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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nicole C. Mullen’s Captivated Honored As One Of Worship Leader Magazine’s 2011 Best Of The Best Top Worship Albums

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 New Single “Holy Captivated” Impacting AC And INSPO Radio
 Mullen Inducted Into Christian Music Hall of Fame November 5

 LOS ANGELES (October 11, 2011) – Nicole C. Mullencelebrates the success of her   album Captivated with a nod from Worship Leader Magazine for one of 2011’s Best of the Best “Top Worship Albums” and her upcoming induction into the Christian Music Hall of Fame on November 5, 2011. Mullen’s new single, “Holy Captivated,” is impacting AC and INSPO radio now.

“Nicole is such a joy to work with and a true woman of God,” said the album’s Producer Ed Cash. “‘Holy Captivated’ was the first song she sent me, and I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of her record. The words to this song just take me to the throne room.” Early response to the new radio single is another reflection of the incredible impact Captivated is having on audiences.
Riding on the momentum of Captivated, “Holy Captivated” is Mullen’s second single fromthe album produced by Cash. Written by Mullen and Antonio Neal, the song features Mullen’s heartfelt vocals backed by equally powerful lyrics.

"Holy Captivated is a song that I began to write one morning as I was waking up,” explained Mullen. “Without sounding "hyper –spiritual," it was as if my spirit was singing it before my mind could craft it. The song is a declaration of the awesomeness of God, regardless of our emotional climate. He is good in every season of life, even when horrible things happen. He is worthy of worship when our lives are experiencing the freshness of spring. He is worthy of worship in the hard winter seasons. He is worthy of worship in death and in life. He is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!”
Mullen’s brilliant resume, highlighted by her CD,

Captivated, and her life-long commitment to ministry are key reasons why Worship Leader Magazine named the recording one of the best of the best this year and why she is being honored as an inductee into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in November.

“We are very pleased to induct Nicole C. Mullen into the Christian Music Hall of Fame,” said Christian Music Hall of Fame Chairman Andy Woolard. “Her career spans 20 years since her first release of uplifting and encouraging people and praising our One True God. Her Multiple Dove Awards and GRAMMY ® nominations, along with continued touring, show us Nicole is worthy of our recognition and induction. We pray Nicole continues to be an encouragement and has many more years of spreading the word of God through her music."

Nicole C. Mullen possesses a diverse resume as a wife, mother, singer, songwriter, speaker, and successful businesswoman as well as a minister and mentor. She has written and recorded such classic songs as “Redeemer” and supplied signature songs to other worshiping artists. Songwriting has always been one of Mullen’s most treasured gifts and she’s used it as a vehicle to encourage, inspire and to teach. Her creativity and compassion have fueled a life of ministry with global impact, mentoring young people through her Baby Girls Club and Team NCM.

Maranatha! Music is a pioneer in praise and worship music resource publishing. Best known for the Praise Series, Praise Band Series, The Invitation CD and Top 25 Series; Maranatha! Music has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

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William McDowell to Release Arise on Nov. 8

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William McDowell Returns with ARISE

October 18, 2011 (Nashville, TN) - William McDowell, well known for bringing us one of the most powerful songs in recent times, "I Give Myself Away," has returned with an all new two-CD set, ARISE, in storesTuesday, November 8th. This prolific collection was recorded live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Christian Life Center and includes 23 compelling songs of worship, praise, authority, inspiration and revelation.

Judging by the seamless, no-holds-barred worship of ARISE, McDowell had a keen pulse on his vision for the project. A music minister at heart, he exhibits no-nonsense attitude about praise and worship music, sidestepping the typical conventions of album recording, from rehearsals and song selection. McDowell, worked with friends and collaborators on ARISE - among them, fellow worship leaders Martha Munizzi, Mary Alessi, and David and Nicole Binion, all of them veterans in leading the saints in song.

Prior to the live recording for ARISE, McDowell and his team made sure to spend a time of solace before the Lord - in fasting, prayer, community, and worship. By the time the worshippers hit the stage and without a big introduction or opening acts, it was clear their only intent was to create an atmosphere for the Lord to be pleased.

The results are awe-inspiring. From the triumphant strains of the opening title track to the last lingering note of the closer, "I Won't Go Back," ARISE is one of the most fluid and Spirit-led displays of congregational worship in recent memory.
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The first single "I Won't Go Back" has started to make waves at radio - a powerful song of purpose inspired by, of all people, Obed-Edom, an obscure Bible character whose blessing from God was instrumental in revealing to King David the importance of pure and undefiled worship.

Other highlights of ARISE include the anthemic title track, a call-to-arms for the Body of Christ; the unifying"You Are God Alone," "Song of Intercession," with lyrics that remind worshippers that God is already working on our behalf; the gorgeous "Place of Worship," a building ballad that expresses the freedom found in God's presence; and "Overcomer" and "Standing," each a duet with twin sisters Martha Munizzi and Mary Alessi, respectively. McDowell also revisits his hit "I Give Myself Away," with an all-new live version that proved extraordinarily moving when the whole audience joined in.

"I'm praying for one thing specifically," McDowell says as he looks back on the two-disc compilation, "and that is that the Lord will accept this worship."

Independent of past, present and future accomplishments, Arise leaves no doubt that McDowell remains committed to the calling on his life to lead others to God's throne.

ARISE will be in stores and online everywhereNovember 8th.

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BEBE AND CECE WINANS TO RECEIVE WALK OF FAME STAR

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Multi-Grammy award winning gospel act BeBe and CeCe Winans' celebrated career will be honored with the 2,452nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday,  October 20. 
They began singing professionally  in 1982 as members of the PTL Singers.
Known for their contemporary R&B style the Detroit natives are a bright reflection of the Winans gospel music dynasty.  They have sang in tandem for over 20 years as well as enjoyed  success as solo artists.  After a 13-year hiatus from recording, BeBe and CeCe released the highly acclaimed "Still" in 2009.  Among their top recordings are "Heaven," "Addictive Love," "If Anything Ever Happened to You" and "It's Okay." 
The Walk of Fame distinction solidifies BeBe and CeCe's place among gospel royals Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland and Andrae Crouch who also have stars.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Sounds of Blackness Celebrate 40 Years with New Release

Malaco Music Group Recording Artists
The Sounds of Blackness
Releases 10th CD on 40th Anniversary
The Self-Titled CD Features
The Next Generation and Jamecia Bennett
In Stores October 18

Sounds of Blackness Partners with Humanitarian Resource Institute in Conjunction with the United Nations Arts Initiative

The Twin City Natives Celebrate CD Release at the Mall of America’s Best Buy Rotunda on Tuesday, October 18 with Free Concert

(Jackson, MS – October 17, 2011) – Malaco Music Group Recording Artists The Sounds of Blackness featuring The Next Generation and Jamecia Bennett will release its CD, The Sounds of Blackness on Tuesday, October 18.  The Twin City natives will celebrate the CD release with a free 30 minute concert at the Mall of America’s Best Buy Rotunda, 365 North Garden, Bloomington, MN 55425 at 6:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, October 18.

Sounds of Blackness has been bringing hope and inspiration to people through its music globally for the past four decades. The group has awed audiences on five continents with the depth and breadth of its artistry, covering all forms of African-American music, from gospel and soul to jazz, R&B, reggae, hip-hop, rock and blues, to ragtime, field hollers, work songs and traditional spirituals. As Sounds of Blackness celebrates 40 years of music and inspiration, the group offers a superb self-titled fifteen-track CD that is a dazzling showcase for its all-encompassing musicality.

The songs on this three-time GRAMMY-winning group’s latest set focus on the themes of reconciliation and healing. “Music can be our primary method, mode and means of avoiding annihilation and achieving peace,” explains group’s founder, Gary Hines. “Music is God's perfect form of communication, because what comes from the heart reaches the heart, what comes from the soul reaches the soul and what comes from the spirit reaches the spirit.”

The Sounds of Blackness is filled with material that celebrates life and offers encouragement during trying times.  In addition to serving as executive producer for the album, Hines was involved in the production of the majority of tracks on the CD but, as with each of the group’s projects, this album is a collective effort.

The first single, “Fly Again” features the phenomenal lead vocals of Jamecia Bennett, daughter of the incomparable Ann Nesby, a former lead singer with SOB, and mother of Paris Bennett, a finalist on American Idol Season 5.  “Fly Again” is a soaring anthem to the resilience of the human spirit. The group dedicated the song to all of the people of the cities across America and around the world, who have recently suffered unfathomable devastation. “Fly Again” was highlighted on radio stations and online outlets for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks.  The song reassures the listener that no matter how bad things seem, you’ve got to “just hold on and be strong,” because together we will all soon be able to “FLY AGAIN.”

Sounds of Blackness has entered into a strategic partnership with the nonprofit organization Humanitarian Resource Institute (HRI), led by writer, composer, artist H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow.  HRI is planning a series of promotional events and PSAs for the United Nations Arts Initiative to support humanitarian relief operations in the U.S. and abroad.   The group's video, "Fly Again", is currently featured on the UN Arts website, www.unarts.org, and will be part of the organization’s "Arts Integration Into Education" project. “Sounds of Blackness, through its latest single release, ‘Fly Again,’ has provided the world with an uplifting message of hope, and inspiration for artists and members of the entertainment industry that have taken the lead in solution oriented humanitarian relief efforts in 192 countries, in cooperation with the United Nations Arts Initiative,” said Apatow. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

MLK Memorial Dedication Moments

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A family looks on.



Droves of spectators arrive for the MLK Memorial Dedication on October 16
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The crowd waved four fingers and chanted "four more years" when
Obama arrived.

The Wallace family from Arlington,VA attend the MLK Memorial Dedication.

Sheryl Crow sings

Ledisi joins Stevie Wonder on stage for and encore performance.


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DIVERSE PERFORMERS WILL ENTERTAIN AT MLK DEDICATION

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The re-scheduled ceremonies for the Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 16  with an hourlong "Morning Joy" program hosted by journalist and commentator Roland Martin.  Held at the National Mall, scheduled performances will feature Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Holliday, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Shirley Murdock.

Hosted by PBS News Hour's Gwen Ifill, the dedication portion of the program is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the paved forecourt of the memorial and will be telecast to approximately 10,000 spectators on the big screens.


That part of the festivities is not open to the public, but some networks wil broadcast it live reports the Washington Post. 

President Barack Obama will give the keynote address at 11 a.m.

Members of the King family arre expected to attend, along with Civil Rights icons who marched with Dr. King including  fthe Rev. Jesse Jackson, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
Spectators can access the West Potomac Park public viewing area via four gates on Independence Avenue Southwest.
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