SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS NEW CD “KINGS & QUEENS” OUT NOW: What is schedule for 2008

The life-changing, soul-healing music and message of “KINGS & QUEENS” makes it much more than just another CD. “KINGS & QUEENS” is a ‘Movement’ for Self-Respect and Positivity – to help stop the violence in our streets, schools and homes. “KINGS & QUEENS” will have a positive impact on the lives of our Youth, our people and this entire nation – all with your support.

The heritage and legacy of Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Blues, Spirituals & Gospel are the keys that Sounds of Blackness will use to open the minds of the KINGS & QUEENS of today and tomorrow. “KINGS & QUEENS: Message Music From The Movement” represents an ongoing commitment by the Sounds of Blackness. As a result, the Sounds will be partnering with the NAACP, Rainbow PUSH, ADIDAS and with Domestic Violence Agencies to promote self-respect, and help stop street violence and domestic violence.

YVETTE WILLIAMS (FORMERLY KNOWN AS MS. TONEX) TELLS HER SIDE OF STORY: About her divorce from TONEX

I heard this interview on BlogTalkRadio, the show i heard it on was G-Talk withGerard Henry. This interview is with Yvette Williams (formerly known as Ms. Tonex) where she will talk about “life after divorce”, “the need to fight for the institution of marriage”, her “upcoming project”, and much more.

This interview will truly open your eye and at the same time bless your life. Please take this time to listen the other side of the story from Yvette Williams.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Click here to hear the interview

The Life Of Mahalia Jackson Immortalized On Film

Mahailia Jackson was brought up in a strict religious atmosphere. When she was 16 she went to Chicago and joined the Greater Salem Baptist Church choir, where her remarkable contralto voice soon led to her selection as a soloist.

No one exemplifies the world of gospel like Mahalia Jackson, the genre’s first superstar, who brought gospel to a secular audience with greater success than any other artist in the field. Plans are in the works to bring the late Ms. Mahalia Jackson’s life story to the big screen. In addition a big celebration is being during the month of October to commemorate what would have been her 95th birthday. The festivities will take place in Chicago, her home of 45 years.

 

Joyful Noise, the Chicago production company behind the proposed movie, believes her story will appeal to audiences of all backgrounds who admire stories of heroic people who have overcome obstacles and achieved great prominence. “Mahalia!” will depict her early struggles to use her “gift from God” to sing in storefront churches and street corners, traveling the gospel circuit as a song plugger for Thomas Dorsey, the father of gospel music, during the Depression, her ultimate ascension to success, her two failed marriages, and resisting the constant, lucrative offers to sing jazz.

 

As a motherless child, impoverished child from the bayous, a “suds buster” and maid, the late Mahalia Jackson was honored and humbled to sing at John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration and for royalty and heads of state. Japanese audiences lined up for blocks waiting to buy a ticket to her performances.

While a major star has not as yet been signed, two actors have been attached to the movie: Chicago resident Irma P. Hall and Chicago native Harry Lennix. Ms. Hall will portray Hannah Robinson, the aunt who brought Mahalia to Chicago when she was 16. Mr. Lennix will play Mahalia Jackson’s first husband, Isaac “Ike” Hockenhull.

YOLANDA ADAMS MOVES TO COLUMBIA RECORDS:

Gospel music’s princess and Grammy award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams, is preparing a collection of holiday songs to be released in October 2007, has joined the elite roster of Columbia Records.  Yolanda Adams‘ debut album, “Just As I Am,” and several subsequent albums including “Mountain High … Valley Low,” “Christmas With Yolanda Adams,” “Believe” and “Day By Day” have all reached the top of the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.

Yolanda Adams also earned BET’s Best Gospel Artist award for three consecutive years (2000-2003) and four Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

In a press release, Steve Barnett of Columbia Records said, “Yolanda Adams is truly the ‘first lady of modern gospel’ and we are proud to have her on the Columbia Records roster. Her pioneering blend of R&B, pop and gospel continues to inspire her fans and transform the musical landscape. Her music has brought me a lot of joy over the years and we are all very excited to hear where Yolanda is going next.”

In addition to the holiday album to be released in October, she is currently working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on a follow-up album for Columbia to be released in early 2008.

Singer J. Moss must pay child support

Judge enters default order against West Bloomfield gospel artist J. Moss in Ga. woman’s paternity lawsuit. An Oakland Circuit Court judge has signed a default judgment in a paternity case against gospel recording artist J. Moss, ordering him to pay child support to a Georgia woman.

J. Moss, whose real name is James L. Moss Sr. and lives in West Bloomfield Township, was named in a paternity lawsuit filed in June by Lakisha Hughes, 28, of Douglasville, Ga., concerning her son, Christion, born March 15. A court-ordered DNA test subsequently determined the 36-year-old Moss is the boy’s father with “99.9 percent” accuracy, according to the court file. “I really don’t wish to discuss this — it’s a difficult situation involving children, two families and also careers,” said Lakisha Hughes on Thursday.

 

J Moss could not be reached for comment at his home or recording studio, PAJAM Music in Oak Park. When J Moss failed to respond to court filings, Oakland Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews signed a judgment Monday prepared by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office requiring J Moss to pay $1,028 a month support until the boy turns 18 years old. Court documents reveal Lakisha Hughes is unemployed, has a teenage daughter and is divorced. J Moss is listed as married and has two other children with his wife. Court filings indicate J Moss admitted to Lakisha Hughes as being the father of her son and even sent her text messages regarding her pregnancy and the child — and “I still have them,” she noted in one filing.

Lakisha Hughes and J Moss never lived together, she told the court. Hughes also said Moss offered to pay abortion expenses but never provided any of the medical care. He never visited the child, but had given her “a total of $450 for Christion,” she wrote.

J Moss records and produces recordings under PAJAM Music.  Lakisha Hughes estimated in the court filing his gross monthly earnings at $50,000.  J Moss is the son of gospel star Bill Moss Sr. and grew up on tours with his father’s group, Bill Moss and the Celestials, and a cousin’s group, The Clark Sisters. J Moss, who grew up in Detroit and attended Michigan State University for two years, is a tenor who plays keyboards and both writes and produces music with his production group PAJAM. J Moss has recorded several albums, including “The J. Moss Project” and was a co-writer and/or producer for others including Karen Clark-Sheard, Hezekiah Walker, N’SYNC, Michelle Williams, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Dru Hill and Boyz II Men. He has been nominated for a Grammy several times.

IroCc Williams Is Back With A New Album ‘Born a King’: On Jus’ ROCC Entertainment

Ready or not iroCc Williams is back on the scene bringing with him his hottest CD to date, “Born a King,” brought to you via his own multimedia firm – JUS’ ROCC Entertainment and nationally distributed by Central South Distribution.

The CD features bangin’ tracks from a lot of untapped talent representing diverse styles; but the real draws are the thought provoking, transparent and heartfelt lyrics. Lyrics that express in his own manner, his love and passion for Jesus Christ, while providing a glimpse into the heart and mind of this young hip-hop phenomenon.

iroCc offers his fans, and newcomers to his musical experience, a CD like no other. “Born a King” is a representation of iroCc as he ventures into manhood.

iroCc makes bold confessions of faith and exudes a confidence that is justified by his royal lineage – the son of a KING! The sound of the project will appeal to every region and level of hip-hop listener.

“Get Mine,” sets the tone of the project with iroCc making bold declarations of his Faith and walk with God. “Get Money,” is sure to strike a few chords with those who aren’t quite sure about the place of wealth in Christianity, but iroCc lets it be known that his blessings are through and because of the God that he serves and a direct reciprocation of his obedience to God’s word.

“Born a King,” the title track is history in the making as it features Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. MartinLuther King Jr and Coretta King. IroCc professes his acknowledgment of his birthright into the Kingdom. He speaks boldly and candidly about facing adversities in his walk, while never losing sight of who he is. “Good Lord,” is a laid back flow that catches iroCc having a great day and giving praise and honor to God, while he navigates through potential pitfalls in his day.

He makes his debut as producer and beat-maker delivering tracks that lead the listener with a message of just straight fun and joy. The amazing Soul Gospel group made up of a dynamic family of brothers A7 brings this sound all together.

“Born a King,” was birthed from the heart, vision and direction of the Holy Spirit, Big ROCC and IROCC himself. A crew of amazing talents lent their gifts, support and time. ROB T – Indianapolis, IN; Canton Jones, Big RAN, Edward Long , hit maker Treezah, Clyff Johnson – Los Angeles, CA; Bishop of Crunk – Atlanta, GA; Mr. Del – Memphis, TN; Dr. Bernice A King, Paid in Full Entertainment – Houston, TX; A7/Sub Zero Entertainment . To ensure excellence in quality of sound; BIG ROCC masterfully mixed the tracks and then it was skillfully mastered by Lance at Bluecouch Studios in Houston, TX.

PASTOR RUDOLPH MCKISSICK JR AND WORD & WORSHIP MASS CHOIR RELEASE NEW ALBUM: “Intimate Worship”

Charismatic Jacksonville, Fla., Pastor Rudolph McKissick Jr. leads his celebrated Word & Worship Mass Choir in an inspirational performance (including the gospel hit “Magnify“) on there new album “Inimate Worship“. This album will have you stretching your hands heavenward in no time. “Magnify.” is the first single from their fourth CD/DVD project, “Intimate Worship” (Emtro Gospel), which was released on August 28

True to the Pastor Rudolph McKissick and Word & Worship tradition, “Intimate Worship” features an incredibly diverse selection of live music from the first single “Magnify,” a universal praise and worship number, to the edgy and urban “Set Me Free.”

“What makes Pastor Rudolph McKissick and Word & Worship unique is our ability to sing a diverse collection of songs and to present singable worship music,” says the choir’s dynamic leader. “Over 100 voices come together and sound like a small ensemble.”

PAULA WHITE MINISTRIES PARTNER WITH LOVING HEARTS MINISTRIES: Ministering to Incarcerated People

Paula White is a life coach, motivational speaker, pastor, preacher, author, humanitarian, philanthropist, teacher, and TV personality. Paula White began ministering in the inner cities of the Washington, DC area. By the early nineties, she was in post-riot Los Angeles, teaching Jesus to children whose neighborhoods had been hardest hit by violence.

The evolution of Paula White Ministries has included hundreds of large-scale outreaches to the needy and lost, an orphanage, and tremendous international relief. Paula White’s journey from a troubled past to experiencing the abundant life of a true overcomer motivates her to touch people who, like she once did, find themselves without hope.

Paula White is an inspiration to millions around the world who seek God’s love. She co-pastors the 22,000-member Without Walls International Church in Tampa with her husband, hosts an international television program, and spearheads humanitarian efforts worldwide.

Paula White Ministries is announcing their support of the outreach efforts of Loving Hearts Ministry, a ministry dedicated to touching the lives of incarcerated men, women, their families, and ex-offenders.

Loving Hearts Ministry visits and preaches in prisons around the United States at least once a month, and touches the lives of at least 500 to 1,000 prisoners monthly through letters, books, and services.

The support of Paula White Ministries has given Loving Hearts Ministries and it’s co-founder Dove Morgan-Osborne, the ability to publish one of its most significant evangelizing tools- the new book, “A Bear and A Dove: A Journey of Faith,” a true story detailing the life of Richard “Bear” Morgan, Dove’s now-deceased first husband.

“Paula White Ministries helps us, financially, to get the books and magazines into the hands of prisoners all over the world, and to answer the mail of inmates that come in by the piles…helping us with postage, printing, and helping us to get the book translated into Spanish,” says Dove. Loving Hearts also publishes the magazine, “Prison Victory.“

Rev Timothy Wright New Album – “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus [Live]

In support of the album, Rev. Wright launched a weeklong promotional tour, which started Saturday 24thMarch, at the Historic Apollo Theatre on 125th Street in Harlem, when he was honoured at the 3rd Annual AGAPE Awards. Wright continued on with visits to local radio stations KISS FM and WBLS FM on Sunday morning, both stations honoured him, proclaiming Sunday, Feb. 25th as Reverend Timothy Wright Day on the radio. That night MY 9 News featured Rev. Wright and his storied 40 years in music during the 10:00pm News.

Wright continues his promotional tour with stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta and Washington DC. The weeklong event consists of several media, radio and retail appearances. Highlights include, in-store appearances in Philadelphia at CLC Bookstore and in Atlanta at Berean Christian Bookstore; a live morning show performance on Good Day Atlanta; radio interviews in several markets including WPPZ, WDAS, WJNI, WNAP, WCAO, ABC Rejoice, WLIB, WMBM, WTJH, WPZE, WVEE, XM Satellite Radio and a BET television taping for “Lift Every Voice.” Check out Rev. Wright’s complete schedule on http://www.myspace.com/reverendtimothywright to support him in your city!

The week of jam-packed activities will culminate back ‘home’ with an in-store appearance & performance at New Life Christian Book Store in Jamaica, NY on Friday March 2nd at 6:00pm

“JESUS, JESUS, JESUS” carries on Reverend Wright’s signature sound and is chock-full of tried and true choir hits including the powerful “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” “Count Your Blessings,” “You Must Come In At The Door,” “Enter His Gates,” and “The Best Thing.”

Join the celebration TODAY and pick up your copy of “JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!”

VICKIE WINANS LAUNCHES RECORD LABEL: Vickie Winans departs from Verity Records

VICKIE WINANS LAUNCHES RECORD LABEL: Veteran gospel artist departs from long-time label Verity Records.
Grammy nominated gospel music singer Vickie Winans‘ new Detroit-based Destiny Joy Records label has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Central South Distribution in Nashville. The charismatic singer who asked for and was recently released from a long-term recording agreement with Verity Records, is now free to chart her own career path on her own terms. “I am sooo excited about my new distribution deal with Central South,” says Vickie Winans. “It is a mega deal and I am ecstatic. Destiny Joy Records is on its way now!”

The new label’s name is very personal to Vickie Winans. “Right after I had my son, Coconut (Marvin Winans Jr.), I got pregnant with a little girl,” she recalls. “We were planning to name her Destiny Joy Winans. Unfortunately, However, I miscarried during my fifth month and lost my baby who only weighed one pound. I named that baby Marvlyn Loreal Winans after her father Marvin Lawrence Winans Sr and kept the name Destiny Joy alive – not knowing one day that I would start this label and name it after her. My son Mario Winans‘ beautiful daughter is also named Skyler Destiny Joy.”

Vickie Winans is one of the best-known artists in gospel music with signature songs such as “Shake Yourself Loose,” “As Long As I Got King Jesus” and “We Shall Behold Him” to her credit. Her latest CD “Woman to Woman” is one of her best albums to date. Her profile on BET’s Sunday morning TV series “Lift Every Voice” remains the most watched episode in that program’s history with over 800,000 viewers.

So listen out for GREAT things to come from Destiny Joy Records.