*Arrangements have been finalized for Dontavies Boatwright, PEInc Gospel recording artist and BET’s “Sunday Best” finalist, who passed away on Thursday, November 8th in Jacksonville, Fla. He died of a heart attack at the age of 33.
Friday, November 16th:
PUBLIC VIEWING 5:00pm – 8:00pm
J.E. Fralin & Sons Funeral Services
5065 Soutel Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
MEMORIAL CONCERT 7:00pm
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church
A.B. Coleman Auditorium
1118 W. Beaver Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Saturday, November 17th:
HOMEGOING CELEBRATION 11:00am
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
In lieu of flowers, donations to the DONTAVIES BOATWRIGHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND can be sent to :
c/o Parriscope Entertainment, Inc.
5103 San Juan Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32210
The Parriscope Studio will be open Tuesday – Friday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm for anyone who wishes to drop off monetary or food gifts.
*”Sunday Best” judges Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans are the latest performers announced for “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston,” airing Friday, Nov. 16 (10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT) on CBS.
They join previously announced artists Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher for the one-hour special, to be filmed on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.
As previously reported, the show will celebrate Houston’s life and artistry through performances and interviews with various artists paying homage to the six-time Grammy winner, and will include Houston’s own most memorable performances of her career, including nearly all of her Grammy performances, her classic performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 and her first-ever television appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show” in the early ‘80s.
The special will also feature other artists sharing their memories of Houston, as well as additional highlights of her career.
Tickets to the general public are on sale now and available online at www.ticketmaster.com \or via phone at 800-745-3000. For more information on VIP packages and discounted group tickets, please call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS (1-877-234-8425) or visit www.aegtickets.com.
*The auditions for BET’s “Sunday Best” program Saturday in St. Louis brought joy to contestants moving on to the upcoming televised rounds in Atlanta and disappointment to those eliminated, some shockingly so, says STLToday.
The action took place at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis for season five of the gospel singing competition. About 2,100 singers began lining up for auditions as early as Friday morning, wrapped in blankets. In addition to St. Louis, singers came from Baltimore, Chicago, Kansas City, Nashville, Memphis, Detroit and other cities for a chance to be the next “Sunday Best.”
The current title holder is season four winner Amber Bullock of St. Louis, who served as a preliminary judge Saturday before contestants were seen by TV judges and gospel music stars Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Kim Burrell.
Other preliminary judges included St. Louis artists Teresa Jenee and Jai, as well as national celebrity journalist Jawn Murray.
“It’s crazy to be on the other side of the table,” said Bullock. “And St. Louis isn’t letting me down.”
*James “Jazzy” Jordan, executive vice president, Verity Gospel Music Group, announced that the label has added Latice Crawford-Spain to its roster.
Crawford-Spain is perhaps best known as a finalist in the second season of BET’s highly successful gospel music talent search, “Sunday Best.”
A crowd favorite with a small frame and a big voice, Crawford-Spain left an indelible mark in the Gospel music industry since being introduced to the nation as a contestant on the show in 2009. About her new deal with Verity, Crawford-Spain said:
“I’ve waited to be here for three years, Verity was always the place that I wanted to be once I accepted the whole singing as a career thing…I’m super excited.”
“We’re looking forward to great things from Latice,” says Jordan. “She is the total package, she has an outstanding voice, she is a true worshipper, and she is a gifted writer. Latice has a clear vision for where she wants her music ministry to go, and we look forward to working with her to get there.”
Crawford explained that the show brought her to a place she never imagined, saying she didn’t think about singing professionally. It was just a blessing to get this far.
“I definitely want this CD to be an uplifting album for women and girls – women are so materialized in society, I want to reiterate who we are in Christ,” she said. “We have ministries and we have callings just like everyone else does. I just want a kingdom album, I don’t want it to be classified as church music, etc…I just want to do music that uplifts the kingdom and brings people back to the kingdom. I want something classic; something timeless. I want the old feeling of music back; real lyrics, real feelings that convict somebody’s heart and make them want to change.”
*This season’s line up of Sunday Best judges are lined up and ready to go.
BET recently announced that Grammy winners, Yoland Adams and Cece Winans will join Donnie McClurkin as judges on the popular singing show. Kirk Franklin will return as the host, reports GospelNewsroom.com.
BET’s Sunday Best is responsible for unleashing virtual unknowns like Crystal Aikins, Y’anna Crawley, Le’Andria Johnson and their most recent winner Amber Bullock into the stratosphere of the music world, making them all household names in Gospel.
While many fans/viewers of the show voiced their disapproval over the last few seasons of former judge Tina Campbell’s (Mary Mary) harsh comments toward contestant, it still drew fans to watch the show weekly, making Sunday Best a rating hit.
Auditions for the new season will be held:
- March 24 in Dallas at The Potters House
- March 31 in Glen Dale, MD at the Reid Temple AME Church
- April 14 in Decatur, GA at The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist