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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Groundbreaking Performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Will Be Available for Download at iTunes and All Proceeds Will Go to the

American Red Cross Benefiting Ongoing Relief Efforts in Haiti

Music's Biggest Night® Takes Place Live Jan. 31 Only on CBS

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2010) — Nine-time GRAMMY® winner Mary J. Blige and world-renowned pop tenor Andrea Bocelli will join forces and perform live together in a special fund-raising segment for Haiti relief on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. This once-in-a-lifetime performance (audio and video) of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" will be made available for download at iTunes.com/Target following the telecast, and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, benefiting ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Haiti . This year marks the 40th anniversary of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" receiving GRAMMY Awards for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Song Of The Year, and the song will provide a moving tribute to the survivors of the tragic events in Haiti .

The music industry's premier event will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 31, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced shortly. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter: www.facebook.com/thegrammys, www.myspace.com/thegrammys, and www.twitter.com/thegrammys.

Current GRAMMY nominee Mary J. Blige is up for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Ifuleave" (with Musiq Soulchild).

This emotional performance with Blige and Bocelli joins previously announced performances by nominees Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, the Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, P!nk, Taylor Swift, and the Zac Brown Band, as well as a special 3-D GRAMMY tribute to Michael Jackson featuring Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, and Usher. Previously announced presenters include actress Kristen Bell, pop/R&B singer Justin Bieber, actor Jeff Bridges, pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus, actor Josh Duhamel, pop sensation the Jonas Brothers, nine-time GRAMMY winner Norah Jones, pop singer/songwriter Ke$ha, two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J, GRAMMY winner and three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin, 10-time GRAMMY and three-time Latin GRAMMY winner Carlos Santana, and nine-time GRAMMY winner Ringo Starr.

All five Album Of The Year nominees are set to perform on Music's Biggest Night®: Beyoncé, the Black

Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, the Dave Matthews Band, and Taylor Swift.

As part of Bon Jovi's performance on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, fans will have an opportunity to decide which Bon Jovi hit the band will perform. For this "You Pick It, They Play It!" special segment, viewers can log on to www.cbs.com/grammys now and vote in the final round for one out of three of their favorite hit Bon Jovi songs: "Always," "It's My Life," and "Livin' On A Prayer." There is no registration to vote, and fans may vote as often as they wish. Additionally, a 30-second clip of each song may be viewed. Voting will continue until Bon Jovi's performance on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31, when the song with the most votes is revealed live during their segment.

Additionally, the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast ceremony will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on www.grammy.com beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Well-attended by nominees and industry VIPs, current GRAMMY nominees Tia Carrere and Kurt Elling will host the star-studded ceremony, which will feature performances by nominees including Montreal-based duo Beast (vocalist Betty Bonifassi and drummer/composer Jean-Phi Goncalves); jazz vocalist Elling; contemporary R&B singer Lalah Hathaway; classical guitarist Sharon Isbin; and R&B singer Charlie Wilson as well as a special bluegrass performance by nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer Ray Benson, country instrumentalist Alison Brown, two-time GRAMMY winner Jim Lauderdale, singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, three-time GRAMMY winner Bryan Sutton and singer/fiddle player Gabe Witcher. Presenting GRAMMY Awards in 99 categories will be current nominees Colbie Caillat, Mick Fleetwood, LMFAO, and Tonex as well as percussionist Sheila E., four-time GRAMMY winner Roberta Flack, and five-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter and Recording Academy Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam . The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event.

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrammys), MySpace (www.myspace.com/thegrammys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrammys), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/thegrammys).
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The six-time Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir had a busy weekend. The ensemble that recently performed music from their new CD “Declare Your Name” (Integrity Music) on ABC TV’s “Good Morning America” program marched across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan this past Saturday in support of Haitian relief efforts. Aside from the 300 member choir, over 1,200 other people walked with them as they waved purple flags (signifying royalty in the Bible), sang songs and distributed tickets for a Sunday afternoon concert to raise money for Haitian relief efforts following the January 10th earthquake that stole over 150,000 lives.

The following day, the choir staged a 3:00 p.m. concert at Brooklyn Tabernacle’s Smith Street headquarters that drew over 1,000 spectators and raised $80,000 for two daily feeding programs that the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church has supported in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel for several years.

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 Madison Square Garden.

The choir’s 28th CD “Declare Your Name” recently debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album sales chart and continues to sell briskly. “The project `Declare Your Name’ is fresh and new, full of original songs of encouragement and hope,” says choir founder Carol Cymbala. “Now is the time to spread this joy throughout the city and the world. We want to present a symbol of hope to a hopeless world.”
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February 8, 2010 @ 7 PM @ The House of Hope

Chicago’s influential and vibrant church and gospel music communities are coming together to raise money for the survivors of the recent Haiti earthquake. Illinois State Senator Rev. James T. Meeks (Pastor of Salem Baptist Church) and Rev. Charles Jenkins (Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church) are spearheading this effort and have enlisted Grammy-winning recording artist / producer Donald Lawrence, and Ricky Dillard of Chicago’s New G Chorale to organize the music for “Chicago’s Hope for Haiti” benefit concert.

“I woke up early Tuesday morning and said to myself I've heard what the NFL is doing, for Haiti,” Jenkins says of the idea to organize the benefit. “I've heard what the NBA is doing. I've heard what the Government is doing, but I haven't heard anything about what the church is doing. That's when I called Donald Lawrence. He said that he and Ricky Dillard wanted to do something and they would follow my lead. I think it is incredibly important for God's church to be visibly engaged, serving and sharing as Jesus would. As all other organizations have united, the body of Christ must have some united effort to respond to the devastation that we’ve witnessed in Haiti.”

The concert will take place February 8, 2010 @ 7:00 PM at the 10,000 seat House of Hope, 752 E. 114th Street in Chicago. The confirmed talent includes Donald Lawrence & Co., Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Maurette Brown Clark, Byron Cage with Mark Hubbard & the Voices, The Sweet Holy Spirit Choir under the direction of Ricky Dillard, Percy & Gerald Gray featuring (New Direction, Chicago Mass Choir and Joshua’s Troop), DeAndre Patterson. BET TV personality Dr. Bobby Jones, and John P. Kee who will close the rousing concert. The program will be emceed by WGRB 1390 AM on-air personalities Pastor John Hannah and Angela Martin.

The proceeds of the concert will go directly to Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org) and Hospitals for Humanity (www.hospitalsforhumanity.org). Both organizations are currently on the ground in Haiti, providing immediate relief (ranging from food and water to medical care) to the survivors of this horrific earthquake. (PRESS RELEASE)
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The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Returns to Miami, Friday, February 5, 2010
Celebrating Eleven Years of Inspiration
Top Performing Gospel Artists
BeBe & CeCe Winans Reunion Performance
NFL PLAYERS All-Star Choir and more!

ATLANTA, GA – January 23, 2010 - Mark your calendar now, for the return of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration to Miami during Super Bowl XLIV™ Weekend. Scheduled for Friday, February 5, 2010, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, Eleven Years of Inspiration will be held at the James L. Knight Center. Produced by Results Inc., the legacy concert is the National Football League’s only sanctioned gospel event, and attracts top gospel artists, marquee players and capacity crowds.

“It’s the big game and a big weekend so we are planning the big Super Bowl Gospel Celebration with big names,” said Melanie Few, founder and president of Results Inc. “We had a great time in Miami, and plan to make the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, Eleven Years of Inspiration even bigger,” added Few, who also is the first and only person to secure a National Football League (NFL) sanctioning for a concert. Additionally, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration holds prominence as the only event permitted by the NFL to carry the “Super Bowl” moniker in its title.

To date, gospel superstars scheduled for live performances as part of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, Eleven Years of Inspiration include Be Be and Ce Ce Winans with a reunion performance, Donnie McClurkin, Israel & New Breed, and Karen Clark-Sheard. Emerging Gospel artist, Canton Jones, named “Players Choice” by NFL players, also will perform. Announcements of additional must-see-artists will be reveled ongoing as Super Bowl Weekend approaches, including members of the NFL PLAYERS All-Star Choir. The Choir made its debut at the 2008 show with more than 40 members under the direction of Donnie McClurkin. The Choir has included league stars and longtime event supporters such as Ray Lewis (Ravens), Ben Watson (Patriots), Mark Clayton (Ravens), David Tyree (Ravens), Bryant McKinnie (Vikings), Tommie Harris (Bears), Michael Gaines (Bills), Ovie Mughelli (Falcons), Richard Seymour (Raiders), Troy Vincent (Redskins/Retired), Josh Brown (Rams), Bryan Scott (Bills) and Clifton Smith (Buccaneers) just to name a few. This year, Hines Ward (Steelers-2006 Super Bowl MVP) will introduce the choir.

Other marquee players that have been involved include the late Reggie White, Kurt Warner, Jerry Rice, John Elway, Deion Sanders, Cris Carter and many more.

Over the past few years, numerous players from the winning Super Bowl teams have attended the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.

The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration made its debut in Miami in 1999 during Super Bowl XXXIII Weekend. The concert returned to Miami in 2007 to a sell-out crowd during Super Bowl XLI Weekend. The memorable event featured gospel legends such as Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Ty Tribette and Jacki Velasquez with a special appearance by Tony Dungy.

“NFL PLAYERS was proud to have been a founding partner of the NFL PLAYERS Gospel Concert more than 10 years ago,” said Allison Tucker, vice president of Corporate Partnerships of NFL PLAYERS. “Today we are honored to once again celebrate the success of such an amazing event.”


Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, Eleven Years of Inspiration/Add One

In 1996, Few recognized that many athletes and fans desired a safe, entertaining venue to celebrate the big game, not only show their love for football, but also be inspired by the uplifting sounds and the rich culture of Gospel music. Since its inception, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has drawn crowds in the thousands and has demonstrated growth year-over-year, with recent sell outs of venues in major markets hosting the Super Bowl including Tampa (University of South Florida’s SunDome), Detroit (The Masonic Temple), Jacksonville (Shiloh Church), Houston (Reliant Arena), and Phoenix (Symphony Hall).

Additionally, this year, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is proud to support the “ONE TEAM 4 Haiti” campaign, a collective effort of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). Attendees will be encouraged to aid the relief efforts by texting “TEAM” to 20222 to make a donation to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Concert tickets are $55, $75, and $95 for VIP seating at Ticketmaster locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com. A portion of the proceeds go to the Gospel Complex for Education and Preservation based in Lauderhill, FL. Follow the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.superbowlgospelcelebration.com for updates and announcements. For sponsorship opportunities, contact sponsorship@superbowlgospel.com. (PRESS RELEASE)
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14-Track Album Showcases Down Home, Old-School Gospel Hits

By Today’s Top Gospel Artists And Hits Stores Everywhere January 26, 2010

FAIRFAX, VA; Time Life’s latest gospel release proves that traditional black gospel music is more popular than ever. The double-disc, Shoutin’ Down the Aisles, features the biggest traditional gospel hits of the last twenty years. The collection is the #1 gospel CD in the country with sales driven by more than $2 million dollars in direct response television ad spending and it’s still going strong. Now, Time Life has compiled a new 14-track retail version of the CD that will hit stores everywhere on January 26, 2010.

The Shoutin’ Down the Aisles retail release will rock 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 Shoutin’ Down the Aisles, please visit the Time Life website, www.timelife.com. (PRESS RELEASE)
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

2Face, To Release Second Album, Never Going Back Jan. 31

With the release of their debut album, Covered In His Blood, in 2007, 2Face's positive, West-coast style of gospel hip-hop had listeners in Southern California and beyond re-examining the list of their favorite rappers. Emails and requests poured into the website begging for another hard-hitting album with encouraging lyrics-- now, the two have tore up the studio again and come up with a compilation of twelve bass-banging, head rocking, trunk rattling songs glorifying the message of Jesus Christ.

Inland Empire's premiere gospel rap group, 2Face, is set to release their sophomore album, Never Going Back, under own label, Bind'Em Up Music online on January 31. The new album will be available via cdbaby.com, iTunes and countless other online music stores. The first single from Never Going Back, We Won, is a promising track sure to be one of the hottest singles this year. Bishop Craig W. Johnson, Th. D., Full Gospel Southern California Regional Bishop, in support of the new album, is hosting a listening party, followed by a release concert on January 30, 2010. Bishop Johnson who is also pastor of Cathedral of Praise International Ministries, where 2Face attends church, is a long time supporter of the rap duo and has volunteered to hold this event at one of his church facilities.

2Face fans across the U.S. have been anticipating a second album for the group since early 2008, when the duo performed songs from their debut cd, Covered In His Blood, at Universal City Walk. Fan response was overwhelming. In early 2008, producers of the hit Christian television show, The 700 Club, overheard a sample of a song from the Covered In His Blood album and developed an interest in 2Face. By October the same year, they were re-enacting their amazing testimony of victory and deliverance for the 700 Club production team.

Interest for the group continues to grow, and the need for a group like 2Face in the gospel rap world is becoming more evident. Justin Mensah, music blogger from thascript.com, boasts about 2Face, "Christian Hip Hop just keeps getting better and better every day, and with cats like 2face repping the mic, it can only get better". Their West coast flavor and steady flow is sure to be a great addition to the Southern and East coast dominated gospel rap world. We Won, the first single off of the new album, is an excellent song, featuring Kelvin Bell and GBS, proclaiming victory over all adversity. Secular radio stations are unsure whether to play the gospel track in fear of losing its non-religious listeners, but requests are sure to keep the song alive. 2Face has flawlessly blended encouraging lyrics and beat-worthy beats on Never Going Back, creating a gospel rap masterpiece, by any standards.

The free listening party and release concert will be held at 2591 Rubidoux Blvd., Riverside, CA 92509 at 5:30 pm, January 30, 2010. Merchandise will be available for sale. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

(Via press release)
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