Elroy Smith Departs Radio One

After what appeared to be an overflowing cup of artists name dropping “Radio One” during the recent Stellar Award weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, Radio One’s Director of Inspirational Programming Elroy Smith exits the Urban radio broadcaster where he also served as Operations Manager of its cluster in Philadelphia.

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Previously, Smith programmed the cluster’s Urban WPHI-FM (100.3 The Beat). Prior to his move to Philadelphia in 2007, Smith was OM of Clear Channel’s Urban WGCI-FM and OM/PD of Urban AC WVAZ-FM (V103)/Chicago.

Here’s what Smith told AllAccess.com, “It has been one of the best experiences of my career.  I learned a tremendous amount of knowledge from JAY STEVENS.  I also want to thank BARRY MAYO, ALFRED LIGGINS, CATHY HUGHES, CHRIS WEGMAN, BRUCE DEMS, newly appointed PHILADELPHIA GM/VP SHAWNEEN THOMPSON, all of my RADIO ONE/PHILADELPHIA cohorts and those throughout the company.  Oh, and I don’t want to forget to thank DAVID KANTOR and GARY BERNSTEIN of REACH MEDIA.”

2014 Grammy Winners (Gospel)

 

tashacobbs236. BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

WINNER

Break Every Chain [Live]

Tasha Cobbs

Track from: Grace [Live]
Label: EMI Gospel/ Motown Gospel

Hurricane

Natalie Grant

Label: Curb Records

Lord, I Need You

Matt Maher

Track from: All The People Said Amen [Live]
Label: Essential Records

Overcomer

Mandisa

Track from: Overcomer
Label: Sparrow Records

If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]

Tye Tribbett

Track from: Greater Than [Live]
Label: Motown Gospel

tye-tribbett37. BEST GOSPEL SONG

WINNER

If He Did It Before… Same God [Live] 

Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
Track from: Greater Than [Live]
Label: Motown Gospel; Publisher: Everything Fresh Entertainment LLC

Have Your Way 

Calvin Frazier & Deitrick Haddon, songwriters (Deitrick Haddon)
Label: RCA Inspiration; Publishers: Deitrick Vaughn Haddon Publishing/Calvin Frazier Publishing

If I Believe 

Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson)
Track from: Love, Charlie
Label: RCA Records / P Music Group Inc.; Publishers: Nephew Wirlie Music/EMI Music Publishing/Pacific Coast Pirate Publishing/Mamas Pebbly Publishing

A Little More Jesus 

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Erica Campbell)
Label: My Block Inc / Eone Music; Publishers: That’s Plum Song-EMI April/It’s Tea Tyme-EMI April/Campbell Kids

Still 

Percy Bady, songwriter (Percy Bady Featuring Lowell Pye)
Track from: Kingdom Inspirations
Label: Maranatha! Music/K-Bizz Ent.; Publisher: Kingdom Bizz Songs BMI

 

Mandisa38. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG

WINNER

Overcomer 

David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
Track from: Overcomer
Label: Sparrow Records; Publishers: Ariose Music/9T One Songs/Meaux Mercy/LarryDavid Music/Capitol CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/D Soul Music

Hurricane 

Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant & Cindy Morgan, songwriters (Natalie Grant)
Label: Curb Records; Publishers: SeeSee Bubba Songs/Tunes Of R And T Direct/Razor & Tie Music Publishing, LLC/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Forest For The Trees Music/Checkpointchicky Music/Seems Like Music/Music Services

Love Take Me Over 

Steven Curtis Chapman, songwriter (Steven Curtis Chapman)
Track from: The Glorious Unfolding
Label: Reunion Records; Publishers: Chappy Campers Music/Primary Wave/Wizen Music

Speak Life 

Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Ryan Stevenson, songwriters (Tobymac)
Track from: Eye On It
Label: Forefront Records; Publishers: Achtober Songs/EMI CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/Songs Of Emack/Jamnu Music/Hole-Steen Music

Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) 

Ed Cash, Scott Cash & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
Track from: Burning Lights
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: Sixsteps Songs/Worship Together Music/A Thousand Generations Publishing/EMI CMG Publishing/Alletrop Music/McTyeire Music

tyetribbettb2011c139. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

WINNER

Greater Than [Live]

Tye Tribbett

Label: Motown Gospel

Grace [Live]

Tasha Cobbs

Label: EMI Gospel/ Motown Gospel

Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 [Live]

Donald Lawrence

Label: Quietwater Entertainment/EOne

Best Days Yet

Bishop Paul S. Morton

Label: Tehillah Music Group/EOne

God Chaser [Live]

William Murphy

Label: RCA Inspiration/ Verity Gospel Music Group

 

Mandisa (Former Idol Contestant)

40. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM

WINNER

Overcomer

Mandisa

Label: Sparrow Records

We Won’t Be Shaken

Building 429

Label: Essential Records

All The People Said Amen [Live]

Matt Maher

Label: Essential Records

Your Grace Finds Me (Live)

Matt Redman

Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Burning Lights

Chris Tomlin

Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Iyanla Opens A Help Desk

SPIRITUAL LIFE COACH IYANLA VANZANT TO APPEAR LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

OFFERING FREE ONE-ON-ONE ADVICE FOR NEW OWN SHOW ‘HELP DESK’

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OPEN CALL FOR PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 12

Washington, D.C.- What happens when you invite one of today’s most celebrated spiritual teachers to offer free advice in a busy public place?  Find out in “Help Desk,” a new show hosted by Gotham Chopra, Deepak Chopra’s son, as he sets up an outdoor desk with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant this Sunday, January 12 in Washington D.C.’s Union Station for two sessions from 9:30am ET – 12:30pm ET and 2:15pm ET – 5:15pm ET. 

Come down to Union Station, East Hall for a once in a lifetime chance to get advice from Vanzant who will sit down with a few select passersby, on a first come, first serve basis only.’  In “Help Desk,” Vanzant brings her spiritual wisdom to the streets, offering life-changing answers to hard-hitting questions about relationships, health, and personal transformation. 

WHEN:

Sunday, January 12
9:30am ET – 12:30pm ET
2:15pm ET – 5:15pm ET

WHERE:

Union Station, East Hall
50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

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For more information on “Help Desk”:

http://www.oprah.com/packages/help-desk.html

BMI Announce Trailblazers Luncheon Hosts

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DONNIE MCCLURKIN AND ERICA CAMPBELL (MARY MARY)

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TO HOST 15th ANNUAL BMI TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC

AWARDS LUNCHEON

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Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood will be honored at

BMI’s lauded event on January 17 in Nashville

Richard-Smallwood

 

WHO: Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the leading global music rights organization, is set to salute gospel leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood at its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. Additional invited guests include:

 

  • Donnie McClurkin; Yolanda Adams; Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin
  • Erica Campbell; Isaac Carree; The Clark Sisters; Fred Hammond
  • James Fortune; Smokie Norful; Jessica Reedy; Kierra Sheard
  • Marvin Sapp; Shirley Caesar; Beverly Crawford; Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper;
  • Ledisi; Michelle Williams; Rodney Jerkins; VaShawn Mitchell
  • Tasha Page-Lockhart; Y’Anna Crawley; Dr. Bobby Jones; Lisa Knowles and others.

 

WHAT: The 15th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon is a first class, awe-inspiring worship service that honors the legends of gospel music. The invitation-only event attracts gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading executives. 

  • All press must RSVP to attend. Press credentials will be for red carpet arrivals only. 
  • A few “show only” seats will be allocated for press covering the red carpet.  

WHEN:

  • Friday, January 17, 2014  
  • Press check-in will be at 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrivals begin at 10:00 a.m. and will promptly end at 11:00 a.m.
  • The Luncheon will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m. Access is for arrivals only. 

WHERE:  

Rocketown
601 4th Ave. S.,
Nashville, Tenn.

 

ABOUT THE HONOREES:  

Daryl Coley’s voice is an inimitable instrument able to fuse musical genres into a unique, mellifluous and cohesive sound. His multi-decade career began as singer with Edwin Hawkins, which led to being a songwriter and musical director for Lady Tramaine Hawkins. Lead vocal appearances on recordings for James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America resulted in Coley’s solo debut, Just Daryl. What followed was a string of Stellar, Dove and GRAMMY award nominations for career-defining albums including Beyond the Veil: Live at Bobby Jones Gospel XIII and Oh, the Lamb. Coley has recorded a landmark collection of more than 100 studio performances and worked with some of the industry’s legends, including Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson and Philip Bailey. Most recently, Coley received a Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Ray of Hope Theological Seminary and Bible College International School of Divinity. 

Richard Smallwood is a legend in his own time. After more than three decades as one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise,” “Center of My Joy,” and “I Love the Lord” to his credit, the GRAMMY-nominated, Stellar and Dove award-winning songwriter and musician continues to enjoy widespread popularity and influence. 

His seminal recordings with the Richard Smallwood Singers and Vision include Psalms, Adoration: Live in Atlanta and Journey: Live in New York. Each album and song released continually landed on the top of the gospel charts and in the repertoires of choirs throughout the world. His songs traverse genre boundaries and have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Destiny’s Child and many others. In 2006, Smallwood was inducted into the Gospel Music Associations’ Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He is currently exploring his gift as an author, as he works on completing his autobiography Total Praise, scheduled to be released in 2014. 

BMI’s impressive roster of gospel songwriters includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Israel Houghton, Kim Burrell and many others. To read more about the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album and our gospel music leaders, visit http://www.bmi.com/genres/gospel 

Follow BMI on Twitter (#BMITrailblazers) and Facebook

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music.  BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

Fred Hammond is Healing From Surgery

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After a successful 3.5 hour surgery to replace both knees, Fred Hammond is on the mend and ready to begin physical therapy.  Using his Facebook page, Hammond shared a video with his fans of his first steps since the surgery.  Hammond appeared upbeat and reflective as he shared a special post about his humble beginnings and much more.  Check out his Facebook page to read his story.

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Check out Fred’s short video on our GospelNewsroom Facebook page.