Exclusive: GAWVI Shares Vision For Spanish-Language Album ‘Noche Juvenil’

As an homage fueled by nostalgia of times past, GAWVI recently released Noche Juvenil, which translates to Youth Night, to capture the Latino Christian experience he and his friends wished for while growing up. Consistent with his aim to create a new sonic lane for Christian Music, GAWVI taps into his native culture to bring the change he desires to see in music and faith culture. GAWVI’s first full Spanish-language production, Noche Juvenil draws inspiration from some of the most groundbreaking Latino urban artists. Musically, it is “straight-up reggaeton with sprinkles of EDM and trap” that presents an array of exhilarating collaborations with fellow trailblazers like Blanca, Maria Juliah, Madiel Lara, Tommy Royale, and WXLF. In this TCB Exclusive, Gawvi shares about his vision for the record, the timing of the release and his hopes for the collection.

Congratulations on the recent release of your first ever Spanish-language album titled Noche Juvenil! How long has this album been a dream of yours?
Wow, since I started music, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Why is it important to you that you created a Spanish-language album?
It feels really important to connect with my roots as a Latino, it’s who I am and I always want my music to reflect who I am.

Looking back, is there one moment during the process that you can identify now as providing the resolve that this music needed to be released into the world?
For this album, it needed to come out now, because the way the music is going in the Latin market, the influence is so wide and vast, and I knew there needed to be more of the Christian movement getting behind it.

You are releasing the full album as a surprise with little to no warning of a release date. What prompted this decision?
I like things feeling mysterious and secretive when it comes to my projects because it’s like my baby and I want to hold onto it as much as I can from the world, and also because I love seeing the reaction of my fans and how they react to that mysterious momentum. But I will say, I did tease it a lot on my socials, so my fans could tell what was coming early on.

If you could pick just one of the tracks, which do you think the world most needs to hear now and why?
I would say “Dicen” because it’s such an intimate prayer that I had with God that I got to write down and sing about. I think a lot of the time the world is telling you who God is, but I think it starts when you truly find out who God is in your heart.

You released a music video alongside the first single “Que Paso” last month. How did you find the inspiration behind the track and ultimately create the accompanying visual?
I knew I needed to create something crazy that I personally had never heard before in the Christian Latin market – my personal opinion. It felt very on brand with what I do in the Christian market but with a Latin flare. The meaning of the song was about here, now, this is the new movement of Christian reggaeton and ‘What happened?! We are here!’

In addition to your own music, you were also recently featured on Blanca’s “Zone”. How did this collaboration come about?
We have been trying to connect for years. I knew Manuel from Group 1 Crew and that’s how the connection started. Then last year in 2020, it became official that she wanted me to get in the studio with her and I ended up producing 4 of her tracks and then in turn, I wanted her on my album as well, and from there we started a cool friendship.

What are you most expectant for in 2021?
I am hoping we can throw some of the biggest tours! I would love to merge Heathen and Noche Juvenil together.

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Wande Surprises Fans With “Blessed Up Remix” Feat. Lecrae & Mike Todd

Its been two years since Reach Records introduced the world to the talents of Wande, where she also became the first female artist signed to the hip hop label. Fans were introduced to her heart and passion for her faith, writing and rapping with the release of “Blessed Up”, in which her freshman album EXIT and mini EP The Decision followed. To celebrate this two-year landmark, the Nigerian born, Texas raised artist is dropping a brand new remix to her debut single Blessed Up featuring Lecrae and Mike Todd.

Along with bringing a new flavor to the song that marked her musical beginnings Reach and amidst the rise of racial injustice, Wande is looking to use this moment to bring awareness and generate support for black owned entrepreneurs and business’ in and around the Greater Atlanta Area.

With this new Blessed Up Remix, I wanted to create a video that would draw attention and celebrate some dope entrepreneurs within the black community,” says Wande. “I want to invite people to experience a bit more of what their day-to-day looks and feels like and witness the importance and beauty in my community.”
Within the last two years, Wande’s infectious personality and effortless raps have made a lasting impression on new listeners including former First Lady, Michelle Obama, who featured Wande on her podcast’ Vol. 1 playlist on Spotify. Wande’s song “Come My Way,” which features Nigerian artist Teni, was selected for campaign with ULTA that launched on SoundCloud’s platform and ESPN selected her music as ‘music of the month” three times, and her song “Be The Light” was also used in July 2020 on WNBA trailer. Most recently, Wande’s track “Woo” was recently chosen as the song for an Apple advertising campaign for the new iPhone 12 mini. The campaign launched on TikTok and was used on four Apple Ads and accumulated over 4.3 Billion cumulative views on the MakeItMini challenge.

 

This is just the beginning for the young female artist, fans can also catch her later this year starring in OWN’s new reality series “Young & Gospel”. The show follows the lives of four young gospel artists as they pursue their dreams and live life on their own terms while staying true to their faith and their families. These young women have formed an unconventional sisterhood filled with love, admiration, friendly competition and respect. Alongside Wande, the series also stars singers Koryn Hawthorne, Bri Babineaux and Jekalyn Carr. It is produced by Thinkfactory Media, an ITV America company. Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Jordana Hochman, Phil Thornton and Jen McClure-Metz are executive producers.

Nick Cannon releases Gospel single ‘No Weapon’ with Kierra Sheard-Kelly after troubling year

Actor and rapper Nick Cannon took a departure from his mainstream image to release his own rendition of the Christian classic “No Weapon,” featuring gospel singer Kierra SheardKelly.

No Weapon” was released on Good Friday and is the second song released by “The Masked Singer” host this year.

The new gospel single release was accompanied by a music video in which Cannon joins Sheard-Kelly and a choir, all dressed in white, as they sing Fred Hammond’s gospel classic. The original version of the worship declaration was released in 1996 and has been covered by many artists, including actor Jamie Fox.

“Good Friday! No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. Thanks to @KierraSheard [for] coming through and blessing us all with an Ncredible Session!” Cannon tweeted.

The unlikely duet features both the Grammy-winner and Cannon harmonizing on the track as Cannon also played the piano. The song was a departure for the entertainer who is known, musically, as a rapper.

The entrepreneur was raised in a Christian home. His father, James Cannon, is a TV evangelist.

On Instagram, while promoting his new video, Cannon referenced the Bible verse in which the classic song was inspired.

“‘No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper’ Isaiah 54:17,” Cannon wrote.

The logo for Cannon’s entertainment company, Ncredible, can be seen in various shots of the new music video.

Cannon has been working to distance himself from a controversy that erupted last year, resulting in him being fired by ViacomCBS after he expressed anti-white and anti-Semitic sentiments, for which he later apologized.

On an episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class,” he said white people were “less than,” “evil” and “savages” because they have less melanin. White people, Cannon said, “are closer to animals” and are “the true savages.“

He later apologized to the Jewish community for his anti-Semitic comments and met with Jewish human rights groups and listened to the stories of Holocaust survivors.

The new rendition of “No Weapon” is featured in the 2020 film “She Ball.” The movie is written, directed by and stars Cannon.

“She Ball follows Avery Watts [played by Nick Cannon], a single father who lost his NBA dreams to gang violence. Avery struggles to keep his family community center open amid rising gentrification in his Inglewood community,” the synopsis reads. “He joins forces with an unlikely ally, Shelby Vandergun, a white girl with serious basketball skills. Together, they fight against local politicians, gangs, and their own stereotypes to save their community.”

“No Weapon” follows Cannon’s March music release, “Ghetto Blues,” a song that spotlights homelessness in Los Angeles.

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Carrie Underwood Raises Over $100,000 For Charity At Easter Livestream Concert

Seven-time GRAMMY Award winning superstar Carrie Underwood has raised over $100,000 in donations for Save The Children from her livestream concert My Savior: Live From The Ryman, which was streamed globally on Easter Sunday from her Facebook page.

The concert, which featured hymns covered on her newest album My Savior, is available to watch for 48 hours.

Underwood shared about the events: “It means so much to be able to bring this event to people in their homes on a day that holds so much meaning for us spiritually and to be able to raise much needed funds and awareness for the incredible work of Save the Children as we celebrate the importance of family.”

“This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in this special way,” says Underwood. “When I set out to choose these songs, I wanted to include the beautiful, familiar hymns I grew up singing in church. There are several songs I have performed in the past, like ‘Softly And Tenderly,’ ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ that mean so much to me and I knew immediately we needed to record for the album. This music shaped who I am as a person and is the foundation of my career as a recording artist. I feel so blessed to get to share these songs with generations of people who love them as I do, as well as others who might be experiencing them for the first time.”

Underwood was joined by CeCe Winans, Buddy Greene, and Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE.

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Motown Gospel’s Kelly Price Releases ‘Grace’

Motown Gospel, one of the premiere recording labels for gospel music, in partnership with SANG GIRL! Inc., celebrates the release of nine-time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Kelly Price’s second gospel project, GRACE. The release of GRACE comes fifteen years after Price’s acclaimed gospel album, This Is Who I Am, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and landed in the top ten of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Grace is available now wherever music is sold and streamed digitally. Purchase GRACE at: https://KellyPrice.lnk.to/GRACE

The brand-new 6-track EP arrives ahead of Easter Sunday 2021 and serves as a reminder of God’s grace during these unprecedented times. Grace begins with the electrifying album opener “Dance Party,” features a cover of the classic “Faith That Conquers,” and the title track “Grace.”

Standing on her foundation of faith and belief in God, Kelly Price poured her heart and soul into GRACE and used it as a healing tool after losing her grandfather early in the 2020 pandemic, followed by the sudden passing of her mother at the end of the year. The result is a story of joy, pain, love and loss, with Grace becoming one of Price’s most inspirational and moving projects to date.

Price is set to embark on a progressive virtual press run which will include promotional stops at GMA3: What You Need to Know, Sirius XM Sway In The Morning, The Breakfast Club, Good Day New York and more. GRACE is available now wherever music is sold and streamed digitally.

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