*The dynamic Gospel sister duo, Mary Mary has made waves in the Gospel music industry and now they are being recognized for their work.
Both Tina and Erica Campbell are to be honored during an all-star salute at the Essence Music Festival.
But the celebration could not be complete without a little love to ever evolving Fred Hammond.
This celebration isn’t something to miss. Other appearances include Yolanda Adams, Maurette Brown Clark, Kim Burrell, Byron Cage, Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers, Tramaine Hawkins, Israel Houghton, Bishop Lester Love and Pastor Marvin Winans.
The salute will take place Sunday, July 8 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
*The Gospel Music Association announced the first talent line-up of leading music artists that will appear and perform at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards: Lecrae, Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Crabb, Jamie-Grace, Kim Burrell, Kari Jobe, Danny Gokey, Ruben Studdar, Mandisa, Jason Castro, and The Isaacs, says the Gospel Newsroom.
*Rising inspirational star and BET Music Matters artist Mali Music is set to go to Gospel radio this week with two new singles, “The Name”and “Walk On Water.”
Having already established a reputation as a stellar storyteller and dynamic performer within the Christian / Gospel community and the larger music scene, MALI MUSIC has legions of fans worldwide who have shared their passion for his musical ministry.
When talking about his latest efforts, the singer said:
“I am blessed and grateful to share these two songs which I hope will inspire people. ‘Walk On Water’ is a special song that I performed while on tour last year and found that audiences in each city enjoyed the message. ‘The Name’ is a strong song with a important message specifically because the story is about the power of Jesus’ name to my generation. The song is simple and straight to the point with a groove and vibe that I hope people will appreciate.”
A prolific singer, songwriter and producer, Mali Music began playing the piano at the age of 5 and writing songs at 8. Since being exposed to the industry, he’s performed alongside artists like Dietrick Haddon, Kim Burrell and Tye Tribbett.
He became the first inspirational artist to be included in their Music Matters program and performed on the top-rated 2011 BET Awards, receiving a standing ovation.
*Millions of Whitney Houston fans watched final tributes from family and friends during the live broadcast of her home going celebration at Newark’s New Hope Baptist on Saturday, February 18, 2012, just one week after her untimely passing in Beverly Hills, California due to unknown causes. It was a dignified ceremony that maintained reverence of the Baptist tradition, except for a few awkward moments.
The one camera that was permitted, kept viewers abreast of the proceedings without distracting the private and emotional nature of what was going on inside. Though news outfits from all over the world vied for access, a media circus was banned from the sanctuary. By now, full accounts have been given of Dionne Warwick’s officiating, Pastor Marvin Winans’ eulogy, Tyler Perry’s sermonette, Kim Burrell’s rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come”, CeCe Winans’ “Don’t Cry For Me,” and the chilling original requiems by BeBe Winans and AliciaKeys. It was all to be expected from the hierarchy of music stars that were Whitney Houston’s warm and personal friends. What many did not expect was the stark and noble gesture of lifting Ms. Houston’s shiny gold casket onto the shoulders of the pall bearers for the recessional as her voice rung from the speakers singing “I Will Always Love You.”
At the close of the lengthy services a troupe of uniformed men marched up the isles, but were dismissed by the woman in the gold jacket. It is reported that this was Carolyn Whigham, owner of the Whigham Funeral Home. Then another team of men entered from the sidelines. Within seconds Whitney’s casket was onto their shoulders for the march outside the church. EURweb researched ceremonial burials and came up with this historical account. The ceremonial function of pallbearers dates back to ancient Rome. The person’s cloak or garment was referred to as his pallium. It was spread over the body or coffin from home to the cemetery. The pallium was carried by a friend or a loved one, while another group of men carried the body mounted on their shoulders. By the Middle Ages, the pallium simply became the pall, a rectangular cloth that typically covers the coffin while lying in state at a Christian Church. One group of men were assigned to carry the coffin, while another were charged to proceed along side them to make sure that the pall did not drag to the ground. Over time the second group of men, became obsolete and the term “pall bearer” refers to those assigned to physically remove the casket from the place of final services to the grave site. In military and state funerals, the U. S. flag serves as a pall over the casket. Due to Whitney Houston’s career achievements, her passing was observed by flags waving half staff in New Jersey upon orders given by Governor Chris Christie. Thus the highly ceremonial nature of Whitney’s funeral was within reasonable protocol.
Ms. Houston was interred Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. It is fitting to mention that the Whigham Funeral Home has been a staple in the Jersey area for 60 years and has overseen final arrangements for jazz great Sarah Vaughn, jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw and gospel singer James Ausbin Smith, among others who were famous and not so famous.
*BET and CENTRIC will carry the funeral of Whitney Houston on Saturday in its BET News special, “Live: The Homegoing of Whitney Houston,” followed by “BET Remembers Whitney,” a one-hour special commemorating the late entertainer. The funeral will also be streamed live over the Internet and EURweb.com as well.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT, BET News and CENTRIC, along with on-air correspondents April Woodard and Lola Oguinake, will bring viewers complete coverage of Houston’s funeral from New Hope Baptist Church, in Newark, New Jersey.
At 7 p.m., “BET Remembers Whitney” features BET News correspondent Bevy Smith sitting down with Whitney’s “confidents and colleagues” – including Kim Burrell, Kelley Price, Faith Evans, Ledisi, India.Arie, Tisha Martin Campbell and Tichina Arnold – to share memories of the superstar as a vocalist, mentor, mother and friend.
Some of those to be present include Whitney’s “The Bodyguard” co-star Kevin Costner as well as Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin who will both sing. Clive Davis is also expected to speak at the funeral.
Long-time friend and Gospel singer Marvin L. Winans will deliver the eulogy. In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN’s “AC360,” Winans lovingly shared that he and the Houston family will always love Whitney.
“I don’t think knowing Cissy (Houston’s mother) and the Houston family … it was a matter of public or private as it was this is my daughter, this is my sister, this is my mother, this is my friend and we want to do this with dignity.”
The family’s thinking, Winans told “AC360,” is “we loved her when she was Nippy (a nickname) in New Jersey. The world loves her because of her voice. But if Nippy could not sing, the Houston family would love her.”