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Maverick City Music And Kirk Franklin To Embark On ‘The Kingdom’ Arena Tour


5x Grammy-nominated group Maverick City Music has announced its upcoming headlining tour with 16x Grammy award-winning vocalist Kirk Franklin. The “Kingdom” arena tour, the largest so far in their career, is named after the group’s forthcoming collaboration album.

Produced by Live Nation and Undivided, the 37-city tour kicks off on June 1 at FTX Arena in Miami, making stops across North America in Atlanta, Toronto, Nashville, Los Angeles, and more before wrapping up at Denver’s Ball Arena on July. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. local time.

Since forming in 2018, Maverick City Music has featured a rotating group of members that include Chandler MooreNaomi RaineDante Bowe, Lizzie MorganMJ GeorgeAaron MosesJoe L Barnes and Brandon Lake. Their 2021 album Old Church Basement, in collaboration with Elevation Worship, earned the group three Grammy nominations across three categories.

“Kingdom” Tour Dates:
Wed Jun 01 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Thu Jun 02 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sat Jun 04 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sun Jun 05 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
Tue Jun 07 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Thu Jun 09 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Fri Jun 10 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Sun Jun 12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Tue Jun 14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Thu Jun 16 – Washington DC – Capital One Arena
Fri Jun 17 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Sat Jun 18 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Sun Jun 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Tue Jun 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Wed Jun 22 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Thu Jun 23 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Sat Jun 25 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sun Jun 26 – Chicago, IL– Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tue Jun 28 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
Thu Jun 30 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Fri Jul 01 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
Sat Jul 02 – Jackson, MS – Brandon Amphitheater

Thu Jul 07 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
Fri Jul 08 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat Jul 09 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Sun Jul 10 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Wed Jul 13 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Sat Jul 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 19 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Wed Jul 20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Fri Jul 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Sat Jul 23 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater
Sun Jul 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Arena
Wed Jul 27 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Thu Jul 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri Jul 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob ULTRA Arena
Sun Jul 31 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena



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TD Jakes’ eldest daughter Cora says she’s ending marriage to husband of 10 years, rapper SkiiVentura


Just over a decade after wedding her husband, rapper Richard Brandon Coleman, who goes by the stage name SkiiVentura, Cora Jakes Coleman, the eldest daughter of megachurch Pastor T.D. Jakes, has announced that she is ending her marriage.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that my husband and I have decided to divorce,” she began in a statement on Instagram this week. “This is a very private and personal matter and I kindly ask for your prayers as I prioritize myself, and most importantly, my children’s well-being at this time. God bless.”

The couple, who got married on June 4, 2011, in a private ceremony at her parents’ home, share two adopted children, Amauri, 13, and Jason, 7, as Jakes struggles with infertility.

Jakes, who is also a pastor, received her ministerial license from the Potter’s House School of Ministry, according to her ministry’s website. She also directs the children’s ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas.

On her sixth wedding anniversary in 2017, Jakes revealed that before she met her husband, she struggled with unhealthy relationships.

“God help me to stop giving my body to men that only value my body, but not my mind or spirit. Help me to stop falling for my will and not submitting to yours. I just want to be loved, really loved,” she wrote in a statement on social media. “I’m tired of being hurt over and over again. God, I want love unconditionally. God I’m tired of people betraying me and taking advantage of me.”

She said she asked God in 2009 to send her a protector that would help her find peace and she ended up marrying Brandon Coleman in 2011.

“Please send me someone to protect me. Help me to submit to you God so that I can be found spirit first by the man who is called by you to love me,” she said. “God cause my spirit to feel peace when I meet him, Amen.”

She further added: “This was my prayer for my husband wherever he was October 2009, and after diligently seeking God and stepping away from my flesh to get connected to my spirit suddenly God brought me the most amazing man I have ever known. He was not perfect, but he was amazing.”

Richard Coleman told the Dallas Observer in 2019 that he battled kidney failure in 2018 as he tried to bolster his music career.

“Because I am a believer, there are a lot of things that I experience on a daily basis and in my spirituality that I navigate, and I like to create from the most natural place,” Coleman told the publication. “If I’m heavily inspired by my spirituality in the moment, then I own that. I take that on and create from that place. … When you hear my music, you hear me navigating with God. … My music is literally my conversations with God.”



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Don’t focus on only Ghana for your music promotion – KK Mensah to diasporan gospel artistes


UK-based gospel artiste, KK Mensah, has urged his colleague gospel musicians in the diaspora to rethink their promotional strategy after releasing their songs.

The budding gospel artiste told that in the wake of the high cost of promotions and lack of structure within the Ghanaian music space, it has become important to focus on one’s immediate territory and location in order to engage and grow a loyal fan base.

KK Mensah released Aseda, his first single in 2019, which featured gospel heavyweight KODA, and followed up with a second single Mmre Nie (It’s my time), featuring Pastor Edwin Dadson two years later.

KK is currently working on his third single N’Adom (His Grace), and will be embarking on a UK-wide church tour this year.

The ‘Aseda Tour’ is scheduled to make joyful stops at Milton Keynes, Leeds, Birmingham, Swindon, Luton, Manchester, and London.

KK Mensah is gradually endearing himself to the Ghanaian community in the UK as the next big representation of traditional Ghanaian gospel in the diaspora.

Through the instrumentality of his management team, KK Mensah featured as the opening act for ‘This far by Grace’ and Keteke concerts hosted by Pastor Edwin and KODA in Accra and Takoradi respectively.

Catch the Aseda tour in a city near you if you are in the UK. For detailed information, follow KK Mensah on all social media portals.



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2022 GRAMMYs: List Of Christian Nominees For Grammy Awards


Recognizing gospel music creators and Christian creatives” The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, is just around the corner and the gospel industry or Christian creatives had their fair share of nominations. The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for each of the 86 categories.

(The 64th GRAMMY Awards recognize recordings released between Sept. 1, 2020 — Sept. 30, 2021, Mon, Jan. 31, on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT.

Prior to the telecast, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.

list of Christian/Gospel Music Nominees: Grammy Awards 2022

Best Gospel Performance/Song

This grammy award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.

  • Voice Of God
  • Dante Bowe Featuring Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore; Dante Bowe, Tywan Mack, Jeff Schneeweis & Mitch Wong, songwriters
  • Joyful
  • Dante Bowe; Dante Bowe & Ben Schofield, songwriters
  • Help
  • Anthony Brown & Group Therapy; Anthony Brown & Darryl Woodson, songwriters
  • Never Lost
  • CeCe Winans
  • Wait On You
  • Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake & Chandler Moore, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

This grammy award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian music single or track, (including pop, rap/hip-hop, Latin, or rock.)

  • We Win
  • Kirk Franklin & Lil Baby; Kirk Franklin, Dominique Jones, Cynthia Nunn & Justin Smith, songwriters
  • Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)
  • H.E.R. & Tauren Wells; Josiah Bassey, Dernst Emile & H.E.R., songwriters
  • Man Of Your Word
  • Chandler Moore & KJ Scriven; Jonathan Jay, Nathan Jess & Chandler Moore, songwriters
  • Believe For It
  • CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans & Mitch Wong, songwriters
  • Jireh
  • Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine; Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings. “Grammy Awards 22”

  • Changing Your Story
  • Jekalyn Carr
  • Royalty: Live At The Ryman
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition
  • Maverick City Music
  • Jonny X Mali: Live In LA
  • Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music
  • Believe For It
  • CeCe Winans
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, Latin, or rock recordings. “Grammy Awards 22

  • No Stranger
  • Natalie Grant
  • Feels Like Home Vol. 2
  • Israel & New Breed
  • The Blessing (Live)
  • Kari Jobe
  • Citizen Of Heaven (Live)
  • Tauren Wells
  • Old Church Basement
  • Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
  • Best Roots Gospel Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.

  • Alone With My Faith
  • Harry Connick, Jr.
  • That’s Gospel, Brother
  • Gaither Vocal Band
  • Keeping On
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Songs For The Times
  • The Isaacs
  • My Savior
  • Carrie Underwood


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‘Sleeping with someone outside your marriage is not a serious sin’ – Pope Francis


Pope Francis has stated that sexual intercourse outside marriage is “not the most serious sin.” The 84-year-old pope said this during a question and answer session with reporters on a flight back to Italy from Greece on Monday.

He said; “Sins of the flesh are not the most serious.” The pontiff added that pride and hatred are “the most serious”.

Francis made the statement in response to a question about the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit’s “ambiguous” relationship with a woman.

Aupetit, 70, denied the relationship was sexual, but he resigned to protect the reputation of the Church.

The Pope was also asked about the resignation of the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, who offered to step down earlier this month after a French magazine claimed he had engaged in an intimate relationship with a woman.

Traditionally, Archbishops and higher members of the Catholic Church follow clerical celibacy, which means they abstain from sex. The Archbishop denied the affair, and said: “I poorly handled the situation with a person who was in contact many times with me.”

The Pope, who accepted the Archbishop’s resignation, said “it was a failing on his part, a failing against the sixth commandment, but not a total one.”

The sixth commandment says “you shall not commit adultery”, which applies to people having sex outside of their marriages but the Pope suggested it could apply to priests who don’t stay celibate. During the flight, the Pope said he removed the Archbishop due to “gossip”.

“We’re all sinners. When the gossip grows and grows and removes someone’s good name, he cannot govern,” he said.


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Steven Furtick Accused of Being a ‘False Teacher’ After Recent Facebook Post


Steven Furtick the founder and senior pastor of Southern Baptist Church (SBC) Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, has drawn theological criticism for statements he made in a recent Facebook post. The post has since been deleted from Furtick’s social media channels.

However, Furtick’s statement was captured via screenshot and reposted by Provost and Research Professor of Theology at Grace Bible Theological Seminary’s Owen Strachan.

“Following Jesus doesn’t change you into something else, it reveals who you’ve been all along. What would it be like to see the you that God sees…,” Furtick wrote in the post.

Furtick has a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and 6.3 followers on Facebook. His post was liked over 18,000 times and had more than 2,500 shares.

The quote was taken from a sermon Furtick preached on Sunday (Oct. 24) entitled “Yes You!” While preaching through Luke 5, Furtick said, ”The process of discipleship is not God changing you into something else — it’s Him revealing who you’ve been all along.”

In response to Furtick’s words, Strachan’s Facebook post read, “Fact check: truly following Jesus turns you into nothing less than a ‘new creation’ (2 Cor. 5:17).” Strachan then warned his followers to “not come within 50 country miles of this man’s false teaching. Furtick is a wolf. STEER CLEAR.”

Strachan also tweeted those words, echoing Jesus’ words found in Matthew 7:15, where he warns to his disciples to “beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

Just Thinking Podcast’s Public Relations Manager Chris Huff agreed with Strachan’s take on Furtick, saying, “This is 110% antithetical to what the Scriptures teach.” Huff went on to attack the Elevation Worship’s music, saying, “Steven Furtick is a wolf. Mark and avoid him, Elevation, and Maverick City Music.”

Ally Yarid, who has over 49,000 followers on Twitter, wrote, “Steven Furtick is a false teacher who preaches a false gospel. I pray he repents and comes to know the grace of God so that He can preach about the grace of God for sinners like ourselves. Despite so much false teaching today, the gospel will prevail.”

She then shared a story about someone she met who listens to Furtick every Sunday. “So I met a nonbeliever yesterday. My heart breaks, because she told me she hasn’t been to church in over three years but has watched Steven Furtick every Sunday online for three years.”

“She admits she doesn’t fully believe in Jesus, but she said she finds Steven’s sermons comforting,” Yarid continued. “THIS SHOULD BREAK OUR HEARTS.”



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52nd GMA Dove Awards 2021 – Full List Of Winners


The 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out Tuesday night, October 19th, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. The show, under the banner Stronger Together, aired tonight exclusively on TBN and was simulcast on SiriusXM The Message.

CeCe Winans and Jason Ingram led the night with the 4 awards each with Winans winning Gospel Artist of the Year and Ingram winning Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist). for KING & COUNTRY took home three awards including Artist of the Year, the top honor of the night. Chris Brown of Elevation Worship and Steven Furtick also each won three awards including Song of the Year for “The Blessing.” Dynamic performers Maverick City Music claimed New Artist of the Year with Contemporary Artist of the Year going to We The Kingdom.

After 2020’s virtual show, the music community reunited this year with stellar live performances which included a moving ballad from Lauren Daigle, a chill-inducing moment from Co-Host Natalie Grant, and a powerful closing rendition of Worship Recorded Song of the Year, “Graves Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship.

Other stand-outs included the five New Artist of the Year nominees, each bringing energetic performances bursting with joy and hope. One-of-kind collaborations also lit up the stage including KB with Matt Redman, Jonathan McReynolds with Mali Music, and Dante Bowe with Kelontae Gavin. To watch the 52nd Dove Awards on-demand on the TBN app: CLICK HERE . To get the full awards to show audio broadcast including exclusive backstage interviews with winners, performers, and presenters from SiriusXM The Message only in the SXM App: CLICK HERE.

One of the night’s highlights was Chairman of the GMA Board, Roy Morgan, presenting Jackie Patillo with the first-time Dove Award for Distinguished Leadership. Morgan also announced the new Dove will be an annual award and, beginning next year, will be named The Jackie Patillo Leadership Award. Patillo was surprised and elated to be presented with this special award. “I am speechless. And so honored and so grateful.

This is a calling y’all. This is a mission. This is not a job. Even though some days are hard. But, I love you. And I’m grateful. And I believe in unity in Christ. I believe we can celebrate our diversity in ways that will show the world that they’ll know we are Christians by our love. I believe in the power of God through the Word and through the message in your songs. So thank you. I’m so grateful and I’m awestruck over this.”


Song of the Year
“Another In The Fire” – (Writers) Chris Davenport, Joel Houston
“Famous For (I Believe)” – (Writers) Alexis Slifer, Chuck Butler, Jordan Sapp, Krissy Nordhoff, Tauren Wells
“Graves Into Gardens” – (Writers) Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake
“Speak To Me” – (Writers) Donnie McClurkin, Jeremy Hicks, Johnta Austin, Troy Taylor
“Thank You For It All” – (Writers) Aaron Lindsey, Christopher Thomas Leach, Jamone Davis, Marvin Sapp

“The Blessing” – (Writers) Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Steven Furtick — WINNER!
“The Father’s House” – (Writers) Benjamin Hastings, Cory Asbury, Ethan Hulse
“There Was Jesus” – (Writers) Jonathan Smith, Casey Beathard, Zach Williams
“TOGETHER” – (Writers) Joel Smallbone, Josh Kerr, Kirk Franklin, Luke Smallbone, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson
“Truth Be Told” – (Writers) AJ Pruis, Matthew West

Songwriter of the Year (Artist)
Brandon Lake  — WINNER!
Chris Brown
Ed Cash
Kirk Franklin
Matthew West

Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)
Ethan Hulse
Jason Ingram — WINNER!
Jordan Sapp
Steven Furtick
Tiffany Hammer

Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year
Hillsong UNITED
Tauren Wells
We The Kingdom — WINNER!
Zach Williams

Southern Gospel Artist of the Year
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound — WINNER!
Gaither Vocal Band
Jason Crabb
Joseph Habedank
Triumphant Quartet

Gospel Artist of the Year
CeCe Winans — WINNER!
Jonathan McReynolds
Kirk Franklin
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Travis Greene

Artist of the Year
Elevation Worship
Lauren Daigle
Phil Wickham
Zach Williams

New Artist of the Year
Brandon Lake
Dante Bowe
Hope Darst
Maverick City Music — WINNER!

Producer of the Year
AyRon Lewis
The Creak Music (David Leonard, Brad King, Seth Talley)
Jordan Mohilowski
Jordan Sapp — WINNER!
Wayne Haun

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
“10K” – KB
“Deep End” – Lecrae — WINNER!
“Glory On Me” – Steven Malcolm, ft. Childish Major & Taylor Hill
“Is That Okay?” – Social Club Misfits
“Reasons” – Hulvey, ft. Lecrae, SVRCINA

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“I Need A Ghost” – Brandon Lake
“Place Called Earth” – Jon Foreman, ft. Lauren Daigle
“Stand My Ground” – Zach Williams
“This Is The Kingdom” – Skillet

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“Famous For (I Believe)” – Tauren Wells — WINNER!
“Good God Almighty” – Crowder
“Hold On To Me” – Lauren Daigle
“There Was Jesus” – Zach Williams, ft. Dolly Parton
“TOGETHER” – for KING & COUNTRY, ft. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly

Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
“A Woman” – FAITHFUL, Ellie Holcomb & Amy Grant
“Alone With My Faith” – Harry Connick, Jr.
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” – Carrie Underwood, ft. Cece Winans — WINNER!
“Promise Keeper” – Hope Darst
“There Is A God” – Phillips, Craig & Dean

Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“First Church of Mercy” – The Sound
“I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About to Happen” – Gaither Vocal Band
“My King is Known By Love” – Crabb Family — WINNER!
“Religion Isn’t Working” – Joseph Habedank
“Wake Up” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year
“Because He Lives” – Harry Connick, Jr.
“Better Off There” – Browns
“Go Rest High on That Mountain” – Fortune/Walker/Rogers/Isaacs
“Great God Almighty” – The Sound
“If God Pulled Back the Curtain” – Nelons — WINNER!

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“I Got It” – Pastor Mike Jr.
“Joyful” – Dante Bowe — WINNER!
“Never Lost” – CeCe Winans
“Speak To Me” – Koryn Hawthorne
“Touch From You” – Tamela Mann

Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“Changing Your Story” – Jekalyn Carr — WINNER!
“Help” – Anthony Brown & group therAPy
“I Made It” – Maranda Curtis
“Repay You” – PJ Morton, ft. J Moss
“Wonderful Is Your Name” – Melvin Crispel III

Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year
“Believe For It” – CeCe Winans — WINNER!
“Good & Loved” – Travis Greene, ft. Steffany Gretzinger
“Never Be Defeated” – Rich Tolbert Jr.
“Voice Of God” – Dante Bowe, ft. Steffany Gretzinger, Chandler Moore
“You Get The Glory” – Jonathan Traylor

Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year
“Amén” – Ricardo Montaner, Evaluna Montaner, Mau y Ricky, y Camilo
“Donde Está El Espíritu De Dios” – Christine D’Clario — WINNER!
“Llévame A La Cruz” – Majo y Dan
“Mi Libertador” – Miel San Marcos, Christine D’Clario
“Tumbas A Jardines” – Elevation Worship, ft. Brandon Lake


Worship Recorded Song of the Year
“Battle Belongs” – Phil Wickham
“God So Loved” – We The Kingdom
“Graves Into Gardens” – Elevation Worship, ft. Brandon Lake — WINNER!
“Jireh” – Elevation Worship / Maverick City Music, ft. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine
“Peace Be Still” – Hope Darst


Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
1970-01-01 03:34:00 – Zauntee
Feared By Hell – Social Club Misfits
His Glory Alone – KB — WINNER!
Restoration – Lecrae
The Divine Storm – Ty Brasel


Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year
Departures – Jon Foreman
Songs Of Death And Resurrection – Demon Hunter
The Joy Of Being – Citizens
The Path – Fit For A King


Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Chris Tomlin & Friends – Chris Tomlin
Holy Water – We The Kingdom — WINNER!
inhale (exhale) – MercyMe
No Stranger – Natalie Grant
To Love A Fool – Cory Asbury


Inspirational Album of the Year
All Things – Jamie Jamgochian
Evensong: Hymns and Lullabies at the Close of Day – Keith & Kristyn Getty, Sandra McCracken, Skye Peterson, Vince Gill, Ellie Holcomb, Sierra Hull, Deborah Klemme, The Getty Girls, Heather Headley
Step Into My Story – Selah — WINNER!
You Are More – Tiffany Coburn
You’re Still God – Phillips, Craig & Dean


Southern Gospel Album of the Year
Bigger Than Sunday – Triumphant Quartet
Change Is Coming – Joseph Habedank — WINNER!
It’s Still Good News – Guardians
That’s Gospel, Brother – Gaither Vocal Band
The Journey – Greater Vision


Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year
Alone With My Faith – Harry Connick, Jr.
Little More Love – Jordan Family Band
My Savior – Carrie Underwood
Peace At Last – Nelons
Songs for the Times – Isaacs — WINNER!


Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year
Gospel According to PJ – PJ Morton
I AM – Koryn Hawthorne — WINNER!
Still – Brian Courtney Wilson
The Book Of Mali – Mali Music


Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) – Fisk Jubilee Singers
Changing Your Story – Jekalyn Carr
Choirmaster – Ricky Dillard
Chosen Vessel – Marvin Sapp — WINNER!
The Reunion – Jonathan Nelson


Gospel Worship Album of the Year
Believe For It – CeCe Winans — WINNER!
Come Alive (Deluxe) – All Nations Music
Never Be Defeated – Rich Tolbert Jr.
The N.O.W. Experience – Kelontae Gavin
VaShawn Mitchell Presents Africa Worship – Various Artists


Spanish Language Album of the Year
Desesperado (Spanish) – Evan Craft — WINNER!
Mil Generaciones – Miel San Marcos, Essential Worship
Renovada : EP – Blanca
Todos Mis Mejores Amigos – Hillsong Young & Free
Uno – Alex Zurdo – Redimi2 – Funky


Worship Album of the Year
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
Old Church Basement – Elevation Worship / Maverick City Music — WINNER!
Revival’s In The Air – Bethel Music
The Blessing (Live) – Kari Jobe
The People Tour: Live from Madison Square Garden – Hillsong UNITED


Children’s Album of the Year
Living Color – Elevation Church Kids
No Reason To Wait – Worship Together Kids
Ready Set Go – Yancy & Little Praise Party — WINNER!
Sing The Bible, Vol. 4 – Slugs And Bugs
Todos Mis Días – Gateway Kids Worship


Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year
A Drummer Boy Christmas – for KING & COUNTRY — WINNER!
A Tori Kelly Christmas – Tori Kelly
Christmas: Acoustic Sessions – Phil Wickham
Miracle Of Love: Christmas Songs Of Worship – Chris Tomlin
Reunited LIVE – Gaither Vocal Band


Musical/Choral Collection
Behold The Lamb Of God – (Creator) Andrew Peterson, (Arrangers/ Orchestrators) Carson Wagner, Russell Mauldin — WINNER!
Christmas Comes Alive – (Creators/Arrangers/Orchestrators) Devin McGlamery, Cliff Duren, Phillip Keveren, Phil Nitz
I Choose Christ: The Songs of Sue C. Smith – (Creator/Arranger) Cliff Duren, (Creator) Sue C. Smith
Love Lifted Up: An Easter Musical – (Creators/Arrangers/Orchestrators) Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, Cliff Duren, Jay Rouse, Marty Hamby, Phil Nitz
Love Was Born A King – (Creators/Arrangers/Orchestrators) Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner


Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
A Drummer Boy Christmas – for KING & COUNTRY
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship — WINNER!
Revival’s In The Air – Bethel Music
Songs Of Death And Resurrection : Deluxe Box – Demon Hunter
The Blessing (Live) – Kari Jobe


Inspirational Film of the Year
A Week Away — WINNER!
My Brother’s Keeper


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Kanye West Drops New Album “Donda” Named After His Late Mother


World-renowned American Hip-Hop superstar Kanye West has released his much anticipated 10th studio album “Donda” named after his late Mum “Donda West” and it is available now!.

After heightened anticipation and delay, the rapper finally releases the “Donda” album available today for download/stream on all digital platforms. The new LP boasts 27 tracks, featuring gospel-inspired songs like; “God Breathed,” “Praise God,” “Lord I Need You,” amongst others.

Kanye West unveiled the “Donda” album at a listening event in Atlanta on the 23rd of July at the Mercedes Benz Stadium. He also premiered a commercial in which he scored and directed himself at the event with one of the songs from the “Donda” album at the NBA finals which featured American track and field star, Sha’Carri Richardson in the unveiling video.

The “Donda” album which is already a global buzz is heightening fast and set to eclipse the success of any other albums he has ever released.

Since releasing his 9th project “Jesus is King” on October 25, 2019, the legendary recording artist has since gone on to bag numerous awards for his newfound love in Christ channeled through music.



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Tye Tribbett And Jekalyn Carr Officially Announced As Hosts Of Stellar Awards 2021 –


The Stellar Music Awards committee has officially announced Tye Tribbette and Jekalyn Carr as hosts of the 2021 edition of the awards event which is also the 36th consecutive edition slated for July 10. Get the full list of nominees here.

It promises to be a night full of bliss as the gospel industry awards some of the top gospel icons for their contribution to gospel music. It definitely would not be anything short of last year’s memorable virtual concert hosted by the trio host – Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne.

The “Greatest Night in Gospel Music” returns to its roots in Nashville, Tenn., at the elegant Schermerhorn Symphony Center, with live performances by Jonathan McReynolds, JJ Hairston, Pastor Mike, Jr., Maverick City Music, the Clark Sisters, our hosts Jekalyn Carr and Tye Tribbett, and more!

According to the Awards team, the event will be taped on Saturday, July 10, in order to observe protocols for COVID 19. The Stellar Awards recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, honours Gospel music icons, and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry.

Jekalyn Carr expressed her delight saying: “I’m happy to be hosting this year’s Stellar Awards, alongside my big brother, Tye Tribbett @tyetribbett Let’s Goooo !!!! Thank you @thestellars for this wonderful opportunity!”

Tye Tribbett Added: “all I know is that once me n my sis connect…..??? I’m TOO HYPE?? #Stellars2021. Thank you so much to #centralsouth and the #stellars organization for having me to host the biggest night in gospel WITH MY SIS”

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Kirk Franklin Issues An Apology, After His Son Released Audio of Him Shouting Expletives…


Kirk Franklin released an apology video explaining the background and details of a video where he uses expletives towards his son

In the apology, Kirk Franklin explains that his son is 33 and they had a poor relationship up until this point. He explained that his son only recorded that specific part to make his father look bad. Kirk Franklin said that the family therapist was on the line and that his son had been very disrespectful beforehand.

Kirk Franklin clarifies that they’re all trying to work things out with help from the therapist.

The original video itself starts in the middle of an argument between Kirk Franklin and his son Kerrion. Kirk Franklin is the first one to speak in the video, but it’s clear that he’s responding to something his son said.

The video starts with Kirk Franklin saying:

“Okay, if you think I’m (Inaudible) let me say it like this: When yo’ b**** ass starts (inaudible) disrespectful, you need to get yo’ skinny mother f***ing ass back out the god damn way. Before I put my foot in yo ass–”

Kerrion interrupts and tells his father, “I dare you” multiple times, and to “shut the f*** up.”

This is the text that came with the original Instagram post:

“This is why I’m done. No father should speak to their children like this. If I have any issues it’s because Of this type of treatment that ii deal with behind closed doors. Hanging up in my face, No apology, no compassion, no effort. Stop telling me to go home to my family I don’t even know where they live. I don’t think I’ll ever trust my father to be alone around him ever again. I didn’t want to do this. I probably won’t release the entire recording because it’s too embarrassing that Im even dealing with this. No matter what ppl think I pray my dad deals with his deep hatred toward me. I don’t feel safe around him at all. This recording is recent it is not from 2018 just to clarify. Im going to learn from these experiences, live my life in peace and make beautiful art.”

Source: sportskeeda

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