Joe Scarborough "Blue Dawn" Out Now

JOE SCARBOROUGH & THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL OF FUNK RELEASE NEW GOSPEL-INSPIRED TRACK AND VIDEO FOR “BLUE DAWN”

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The Independent Counsel of Funk, the project spearheaded by Joe Scarborough of the critically acclaimed hit MSNBC Morning Joe show, released today the gospel-inspired track and music video for “Blue Dawn” available now on all digital streaming platforms via RED MUSIC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. CLICK HERE to listen to the band’s latest original that features vocals by Rosalind Brown and Steven Hayden alongside Scarborough’s lyrics and production. CLICK HERE to watch the music video. The single follows the band’s previously released tracks this year including, “Lift Me Up,” “Stand,” and “Austin, Texas.”

On the inspiration behind the Independent Counsel of Funk’s new single and video for “Blue Dawn,” Joe Scarborough shares, “Several years ago, CNN launched a morning show called ‘New Day’ to compete with ‘Morning Joe’. They heavily promoted the launch with feel-good ads that showed how wonderfully happy and irreverent their morning team was. We decided to provide a bit of alternative promotion showing the unmoored anchors of ‘Morning Joe’, but we needed a song. Once I wrote a Gospel/Blues track called “Blue Dawn” and the video fell perfectly into place.”

Joe continues, “Our idea of promotion was a bit more basic than CNN’s, having the hosts use little more than a bullhorn, an alpaca, and an Elmo costume. The promo spent years hidden away in Al Capone’s vault, but its recent shocking discovery means that the song and video can finally be seen and heard by a breathlessly waiting world.”

Scarborough’s larger than life production on his songs make his prolific pace even more impressive, as he plans to consistently release more original music this year, all while hosting one of the most important political shows on American television and writing a widely-read column for the Washington Post.

The Independent Counsel of Funk will be joining Scarborough, whose band has played regular electrifying shows in standing-room only club settings in Scarborough’s Upper Westside neighborhood, as well as Midtown’s The Cutting Room, as he continues a decades-long musical journey that started with him writing songs when he was 10. After listening to Scarborough’s first four EPs, you will find yourself agreeing with Billboard that Scarborough does, indeed, have chops. And, if you catch Scarborough live, you may understand why he could prove to be this year’s most surprising artist.

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Allstate and Tom Joyner Announce 17th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion

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urban radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singersAllstate and Tom Joyner Announce 17th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion Celebrating Families and the African-American CommunityThe popular event, with live performances from Charlie Wilson, Brandy, Robin Thicke, Rickey Smiley, Erica Campbell, Tye Tribbett, Keke Wyatt and more, continues Joyner’s celebration of his 25-year broadcasting career and end-of-year retirementDallas, TX, August 2019 – Tom Joyner , host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) , and Allstate today announced the star-studded lineup for the 17th annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Featuring performances and appearances from Charlie Wilson, The Bonfyre, Brandy, Robin Thicke, Guy Torry, Erica Campbell, Rickey Smiley, Donald Lawrence, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard, Sir The Baptist, Tye Tribbett, DJ Standout, Lonnie Hunter, Shanice Wilson, Ollie Gabriel, Brownstone, Erica Campbell, Bebe Winans, Isaac Carree, DJ Kool, DJ Kev-Ski, DJ Flemingo and more. The event will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29–Sept. 2.The 2019 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion welcomes families from all over the country for a weekend filled with concerts, celebrity interactions, enlightening seminars, and one of the largest family-themed expos for the African-American community. The free Fam-Fest Expo – focused on education, health and beauty, arts and culture, entertainment, shopping and more – is open to the public and features a daily schedule with offerings for family members of all ages. For the first time this year, attendees will have the opportunity to win $10,000 in cash prizes throughout the weekend.“I am so proud of the fun, entertainment-filled atmosphere that we created all those years ago to truly celebrate Black families and what we love,” said Joyner. “We gladly continue this tradition, and I know it will be our best year yet.”The title sponsor of the event for the 14th year, Allstate has supported Tom Joyner in furthering initiatives dedicated to education, family and community service. This year, Allstate invited listeners of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) to share their Stories of Strength for a chance to win a family package to the event. Allstate’s Stories of Strength contest recognizes everyday individuals doing extraordinary things in their communities. At the Allstate booth, guests can learn about financial planning and career opportunities at Allstate while participating in a variety of activities.This year’s Family Reunion is part of Joyner’s year-long celebration of his 25-year career. Joyner, who announced he will retire from broadcasting in December, revolutionized radio with his daily, African American-targeted music show featuring news, interviews and live performances. The host remains a mainstay with multiple brand extensions that include annual events, engaging digital platforms and a dedication to serving, empowering and educating his listeners.Here are some of the highlights of the lineup for the 2019 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion:Friday, Aug. 29The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) Sky Show® LIVEDJ Kool, DJ Kev-Ski and DJ FlemingoThe Free Allstate Family Fun ExpoShanice Wilson, Ollie Gabriel & Rickey Smiley“The Tom Joyner One More Time Experience” ConcertBrandy, Robin Thicke & Guy TorrySaturday, Aug. 30The Free Allstate Family Fun ExpoBrownstone and Rickey Smiley“The Tom Joyner One More Time Experience” ConcertCharlie Wilson and The BonfyreSunday, Aug. 31:The Free Allstate Family Fun ExpoErica Campbell, BeBe Winans and Isaac CarreeRickey SmileyMcDonald’s Black & Positively Golden™ presents the 13th annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour withDonald Lawrence, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard, Sir the Baptist, Tye Tribbett, DJ Standout and host Lonnie HunterThe Tom Joyner Sky Show will broadcast the nationally syndicated show LIVE, Friday, from this year’s event as part of a weekend filled with live performances including Shanice and Ollie Gabriel from NBC’s Songland. Along with radio affiliate Star 94.5, DJ Kool, DJ Kev-Ski, and DJ Flemingo will set the stage for the “Old School” dance contest for audience members to win a chance at the Family Reunion Money Machine.For more information about the 2019 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion and to see a full schedule of events, visit BlackAmericaWeb.com. Join the conversation on the Family Reunion Facebook and by tagging @TJMShow on Twitter using the hashtag #AllstateTomJoynerFamilyReunion.About the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) The nation’s leading syndicated urban morning show has distinguished itself over the years by continuously giving back to its audience with quality programming, highly popular promotions, special events, and philanthropy.In his 25 years as a leader in the industry, Tom Joyner ’s impact and influence have never wavered. His morning “Party with a Purpose” revolutionized radio when it became the first morning show with music in syndication. Known widely as “The Hardest Working Man in Radio,” Joyner has made a career of doing the extraordinary in order to serve his audience: flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week for seven years hosting morning drive and afternoons in two different cities; raising money to support students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities with The Tom Joyner Foundation; producing and hosting a celebration of black families and communities, the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion; galvanizing his listeners to provide relief funds for survivors of natural disasters. The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) is heard as a guide to the future of communications in the African-American community, consistently promoting relevant issues and social causes that need attention and action.

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REVIEW: Remastered The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (Netflix)

The Sam Cooke story was interesting before his death but continued to be interesting AFTER his death as well. The Netflix movie tells a great story but leaves a LOT of information out too.

Sam Cooke’s 1964 death has always been incredibly interesting because it was beyond evident that it was a set-up. The fact that Cooke would have been the first Berry Gordy but faired so differently than Gordy leaves one to wonder, after seeing some of the footage, that perhaps Cooke’s growing and powerful influence via his music career was the catalyst to create unknown and known enemies.

Cooke seemed to be carefree and while a brilliant businessman, he was perceived as a bit cocky a bit too trusting of people that he invited into his circle that he thought were on his team. Even the pictures from those days tell a dark story of some of those people that Cooke or the people around him should have been wearier of.

There is speculation in the movie that his manager Allen Klien was long suspected of being behind the set up as he benefited TREMENDOUSLY from Cooke’s catalog after his untimely death at the age of 33 leaving a mere $50,000 to Cooke’s wife and getting allegedly getting millions of the catalog’s true value for himself. The movie tells the story of how Cooke brought Klien on as his manager AND business partner for his label which signed such acts as The Valentinos. A group that consisted of a group of brothers from Ohio with the last name Womack. Most notably Bobby Womack who would become one of Cooke’s proteges.

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Cooke’s wife at the time, Barbara, can be seen during the brief murder trial, in the movie, seething at the injustice as if she knew much more than she would ever get a chance to express since she was never called to the stand and Cooke’s lawyer barely got a chance to question the suspects. KUDOS to the film for the previously unreleased footage.

The movie offers a clear indication that the trial was unjust and speedy and the result of Cooke, while supremely famous, still being a mere black man who may have been too high on himself and threatening to some including those in the gospel industry at the time. When the prostitute Elisa Boyer takes the stand in dark shades, she is unconvincing that she was in danger in his motel room as well the manager of the motel Bertha Lee, an unusually homely and shady looking woman with a suspect edge who smiled in her photo after murdering Cooke claiming he entered her office with just a suit jacket on, naked from the waist down threatening to assault her. Boyer was arrested 15 years after Cooke’s murder in 1979 for murdering her husband.  Here current whereabouts or even if she is still alive are not posted.

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It appears the people who are alive today are still apprehensive in offering many details on what happened over 50 years ago but that may be easily be caused by age. They do however offer a collective message that Sam didn’t play the game right and he was too carefree, too trusting and a bit foolish with his money in those days.

A LOT was left out of the movie but it’s easily explained since it happened post-Sam’s death, including Sam’s widow Barbara marrying Sam’s protege Bobby Womack just three months after Sam’s death. Ironically, Barbara shot Bobby Womack after catching him in bed with her and Sam’s then 18-year-old daughter Linda. She divorced Bobby after the incident. Later on Bobby’s younger and late brother, Cecil married Linda Cooke and the duo later formed a successful writing and singing group, Womack and Womack. Linda downplayed that she was the daughter of Sam Cooke. She is in her mid-60s today. Overall the movie was good but perhaps made 20 years too late. Your thoughts?

 

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Bishop Marvin Sapp Talks to Radio Facts about Music and Life

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By Linn Woods

Bishop Marvin Sapp has just released his 11th studio album, titled “Close,” on RCA Inspiration which features his current single “Listen.” Among his many ventures, Bishop Sapp has a syndicated radio show in 30 markets and he ran a Performing Arts school for five years in Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology (GREAAT), a K-12 charter school, which closed in 2017. Yet, the job he considers the most important is being a father to his three children: Mikaila Sapp, Madisson Sapp, and Marvin Sapp II, all of whom are young adults. Bishop Sapp became a single father when his beloved wife, MaLinda, passed away in 2010. Bishop Sapp is our industry entrepreneur this year for the Radio Facts Power Play List. We wanted to ask him a few questions about his life and career as an entrepreneur.

How do you manage and balance so many projects?

MARVIN SAPP: Well, everything for me is about priorities.  You know, you prioritize what’s most important, so, you know, first and foremost, before I’m anything, I’m a father. I made sure that I put all of my emphasis and all of my energy into ensuring and making sure that my three children were healthy emotionally, mentally and physically.  And, um, I just felt like, you know, I can have my life later, after I make sure that their lives are on course. And then after that, you know, I’m a pastor. I’m a pastor at, actually, two churches; one in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and one in a town that’s about 40 miles away called, Muskegon, Michigan. Then, after that, I’m the recording artist.  And then, after that, are all my other entrepreneurial efforts. From the charter school piece to the daycare, to the full-service salon, to the events centers. I didn’t go into everything else that I’m really, more or less, passionate about. I’m really trying to function in all of those gifts that I feel like God has given me.

Tell us about your radio show.

Sure. We are on in 30 markets right now. I actually tape it in my hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It’s a little mixed, a cross-section of what gospel music is.  Sometimes it’s traditional music, sometimes it’s very urban, it just depends on my mood at that particular point in time. I try to make sure that we give people a musical message that is encouraging and uplifting. I’ve been told that sometimes they’re listening to it on Sunday mornings, as they’re preparing to go to church, so, you know, it gives them that little spiritual vitamin that they need in order to have that energy to get dressed and get it moving, you know? Sometimes they’ll listen to it on Saturdays while they’re cleaning around the house. It’s amazing to me that, you know, so many people are enjoying it, and that it’s really, really growing.  So, you know, I’m excited about it – I’ve been doing it less than a year now. So, the fact that we’re in 30 different markets is a big thing.

I’m just trying to be all things to all men.  You know that, you know, that’s what the Bible says, “You gotta be all things to all me, that you might win some.”  So, I know I’m not gonna win ‘em all, but I think that if I do the very best that I can to be everywhere and to make sure that the message that I’m trying to convey is crystal clear, I really think that I’m going to position myself and other people, so that the rest of their days be the best of their days.

So you were on a different path and Fred Hammond called you to join the gospel singing group Commissioned. That was almost 30 years ago. What was going through your head when Fred called?

It’s funny, you know, the story is, I had just gotten off a plane from San Francisco, California. I was out there preaching and, when the phone rang, I picked up the phone at my apartment – I had a roommate at the time — and the caller said his name was Fred Hammond. I said, “You’re kidding.” He said, “No, I’m not, this is really Fred.” And I said, “Give me your number.”  And he gave me his number, and I called him back, and he told me about the opportunity, possibly, of being in a very prominent group. He didn’t tell me the name of the group, but asked me, “Was I interested?” And I, honestly, at that point in time, I was so focused on traveling and being an evangelist, that music had become, like, you know, not anything that I was, more or less even remotely interested in anymore. I had already resolved that I was going to be the preacher-teacher that, you know, I wanted to be. I said, “Well, let me pray about it,” ‘cause every good decision ain’t a God’s decision. So, you know, we both prayed, and after we kept praying together about it. Fred kept calling and giving me updates. Then he finally told me it was Commissioned.

I grew up listening to Commissioned.  A lot of people don’t know this, but Commissioned started in 1980, and, as a matter of fact, you might be the only person to ever be able to write this but, Commissioned started in 1980, but in 1982 they actually did their first concert and their first concert was done at my home church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fred Hammonds’ mother knew my pastor and knew my pastor’s family, ‘cause they were musical. She picked up the phone and called my pastor and said, “Listen, Bishop,” — she used to call him William – she said, “listen, William, Freddy’s got this little group. Would you let them come to do a concert?” And my pastor, being musical, he said, “Okay, fine. No problem.” So, Commissioned actually came to Grand Rapids in 1982 and they did a concert at my home church. This 15-year-old boy opened up for them, and that 15-year-old boy was me. Yeah, so it’s crazy to look at how, you know, I was a 15-year-old boy, a tenth grader in high school. I sang while they were in the back getting ready and then they came out later. I followed them, I mean, the whole time.  Once they started recording and everything, in ‘85, you know, I became a Commissioned fan. And then, in 1990 when I received the call, you know, I tell people all the time, that I was a groupie in the group. And, you know, I just, I loved the group. I loved what they were about. It was just different growing up in the church, seeing guys, who understood, you know, that you can have swag and still be a Christian. You know, you don’t have to be, a quartet-singing, crushed velvet, bow-tie-wearing, cummerbund-wearing group member. That group would wear Miami Vice clothes, with the jeans and tees, and stuff like that. That was absolutely impressive to me, and I was just thankful that Fred gave me that opportunity later on in life.

What’s been the most challenging thing about being in the business of gospel? And was there ever a time you wanted to give it up and go do something else?

No. I’ve never wanted to give it up.  My mother asked me when I was ten-years-old, I could tell you story after story, but when I was ten-years-old, my mother made me chose, at ten, you know, she said, “Marvin, you can sing gospel, or you can sing secular, but you can’t do both.”  I had already been traveling and stuff in our region, and I chose, at ten-years-old, that I wanted to do gospel music. And, you know, I never turned back, never had a passion to sing anything other than what I’ve been singing since I was a little bitty boy.  So,…I think, you know, from the standpoint of…doing it for a living, you know, I never thought about that.

I never thought that you know, 30 years later, that I would still be around, and yet, still be relevant. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that. But, you know, I wouldn’t trade my journey for anything. I appreciate the fact that “Never Would Have Made It,” when it hit, I had already been in the industry for 18 years. Before I got my first hit. Somebody asked me a question, they said, “Well, how do you feel about having this crossover hit?” And I told him, I said, “Well, I’m just grateful that God gave it to me when I was old enough to handle it. ‘Cause I kinda feel like, if He’d given it to me any sooner, it’d have probably gone to my head.” But, you know, I was at an age where I could deal with it. So, I’ve, I’ve enjoyed my journey, and I wouldn’t trade it. I mean, like, my God, a lot of gospel artists, you know, they’ll never be able to do what I’ve done, and, you know, I’ve had the opportunity to do it, and I’m only 51 years old. So, millions of sales, every award, being nominated, you know —  the only award that I don’t have is a Grammy. But BET, Soul Train, everything, I mean, you know, Stellar, Dove.

Yeah, you just won a Dove Award, right?

Yeah, I just won a Dove Award this year. And I got like, more like 24, 26 Stellar Awards, two BET Awards, and two Soul Train Music Awards. So, I mean, I’ve had a great, great, great career. So, you know, I don’t…think I would change anything. As a matter of fact, I know I wouldn’t.

Now you have this album out called “Close,” and the single is “Listen,” and I will tell you a little personal thing about me and that song. I got the album months ago. And I listened to it, and I have a 19-year-old nephew, and I was letting him listen to it. Shortly after that, a month or two later, he was murdered. But, we listened to that song and it resonated, and it meant something to him. His name was Kendrick Woods and I just wanted to share that with you, that it did it resonated with me, as well. It’s kind of hard sometimes for me to listen to that song because I remember that’s one of the last songs that we listened to together. Thank you for that album, and for that song.

Yeah, that’s what keeps me doing what I do. It’s not about the record sales, it’s not about the accolades, it’s not about the, you know, the awards and nominations. It’s about hearing testimonies of people who tell you that what you have done has resonated and it made an impact and, you know, planted a seed. And to me, that’s our assignment. That’s what it’s supposed to be about, especially in this gospel music industry. It’s about getting a message to a really messed up age.  And, you know, I just want to say, “Thank you,” because that’s the fuel that keeps me doing what I do.

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Radio Documentary Examines Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul Music

radiofacts.comNew Radio Documentary Examines Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul Music

“Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul” will be broadcast by US public radio stations during Black History Month (February)

WXPN’S Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul

“It’s important for music fans and listeners to learn how much gospel music serves as the foundation for so many other music genres.”

A new radio documentary that explores the history of black gospel music and illustrates its significant influence on the formation of rock and soul music will be broadcast by US radio stations in February, during Black History Month.

Hosted by GRAMMY award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN and distributed by NPR. Through in-depth interviews with artists and dozens of songs (including many archival selections), the four-hour documentary illuminates the profound impact that gospel music has made on popular music.

The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul documentary is the culmination of WXPN’s year-long project of the same name, that featured prominent gospel and contemporary music artists, historians, and experts contributing their research and insights to a media-rich website (xpngospelroots.org), in addition to a series of sold-out gospel music concerts, film screenings, and panel discussions. The project and radio documentary are supported by a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

“The project demonstrated the enormous role that black gospel music played in the birth of rock and roll, and its continuing influence on popular music genres, including soul and R&B,” said Co-Executive Producer and WXPN Assistant Station Manager for Programming Bruce Warren. “The radio documentary explores these connections as a way of re-instituting gospel’s central place within the history of American popular music.”

Host CeCe Winans said, “Gospel music’s influence on early R&B, soul, and rock and roll is significant, and the stories we tell and share in the documentary wonderfully illustrate that. It was a pleasure working on the documentary – there is so much richness, detail and respect for the history that went into the making of it. As a gospel musician myself, it’s important for music fans and listeners to learn how much gospel music serves as the foundation for so many other music genres.”

The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul documentary consists of four one-hour segments, and starts with the history and foundation of black gospel from spirituals, and how those songs informed the music of the great gospel quartets. In examining how rock, soul and R&B grew from the roots of gospel, it highlights such highly influential artists as Sam Cooke, who transitioned from gospel to secular music; Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her early rock stylings; and Elvis Presley, who helped expose white audiences to gospel music. Examples of some of the most beloved contemporary pop music of the last 60 years from artists such as Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and Ray Charles illustrate gospel music’s influence. Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul also features exclusive live performances recorded by WXPN within the last year from gospel groups The Fairfield Four, The McCrary Sisters, and The Dixie Hummingbirds.

Radio stations and markets where Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul can be heard during February include WXPN (Philadelphia/Harrisburg/Lancaster/York/North Jersey/Poconos), WRTI (Philadelphia), KALW (San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose), KUNC and the Colorado Sound (Denver), WMFE (Orlando), WEAA (Baltimore), and WKNO (Memphis), among others (check local listings). Numerous other radio stations will broadcast it at other times. It will also air during the World Cafe music program (produced by WXPN and distributed nationwide by NPR) during the first week of March.

Executive producers of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul are Bruce Warren, who also is Executive Producer of World Cafe, and WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. It is produced by Alex Lewis, an award-winning independent radio producer and musician whose projects include Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio, among others.

For more information about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, visit https://xpngospelroots.org.

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THE 2017 BMI TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC HONORS CELEBRATES GOSPEL GREATS

THE 2017 BMI TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC HONORS CELEBRATES GOSPEL GREATS KIM BURRELL AND MARVIN SAPP IN ATLANTA ON JANUARY 14THGospel Music Legend and Former BMI Trailblazer Award RecipientYolanda Adams to Co-Host with Gospel Singer-Songwriter VaShawn MitchellBMI Trailblazers, Kim Burrell, Marvin Sapp, radiofactsorg.wpengine.comNEW YORK, November 28, 2016 – Broadcast Music, Inc.(BMI) will honor gospel music superstars Kim Burrell and Marvin Sapp at the 18th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at the Rialto Center HE 2017 BMI TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC HONORS CELEBRATES GOSPEL GREATS for the Arts in Atlanta, GA on January 14, 2017. This inspirational event will pay tribute to the very best of the gospel music community with former Trailblazers award recipient Yolanda Adams returning to the stage as host alongside gospel singer-songwriter VaShawn Mitchell.

The invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service, will be attended by gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars, and leading industry executives. In addition to honoring Kim Burrell and Marvin Sapp, BMI will also announce the “Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year” during this uplifting evening of music and praise.“BMI is thrilled to be back in Atlanta celebrating the brightest talent in gospel music today,” said BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations in Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Kim Burrell and Marvin Sapp are paving the way for future generations of gospel songwriters by effortlessly crossing genres and exposing inspirational music to a wider audience. Both epitomize what it truly means to be a Trailblazer of gospel music and are positive role models in faith, charity and beyond.”

Kim Burrell is revered by her peers in the music industry from both the spiritual and secular world. For over 30 years, the Houston native has been affectionately known as the “singer’s singer,” because of her distinctive voice which she attributes as a natural gift from the grace of God. Burrell continues to exercise her talents as a musician, songwriter, author, TV & Radio personality, producer, evangelist, and pastor throughout all of her endeavors. She has received many accolades including NAACP, Dove and Stellar Awards and multiple Grammy-nominations and has performed at many notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Jazz Center, Radio City Music Hall, Kennedy Center, The Experience at Lagos, and COZA (Nigeria) to name a few. Burrell has recorded seven solo albums and has been featured on several gospel albums with the likes of Andre Crouch, Marvin Winans, John P. Kee and Ricky Dillard. The gospel powerhouse has also appeared on albums from mainstream superstars such as Harry Connick, Jr. and Stevie Wonder, shared the stage with Renee Fleming and Whitney Houston, and was most recently asked to sing “I See Victory,” produced by Pharrell Williams for the upcoming movie Hidden Figures.

Marvin Sapp is one of the most beloved voices in the gospel genre. Though he may be best known for his cross-over hit “Never Would Have Made It,” those who really love gospel music know him for his timeless hits, “Not the Time nor the Place,” “You are God Alone,” and “I Believe” to name a few. Sapp has enjoyed a decorated 40-year music career, receiving 22 Stellar Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, two BET Awards, two Dove Awards and eight BMI Songwriter’s Awards along with many other honors from national, regional and local institutions. He is a multiple Grammy and Billboard Award nominee and, in 2015, was named Billboard’s Top Male Gospel Artist. His most universal song, “Never Would Have Made It,” topped Associated Press’ “Best Song List” in 2008 and made radio history that year by becoming the longest-running No. 1 single across all formats. Sapp has one of the highest-ever Billboard Top-200 charting Gospel albums with his 2010 release Here I Am. His most recent project, You Shall Live, is Sapp’s 10th album and his fourth consecutive #1 debut. 

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Radio Facts Radio Show Podcast: No Room for black Conscience Music?

Radio, DJ, Station, Playlist, Artist, Radio Online | Radio Facts Welcome to the Radio Facts Radio Show 3rd Edition. 5 industry friends have a conversation once a week about various issues pertaining to the industry and you’re invited to listen… In this episode, kevRoss, Paul Porter, Jamillah Muhammed, Dwayne McClary and The Poetess discuss black music, where are the conscience messages? gospel music and their dedicated audiences. Low Power FM Stations, Leon Isaac Kennedy suing for the Jayne Kennedy sex tape? What about Jayne?… and more.. enjoy

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