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Saturday, May 14, 2011


Faster than you can say "pacifier" Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are both working on new albums after becoming first time parents on April 30.  It seems just like yesterday that the couple welcomed  twins -- a son, Morrocon Scott and daughter, Monroe -- but according to Billboard, Nick "is staying busy with a new stand-up special and forthcoming musical album, while Carey is working on a new full-length of her own."

Nick (30) and Mariah (42) were also celebrating their third wedding anniversary on April 30 and renewed their vows at the hospital with assistance from Al Sharpton.

The couple's high from this new chapter in their lives was interrupted by a call from the Child Protective Services.  

“It all started where a nurse suggested to my wife that if you drink Guinness or a small amount of Guinness, the dark beer, that the yeast improves breastfeeding,” he told Piers Morgan on his CNN show. “I don’t know if someone overheard that, but then they were saying that my wife was drinking beer and all that stuff. It’s like people would do anything to conjure up a story.”

Cannon wants to make it clear this is a big misunderstanding. He explained,  “I spoke to the person from the Child Protective Services. I was like, 'This is ridiculous. We're going to make sure that this isn't a case.'” 
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MAY 15, 2011The First Lady will address more than 500 graduates of Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women who seek to change the world in meaningful ways.  Located in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded in 1881, Spelman College embraces a long-standing and life-changing commitment to academic rigor, community service and positive social impact. Please contact Tomika DePriest, Executive Director of Communications at Spelman College at (404) 270-5060, tdepriest@spelman.edu for more information.
Mrs. Obama began her 2011 commencement addresses in Iowa last weekend, making her first visit as First Lady to a state she came to know and love during the 2008 campaign.  The First Lady’s final two commencement visits, to take place in the coming weeks, underscore Mrs. Obama’s commitment to supporting and highlighting the strength of America’s military and their families. Mrs. Obama will address the class of 2011 at the United States Military Academy’s Graduation Banquet at West Point, N.Y., on the eve of their commissioning as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. In her final address, Mrs. Obama will speak to the 26 graduating seniors of the Quantico Middle High School, whose parents serve at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Music World Music/Music World Gospel Releases Most Powerful Voices Compilation in May during National Stroke Month

Most Powerful Voices Volume 1 Hits Stores May 17

The 5th Annual Power Awards' "You Are The Power Concert" Featuring
 Chrisette Michele, Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Brian Courtney Wilson to Be Held at the
Apollo Theater in New York on Friday, May 6

Most Powerful Voices Compilation Features Music by Kim Burrell, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson,
Micah Stampley and Winners of the Most Powerful Voices  Gospel Music Competition

Music World Gospel Partners with the American Heart Association and
GMC (Gospel Music Channel) for Gospel Competition

Music World Music/Music World Gospel releases the Most Powerful Voices Volume 1 compilation CD, in stores May 17, 2011.  The compilation features ten songs by Kim Burrell ("Happy"), Trin-i-tee 5:7 ("I'm Still Holdin' On"), Vanessa Bell Armstrong ("It's Over Now"), Brian Courtney Wilson ("All I Need"), Juanita Bynum ("Soul Cry, [Oh, Oh, Oh] - Recitation Version"), Micah Stampley ("Corinthian Song"), Myron Butler and Levi ("Set Me Free"), Ted Winn ("Reap") as well as the winners of the American Heart Association's Most Powerful Voices Gospel Music Competition-Brandon Camphor and One Way ("It's Possible [Gotta Have Faith]") of Upper Marlboro, Maryland (artist) and Daniel Mitchell and Hillel ("Great Things") of Gainesville, Florida (choir).

In 2010, the American Heart Association, Music World Gospel and GMC (Gospel Music Channel) partnered to educate people about stroke through an online gospel singing competition titled "The Most Powerful Voices Gospel Music Competition." The top 20 finalists were chosen by judges, including Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. The overall winners were chosen by the public on February 14, 2011, through online voting. The winners received a performance slot at the American Heart Association's Power Awards concert at the Apollo Theater; a professional vocal coaching session with Brian Courtney Wilson; one song recorded by Music World Gospel for the Most Powerful Voices compilation CD and a song featured at an online retailer; $5,000 worth of music equipment from Roland Corporation; $1,000 cash prize from Music World Gospel; recognition on GMC's national television network and more.

"I enjoyed participating in the selection process for the Most Powerful Voices Gospel Music Competition," said Mathew Knowles, American Heart Association spokesperson. "It is always a delightful experience to witness new and developing talent.  But more importantly, the mission and purpose of this competition is to raise awareness about the risk of stroke, particularly in the African American community.  And it's an issue that is personal to me, I suffer from high pressure and must take medication daily. Our partnership with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association is a collective cause that our Music World artists will be actively engaged in and we fully support this initiative during National Stroke Month and throughout the year."

The Gospel Competition winners-Brandon Camphor and One Way and Daniel Mitchell and Hillel-will have an opportunity to perform along with three award-winning recording artists: Chrisette Michele and Music World Gospel's Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Brian Courtney Wilson at the 5th Annual Power Awards' "You Are The Power" Concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York on Friday, May 6, at 8:00 p.m. EST. Mathew Knowles will be joining to present checks to the winners. For ticket information, please visit, www.ticketmaster.com. The 5th Annual Power Awards Weekend will also include the Power Networking event on Saturday, May 7 at the Intercontinental Hotel New York Times Square, with keynote speaker Mathew Knowles presenting on "Ten Traits for Success."
A portion of the proceeds from the CD will benefit the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's (AHA/ASA) Power To End Stroke cause campaign. Power To End Stroke was created in 2006 by the AHA/ASA to help reach the ASA mission to reduce stroke and risk of stroke. The campaign raises critical awareness within the African American population. Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people, but the African American community is at particularly high risk. Blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites. And blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites. Stroke is a leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term, severe disability for all Americans. African Americans are at increased risk for stroke compared to others due to increased rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and family history of heart disease or stroke. The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is the highest in the world.

Power To End Stroke is nationally sponsored by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership.

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Ricky Dillard and his long established choir New Generation Chorale (New G) are most well known for their energetic style and sound.   Multiple Stellar Award winner and nominee, Dillard has been credited as being one of the most influential choir directors in contemporary gospel music.  He continues to live up to that role on the new album, KEEP LIVING, with signature choir vocal arrangements and melodies taken to a whole other level.   
Offering songs that are mature, discriminating and wise, it is clear that Dillard has grown in his approach to music.   New songs like "Keep Living," "He Turned It," and "He Reigns," are definitive and timeless offerings.  "The Sweetest Name" also features special guest Karen Clark Sheard, on which her incomparable vocals soar high.  

The lead single, "God Is Great," is an instantaneous classic. Lyrically, the simplicity of the drive, 'God is Great', to the intricate verses, the song immediately gets the listener going. Dillard himself is featured on the song giving it life while his long-time choir, New G's, dynamic vocals and modulation are executed flawlessly.   Quickly embraced by Gospel radio and connecting with audiences, "God Is Great," is currently in the Top 15 on the Gospel radio chart and continues to rise.

Throughout his 20-year career, Dillard has remained committed to advancing music exclusively for the choir.  Choirs are mainstays in our churches around the world and Dillard's music continues to provide them with relevant and contemporary music.
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Dawkins & Dawkins return to Gospel music scene after a 10-year hiatus with an all-new studio release, FROM NOW ON, from Light Records

The highly regarded duo - blood brothers Anson and Eric - took a break from performing, yet their unforgettable classics have stood the test of time with national and international media success and continued airplay.  Since their eponymous debut in 1993, Dawkins & Dawkins have provided several memorable contemporary gospel hits like "Everybody Needs Somebody," "God In You," and "I Will Rest."  They received mass attention for FOCUS, their last studio release in 1998.  That record landed in the Top 200 on the Billboard chart and gleaned the hit songs "Need To Know," "Wrapped Up," and "Praisin' On My Mind."

Fast-forwarding to 2011, their new project FROM NOW ON continues their contemporary flow and displays a more mature writing and musical style. It has the Dawkins & Dawkins feel--the signature heart felt vocal style--with a 21st century twist.

The hotly anticipated comeback features musical styles from a span of genres - pop, gospel, R&B and worship. "We're raising the bar with elements that our fans are expecting to hear but also stepping into some areas that we haven't ventured into before, i.e. pop and rock that will no doubt place us in other arenas," said Eric.  

FROM NOW ON has something for everyone, especially the exciting first single "Get Down," which is a call to Christ. The song, which speaks to the power of prayer, is wrapped around a hot beat laid with pure Dawkins & Dawkins vocals.  The song, at home in the car, the club, or the church, epitomizes the duo's perfectly honed skill as urban inspirational leaders.
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Smokie Norful Celebrates the Music of the African American Church

Prolific artist, songwriter, producer SMOKIE NORFUL releases, HOW I GOT OVER, Songs That Carried Us, featuring the 12th District A.M.E. Church Choir, honoring the African American church's most beloved songs. 

HOW I GOT OVER, Songs That Carried Us highlights the standards and hymns that have been the very backbone of the African American church.  Recorded live in Tulsa, OK at the 12th District A.M.E. Church Conference.   

The album showcases the commanding 12th District A.M.E. choir, songs like "Trouble In My Way," "Amazing Grace," "Lord Will Make A Way," and "I Know It Was The Blood"  are meaningful and significant songs to the Black church.   
HOW I GOT OVER, Songs That Carried Us includes appearances by guest artists Joe Ligon, Melvin Williams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Myron Butler and Sheri Jones Moffett.

The radio single, "Sunday Morning Medley," which Norful performed earlier this year on BET's Celebration of Gospel, includes five of our the most treasured  and recognizable church songs: "Soldier In The Army Of The Lord," "God Is A Good God," "Storm Out On the Ocean," "I Want To Live So God Can Use Me" and "Praise The Lord Everybody." 

HOW I GOT OVER, Songs That Carried Us is an archival and musical look at the African American experience and the role the church played in their long and storied past.  Many of the songs still remain in our Sunday Morning consciousness, were born out of the slave experience.

Norful, who penned the now classic anthem "I Need You Know," is a present day songwriter who still is able to capture the needs and voice of his people.  "I Need You Know," became an instant hit because of the emotional chord it touched with people around the world.  Its impact is felt 10 years later as the popular ballad is among the most popular songs to sing. Most recently, it was heard on AMERICAN IDOL. 

HOW I GOT OVER, Songs That Carried Us, featuring the 12th District A.M.E. Church Choir is available NOW in stores and on-line everywhere.
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James Fortune Brings New Label FIYA World Music Group to Light Records & eOne Entertainment

SR VP & General Manager of Light Records, James Robinson announced a marketing and distribution agreement with JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, to bring his new label, FIYA World Music to Light Records and eOne Distribution. 

The three year deal, which was inked this week, includes the future recordings of James Fortune & FIYA as well as a number of other artists FIYA World Music is recording Under the terms of the agreement, Light Records will handle marketing and promotion while eOne will handle distribution.

Fortune & FIYA introduced themselves to the world with their debut CD YOU SURVIVED in 2005.  They amassed recognition in 2009, with the award winning song, “I Trust You,” from their sophomore release THE TRANSFORMATION.

“I am so grateful to Black Smoke Music and Kerry Douglas for all they’ve done for me … the platform they gave me was unbelievable and I will always be thankful to them,” said Fortune.  “For my family and me, I’ve decided it was time to create a new venture and to launch my own label, FIYA World Music Group with eOne Entertainment and Light Records. All my releases will be on my new label and I hope to give a platform to new artists, much like what was given to me.”  

“I respect the artists that are connected with Light, like Ricky Dillard, JJ Hairston and Dorinda Clark-Cole,” Fortune continued. “The eOne system has always been great to me. I am look forward to working with the entire team at Light Records.”

Robinson said, “I am very pleased that Light Records and eOne will be the home of James Fortune’s FIYA World Music Group.  I’m honored to be a part of his artistry and it is clear that James is in his God-given season and I am looking forward to a great future. We are confident the partnership will be a long-lasting and successful one.”

The first release from FIYA World Music will be a new James Fortune & FIYA album slated for early 2012.

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