*Fantasia is trying something new and expanding her range by singing with Andrea Boccelli and proving that she can rise to any occasion.
The diva dropped by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotbe not long ago to fill them in on some upcoming plans.
Her busy to-do list includes a demanding gig singing with Boccelli , a classical singer, who asked her to sing in Italian with him for a future show.
*Inspired People recording artist Charles Jenkins launches the national Inspired People Music Songwriting Contest for the forthcoming album, scheduled to be recorded in April 2013.
The contest started on Monday and will continue through February 22 at 12:00 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 8.
Jenkins penned “You’ve Been A Friend” for Israel Houghton, which he recorded on his album, Israel and the New Breed Alive in South Africa. That CD won a 2005 Grammy Award for best traditional gospel album. Jenkins also wrote the no. 1 praise and worship anthem “Awesome,” from The Best of Both Worlds CD project, which has remained at no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for nearly 20 weeks. Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago received eight Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations for their critically-acclaimed no. 1 debut CD, The Best of Both Worlds. The nominations include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (awarded to songwriter), New Artist of the Year, CD of the Year, Choir of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year, Traditional Choir of the Year and Recorded Music Package of the Year.
With the extraordinary success of the single and CD project, Jenkins wants to give an aspiring songwriter the opportunity to place a song on the new project.
“This is our way to inspire songwriters, give back, and create opportunities for the next generation and beyond,” says Jenkins. “We want someone to write a worship song to inspire the world to sing!
*Brian McKnight is still feeling the repercussions of making an “adult” song that talked about very particular lady parts.
The singer performed at a Baltimore festival on Friday and had critics cringing at the mere thought that he may sing that one kinky kind of song in front of the kids.
“Of course we were concerned,” events director Sheila Goodwin told the Baltimore Sun. But the director and her crew confirmed with management that he would never perform that song… ever.
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Just to jog your memory a bit, the saucy voiced singer released a sexually explicit track that caused a ripple of criticism and shock among fans. He sang so seriously about make showing a woman how her p*ssy works. Yeah… it was a bit much, but he made a valid point, saying there is plenty of artists out there singing about all kinds of traditionally unspoken things.
Rest assured you sensitive eared listeners, he won’t sing it in public.
*It is truly a shame that “American Idol” won’t see this woman because she may be too old to be eligible for a chance on the show.
She desperately needs their critique of her singing.
I’m almost certain that anyone that has told her that she needs a little coaching in that area, she has labeled haters. But, you can judge for yourself right now. (more…)
*If ain’t one thing, it’s another for Toni Braxton. Her finances have been in trouble for a long time now and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. The R&B singer is now facing foreclosure on her Georgia home.
Court papers show that she is now no longer protected from the very lenders she was attempting to hide from when she filed Chapter 7 in September.
Since the lifting of the shield, US Bank is back on her tail and says she owes the bank the full $1.5 million on the mortgage.
The bank argued the singer has no equity on the house and that she doesn’t even own the property, a trust does.
So it is likely Braxton will have to vacate the property soon.
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