*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!
Singers Jordin Sparks (L) and Jason Derulo attend the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles
*Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks got their PDA on at Sunday’s red carpet for the “American Music Awards,” which made for a sweet moment in a year that saw heartache for the young couple: Jordin’s “Sparkle” mom Whitney Houston died in a tragic drowning in February, and in January, Jason fractured vertebrae in his neck while rehearsing for a tour.
Some couples who face such tragedies together often emerge with a desire to cement the relationship with a wedding ring.
“Before [the tragedies] it might have been a little too crazy,” Sparks told Us Weekly of marriage last month, adding, “You really see the people you love and you go, I don’t want to lose you. So, it’s a conversation we have, but we’re not in a rush.”\
Aside from his “American Idol” boo, Derulo says he turns to the recording booth when the uncertainty of life begins to stress him out.
“Writing songs is a release for me,” he told EURweb in August. “When my days are not going so well I go to the studio. I don’t necessarily pick up a pen because I don’t write like that. But, I go into the booth and just let ‘er rip, and just speak.”
Below, Jason, who was crowned 2011 BMI “Songwriter of the Year” for such hits as “What You Say” and “In My Head,” reveals that “all things take time” when it comes to great songwriting.