Natalie Grant Releases “Face to Face” And Reveals Track Listing of Her New Album

Natalie Grant plans to release her tenth studio album, No Stranger, August 28, 2020. She has released a new single “Face to Face,” from the album.

“My new song, Face to Face is available NOW! Let the lyrics wash over, pull you close to our Strongtower, and keep you hand in hand until we stand face to face,” Says Natalie Grant.

Track Listing

1. Face to Face
2. My Weapon
3. Do It Through Me
4. Praise You In This Storm
5. Who Else
6. Isn’t He (This Jesus)
7. Even Louder (w/Steven Malcolm & Mr. Talkbox)
8. No Stranger
9. Presence Of The King (w/Fleurie)
10. My Weapon (Sacred Version)
11. Amen (So Be It)

 

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Chevelle Franklyn Returns With New Single ‘Go In Your Strength’ And Announces Album

Gospel music’s favourite Caribbean worshipper Chevelle Franklyn returns with her new single ‘Go In Your Strength‘ – the lead single is taken from her upcoming album ‘South Wind Vol 1‘ which was recorded appropriately in South Africa.

Go In Your Strength‘ delivers a strong Christian contemporary sound with driving rhythmic guitars combined with the distinct sweet yet powerful vocal that Chevelle is known for. Written over a span of five inspirational minutes while in South Africa, the single hails the release of ‘South Wind Vol 1‘, which is all about worshipping God and features guest artists from South Africa. Chevelle co-produced the album together with Nqubeko Mbatha and Mojalefa Mjakes Thebe whilst Ntokozo Mbambo was a prominent collaborator. Those who know South African languages will get to hear Chevelle sing in Zulu, one of South Africa’s most widely spoken indigenous languages.

When one thinks of an artist whose music career spans over three decades, has made stops along world tours in South Africa, the United Kingdom, The Middle East, Asia, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, the US, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Kenya, and has collaborated with renowned artists like Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Micah Stampley, Lionel Petersen and, in her secular career, Shabba Ranks and Beenie Man. All this while winning multiple awards – then the name has to be none other than Chevelle Franklyn.

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Brandon Camphor & One Way Are Back After a 5 Year Hiatus

Brandon Camphor & OneWay are making noise with their first radio single in five years – “God of Mercy” (TOMii Entertainment). The inspiring track has debuted at No. 30 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and it was the #1 Most Added Song in the Gospel format for the week of June 27th. Concurrently, the song bowed at No. 26 on the Mediabase Gospel Airplay chart that same week. It’s the group’s fastest rising single yet. The tune is now available for pre-orders and pre-adds on all digital service providers with a July 31st release date.

The lushly orchestrated ballad was produced by William McMillan (WEMiii Music Production), an in-demand session musician best-known for his work with Jonathan Nelson, William McDowell and Travis Greene. All of the members lead verses of this masterwork. Camphor‘s warm tenor opens the track with urgently sustained notes.  Angela Marie Jones‘ rich alto slides in a line before Julia McMillan‘s sweet soprano enters. Then, Fred Cleveland‘s raspy tenor chimes in before they raise their voices in unison.

A Maryland native, Camphor formed OneWay in 2007 with singers Angela Marie Jones, Julia McMillan, and Fred Cleveland. Their debut album “Regeneration” was released in 2009. With Pop-flavored shades of rock and funk, the inspiring songs of faith and worship included fan favorites “It’s Possible (Gotta Have Faith)” and “Bless the Lord.” The closing song “One Way” explained the group’s name and mission: “One way to live the life,” they sing. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! I’m gonna live for Christ. He’s the way, the truth, the light.”

The group won Music World Gospel and The Gospel Music Channel‘s “The Most Powerful Voices Competition” in 2011 and in 2012, Camphor launched the “Jesus Rock: Live It Loud” college tour that found OneWay touring with Tye Tribbett, Kierra Sheard and Group1Crew.  In 2014, OneWay hit the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart for the first time with the track “You Are God” which peaked at No. 30. In 2015, they soared all the way to No. 21 on the chart with  “I Choose You” and their 2016 cut “His Name” peaked at No. 23.

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Lee Greenwood Celebrates Independence Day With Appearances On Fox & Friends, NBCLX, TBN & PBS

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, Lee Greenwood, America’s most recognized patriotic ambassador, shares his appreciation by making several national appearances including Fox & Friends, NBCLX, Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville airing on PBS, and TBN’s Independence Day Weekend Celebration hosted by The Oak Ridge Boys and Governor Mike Huckabee, with Nicole C. Mullen.


“Independence Day is a special day for all Americans,” says Greenwood. “It’s always an honor to perform ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ anywhere that Americans will hear it. The song was written to unite all Americans and bring hope and courage during times of crisis. I have recently rerecorded the song with Home Free and the United States Air Force Band and Singers just in time for this year’s July 4th celebration. It’s an exciting new take on my legendary song and like you’ve never heard it before.”

July 3 – Fox & Friends / Fox News Channel / 8:45am ET / 7:45am CT
July 3 – NBCLX (www.lx.com) / 8pm – 10pm ET (where to watch)
July 3 – Independence Day Weekend Celebration hosted by The Oak Ridge Boys & Governor Mike Huckabee July 3 at 8, 9, 10 and 11pm ET, July 4th at 1pm ET / 10am PT and July 5th at 11pm ET / 8pm PT on TBN
July 4 – Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville / PBS / (check local listings)

 

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Aha Gazelle Quitting social Media

Rappers/artists tend to do this often when they feel like they’re spending too much time on social media or going through alot in life and need a breather. William Gazelle Fields Jr. also known as Aha Gazelle situation though is different.

He tweeted, ” Follow me on soundcloud. Subscribe to me on Youtube. Follow me on Spotify and Apple music. There will be a time where I won’t be on socials anymore but still be dropping loads of music. I no longer have any urge to be famous or liked so these mediums don’t serve me anymore. Its always been about the music and the message for me. That’s all. Twitter, IG and everything else is fun and helpful; dont get me wrong but i’ve moved on. I don’t plan on leaving soon but just giving a heads up. My accounts will still be run it won’t be me for directly,” Aha Gazelle

In 2012, he had a project released called #TeamGMG. In 2014, Aha released his first official mixtape, Greenbeans & Tuna, which was received well locally and online via popular mediums such as Spinrilla and Mymixtapez. He received further recognition for “Vegeta”, his most successful record to date. Trilliam 2 was released June 9, 2017 as his debut for Reach Records.

 

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BET’s “Sunday Best” Season 10 Premieres July 5

Returning to BET for season 10 is America’s most inspirational singing competition, Sunday Best. Kicking off in Sunday Best fashion, the series returned with a live audience and band from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. 2020 marks both the 10th anniversary of the show and BET’s 40th anniversary. Season 10 welcomes back GRAMMY®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host; returning as judges are GRAMMY® winning songstress & host of Get Up MorningsErica Campbell, GRAMMY® nominated artist & star of BET’s American Soul Kelly Price and GRAMMY® nominated & multiple Stellar Award-winning artist Jonathan McReynoldsSunday Best Season 10 will premiere Sunday, July 5th at 8PM ET/PT on BET.

In light of the of COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to keep the shows judges, contestants and crew safe-new and innovative technology, techniques and artist-generated content were used to complete production of episodes four through eight of season 10 – allowing the audience to join in on weekly praise & worship during the time when America needs it most.

The highly anticipated, season 10 will feature exclusive performances from today’s chart-topping artists including Yolanda AdamsMarvin SappMali Music, season 9’s winner, Melvin Crispell, III with additional performers set to be announced in the forthcoming weeks.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, and Dionne Harmon serve as executive producers of season ten of Sunday Best along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay, and Torrence Glenn is co-executive producer.

Season 10 auditions were previously held earlier this year in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope. The season 10 winner will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a cash prize of $50,000 and the title “Sunday Best.”

 

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Donnie McClurkin Talks About His Battle With COVID-19

For the last two and a half months, Gospel singer and pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, Donnie McClurkin had been suffering from the COVID-19 virus. McClurkin revealed in an interview with Inspiration 1390 his bout with the illness.

“I had to walk people through the death of their loved ones. It was all in 2 ½ months. You had 32, 33 people that I had to deal with losing in 2 ½ months as well as going through COVID[-19] myself you know. So it’s been a very harrowing experience.” 

McClurkin said he contracted the virus near the end of March and he made an appointment to get tested but it took four weeks for health officials to get back to him. By then, he said, all his symptoms were gone.  “By the time I got to test all my symptoms were gone. I’ve gone through two weeks of all of the fever, the loss of taste, smell, the aches, the fatigue, and then still had to do the digital shows that we had to do each week, deal with the members that were dying, deal with the members’ family that were dying and bishop friends of mine that were dying. It hit really hard,” he explained.

He also noted the ongoing economic fallout from the virus that has forced many people to seek help from food banks run by organizations like his church that has been giving away food to hundreds of people each Wednesday.

“Food lines every Wednesday, we have food distribution every Wednesday. Our line stretches around the church with about 350 people every Wednesday,” McClurkin said.

He said his church has flourished virtually through the increased reach of his services as well as giving. “It increased ours by thousands of people. Around the world now, people are watching Perfecting Faith Church’s Wednesday’s mid-week service and Sunday morning service. The membership has remained strong. The financial aspect has gotten stronger and people are accepting Jesus Christ, I’m telling you … 200 people on a broadcast are saying that [they are saying] the Sinner’s Prayer with us.”

 

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Rebecca St. James Releases First Single in Nine Years

“Battle Is The Lord’s,” the first new single in nine years from legendary GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Rebecca St. James, is slated for release this Friday. The powerful anthem of praise-featuring GRAMMY®-nominated Bethel Music singer/songwriter Brandon Lake-marks St. James’ debut for Heritage Music, an imprint of world-renowned worship mainstay Bethel Music.

Co-written by St. James with North Point Worship’s Seth Condrey and Heath Balltzglier, “Battle Is The Lord’s” was produced by Seth Mosley (for KING & COUNTRY, Jeremy Camp) and St. James’ longtime collaborator Tedd T. (We Are Messengers, Francesca Battistelli). An offering of worship to the God who protects, the song delivers a timely reminder of Who is ultimately in control.

“The message is so relevant to what the world is dealing with right now,” St. James says of “Battle Is The Lord’s.” “The heartbeat is that the Church can sing this song, and people can be pointed to the fact that God is in control. I think in this time, it’s so easy for all of us to fear, but He’s calling us to a place of deeper trust.”

The lead single from St. James’ forthcoming Heritage Music debut EP, “Battle Is The Lord’s” carries a particularly personal message for the lauded artist. Following a lengthy hiatus from the spotlight, during which time St. James married and gave birth to two children, she was asked by her brothers-GRAMMY®-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY-to perform a brief set at one of their concerts. Although apprehensive to take the stage again, St. James agreed.

“It was an incredibly life-changing moment and probably one of the more instantly transforming moments with God that I’ve ever had,” she shares. “I encountered the Holy Spirit in such a radical way that it made me see music in this non-threatening way again. I realized I missed the connection I have with Jesus when I sing. I missed this aspect of my relationship with Him that happens when I’m living in that sweet spot of calling and music.”

“‘Battle Is The Lord’s’ has been personally encouraging to me in my journey with this project, even to finish out the work that we’re doing,” St. James adds. “There were a lot of old triggers, old fears and old pain associated with music that I had to overcome. This song calls me to trust in God and see that He’s gone before me. It’s His battle to fight, not mine.”

Among the most defining artists in Christian music history, GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter, best-selling author, speaker and actress Rebecca St. James rocketed into the global spotlight following the release of her self-titled ForeFront Records debut in 1994. The Australian native’s modern pop sensibilities and uncompromising lyrics set a benchmark in Christian music, leading a new generation of artistry in the genre.

St. James has earned multiple Dove Awards, nine #1 Christian radio singles and two GOLD®-certified recordings, and her discography includes such iconic albums as Pray, God and Transform. Author of the best-selling titles Wait For Me (Thomas Nelson) and Pure (Hachette/Faithwords), among others, she starred in the 2009 film Sarah’s Choice; portrayed Mary Magdalene in the groundbreaking rock opera !Hero; and voiced “Hope, The Angel” in VeggieTales’ best-selling DVD The Easter Carol, in addition to other diverse roles. An award-winning songwriter, St. James co-penned multiple selections on for KING & COUNTRY’s blockbuster 2019 recording, Burn the Ships, and she is also the host of Rebecca St. James Friends & Family, a new weekly podcast on marriage and parenting available on K-LOVE Radio’s Accessmore platform.

 

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JoJo Martin Bounces Back From Life-Threatening Illness To Score Hit With Kierra Sheard

Grammy® Award winner PJ Morton‘s protégé, JoJo Martin, has bounced back from a life-threatening genetic kidney disease to drop a sterling new collaboration with singer/actress, Kierra Sheard, entitled, “Even If It Takes Forever” (Morton Inspiration/Tyscot).

The Atlanta, GA-based singer/musician says, “The song is about love. I’m a church kid. I grew up going to church. The song isn’t throwing Jesus in your face, but you know what I’m talking about. It gives people a chance to interpret the music from whatever stage of relationship with God they have.” Martin is also thrilled to have Kierra Sheard on the recording. The dynamic vocalist is fresh off of her co-starring role in Lifetime Television’s “The Clark Sisters: The First ladies of Gospel” which was the cable network’s highest rated original film broadcast in 4 years. “I’ve always been a fan of Kierra,” he adds. “The first tour I got to do on my own as a solo artist – Kierra gave me that opportunity. She’s one of my favorite voices, one of my favorite people.”

Although, Martin started working on the song a few years ago; it sat on the shelf while he battled focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSG), a genetic kidney disease that claimed his brother Jerome’s life at the age of 29. “If you have it, it usually activates when you are in your 20s and it kills your kidneys,” he says of it. I had been touring and was on a break. I got super sick. For days, I thought it was the flu. The last day I couldn’t even hold down water, so I went to the hospital. The doctor said I had swine flu. The similarity to covid-19 is incredible.  I had a temperature of 104 every day. My kidney function fell to 5%, my blood pressure was sky high. The only thing different is I never got on a ventilator. They found FSG in my kidney biopsy.”

For almost five years, Martin endured pain and dis-ease. He was on dialysis – 9 hours a night at one point – while awaiting a kidney donor.  He was in and out of hospitals for infections and eventually, he used a cane to stabilize his gait. “My immediate family knew, but I never talked about it publicly,” he confesses. Then, in August 2018, a friend, Britini Ruff, became his surprise kidney donor.

Now, Martin is back in good health and grateful to be well and making music. “I never complained about hating dialysis during that time,” he says. “I just wanted to make God proud. I knew it wasn’t anything that I did to make myself sick. Somebody needed to see me go through this and go through it well. God gave me the strength to get through another day.”

The thought-provoking urban inspirational track is now available at all major digital service providers: https://smarturl.it/fls1ia

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Lauren Daigle Breaks Silence On George Floyd’s Death

The video showing George Floyd dying with his neck under the knee of a police officer, as three other police officers stood looking on, has sparked universal outrage. This includes Christian music singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle. The Louisiana native was brought to tears when recounting what she heard happened to George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.

Daigle has released a 53-minute response after being questioned about it by some of her friends. “I received a lot of text messages yesterday about my silence regarding the George Floyd issue,” Daigle said at the top of an Instagram video.

“Let me assure everybody that silence has nothing to do with a lack of concern because I haven’t had a moment to pray and reflect and ask God where to stand with my words, how to communicate without words. I know where I stand, but with my words, how do I speak?”

“How can the heart of man be like that? I don’t understand. I’m shaking with anger,” she said in tears. “And no officer said anything. I have no idea what it’s like to be a police officer. I’m not even going to begin the barrage of thoughts on how to handle situations. But my gosh, I don’t know how much more evidence you need to say, ‘Hey, maybe you should let up bro.’ This is wrong!” 

She added, “When it comes to George Floyd, I didn’t even watch the video, just upon hearing about what happened. I am still shaking, and I know I’m late to the party, but it doesn’t mean the weight is any different.”

 

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