That New New…

January 21, 2010

Hey all my faithful readers!

I wanted to make sure that I keep you on the up and up! Stellar’s weekend festivities went great according to my colleagues in the Gospel. Big ups to Carlos Hale and the Urban Soul family for closing out Dave and Buster’s! Christian Entertainment at its finest!! We need to do something like that In Michigan… ummm..

New Videos!!

Anywho! Canton Jones is at it again!!! The Official MY Year videos is available on YOU TUBE! But I decided to bring it to my spot for your viewing pleasure!! MY YEAR features Canton Jones, Ramona Jones, Milliyon and Erica! Check out the shot of the Jones Family! Peep the very end of the video… you know see why, when you do it… All in all, I believe quality wise it was okay. The message was great of course, I do however believe that it could have been a little better quality wise but it was great overall in my eyes.  If you a Canton Jones Fan like myself, anything from him is good to you! Overall, LOVED IT! I want to know how you felt about the video so make sure you leave your comments below!

On To Other News:


On another note, it has been buzzing around the twitter world that our lovely songstress/psalmist Kim Burrell will be releasing a secular cd! I know I might get bashed for this one, but I AM EXCITED! Its about time we bring the world to us! I believe she has been given a mission and this phase of her career in the industry, she will do just that.  With her doing a secular album, this does not mean that she will be doing raunchy or out right defying God in her music! Plus let’s be real, the Married Christian needs something to listen to! Congrats Kim!!!

In Recent News:

We have all been hit by the events that recently took place in Hiati. Whether, we knew someone personally or just wanted to lend a helping hand! It is good to know that the Christian/Gospel Music community is taking a stand and doing something to help with the efforts! Kirk Franklin has just announced he will be doing a song self- written and produced entitled “Song for Pain” with all proceeds from the song going Haiti. Artist who dropped by the session were: Mary MaryNatalie GrantDonnie McClurkin, J MossCeCe WinansKierra SheardDorinda Clark-ColeMarvin Winans,Micah StampleyKaren Clark SheardSmokie NorfulShirley CaesarAmy Grant,BeBe WinansBrian Courtney WilsonStephen HurdNicole C. Mullen, and MORE.

Detroit, We did it again!!!

Last but not least, I want to take a little time out to acknowledge the Detroit artist that brought Stellar Award’s home over the weekend! Congrats to everyone! We are so excited and overjoyed for you!

Well that’s your inside scoop from Ms.TMarie!

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Detroit! Are you SUNDAY’s BEST?

January 5, 2010

Yes!! Detroit, Are YOU Ready?

The 2010 Auditions have been posted and Thanks to my dear brother EJ at Gospelpundit.com I found out they are coming to DETROIT!

So, Detroit you know we are going to have to show them right! We are know for our rifts and our runs!

Let’s show BET what DETROIT has to offer!! Not just the rifts, the runs and what not.. but also the anointing and the ministry behind the gifts God has given us!

Audition info below:

Detroit

January 30, 2010 at CoboCenter

Atlanta

February 20, 2010 at Georgia World Congress Center

According to the BET Sunday Best website says that there will be a 3rd city as well, to be announced soon. They will also be adding all audition material to the site soon.

Visit http://www.bet.com/sundaybest for continued info  and updates on the auditions.

GO GET EM Detroit!!!


SPOTLIGHT ARTIST: 100 Proof… Presenting: PointAsh!

December 31, 2009

Hey Fellow Music Lovers..

It has been a minute since I have hit you with some great reviews from some great artist. The wait is over and I AM BACK!

Based out of Gary, IN this hot and new artist in on the move for Christ. This artist has a sound that is a mix between the north and the south. He’s a combination of  a northern feel with a Southern flare!

Dedicated to living the Christ driven life, PointAsh remains committed to serving God and bringing 100 Proof Hip Hop with a Christ twist to the masses.

“PointAsh”‘s name is derived from the word Point, which is a direction attention to or indicate the presence or position of something.  Also, the Word Ash, a derivative of the word Asher, which is the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel meaning “Happy”. So all together is means someone who is excited about directing anyone to the True King and Master of the Universe, Jesus Christ ( nice little history lesson for you guys :))

Indeed his music takes each listener into a place where they can evaluate and culivate their relationships with Christ as well as placing each listener in remembrance of why we do what we do for Christ. It’s a lifestyle. PointAsh’s music is Lifestyle Music!

With songs such as, 100 Proof Christ, highlighting PointAsh’s mission of directing listeners to Chirst, promoting listeners being “high off of Christ”. As he kindly puts it, ” I know they not going to like this”, but indeed through the other tracks on his cd, he kindly directs listeners into why they MUST understand where he is coming from! PointAsh gives glory to God with song ” All Hail 2 the Kang”, speaking of the characteristics and idenity of Christ.

The album entitled ” Sight Beyond Sight” features one of my favorites on the album ” My L.O.V.E.”, which is a love song about his love relationship with the Father and the purpose of  the Father’s love for us.

If you will be at all the Stellar Award events, make sure you make it to the Stellar After Party “Urban Cafe Access Granted” hosted by Rare Entertainment’s Carlos Hale. Click the flyer below for more information! Point Ash will be rippin he mic!

Log on to http://www.pointash.com to learn more about this exciting new artist. Purchase his music through his site or iTunes TODAY!


Let Them Be Your Lifeguard…

December 29, 2009

Birthed out of Oklahoma, this group is made up of 6 Oral Roberts University students on fire for Christ. I have not only had the opportunity to hear them, but get to know some of their members personally and I love their spirit and vibe.

Kenny Mack, Robert Butler, Ronnie Mills, Julian Martin, Aaron Grace, Christian Scott and Isaiah Rachel became more than group members, they became brothers has time progressed. The group takes delight and interest in providing listeners with quality music that is intended to make a listener place each song on repeat.

The quality of their music, beats and content gives listeners the exact alternative that they to what’s being placed on mainstream radio today. Their debut EP entitled “Resuscitation” features some track sampling, yet the content makes the listener look past the sample and into the message conveyed through the song.

I personally find it great to hear from artist who are willing to take a stand for Christ and not ashamed to let the world know.

One of my personal favorites on the EP are “Go Hard (Kingdom version)”, which encourages the listener to go hard for Christ, serving him until the end. My second favorite and each listener will agree, is “Lifeguard”.

“Lifeguard” the title song that helped develop the group “Lifeguard”. The song is a love song to all young ladies, Christian and non Christian alike, on the charteristics and integrity of a real Man and how the real man will save them, (hence the name “Lifeguard”) from their bad relationships.

Overall, Great Demo fellas! I look forward to the debut cd!


The Grammy Nominations are IN!!!!

December 3, 2009

With the 2010 Grammy’s just around the corner, people have sat on the edge of their seats waiting to hear the nominees….

And the Nominees are:
Best Gospel Performance
(For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.)
Free To Be Me
Francesca Battistelli
[Fervent Records/ Word Entertainment]
Jesus Is Love
Heather Headley Featuring Smokie Norful
Track from: Audience Of One
[EMI Gospel]
I Believe
Jonny Lang With Fisk Jubilee Singers
Track from: Oh Happy Day
[Vector Recordings/EMI Gospel]
Wait On The Lord
Donnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark Sheard
Track from: We All Are One (Live In Detroit)
[Verity]
Born Again
Third Day
Track from: Revelation
[Essential Records]
Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
The Big Picture
Da’ T.R.U.T.H.
[Cross Movement Records]
Crash
Decyfer Down
[INO Records]
Innocence & Instinct
Red
[Essential Records]
Live Revelations
Third Day
[Essential Records]
The Dash
John Wells-The Tonic
[Cross Movement Records]
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
Speaking Louder Than Before
Jeremy Camp
[BEC Recordings]
The Power Of One
Israel Houghton
[Integrity Music]
The Long Fall Back To Earth
Jars Of Clay
[Gray Matters/Essential Records]
Love Is On The Move
Leeland
[Essential Records]
Freedom
Mandisa
[Sparrow Records]
Best Traditional Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
God Don’t Never Change
Ashley Cleveland
[E1 Music]
The Law Of Confession, Part I
Donald Lawrence & Co.
[Quiet Water/Verity]
Oh Happy Day
(Various Artists)
Bill Hearn, Ken Levitan, Ken Pennell, Jack Rovner & Cedric Thompson, producers
[EMI Gospel/Vector Recordings]
The Journey Continues
The Williams Brothers
[Blackberry Records]
How I Got Over
Vickie Winans
[Destiny Joy Records]
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
Audience Of One
Heather Headley
[EMI Gospel]
Renewed
Sheri Jones-Moffett
[EMI Gospel]
Just James
J Moss
[GospoCentric/ Verity]
Smokie Norful: Live
Smokie Norful
[EMI Gospel]
Bold Right Life
Kierra Sheard
[EMI Gospel]
So I ask you… Who do you believe the winners in each catergory will be?

Faithful To Believe!

December 3, 2009

October 2nd marked a great day in Gospel Music as Verity Music Group released two dynamic artist in industry, Byron Cage and Rizen.

Me all dolled up before the event!

I had the opportunity to talk with RiZen before their official release and also had the opportunity to rock it out with Byron Cage and Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard or passionately known as Dr. Deb of Detroit’s FM 98 WJLB as she celebrated 15 years in Gospel Music. Indeed, what a blessing!

The  event was held at one of Detroit’s uprising ministries , Triumph Church at their East location on E. Grand Blvd. Triumph is Pastored by Pastor Solmon Kinloch. Before the event, the media as well as VIP guest were invited to a VIP Reception in both in Dr. Deb’s honor.

Kiwi and I

The reception was filled with great food and awesome fellowship. Bryon Cage and Dr. Deb did an awesome job making all media as well as contest winners feel welcome!

Special guest performances by Kiwi, Mahogany Jones, God’s Army and God’s Little Soldiers. Special Guest Appearances by LaShell Griffin and The Famous Peggy James to name a few.

Got the opportunity kick it with some my favs!! See pics above and below!

Pictured above: T.Marie, Byron Cage and Renee’ from Detroit Gospel


Dumb Dance.. Introducing Rhema Soul!

December 3, 2009

A weekend of two ago, I have had the opportunity to kick with with some very important people in my life..

As I am kicking it with my sister, she hips me to a group called “Rhema Soul” (Thanks Mel!)

She says, “Quan, listen to this… ” and turns to her laptop and turns on this song.

Now! Note readers: I am usually the one hipping everyone to everything, however today… Ms.PR had officially  been schooled!

Before I go into the song, I am actually going to hip you to the group.

Can we say Christian Artist are giving Mainstream artist a run for their money! Based out of South Florida, the trio, Rhema Soul has had the opportunity travel around the world preaching the gospel through hip hop and is now back in the USA.

They are currently in the studio placing the last minute touches on their EP entitled “Dope Beats and Good News”which includes song such as “STREEZ” and “Dumb Dance”.

I am sure that all of you have heard songs and seen dances such as “Jerk” or “The Super Man”. Rhema Soul takes it to another level with their song “Dumb Dance”.

As You know T. Marie loves free bees!!! Make sure you log on to http://www.rhemasoul.com to get your copy of Dumb Dance!

I’ll leave you with this!

The Dumb Dance!

People Even had a Dumb Dance Challenge!! ChecK It Out