BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ airs with Taraji P. Henson as new host, awesome line-up airs Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET

Academy Award nominated Taraji P. Henson is the new host of the BET 'Celebration of Gospel.'

Academy Award nominated Taraji P. Henson is the new host of the BET ‘Celebration of Gospel.’

*For thirteen years BET has presented the “Celebration of Gospel,” a two-hour Gospel extravaganza with an awesome line-up of secular and Gospel artists, and this year Academy Award nominated Taraji P. Henson is host for the first time. The “Celebration of Gospel” airs on BET Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m. E&P/ 7 p.m. CT.

The line up of artists that will take you to church in song include Chante Moore, Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Charlie Wilson, India Arie and Jonathan McReynolds, Donnie McClurkin (Richard Smallwood Tribute), KEM, Yolanda Adams, Deitrick Haddon, Tye Tribbett, SWV, Tamela Mann, Lalah Hathaway, Rance Allen, Vashawn Mitchell (Smallwood Tribute), JJ Hairston (Smallwood Tribute), Hezekiah Walker, and more.

“I think everybody here loves the Lord,” said Washington, DC native Taraji P. Henson about the mixed genre line-up. “I am going to have an incredible time.” When I asked about upcoming projects Henson added, “I have a movie called ‘From the Rough’ about a coach at Tennessee State University…she took her golf team to NCAA, and won. First time an American did that with a team.”

Taraji P. Henson is known for her roles in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008);  CBS’ “Person of Interest” as Detective Joss Carter (2011) “The Karate Kid” (2010), and “Think Like A Man” (2012).

The theme for this years BET “Celebration of Gospel” is “Forward in Faith,” and you will surely get your faith renewed watching the two-hour Gospel special presentation.

“I hear they’re doing a tribute to Richard Smallwood,” said Grammy Award nominated singer PJ Morton (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic), the keyboardist for Maroon 5. “I’m a big fan of his songwriting.”

“I want to see all of them,” said Billboard Music winner KEM about the line-up of talent at the BET “Celebration of Gospel” tapping to air Sun. April 6th. “Donnie McClurkin is here, Tamara Mann is here, Tye Tribbett is here, and I’m performing! We’re going to bring the house down.”

KEM recently released an album titled “This Single’s For You” in 2013 with the lead single “My Favorite Thing” featuring Ronald Isley.

For more information about the BET “Celebration of Gospel” two-hour special to air Sunday, April 6th at 8 p.m. ET log onto www.BET.com/shows/celebration-of-gospel.

Contemporary Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner ‘Evolve’ with newest album release April 29, 2014

Contemporaty Jazz/R&B saxophonist Jackiem Joyner releases new album, 'Evolve.'

Contemporaty Jazz/R&B saxophonist Jackiem Joyner releases new album, ‘Evolve.’

*“I was anxious to get back to writing my own material,” said Contemporary sax-man Jackiem Joyner about the motivation to release another solo project titled “Evolve” (Artistry Music/Mack Records). “’Church Boy’ was covers…I wanted something unique.”

Jackiem uniquely offers 11 Contemporary Jazz/R&B selections that truly gives a clear picture of his “evolving.” Keyboardist Keiko Matsui and saxophonist Gerald Albright are featured artists on the project.

“There had been songs playing in my mind for months,” he said about the recording process. “Some songs speak of the moment in the studio. This was one of my longest writing processes. It took over a year…to be what I wanted it to be.”

A Virginia native Jackiem Joyner was discovered by Rick Braun and Richard Elliot. He released his debut in 2007 titled “Babysoul.” He went on to performance alongside Albright, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum and Najee.

My favorite songs on the “Evolve” project in “Breathe” a sweet Jazz selection; “Generation Next” Smooth Jazz at its best; “Europa,” featuring Keiko Marsui, because she adds just the right touch to make it crystal clear; “Late Night,” and “A Gentle Walk on Water.”

A Smooth Jazz winner for his debut, Joyner also plays the flute and is known in the Gospel music industry. Log onto www.JackiemJoyner.com or  www.MackAvenue.com for more information.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consultant at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: “Uplifting Minds II” free one day entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition showcase) arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall Sat. April 19, 2014. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.UpliftingMinds2.com).