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Friday, January 8, 2016

'Love Thy Neighbor' cast greet media for show's return to OWN

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(NEW YORK) - January 8, 2016 - Today, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network hosted a press luncheon at the Eventi Hotel in New York to celebrate the new seasons of their hit series "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor." Show creator Tyler Perry along with cast members John Schneider, Angela Robinson, Palmer Williams, Jr and Patrice Lovely were in attendance to greet the 75+ guests and participate in a press conference-style Q&A. 
All new episodes "Love Thy Neighbor" (#LOVETHYNEIGHBOR) premiere TONIGHT at 9/8c on OWN. Catch new episodes of "The Haves and the Have Nots"(#HAHN) on Tuesdays at 9/8c on OWN.
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Netflix Available Everywhere with OverPlay

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LONDON, Jan. 8, 2016  -- #Netflix(Not Really)Everywhere is a major complaint for cord cutters in over 130 countries, but OverPlay™ SmartDNS has the solution. While only a handful of locations do not currently have Netflix™ access, original hit series such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are not available without an OverPlay account.

Netflix users in recently-added regions including Russia and India will experience even more restrictions, with only 722 and 740 respective titles available, compared to 5,748 in the U.S. and nearly 14,000 total offerings with OverPlay's SmartDNS & VPN services.
The announcement by Netflix at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was met with mixed reviews. Netflix is not currently offered to residents in China, Syria, and North Korea, a combined population of more than 1.35 billion, likely due to strict government censorship.
OverPlay provides easy-to-use software and mobile apps for a variety of devices. The service provides flexible payment options for both their SmartDNS and premium SmartDNS + VPN plans. OverPlay is offering new subscribers a 50% discount on their first month of service with the promotional code NETFLIXEVERYWHERE, allowing users worldwide to browse anonymously and securely.
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Natalie Cole's cause of death revealed

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A week after the New Year's Eve passing of R&B legend Natalie Cole, her family has revealed the cause of death.  Initial reports said the singer died of complications of various illnesses.  The 65-year-old daughter of the late Nat King Cole had been secretly fighting lung disease for years, while continuing to perform, following a kidney transplant in 2009.  Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which lead to heart failure was the cause of death her family confirmed Thursday in a statement:

"(Cole) responded well to pulmonary arterial hypertension-specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts world-wide, but eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder."
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jesse Jackson on gun control


America may now have more guns than people.

As President Barack Obama announces new executive action on gun control, U.S. gun manufacturing is a growth industry, almost doubling since the beginning of Obama Administration (5.6 million in 2009; 10.9 million in 2013). From 2001 to 2013, according to a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report, 406,496 Americans were killed with firearms on U.S. soil. In contrast, the number of U.S. citizens killed by terrorists at home or abroad over the same years number 3,380. Chicago suffered a spike in gun homicides in 2015 with 470 homicides and 2,939 shooting victims, the worst of all U.S. cities.
Studies show a clear correlation: the more guns, the more homicides and the more people shot. Cities are racked by gun violence, yet gun ownership is much more prevalent in rural areas, as vividly displayed by the Bundy bunch that occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge over the weekend.

According to a General Social Survey report, gun ownership is declining. About 35 percent of adults were estimated to live in a household with a firearm in 2014, down from over half in the early 1980s. As hunting has declined in the country, so has gun ownership. Gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks or Hispanics, higher among men than women. Gun ownership rises with income. It is higher among those earning more than $90,000 a year than among those earning less than $25,000. It is highest in the South Central U.S. and lowest in the Northeast and Pacific regions.

Now weapons designed for the purpose of mass killing in war are available for purchase at gun shows, online and at many gun stores. These weapons are powerful enough to stop trains or strafe planes that are landing or taking off. These are tools for terrorists, easily available for sale in America.

Obama has already delivered 15 national statements after shocking incidents of gun violence. Yet no national reforms have been passed — or even gotten much consideration. After the Charleston massacre, the Economist magazine compared mass shooting in the U.S. with the grotesque air pollution in China: a horrible health hazard which the country appears incapable of addressing.

Gun control doesn’t cost much. America has another abiding challenge — the explosive catastrophe of urban poverty — that also goes unmet. The City Observatory, an urban policy think tank in Portland, Ore., reports that the number of high-poverty urban neighborhoods in the nation’s 51 largest cities tripled — to 3,100 — between 1970 and 2010. The number of poor persons living in those areas doubled over those years. The poor are more isolated and concentrated than ever. African-Americans and Hispanics suffer the highest rates of poverty — and are the most isolated into separate and unequal neighborhoods. Twenty percent  of U.S. children lived in poverty by end of 2013; poverty among African-American children was nearly twice that (38 percent).

To deal with our impoverished neighborhoods, it isn’t enough to get rid of the guns. The public squalor of our inner cities has to be addressed: schools modernized, affordable housing built, mass transit supplied, available jobs created. Dealing with entrenched poverty costs real money, but less than we spend on the police, jails, drugs, alcoholism, and chronic illness — the dysfunction that comes from poverty.

Today’s politicians don’t want to spend political capital on guns or fiscal capital on poverty. They’d rather pay more on the back end from failing to act than risk the up-front political and economic costs of dealing with the problems. So the war on guns is lost; the war on poverty abandoned. And the hopes of millions are dashed by that failure. In the circus of the current presidential campaign, these are two fundamental challenges that ought to be at the center of our debate.
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Pro Music Academy Enlists Nashvilles Top Musicians for All Ages Master Classes

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee)

-- Pro Music Academy is excited to announce the 2016 Master Class Series, starting this month. Pro Music Academy is a one-of-a-kind music school that offers all ages and skill levels a unique learning experience from the music industry's top professionals.

All Pro Music Academy teachers are professional musicians with significant experience playing with the biggest bands and recording artists in the business, such as Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Ben Folds, Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow and many more.

January Master Class Schedule:

Sat. Jan. 9th - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Music Business Master Class with Tim Fink (Vice President of SESAC) & Brian White (Hit Songwriter)

Sat. Jan. 30th - 2:30pm-4:30pm
Guitar Master Class with Tim Rosenau (Toby Mac)


Upcoming Master Classes - Dates TBA:

Drum Master Class with Garret Goodwin (Carrie Underwood)

Voice Master Class with Rachael Lampa (Hosier)

Songwriting Master Class with Brian White (Hit Songwriter)


Master Class pricing is $99 for any one Master Class, or two classes for $149. All classes are available to all ages and all levels. For those outside of Nashville, Master Classes are available for viewing via SKYPE.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Pro Music Academy, LLC was founded by renowned drummer and songwriter Chad Chapin (Ben Folds, Casting Crowns, dcTalk). Chapin has received a Grammy nomination, won a Dove Award and 12 BMI Music Awards, and earned countless Gold and Platinum records.

For more information or to register for a Master Class, call 615-200-0604 or visit www.promusicacademy.com.
 
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Critically Acclaimed Adam Stafford Returns with Long Awaited New Album

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Adam Stafford returns with his first album in nearly three years following the widely acclaimed Imaginary Walls Collapse in 2013.

Taser Revelations was recorded at The Happiness Hotel, Song by Toad's newly aquired warehouse recording space. Utilising the warehouse's natural room reverb to great effect, the album features producer and multi-instrumentalist Robbie Lesiuk performing a variety of instruments including steel drums, organ and piano. Greggor Douglas plays the Roland Juno/omnichord and ex-Maple Leaves Anna Miles provides harmony vocals. 

Continuing Stafford's trajectory into electrified alternative pop, Taser Revelations begins with some of the most melodically catchy songs he has ever written, before taking a swerve down a dark alley midway through the album, venturing into industrial syncopation, samurai-guitar attacks and some unsettling, vivid imagery.


Praise for 'Imaginary Walls Collapse'
Nominated for a Scottish Album of the Year Award in May 2014
Albums of The Year in Goldflakepaint
Featured in Frightened Rabbit’s Albums of The Year in Drowned in Sound
#1 Album of The Year in Jockrock
#1 Album of The Year in Glasgow Podcart
#1 Album of The Year in Manic Pop Thrills and #1 in MPT’s Poll of Polls
#3 Album of The Year from Last Year’s Girl
#3 Album of The Year from Scottish Fiction
#4 Scottish Albums of The Year in The Herald on Sunday
#4 Albums of The Year in When You Motor Away
#5 Album of The Year in Is This Music?
#33 Albums of The Year in The Skinny
Vic Galloway’s Albums of The Year
Albums of The Year in Sonic Reverie
#20 Albums of The Year in The Tidal Wave of Indifference


Tracklisting:
All songs PRS registered, written by Adam Stafford.

Side A
1. Let a Little Love Inside
2. Phantom Billions
3. Atheist Money
4. Black Lung Applications
5. Unknown Swimmers
Side B
1. Railway Trespassers
2. Taser Revelations
3. Bracelet Dream of the Shadow
4. The Penumbra
 
Format: 12" vinyl (with download), CD and digital
Lead Tracks: Atheist Money, Phantom Billions
Label/cat number: Song, by Toad Records SbTR-A-049

Purchase link:
http://songbytoadrecords. bandcamp.com
Label website:
http://songbytoadrecords.com
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nicholas Caldwell of legendary R&B group The Whispers dies

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Group member and  writer of The Whispers hits "Lady" and "Say Yes," Nicholas Caldwell died on Tuesday, January 5 of congestive heart failure in his native San Francisco.

Nick Caldwell, one of the founding members of the legendary R&B group The Whispers who are best known for their #1 R&B hits “Rock Steady” (1987) and “And The Beat Goes On” (1980), has died as a result of heart failure. He was 71.

"The Kingdom Records Family extends our heartfelt condolences to The Whispers and the family of Nicholas Caldwell in his passing,” says Joan Sullivan, CEO/President of Kingdom Records - the last recording home for The Whispers.  “We have so many fond memories of him.  It was a great opportunity and experience working with The Whispers on their last project.  One of the most memorable parts of working on the project was getting to know Nick and his creativity, warmth, and humbleness.  For us, it was truly a genuine experience.”

Mr. Caldwell was born April 5, 1944 in Loma Linda, CA. His first industry gig was working with Sly Stone who was a San Francisco area disc jockey prior to launching his band Sly & the Family Stone. Later on, he formed The Whispers with his high school buddies - twin brothers Walter & Wallace “Scotty” Scott. They added Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon (replaced by Leaveil Degree in 1973) and they initially patterned the group after The Four Freshmen pop group but eventually developed an R&B style.

The Whispers (Nick Caldwell, far left)


The group first recorded “It Only Hurts For A Little While” for Dore Records in 1964 but didn’t score their first Top 20 hit until “The Time Will Come” in 1969. Although, they enjoyed Top Ten hits such as “(Let’s Go) All The Way” and “Make It With You” in the 1970s they climbed to a higher level of success in the 1980s when they delivered a string of Top 5 R&B smashes such as “It’s A Love Thing,” “Keep On Lovin’ Me” and “In The Mood.” The 1980 hit “And The Beat Goes On” spent five weeks at #1on Billboard’s R&B singles chart. Their signature tune “Rock Steady” spent one week at #1 on the R&B singles chart and was the group’s highest charting Pop hit where it rose to #7 in 1987.

A gifted songwriter, Caldwell wrote the group’s 1980 hit “Lady” that reached #3 on the R&B chart and the Quiet Storm radio favorite, “Say Yes.” A fancy dancer in his youth, he was also responsible for the group’s slick choreography. The group’s last recording “Thankful” (http://smarturl.it/bhucpv) was an inspirational gospel/ soul album that peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums sales chart and #25 on its R&B Albums sales chart. Aside from writing songs, Caldwell also produced artists such as dance siren Carrie Lucas. “Nick had a wonderful spirit and always offered encouraging words,” Sullivan adds. “His character was impeccable and he was always forthright and honest. Most people may not know that in addition to being a great singer and dancer, Nick was a wonderful songwriter. We are truly saddened by this news.  Nick will be greatly missed.  His memory and legacy will live on in the music of The Whispers and the love of his family, friends and fans."

 Funeral arrangements are pending.

 Source: Bill Carpenter

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Janet Jackson postpones "Unbreakable" world tour to undergo throat surgery

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On Christmas Eve via Facebook Janet Jackson announced the postponement of her world tour per doctors orders. She disclosed should would be having surgery, but did not specify the type of procedure, the affected part of her body or when it would take place.  

Wrote Jackson, “I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring.” 

Other than that smidgen of information and a request for her fans to pray, her lips are sealed on the matter.  Jackson had cancelled two dates in October of 2015 tweeting that doctors  ordered her to rest her vocal chords. The 2016 leg of the "Unbreakable" tour was scheduled to kick off on Jan. 9.

Radar Online reports a source close to the 49-year-old star is allegedly claiming Janet must have a tumor removed from her throat "immediately."  

“God forbid that this should be cancer of the larynx,” Dr. Stuart Fischer told Radar. “That would abruptly end her ability to ever perform again.” Projecting a positive attitude, the youngest Jackson sibling  ended the post with “Gon’ b alright.”

Jackson released "Unbreakable" as a come back recording that ended up #1 on Billboard. Along with Barbara Streisand and Brice Springstein Ms. Jackson is the only other artist to have a #1 album on Billboard charts over 4 decades. "Unbreakable" ended the year in the top 25 R&B albums of 2015 at #7.


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PHOTOS: "Growing Up Hip Hop" Atlanta red carpet premiere

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(ATLANTA) - January 6, 2016 - Last night,WEtv hosted a red carpet premiere for their upcoming show "Growing Up Hip Hop," an unscripted series that follows the lives of the children of music legends Rev. Run, Master P, Damon Dash, James DeBarge, Jam Master Jay, Sandy "Pepa" Denton and Treach.

Cast membersAngela SimmonsRomeo MillerBoogie DashKristinia DeBargeTJ Mizell and Egypt Criss were on hand to enjoy the festivities with over 500 local influencers at SCADShow, where the screening and Q&A moderated by multimedia personality Ebony Steele - took place. Afterward, guests joined the cast at Whiskey Park for a lively after-party featuring music by DJ Mars and Mizell.

Additional attendees included Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks, Kenya Moore, Mimi Faust, Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez, Mama June (WE tv's "Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars), Alanna "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson (TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"), Erica Dixon, Althea Hart, Demetria McKinney, Gocha Hawkins, Dice Dixon, Toya Wright, Monyetta Shaw, Drea Kelly, the casts of "Selling It: In the ATL" and "Cutting It: In the ATL," Shanti DasAngela Watts and many, many more.

"Growing Up Hip Hop" (#GUHH) premieres Thursday, January 7 at 10pm ET/PT on WE tv. Visit http://www.wetv.com/shows/growing-up-hip-hop/meet-the-cast  for more information.

Photos: WE tv
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New Syd Barrett Photos released in celebration of the late Rocker's 70th birthday

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 The late Syd Barrett, Founder of British Rock band Pink Floyd would have been 70 today.
 To mark the occasion, Syd Barrett’s new official website will be launched at 12 noon on Wednesday (GMT). Celebrating his unique life and career, both of which continue to inspire and enthrall, sydbarrett.com is a unique resource that offers an unrivaled insight into this enigmatic musician.

The website has been created by those who knew him best - his family and friends. The clean, modern design offers an intimate experience for Syd’s fans, incorporating his favourite colour indigo and offering previously unseen, restored family photographs.
 
Going forward, regular updates will reveal even more exclusive material, photographs and information. Featured songs will receive detailed analysis alongside reviews, essays and images from a range of celebrity guest writers. 
 
Syd’s nephew Ian Barrett says “2016 promises to be an exciting year for Syd Barrett’s fans and we hope that in keeping with my uncle’s talents, this online resource will act as a springboard, inspiring a new generation of artists - both musical and visual.”


About Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett was with the Pink Floyd for just three years (1965 to1968), yet when the band released their greatest hits album in 2001 he had written over a fifth of the tracks. 
 
Born Roger Keith Barrett in 1946 in Cambridge, Syd obtained his nickname from regulars at a local jazz club who christened him after an old drummer from the area. 
 
At the age of seventeen Barrett left Cambridge to study at London’s Camberwell Art School where he was reunited with his old friend Roger Waters. He joined Roger’s band the Pink Floyd and quickly became their main songwriter. The band was named after two Georgia blues men Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Their experiments with feedback and electronic sound quickly made them the hippest band among London’s early psychedelic set. 
 
Although still a prolific songwriter, Syd’s experimentation with drugs meant his grasp on reality was slipping away. He didn’t turn up for interviews and started to behave erratically, to the extent that an American tour had to be cut short.
 
In January 1968 the band excused Syd from performing live to enable him to concentrate on songwriting and David Gilmour was asked to take his place. By 1968 the band had parted ways with Syd, leaving him to record and release two solo albums ‘The Madcap Laughs’ and ‘Barrett’ and a single ‘Octopus’.
 
1970 saw Syd retreat to his mothers house in Cambridge where he formed The Stars with some local musicians though his involvement was shortlived. The following years saw him moving between Cambridge and London, where he stayed on friends’ floors. In 1978, having tired of London, he walked back to Cambridge, where he lived reclusively until his death on 7th July 2006, aged sixty.

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2016 Stellar Award nominees announced

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Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley return to host; Anthony Brown Leads with Ten Nominations; Charles Jenkins and Erica Campbell Score Eight; Tasha Cobbs Earns Six; Richard Smallwood, Israel & New Breed, Tina Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole and Jonathan McReynolds also land multiple nominations



CHICAGO, IL  - Central City Productions today announced that comedian, syndicated radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley (Dish Nation, Rickey Smiley For Real) and actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2, The View) will return as co-hosts of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, having hosted together in 2014.  Hailed as the "biggest night in gospel music," this year's Stellar Awards will be held at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The telecast will premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, as well as in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from March 12 - April 10.
 
The 2016 Stellar Awards nominees in 28 categories were revealed today with gospel heavyweight Anthony Brown, a contender for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Producer of the Year, topping the list with ten nominations. The prolific songwriter and his bandmates Group therAPy are also nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year, CD of the Year, Choir of the Year, Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.
 
Also returning to the show with a slate of nominations this year, chart-topping act Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago receives eight nods, the second highest number overall. Jenkins is nominated for Producer of the Year and Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and his critically acclaimed group is competing for Song of the Year, CD of the Year, Choir of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year.
 
With eight and six nominations respectively, Erica Campbell and Tasha Cobbs demonstrate the powerful impact of women in gospel music, recognized for Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year. Campbell also receives a nod for Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year while Cobb garners one for Praise and Worship CD of the Year.   
 
Richard Smallwood, nominated for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and his group Vision are in contention for Traditional Choir of the Year, Special Event CD of the Year and Praise and Worship CD of the Year. Other artists earning multiple nominations include Israel & New Breed, Jonathan McReynolds, Tina Campbell, The Rance Allen Group, newcomer Casey J and living legend Dorinda Clark Cole.
 
"I am pleased that God has blessed us with celebrating 31 years as the most respected awards brand in gospel music and in the faith-based community," says Don Jackson, founder and executive producer of the Stellar Awards. "We will honor those who have contributed to the growth and success of gospel music as a genre, as well as demonstrate why this art form remains critical to the legacy of American music."
 
In addition to celebrating the year's best album releases, awards will be presented for the best gospel radio stations for urban audiences nationwide. Terrestrial and online radio programs that broadcast gospel music will be highlighted, along with the top Gospel Announcer of the Year. Nominees for Announcer of the Year are Carmina Barnett from KHVN/Dallas, Tracy Bethea Bodie from WHAL/Memphis, Lee Michaels from WCAO/Baltimore, and Billy St. James from KPZK/Little Rock. 
 
The Stellar Awards Founder Don Jackson will bestow special honors upon superstar Yolanda Adams and Faith-based comedian Jonathan Slocumb, while O'landa Draper will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ambassador Bobby Jones Legends Award will be presented to Joe Ligon.
 
A signature of the Stellar Awards are the rousing, spirit-filled performances and this year is no exception -- confirmed performers include Kirk Franklin, Anthony Brown & Group therAPy, Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and Best New Artist nominee Casey J. Additional performers and presenters will also be announced.
 
The Stellar Awards show taping is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 - $200 at www.orleansarena.com. Hotel and Ticket packages are also available through the Orleans Arena. 
 
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show is scheduled for Friday, February 19 to showcase non-televised awards winners. Also, the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held on Saturday, February 20, honoring top radio stations and announcers serving urban gospel music audiences. Tickets for each event are $35.
 
Summary of 2016 Stellar Awards Top Nominees:
 
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy -- 10 Total Nominations
Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago -- 8 Total Nominations
Erica Campbell -- 8 Total Nominations
Tasha Cobbs -- 6 Total Nominations
Richard Smallwood -- 5 Total Nominations
Israel & New Breed -- 4 Total Nominations
Jonathan McReynolds -- 4 Total Nominations
Casey J -- 3 Total Nominations
Tina Campbell -- 3 Total Nominations
Dorinda Clark Cole -- 3 Nominations
The Rance Allen Group -- 3 Nominations
 
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Solo Artist Tama Girard Endorses FatFingers Custom Guitar Company

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2016 Looks to be quite a big year and great start for Tama Girard! Girard is releasing his new track "When I Think of You" with Jeff Russo of Tonic, solidifying new artists to accompany him on his new tracks this year, and just signed the first of his scheduled endorsements happening this year.

New York, NY, January 03, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Tama Girard is a Solo Artist out of Providence Rhode Island. Girard is in the middle of releasing 12 new singles with friends and artists he's collaborated with throughout his working years as a writer for films, commercials and music recording artists. Girard is about to release his debut track of 2016 with Grammy artist Jeff Russo of the rock band, Tonic. Tonic was and still is one of the driving forces and recording groups whose hits seem to keep surfacing throughout the radio land globally throughout the years, with unforgettable hits riddled with heartfelt melodies. Recently, Russo and Girard had collaborated on a new release of "When I think of you," which is scheduled to be released at the beginning of 2016. Girard said, "We're all very excited for all the new stuff happening in 2016. FatFingers was a great addition to the sound I was looking for in my recordings. It's always tough to get a fat, but 'crisp' sound from a guitar without tons of processors and affects. But, that's exactly what Fatfingers does perfecty. Not only their obvious choice of pickups, but wood types, designs and cutting edge technology. After testing the design at PDQ Studios, I was more than happy to sign on and endorse their guitars." Girard recently finished the track in Hollywood FL, at PDQ Studios with Grammy Producer Bob St John, where they completed the track and filmed a marketing spot for Girard's new endorsement of the Guitar Models, Fury LS & SS, by FatFingers Guitar Company.
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New Book Release: Hurt By My Father Healed By God, by C. Joyce Farrar-Rosemon Now Available

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The decline of fatherhood is a major force behind many of the most disturbing problems that plague American society. This anthology, "Hurt By My Father Healed By God," by C. Joyce Farrar-Rosemon B.A., MSW, Ed.S, examines this issue through the lives of several individuals and offers hope and healing to those who have been hurt by their fathers and authority figures.

Atlanta, GA, January 05, 2016 -- According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, over 24 million, that is one out of every three (33 percent) children in America and nearly two in three (63 percent) African American children live in homes without the presence of a father. David Popenoe, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University, states that “the decline of fatherhood is a major force behind many of the most disturbing problems that plague American society: crime and delinquency; teenage pregnancy; deteriorating educational achievement; depression, substance abuse, and alienation among adolescents; and the growing number of women and children living in poverty.”

Chapters in this anthology feature “Tracy, the Goodbye Bitch" healed from lesbianism; “Albert White Hat, Ashamed of Who I Am” healed from American genocide; “Leila, the No Good Girl” healed from crack cocaine, rape, and prostitution; “Pastor Donnie McClurkin, the Homosexual Addict” healed from rape and homosexuality; and others who were victimized because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, or status as a child.

Author, C. Joyce Farrar-Rosemon, has not only survived, but has thrived after growing up in a home where domestic violence was rampart. She is a down to earth highly acclaimed presenter who speaks frequently to for profit and nonprofit groups, schools, colleges, and churches. Joyce has appeared in several newspapers, magazines, on radio and television, including The Geraldo at Large Show.
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"The Committee" Selects a Black Woman President in Bestselling Author Terry E. Hill's New Release

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Author to Commemorate Martin Luther King Day
with a 25 Book Giveaway
 Facebook Contest
 
San Francisco - With Come Sunday Morning, When Sunday Comes Again and The Last Sunday, author Terry E. Hill has proven himself an adept story weaver. Enthralling his readers with a trilogy based inside a megachurch setting, his well-spun plots of scandal, suspense and seduction were delivered with acute precision. Skillfully whipping his readers into a page-turning frenzy, they rushed to keep abreast of characters bigger than the books that encased them.  With the release of The Committee on Urban Renaissance, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., the author ups the ante and moves into the world of politics.  
The Committee is a beguiling tale that twirls Illuminati conspiracy, New Orleans voodoo, American politics and a subplot gay affair in a delicious twist of turbulence and turmoil. We find out that the secret society behind the country's biggest political ploys is a mysterious New Orleans family of Creole women who head "The Committee." It is they who in fact control the white men mistaken to be the country's power figures! "The Committee" has selected every US president since James Monroe and controls much of the country's economy. When they make the decision that the United States is not only ready for a Black woman president, but also select her, the phrase, 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' takes on new and insidious meaning.

Camille Ernestine Hardaway is the first African American female mayor of Los Angeles and she has it all - stunning good looks, power, a seemingly devoted husband and influential allies. "The Committee" has decided that she will be the first Black female President of the United States and will stop at nothing to ensure their rising candidate reaches the White House. Author Terry E. Hill sublimely works hypnosis with the written word as he winds the reader deeper down a sinister black hole with each chapter. The Committee's lethal combination of manipulation, intimidation, mysticism and murder make for the most intoxicating political thriller. 
With an adoring fan base waiting in high anticipation, Hill is hosting a Facebook contest. The author (on Facebook at Terry E. Hill ) will give away 25 autographed copies of The Committee to the lucky winner. The contest ends at midnight on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18th. Participants can find more details on The Committee's Facebook page and / or enter on his Facebook page. 
 
Author Terry E. Hill 
The Committee is Hill's fourth novel. Come Sunday Morning was his first book, followed by When Sunday Comes Again in 2012 and The Last Sunday in 2013. The publisher consolidated Hill's first two books into one and re-released it 2014 as The Come Sunday Morning Saga. Come Sunday Morning was selected as number three of the five best fiction books for 2012 by the Sankofa Literary Society. When Sunday Comes Again was released in the summer of 2012 and made the AALBC (African American Literary Book Club) Urban Fiction Best Seller List. Hill's novels have also been featured on the Bestsellers List of Black Expressions and have been selected as best books of the month and year by various bookstores and book clubs throughout the country. The Sunday Morning Saga has been acquired by more than 10,000 libraries in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Hill has developed a significant and very loyal audience who eagerly await each new release. Elev8.com, an online property of Hello Beautiful, profiled the author as the next E. Lynn Harris for his clever storytelling and LGBT subplots. He and his writings have been featured on BET.com's monthly YOU GOTTA HAVE IT column, Crème Magazine, Elev8/Hello Beautiful, Black Literature Magazine and The Literary Network.
Hill's writings are amazing works of fiction that continuously stir conversation on important topics nationwide.  Purchase The Committee on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold. Visit the author's website at http://www.terryehill.com/ .
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The World's Craziest & Insanely Violent Men's And Women's Wrestling Is Available On Video On Demand

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NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2016  -- The most fierce violence ever waged in and out of the ring involving wrestling's most ruthless combatants (men and women) is now available for home and mobile viewing. This controversial content is seen on iNDemand Networks, Vubiquity Network, DIRECTV and Shaw Cable Canada.

The rage and depraved behavior is equivalent within the sexes. Whether the executioners are men or women, their cutthroat actions prove they are out for the kill. Laws do not apply to these confrontations as both sexes vow to take any action needed, legal or illegal to come out victorious. Bloodshed, criminal brutality and moral disregard separate those who reign victorious and those who go to the morgue.

Full available viewing schedule includes:
Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars(iNDemand) Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars: Brutal Massacre
(Vubiquity) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars - Deadly Maniacs
(DIRECTV) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars – Death Wish
(Shaw Cable Canada) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars – Guilty Verdict
Women's Extreme Wrestling(DIRECTV) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Booty Beating
(DIRECTV) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Locker Room Assault
(iNDemand) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Illicit Violence
Women's Erotic Wrestling(Shaw Cable Canada & Vubiquity) December 2015 – Women's Erotic: Female Beating
Women's Wrestling Wars(Shaw Cable Canada & Vubiquity) December 2015 – Women's Wrestling Wars: Booty Attack
Female Wrestling's Violent Brawls(Vubiquity) Female Wrestling's Most Violent Brawls 26
(iNDemand) Female Wrestling's Most Violent Brawls 23
INdemand affiliates include: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Cable, RCN, Cablevision, Brighthouse, Mid-Continent and many others.
Vubiquity's affiliates include: Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS, and many more.
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Absolutely Gospel Awards Nominees Announced

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2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Nominees Announced
Jim Brady Trio and Karen Peck & New River Named Most Nominated Artists; Producer Wayne Haun and Songwriter Jim Brady Score Most Individual Nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 5, 2016)  The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the nominees for the 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. As in years past, the nominees were chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and select media representatives. Starting on January 15, 2016, the fans will get a chance to vote for their favorites in a dozen categories.
"This time of the year absolutely flies by as we prepare for our annual awards celebration,” mentioned Deon Unthank, President of AbsolutelyGospel.com. "We are so excited about this year’s group of nominees and cannot wait to celebrate with them in April!”
Chris D. Unthank, Editor-In-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com said, "Once again, we are elated with the nominees this year. The staff and media did such an amazing job of recognizing not just massively popular artists but also those on the rise and making their mark on our industry by creating high quality music and experiences.”
As far as nominations go, new artist Jim Brady Trio scored the most nods among performing artists this year. The group landed an astonishing 10 nominations, setting a record for the most nominations by a new artist in a single year. The group took spots in the Song of the Year ("Steppin’ Out In Faith”) and Album of the Year (A New Chapter) categories and landed in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category. In addition, group founders Jim and Melissa Brady each scored nominations for Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, respectively.
Karen Peck & New River, a perennial favorite in this awards program, also scored an impressive nine nominations for their work in 2015. The group landed in Song of the Year ("Pray Now”) and Album of the Year (Pray Now) in addition to multiple other nods. Group member Matthew Gooch scored his first ever Musician of the Year mention this year as well.
Next in line were the Bowling Family11th Hour, and The Talleys with six nominations apiece. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound,Wilburn & Wilburn, and Tribute each scored five mentions. Taking four nominations each were TriumphantThe BrowdersThe WilliamsonsJoseph HabedankAmber Nelon ThompsonGoodman RevivalBooth Brothers, and Michael English.
The ErwinsThe NelonsHigh Road, and Jeff & Sheri Easter all landed three nods. Several artists earned double nominations, including Canton JunctionGold CitySteve LaddTaRanda GreeneZane & Donna King, and Gordon Mote
Another perennial favorite, producer/songwriter Wayne Haun was the most nominated individual this year, taking a strong 12 nominations for his work this past year, including three separate Album of the Year mentions for his production work this year. Jim Brady followed behind with nine mentions for his songwriting and production work in 2015.
Songwriter Michael Farren earned an impressive five nods as well - including two mentions in the Song of the Year category. Karen Peck Gooch and Lee Black landed four nominations. Multiple people earned three nominations including Melissa BradyTony WoodLauren TalleyRoger TalleyJason Clark, Ben IsaacsMichael Sykes, and Kenna West.
The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization that has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2016 Pacesetter are progressive trio 11th Hour, event production company Abraham Productions, the Brotherhood Tour (featuring Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the Booth Brothers), the Heritage of Gold Tour (featuring Gold City, Jay Parrack & Vocal Event, Steve Ladd, LeFevre Quartet, and Wilburn & Wilburn), and event production company IMC Concerts.
More information on the 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, performers, and sponsors, etc. The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The event will take place at a brand new location. That announcement is forthcoming. 
The nominees for the 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are listed below:
SONG OF THE YEAR
"Happy People” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (E.Haase, W.Haun, J.Lindsey)
"He Took the Nails” – The Browders (M.Browder, M.Upright)
"Jesus Is In the House” – 11th Hour (K.Gillespie, R.McCutcheon)
"Living In Harmony” – Triumphant (J.Bumbardner, S.Inman)
"One Glorious Moment of Faith” – Bowling Family (J.Austin, K.Rowland)
"Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River (D.Clark, M.Farren, K.P.Gooch)
"Shout” – The Williamsons (L.Black, G.Boe)
"Sometimes It Takes a Mountain” – Gaither Vocal Band (G.Gaither, M.Mathes)
"Steppin’ Out In Faith” – Jim Brady Trio (J.Brady, M.Brady)
"The Beauty of the Blood” – Joseph Habedank (M.Farren, J.Habedank, T.Wood)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A New Chapter – Jim Brady Trio (J.Brady, T.Parton)
After All This Time – The Talleys (L.Talley, R.Talley)
Every Hallelujah – Canton Junction (G.Jones)
Happy People – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (W.Haun)
Just Sing – Amber Nelon Thompson (J.Clark)
Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River (W.Haun)
Ready to Sail – The Erwins (W.Haun)
Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn (B.Isaacs, J.Wilburn, J.Wilburn)
Songs In the Key of Happy – Goodman Revival (J.Minick, M.Sykes)
Still – Booth Brothers (M.Booth, R.Booth, J.Brady, L.Goss, J.Webb)

PACESETTER
11th Hour
Abraham Productions
Brotherhood Tour (Booth Brothers and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
Heritage of Gold Tour (Gold City, Jay Parrack & Vocal Event, LeFevre Quartet, Steve Ladd, Wilburn & Wilburn)
IMC Concerts

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Goodman Revival
The Guardians
Jim Brady Trio
The Littles
Southern Raised

MALE VOCALIST
Mike Bowling (Bowling Family)
Jim Brady (Jim Brady Trio)
Michael English
Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute)
Joseph Habedank

FEMALE VOCALIST
Melissa Brady (Jim Brady Trio)
Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
TaRanda Greene
Lauren Talley (The Talleys)
Amber Nelon Thompson  (The Nelons)

MALE GROUP
Booth Brothers
Canton Junction
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Tribute
Triumphant
Wilburn & Wilburn

FEMALE GROUP
High Road
Red Roots
Sisters
Sweetwater Revival

MIXED GROUP
11th Hour
Bowling Family
The Erwins
Jim Brady Trio
Karen Peck & New River
The Talleys

SONGWRITER (ARTIST)
Jim Brady (Jim Brady Trio)
Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
Joseph Habedank
Daryl Williams (Daryl Williams Trio)
Lisa Williamson (The Williamsons)

SONGWRITER (PROFESSIONAL)
Lee Black
Marcia Henry
Rebecca J. Peck
Dixie Phillips
Sue C. Smith
Kenna West
Dianne Wilkinson

PRODUCER (ARTIST)
Jason Clark (The Nelons)
Michael English
Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Donna King (Zane & Donna King)
Michael Sykes (Goodman Revival)
Roger Talley (The Talleys)

PRODUCER (PROFESSIONAL)
Nick Bruno
Jeff Collins
Ricky Free
Wayne Haun
Kevin Ward

ENGINEER
Van Atkins
Blake Bennett
Terry Thompson
Kevin Ward
Woody Wright

MUSICIAN
Kelly Back
Matthew Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
Gordon Mote
Josh Singletary (Tribute)
Jeff Stice

TRADITIONAL SONG
"Battle Cry” – Kingsmen (L.Black, J.Lindsey, S.C.Smith)
"I Will Rise” – Tribute (R.J.Peck)
"One Glorious Moment of Faith” – Bowling Family (J.Austin, K.Rowland)
"Shout” – The Williamsons (L.Black, G.Boe)
"Steppin’ Out In Faith” – Jim Brady Trio (J.Brady, M.Brady)

TRADITIONAL RECORDING
Living In Harmony – Triumphant (W.Haun)
Sing – The Perrys (W.Haun)
Songs In the Key of Happy – Goodman Revival (J.Minick, M.Sykes)
That Day Is Coming – Collingsworth Family (W.Haun)
Walk of Faith – The Whisnants (T.Ivey)

PROGRESSIVE SONG
"Another Time, Another Place” – Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English (G.Driskell)
"Jesus Is In the House” – 11th Hour (K.Gillespie, R.McCutheon)
"Power of the Cross” – Gold City (K.Getty, S.Townsend)
"Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River (D.Clark, M.Farren, K.P.Gooch)
"The Beauty of the Blood” – Joseph Habedank (M.Farren, J.Habedank, T.Wood)

PROGRESSIVE RECORDING
A New Chapter – Jim Brady Trio (J.Brady, T.Parton)
After All This Time – The Talleys (L.Talley, R.Talley)
Just Sing – Amber Nelon Thompson (J.Clark)
Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River (W.Haun)
Still – Booth Brothers (M.Booth, R.Booth, J.Brady, L.Goss, J.Webb)

COUNTRY SONG
"Good Lord Willing” – Jim Brady Trio (J.Brady, B.Weeks, T.Wood)
"He Took the Nails” – The Browders (M.Browder, M.Upright)
"I Am Blessed” – Karen Peck & New River (M.Farren, K.P.Gooch, K.West)
"Jesus Loves You” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (S.Easter, K.West)
"That’s What I Miss the Most” – Bowling Family (C.Davis, J.Yeary)
"You Asked Him to Leave” – Wilburn & Wilburn (G.Crabb, D.Morgan)

COUNTRY ALBUM
Beautiful Ashes – John Bowman (J.Bowman, T.Engle)
Hymns & Songs of Inspiration – Gordon Mote (W.Haun, P.Johnson, G.Mote)
Moments Like These – Bowling Family (M.Bowling)
Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn (B.Isaacs, J.Wilburn, J.Wilburn)
Small Town – Jeff & Sheri Easter (J.Easter, M.Easter, S.Easter, G.Ritchie)

SPECIAL EVENT PROJECT
Acoustic – Triumphant (Triumphant)
Live at Daywind Studios – Tribute (S.Godsey)
Merry Christmas – The Browders (J.D.Rowsey, The Browders)  
Spirit of Christmas – TaRanda Greene (W.Haun)
The Inspiration of Broadway – Ernie Haase & Signature and J. Mark McVey (W.Haun)

MUSIC VIDEO
"Don’t Weep For Me” – High Road
"Hidden Heroes” – The Talleys
"I Choose To Be a Christian” – The Erwins
"Monday” – The Williamsons
"Waiting For You to Get Home” – The Browders

FAN FAVORITE ARTIST
High Road
Jeff & Sheri Easter
Jerry Salley
Karen Peck & New River
Kingdom Heirs
Michael English
The Nelons
Steve Ladd
Three Bridges
Zane & Donna King
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