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According to a press release from independent gospel label Habakkuk Music, label member Isaiah Thomas is still contractually obligated to record an album with them, but is allegedly connected to another label. Thomas is the leader of the Maryland-based 2008 Stellar Award winning Contemporary Choir of the Year, Elements of Praise. Thomas is also an acclaimed songwriter who penned the Byron Cage praise anthem "I Will Bless the Lord." While Habakkuk claims they have an exclusive music agreement with Thomas and intend to record a second album with him, they will pursue necessary legal action if he continues to breach their existing contract. The notice demands that both Thomas and Global Gospel Music Group cease and desist their agreement. The release also serves notice to the gospel industry that Isaiah Thomas is off limits.
(We were unable to find any details online about Global Gospel Music Group. Mr. Thomas has been contacted to offer his side of this story.)
Nationwide auditions for BET's singing competition Sunday Best begin on February 20 and will be held in three cities. Dates in New York and Atlanta have been cancelled.
Sunday Best Season 3 Audition Schedule:
DETROIT When: February 20, 8 a.m. - noon Where: COBO Center 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
NEW ORLEANS When: February 27, 8 a.m. - noon Where: Ernest M. Morial Convention Center 900 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70130-1799
PHILADELPHIA When: March 6, 8 a.m. - noon Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center One Convention Center Place 1101 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
Details about the audition process an be found at http://www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows/sundaybest2/sundaybest3_auditions_unitedstates.htm?wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished. For more information on auditions, call 1.800.710.4003.
The New Orleans Saints weren’t the only saints in Miami during Super Bowl Weekend. The saints came marching in to the 11th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, one of the premier events during this most celebrated weekend of the year. Grammy Award-winning CeCe Winans was joined by NFL leading quarterback Donovan McNabb (Eagles) to host the evening of inspiration and praise.
The NFL PLAYERS Choir returned, wowing the audience, which included Emmitt Smith (Cowboys/Retired) and James Brown (host of CBS’ “The NFL Today”), as they sang Donnie McClurkin’s “I’m Walking in Authority,” followed by Israel’s “Friend of God.” Donnie McClurkin returned to his role as choir director joined by Israel. The choir members, both active and retired players, included Leonard Weaver, Ovie Mughelli, Michael Gaines, Tommie Harris, Bryan Scott, Stephen Nicholas, George Foster, Montell Owens, Reshard Langford, John St. Clair, Jerome Smith, Stockar McDougle, Ebenezer Ekuban, H…
WITH FRESH STEAM FROM YEAR END ACCOMPLISHMENTS LINGERING, NEW VENTURES INCLUDING A THREE MONTH RUN AS MUSIC DIRECTOR FOR ACCLAIMED WRITER JD LAWRENCE KICKS OFF
Stan Jones is a fast-rising Producer and Songwriter in Gospel music whose gifts have continued to amass inevitable awards and recognition.
Delivering Stan his second Grammy nomination is The Williams Brothers’ The Journey Continues album for which he receives production, songwriting and engineering credit. He remains on Billboard charts at 41 weeks for contribution to the Brian Courtney Wilson inaugural record and was recently hand-picked by JD Lawrence to oversee Music Direction for a new production which tours 21 cities and kicks off February 5 in South Carolina. As well, Jones penned the powerful worship tune “He Has His Hand on You” which will appear on the highly-anticipated Verity Records release, Here I Am due in March from Marvin Sapp.
Not taking a backseat to the artists he’s confirmed to write and produce with this ye…
( Indianapolis , IN ) – February 9, 2010 – While the world has focused on sending relief to the Haitian families, Tyscot Records Founder, Bishop Leonard Scott took it a little further. Scott, a trained Dentist, along with two other medical staff, traveled to the Dominican and provided free health care for their oral well-being.
In the photo above: Left to right: Dr. Leonard Scott and one of his nurses attend to a Haitian patient on their missionary trip.
The medical and dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic consisted of three dentists, Dr. Rob Eversole of Greensburg , IN , and Drs. Leonard Scott and Lynna Scott of Indianapolis , four nurses, one dental hygienist and various other personnel to make up a team of 25. Those participating were members of First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Indiana and Rock Community Church of Indianapolis, Indiana.
The entire team was scheduled to arrive at the Santo Domingo Airport on Saturday January 16, 2010. But due to weather and other conditi…