Kirk Whalum’s The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III: In Stores Now!!!

Eight-time Grammy nominated jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum recently released the long-awaited third installment in his popular genre-bridging gospel jazz series; The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter III. The star-studded live celebration is available with a special package in both a two-disc CD package and a special DVD shot in hi-definition video. The project features the gospel-targeted single “He’s Been Just That Good,” featuring vocalist Lalah Hathaway. “It’s kind of a mini journey through the evolution of jazz to an extent,” says Kirk Whalum. “It documents the fact that gospel is not a recent collaborator with jazz. They started out together.” Unique to the concept of The Gospel According To Jazz is the fact that it brings jazz fans, gospel fans, and R&B fans together with those who are dedicated to Christ, and meets the listeners where they are spiritually. With the The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III, Kirk Whalum takes listeners on a journey from spirituals through New Orleans jazz through modern jazz, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, blues, and gospel.Kirk Whalum’s The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III debuted #12 on Billboard’s Gospel chart and #40 on the Top Christian/Gospel chart!

Oraclez Gospel Festival & Awards Exclusive: Faith Evans Will Be Joining Artist Line Up

Hi Guys, Just heard that Faith Evans, will be joining the Oraclez Gospel Festival and Awards 2010. She will be joining the stag with Donnie McClurkin, Bebe and Cece Winans, Trin-i-tee 5:7and many more. This will all take place at Wembley Arena London, 3rd May 2010.Also it is romoured that Mary Mary, maybe joining the line up again this year. The sister duo did a fantastic show last year. So for you guys that missed it last year, if they join the line up, you will be blessed.


Hi Guys, i was browsing the internet and came across this article written by Sound and Silence, about Bishop Carlton Pearson. Check it out and let us know what you think of this article.. Please leave a comment.

Bishop Carlton Pearson. For those who have any interest in the debate concerning beliefs around eternal destiny, aka Heaven and Hell, this man’s journey is significant.

Bishop Carlton Pearson was branded a heretic by the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops in 2004, for his version of UR, called the “Gospel of Inclusion”. For the sake of his doctrine (read “faith”), in giving up hell, he found that his congregation fell by over 90%, he was forced to give up his church building, and he virtually lost his entire ministry.

Most painfully, he fell out with many friends and loved ones including the great (in pentecostal-charismatic terms) Oral Roberts who saw him as a son. He paid a heavy price to break away from the 1500 year old ideology of Ultimate Fear, and embrace a radical expression of Grace.

The scandal of Bishop Carlton Pearson is qualitatively different to what we have come to expect from the Church. Crucially it has not involved hypocrisy, as in extramarital liaisons, pedophilia, embezzlement, or substance abuse. No, the scandal of Bishop Carlton Pearson is not unlike the scandal of Christ, who took on the religious-political-cultural establishment for the sake of God rule of Love and Justice.


Six Risks Not Covered In a Professional Liability Policy

If you are considering signing up for a professional liability policy, then you are on the right track. offers is a sure way of protecting small, medium-sized and large businesses against unexpected events that could sabotage their operations. However, it is not a silver bullet for all your company’s risks.


Here are some of the risks that professional liability does not cover:

Intentional harm

Let’s say you are a home inspector and are hired to inspect a house by a potential buyer. The seller approaches you and asks that you conceal some mistakes in exchange for a favor and you agree. Later, when the buyer purchases the house, the problem you concealed is exposed and the buyer sues you. When the truth behind the error is revealed, you will not only have ruined your reputation, but also the insurer will not compensate you.


General liabilities

There is a leaky pipe at the entrance of the shop and it has been that way for quite a while. You have always assumed it. As your customer is walking in, he accidentally slips and falls, breaking his ankle. Your E and O insurance policy will not cater for any lawsuit that might follow. If you think that your business is at a high risk of such incidents, consider purchasing a general liability cover.


Employment disputes

Your assistant is unable to work due to some genuine reason. In pursuit of another assistant, you decide to call for an interview. The first person you interview is a middle aged woman who is not good at communicating thus you fail to hire her. The second candidate is a woman in her early twenties who communicates effectively. You decide to go for the second candidate, but the first one is dissatisfied and decides to sue you for discrimination. Her basis is that you refused to hire her because of her age. At this point, your professional liability cover will not help you.


Illegal activities

You a professional home inspector and business is not doing very well. Desperate, you come up with an idea on how you can source money from your insurer. So, you hire a home owner to act as a deceived client whom you mislead, hoping that the insurance company will pay compensation. The moment the claim adjuster notices that something is amiss is the time you will lose your claim. No E & O or any other insurance company covers fraud.


Property damage

Property damage is not an unusual occurrence. It might happen to anybody and at any instance. Whether you are at fault or not, your E & O policy will not cover any kind of property damage.


Employee injuries

Your wonderful and hardworking assistant usually dusts your office every morning. On one such occasion, she falls down and hurts her foot, requiring medical attention. You are required to pay for her medical bills and lost wages. Well, your professional liability insurance will not help you here. Talk to your insurance provider on the best cover for such incidents.




Two days before Christmas, Donald Young, the popular choir director at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was discovered murdered in his apartment. He had been shot multiple times, including a shot in the head.

Donald Young, 47, conducted choir for more than two decades at the well-known church. He also taught fourth grade at a Chicago public school.

On Saturday, December 29, more than 2,500 people attended Donald Young’s standing-room-only funeral service, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Some mourners waited outside for over 20 minutes to say goodbye.

Senator Barack Obama, who attends the church, sent a letter of condolence. The letter, along were many others, was read during the service, according to the paper.

Authorities told The Chicago Sun-Times that Christmas presents and jewelry were missing from Young’s home.

No arrest has been made in the case. A police investigation is underway and a $1,000 reward is being offered for info leading to an arrest.

Donald Young had grown the choir’s membership to more than 100 members. They all attended his funeral-singing one last time for their leader.

Gospel Music Bites would like to send our condolences to Donald Young’s family and friend. We pray that the Lord will comfort them, at this difficult time. Please hold onto God and he will see you through.

More.. Please leave you prayers and words of encouragement for the Donald Young’s family and friends. Thank you


Gospel Heritage 2010 Praise & Worship Conference, Jacksonville, FL FEB 18-19

Gospel Music Bites hopes to seeing you in Jacksonville, Fl for the 2010 Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference!

You’ll enjoy sessions for Pastors, Ministers of Music, Young Adults and Praise Dancers.

Register now to take advantage of our early registration discount pricing!

Adult registration-only $89 from now EXTENDED until October 25th!
Student registration—only $59 from now EXTENDED until October 25th!
Friday night GALA Tickets are discounted…the earlier you buy them, the more you’ll SAVE $$$!

Vendor tables are $250. *All vendors will be located in the front foyer of the church!
(There is limited availability)

SPECIAL GROUP DISCOUNTS…BUY 10 GALA Tickets or Registrations and GET THE 11TH FREE!*
*Discount must be issued off line by GHF office

Gospel Music Bites Word of The Day: DELIVERED FROM HOMOSEXUALITY

Sometimes, because you have something missing in your life, you do things to compensate. That’s what happened to me.

I am a 22 year old woman who has been saved since I was eight years old. Over the past 7 years, my life has been slowly going downhill due to circumstances all around me: my mother being diagnosed with anorexia/OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) / major depression, the “loss” of my father through his withdrawing from our family, quitting college because of depression, endless relationships with men that ended in tragedy. I remember for some time, due to the influence of my mother, I was very conscious of my weight and appearance. I always looked at the girls around me, comparing myself to them. Somehow, through the constant viewing, comparing, looking, I found myself becoming interested in women.

I remember, at college, “having” to watch the Ellen “coming out” episode. At that time, I had NO IDEA that I had homosexual feelings, but something was at work within me, and it was a dangerous thing. I left school after 1 1/2 years due to major depression. I could not concentrate in school, and there were two guys that I had dated that went there, and I couldn’t take the stress.


When I returned home, something inside me made me post an ad on the Internet. I met *Sarah, a lesbian not too far from me. She was looking for someone too, like I was. I had never had a homosexual experience, and quite frankly, never considered one. I can’t tell you exactly what made me “discover” my feelings for other women, but it was evident. And I didn’t want to ignore it. She brought me to a gay bar, where, over the past 2 1/2 years I have spent my life. I have dated various women there, and ended up dating someone very seriously. I moved in with her after 3 months of dating, and lived with her for about four months. I was ABSOLUTELY convinced that I was gay. The Bible was wrong; I even found myself searching for books on the acceptance of Christianity and Homosexuality.

During this period of my life, I cared for no one but myself. I did drugs (cocaine, XTC, pot, mushrooms), did a considerable amount of cigarette smoking, drank continuously. I was so depressed. I was so anxious. And I was so away from God.

I don’t know if it was the people praying for me, or God Himself, reaching out to me in His mercy, but one day I had decided to leave the lifestyle – and the club, which I had made my home. I knew EVERYONE there, and we were all a “family.” I decided that on that night, I would bring my girlfriend to the bar and tell her that I could not see her anymore. I proceeded to get very drunk, knowing that I couldn’t handle it sober. And, I sat down with her in a small booth in the back of the restaurant. There, I told her that I could not see her anymore, and that I needed time to think. This was one of the scariest things that I had ever done in my life. I was giving up my lover, my “family” and all of my friends…and I had to trust God…but would he deliver me?

Tears streaming down both of our faces, I could not believe, at that moment, what I was hearing. The gay bar doubled as a dance club on Saturday nights, and it was a Saturday. Out of haze, in the midst of my drunkenness, I heard the Jars of Clay song, belting through the speakers, melting my heart:

“Lift me up When I’m falling Lift me up I’m weak and I’m dying Lift me up I need you to hold me Lift me up To keep me from drowning again.”

God came to me that night. God heard me, even in my wretched sin. God heard me plead for the life I once knew, and He came to me that night, in the form of a song, bolting through me like lightning. Since then, I have never been the same.

I can proudly say, now, that I have a wonderful relationship with a Christian man. We encourage each other all the time in Christ. For a long time after all of this occurred, I struggled continuously with my lust for women. I truly believe that it was I choice I MADE to bring this sin into my life, and now I am paying the consequences for lost and loved friends, a woman who I hurt very badly due to my selfishness, and lust. Yes, I do still lust, but God is in control! When I feel this way, I PRAY. When I don’t feel that way, I pray. And, I can honestly say, that God HAS supplied all of my needs. Trust me friends, homosexuality is not your answer. Trust in the Lord, and he will deliver you, like he delivered me.

Nicole Faithful Franklin New Album “Taking It Back”: In Stores 29th Sept

Nicole “Faithful” Franklin, a multifaceted Inglewood, California raised, Rapper, Songwriter, Producer, Director, Choreographer and now new Gospel/Praise & Worship Recording Artist with a electrical presence not seen in the marketplace since the introduction of superstar performer Kirk Franklin, will enter the contemporary competitive Gospel-Inspirational Hip Hop musical loop with the release of her new album, TAKING IT BACK .The ground breaking CD will be released on Living Water Records distributed via Thank You Entertainment/Fontana/Universal. The rockin’, head bobbin’ inspirational Gospel, Praise & Worship, Hip Hop crafted first single, “Purpose and Destiny”(written and co-produced by Nicole Franklin with Producer Qura Rankin) will be released to Contemporary Gospel/Urban Music radio stations in June. The album is scheduled for release, Tuesday, September 29th. With the aid of Veteran Record Producer and Executive, KEVIN EVANS, CEO of THANK YOU ENTERTAINMENT, this amazing young woman is blessed with an electrifying worship leader presence with a positive voice that ranges from the passionate to powerful on this eclectic blend of gospel, praise and worship, inspirational hip hop classic album offering.

CeCe Winans & J. Moss To Perform at National Council of Negro Women Black Family Reunion Celebration

The National Council of Negro Women will be holding their 24th Annual Black Family Reunion Celebration on September 12-13, 2009 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Coca Cola sponsored event celebrates the enduring strengths and traditional values of the Black family.

On Sunday September 13th, there will be a Sunday concert in the park featuring gospel music artists CeCe Winans and J. Moss. The concert is part of the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.

Sounds of Blackness CD Release Party:

You’re Invited To Sounds of Blackness CD Release Party Tuesday Aug 25 6:30pm Mall of America! The Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness are back stronger than ever “THE 3RD GIFT:STORY, SONG & SPIRIT (In Stores & Online Tuesday August 25)

This life-changing CD has deeply profound music for the entire world with messages of peace, love and hope for all – especially during these times.”THE 3RD GIFT” features Sounds of Blackness’ amazing inspirational music spectrum -Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Spirituals, WorldBeat and a Special Tribute & Dedication to ‘The King of Pop’ Michael

Rae Ellis Debut Album “The Diary of Rae Ellis”:

Fusing gospel music’s past to its contemporary styling, emerging urban inspirational soul artist Rae Ellis serves as the perfect medium. With a vocal rasp reminiscent of Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald or Nina Simone, Rae Ellis captivates a sound that is as raw and melodic. Coupled with the awareness and lyrical responsiveness of her neo-soul contemporaries, Jill Scott and Chrisette Michele, she clearly exudes an undeniable anointing that leaps from the speakers directly into the heart and spirit of her listeners.

This evangelist, songwriter, and vocalist was born in Cleveland, OH via Buffalo, NY where she served in music ministry under her late father, Bishop Nathan S. Halton. Having served closely with her father, the founder of the Greater Faith Bible Tabernacle, she quickly learned the importance of prioritizing ministry and the “kingdom agenda” above her own desires