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Friday, February 11, 2011

Another Touchdown for 12th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration: Sold out gospel event beats bad weather

By Mona Austin

One week ago today, Melanie Few Harrison, founder of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, did not know if the event she'd planned for an entire year would take place.

For over a week, Dallas, TX, and the surrounding area of Arlington, where Superbowl 45 would be held, wrestled with a seemingly relentless winter storm system--the worst in 15 years.

Numerous flights and other scheduled events were canceled. Few wondered if  poor road conditions would cause her to cancel. But, no rain nor winter storm could stop this holy ghost party.

Few- Harrison and her team prayed for a successful outcome and an acclaimed list NFL players, an all-star slate of gospel entertainers, Jessie Jackson and  perhaps the most faithful fans in the grid iron showed up for another Super Bowl Gospel Touchdown!  Not only did fans show up,but Super Bowl Gospel  12 sold out!

Held at the Fairplex Music Hall, Super Bowl Gospel is the only NFL sanctioned event.

Few Harrison said, ". . .for these people to turn out like this, it was all God."

WATCH THE VIDEO to hear why the fans braved the brutal weather to get to the show, hear the inspiring testimony of Pittsburgh Steelers' Antwaan Randle El, why this is a must-attend event for the Atlanta Falcon's Ovie Mughelli and performance highlights.

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Auditions for BET's signature singing competition Sunday Best will start on 2/19 in Dallas, TX.  Auditions will also e held in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Season 3 winner Leandria Johnson  is in the studio working on her first CD.  You too can have a shot at a record deal.   Do you have the chops?  Then go to one of the following cities and show the judges what you're working with.

Dallas, TX

Saturday February, 19 (7am-1pm)
The Potter’s House (Main – Dallas Campus)

6777 W Kiest Blvd

Dallas, Texas 75236

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, March 5 (7am-1pm)

Location TBD

Atlanta, GA

Saturday, March 12 (7am-1pm)

Location TBD

For more information  go to www.bet.com/sundaybest or call 1-855-879-5978, Ext. 101!
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Smash Single from GRAMMY Nominated Album “All In One” is a Favorite Among The Gospel and Urban Radio Audiences

 BIG Winner at the Stellar Awards: The First Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of The Year

Clark Sheard Performed With Her Sisters The Clark Sisters at the BMI Trailblazer Tribute Upcoming Broadcast

DETROIT (Feb.8, 2011)– Legendary Gospel artist Karen Clark Sheard is all set for an incredible year! Two months into 2011 finds her on top of the world as a GRAMMY Award nominee, a Stellar award winner, and now the buzz is building on the video release of her smash-hit single “He Knows,” featuring Dorinda Clark Cole. The popular song from the successful GRAMMY nominated album, “All In One”, answers the questions many people ponder on whether God knows about their daily struggles. The video comes on the heels of Karen’s recent honor of being named the Stellar Awards’ first-ever Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year.

"It’s an honor to be the first to receive "The Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year Award," Clark Sheard rejoiced. “She was one of the first along with that famous group, to pave the way for artists like my sisters and myself, and we are eternally grateful for her hard work which inspires me to keep going!"

“He Knows" is a favorite on both gospel and urban radio. The hypnotic, urban-flavored ballad was written by Kendall Hunter, J Moss (Clark Sheard’s cousin), And Paul Allen. The song was produce by PAJAM (Paul Allen & JMoss).  The video was produced by Tia Smith (Talented Sol Productions) and directed by Bobby Yan.
The video can be found online at the link below and will be in rotation during popular Gospel video programming. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdnmkjGo0Y4&feature=player_embedded)

Clark Sheard’s latest album, “All In One” is nominated for a GRAMMY Awards for Best Traditional Gospel Album. Winners will be announced during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS on Sunday, February 13 at 8 pm ET/PT. Fans can also catch her performance with The Clark Sisters for the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music premiere on Gospel Music Channel on Saturday, February 19 at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, Karen performs during the Kirk Franklin tribute of the 26th Annual Stellar Awards performance, which airs on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET on Gospel Music Channel.


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Seven-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Kirk Franklin Releases 12th CD, Hello Fear

Two Simultaneously Released Singles are Heating Up Radio:
“I Smile” is #1 Most Added at Gospel Radio, #2 Most Added at Urban AC
“I Am” is #2 Most Added at Gospel Radio
CD In Stores March 22, 2011
Franklin Joins Steve Harvey on the Gospel Comedy Tour
 , Steve Harvey
(New York, New York – February 8, 2011) -- Multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award winner Kirk Franklin releases his 12th CD, Hello Fear, on March 22, 2011.

Hello Fear is an innovative musical offering that showcases Franklin’s growth and maturation both creatively and personally, while still boasting his creative genius of combining various styles and genres of music into his own unique, definitively gospel sound.   He has teamed again with five of the most sought after vocalists in the music industry—Isaac Carree, Anaysha Figueroa, Nikki Ross, Charmaine Swimpson and Eric Moore—to create the inimitable harmonies for which his music is known. The result is a Kirk Franklin masterpiece. Hello Fear is produced by Franklin and co-produced by Shaun “Harold” Martin and executive produced by Kirk Franklin, Jazzy Jordan, Jessie Hurst and Carla Williams.   

Two singles from Hello Fear have been released simultaneously, and they are among the top songs added at gospel and urban adult contemporary radio this week.  “I Smile” is #1 Most Added at Gospel Radio and #2 Most Added at Urban Adult Contemporary Radio. “I Am” is #2 most added at Gospel Radio.

“‘I Smile’ is a fun, urban upbeat melody I wrote,” said Franklin. “It is a declarative statement that I’m not going to live my life based on how I feel.  I will live my life based on God’s Word. It is not easy and I acknowledge there are always obstacles, but like a lot of folks, I get tired of being guided by my emotions. When I have a deeper trust in God, I live my life in stability.”

“‘I Am’ is about exchanging all of my weaknesses for God’s strength,” Franklin noted.  This song is also about declaring what God says about me and not my situation.  As we daily transform to God’s image, we no longer identify with who we were, but who we are becoming.”
Hello Fear also includes the infectious “Give Me,” featuring dynamic newcomer Mali Music; “The Altar,” a powerful traditional song, featuring Marvin Sapp and Beverly Crawford; and “Something About The Name Jesus (part 2), ” featuring Rance Allen, John P.Kee and Marvin Winans.  This 13 track tour de force will again raise the standard of 21st century contemporary gospel music.
“I titled this album Hello Fear because—with everything going on in the world—it is the word and the feeling, that paralyzes all of us on some level right now,” said Franklin. “In my own life, fear has been a shadow that has followed me since I was a child.  But the season of running from it is over. I am turning around and speaking directly to it. This album is full of personal and painful work that invites the listener to join me on the journey of letting this familiar ‘friend’ know that his time is over.”
“Over the years, I’ve had the unique opportunity of watching Kirk produce some of his albums,” said Jazzy Jordan, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Verity Gospel Music Group. “I am always amazed at the finished product. Kirk’s music gets better and better. He is masterful, and always delivers a project full of hit songs. Hello Fear is both timely and timeless. It’s an honor to work with him. He’s a brilliant producer and artist. His fans will love this album.”

On March 19, Franklin joins Steve Harvey at the Philips Arena Theater in Atlanta for the first stop on the “Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour” (see tour dates below). Harvey and Franklin have teamed up for the first time for this tour. “We know these are hard times for a lot of people out there, with the economy, family life, even church life…it’s just hard,” said Franklin. “We want people to leave the concert inspired, happy and charged -- knowing that no matter what they are facing, hard times do not last forever and brighter days are indeed ahead.” In between promoting his new CD and his concert tour with Steve Harvey, Franklin will begin taping the fourth season of BET’s Sunday Best in early spring.

Franklin received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional for his New York Times bestseller, The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham Books). Franklin was recently honored at the 26th Annual Stellar Awards with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of Artists United for Haiti. After the tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Franklin produced an all-star gospel recording of “Are You Listening” in an effort to raise much needed funds for the people of Haiti. Artists United for Haiti included an ensemble of over 100 singers. “Are You Listening” was also nominated for Special Event CD of the Year at this year’s Stellar Awards.

For additional information on Hello Fear and Kirk Franklin, please visit, www.kirkfranklin.com.

Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour

Saturday, March 19
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena Theater

Saturday, March 26
Tampa, FL
St. Pete Times Forum

Saturday, April 2
Memphis, TN
Desoto Civic Center

Saturday, April 9
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, April 30
Charleston, SC
North Charleston Coliseum

Saturday, May 7
St. Louis, MO
Chaifetz Arena

Saturday, May 21
Jacksonville, FL
Veterans Memorial

Kirk Franklin is the biggest-selling contemporary gospel artist in the history of SoundScan, with over 14 million albums sold to date and over 20 #1 singles at gospel radio. Franklin made music history in 1993 with the release of his debut album, Kirk Franklin and the Family, which was the first gospel album to sell more than one million units.  Franklin ' s eleventh CD, The Fight of My Life, was awarded two 2009 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song for "Help Me Believe." It follows his previous, RIAA-certified platinum CD, Hero, which remained in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts for close to two years after its release.  To date, the musical trendsetter has garnered seven GRAMMY® Awards; an American Music Award; 35 Stellar Awards (gospel); 12 Dove Awards (CCM); four NAACP Image Awards; two BET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others.  In January 2011, Franklin was honored at the 26th Annual Stellar Awards with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of Artists United for Haiti for the ground-breaking single, “Are You Listening.”  In Spring 2011, Franklin will resume hosting the fourth season of the BET original series, Sunday Best. The entrepreneur not only serves as host of the program, which features a nationwide search for the next best gospel artist, but co-executive produces the series.   A devoted husband, Franklin and his wife Tammy have been happily married for 15 years.   They are proud parents of four children.
A division of Jive Label Group, Verity Gospel Music Group is comprised of Verity Records; GospoCentric Records; Fo-Yo Soul Entertainment; Quiet Water Entertainment; F. Hammond Music and New Life Records.  Verity Gospel Music Group is based in New York and has offices in Nashville, TN.
For media information and interviews, please contact:
Gwendolyn Quinn                            
GQ Media & Public Relations, Inc.              
Kymberlee Norsworthy
Verity Gospel Music Group
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Monday, February 7, 2011


A shooting took place on the parking lot of New Birth Cathedral in Lithonia,GA last Saturday.  DeKalb
County police were called to the scene at 5: 30 p.m. reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  The  man who was found shot in the parking lot remains in critical condition.  

Both the motive and suspect are unknown and no further details are available as of the time of this report.  Embattled Bishop Eddie Long, who has been in the news for an alleged all-male sex scandal,   is the pastor of New Birth. DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said this incident is not connected to the church.
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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Gifting & Rehearsal

 Donnie McClurkin rehearses with NFL Choir on Feruary 4, 2010.
 Players and entertainers were given gifts at the event.

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