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Monday, November 21, 2011

ARISE RISES TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS

William McDowell, worship leader and gospel artist released his second album, ARISE last week to consumer success. The prolific double CD set landed in the Number 1 slot on both Billboard's Top Gospel and Top Praise & Worship charts this week.

McDowell who is best known for the worship anthem "I Give Myself Away," continues to touch a chord with a broad base of listeners with his special approach to worship music. The album initially topped the iTunes Christian / Gospel chart when it released last Tuesday, and is the Number 3 album on Billboard's Top Christian & Gospel Albums (combined) chart.

The simplicity of McDowell's point of view and the pureness of his intent to please God is what makes ARISE so exceptional. ARISE was recorded live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Christian Life Center and is packed with 23 compelling songs of worship, praise, authority, inspiration and revelation. McDowell's vision for the project is a no-nonsense attitude about praise and worship music and it is evident that his sole purpose was to please God.    

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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.   

The first single, "I Won't Go Back" is a powerful song of purpose revealing the importance of pure worship. "I Won't Go Back" speaks right to people's hearts and offers a reminder of a new life in Christ. Making waves at radio, the single is currently in the Top 15 on the gospel radio charts and is Number 10 on the Christian/Gospel Digital sales chart.

Other highlights of ARISE include the anthemic title track which is a call-to-arms for the Body of Christ; and the unifying "You Are God Alone." Other stand-outs are "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."
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Kirk Franklin and Pastor Hezekiah Walker Named 2012 BMI Trailblazers Honorees

Kirk Franklin and Hezekiah Walker are the BMI 2012 Trailblazers of Gospel honorees it was announced recently.

The event is slated for Friday, January 13, the day before the 27th Annual Stellar Awards, at Rocketown (601 4th Avenue South). Gospel music's premier songwriters, brightest stars, and leading executives attend the invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration, part awe-inspiring worship service.
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Mary Mary To Strive For Family Harmony in Reality TV Gig

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MARY MARY
Premiering Spring 2012


Erica and Tina Campbell are More than a Grammy®Award-Winning Gospel Group….They’re Sisters, Mothers and Career Women Who Strive to Balance it All


NEW YORK, NY – November 21, 2011 – Talk about a sister act!  As the popular three-time Grammy® award-winning Gospel duo, “Mary Mary,” Erica and Tina Campbell are busy career women touring the country, promoting their sixth album, “Something Big” and walking Hollywood red carpets.  More than that, they’re sisters and mothers who strive to balance hectic careers with growing families.  Now, WE tv has greenlit a brand-new original series, tentatively titled MARY MARY, that follows the sisters in their daily lives as they work to do it all.  The series premieres Thursday, March 29th at 9pm ET/PT with eight, hour-long episodes.

Music is a family business for the Campbell sisters:  Erica’s husband, Warryn, is the group’s producer and Tina’s husband, Teddy, is the drummer in Jay Leno’s band.  Outside of the recording studio, both ladies struggle to balance family life — a challenge all on its own.  Erica and Warryn are expecting their third child in February, and Tina and Teddy are raising a blended family of four.  The sisters also have a very large, extended family of seven siblings to deal with — one of which is the group’s stylist — and their parents, who have been married and divorced three times, and now currently separated.  When it comes to finding harmony, signing’s the easy part!

Mary Mary is produced for WE tv by eOne Televison, executive produced by Tara Long, John Morayniss and Eric Hoberman.  Kate Farrell serves as the executive producer for WE tv.

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