Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Special Announcement From BeBe & CeCe Winans

BeBe & CeCe Winans would like to personally share with you their latest Valentine’s E-Card featuring their new single "I Found Love". To view it, simply click here.

Lil Blair Added To 4 Winds / Malaco Roster

At the American Gospel Quartet Convention in Birmingham this past week, during the Hall of Fame Luncheon, in front of a couple of hundred witnesses, 4 Winds / Malaco signed Lil Blair & The Fantastic Heirs. WHAAAAT! Lil Blair & The Fantastic Heirs, WHAAAAT! Lil Blair & The Fantastic Heirs… OKAY!!! (Couldn’t resist) Lol!!!

Formally known as Lil Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, the group has officially dropped that name to begin a new era in their Quartet Gospel ministry and music recording career.

In my opinion, Lil Blair is much too young and talented to spend his entire career as what may be perceived by some to be a gimmick or tribute band to his mentor, the late great Robert Blair. I am excited that he has chosen to honor the Quartet legend and keep his legacy alive by taking everything he had learned from him and applying it to his own unique ministry in which Robert Blair himself gave his blessings and passed the mantle to as his true apparent heir.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

R&B Singer Pendergrass Dead In Pa. At 59

R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass died Wednesday evening, his former publicist said. He was 59.

Pendergrass, known for smash love ballads such as "Turn Off the Lights" and "Love TKO," died after a long illness, according to Lisa Barbaris, who described herself as a close friend and his last publicist.

He died at a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was born.

His family did not reveal details about his illness, but said it was related to complications from a 1982 car accident, Barbaris said.

"His beloved family surrounded him. The world has lost one of its greatest voices and performers," a statement from Barbaris said.

"His family is devastated. He has three children and, even though it was expected, it still hurts," she said.

The crooner, who many affectionately knew as just "Teddy," started in music with a group called the Cadillacs in the late 1960s and was still with the group when it merged with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, according to his official Web site.

He started as a drummer, but soon began to sing lead after the group heard his powerful voice.

In 1972, Pendergrass's baritone could be heard on the classic Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes song "If You Don't Know Me by Now."

The song became a No. 1 hit across the country and led Pendergrass to many other hits and accolades.

After going solo, Pendergrass received several Grammy nominations, Billboard's 1977 Pop Album New Artist Award and an American Music Award for best R&B performer of 1978, Barbaris said.

In 1982, Pendergrass was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed. But Pendergrass returned to the studio in 1984 in his wheelchair to record an album.

Before his death, Pendergrass was working on a musical documenting his life, called "I Am Who I Am."

~ CNN 1/14/2010

B HAMP….The artist that brought you “Do The Rick Bobby” is back!

Brandon “B-Hamp” Hampton is the artist responsible for the dance craze that swept the nation “Do the Ricky Bobby”. This song that was based off of the movie “Talledega Nights” quickly took off throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia and eventually became a hit on BET staying on the 106 & Park countdown for over 6 weeks.

After peeking at number 68 on the Billboard hot 100, B-Hamp is now working on his sophomore project with yet another club banger that will have the nation dancing. “Fooly” the club phenomenon that is once again taking off in Texas is the lead single from his sophomore project which is currently untitled and industry experts are saying that this one will go further than the Ricky Bobby.

Brandon is very proud to be responsible for not only his career but the beginning of a number of other artist careers under his label CKB. Now that CKB has joined with the industry veterans at Malaco Records they are preparing to once again sweep the nation with another B-Hamp classic and B-Hamp is preparing to take his new label mates with him.

So what’s next in the works B-Hamp? A movie deal is being discussed with one of the leading independent film entertainment studios in the country and a sunglass deal that has been signed with Forever the K. Michael Collection with major marketing being slated to begin in the summer of 2010. These two major steps along with working with up and coming artist signed to CKB entertainment will make 2010 a very busy year for raps newest superstar.

Mississippi Mass Choir to be honored - again

The award-winning Mississippi Mass Choir will add another honor to the heap Saturday at the 25th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Nashville.

The choir will receive the Thomas A. Dorsey Notable Achievement Award, named for the Father of Gospel Music, at the event, the Malaco Music Group announced. The award recognizes outstanding work in the gospel music community and the Mississippi Mass Choir is only the second recipient of the award.

The Mississippi Mass Choir made their national debut at the awards in 1989 and picked up four honors — Choir of the Year, Artist of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Gospel Music Video.

They've won or have numerous nominations for every music industry award in addition to the Stellar, including the Grammy, Soul Train, Dove, National Association of Record Merchandisers, 3M Visionary, Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and more.

The choir now has a membership of 250.

"We are all about our Father's business," choir executive director Jerry Mannery is quoted as saying in a release. "We are not entertainers, we are ministers for Christ. Our mission remains constant; to serve the Lord and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

~ Clarion Ledger 1/11/2010