Voices Of Praise Magazine

Category - Urban Gospel


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Nashville, TN (Tuesday, June 9, 2015) — Motown Gospel proudly announces the signing of multi-talented Pop/Soul recording artist Royce Lovett. Royce, an emerging singer/songwriter whose guitar driven melodies and lyrical skills garnered him awareness on the underground independent artist circuit, is poised to bring his thought-provoking messages of love, hope and unity with his debut release WRITE IT ON THE WALL.

Set to rewrite the rules of what music lovers expect from “inspirational artists,” the Tallahassee native will release his first single “Show Me Love,” a song that talks about building confidence through the love of God, brought to life by a sound that fuses elements of old school Urban soul with progressive R&B. The single will be available digitally on Friday July, 10th.

Music has been a part of Royce’s life since his early childhood. His mother, a worship leader, introduced him to all styles of music, from bands like Hillsong to pop superstar Michael Jackson. The music he enjoyed growing up helped to create his eclectic musical palate. As Royce grew musically, he became inspired by Musiq Soulchild, Soup The Chemist, Lauryn Hill and The Fugees; all influencing his unique style and sound.

Royce Lovett is not a typical artist. His unique sound and thought-provoking lyrics spark conversation as well as emotion. His songs are not simply shared in churches and among youth groups. Royce also takes his music outside the norm, performing in night clubs and bars, singing, rapping and quoting scripture while playing the acoustic guitar. His soulful melodies and razor sharp lyrics are driven by his faith and a lifestyle of worship. Royce readies an unapologetic fusion of rhythmic Urban and progressive R&B, as he moves to the global stage.




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Nashville, TN (Tuesday, June 16, 2015) — Emerging female duo AsOne delivers an innovative sound to the music industry with their forthcoming self titled debut release AsOne (360MusicWorx/Capitol Christian Distribution/Universal Music Group) available in stores and on all digital platforms Tuesday, June 23rd. Everything about this musical work is revolutionary. From the group themselves, consisting of Lisa Wright and Theresa Bailey who are the first interracial female duo in music history across all genres, to the breathtaking production that’s reminiscent of a movie soundtrack, to heart stirring, soulful vocals.

AsOne’s album release event will take place this Saturday, June 20th at the Capitol Theatre located at 110 West Main Street in Lebanon, Tennessee (near Nashville). The event starts at 8pm and is FREE to the public.

AsOne’s promotional tour has been very successful, with appearances at the WNRR Garden City Gospel Fest in Augusta, GA; Fresh Start Church in Duluth, GA; WLOU Summerfest in Louisville, KY; and Nashville’s 92Q with Connie Dickerson.

The duo will continue their promotional run beginning this week with confirmed appearances on Nashville’s WENO 760AM (June 18); TBN”s Nashville Praise-A-Thon and JUCE TV’s Real Videos Live (June 19); WLTZ’s The Dee Armstrong Show in Augusta, GA and WATC 57 Atlanta Live (June 22); CBN News (June 23); The Word Network’s Rejoice In The Word program hosted by Bishop George Bloomer in Detroit (July 24); Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast’s (AIB) Offstage with Reginald Prince and Radio One’s Praise in the Park in Atlanta, GA (August 1). 360MusicWorx will be announcing additional promotional dates in the coming weeks.

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About AsOne:
While their joint outing is being greeted with high anticipation, Lisa and Theresa are music veterans in their own rights. Already collecting critical acclaim from every corner of the country via her solo efforts, Lisa is a celebrated songwriter whose lengthy credits include music for Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Colorado Mass Choir, and Jana Long of Avalon. Likewise, Theresa, a graduate of the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, is a highly sought after professional background vocalist for Queen Latifah, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and many more.

Their musical union first proved itself a powerful alliance when Theresa was tapped to write for Lisa’s then-scheduled solo project. Their chemistry was so potent they opted to form the group AsOne instead and were immediately signed. In addition, after catching the eyes and ears of Disney, the group made their performance debut by opening on the grand stage at the world renown Disney castle for their annual “Night of Joy,” opening for top acts Lecrae, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, and more.


Marquis Boone Enterprises Presents…DISCOVERED


Discovered is a 1-day extensive presented by Marquise Boone (MBE). This extensive has been designed as a catalyst to assist those presently in, or looking to break into the entertainment industry. Touching everything from music, fashion, songwriting, artist management, and so on, this event is sure to launch every attendee to a new height. Every person will leave knowing what it takes to get discovered and how to sustain themselves once discovered. This event will be held in Atlanta, GA


Attendees can expect lecture-styled courses, general informative sessions, opportunities to showcase talent and possibly land a contract/deal/offer in their career area, tools that will allow for implementation of what is learned at Discovered, and a chance to network. There will be key industry executives from all over, surprise celebrity appearances, tons of giveaways that will help leverage your career and resources out of this world.


The lineup of special guests will include record label execs, well established songwriters, producers, fashion designers/stylists, entertainment lawyers, and the like. These guests will be key in assuring that the attendees walk away loaded with insight and information that will give them a competitive edge in the industry.


You should register for Discovered because such forums are severely rare. Besides, it only takes one moment to change your life. You never know, Discovered may just place you closer to that moment!

Oh yeah, the first 100 registrants will receive a Discovered Tablet preloaded with very useful documents and resources that everyone in the entertainment field needs to have!


The Early Bird Special is priced at $125.00 per person from May 26th – July 6th. On July 7th, the regular registration will be $250 per person. There are limited spaces available. The earlier you register, the better!

Popular Female Group VIRTUE Featured on ‘GospelGreats’


Tune in or set your DVR’s to capture gospel’s original urban contemporary girl group VIRTUE as they sit down with Roland S. Martin on “News One Now with Roland Martin” for an hour long special episode entitled Gospel Greats. The episode airs Friday, May 15th at 9:00 AM EST/8:00 CST on TV One.

In it, Virtue talks about their 10 year hiatus from the gospel music industry, family, their current chart-topping comeback hit single “You Are” (8 consecutive weeks in the Top 20 on Gospel radio) and the release of “Testimony:Reloaded” – a re-vamped version of their last studio album and more. The show also features interviews with Tye Tribbett, Ricky Dillard, Casey J, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, Fred Hammond and Tasha Page Lockhart.


About Virtue:
With nearly 20 years of memorable music to their credit over the course of six studio albums and career sales exceeding well over 500,000 (according to Nielsen Soundscan) Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award nominated sister trio Virtue blazed a trail in Urban Contemporary gospel music with their unique harmonies and memorable melodies with top hits like “Put Your War Clothes On,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Lord I Lift My Hands,”and “Follow Me” among many more.

After nearly a 10 year recording hiatus Virtue returned to the gospel music scene in September 2014 with their comeback hit single “You Are” which peaked in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Airplay and Mediabase Gospel chart for 8 consecutive weeks. In February of this year they released “Testimony:Reloaded” – a re-vamped version of their last studio album that featured their current single “You Are” and an un-released track “You Deserve.” Virtue is set to released their forthcoming new studio album ‘Fearless’ (Mixed Bag/eOne) this summer.


About News One Now: Emanating from the heart of Washington D.C. in a state-of-the-art studio that offers a stunning view of the Capitol building, NewsOne Now airs Monday through Friday from 7-10 a.m. ET on Radio One network stations in select U.S. markets, and is simulcast on TV One from 9-10 a.m. NewsOne Now is hosted by Roland S. Martin, the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and former host of TV One’s long-running, award-winning weekly news program, Washington Watch with Roland Martin. Each morning, Martin – who also serves as the program’s managing editor – sifts through the headlines of the day to spotlight matters that greatly impact the African American community. Beyond radio and television, NewsOne Now reaches audiences 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on NewsOne.com and the NewsOne mobile app. News One Now is an evolution of Interactive One’s award-winning digital brand NewsOne.com that launched in 2008 and reaches millions of African Americans each month.


About TV One: Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv ) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK; www.comcast.com] , one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information, and communications products and services.


On the set of TV One’s “News One Now,” Roland Martin (Photo credit: News One Now/courtesy of The FrontPage Firm)

About Roland S. Martin: Noted among TV Week’s “Top 12 To Watch In TV News,” Roland S. Martin is a nationally syndicated, award-winning journalist and columnist. Currently, Martin is the chief political editor and face of the daily news program NewsOne Now for TV One Network. News One Now is the first morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective and is the number one cable news show of 2014 in its time slot among all African American viewers. Including broadcast television, NewsOne Now’s performance among Black viewers in all key demos was second only to NBC’s Today.

In addition, Martin is the host of the daily syndicated radio show, “The Roland Martin Show” airing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET in 20 markets across the nation; a columnist with Creators Syndicate and the Daily Beast; as well as senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily. Roland recently appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Dr. Phil” and ESPN’s “Sports Nation,”as well as made his big-screen debut with a cameo in “Beyond the Lights,” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. With his personal social media audience topping 600,000 followers across platforms, Martin made the 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100 list highlighting the movers, shakers and ignitors in Black America for the third time.




AsOne Hero Final with logo

Nashville, TN (May 5, 2015) – “Hero,” the debut single from music’s first ever interracial female duo AsOne featuring Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise (known for the popular song “More Than Anything”), is now available on iTunes (http://apple.co/1ETm0BU), Amazon ([http://amzn.to/1IIaD1j), Google Play (http://bit.ly/1Qh5u2p) and all other digital platforms for download.

Already winning over critics and listeners alike at Christian and Gospel radio, the song is a bold ode to God’s undefeated record of love, grace, and mercy for His children. Showcasing the vocal and writing prowess of the group’s members Lisa Wright and Theresa Bailey, the tune triumphs in melody, music, and now movement – as evidenced by its recently released lyric video.

The digital release of “Hero” precedes the duo’s self-titled debut album, slated for a summer 2015 release via 360 MusicWorx/Capitol Christian Distribution/Universal Music Group.

About AsOne:
360MusicWorx in partnership with Capitol Christian Distribution/Universal Music Group made history by announcing the signing of music’s first ever interracial female duo AsOne. Comprised of talented singer/songwriters Lisa Wright and Theresa Bailey are the label’s newest emerging musical act.

While their joint outing is being greeted with high anticipation, Lisa and Theresa are music veterans in their own rights. Already collecting critical acclaim from every corner of the country via her solo efforts, Lisa is a celebrated songwriter whose lengthy credits include music for Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Colorado Mass Choir, and Jana Long of Avalon. Likewise, Theresa, a graduate of the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, is a highly sought after professional background vocalist for Queen Latifah,Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and many more.

Their musical union first proved itself a powerful alliance when Theresa was tapped to write for Lisa’s then-scheduled solo project. Their chemistry was so potent they opted to form the group AsOne instead and were immediately signed. In addition, after catching the eyes and ears of Disney, the group made their performance debut by opening on the grand stage at the world renown Disney castle for their annual “Night of Joy,” which also featured the likes of top acts Lecrae, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, and more.

Connect With AsOne:
Facebook: AsOneMusic
Twitter: @AsOneMusic



Atlanta, GA (Monday, May 4, 2015) — Celebrated media personality and music executive Gerald Jones is set to shine a long overdue spotlight on a collection of gospel’s finest unsung independent talents in the form of his newest forthcoming effort THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT PROJECT (Mixed Bag/eOne) slated for a summer 2015 release. The first official radio single “If It Had Not Been” performed by rising Soul band SENSERE impacts gospel radio this week.

No better example of that atypical sound would be that of gospel soul band SENSERE, with the stirring single “If It Had Not Been” written by Major3rd Productions (Justin Francis, Carlos Woodard and Gerald Jones), produced by James Wright of SENSERE and co-produced by Woodard. The rousing tune masterfully showcases the Miami natives’ soulful harmonies while tapping into elements of R&B, neo soul, and a modernized twist on traditional gospel.

A compilation of some of the industry’s best-kept secrets, the INDEPENDENT SPIRITwill provide a platform for independent gospel artists who don’t have “the machine” behind them to showcase their deserving talents. And, given the wealth of hidden gems in the gospel music realm, Jones believes the venture couldn’t be any timelier.

“The time is now because I’ve never seen a project solely focused on independent artists where the artists are actually on par with the some of industry’s biggest names and top sellers,” he says. “The gospel music industry is slowly changing and making its way from the typical sounds to new voices and new faces.”

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About Gerald Jones:

Gerald Jones is a recognized media force in the entertainment industry with branches extending to television, music, journalism, and more. While his enduring impact on the gospel music industry has sprouted some of its most celebrated ventures in every medium, he is best known for being the Founder and CEO of DaGospelTruth.com – one of gospel’s leading source for news and entertainment.

Gerald is also the A&R/Marketing Director for Earnest Pugh’s label EPM Music Group, a contributing writer for Essence.com, an A&R Consultant for emerging label Mixed Bag Entertainment (Virtue, Committed) and has written songs for award winning artists Amber Bullock, Lowell Pye, Virtue and more.



SENSERE is an award-winning gospel group hailing from South Florida. Comprised of an eclectic mix of vocalists and instrumentalists that includes James “JDubb” Wright, Brian Williams, Terrell “T2” Terry, Dwayne Charlton, Darryl Efford, Charles McKay, Wildmayer Marcelin, John Robinson, the group has taken the gospel music industry by storm since the international release of their debut studio album ‘THE SOUL OF FUTURE WORSHIP VOLUME 1’.

Their contemporary offerings – described as a fusion of rock, soul, and gospel – have earned them commercial and critical acclaim, most notably two Gospel Association Guild (GAG) Awards in their ten-year tenure. Boasting the distinct honor of being the first gospel group to perform at the annual Jazz In The Gardens festival opening for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Mary J Blige, other noted tastes of their live offerings have been served via appearances on BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel”, TBN, and ABC/CBN’s “700 Club”.


Philadelphia, PA (Friday, April 24, 2015) – Music lovers continue to greet GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award nominated sister trio Virtue with welcome arms as their hit comeback single, “You Are,” celebrates its 7th consecutive week in the Top 20 on both Billboard’s BDS Gospel Airplay chart ( #17 peak) and Mediabase Gospel Radio chart (#17 peak).

Resonating with listeners for its powerful message and passionate vocal displays, the tune – written and produced by acclaimed newcomers Taylor Hill and Nicole DeAllie – is found on TESTIMONY: RELOADED – that also features an unreleased track “You Deserve” produced by Fred Jerkins, Alvin Garrett and Imani Pressley. The album also features the hit song “Follow Me” (#3 peak on Billboard Gospel chart), a guest appearance from Stellar and Dove Award winning artist Martha Munizzi and additional production by Grammy Award winning producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Brandy) and LaShawn Daniels (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child & Tamar Braxton).

Virtue has been on a whirlwind of high profile media appearances including performing at the Radio One Raleigh Women’s Empowerment Concert (April 18 2015) which drew over 10,000 attendees held at the PNC Arena with featured guests including Damon Dash, Eric Benet, Kem, Ne-Yo, TV sensation Jussie Smollett from the hit Fox TV show “Empire” among more. Virtue’s performance of “You Are” caught the attention of American radio and television personality Russ Parr which resulted in the song being played on his Mainstream Urban/R&B nationally syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show – heard weekdays by more than 3.2 million listeners in 45 U.S. cities.

Most recently they presented the “Male Vocalist of the Year” award alongside Gospel superstar Marvin Sapp at the 30th Annual Stellar Awards which aired on TV One and landed as the most watched weekend prime-time premiere of 2015 for TV One in that demo, boasting a viewership of over 1.1 million viewers on the show premiere day (April 5th 2015).

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama Virtue performed alongside multiple Grammy Award winner Bebe Winans for the Centric Celebrates Selma Concert (March 15 2015) shown on BET Networks, MTV Jams, and Centric. Additional featured artists for the event included Aloe Blacc, Angie Stone, Doug E. Fresh, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, MC Lyte,and more. President Obama and other historical figures made appearances.

On March 3, 2015 they sat down with Roland Martin on his show “News One Now” (#1 CY14 broadcast & cable news show in its 9am time-slot among AA P25-54; #2 among total AA P25-54) to talk about their return to gospel music. The string of outings only builds anticipation for their seventh studio album, FEARLESS, set for a summer 2015 release.


Michael Bethany with Voices Of Praise Magazine

We got to speak with none other than Michael Bethany an amazing vocalist with deep understanding of quality of praise and worship. I watched this brother minister on countless occasions behind some of the most prominent singers in the industry and now the much awaited time has come. He is stepping into his own presentation of God. No more in the shadows God has thrust this man of God into the forefront. With the blessings of most of his peers. His new project will show you his diverse style and will usher in a move of God wherever you listen.

Yours Forever, the debut disc from Stellar Award nominated and BMI Award winning singer/songwriter Michael Bethany makes its debut at number 5 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. Yours Forever boasts the writings of Bethany coupled with assistance from Calvin Rodgers and Phillip Feaster.  Bethany’s promotional dates continue throughout July and into the month of August with ministry dates at the Potters House Fort Worth, the Never Ending Worship Experience with Tasha Cobbs and Israel Houghton on August 13th in San Antonio and A Day of Worship alongside David Michael Wyatt on August 14th.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Michael accredits his love for music and performance to his family legacy. He got his start in his Father’s home church and quickly grew into an accomplished vocalist, songwriter and performer. Michael developed his passion for praise and worship while singing, directing and arranging music for churches and events throughout the city. After years of cutting his teeth locally – being featured in television performances with many national artists, Michael was invited to join Tyler Perry to appear as David in the hit stage play I Can do Bad All By Myself. He continued his career producing, singing, writing and traveling for concert performances including appearances on national television networks such as TBN & Daystar. After relocating to Dallas, TX in 2005, Michael joined Fred Hammond as a lead vocalist, producer, songwriter and the General Manager for FHammond Family Entertainment Inc. (FHFE). He has been privileged to cowriter on numerous songs including the radio hit They That Wait, winning a Stellar Nomination and a BMI Christian Song Award. Michael is also proud to add to his body of work projects such as Fred Hammond’s Free to Worship CD and Live DVD, Love Unstoppable, the Warehouse Worship concert series (now available on DVD), Life In the Word CD and Christmas…Who Needs It -the movie. He is also featured as a lead vocalist and co-producer on Fred Hammond’s latest CD project God Love and Romance. He’s had the honor of singing and recording albums with Legends in gospel music such as Marvin Sapp’s Best in Me and Kirk Franklin’s Grammy award winning Hello Fear. Michael currently serves as the Music/Worship Director of the thriving ministry, Highpoint Church, with Pastors Gary and April Simons in Arlington, TX., where he continues living out his heart’s passion of impacting, inspiring and developing worshippers. With performing on the road, around the globe and working in his local ministry, Michael is definitely committed to creating and sharing quality music , and empowering his present generation through Word inspired messages and songs.

bio gathered from http://www.michaelbethany.com/

Lamar Campbell with Voices Of Praise Magazine

We got the opportunity of a lifetime to speak with Lamar Campbell about the new project at the 2014 Hezekiah Walker Choir Fest. Take a listen and let us know your thoughts.

Lamar Campbell & Spirit Of Praise

Founder of Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise, since their inception in 1995, the group has recorded four stellar CDs and seen their name value rise via collaborations with CeCe Winans, soul music icon Aaron Neville and even southern gospel legend Bill Gaither.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lamar was active in the church and musically gifted from an early age. He began playing the piano in his home church from the age of eight, and by age fifteen, he became the music director of another church. After graduating from high school he felt a call to music and studied music at the Jordan Music College at Butler University in Indianapolis. Shortly after, in the late ’80s, he founded his first group known then simply as Lamar Campbell & Praise. That ensemble released a major-label album two years later that performed moderately well nationally yielding a major hit titled, “This Debt of Love I Owe,” and made the act a significant name in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Lamar chose to disband that group and was later lead to form Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise and became the first artist signed to EMI Gospel, where they released CD’s entitled, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise, I Need Your Spirit, When I Think About You, From the Heart and his latest release, New Song, New sound — Live, was released in 2007. These projects produced chart topping songs such as “He Won’t Let you Down”, “It’s All About the Love”, “Closer” and “More Than Anything” to mention a few.
Lamar has recently finished working on a new collection of songs. His new hit single is entitled OPEN THE SKY! This project was released on September 24, 2013.