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“The Sing-Off” announces season 3 contestants

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The airwaves are flooded with talent competitions these days, and as you read earlier today I don’t really care. Except that the contestants for the third season of The Sing-Off were announced, and now I have to care. Competing on the […]

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30 Day Gospel Soundcheck Christian Music Challenge

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Don’t you just love doing those “30 Day” challenges? Movies, music, all sorts of fun stuff. We thought it would be fun to do one here on the Gospel Soundcheck blog, but with one noteable difference: every 7 days, you […]

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Gospel music artist Israel Houghton talks about music, family and Compassionart

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I hope you had a chance to catch gospel music artist Israel Houghton this morning on “CBS Sunday Morning.” The profile was part of the show’s Easter Sunday coverage, which also featured CeCe Winans and Patty Griffin. I had a […]

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Enter your choir and vote for your favorite in ‘The Most Powerful Voices’ Online Contest

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, Gospel Music Channel (GMC) and FameCast Media educating people about stroke through an online choir competition as part of the Power to End Stroke campaign. The three-month online contest, […]

Gospel artist Calvin Hunt passes away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel artist Calvin Hunt passed away on December 26, 2009 at the hospital in Queens, NY. The 52-year-old Hunt was member and soloist of the famed Christ Tabernacle Choir and Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers. His latest Vine Records’ release, Bridges, earned […]

Ruben Studdard premieres his new Christmas song, Christmas In Your Arms

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a special Christmas present, just for Beliefnet readers: The premiere of Ruben Studdard’s new Christmas song, “Christmas In Your Arms”! The song doesn’t release until December 8th, when you can buy it on iTunes, but you get to hear […]

Mary Mary nominated for three 2009 Soul Train Awards; show airs November 29

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel duo Mary Mary follow up their American Music Award win with three 2009 Soul Train Award nominations. The hottest sister act in gospel music are nominated for Best Gospel Performance (Male, Female or Group), along with BeBe and CeCe […]

Stellar Award nominee Christopher Page promotes organ donation

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel artist Christopher Page was nominated for a 2010 Stellar Award for “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year” for his release, A Page From My Heart, recorded with his group, The Dream Keeper’s Ensemble. The album includes the popular song, “Sanctified […]

Verizon Wireless crowns Best Church Choir in America

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Second Annual Verizon Wireless “How Sweet The Sound” church choir competition ended this weekend with the Atlanta West Pentecostal Church Choir, Atlanta, GA, taking home the title of “The Best Church Choir in America.” The competition is an opportunity […]

Da’ T.R.U.T.H. taking sabbatical from ministry after “moral indescretion”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Hip hop artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H. announced on his website that he is taking a sabbatical from ministry after a “moral indescrtion” in his personal life. In the statement, Emanuel L. Lambert, Jr, – aka Da’ T.R.U.T.H. – said that he […]

25th Annual Stellar Award Nominations

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The nominations for the 25th Annual Stellar Awards were announced last week. The show will take place at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, January 16, 2010. Hosts for this year’s ceremony are Kirk Franklin, Vickie Winans and Donnie […]

Soul Choir holding auditions September 26 in Nashville

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Got soul? Want to be part of an internationally renowned gospel choir that ministers around the world? The Soul Choir, which originated in Los Angeles and is now based in Nashville, is holding auditions at St. Paul Community Church, 5035 […]

Sneak Peek At Music From BeBe & CeCe Winans’ New Album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Here’s a sneak peek at the song “Grace,” from BeBe & CeCe Winans’ upcoming album Still.Still releases October 6.Click here to subscribe to Gospel Soundcheck by email and have the Gospel Soundcheck headlines delivered daily to your email inbox. And […]

CeCe and BeBe Winans Release New Gospel Album, “Still”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Platinum-selling chart-topping award-winning gospel brother and sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans are set to release their first album in more than 15 years, Still. The album will be available online and in stores on Tuesday, October 6.The album features […]

Funeral Services Announced for Rev. Timothy Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Funeral arrangements and services have been announced for Rev. Timothy Wright, who passed away last week as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident last July that took the lives of his wife Betty and grandson D.J. There […]

Reverend Timothy Wright Dies

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports that Reverend Timothy Wright has died as the result of injuries sustained last July from an accident that killed his wife and grandson. He was 61. Rev. Wright has been hospitalized since the accident with injuries […]

Pop Winans, Patriarch of Celebrated Winans Family, Passes Away

posted by Joanne Brokaw

David “Pop” Winans, father of celebrated gospel singers BeBe, CeCe, Michael, Marvin, Carvin and Ronald, passed away yesterday. He was 74. Winans is survived by his wife Dolores. The couple had 10 children; their son Ronald died in 2005. The […]

Verizon’s “How Sweet The Sound” Competition Searches For Best Church Choir in America

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Verizon Wireless is once again searching for the best church choir in America in its How Sweet the Sound competition. Donald Lawrence will be returning as host and Marvin Sapp will be back as judge and performer. The competition starts […]

Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, 3 Doors Down And More Go Gospel On New Album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Reuters reports today that some of secular music’s top acts — among them Queen Latifah, Jon Bon Jovi, Joss Stone and 3 Doors Down — join together on the gospel album, “Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.” The EMI […]

Is Mary Mary’s “Gospel Club” Tour An Oxymoron?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Grammy winning gospel/R&B duo Mary Mary sets out a spring club tour beginning April 8 at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland, and ending April 29 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The duo’s latest release, […]

Gospel Music Scam Reportedly Targeting Churches and Artists

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A story in the TimesNews.com reports on a potential scam involving Gospel promoter Wade Weaver: “According to reports, in previous cases checks written by the agency may be returned for insufficient funds, some scheduled gospel programs might be canceled, and […]

Mary Mary’s White House Performance Honoring Stevie Wonder Airs Tonight on PBS

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel duo Mary Mary performed at the White House last night at an event honoring Stevie Wonder. Wonder was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The show will air tonight on PBS. The Library of Congress […]

American Idol George Huff To Release Sophomore Album

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Season 3 American Idol’s George Huff is set to release his sophomore self-titled gospel album on April 7th. The songs on his new album reflect some of the hard times he’s experienced in his life. Originally from New Orleans, for […]

Former Gospel Band Member Wanted in Shooting Rampage

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The NY Post is reporting today that former member of the group Harlem Heavenly Notes, Rasheen Gamble, 22, went on a shooting rampage in his building in the Bronx that left one dead. Gamble allegedly allegedly gunned down security guard […]

2009 Grammy Winners; What Was Your Favorite Moment From Last Night’s Show?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I hate awards shows, so it should come as no surprise that instead of watching the Grammys last night, I watched “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and then went to bed to finish […]

Rev. Timothy Wright needs prayer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I know many of you have been following the progress of Rev. Timothy Wright as he recovers from the accident last July that took the lives of his wife and grandson. Rev. Wright suffered a C4 spinal cord injury. I […]

Dottie Rambo’s Daughter Sues Bus Driver From Accident that Killed the Gospel Singer

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Associated Press reports today that Reba Rambo-McGuire, the daughter of gospel legend Dottie Rambo, is suing the driver at the helm of the bus that crashed last May, killing Dottie Rambo and injuring seven others. Also accused of negligence […]

Israel Houghton and other Gospel artists tapped to perform at Obama Inauguration events

posted by Joanne Brokaw

When President Elect Barak Obama takes the oath of office on Tuesday, several Gospel artists will be part of the inaugural celebration. The 2009 Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball, scheduled for Tuesday night at the Warner Theater in […]

Stellar Award winners; Marvin Sapp takes home 7 awards

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Marvin Sapp was the big winner at Saturday’s Stellar Awards, taking home seven awards, including Artist of the Year. Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It,” from his album Thirsty, was the most played gospel artist of 2008, according to Radio […]

Radio and Record’s Most Played Christian Songs of 2008

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Radio and Records released their 2008 Year End Charts, and here’s a peek at the most played songs on Christian radio formats: Top 5 Gospel songs: 1) Never Would Have Made It, Marvin Sapp 2) Work It Out, Troy Sneed […]

10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration takes place Friday, January 30

posted by Joanne Brokaw

On Friday, January 30, 2009, the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will take place at the University of South Florida’s SunDome, in Tampa, Florida. The event is part of the festivities leading up to the Super Bowl. The event […]

Michael W. Smith, Dolly Parton, Bobby Jones, Dixie Hummingbirds and Lari Goss newest members of Gospel Music Hall of Fame

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This February, Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith, Dr. Bobby Jones, the Dixie Hummingbirds and producer Lari Goss will be named the newest members of the Gospel Music Association Foundation’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The GMA Gospel Music Hall of […]

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson releases Gospel CD

posted by Joanne Brokaw

CJ, a columnist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reported that pop legend Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has released a Gospel CD called A Brand New Me. Nelson tells CJ, “Every song is about God. It’s all about Jesus. It’s a […]

Rev. Timothy Wright preparing to go home in the New Year

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Just a quick note to let you know that I heard from Laurie, dear friend of the Wright family and the amazing person who keeps me posted on Rev. Timothy Wright. Laurie tells me that Rev. Wright has been transferred […]

Video of Rev. Timothy Wright benefit in Syracuse, NY

posted by Joanne Brokaw

As many of you know, I’ve been covering the story about Rev. Timothy Wright since July and have been trying to give readers as many updates as I can.Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get information sometimes, and I hear about the […]

Christian music artists share what they’re thankful for

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Thanksgiving is the wonderful holiday that not only leads into the season celebrating the birth of Christ but gives us an entire day to give thanks. And eat. A lot. I asked some of your favorite and up-and-coming Christian music […]

Stellar Award nominees announced

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Nominees were recently announced for the 2009 Stellar Awards, which will be presented January 17, 2009 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Gospel Music Channel will premiere The Stellar Awards on Sunday, March 1 after the show’s first […]

Rev. Timothy Wright may be home for the holidays

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I got an update on Rev. Timothy Wright from family friend and spokesperson Laurie Schneider, who says that Rev Wright may be heading home for the holidays. That’s great news! She told me by email, “He has sensitivity in both […]

Mary Mary tops Billboard charts

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel artist Mary Mary’s latest project, The Sound, released last week and immediately jumped to the top spot on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel charts. The album claimed the #7 spot on the Billboard Top 200, the week’s third highest […]

“Songs of Soul and Inspiration” features CeCe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan

posted by Joanne Brokaw

This Sunday night, October 26, the Gospel Music Channel will debut the special, “Songs of Soul and Inspiration” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AARP and honor the musical legacy of the African American church. The event, which was recorded […]

Rev Timothy Wright off respirator, able to move neck and shoulders

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Many of you have asked for an update on Rev. Timothy Wright, who was severely injured in a car accident in July that took the lives of his wife and grandson. I spoke this week with Laurie, my contact with […]

Jazz Gospel Central launches new site

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I stumbled across a new website today, JazzGospelCentral.com, which is a great meeting place for jazz and gospel music. I love it – it’s soothing, and spirited, and soulful. I think it’s a great reminder that music that overflows from […]

Gospel music artist Richard Smallwood invited (and then uninvited) to perform at White House

posted by Joanne Brokaw

GospelCity.com reports that Gospel singer Richard Smallwood has been “barred from the Bush Administration’s Black Music Month Celebration.” He spoke to the publication while he was in Denver to perform at the 45th Democratic Convention. According to the website, back […]

Chubby Girl Records launched with plus-size consumers in mind

posted by Joanne Brokaw

Gospel songtress Sherrie Keys has launched Chubby Girl Records, with the goal of not only featuring plus-size Gospel artists but “a unique opportunity to positively reach out to plus-size consumers” with a new clothing line. Keys believes that plus-size women […]

Gospel Music Channel will air Trailblazers of Gospel Music special

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The Gospel Music Channel will air an exclusive one-hour special Sunday, September 14 highlighting the annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Gala, which was held January 11, 2008 in Nashville. The show press release didn’t make the connection, but […]

Update and benefit concert for Rev. Timothy Wright

posted by Joanne Brokaw

A concert will be held this Saturday, September 6th, to raise money to benefit Rev. Timothy Wright. The best news? Rev. Wright is scheduled to be at the event.

Kirk Franklin to perform in Poland for Gospel music event

posted by Joanne Brokaw

R&B, hip hop and gospel artist Kirk Franklin will perform his first ever Central-Eastern European concert in Warsaw, Poland on September 11th. From what I can tell by the event website (I don’t read Polish so I can only go […]

David Byrne and Brian Eno’s new album inspired by gospel music

posted by Joanne Brokaw

David Byrne and Brian Eno have teamed up for a new project inspired by gospel music. Byrne wrote the lyrics, Eno wrote the music. Eno is quoted at thecelebritycafe.com: “I was surprised by how little attention Americans paid to their […]

Shirley Caesar releases CD/DVD “After 40 Years: Still Sweeping Through The City”

posted by Joanne Brokaw

After 40 years in the industry, gospel legend Shirlety Caesar is adding one more project to her repertoire, which already includes 42 albums and 8 DVDs. Her latest 12 song compilation CD, After 40 Years: Still Sweeping Through The City, […]

Rev. Timothy Wright and family involved in tragic car crash

posted by Joanne Brokaw

The “godfather of gospel,” Rev. Timothy Wright, was critically injured and his wife and grandson were killed this weekend when their vehicle was hit head-on by driver going the wrong way on a Pennsylvania interstate. Rev. Wright is pastor at […]

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