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Friday, October 26, 2012


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Mary Mary Tops List of Nominees with Nine Nods; Best New Artist Nominee Charles Jenkins Earns Eight, Including Artist of the Year; Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond and Andre Crouch Score Multiple Nominations
CHICAGO, IL (October 26, 2012) - Two of Gospel music's biggest acts will share the microphone when Kirk Franklin and Tina and Ericka Campbell of Mary Mary co-host the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The annual salute to Gospel's best and brightest performers returns to Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry House Theater Saturday, January 19, 2013. The Stellar Awards will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country and on the GMC network from January 19 to March 3, 2013. Today the nominees in twenty-eight categories of excellence were announced via webcast (www.thestellarawards.com) and social media.

With more than 30,000 fans logging online to cast their votes for their favorite projects of the year, show co-hosts and WEtv reality stars Mary Mary lead the list of nominees with nine total nominations based on their latest disc, "Go Get It." Nominations include "Song of the Year," "Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year," and "Contemporary CD of the Year," in addition to recognition for the project in the "Producer of the Year," "Music Video of the Year" and "Recorded Music Packaging of the Year" categories. 
Newcomer Charles Jenkins who, in addition to earning a "Best New Artist" nomination for his debut CD "The Best of Both Worlds," garnered recognition in seven additional categories including "Artist of The Year" and "Song of The Year." Other multiple nominees include superstars Marvin Sapp and Fred Hammond with six nominations each, both nominated in the hotly-contested "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "CD of the Year" categories; legendary Andre Crouch with five nominations, including "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for his disc "The Journey"; and "Best New Artist" contender Isaac Carree with five nods for his solo debut "Uncommon Me."

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SNEAK PEEK: Mary Mary Season 2 to premiere on Dec. 7

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New Episodes Will Air in its Regular Timeslot

Thursdays at 9PM ET/PT Beginning December 13

In the premiere episode, Erica and Tina are in for a marathon: back-to-back concerts and appearances to promote “Go Get It,” booked by their headstrong manager Mitchell Solarek. Excited about the influx of opportunities, Erica rises to the challenge of nonstop touring and occasionally brings along hubby Warryn and newborn Zaya for the ride. On the other hand, Teddy is concerned about his wife Tina—who’s in her third trimester—as she puts more strain on her pregnancy with constant touring. Behind the scenes, trouble continues between sister/celebrity stylist Goo Goo and Mitchell when a last minute wardrobe malfunction threatens an important performance on a popular gospel show. Adding to Goo Goo’s stress, she’s been tasked with planning her sister’s, Alana, wedding all while trying to keep things afloat with long-distance boyfriend Justin.



Think you have what it takes to sing with award-winning gospel duo Mary Mary? Now viewers have the chance to showcase their own talent in an online competition! Beginning December 3, go to WEtv.com and enter the MARY MARY Singing Spotlight. Upload a 60-90 second video of you belting out Mary Mary’s “Go Get It” or “Sunday Morning.” Visit WEtv.com for complete contest rules and details. Plus, log on to WE tv Sync during new episodes for an all-access pass to exclusive content and chats with Mary Mary, all synced in real time to what’s happening on air. Additional extras include exclusive videos, sneak peeks, photos and more. Check out MARY MARY on Facebook and follow @WEtv and #MaryMary on Twitter for additional updates.


MARY MARY is produced for WE tv by eOne Television and executive produced by Tara Long, John Morayniss, Eric Hoberman and Mitchell Solarek. Executive Producer for WE tv is Kate Farrell; Executive In Charge of Production & Development for WE tv is Lauren P. Gellert.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jazz Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner premieres gospel cd

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-(Los Angeles,CA - October 23, 2012) Chart-topping contemporary smooth jazz artist and producer Jackiem Joyner releases his highly anticipated Gospel music debut CHURCH BOY in stores today, October 23, 2012 on the Artistry Music/Mack Avenue record label.

"My new album CHURCH BOY stems from my time as a young and eager boy who wanted to play a part in music ministry" states Joyner, who grew up in a household dominated by Gospel music. Church Boy reflects the Virginia-born saxophonist's deep roots in ministry. "My music career is a testament to how God will bless you and how he will bring you out of something...you will come out much stronger."

The album is a transparent and honest testament of Joyner's faith. After graduating from high school, Joyner moved from upstate New York back to Virginia, and found himself with no money, no job and homeless. For almost six months, Joyner lived from shelter to shelter, sometimes staying with a friend. His Pastor helped him get on track by helping him find a job and an apartment. Thinking his difficulties were over, Joyner was shocked to find himself once again homeless in just a few short months. It was the same situation, shelter to shelter, eventually hitting rock bottom and living in his car.

"I found myself praying a lot because these were very difficult times," recalls Joyner. "No one knew I slept in my car for a month. I learned that if I didn't experience those hard times, I believe my character would have been different. I don't think I would have become the strong Christian that I am now. I don't believe there is anything too hard for God, and I don't believe there will be anything that will shake my faith again."


CHURCH BOY reaches back to Joyner's roots and reignites his faith bringing together his beloved jazz and his foundational gospel music. This is reflected in the varying styles, from the whimsical sound evident on the Kirk Franklin cover of "I Smile" (joined by jazz great Kirk Whalum), to the theatrical on the universally popular hymn "Jesus Loves Me." Joyner also throws in some rock-and-roll and pop with nods to Toby Mac on the moving "City On Our Knees," the up-tempo favorite "You Are Good" by Israel Houghton, and the compelling "Bless The Lord (Son Of Man)," a Tye Tribbett classic with Jonathan Butler on lead acoustic guitar.

One of my favorite songs that meant so much to me during a tough time in my life," states Joyner, "is the Percy Bady-penned, "Still I Rise," beautifully recorded originally by the incomparable Yolanda Adams. It was important for me to record that song. The anointing came and took over the instrument as I was playing and I could feel the presence of God."

The fusion of the two distinct genres of jazz and gospel flow seamlessly on CHURCH BOY, and the popular saxophonist endearingly nicknamed 'Lil Man Soul' makes clear his connection to Gospel music.

Born in 1980 in Norfolk VA, Joyner inherited some of his musical gifts from his professional bass player father, but grew up in a single parent household and developed most of his musical sensibilities from singing in the church choir and playing the drums. After high school he moved back to Virginia, where Bishop Michael Patterson of the World Harvest Outreach Ministries in Newport News made him head of the music department. Joyner participated in many outreach services including mission trips to Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

Eventually Joyner relocated to California and caught the attention of iconic trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliott who immediately signed him to their record label Artizen Music. There Joyner released his first international album, Babysoul,where he was named 2007 Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News.

Since signing with Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records, Joyner has enjoyed a successful smooth jazz career having spawned two #1 singles from 'Lil Man Soul' on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts, and his hit song 'I'm Waiting For You' topped the smooth jazz radio charts for an incredible 12 weeks, the longest running #1 single and 'Song Of The Year' at the 2009 American Smooth Jazz Awards. The second single, 'Take Me There,' was released in early 2010 and also went to the #1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart, remaining there for 6 consecutive weeks. His album, Jackiem Joyner, a funk/pop/groove mix featuring Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar-enjoyed great success with the Latin flavored single 'Dance With Me' and the high-energy motivational song 'Push,' reaching # 3 and #2 respectively on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Song chart.

Joyner is a Yamaha performing artist and just completed a 20-city US tour with internationally renowned keyboardist Keiko Matsui, and is currently on a 10-city promotional tour for his CHURCH BOY CD release.
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