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Friday, August 27, 2010

Mississippi Stone Soul Picnic Is Coming Up on Labor Day

Did you know that one of Mississippi's biggest and best music festivals will
take place in Flowood, Mississippi?  That's right, it is the Mississippi
Stone Soul Picnic and it is on the way!  The Mississippi Stone Soul Picnic
will be held on Sunday, September 5, 2010, Labor Day weekend at Winner's
Circle Park located in beautiful Flowood, MS.  The Mississippi Stone Soul
will offer a day of fun, food and fellowship for the whole family.
The Mississippi Stone Soul Picnic will consist of a "Free Christian Family"
concert (3pm-8pm).  The "Free Christian Family" concert will feature
performances by the biggest names in the world of Gospel and Christian music
along with the best local and regional talent throughout Mississippi.

This year's special guest includes the world renowned award-winning The
Mississippi Mass Choir, Dorothy Norwood, The Canton Spirituals, The
Christian Angels, The Joy Boys, Darrell Luster , Benjamin Cone III &
Worship, DA Minista, Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices, Kevin Davidson & The
, and many more.

Clear Channel's 95.5 Hallelujah FM and family of stations will be our
exclusive radio media partner for this event. Other sponsors include: The
City of Flowood, Back Yard Burger, McAlister's Deli, Bop's Frozen Custard,
Country Fisherman, Mississippi Blood Services, and BWASH Marketing.

We expect thousands from the Jackson metro area, the outskirts of
Mississippi and the neighboring states to attend. 

This year's Mississippi Stone Soul Picnic promises to be the most
spectacular event of the year!


For more information call, (601) 992-6160 or visit
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New Album From Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar, Dove Award Winner Features Special Guest Vocalists
Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Take 6

Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Soul Train Award winner and double RIAA certified Gold-selling artist Israel Houghton highlights the greatest Gospel commandment with Love God. Love People. releasing August 31 on Integrity Music/Columbia Records.  Featuring the musically masterful energy that has become synonymous with Israel Houghton recordings, the album also reveals special guest appearances by Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Take 6’s Claude V. McKnight, III, Mark Kibble and Joey Kibble, as well as song co-writes with Meleasa Houghton, Aaron Lindsey, Tommy Sims and Michael Gungor.

As a worship leader, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Israel is also known for his work as a master collaborator, drawing out the best performances from all those around him.  Having written or co-written 11 CCLI Top 500 favorites, creating a canon of songs that have become standards in houses of faith around the globe, Love God. Love People. follows Israel’s acclaimed GRAMMY Award winning and Billboard Top 200 hit, The Power Of One, and promises to be an inspiration to all who listen.

Love God. Love People. is a return to a simple, foundational Gospel command: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself,” says Israel.  “Virtually every song touches on this profound simplicity. It all comes down to ‘Love God, love people.’ Period.”

Israel co-produced the new album with longtime collaborator Aaron Lindsey, whose credits include Shirley Caesar, Martha Munizzi, CeCe Winans and many more, and with Tommy Sims, whose writing, recording and performing credits range from Bruce Springstein and Garth Brooks to Wynnona and Kelly Clarkson.  The trio of producers also co-wrote five of the songs, including the first Gospel single, “You Hold My World.” Three additional songs were penned by Israel and his wife Meleasa.

Love God. Love People. blends the musical genres of worship, rock, funk and power pop, and was recorded and engineered by Danny Duncan (India.Arie, Hillsong LIVE, Natalie Grant, CeCe Winans) at Abbey Road Studios in London.

“I was living out a dream come true recording at Abbey Road,” says Israel.  “The ‘stomps’ on the famous staircase for ‘Name Of Love’ were just absolutely special and unforgettable. And I wept several times while The London Session Orchestra played ‘Others’ and ‘Hosanna.’  I later spoke to some of the string players who were crying while they played… absolute presence of God was captured!”

Other album highlights include Israel singing “Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher)” with Take 6’s Claude V. McKnight, III, Joey Kibble and Mark Kibble, who arranged the track.  “Mercies” features the unmistakable voice of Kirk Franklin, while “Surprises” is augmented by the talent of Fred Hammond.
Special guest instrumentalists on the album include Akil Thompson (son of drum master Chester Thompson from Weather Report and Genesis) and Michael Gungor (who co-wrote “You Won’t Let Go” with Israel) on guitars. On drums are Dan Needham (Amy Grant, Vanessa Williams, Michael McDonald) and Teddy Campbell (Seal, Celine Dion, Smokie Norful).  Co-producers Tommy Sims and Aaron Lindsey handle the bass and keyboards respectively.  Backing vocals on select tracks are handled by Daniel Johnson, Erica King and Charlin Moore, all members of New Breed, a music ministry organization founded and led by Israel.

Writing or co-writing all but one of the songs on Love God. Love People., Israel creates music that breaks down barriers and defies categorization.  Israel uses his own multi-cultural upbringing as a reference point with a desire to draw people of all races, ages and cultures together. Israel laughingly describes himself as “black kid who grew up in a white family in a Hispanic neighborhood.”
Active as worship leader in his local church, Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, Houston, Israel has served as worship leader at Hillsong conferences, Franklin Graham crusades, and is a featured CompassionArt songwriter and artist.  Israel also ministers through concerts in the U.S. and around the world, has accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards for a performance of George Michael’s “Freedom ’90,” and has performed at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, taking part in a segment saluting Gospel music alongside the likes of Aretha Franklin and BeBe Winans.

In 1995, Israel and Meleasa Houghton founded New Breed Ministries, an organization they continue to run and that is comprised of noted musicians and singers who serve within their respective churches and together serve the Church at large.  Since then, Israel has been featured on FOX, CBS, ABC, BET, CNN, TBN and CBN, and has amassed a legion of followers that crosses generational lines with popularity across African American, Latin and Caucasian listener lines. While blasting down barriers, he has been fittingly graced with 2 Gold-selling albums, 3 GRAMMY Awards, 6 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Award.
Israel Houghton is signed to Integrity Music, distributed to Christian retail by Provident-Integrity Distribution and to the general market by Columbia Records/Sony-BMG Distribution.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FANTASIA: 'It didn't work. . . .still here in this hell hole.'

Just two weeks after a suicide attempt, Fantasia Barrino appeared in an interview on Good Morning America Tuesday, the day of her latest CD release "Back to Me."  She told Robin Roberts that she was so tired of the drama in her life when she woke up at the hospital she thought after a suicide attempt, "It didn't work.  . . .still here in this hell hole."  It wasn't just the drama of finding out her lover Antaun Cook was still married, but she said it was also the pain, loneliness and frustrations that had accumulated over the 6 years post-American Idol that caused her to swallow a bottle of aspirin.
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Monday, August 23, 2010


Ten Rallies To Hit Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. And Other Cities

Atlanta, GA:  TV personality and syndicated radio host, Corey “Coco Brother” Condrey, is on  the road with his STAND 2010 tour. STAND is an evangelistic campaign to raise awareness of Jesus Christ through love, encouragement and fellowship. Condrey is in a unique position to reach the urban audience of 15 to 54 year olds through his weekly BET television program “Lift Every Voice” and his syndicated radio show, “Coco Brother Live” that reaches 3 million listeners every weeknight.

Since founding the STAND campaign in 2007, Condrey has held multiple STAND rallies that have drawn thousands of youth. The rallies draw thousands of youth to hear motivational messages and live performances by gospel stars such as Tye Tribbett and James Fortune who has one of the Top Ten gospel songs in America right now. From now through November 13th when this year’s campaign ends with a big rally at the Georgia Dome, Condrey will be taking the STAND rallies to these cities:

1.) July 9-11 Atlanta, GA

2.) July 23-25 Charlotte, NC

3.) August 13-15 Richmond, VA

4.) August 20-22 Washington, DC

5.) Aug 27-29 Baltimore, MD

6.) September 10-12 Chicago, IL

7.) September 17-19 Philadelphia, PA

8.) September 24-26 New York, NY

9.) October 1-3 Houston, TX

10.) October 8-10 Savannah, GA

November 13 Atlanta, GA

“This passion and fire comes from me being called to do this,” says Condrey. “There are people out there that will never step foot into a church!  We must come to them. Salvation is for all. I have a vision where I see the church no longer just inside the four walls, but out in the streets.”
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