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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

HABAKKUK MUSIC ISSUES NOTICE OF INJUNCTION TO ISAIAH THOMAS AND GLOBAL MUSIC GROUP

According to a press release from independent gospel label Habakkuk Music, label member Isaiah Thomas is still contractually obligated to record an album with them, but is allegedly connected to another label. Thomas is the leader of the Maryland-based 2008 Stellar Award winning Contemporary Choir of the Year, Elements of Praise. Thomas is also an acclaimed songwriter who penned the Byron Cage praise anthem "I Will Bless the Lord." While Habakkuk claims they have an exclusive music agreement with Thomas and intend to record a second album with him, they will pursue necessary legal action if he continues to breach their existing contract. The notice demands that both Thomas and Global Gospel Music Group cease and desist their agreement. The release also serves notice to the gospel industry that Isaiah Thomas is off limits.

(We were unable to find any details online about Global Gospel Music Group. Mr. Thomas has been contacted to offer his side of this story.)

Read the entire press release from Habakkuk Music below:


Baltimore, Maryland - It has come to the attention of Habakkuk Music, Inc. that Mr. Isaiah Thomas is currently holding himself out as an artist for Global Gospel Music Group. Habakkuk Music asserts that Mr. Thomas has an Exclusive Music Agreement in place with Habakkuk Music. Against the belief of Mr. Thomas, this agreement has not been severed. Habakkuk Music has always intended to work with Mr. Thomas on his second album and has every intention to do so.


Contrary to Mr. Thomas' belief that his obligations have ceased, Mr. Thomas is still under a continuing obligation to Habakkuk Music. Assuming that Mr. Thomas was unaware of Habakkuk Music's intention to continue business relations and did not intentionally violate his contract, Habakkuk Music gave sufficient notice on June 18, 2009 of a desire to continue working with Mr. Thomas on his second album.


This statement serves to give notification that Habakkuk Music still maintains an exclusive and unlimited right to all the results and proceeds of Mr. Thomas' recording services and that Mr. Thomas and Global Gospel Music Group has no rights to manufacture, advertise, promote, sell, lease, license distribution of or otherwise use of the proceeds. Therefore, the agreement with Global Gospel Music Group is unethical and must cease immediately. Habakkuk Music wishes to settle this in an amicable, private and expeditious manner. However, should Mr. Thomas choose to continue moving forward with breaching his contract with Habakkuk Music, the label will take all legal action necessary to protect its rights, including but not limited to, bringing a claim for monetary damages and injunctive relief.


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About Habakkuk Music -
Habakkuk Music, Inc., an independent gospel music recording label, which launched in September 2008, has a formidable distribution agreement with Universal Music/Fontana Distribution, which includes retail distribution in the United States, Canada and digital worldwide.

Other artists on the label include 2009 Stellar Award Winner Jessica Greene, Rev. Stefanie R. Minatee & Jubilation, Lisa Page-Brooks, James Grear & Company, Kevin Levar & One Sound, Papa San, Debra Ashley and more announcements coming soon!
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Monday, February 15, 2010

SUNDAY BEST TRY OUTS START THIS WEEK!


Nationwide auditions for BET's singing competition Sunday Best begin on February 20 and will be held in three cities. Dates in New York and Atlanta have been cancelled.

Sunday Best Season 3 Audition Schedule:

DETROIT
When: February 20, 8 a.m. - noon
Where: COBO Center
1 Washington Blvd.,
Detroit, MI 48226



NEW ORLEANS
When: February 27, 8 a.m. - noon
Where: Ernest M. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130-1799



PHILADELPHIA
When: March 6, 8 a.m. - noon
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center
One Convention Center Place
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107



Details about the audition process an be found at http://www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows/sundaybest2/sundaybest3_auditions_unitedstates.htm?wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished. For more information on auditions, call 1.800.710.4003.
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NFL Players Share Their Spiritual Side With Uplifting Music and Testimonies


Photo by Rick Diamond Photography

The New Orleans Saints weren’t the only saints in Miami during Super Bowl Weekend. The saints came marching in to the 11th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, one of the premier events during this most celebrated weekend of the year. Grammy Award-winning CeCe Winans was joined by NFL leading quarterback Donovan McNabb (Eagles) to host the evening of inspiration and praise.

The NFL PLAYERS Choir returned, wowing the audience, which included Emmitt Smith (Cowboys/Retired) and James Brown (host of CBS’ “The NFL Today”), as they sang Donnie McClurkin’s “I’m Walking in Authority,” followed by Israel’s “Friend of God.” Donnie McClurkin returned to his role as choir director joined by Israel. The choir members, both active and retired players, included Leonard Weaver, Ovie Mughelli, Michael Gaines, Tommie Harris, Bryan Scott, Stephen Nicholas, George Foster, Montell Owens, Reshard Langford, John St. Clair, Jerome Smith, Stockar McDougle, Ebenezer Ekuban, Henry Lawrence, Walter Stith, Isaiah Robertson,
Ray Jackson, Steve Pierce, Grantis Bell, Jemone Smith and Olrick Johnson.

This year’s event showcased the musical talents of a few players. Tommie Harris (Bears) and Michael Gaines (Browns), teamed up and performed a traditional version of “I Need Thee,” and then brought the audience to their feet with a hand-clapping, toe-tapping rendition of “Witness.” Bryan Scott (Bills), an accomplished musician, mesmerized the crowd with his performance of “Speak to My Heart” while playing the piano.

“The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is an opportunity to see a personal side of our players,” said Allison Tucker, VP, Corporate Partnerships and Business Development of NFL PLAYERS, the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). “Everyone is accustomed to seeing the rough and rugged side of these players on the field, but this event allows them to express their spiritual side, which is a big part of their lives, and share it with their fans.” Tucker along with DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA’s newly appointed executive director, participated in the event talking about the organization’s community outreach and involvement in relief efforts for Haiti.

Brad Smith and Leonard Weaver joined the ranks of other marquee players including Kurt Warner, Cris Carter, Deion Sanders, John Elway, the late Reggie White and many more in giving a personal testimony during the event. Don Davis, Chaplin for the New England Patriots, opened the event with a prayer.

The evening also featured performances by Grammy winners and multi-platinum selling artists McClurkin, Israel & New Breed, and Karen Clark Sheard. Canton Jones, named “Players Choice” by NFL players, also performed. CeCe Winans was joined by her brother, BeBe Winans for a reunion performance. McNabb showed off his vocal talent with the duo, belting out a few verses of their hit “Close to You.”

“This was one of the best shows we ever had,” said Melanie Few, president of Results Inc. and producer of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. “We had a great mixture of traditional, hip-hop and R&B sounds, extraordinary testimonies, and words of encouragement for those who were directly affected by the earthquake in Haiti. It truly was a night of uplifting music for the soul, spirit and mind.”

This year, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was proud to support the “ONE TEAM 4 Haiti” campaign, a collective effort of the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB Players Associations. Attendees were encouraged to aid the relief efforts for Haiti by texting “TEAM” to 20222 to make a donation to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Also, players Michael Gains and Ovie Mughelli purchased tickets to the event for families in the Miami area directly affected by the earthquake that devastated Haiti last month.

To top off the evening, guests were treated to a surprise appearance from Lance Gross, Calvin on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” who shared a little teaser of his new movie “Our Family Wedding,” a comedy about an interracial marriage. Lance shared with the audience how trusting in God plays a vital role in the movie and in his life. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in March.

The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, produced by Results Inc., is the only NFL sanctioned gospel concert during Super Bowl Weekend. Since its inception, the event 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).
Follow the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on Twitter and Facebook for updates, including information on the 2011 concert in Dallas, TX during Super Bowl Weekend. For more information on the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, visit www.superbowlgospelcelebration.com. (Via press release)
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THE LATEST ON PRODUCER STAN 'STANTASTIC' JONES

WITH FRESH STEAM FROM YEAR END ACCOMPLISHMENTS LINGERING, NEW VENTURES INCLUDING A THREE MONTH RUN AS MUSIC DIRECTOR FOR ACCLAIMED WRITER JD LAWRENCE KICKS OFF



Stan Jones is a fast-rising Producer and Songwriter in Gospel music whose gifts have continued to amass inevitable awards and recognition.


Delivering Stan his second Grammy nomination is The Williams Brothers’ The Journey Continues album for which he receives production, songwriting and engineering credit. He remains on Billboard charts at 41 weeks for contribution to the Brian Courtney Wilson inaugural record and was recently hand-picked by JD Lawrence to oversee Music Direction for a new production which tours 21 cities and kicks off February 5 in South Carolina. As well, Jones penned the powerful worship tune “He Has His Hand on You” which will appear on the highly-anticipated Verity Records release, Here I Am due in March from Marvin Sapp.



Not taking a backseat to the artists he’s confirmed to write and produce with this year is a solo record from Stan Jones. Using an approach which some may call ‘risky,’ Jones is reaching out to select writers and producers, accepting submissions for his project rather than keeping everything in-house. Stan says “I’m trying something different and I’m excited.”


Stan Jones may not yet be a household name but producers, songwriters, artists and industry executives alike are aware of this bubbling under triple-threat who has already crossed into unchartered territory. “It’s clearly the grace of God that has stretched me beyond what others have been able to do; allowing me to write and produce hit songs from quartet, to traditional choir, to contemporary gospel. I thank God for the prosperity I've experienced thus far,” shares Jones.


Billboard Magazine 2009 year-end results highlighted Stan Jones as #11 Hot Gospel Publishers (Above STANdard Publishing/ASCAP), #12 Hot Gospel Producers, #14 Hot Gospel Songwriters and #19 Hot Gospel Songs.


Noteworthy 2009 projects include production and songwriting credit on the break-through debut release of Spirit Rising/Music World Entertainment artist Brian Courtney Wilson. Wilson’s lead single "All I Need" (written and produced by Jones) is currently #9 on the Billboard Top Gospel Songs chart and has remained on for 43 wks. This song (and Wilson’s “Already Here” also produced by Jones) was instrumental in solidifying Mathew Knowles’ Spirit Rising/Music World Entertainment the #10 Spot for Hottest Gospel Songs Label on the 2009 Year End Billboard charts.


Other recent Top 30 Gospel Songs from Jones include The Williams Brothers’ “Stand On His Word" feat. Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams’ "Hold On," (featured on WOW Gospel and the Hidden Beach Barack Obama Commemorative CD featuring artists including John Legend and Kanye West) and Tim Rogers & The Fellas’ "Happy."


Stan Jones began demonstrating his range of artistic gifts at age 12. Born into a musically inclined family as the eldest son of a choir director and former R&B guitarist turned Minister of Music now Pastor, Stan grew up listening to an array of artists but early favorites included Commissioned and The Winans. Leaving home immediately after High School to handle production duties and play drums for The Bolton Brothers laid the foundation for his career path as well as mentorship by The Williams Brothers which subsequently led to his first album placement: “What’s Wrong With Right” on Doug Williams’ solo debut. Today, the 2x Grammy nominee, 7x Stellar Award winner and 8x Mississippi Gospel Award winning singer/songwriter/producer resides in Jackson, MS where he is co-owner of Terminal Studios along with Doug and Melvin Williams.
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BISHOP LEONARD SCOTT AND A TEAM OF MEDICALLY TRAINED STAFF COMPLETE A MISSIONARY TRIP TO ASSIST HAITI RESIDENTS


( Indianapolis , IN ) – February 9, 2010 – While the world has focused on sending relief to the Haitian families, Tyscot Records Founder, Bishop Leonard Scott took it a little further. Scott, a trained Dentist, along with two other medical staff, traveled to the Dominican and provided free health care for their oral well-being.

In the photo above: Left to right: Dr. Leonard Scott and one of his nurses attend to a Haitian patient on their missionary trip.


The medical and dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic consisted of three dentists, Dr. Rob Eversole of Greensburg , IN , and Drs. Leonard Scott and Lynna Scott of Indianapolis , four nurses, one dental hygienist and various other personnel to make up a team of 25. Those participating were members of First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Indiana and Rock Community Church of Indianapolis, Indiana.


The entire team was scheduled to arrive at the Santo Domingo Airport on Saturday January 16, 2010. But due to weather and other conditions on the Island, flights for the Greensburg delegation consisting of 18, who flew out of Cincinnati, and the Indianapolis delegation consisting of 7, flying out of Indianapolis were both delayed, and both were rescheduled to leave a little later.


The Greensburg delegation made it in just before Scott and his team, as they were rerouted and grounded in Miami to arrive in Santo Domingo .


The Greensburg delegation started their assignment in Batey Mata Los Indios-San Luis. The next day, they were joined by the Indianapolis delegation at Comunidad Los Cantines-San Miguel. This site was in a rural one room school where people in the community came for dental, pharmaceutical and medical services. Many of the people here were Haitians who had migrated to the area to work the sugar fields. Later on the journey, the team was in Sabana Grande de Boya at a church in another rural community. Many of the people in these rural communities had no access to dental, medical or pharmaceutical services until missionary teams come to them to make them available.


“We met a man here who was reported to be 108 years old,” says Dr. Scott. “It was a remarkable journey and I am thankful to God we were available to carry out this mission to the people of Haiti who were in need of assistance.”


In the photo above: Dr. Leonard Scott, his daughter/dentist Dr. Lynna Scott and one of the nurses pose with some of the Haiti children in the Islands .


On the final day of the mission they went to the Haitian Baptist Church in Santo Domingo in the urban area known as “Little Haiti.” Many of the people in this area are illegal immigrants and refugees in great need of dental and medical care.


Not to forget Scott’s other passion and duty as the CEO and artist on Tyscot Records, he is preparing to release another CD/DVD. His last CD/DVD release ‘BE LIFTED UP’ on Tyscot Records had a top-20 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Charts. The CD entered at #18 with a bullet.


MORE ABOUT SCOTT:

Bishop Leonard Scott has written and recorded with DEITRICK HADDON, REV. JOHN P. KEE, BROOKLYN TABERNACLE, ISRAEL HOUGHTON, GARY OLVER, MORRIS CHAPMAN, ALBERTINA WALKER, DEANDRE PATTERSON, VASHAWN MITCHELL and many more.



A father, grandfather, CEO and more, Bishop Scott balances ministry, music and his other occupation as a Dentist just by staying Christ-centered and focused.
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