*“When I got the news that it was most added Gospel single (on BDS/Billboard) I was speechless, thankful and encouraged,” said Tyscot Music Gospel artist Shirley Murdock about her first single, “Dream,” off of her upcoming CD/DVD “Live: The Journey.” “The song was birth 10 years ago.”
Murdock explained that its release was “under His purpose” and was released in His time. Of course we all know ‘His’ is God and His time is the right time. Just look at the evidence, the song was born 10 years ago and yet debuted 10 years latter as #1 most added Gospel song to radio play-lists according to BDS/Billboard. The powerful song puts into perspective the purpose of dreams and its use by God.
“Dreams came to (King) David as a child, but it wasn’t his time…,” Shirley said about the use of dreams in the Bible. “Psalms 105 talks about David, how God’s Word came to him in a dream.”
“Dream” was written by Shirley and her husband for a T.D Jakes event’s theme song as “The Dream That Would Not Die.” Murdock said that the song did not die because it was released again on her upcoming CD/DVD “Live: The Journey” – due out October 18, 2011 –as “Dream.”
“Remember God can not lie and dreams can not die,” Shirley stressed to me when discussing my own belief that dreams are God’s way of talking to us. “Dream big…dreams are free, don’t cost you anything. God is a spirit…a spiritual light. God is the dream giver.”
On the title of the album Murdock said that, “everyone is in a journey when we take our first breath.”
For more on Shirley Murdock, the single “Dreams,” or more on the new CD/DVD “Live: The Journey” log onto www.tyscot.com.
Jazz/Soul singer Nicole Henry to release ‘Embraceable,’ featuring Kirk Whalum August 23, 2011
*Jazz/Soul singer Nicole Henry’s latest album “Embraceable” (ArtistShare) hits retail stores August 23, 2011. Henry, who will be performing August 22nd at Dizzy’s Lincoln Center, is known world-wide for her elegant and classy Jazz Standard style, which garnered multi awards such as the “Best New Jazz Artist” by the HMV awards in Japan for her debut “The Nearness of You,” her follow-up album “Teach Me Tonight” went #1 in Japan and she received another HMV honor for “Best Jazz Vocal Album,” and her third album, “The Very Thought Of You,” reached #7 on Billboard Jazz Album Chart.
“I’ve always been singing,” Nicole said about her musical career. “But it wasn’t until after college I really saw that with singing I can do what I like and make people feel good. People I didn’t know would come up to me…I didn’t know I affected people in that way.”
On “Embraceable” Henry takes her Jazz/Soul vocals and delivers the tracks in an almost classical R&B way. A native of Philadelphia and current resident of Miami, Nicole features award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Gospel/R&B singer John Stoddart on the new project.
Nicole said that Patti LaBelle, who her aunt sang backup for, was a big influence on her. Her sound – to me – is reminiscent of a Jazz influenced Alicia Keys.
“I wanted to broaden my audience,” she said about leaning towards a more R&B sound on this album, instead of her normal Jazz Standard route. “I have a Pop and R&B background. We wanted to bridge together with Jazz and Soul and this is what we came up with.”
My favorite cuts on “Embraceable,” produced by Matt Pierson, include “A Day In The Life Of A Fool,” “A Little Time Alone,” a powerful testimony of a woman’s needs – love the horn support too, which almost made me cry; the cover “Just A Little Love,” “Anything For You,” a sweet love song what had me again on the verge of tears, and “Save Me From Myself,” another powerful and passionate, yet soft selection.
For more information on Nicole Henry of her newest album “Embraceable” log onto www.NicoleHenry.com.
NBCUniversal announce new season lineup on MSNBC, Oxygen, USA, Bravo and Telemundo (Part II of II)
*On the second day of the NBCUniversal press junket the new lineup of shows on MSNBC, Oxygen, Bravo, USA, mun2 and Telemundo Networks were the subject of discussion. Bravo announced that they committed to a two-year development deal with Patti Stranger (executive producer of “The Millionaire Matchmaker”) to develop and star in a new series for the network.
Returning to the USA Network is comedy/dramas “Psych” starring Dule’ Hill and James Roday and “Suites” starring Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, and its new drama series “Necessary Roughness” starring Mehcad Brooks and Marc Blucas. On its news channel MSNBC returning news shows include “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell and “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.
“There are no talking points,” Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, said about the news shows. “We’re up 27% in ads, the rating has been impressive…and Chris (Matthews) beat CNN and Fox for two weeks in 2010.”
Oxygen unveiled that its reality special “The Glee Project” is now a weekly series. The reality show is a competition of young talent and the winner is casted in the musical/comedy/drama “Glee” on Fox. Twelve contestants are now down to five: Lindsay Pearce, Damian McGinty, Alex Newell, Hannah McLalwain and Sanuek Larsen. Mentors on the reality show include choreographer Zach Woodlee, vocal producer Nikki Anders and “Glee” casting director Robert J. Ulrich – who will ultimately choose who will be casted.
Bravo announced their new reality shows “Most Eligible Dallas” where five single, very attractive, professionals date in search of “the” special one; its new culinary competition series “Around The World In 80 Plates;” “Paint The Town” follows six New York 20-something women art gallery owners, and “Newlyweds: The First Year” a docu-series following the lives of six couples.
NBCUniversal’s mun2 Network unveiled a new phenomenon series “From Beyond,” a reality show that investigates haunted locations, ghost stories and paranormal activities in the Latino communities of Los Angeles. Medium AJ Barrera, paranormal investigator Ramiro Ramirez, and investigator Christina Vera are the “From Beyond” team. Last, Telemundo unveiled that the very popular 12-time Emmy Award winning journalist Cristina Saralegui will executive produce and host her own two-hour talk/variety show “Pla’Lante Con Cristina.”
For more information on NBCUniversal’s line-up of shows log onto www.NBC.com.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)