Gospel sensation Marvin Sapp has seen his share of adversity. But in the end, he’s able to claim a victory. His latest album, “I Win,” is his public declaration.Sapp’s wife, MaLinda, died in 2010 of colon cancer, leaving him to raise their three children. Before that, he’d lost three important men: his father, his spiritual father and his musical mentor.
Sapp’s fans saw him briefly this season on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but he’s eyeing his own reality show about his life raising three teenagers while holding together a church and a charter school.
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 – 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.”
IS FRED GOING R&B? OMG !!!!!
We all know and love him for hits
like “No Weapon,” “We’re Blessed, and “You are the
Living Word.” But Hammond is switching gears and tapping into his more
romantic side for his next album. Though many of his fans wait in eager anticipation for the more secular rendering, others view the shift in the focus of Hammond’s music as controversial, calling it far-fetched and off-focus for the multi-award winning
artist and sought-after producer. Love it or hate it, Hammond feels like it’s time for
the church to start talking about romantic love. To underscore his
views, he recently chatted at length about his feelings and it was
captured on video.
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Their Prime Time
Love reality show on the
network allowed Hall of Fame
Cornerback Deion Sanders and model-actress
wife Pilar to open up their seemingly charmed
lives to the
public. But when the cameras
stopped rolling, the small skirmishes that
the viewing audience chuckle weren’t so funny
After 12 years of marriage, the couple who co-parent five kids—three together, two from Deion’s previous relationship—called it quits, which has left everyone wondering what went wrong? It all began so promising.
Bishop T.D. Jakes
officiated the wedding of the high profile couple in 1999 in a breathtaking
But somewhere along the way, the couple ran into
problems they didn’t
know how to resolve. And
finally, after shooting down divorce rumors
for a while, on Sunday, December 18, 2011, Deion
Sanders released an official public statement to
TMZ confirming that the rumblings surrounding a
possible split were, in fact, true.
“Pilar and I have decided to end our marriage and
to the next phase of our individual lives
with mutual respect. We are
friends and our top
priority has and will continue to be the well-being
of our children. We arrived at this decision
carefully in order to be able to
pursue what is in both of our best
The Sanders’ divorce announcements rounds
the trio of high profile holiday divorce
Atlanta megapastor, Eddie Long and
wife Vanessa, are splitting up, as
well as Laker’s
front man, Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa.
No one, other than those closest to
the couple, are aware of the intimate details of the split. We are
praying for the family. Divorce is difficult for everyone.
NASHVILLE, TN (June 29, 2011) – THE GMA Board of Directors and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will again take place in Atlanta in 2012 and will be aired on gmc. The awards, slated to take place in April 2012 offer the most comprehensive platform of music celebrating Christian and Gospel music.
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards quickly sold out this past April at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre garnered its highest ratings on gmc. With more than 1.5 million viewers turning in to catch host Sherri Shepherd and such artists as Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, Male Vocalist of the Year Chris August and other superstars Third Day, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Chris Tomlin, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Rogers and many others perform unique collaborations and take home honors at the annual awards show.
“We’re excited for the Dove Awards to return to Atlanta,” says William Pete, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO. “There was a buzz throughout the city surrounding the show and the excitement was contagious. We look forward to making the 43rd Annual Dove Awards another success.”
This year’s awards marked many firsts for the iconic awards. With its move to the culturally diverse city of Atlanta, the gmc airing, numerous promotions with radio, TV and area churches, coupled with the location being home to so many of the genres artists and the international TV star and comedian Sherri Shepherd bringing her uniquely apropos hosting duties to the show made for a complete facelift for “Gospel Music’s Biggest Night.”
Mitchell Solarek, chairman of the GMA board states, “Our experience this past year in Atlanta exceeded our expectations. How exciting to have the Governor of Georgia personally there to welcome our artists, and guests of the show. The City of Atlanta made us feel so welcomed from the city and state leaders to the multitude of local and international media that covered the awards. We are thrilled with the results of the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards and are looking forward to another amazing outcome in 2012.”
Charley Humbard, gmc CEO adds, “The GMA Dove Awards is one of the preeminent events in the world of Christian, Gospel and Inspirational music. Our relationship with the GMA and the Dove Awards is an important part of our strategy. We are pleased with the increasing numbers we are garnering with awards show. And, having the awards in Atlanta, the home of gmc, makes it doubly sweet.”
Thematically, when Heath approached titling his new 11-song collection, he leaned into the project’s opener. The concept of “Leaving Eden” speaks to a new awareness in Heath’s life, as well as a continuation of his career-long focus on reconciliation.
“The album opens with the title track stating the obvious pain in the world, by just reading the headlines. With the state of things around us, it’s clear we’ve left Eden,” he says. “And what did Adam and Eve want? What was the temptation in eating that apple? They already knew good, but now they had knowledge of both good and evil. I must first mourn the loss of Eden’s innocence in my own life, acknowledge sin and move forward in repentance,” he continues. “I think rediscovering and preserving innocence is part of the umbilical cord that attaches me to God. The life support is still there.”
At the same time, even amidst innocence being slowly chipped away, Brandon Heath knows the world can be changed, even if it’s just one decision at a time.
“I feel like I have a choice not to eat the apple anymore, and to protect what little innocence is still left in my life. Once reconciled with the fall of Eden, I’d love to celebrate the goodness in the world, and that’s what the rest of the songs on the album talk about,” Brandon says.
Leaving Eden represents that important step forward for Heath, as artist, as singer, as chronicler of the world around him. Through this remarkable collection of songs, he reminds us – moment by moment, decision by decision – of the hope given to us. Although we often may feel the weight of the world pushing in, by looking back and leaning on the One who created us, can we truly experience that burden lifted.
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A Musical Sneak Peak at 2011
If its one thing that Kirk Franklin understands, it is that soul and gospel have always been a part of the same close-knit family. Since the release of his self-titled debut in 1993, Franklin has proved himself a pioneer when he sprinkled a taste of hip-hop in the mix. He changed musical history with the release of his debut album, KIRK FRANKLIN AND THE FAMILY, the first gospel album to sell more than a million units. In his bold attempt to broaden the range of the traditional gospel audience, Kirk Franklin was willing to take heat from the naysayers as long as it didn’t get in the way of delivering the inspired message. After more than 16 years as the top-selling Contemporary Gospel artist, Kirk Franklin shows no signs of slowing down. Many believe the secret to his continued success is rooted in his artistic genius of being innovative, relevant and authentic.
To date, the musical trendsetter has garnered seven GRAMMY® Awards; an American Music Award; 35 Stellar Awards; 12 Dove Awards (CCM); five NAACP Awards; 2 BET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others. The heart of who Kirk is and his story struck a resounding chord with his fans years ago and they have remained loyal ever since. Kirk has always been transparent about being abandoned by his parents, adopted by his grandmother and his humble beginnings. Kirk has never hid behind his celebrity status but has remained connected to his audience through his music and frank discussions of life issues. After more than 16 years in this industry, I’ve learned so much,” Franklin, says. “I want to take those lessons as well as my own experiences as a man who grew up with one foot in the church and one foot in the streets, and use that to connect with this generation. Reaching young, urban audiences is a key component of Franklin’s vision, and the company’s mission statement reflects Franklin’s commitment:“We’re seeking to creatively impact the world with faith centered, innovative products and services,” he explains. Next month, Franklin resumes hosting the third season of the BET original series, SUNDAY BEST.
The entrepreneur not only serves as host of the program, the channel’s nationwide search for the next best gospel artist, but co-executive produces the series. A hugely popular hit with audiences, the program is the network’s first gospel talent competition and garnered the highest ratings for a gospel show in its history. Fans are eagerly awaiting for Kirk’s new book The Blueprint: A Plan For Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham/Penguin) in stores May 18; and Kirk is working on his 12th album expected in stores fourth quarter 2010. A devoted husband, Franklin and his wife Tammy have been happily married for 14 years and are proud parents of four children. .
Kirk’s 12th project ‘Hello Fear” hits stores on March 22nd, 2011
In a recent interview, I sat down with the sisters to discuss their new book BE U, which hit bookstores everywhere on April 6.
IBH: Hello, How are you doing?
MM: We’re doing great enjoying life with our families.
IBH: What inspired you to write this book?
MM: We were inspired to write the book after meeting young girls who’d rather be anyone but themselves and remembering what that felt like when we were younger. And feeling a responsibility to share what we’ve learned, to help shape and change lives.
IBH: Who came up with the concept of an interactive book?
MM: We collectively (management publisher) wanted something that would help start the inner work it takes to really become the best at knowing who you are. Like asking questions and facing your own issues. We really love that part of the book!
IBH: What do you want young women to get out of reading your book?
MM: We want people to understand that their not alone, someone has been where they’ve been, and if we made it thru they can do the same thing to. You have to be strong in mind body and soul to overcome certain things and know that with the help of God all things are possible.
IBH: Who’s idea was it to use song titles as chapters in the book?
MM: The idea to use the titles of the songs was ours since the songs and titles have been the source of strength for so many. we wanted to elaborate on the meanings of the songs and how they relate to things we’ve been thru in our own lives. Most of our songs are our own testimonies.
IBH: When will the book be available to purchase?
MM: The book was released April 6th and is in stores NOW. Also available through Amazon.com and all national book stores.
IBH: What are the things in life that keep you grounded?
MM: What keeps us grounded is never forgetting where we came from. Always remembering God has given us a gift and we have a responsibility to share it and remain true to our faith in God. We know who we are, but we’re also aware that we’re nothing without God and its him that has blessed us to to what we do. It’s kinda hard to have your nose up in the air with that information! Bottom line is grateful hearts keep us grounded.
For more info and to purchase BE U, visit the Mary Mary’s website at www.marymary.com or purchase your copy at www.amazon.com.