*Award winning Gospel recording artist Myron Butler is one of those names in the industry that can’t be missed.
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The artist, known for his outstanding writing and producing, shared a little bit about his background in music and how he became what he is today.
He spoke with Gospelcity, explaining that he started out with Kirk Franklin and God’s Property.
Read the full story here.
Music World Gospel artist Le'Andria Johnson
*As the holiday season is reaching its climax and the new year is just about here, Mathew Knowles‘ Music World Gospel is dominating Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart, holding the no. 1, 2, 10, 29 and 50 positions this week.
Amber Bullock’s debut project, “Thank You,” entered at no. 1, and Grammy nominee Le’Andria Johnson’s “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, “which spent eight weeks at no. 1, holds at 2 for six weeks. Le’Andria’s holiday CD, “Christmas Best,” holds at no. 10.
Trin-i-tee 5:7 is also making it happen, along with label mate Micah Stampley.
“We have demonstrated significant growth and had several major artist signings this year. In 2012, we are expanding the label’s release schedule to include over 45 new releases. We have other faith-based acquisitions that we will be announcing in the coming months,” said Knowles in a statement.
This year, Music World Gospel experienced a 115 plus percent revenue increase from 2010, and the label moved to the Top 5 on the Gospel Album Labels chart from no. 9 in 2010 on Billboard’s Year-End charts.
*GMC, the Gospel Music Channel, will present the premiere of its first original gospel play series “She’s Still Not Our Sister.” The four episode series, will make its television debut at 7 and 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 10 with the first two episodes. The following weekend episodes three and four will wrap up.
“She’s Still Not Our Sister” features Kellita Smith (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Drew Sidora (“The Game”), Azur De (Somebody Help Me 2), Christian Keyes (Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail and Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Clifton Powell (Ray), Jazsmin Lewis (“Meet the Browns”), Jackee Harry (“Sister, Sister,” “Everybody Hates Chris”), Tony Grant and Trin-i-tee 5:7.
The saga will pick up where the sisters finally realize all the money their deceased father left them is not the key to happiness.
“As our first gospel play series, ‘She’s Still Not Our Sister’ marks an exciting milestone for GMC,” said Leslie Chesloff, executive vice president of programming. “’She’s Not Our Sister,’ which premiered in June, was wildly popular with viewers. We are thrilled to present a four-part series that allows our audience to continue the journey with these compelling characters as they encounter new romances, unexpected challenges and startling revelations.”
And if you are wondering where the title comes in, three sisters reconcile with their long-lost half-sister. That’s when things get even more complicated.
*Trin-i-tee 5:7’s Angel Taylor and Chanelle Haynes have partnered with STOMP Out Bullying as global ambassadors to help kids fight bullying effectively.
STOMP Out Bullying is a national anti-bullying and cyber-bullying program for kids and teens and is a signature program of Love Our Children USA™, the national leading nonprofit fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S.
Angel and Chanelle will visit high schools to share their stories on bullying issues, and to offer encouraging words to help young kids cope with peer pressure.
As a teenager, Chanelle Haynes was bullied.
“To be bullied was one of the worst experiences of my teen years,” Chanelle said. “As a pastor’s daughter from a very religious household, kids would say really hurtful things to me. This caused me to become withdrawn and unhappy. I would do anything to avoid them. To be laughed at and disrespected was my normal. I would actually get sick on Sunday evening knowing that I had to go to school and face those same bullies. They talked about the way I dressed. I simply didn’t fit in—so one day I decided, ‘I don’t want to fit in.’ Eventually, my parents took me out of that school. I learned the power of removing myself from the problem and placing myself in a space where I can thrive. Since then I have taken that approach in life.”
*Gospel fans are in for a treat with the release of “The Ultimate Gospel Volume 1,” the first in a series of CDs that feature collections of songs from some of the nation’s most popular contemporary gospel artists. Featured on the first collection are Music World Gospel artists: Brian Courtney Wilson, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Juanita Bynum, Micah Stampley, Pastor Rudy, and Michelle Williams.
It’s available now.
“The Ultimate Gospel brand is a perfect vehicle to showcase the music of the stellar roster of gospel recording artists affiliated with the Music World Gospel label,” said Mathew Knowles, founder of Music World Entertainment. “Each of our artists brings a different approach to gospel music. Through the compilations in this series, listeners can experience praise and inspiration in a variety of ways.”
Each artist on the album has contributed to the growth and development of Gospel music in some way.
Expect on the album, Wilson’s single “Just Love,” which received a Dove Award nomination, Trin-i-tee 5:7’s “Listen” and several upbeat and inspiring compositions.
*The Essence Music Festival is about to be off the chain.
Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel will host the Superlounge Showcase July 3 at 6 p.m. Scheduled to perform are Trin-i-tee 5:7, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Bourtney Wilson and Micah Stampley. Pastor Rudy Rasmus, XM Satellite Radio star of new show “Pastor Rudy’s Love Revolution, will host the event.
Throughout the festival, Knowles along with his partners will keep audiences entertained with several showcases, including a show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Since his transition to the gospel arena and his new music company, Knowles has helped skyrocket the success of up and coming gospel artists.