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Saturday, June 19, 2010


Produced by Kurt Carr, the fourth effort gives honor to the late Reverend Timothy Wright, Andre Crouch and Dottie Rambo

Renowned gospel artist Ami Rushes will release her fourth studio effort TESTIFY, produced by Kurt Carr, honoring the late Reverend Timothy Wright, Dottie Rambo and the phenomenal Andre Crouch, Tuesday, June 29, it was announced today.

As with all her musical efforts--Refreshed, Lifting and Covering--Rushes continues her mission with TESTIFY to bless, uplift and lead listeners to Christ.

"I pray that the anointing that is on this new project will be transferred to the listener and remove burdens and destroy yolks," she expresses.

With TESTIFY Rushes continues the support of gospel classics where she kicks off her adoration of traditional gospel music with the title track and single, TESTIFY, written by the late Reverend Timothy Wright.

"I so deeply wanted to pay tribute to our beloved brother the late Reverend Timothy Wright," Rushes says.  "Every song on this album is testifying to the goodness and greatness and healing power of God the Father our Lord Jesus Christ."
And with an array of exceptional arrangements of gospel renditions, Rushes once again teams up with long-time friend and sought-after songwriter/producer Kurt Carr-the two have been friends for 18 years-to offer inspirational classics.

It's Good to Give Thanks, is a Sunday morning praise and worship high-energy song, the title track Testify, written by the late Reverend Timothy Wright, is a contemporary gospel hit that makes you want to get up and dance, Nothing Too Hard for God takes a look back at the 60s and is telling that God can do anything!

Other songs include: Didn't It Rain--the old story about what happened when God and Noah got together--recorded years ago by the great Mahalia Jackson, There is No Other Name, is worship and adoration acknowledging that the name of Jesus is the greatest highest name in heaven and earth, You Can Make It is a song of encouragement to anyone who needs to be uplifted and strengthened, while Determination, written by Kurt Carr, is a song that speaks to the fact that we must be determined to go all the way with the Lord.

With the combined songs, Always Remember/Jesus Jesus Jesus, Ami says, "There is a strong anointing on these songs and I believe they will take you into the presence of the Lord. I'm sure the writers, Andre Crouch and Reverend Timothy Wright, felt the same way when they penned these beautiful songs."

I Go To The Rock pays tribute to the late Dottie Rambo and reminds us that when all else fails we have Jesus our Rock that we can go to in prayer. 

The powerful Yahweh, the song that tells the story of the birth, death, resurrection and return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ sums up a well-rounded project that is sure to be a blessing to many.

"TESTIFY is a vehicle for salvation for there is a place in each of the songs to give the listener an opportunity to receive the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives," says Rushes.

For more information or to book Ami Rushes for your next event please go to www.amirushes.com.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Praise & Worship Artist Eddie James Releases "Best Of" Project With Phoenix Mass Choir

(Birmingham, AL) - June 18, 2010 - Eddie James knows praise and worship.  The artist, who has been singing and ministering since his youth, has had a number of notable gospel projects under his belt.  With an amazing gift of songwriting and a passion for the Lord, Eddie James' ministry has been highlighted by changed lives and restored hearts.  He's had the opportunity to minister with greats like Bishop T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Dr. Tony Evans, Dutch Sheets, Marilyn Hickey and many others.  But now he's stepping to the mic as lead vocalist and principle songwriter on his just-released CD called "Eddie James Presents The Best of the Phoenix Mass Choir: Victory".  The 10-track project is a church celebration of traditional choir music and features James as an artist and principle songwriter.

James & The Phoenix Mass Choir's brand new project is a collection of the group's best known songs and contains tracks like the powerful "The Battle", the riveting "Keep Trusting" and the updated "Jesus Is On The Mainline".  "Lord Have Your Way" brings to mind swaying choir robes and "Victory" is the perfect, hyperactive praise tune.   James & The Phoenix Mass Choir also give a convincing performance on the popular "God Of Wonders", but with a tasteful gospel twist.

In addition to being the founder of The Phoenix Mass choir, he's started other groups such as ColourBlind, Asaph, Tab and Ultimate Call.  He's recorded with artists like Helen Baylor, Mississippi Mass Choir and Mark Condon from Turning Point.   Headquartered in Hamilton, AL, his company, Eddie James Ministries was founded in 1993 with the goal of spreading the gospel through song.  He's been able to change lives through powerful praise and worship sets, dramas, seminars, workshops, as well as preaching the Gospel.  He's traveled throughout the U.S. and worldwide including Europe, Mexico and Japan.

The artist has been on the road and recently ministered at Dr Tony Evans' Oakcliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX, where they joined in the celebration of Dr. Tony and Lois Evans' 34th church anniversary and 40th wedding anniversary.  The event included preaching by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church, comedy from Jonathan Slocumb and fellowship with Gospel icon Kirk Franklin and his wife, Tammy.

The praise and worship leader is currently on tour supporting his new release.
Eddie James Itinerary:
Thu Jun 17 - Sat Jun 26, 2010
Eddie James Ministries
The Ramp - 340 Bexar Ave E, Hamilton, AL, 35570, US
Tue Jul 06, 2010  7:00 PM
Eddie James Ministries
Brownsville Assembly - 3100 W Desoto St, Pensacola, FL, 32505, US
Details: Branded By Fire Conference 2010!
Thu Jul 08 - Fri Jul 09, 2010
Eddie James Ministries
Palace of Praise - 1400 Herschel Bess Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO, 63901, US
Sat Jul 10, 2010  5:00 PM
Eddie James Ministries
Jackson Church of God - 565 Robinson Rd, Jackson, MI, 49203, US
Thu Jul 15, 2010  7:00 PM
Eddie James Ministries
First Assembly of God - 715 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA, 71291, US
Sat Jul 17, 2010  7:00 PM
Eddie James Ministries
Mount Hope Methodist - 509 Main St, Mt Hope, WV, 25880, US
Wed Jul 21 - Thu Jul 22, 2010
Eddie James Ministries
The City of Life Christian Center - 8333 Fullerton Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63132, US
For more information on Eddie James, log on to www.ejworship.org.
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Habakkuk Music has given us a chance to preview the latest from Lisa Paige Brooks, "Thank You." It's the live version from the album "Strong."
Listen here! Leave your feedback on this new release in the comment box below.

Calling all performing artists, singers, liturgical dancers, and instrumentalists you can participate in the Lisa Paige Brooks "Thank You" video contest to win a $500 grand prize. Click here for contest details.
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Christian Rapper and Wife Reconcile, Renew Vows

Da' T.R.U.T.H. Celebrates Eighth Wedding Anniversary With Vow Renewal & Issues Public Statement

Acclaimed Christian Hip Hop Artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H. renewed his wedding vows with beautiful wife Nicole Lambert earlier this week on Tuesday, June 15th—their eighth wedding anniversary. This special event punctuated the completion of their official restoration plan—marking the page of a new beginning and giving testimony to the redeeming power of reconciliation. Additionally, today, he has released a public letter to his family and supporters on his website www.datruth.net.

The private ceremony, held in their backyard and attended by family and close friends, was officiated by Bishop Gilbert and Mrs. Debi Coleman—the marriage counseling team leading the Lambert’s restoration process. Also in attendance were Alvin Love & CeCe Winans (pictured in the insert), who have been walking intimately with the couple as supporting counselors and mentors. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s long-time friend and spiritual father, William “The Ambassador” Branch and his wife Michelle, Maurette Brown Clark and DJ Wade-O—host of The Wade-O Radio show—were in attendance as well.

More than a celebration, this was truly a worship experience where Jesus was the only star. DJ Wade-O described it as “an out of this world experience.” He went on to say “Not including my own, I can't remember being that moved and touched at a wedding ceremony. The worship was incredible. Bishop Coleman was tremendous. And it’s obvious that Manny and Nicole have a lot of great people around them who will continue to support and love them as they enter this new chapter in their relationship.”

As the service came to close, the presence of God was so tangible that Da’ T.R.U.T.H. was moved to share the gospel and an exhortation to married couples. Through sobs of gratitude, he expressed that “sin was the reason for the breakdown between God and man. It was also the reason for the breakdown between man and man—and with his wife in this case—and Christ is the remedy for both.” The ceremony also included moving performances by friends and co-laborers CeCe Winans who sang “I Promise” and Maurette Brown Clark (pictured in the insert) who moved everyone with her powerful song “Sovereign God.”

In the Spring of 2009 Da' T.R.U.T.H. confessed to a "moral indiscretion" in his marriage that led to a career sabbatical.

The couple sat down with DJ Wade-O after the ceremony to share their powerful testimony of deliverance and restoration that will air Friday, June 18th at 10 AM on www.wadeoradio.com.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Juanita Bynum Releases a New EP on New Label, Music World Gospel/Son Flower Records, a Division of Music World Entertainment, Scheduled for release June 22

Bynum Set to Appear at ESSENCE Music Festival

(Houston, TX - June 3, 2010) - Music World Gospel/Son Flower Records, a division of Music World Entertainment is set to release a new EP, "The Diary of Juanita Bynum: Soul Cry (Oh, Oh, Oh)," from world-renowned gospel recording artist Juanita Bynum on June 22. The music trilogy is the first of a three-tier project that will culminate in the release of her highly-anticipated CD/DVD, THE DIARY OF JUANITA BYNUM II, scheduled for release in January 2011.
"The song 'Soul Cry' was not a song that was written with pad and pen." Juanita Bynum
"The night it came out of me, it poured from my soul during one of the worst seasons of my life. Being overwhelmed beyond tears, I laid my face on the counter and began to sing. Every word, every line flowed uninterrupted as to assure me it was an expression from the souls of many around the world. This song voices the true sentiments of those who can relate to a soul's cry-a pain that no human hands can heal and a cry that is rooted from a hurt unimaginable to the human life. The only sound I could get out of my mouth in that season was 'Oh, Oh, Oh, hear my cry Oh Lord!," said Bynum.

The lyrics to "Soul Cry" are written by Bynum, with music by Bynum and Cory "C. James" Washington. The EP is produced by Washington, a new producer signed to Music World Entertainment. The CD is executive produced by Mathew Knowles. "The Diary of Juanita Bynum: Soul Cry (Oh, Oh, Oh)," will include the song's main version, an instrumental, an instrumental with recitation and an extended version. Initially, the EP will be sold at Wal-mart for one month, Christian retail outlets and J&R Music World in New York City, followed by a wide release at major retail stores across the country. The EP will also be available at all digital outlets.

Take a look at the above photos of Bynum.  The first pic is current and the second was used in her publicity efforts about three years ago.  Considering she is signed to a label owned by music mogul Matthew Knowles, is rumored to be his love interest, has neutral song lyrics, and a look that has gone from angelic to hot, are these signs that the Prophetess is abandoning her call?  Gospel industry insiders have been buzzing that Dr. Bynum is reinventing her image to crossover into the mainstream and some say she is out to capitalize on both ministry and mainstream.  If she appeals to both audiences, what's the problem with banking on both worlds? She certainly won't be the first to tow the Christian vs/ secular line.  (Think about it: ARETHA FRANKLIN is not only the "Queen of Soul" but  the "QUEEN OF CROSSOVER")
Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Bynum is set to appear at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday, July 2 and is scheduled to perform on Sunday, July 4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Bynum will also appear at the Wal-mart booth on Friday, July 2, where she will be on hand to sign autograph copies of her new project. And on Saturday, July 3, she will be at the Music World/House of Deréon booth for a CD signing/meet and greet.

In addition to the release of the EP, Destiny Image is releasing a revised edition of the multi-million bestselling book, No More Sheets: Starting Over, in stores everywhere on June 15. The critically-acclaimed book includes the new chapter “Starting Over” and the Foreword. No More Sheets has been called the “break-out-of-bondage ticket to freedom.” On Wednesday, July 21 through Friday, July 23, Bynum will be headlining the No More Sheets Conference at New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International, 2300 NW 135th Street, Miami, FL 33167.

For more information on Juanita Bynum, please visit www.juanitabynum.com
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BET Networks Names the Top Two Finalists for Season 3 of 'SUNDAY BEST' and Leaves Their Fate Up to the Viewers This Father's Day, Sunday, June 20 at 8

Voting ends Saturday, June 19th at NOON (ET).

79 Year Old Philadelphia Native Elder Goldwire McLendon And 27 Year Old Orlando Native LeAndria Johnson Named As This Season's Finalists

After auditioning thousands of hopefuls from around the country and in Lagos, Nigeria and narrowing down the top 20, BET's gospel reality competition, SUNDAY BEST is close to naming this year's winner. Finalists Elder Goldwire McLendon, 79, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and LeAndria Johnson, 27, from Orlando, Florida will compete for a national recording contract, a 2010 Ford SHO, a cash prize courtesy of Degree Nature Effects, and the title of SUNDAY BEST during the Father's Day finale on Sunday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m.*

The inspirational 12-week singing competition with gospel greats Kirk Franklin as host along with Tina Campbell of Mary Mary, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, and Yolanda Adams as judges will allow viewers to vote for their favorite contestant and ultimately decide who will be this season's SUNDAY BEST.

During the finale episode viewers will be treated to stellar performances by Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell and Donald Lawrence featuring season two winner Y'anna Crawley and finalists Jessica Reedy and Latice Crawford. Voting began on Sunday, June 13th at 8:55 p.m.* and will close on Saturday, June 19th at 12:00 p.m.*

Additional sponsors for SUNDAY BEST season three include Pillsbury Grands, Nationwide Insurance, General Mills and contestant makeovers provided by Design Essentials.

(You can vote up to 20 times per voting method.)

Click and Vote
To cast your vote online go to www.bet.com/SUNDAYBEST


Text and Vote

To vote for Goldwire  McClendon, text 1 to 33088.

To vote for LeAndria, text 2 to 33088.

A text messaging charge of $0.99, plus message and data rates may apply to each text message. You can vote up to 20 times.
Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. To cancel, text STOP to 33088. Text HELP to 33088 for help.
Participating carriers include Alltel, AT&T, Boost, Nextel, Sprint, US Cellular, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Virgin.


Call and Vote

To vote for Goldwire, call 1-888–9-BEST-01. That’s 1-888-923-7801.
To vote for LeAndria, call 1-888-9-BEST-02. That’s 1-888-923-7802.

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Monday, June 14, 2010


FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 @ 7:00 PM

At The Ginghamsburg Church Near Dayton, OH

Chicago, IL: Kingdom Records has tapped Grammy-winning producer Myron Butler to produce Tonya Baker’s first live recording. The Dayton, OH native made her national debut with the acclaimed CD "Special Friend" in 2008 and she has been critically-praised for her unique blend of jazzy vocal riffs with a straightforward gospel message.

“I would be lying if I said I weren't a bit nervous,” the singer confesses. “…I've been asked for several years, `When are you going to do a live recording?’ Well, I guess this is the time and I pray that God will be pleased with our offering and the people will be blessed and encouraged. There's nothing like the live experience. You feel the energy from the people and the presence of God in the place… Most importantly, I don't want the people to just come looking for a great show - but an encounter with God.”

Butler has produced gospel luminaries such as gold-selling artist Smokie Norful and Tamela Mann from TBS’s “Meet The Browns” series. He’s also made a name for himself as an EMI Gospel recording artist with hits such as “Stronger,” “Set Me Free,” and his current single, “Revealed.” Baker adds, “Myron Butler is an incredibly anointed and gifted artist, songwriter, and producer. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work with him. I’m equally thankful that Kingdom Records’ A&R director Michael Weatherspoon was able to make it happen.”

The live recording takes place Friday, July 23, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m. at The Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 County Road 25A, Tipp City, Ohio 45371. Admission is free. For further information about Tonya Baker’s recording, call (708) 339-9301 or visit www.kingdomrecordsinc.com.
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Veteran Vocalist Bows New CD June 8, 2010

After two decades backing up the likes of Mariah Carey, James Ingram and the Isley Brothers, Elaine Norwood is standing in the spotlight. After years of paying her dues, Norwood has her first bona fide national hit. The dramatic ballad “He’s Still Working On Me” is #19 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and building momentum.

“A lot of people think that when you get saved that you are perfect and that you have no more trials,” Norwood says. “They make idols out of ordinary people but this let’s people know that in spite of what they used to be or what they used to do – God is still working on us. We’re striving towards perfection. When you make a mistake, don’t throw in the towel because God forgives. We will be perfected when He comes back.”

On her vibrant, forthcoming fourth CD, Released (Highly Favored Music), Norwood shows all the dimensions to her dynamic personality. Her father, Rev. Charles Norwood, joins her on their remake of Rev. James Cleveland’s 1976 smash, “God Has Smiled On Me.” The polished but passionate album vacillates from traditional ballads such as “Soon I Will Be Done” and a sanctified rendition of Alicia Key’s “Ain’t Got You” to churchy romps like “I’ll Say Yes!” and funky, up-tempo tracks like “Never Let A Day Go By.”

Producing duties fell to `70s funkster Leon Haywood (of “Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It” R&B fame) and gospel producer Sanchez Harley (Shirley Caesar, Mighty Clouds of Joy).

“These songs really affirm my heart,” Norwood confesses. “I’ve been a praise and worship leader since 1996. The other albums didn’t capture that side of me totally. In the studio, you are locked into the track and when it ends, you are done but God might not be! We can sing a tag in church for ten minutes but to do that on a CD, the record label is going to say that radio needs no more than four or five minutes of the song. They aren’t going to play a ten- minute song. But, on this project, I was allowed to go longer, so I truly feel that with these songs I’ve been released.” Visit:www.elainenorwood.com.
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