WHATUPRG Releases ‘New Hollywood’ Album

Atlanta rapper, producer, and designer, WHATUPRG’s, name is synonymous with innovation and authenticity. His trademark combination of Latin rhythms, trap hip-hop, flawless lyricism, and captivating storytelling has enshrined him as an elite amongst his peers emerging from the Christian music scene. Still, his art is too eclectic for the limits of any sub-genre.

After releasing two singles “KIDS,” and “PRAISE!,” WHATUPRG invites listeners to experience the ever-evolving world of NEW HOLLYWOOD! His new album, NEW HOLLYWOOD, captures the quintessential nature of what listeners truly desire from the musical artform: an experience in which the trained artist channels his or her ability to respond to deep human emotion. Each track is a visceral experience. Every chord, bassline, lyric, and melody contributes a delicate stroke of paint to the album’s canvas of human experience. An aural and visual masterpiece that is just as much specific as it is universal.“New Hollywood is a place where you don’t have to act and you can just be yourself. Being yourself is enough!” shares RG. “I wanted to create music that could be a friend for people. I wanted to help them know when they hit rock bottom, even then, they’re not alone.”

Sonically, on New Hollywood, there are masterful records like the first single, “KIDS,” which carries the album’s thesis, chanting “We don’t pretend no more” and “kids don’t die we go up high”, over punching 808 drums and haunting synths. The star-studded song, “PRAISE,” marked his second song released from New Hollywood and features WHATUPRG alongside nine CHH artists: Foggieraw, Ty Brasel, Parris Chariz, NOT KLYDE, 1K Phew, Aha Gazelle, 350, Kaleb Mitchell, and a brand-new verse from NOBIGDYL. WHATUPRG released the original audio after a stroke of inspiration led him to rally collaborators to record the song. In just 24 hours, the song was recorded, mixed, mastered, and released on SoundCloud, just in time for the celebration of his 25th birthday earlier this year.

The albums stand out record “HUMAN” takes the listener outside the conventional rap production style featuring WHATUPRG’s confessional riff over guitar chords. The lyrics, “You clear the storm in my mind, you bring me back to life,” and “If I show you the worst [of me] would you stay and rock and roll?” showcase his innovative wordplay.  The record finishes with a back and forth featuring rapper Rhomar Jessie. The two float back and forth with lines like, “It feels like they killin’ innocence for the hell of it, separating kids from their parents ‘cause they immigrants” and “Coulda been the next Malcolm X, Dr. King but I’m tucked in my bed while I sleep on my dreams.” Each line describes their anguish watching the troubles of the world and feeling helpless to do more.

“NEED YOU” finds RG processing his desire to be holy but feeling far from it. He describes trying to process life and getting stuck in the dark. “Hella jaded, medicated, I’m surprised I’m still alive all the things I’ve taken.” and “I’m surprised I still believe in God, I gotta say it,” he raps. “On NEED YOU, I’m declaring to God that I need Him”.

On “MELATONIN,” electric guitars carry WHATUPRG’s haunting melodies as he chants “when I’m up all morning tossing and turning, I been up losing sleep, all this melatonin takes me up slowly take me up slowly, please.” Processing his internal struggles and the strife of the outside world has left him unable to sleep. This record is the soundtrack to those sleepless nights.

Drug abuse, deep feelings of loneliness, and the need to truly experience love, are all central themes to the album. New Hollywood is the Gospel according to WHATUPRG. Through powerful  sonic delivery, listeners will experience a creative powerhouse transparently aligning with a generation questioning their responsibility to make the world a better place as well as the true peace all followers of Jesus hope to find through faith. To all who are weary and heavy burdened, welcome to NEW HOLLYWOOD.

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Social Club Misfits Drops New Studio Project ‘Everyone Loves A Comeback Story’

The two-time GMA Dove Award-winning hip hop duo Social Club Misfits drops their latest album today. Everyone Loves A Comeback Story (listen HERE), is a twelve-song project inspired by John 12:9-11 offering songs about redemption, new life, and new beginnings. The songs are also a reminder that just when you think your story is over, God is planning your comeback.

“This is our fifth major label album and we believe with all confidence that it’s the best thing that we have ever done,” shares the duo comprised of Martin Santiago (Marty) and Fernando Miranda (Fern). “We set out to establish new standards for ourselves and our music and we think you’ll be happily surprised at what we’ve brought you on Everyone Loves A Comeback Story. This year marks the 10th anniversary for Social Club Misfits and it feels like we are just getting started!”

The album showcases a wide array of guest artists, such as the lead track “Who That Is” featuring famed South Florida rapper DJ Laz, and its official music video can be seen below. Other songs include Jon Keith, Torey D’Shaun, Jordan Feliz, Evvie McKinney, and Ryan Ellis. Known for their collaborations, Marty and Fern have also previously worked with Lecrae, NF, Jordin Sparks, Crowder, Tauren Wells, Jeremy Camp, and Blanca, to name a few.

In their decade-long career, Social Club Misfits has achieved 350M global career streams.

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Blanca Unveils Candid Post-Divorce Journey On ‘The Heartbreak And The Healing’

After giving fans steady glimpses into her new music for months, award-winning Curb | Word Entertainment artist Blanca unearths her voice post-divorce on her long-awaited studio album, The Heartbreak And The Healing, officially available today (9/23) — listen to the full project HERE.

“This new album is really just my journal in a sense. It’s songs of the journey I’ve been on after going through a divorce. I think sometimes the best way to describe it is the juxtaposition of pain and praise happening in one moment. That’s what I wanted to bring with this album,” the songstress shares. “It’s how you can have heartbreak, but how you can also experience healing from that place. I sing songs about the hard stuff, but I also have songs on there that speak on redemption and the awakening of finding myself, finding my voice. So I wanted it to be real.”

Blanca’s third full-length effort, The Heartbreak And The Healing, offers two sides of the same story — the hurt and the redemption. The singer and songwriter vulnerably cracks her heart wide open on the new 14-track collection that beautifully showcases the merger of her unstoppable voice and her transparent lyricism. A diverse fusion of pop, Latin, hip-hop and Gospel, the offering follows Blanca on a journey of self-discovery as she rises from the ashes stronger and more empowered than ever before. The fresh set features chart-topping hit “Even At My Worst” and “The Healing (feat. Dante Bowe),” which the pair performed at the 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards, where Blanca was nominated for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, the record also includes collaborations with acclaimed Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr (“New Day”) and hip-hop titan Ty Brasel (“Never Too Far”).

The Latin powerhouse recently debuted new music and sang her original songs for the first time in her native Puerto Rico at a special show that featured support from Laila Olivera and Maverick City Música. She’ll perform songs from The Heartbreak And The Healing alongside fan favorites on select U.S. dates throughout the fall.

The Heartbreak And The Healing Tracklisting:

“Start Over”
“New Day (feat. Jekalyn Carr)”
“Even At My Worst”
“Something Better”
“I Got You”
“In The Middle”
“Uncovered”
“Mi Amor”
“Never Too Far (feat. Ty Brasel)”
“Let The Light In”
“Bring You Home”
“The Heartbreak”
“The Healing (feat. Dante Bowe)”
BONUS: “New Day (feat. Jekalyn Carr) [Gospel Remix]”

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Lauren Daigle Celebrates “Hold On To Me” Gold Certification Backstage At Red Rocks

Pictured from left to right are Sarah Shinn (Centricity Music) Amanda Hildabrand (WCSG Grand Rapids) Greg Chimento (Centricity Music), Jeremy Louis Fiet (JoyFM St Louis), Robin Amlin (The River Columbus) Todd Amlin (The River Columbus), Tina Louis Blanchard (KLOVE), Julie Washburn (KCMS Seattle), Channah Hanberg (KCMS Seattle), Corey Mann (PulseFM South Bend), Kris Love (Centricity Music), and Chris Hauser.

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Lauren Daigle was honored last night at the first of a two-show stint at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater. She was presented with an R.I.A.A. Gold plaque for her 2021 hit, “Hold On To Me” and shared the moment with radio programmers from across the country, as well as representatives from her record label and management company.

 

 

Trinitee 5:7’s Angel Taylor Steps Into The Spotlight With New Music

Trinitee 5:7 was known as one of the hottest girl groups of the early 2000s in the Christian and R&B industry.  The group garnered two Grammy nominations, two BET Award nominations, two Dove Award wins, and a Stellar Award win that raised the bar for all girl groups. Angel Taylor as a soloist, is keeping the bar high as she steps out on her own with the release of her newest single, “Speak”, along with her gospel brunch concert at City Winery Atlanta on September 18.

When asked about the new single, Taylor says, “The song ‘Speak’ has been in the works for some time. In 2016, I first called Donnie McClurkin because I wanted his blessing on my rendition of his classic song ‘Speak to My Heart’.  With his blessing, I recorded ‘Speak’ and had my producers revamp it. I hope my audience loves it and is blessed by it as much as I am.” When asked about being a solo artist, she says, “I’m looking forward to the experience as a solo artist for the first time. This project has been years in the making and the music is so heartfelt and beautiful. I’m looking forward to this journey with all of our Trin-I-tee 5:7 fans and introducing my music to new audiences.”

 

Taylor recently signed with Awspire Music distributed by OneRPM and has gathered an all-star team of executives to help take her to the next level: Phillana Williams (Marketing Director), Fred Jerkins (Radio Promotions Director), David Robinson (Publicist), Damon Stewart (Digital Curator) Orlando McGhee (ONErpm), Nick Love (ONErpm) and Chris Capehart (Management/Awspire Music).

Fans will also be able to hear Angel Taylor live at City Winery Atlanta on September 18! “I am honored that City Winery invited me to headline their Sunday brunch! I love soulful inspirational music and I can’t wait for fans of Trin-i-tee 5:7 to experience my show as a solo artist. We are going to have so much fun!” Other special guest performers of the night include Jojo MartinKeyondra LockettKeith “Wonderboy” Johnson, and Zaviel Janae.

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Erica Campbell & Chris Tomlin To Co-Host The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards

The Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin as the hosts for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. The GMA Dove Awards are happening live and in person in Nashville, TN, October 18th, 2022. This year’s broadcast will air exclusively on TBN and the TBN app, Friday, October 21st, 2022 at 8:00p.m. ET and 10:00p.m. ET, with an encore presentation on October 28th, 2022 at 8:00p.m. ET and 10:00p.m. ET.

“So honored to be a part of Christian and Gospel music‘s biggest night,” says Erica Campbell. “Let’s bring healing to this broken world, and encourage us all in the process to keep sharing the gospel! I’m so excited to host this year’s Dove Awards alongside Chris Tomlin. This is going to be great!”

“What an honor it is to co-host this years Dove Awards alongside Erica Campbell,” shared Chris. “I have been fortunate enough to attend the Doves for many years and each time I am reminded of the power of a song. I have always said songs are like arrows out of a bow…. you never know how far they will go, how far they will reach, and how God is going to use them and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to celebrate not only the incredible artists, but also all the writers, producers, musicians, and teams that work passionately to create something that truly has an eternal impact.”

Erica Campbell (half of the gospel duo Mary Mary) is a multi-platinum artist, TV personality and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell. She is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist with 16 Stellar Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, two American Music Awards, four Soul Train Awards and 13 Dove Awards.

GRAMMY Award-winning artist Chris Tomlin, heralded as the “most often sung artist in the world” by TIME magazine, has inspired and uplifted an entire generation of believers. He has 17 #1 singles, has sold 12 million albums with 5.6 Billion career streams, won a GRAMMY, three Billboard Music Awards and 27 Dove Awards.

A limited number of tickets are still available. Music City Fan Experience tickets are also available – an unforgettable, multi-day Nashville get-a-way that includes tickets to the Dove Awards.

The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards are produced by the Gospel Music Association. Jackie Patillo and Justin Fratt serve as showrunners and executive producers, alongside Curtis Stoneberger and Paul Wright as producers. Russell E. Hall returns as director, Michael Nolan as scriptwriter, Scott Moore and Go Live Productions as production manager. For the complete list of nominees, visit dovewards.com.

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