMC is producing the official music video for "Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti" which will world premiere in a one hour special presentation on GMC Friday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. (ET), immediately before GMC's airing of the global "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon (8:00 p.m.). The special will be hosted by Lisa Kimmey-Winans and will feature exclusive interview footage with Kirk Franklin from the recording session interspersed throughout multiple runs of the music video. GMC will encore the special on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6:00 p.m. (ET). The music video will then go into heavy rotation in all GMC music video blocks. GMC will also produce and premiere an exclusive "A Love Song for Haiti: The Making of 'Are You Listening'" behind-the-scenes special in February.

"Are You Listening" will be serviced simultaneously to a variety of radio formats, including Gospel, Urban AC and Pop to create a seamless and ubiquitous presence on the airwaves, inspiring more people to lend their hand to Haiti by purchasing the song.

PURCHASE THE PROJECT

"Are You Listening" will be available for purchase at www.verityrecords.com starting at 5 p.m. Friday, January 22. The single will be available next week on iTunes after January 30 at Wal-Mart and other major retailers.



For additional information on the project, please visit,

www.kirkfranklin.com.

In other Haiti news. . .


Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean will host the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon that will air on all major US networks on Friday, Jan.22. In addition to musical performances, former President Bill Clinton will appear along with Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Muhammad Ali, Leonardo DiCaprio and a host of other film, television and music stars.

The benefit will also feature Wyclef Jean reporting from New York City, George Clooney from Los Angeles and CNN's Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti the Albuquerque Express reports.
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THE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR

Noted Choir Will March on Saturday, January 23, 2010 @ 10:00 AM And Will Be Featured in Concert on Sunday, January 24, 2010 @ 3 PM


The title of the six-time Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s 28th CD is “Declare Your Name.” On Saturday, January 23, 2010, the legendary ensemble will indeed declare the name of Jesus Christ as they take to the streets of New York City waving thousands of purple flags (signifying royalty in the Bible) and singing songs of joy as they pass out free tickets to a concert to raise money for survivors of the January 10th earthquake that stole over 50,000 lives in Haiti. “We want people to join us in TAKING PURPLE to the City of New York,” says the choir’s founder, Carol Cymbala. “We want to present a symbol of hope to a hopeless world.”


Members of the 300-member choir and 200 liked-minded believers will gather at the church’s Brooklyn headquarters and march across the Brooklyn Bridge into lower Manhattan where they will distribute tickets for a free concert to raise money for Haitian relief efforts. The concert, featuring music from their latest CD “Declare Your Name” (Integrity Music), will be held Sunday, January 24, 2010 @ 3 PM at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith Street in Brooklyn, NY. Cymbala adds, “The project `Declare Your Name’ is fresh and new, full of original songs of encouragement and hope. Now is the time to spread this joy throughout the city and the world.”


Since 1983, the choir has earned six Grammy Awards, six Dove Awards, and an R.I.A.A. gold certification for their “He’s Been Faithful” project. They have been written up in The New York Times, performed at Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”


MEDIA CONTACT:

Bill Carpenter at (202) 506-5051 or carpenterbill@mac.com
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