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Saturday, February 15, 2014


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 By Mona Austin

(SHREVEPORT, LA) - February 16, 2014 

Billy R. Boykin, Jr., a visual and graphic artist, will unveil  "Justice for All,"   a digitally illustrated series of portraits in celebration of Black History Month today.  The series was inspired by a theatrical production of “Four Little Girls” performed at Centenary College that told the story of the 1963 bombing of the  Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL which left 4 girls dead at the hands of White Supremacists.

The exhibit will feature images of three figures in Black history --  two from the Civil Rights era (Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcom X) and one from the modern era (Professor/Author/Social Commentator Dr. Cornell West) to reflect the continuous need for change.  The art will be on display during an annual Black History Month program starting at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of the Living God, P.G.T. located at  1634 Alma St., Shreveport, Louisiana 71108. He used a distressed technique to represent  struggle and painted the subjects faces read to symbolize their power. An African pattern adds texture and depth to each portrait.

The Shreveport, LA native said, “As an artist, I had to respond to the ongoing injustice in American after seeing that play,” noting the resurgence of racially motivated hate crimes fifty years later.

The trial of George Zimmerman, a Florida man who killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin; NYPD unloading 50 rounds on unarmed groom, Sean Bell on his wedding day and Michael Dunn killing  unarmed teenager Jordan Davis in Florida after a dispute over loud music are a few incidents in recent times that are constant reminders of the bleak past where the scales of justice were tilted unfavorably against Blacks as a societal norm.  The conviction of the latter was handed down a day before the exhibit.

“A lot of people still don’t know how much our people went through during the Civil Rights Movement and to still be going through so much today to be treated equally is overwhelming.  I decided to use my voice as an artist to take a stand against hatred,” said the designer, who holds a graphic design degree from The Art Institute of Dallas.

Boykin, 27, is also a minister at the Church of the Living God, P.G.T.  When asked how his spirituality influenced the work, he replied, “I know Christ brought our people out of those difficult years and my intent is to share the spirit of Christ through these portraits to encourage people to choose peace over violence and love over hate today.” 

To schedule an interview media may contact Mona Austin of Jireh Communications Group. Phone: 703-986-3464. E-mail: mona@jirehcreative.com. Media may post and share the graphics provided on social media. Follow the artist on Facebook and Twitter at Billy R. Boykin, Jr.


The “Justice for All” series was inspired by a theatrical production of “Four Little Girls” in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing.  Since unprovoked  injustices continue in America today, the artist used the voices of prominent African Americans to express the message that everyone, regardless of their race, has the capacity and moreover the responsibility to love and care for the equal rights and wellbeing of their fellowman. Each portrait incorporates an empowering quote from the subject.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


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Album will be released through RayLynn Records, 
founded by Bob and Janice Simpson, co-owners of the Texas Rangers

(Los Angeles, Calif.) February 12, 2014 – After a decade-long tour, performing over 100 concerts a year, The Horn Family is slated to release their long awaited self-titled debut project on March 4, 2014 from RayLynn Records through Provident Distribution.

The Horn Family album was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and produced by prolific country artist and renowned songwriter Mark Collie who has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and JT Hodges.

Drawing from their unique life experiences, the entire band played a pivotal role in the songwriting process, with each member demonstrating a different perspective of God’s goodness and grace. Among the 10 tracks slated for the album, the celebratory tune “I’ve Got It” as well as the ballad “Rise Above the Fall” feature elevating lyrics and rhythmic melodies, giving a new meaning to contemporary country gospel.

Leading up to their album debut, the powerful single “For The Life Of Me” was recently released to radio and continues to garner adds at a number of highly respected stations around the nation.

The Horn Family offers a unique combination of country and contemporary gospel and is made up of Joel Horn, Tina Horn, Jamie Horn and Tracy Horn. Born for careers in Southern Gospel music, Joel and Jamie Horn were raised by their father, a Pentecostal preacher, on the tunes of legendary gospel families such as The Hinsons, Paynes and Crabbs. From what started off as a childhood passion, the two Horn siblings began to perform, eventually expanding into The Horn Family, when Joel and Jamie’s wives, Tina and Tracy, came on board to offer their vocal harmonies. 

In 2011, co-owners of the Texas Rangers, Bob and Janice Simpson, unleashed their latest venture RayLynn Records, a new Christian music label for emerging performers, aimed to serve as a launch pad for breakthrough artists to share the Gospel through music. It was that same year they signed The Horn Family, who share a passion for spreading the message of Christ through music. 
“Music has been a part of my entire life, beginning with the earliest childhood memories of my mother playing the piano as she sang classic gospel hymns,” says Bob Simpson. “RayLynn Records is the fulfillment of a dream that my wife Janice and I shared to bring truly God inspired music to the world delivered by talented artists such as the Horn family.”

The self-titled debut album will be available at Christian retail stores, iTunes, and Amazon beginning Tuesday, March 4, 2014. For more information about The Horn Family, please visit www.HornFamily.com or www.raylynnrecords.com.

About RayLynn RecordsRayLynn Records was founded in 2011 by Bob and Janice Simpson, co-owners of the Texas Rangers. The Texas businessman has struck billion-dollar deals and turned numerous failing companies around, including Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, whom he purchased out of bankruptcy months before the organization advanced to its first World Series. Together, The Simpson’s founded RayLynn Records (the name derives from a combination of Bob and Janice’s middle names, respectively) after they struck a relationship with Kyle Sherman, who at the time was serving as a worship leader at Lifechurch.TV. Impressed by Kyle’s musical talent and raw passion, Bob approached him about recording an album and teamed him up with legendary country singer-songwriter, producer and friend Mark Collie.
Track Listing for The Horn Family:1. For The Life Of Me
2. He Called Me Brother
3. I Can Almost See The Lights Of Home
4. It’s All In Jesus
5. I’ve Got It
6. Love Like Rain
7. Mary Magdalene (Why You Cryin)
8. Peace Everlasting
9. Rise Above The Fall
10. Victory

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hawkins Music & Arts Conference Benefit Concert Unites Gospel Community

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Edwin Hawkins



The Bay Area’s gospel community came together for an evening of praise to benefit the 2014 Edwin Hawkins & Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference. The ticketed event, held Monday, January 27, 2014 at Love Center Ministries Church was supported by the Bay Area’s clergy, and the gospel communities along with emerging artists, and MALFC Chapter representatives from Fresno, Ca, Las Vegas, NV, and Idaho.

The capacity crowd spent most of the evening on their feet as special guests Earnest Pugh, Chrystal Rucker, and Jonathan Nelson performed their chart topping favorites, while also showing their appreciation for Dr. Edwin Hawkins and the memory of the late Bishop Walter L. Hawkins.
Any MALFC event would not be complete without the participation of great choirs. The signature Hawkins sound was on display, as local choirs were represented by The Porter Brothers & Genesis Church (Sacramento, CA), Dr. Claybon Lea & Mt. Calvary Baptist Mass Choir (Fairfield, CA), Greater St. Paul Baptist Mass Choir (Oakland, CA), and The Love Center Ministries Choir, who kicked off the evening in rousing renditions of the gospel classics everyone has come to love.

“Uncle Edwin is such an awesome, and humble man, who is just consistently nice. I appreciate him so much,” said Chrystal Rucker, who closed out the evening with “When All Else Fails”.
Founded over 34 years ago, the historic conference will make its return home to Oakland, June 22 - 27, 2014. Lodging and registration information will be made available at www.hawkinsgospelconference.org

About the MALF Hawkins Music Conference
The Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference is an annual convention that offers workshops geared toward music and arts. There are classes on Songwriting, Keyboard Techniques, Gospel Music Ministry, Choir Decorum, Fashion Design, the Business of Gospel Music, Vocal Techniques, Dance and Drama. The conference culminates the week long activities with a Mass Choir live recording. -END-
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Monday, February 10, 2014


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Los Angeles, Calif. (February 10, 2014) – Republic Records teams with 20th Century Fox and LightWorkers Media, which is owned and operated by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, to release the original motion picture soundtrack album for the upcoming film, Son of God.

The collection is available in stores in North America and Canada February 25 as well as via iTunes globally the same day. The online pre-order has recently gone live this past week here. Meanwhile, the movie will be released in theaters across the United States Friday February 28.

Oscar winner, Golden Globe winner, and multiple Grammy winner Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe composed immersive orchestral music for the film punctuated by lyrics and vocals from Lisa Gerrard. Enhancing the emotional impact, some of Jesus Christ's most revered teachings, from the film Son of God entwine with Zimmer and Balfe's composition. This inclusion of the film's dialogue proves utterly moving, bringing Christ's words to life.

 In addition, the soundtrack album includes exclusive remixes of songs for Son Of God by multiplatinum-selling and award-winning acts such as CeeLo GreenSteven Stern & George Krikes, OneRepublicSara BareillesThe FrayHillsong UNITED, and more. Green's poetic performance on "Mary Did You Know" serves as the end title song, while Steven Stern & George Krikes’ "Soul of a Man" can be heard now on the trailer. OneRepublic give vibrant new vitality to "Life In Color", and Hillsong UNITED's "Oceans" swells into a rapturous hum. 

"The music and talent on this soundtrack is truly such an incredible part of telling this story." said producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. "The great Hans Zimmer has been an inspiration since the beginning and now we are excited to be able to add even more voices to Son of God and engage our audience through music that they have yet to experience."

Label executive vice president Tom Mackay shares his enthusiasm. "Son of God is a film that Mark and Roma were called to create. Every detail of this film has their meticulous approval for authenticity and accuracy. They applied that same passion and attention to detail with the soundtrack as well.  All of us at Republic Records are thrilled that Mark and Roma chose us as their label partner to help create this soundtrack and partner with them on its release."  

Son of God tells the story of Jesus Christ from birth following his incredible journey and examining his crucifixion and resurrection. The soundtrack adds a passionate and powerful musical accompaniment to this riveting tale, matching the emotions conveyed on the screen. Son Of God is the first feature film release for LightWorkers Media.

This is the latest in a string of successful and award-nominated film and television music releases from Republic Records. Past collaborations include soundtracks for The Hunger GamesLes Miserables, Quentin Tarantino's Django UnchainedThe Walking Dead, the music documentary entitled Muscle Shoals and more.
Buy the Son of God Soundtrack here:
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Erica Campbell Premieres "Help" video on VH1

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Erica Campbell sends an S.O.S to God on her latest single, "Help." The video for the title song and new single from the forthcoming CD of the same title premiered exclusively on VH1 today. In creating a visual for an already emotionally intense audio experience, Director Bille Woodruff, continued to allow the powerful lyrics to do the work.  The song  features a collaboration with breakthrough rapper Lecrae and the recording debut of her daughter Krista Campbell, Campbell delivers a soul-releasing cry that speaks directly to anyone who is at end of the of their rope. 

Click here to listen to HELP.

Warryn Campbell (L), Lecrae (C), Erica (R)

Campbell continues to travel the country promoting the release of "Help" her first solo album, which hits stores on March 25. The album is produced by her husband Warrryn and will also include "A Little More Jesus" for which she was Grammy nominated.  Erica will join her sister ad duet partner for over 10 years, Tina on the  third season of her hit WEtv show "Mary Mary" on February 27.  Erica will also be hitting the road this spring with a series of solo performances in Washington DC, New York and Atlanta.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


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Dewayne Woods

Award winning recording artist DeWayne Woods is spreading the word about his rousing new radio single,  “Never Be The Same,” his first radio single in three years. The song reunites Woods with Maroon 5’s P.J. Morton who composed and produced Wood’s 2007 breakthrough radio smash, “Let Go.” Woods has released a lyric video for “Never Be The Same” that is now on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5sfBsT6EHc&feature=youtu.be and the Mp3 is available on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/gyifl4.

The song anchors Woods’ forthcoming third solo CD that’s expected to release in late 2014 via his Soul Therapy Music Group (Central South Distribution). Woods has already tapped the legendary R&B band Mint Condition (of “What Kind of Man Would I Be?” and “Breakin’ My Heart” fame), Gerald Haddon (who produced Isaac Carree’s #1 hit “In The Middle”) and Houston-based producer, Zeke Listenbee, who has written for Dorinda Clark Cole, to produce various tracks on the set.

A Kansas City, MO native, Woods began his career as a background vocalist for the likes of Celine Dion, Kirk Whalum and John P. Kee. He signed with the Quietwater label in 2006 under the guidance of executive producer Donald Lawrence and released his debut CD “Introducing DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet” that garnered the Top 5 radio smash “Let Go” that was named Song of the Year and Urban Inspirational Single of the Year in the 2008 Stellar Awards.  Woods also walked away with New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year Stellar Awards. His sophomore “My Life’s Lyric” CD debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and spawned the radio hit “Living on the Top.” Last year, Woods made headlines when he was featured in a national PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) media campaign targeting animal cruelty.
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