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Friday, March 4, 2016

GOSPEL ARTIST WILLIAM MURPHY RELEASES NEW SINGLE “ARISE (YOU ARE GOOD)”

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Three Track EP is Set To Be Released on Friday, March 25, 2016

New York, NY (March 4, 2016) – Today, GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter and bishop, William Murphy released a new single“Arise (You Are Good)” to all digital outlets. Performed recently during The Stellar Award’s Pre-Show in Las Vegas, Bishop Murphy undeniably moved the star-studded crowd with a powerhouse performance of his latest offering.  “Arise (You Are Good)” is the first single from his new EP, ARISE, available everywhere music is sold on Friday, March 25, 2016. 

The ARISE EP is comprised of three tracks and is just a hint of what Murphy’s fifth album, DEMONSTRATE will be. The gifted vocalist behind the Shekinah Glory praise and worship anthem “Praise Is What I Do,” and “It’s Working” from his 2013 Grammy-nominated album GOD CHASER recorded DEMONSTRATE,  in front of a live audience at The Church at Chapel Hill in Douglasville, GA last May. 
On the new music, Bishop Murphy says,” God's given me something fresh to say, and I believe it's going to help us consistently encounter His Presence. I look forward to sharing this song and I pray it will be a blessing to all.”
“Arise (You Are Good)” Retail Links:
http://smarturl.it/ArisePV-I (iTunes Performance Version)
http://smarturl.it/AriseAV-I (iTunes Album Version)
http://smarturl.it/ArisePV-A (Amazon Music Performance Version)
http://smarturl.it/AriseAV-A (Amazon Music Album Version)
http://smarturl.it/ArisePV-G (Google Play Performance Version)
http://smarturl.it/AriseAV-G (Google Play Album Version)

“Arise (You Are Good)” Streaming Links:
http://smarturl.it/ArisePV-Ap (Apple Music Performance Version)
http://smarturl.it/AriseAV-Ap (Apple Music Album Version)
http://smarturl.it/ArisePV-S (Spotify Performance Version)
http://smarturl.it/AriseAV-Ap (Spotify Album Version)

ARISE Track Listing:
1.      Arise (You Are Good) Album Version
2.      Your Love
3.      Free Indeed
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HEZEKIAH WALKER RETURNS WITH NEW MUSIC “BETTER” AVAILABLE ON MARCH 4THAND TEAMS UP WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC

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LISTEN TO "BETTER" BY HEZEKIAH WALKER


Walker Debuts Performance of New Single “Better” on the Stellar Awards, airing on March 6th 

Nashville, TN (March 4, 2016) – Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) announces the signing of Gospel superstar, award winning beloved pastor and radio host Hezekiah Walker, as he prepares to release his fifteenth album.  Hezekiah Walker delivers a highly-anticipated return with the release of his new smash hit single “Better,” available beginning March 4th and launching at radio on March 7th.  Following his global hit anthem “Every Praise” and 2013 album Azusa the Next Generation, the chart-topper sets the stage to continue creating powerful inspirational music and bringing his signature ministry style to fans everywhere on this first single, with this new album marking his sophomore Azusa project, slated for Summer 2016 to be released under the umbrella Azusa Inc./eOne Music.

Hezekiah Walker teamed up again with Gospel hit-maker Donald Lawrence on the production of “Better,” and hit the stage at the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards to debut the song.  Walker thrilled the crowd in Las Vegas in some of the show’s most celebrated moments, with two unforgettable live performances – performing “Better” for the first time on television, and performing in a heralded reunion with his longtime brotherhood/fellow Gospel superstars Donald Lawrence and Ricky Dillard for a poignant medley tribute honoring the late Gospel great O’Landa Draper. 

Fans can catch Hezekiah Walker’s performances on the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, premiering on TV One on Sunday March 6, 2016 at 6 pm EST/5 pm CST, with encore broadcast airings of the show at 8 pm and 10 pm EST, as well as additional airings in national syndication on 150 stations from March 12 – April 10.

“Better” will be released on iTunes on Friday March 4th.  Walker’s signing joins him with eOne Music’s acclaimed roster of iconic pioneers and contemporary artists that continue to drive Gospel and inspirational music forward, which includes The Reigning Queen of Gospel Pastor Shirley Caesar, Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Todd Dulaney, William McDowell, Martha Munizzi, Deitrick Haddon, Michelle Williams, and more.

Hezekiah Walker says: “I’m honored and humbled to continue to deliver music that makes a lasting impression on people all over the world. ‘BETTER’ is a Smash Hit that I’m proud of.”

Phil Thornton, eOne Music’s Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational, says: “eOne Music is excited to join forces with Hezekiah Walker, whose prodigious gifts have continued to make an unparalleled impact on Gospel for 30 years. Uplifting and spiritually guiding countless people across the globe with his hits, we can't wait for fans to hear ‘Better’ - a unifying decree that's a powerful introduction for the new music to come on his fifteenth album!"
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

INSTAGRAM SINGING SENSATION BRI BRIANA BABINEAUX WILL RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM “KEYS TO MY HEART” ON MARCH 25, 2016

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Instagram singing sensation Bri (Briana Babineaux) who’s riveting and heartfelt a cappella camera phone video clips made her the darling of urban social media a year ago is at last releasing her debut album. The twelve-track project “Keys To My Heart” (Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot) releases worldwide March 25, 2016. The radio hit “I’ll Be The One” is currently Top 12 on the Billboard Magazine Gospel Airplay chart.
 
The soul stirring set was recorded before an invitation-only audience of friends, family and fans at the legendary Doppler Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. It features a variety of melodic moods written specifically with Bri in mind, ranging from the Urban beat of “Love You Forever” (written by Christian Hip Hop star Uncle Reece) and the Pentecostal drive of “Lord of All” to the acoustic flavor of “Grace” (written by gospel veteran Bryan Andrew Wilson). Bri wrote one of the album’s most dramatic pieces, the riveting “Jacob’s Song” that features seasoned vocalist Sha Simpson on the “Desperate” reprise. Korey Bowie, an artist in his own right who has collaborated with the likes of Casey J and Angie Stone, produced the entire set and wrote a couple of the songs as well.
 
Bri kicks off promotion for the project with a free-admission album release concert Friday, March 25th @7:30 PM at the Harvest Time Church, 17770 Imperial Valley Drive, Houston, TX 77060. From there she joins the “New Artists On The Block” Tour with her label mates Casey J, C West and Kelontae Gavin. Here are the early dates:
 
3/27 @6 PM – Fresh Start Church, Duluth, GA
3/28 @7 PM - Living Water Community Church, Chicago, IL
3/29 @7 PM – TBA, Detroit, MI
3/30 @7 PM - TBA, Columbus OH
3/31 @7 PM  - MILK River, New York City
4/01 @ 7 PM - Kingdom Life Church, Ewing, NJ
4/13 @ 7 PM - All Nations Christian Center, Huntsville, AL

Visit www.brination.org for more #Brination news and information. 
 






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Out lesbian rapper Rahccy Slays with "Miss Jill on 108th"

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Covert Entertainment Artist Rahccy
With the release of her debut single, "Miss Jill on 108th" Rahccy is single handedly revamping hip hop and restructuring its current status quo.
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Los Angeles - Imagine if Lauryn Hill, Meshell Ndegeocello  and Angie Stonewere all harmonizing together on one song. You would have Ndegeochello's bottomless, balmy bass, Hill's wicked, spitfire lyricism and Angie Stone's lusciously seductive tonality. What if however, one tiny, unassuming woman could stand alone and deliver all that fervor with a frequency so intense, the sounds drifting into your eardrums would cause your being to shudder.
Covert Entertainment's 23-year-old powerhouse performer, Rahccy, is all of these things and more; packing pain, pushing power, igniting love and stirring the fever with her every verse. With the release of her debut single, "Miss Jill on 108th" Rahccy is single-handedly revamping hip hop and restructuring its current status quo. Young, gifted and unapologetically gay, Rahccy is knocking down musical walls and rebuilding them her way.

Backed by the production wizardry of Covert Entertainment CEO Dwayne "Muffla" Simon and Four Choice Productions, Rahccy's strong intention to do hip hop her way is more than just some new artist's bright eyed notion. Notably, her producer Simon is the man responsible for lacing hip hop with his talent by writing, producing and arranging super hits for artists such as LL Cool J, Run DMC and Ice Cube.
Rooted in the Los Angeles' community of Watts, Rahccy is that flower determined to bloom between the cracks of concrete. Her childhood home stands on the very corner where the historical and brutal riots tore apart the city in 1965.Alchemizing an inimitable brand of hip hop, neo soul and gospel and delivering gold, one can hear the pathos of street survival in every lingering beat. With "Miss Jill On 108th" Rahccy's old soul sentiment beams bright as she pays homage to the many older, faceless women in the community who are encountered only briefly but leave a lasting spell. Rahccy holds the torch for those who can't.
Singing in church since the age of eight, Rahccy's talent garnered her initial recognition in high school when she teamed up with fellow student Rob "Galli" Salazar and won their high school competition "Bringin' Down the House"performing at the legendary House Of Blues in Los Angeles. The duo's bond continued and they were featured in a short documentary called "South Of Stars" by KPCC, which still garners views online. After surviving a near fatal car crash in 2015, her life shifted dramatically as she healed and returned back to the studio with a vengeance.
Cites her producer Dwayne "Muffla" Simon, "With a string of multi-platinum hits from my work with LL Cool J to name just a few, I thought my music days were over. The music scene has changed so much and no one was lighting a fire for me. Then I heard Rahccy and I knew I had to come out of retirement. She has that rare quality that artist possess when they are bigger than themselves. Rahccy has that 'it' quality that legends are made of. As a producer, I'm more than excited because I know she is going to blaze hip hop with her passion."  

 
"I know I'm an old soul," cites Rahccy. "I was raised by my grandparents and they taught me some things crucial about love and respect. The fight of being a woman of color and a lesbian is real. As a part of that community, I'm a tool to be used in the larger context of things. I envision my music as a pioneer for change. We don't see, hear or celebrate many artists that look and sound like me. I'm here to change that."
"Miss Jill On 108th" is available on iTunes and wherever online music is sold. Check out Rahccy at http://www.covertentertainmentsoundworks.com/#!rahccy---artist/vbf5i.

Friend her on social media on Facebook at Rahccy, and on Twitter and Instagram at @RahccyMusic.
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HILLARY CLINTON MAKES A SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT THE 2016 STELLARS AWARDS

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton paid a surprise visit to the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards while in Las Vegas for the Nevada Democratic Caucuses this weekendClinton interviewed with TV One's NewsOne Now (the network airs the Stellar Awards) and said that the Stellar Awards "lifted my spirits." I have included links to photo and video of a 1:1 interview with Mrs. Clinton. Please consider running this coverage on-air. Clinton is photographed with WE tv star Tina Campbell ("Mary Mary"), Don Jackson (Founder and Executive Producer) and Erma Gray Davis (President of Central City Productions) of The Stellar Awards.

Erma Gray Davis, COO of the Stellar Awards, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Don Jackson, Founder and Chairman of the Stellar Awards and Dr. Leonard Scott, president and owner of Tyscott Records
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Presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits the Stellar Awards. Photographed with Don Jackson,  Founder and CEO of the Stellar Awards. 
Photo Credit: Maury Phillips, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
"I am so grateful because the artists and arrangers and the writers tap into something so deep, and I am a person of faith and I am a person who finds inspiration and support and meaning in many different ways.... but what's better than raising your voices to God and being able to connect that brings others along with you," Clinton said.
During her brief remarks with NewsOne Now, Clinton mentioned the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI saying, "It's heartbreaking to see a community being poisoned because of the indifference, neglect of their governor." Hillary Clinton

Be sure to watch the 2016 Stellar Awards on Sunday, March 6 at 6pm ET to see Clinton's appearance at the Stellar Awards.
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2016 STELLAR AWARDS TO AIR ON TV ONE, SUNDAY, MARCH 6 (PHOTOS)

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GOSPEL SUPERSTARS DELIVER POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, KIRK FRANKLIN, YOLANDA ADAMS, DONNIE MCCLURKIN, MARVIN SAPP, KAREN CLARK SHEARD, HEZEKIAH WALKER, DONALD LAWRENCE, TASHA COBB, CHARLES JENKINS,  AND MANY MORE





WATCH ANTHONY BROWN SWEEP THE 2016 STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS ON TV ONE THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 6 AT 6PM ET/ 5PM CT.  BROWN AND HIS AGGREGATE GROUP THERAPY WON IN EACH CATEGORY IN WHICH THEY WERE NOMINATED -- 10!

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 3, 2016) -  Dubbed the greatest night in Gospel music, the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas turned "Sin City" into "Salvation City." Celebrating 31 years, the Stellar Awards was co-hosted with comedic flair by Rickey Smiley ("Dish Nation," Rickey Smiley For Real) and Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2, The View) during the 2-hour taped telecast premiering Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT on TV One, with encores airing at 8 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. The Stellar Awards recognizes the year's best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry.


Anthony Brown & group therApy made history as their album, "Everyday Jesus," was blessed with 10 trophies during the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena. In a Stellar Awards first, the gospel songwriter-turned-singer and his group won each of its 10 nominations - a feat that hasn't been done since Bishop Marvin Sapp's 7 for 7 wins in 2009. Celebrating and honoring the best of Gospel music's artists, writers and industry professionals, the Stellar Awards also honored Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago's "Any Given Sunday" with four awards, with Tasha Cobbs rounding out the top three recipients with three honors for her album "One Place Live." 

The show featured powerhouse performances from gospel superstars including: 

Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Casey J, Charles Jenkins, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene, Brian Courtney Wilson, William McDowell and many more.


10 for 10 Stellar Award Recipient Anthony Brown & group therAPy on the Stellar Awards Red Carpet
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
      CEO Don Jackson with wife, Vice Chairman and CAO Mrs. Rosemary Jackson and President & COO Erma Gray Davis on the Red Carpet 
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Stellar Co-Host, Rickey Smiley
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Stellar Co-Host, Sherri Shepherd on the Stellar Awards Pre-Show Red Carpet Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Wendy Raquel Robinson on the Stellar Awards Red Carpet 
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Yolanda Adams on the Stellar Awards 
Red Carpet 
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Stellar Award Winner Erica Campbell on the Red Carpet
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/Frontpage Firm
  
Iyanla Vanzant walks the Red Carpet
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TC Stallings on the Stellar Awards Red Carpet 
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Ben and Jewel Tankard on the Stellars Red Carpet
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
 
Rickey Smiley, Kirk Franklin and wife, Tammy on the Red Carpet
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
LeToya Luckett on the Stellar Awards Red Carpet
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The Disney Channel's Trinitee Stokes
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm

Nominee, Jason Nelson on the Red Carpet
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**SHOW PHOTOS**

Stellar Awards Co-Hosts Rickey Smiley & Sherri Shepherd at the Stellar Awards 
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm

Donald Lawrence in the O'landa Draper tribute performance on the Stellar Awards show 

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Patrick Riddick performing at the Pre-Show 
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Donnie McClurkin performing on the Stellar Awards show
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Richard Smallwood & Tina Campbell of Mary Mary presenting on the Stellar Awards 
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Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago win 'Choir of the Year' 
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Anthony Brown & group therAPy accepting an award 
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 *STELLAR PERFORMANCES*

Anthony Brown & group therAPy performing on The Stellar Awards stage.  
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Recording artist Marvin Sapp and Yolanda Adams performing on stage during the 2016 Stellar Awards. 
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Recording artists Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Karen Clark Sheard performing onstage during the 2016 Stellar Gospel Awards. 
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Recording artist Casey J performs on stage
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 Recording artist Tasha Cobbs performs during the 2016 Stellar Gospel Awards
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Charles Jenkins performing on stage at the 31st Stellar Awards
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Kirk Franklin performing on stage at the Stellar Awards
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