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Tasha Cobbs Leonard Finally Out With Royalty (Live At The Ryman) New Album

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Recorded live at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, GRAMMY-winning artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard releases the much-awaited album, Royalty: Live At The Ryman.

The project includes six compelling live performance videos, including the electrifying album opener “You’re Gonna Get The Glory” and the show-stopping duet “You Must Break,” featuring powerhouse vocalist and longtime collaborator Kierra Sheard. The full album is available digitally today.

Royalty: Live At The Ryman is a 17-track, in-depth worship experience marked by an eclectic range of musical styles. Tasha merges her country, bluegrass, and gospel music roots with her soaring vocals to deliver what she considers her “most mature and vulnerable project to date.”

Co-writing most of the tracks on Royalty: Live At The Ryman, her first full album of new music since the top-selling Heart. Passion. Pursuit. in 2017, Tasha unleashes her full-throttle voice on the breakout “Release The Sound” and fan-favorite “Pour It Out.” The melodic title song, “Royalty,” reminds listeners of the theme of the entire project, that God’s view of us is unchanging, and He always sees us His children: “I am royalty/I am who You called me….My Father is King/I believe I am Yours.”

Tasha also proves that she is not afraid to take on new musical challenges, from the emotionally moving ballad “Mary’s Song,” to “God’s Been Good,” reminiscent of an old-time revival meeting. “In Spite of Me” showcases the multi-faceted performer accompanying herself on lead guitar for the first time on an album, while being joined by chart-topping family band We The Kingdom on the rousing hit “God So Loved.”

Fans can still head over to the merch table and grab exclusive Royalty merchandise, now available on Tasha’s D2C store. Some hot merch includes the new digital album, an acid wash grey t-shirt with a custom Royalty logo, and even a limited-edition Hatch Show Print to commemorate Tasha’s historic recording at The Ryman. Shop for exclusive Royalty merchandise at www.royaltymerchtable.com.

Check out Royalty (Live) Single Here

 

 

Credit: TheChristianBeat.org

 

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Tasha Cobbs Celebrates Two Feats: A Billboard #1 And A RIAA Golden Certified Plaque

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Over the weekend and Monday, yesterday offered such a good moment for renowned gospel singer Tasha Cobbs as she celebrates two incredible achievements: A billboard number 1 for her newly released album and a RIAA Golden Certified plaque for her “Grace” debut album.

Tasha’s new album released on Sept 25th, 2020 Royalty (Live At The Ryman) is a 17-track, in-depth worship experience marked by an eclectic range of musical styles. The project includes six compelling live performance videos, including the electrifying album opener “You’re Gonna Get The Glory” and the show-stopping duet “You Must Break,” featuring powerhouse vocalist and longtime collaborator Kierra Sheard. The full album is available digitally now.

The album, which also features We The Kingdom (God So Loved),” was recorded audience-free at Nashville’s historic music hall on August 3, 2020. Written before the global pandemic, the album is filled with songs of revelation and hope, that offer specific inspiration for this challenging time. With her powerful vocals, Tasha lifts an anointed praise, declaring her genuine love for God and unleashing spiritual healing.

Tasha writes on Instagram;

“It’s Hard to believe you have a choice and daily you choose me… In Spite of Me” 😭 … Thank you all for your love and support over this decade! Thank you for allowing me to grow right in front of you! Thank you for allowing me to be true to who I am and what I’m called to do. Royalty Live is the documentary of my life with Christ ❤️😭. >>> #1BillboardTopGospelAlbum

As if the celebration was over, Tasha Cobbs narrated how she was presented with RIAA Golden Certified Plaque for her debut album “Grace” in the midst of radio interviews and online meet and greet session. This means her Grace album has attained 500,000 units for album sales and one million for singles.

The 10-track Grace album released in February 2013, led Tasha to win the Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for the single and undoubtedly the most popular song on that album; “Break Every Chain”, at the 56th Grammy Awards. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart and No. 61 on the Billboard 200. As of 2016, nearly 200,000 copies have been sold in the United States.

“So I was on live doing meet/greets and interviews with some amazing Radio Personalities. @ejgaines and @coatesmon Text me saying that it’s important for me to call them before my next interview. Anyone who knows me knows that that had potential not to go well! Lol! I do not like randomness! Pray for me! Lol! … anywho, they pick up the phone! I say “omg, what’s the urgency?” Then @_joimarie_ comes walking around the corner with This @riaa_awards GOLD CERTIFIED PLAQUE for my GRACE ALBUM! WHATTTT!!!!! Wow!!!!! >>> God is so faithful!!! Monica and EJ… Thx for loving me and wanting to surprise me all the time!” – Tasha wrote

 

 

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Meet Angela Kumiwaa, The US Based Gospel Songstress Poised For Great Impact Through Her Music

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It is true that your past experiences can determine the level of your passion for the change you want to see in the future. Such is the story of singer and US-based worshipper Angela Kumiwaa, a one-time Buddhist who is now desirous to affect lives positively with the power of God through her music.

About Angela

Angela grew up in a Buddhist home, a family with a deep root in the religion but she always considered herself different somehow, even at a very tender age. Growing up as a child, there was no option to choose a different belief or different way of life because uncle, auntie, sibling, or cousin came into contact with this religion.

According to Angela, when she got to Senior High School here in Ghana, she started having terrible nightmares, an event that awakened her pursuit for God. At this point, a prayerful friend and S.U member started praying for her liberation from the bad dreams. This process of deliverance birthed a desire and love for things of God in her.

She then started seeking after God by going to Christian meetings and singing. Before her departure to the United States where she now resides, Angela fellowshipped at Prophet Atsu Manasseh’s Watered Gardens Church in Accra.

Angela’s dad was a pastor but unfortunately, she got to spend only two years close to him before his demise. She added that living with her dad was a stage of her life where Christian values were becoming real and making meaning to her. These values were not properly natured before she had to join the mum and other relatives again, this took her back to a home with a religion foreign to her spirit.

At this point, Angela who is now a devoted Christian revealed that there was such a heavy spiritual tension that went on within her spirit coupled with several attacks which resulted in the dwindling of her faith, as she questioned the love of God for her life. Throughout this season Angela still held unto the belief that God is raising her from the family for a special assignment, to continue in her father’s line, in bringing many to the saving knowledge of Christ.

 

Her Music Ministry

After several years, Angela Kumiwaa has grown in her walk with God and ready to affect lives with a unique deposits of Grace in her, which is the anointing that flows through her music. Her music ministry is ready to launch wider to affect more lives than before. Angela currently fellowships with the Royal House Chapel Maryland Mission.

I have come to that point where I take the things of God seriously. Being in front of people and ministering is a whole ball game altogether. If you play with God, God will also play with you. As a music minister, I don’t believe in the idea of standing to minister in front of people and not living a life that counts. God does not like that.

Angela will soon release her maiden project, but this will be preceded by a debut single titled “Hohom Kronkron”, a beautiful song that emphasizes our need for more of the Holy Spirit.

Angela believes that one cannot manifest the true nature of God without His Spirit. She also agrees with the Word of God that without the Holy Spirit we cannot do anything and hence the need to ask for more of him daily. This upcoming song takes us into that atmosphere of longing for his infilling.

 

 

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Sonnie Badu Becomes The Dean And Professor Of Music At Trinity Int. University Of Ambassadors (Pictures)

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Trinity International University of Ambassadors welcomes the Founder and Senior Pastor of US-based RockHill Church Dr. Sonnie Badu into his newly appointed role as the Dean and Professor of Music.

Dr. Sonnie Badu whose impeccable love for the art and music has led him to the pursuit of knowledge including his latest as Honorary Doctorate in Musicology saw this as another opportunity to be used as a medium of blessing to impact the next generation.

“Humbled … to @trinityiua thank you for this honor and I pray God uses me to add to what you already have achieved … Now let the hard work begin … In order to achieve this and make this faculty one of the best in the world, I will be bringing a few trusted legends together as lectures” – He shares on Social Media.

The event which took place over the weekend places the highly respected Ghanaian Gospel star at the peak of his music career, a well-recognized position, and a higher influence in the African gospel industry.

In August 2020, BoomPlay recognized Sonnie Badu’s achievement on the platform as the most-streamed Ghanaian gospel artiste for his album Colours of Africa: Live in London. This is an album that earned a million streams and for his single Baba garnering a total of 500,000 streams.

Sonnie Badu has been off the active music scene as a result of other responsibilities (which obviously includes being a founder and Pastor a Christian denomination), but he recently made a strong reminder that is not gone entirely in his latest release “Pillar of Fire”.

We wish him all the very best in his new role!

 

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Jekalyn Carr Earns Fourth Billboard #1 Spot With New Single “Changing Your Story”

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America’s renowned gospel singer and prolific songwriter Jekalyn Carr has earned for the fourth time the #1 spot on Billboard’s gospel chart for her prophetic single “Changing Your Story

Undoubtedly one of this generation’s most celebrated young talents, Carr, has amassed a lot of

successes at her young age.

This historic accomplishment marks Carr’s 4th #1 song by the young age of 23, and “Changing Your Story” is her 6th Top 10 radio single.

The high-powered and deeply personal song, “Changing Your Story,” is signature Jekalyn Carr. The music is vibrant and spirited while Carr’s well-known vocals, depth, and fullness bring it to life. “This song is a personal testimony,” said Carr. “It hit home for me, knowing how God has turned my story around. But I wanted this to be something — a push or a reminder that God has changed your story, and He will do it again.”

Carr, a 4x Grammy nominee, multiple Stellar Award winner, and Dove Award winner, is prepping for her fifth full-length album, CHANGING YOUR STORY, which is due October 23. Recorded live last October, at the famous festival “Praise In The Park” in Atlanta, CHANGING YOUR STORY captures all the energy, excitement, and power, making this one of the most anticipated gospel albums of 2020.

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Stellar Awards: Tasha Cobbs & Kirk Franklin Emerged As Big Winners (Full List)

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The 35th Stellar Awards night was held virtually on Sunday, August 23rd with Tasha Cobbs and Kirk Franklin emerging as the biggest winner on the night – a show hosted by Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard took away the prestigious and most coveted artist of the year award at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which were presented in a virtual event that aired on BET on Sunday (Aug. 23). Leonard also won the contemporary female vocalist of the year.

But Kirk Franklin, who co-hosted the show with Jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne, won more awards overall — five. He took male vocalist of the year and contemporary male vocalist of the year, album of the year and contemporary album of the year, and producer of the year.

Donald Lawrence won four awards, including song of the year for “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus).”

Here’s the complete list of 2020 Stellar Gospel Music Award winners:

 

 

 

 

Artist of the year and contemporary female vocalist of the year: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Live at Passion City Church) (Motown Gospel)

Album of the year, contemporary album of the year, male vocalist of the year and contemporary male vocalist of the year: Kirk Franklin, Long Live Love: (Fo Yo Soul/RCA/RCA Inspiration)

Traditional album of the year, traditional male vocalist of the year and traditional choir of the year: John P. Kee, I Made It Out (Entertainment One)

Albertina Walker female vocalist of the year and traditional female vocalist of the year: Le’Andria Johnson, Goshen (RCA Inspiration)

Duo/chorus group of the year and contemporary duo/chorus group of the year: The Walls Group, Friend in Me (Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records)

New artist of the year and rap hip hop gospel album of the year: Pastor Mike Jr., Live Free (Black Smoke Worldwide)

Choir of the year and contemporary choir of the year: Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers, Goshen (RCA Inspiration)

Song of the year: “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus),” Donald Lawrence, William Stokes, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge & Desmond Davis (RCA Inspiration)

Producer of the year: Kirk Franklin, Ronald Hill & Phil Thornton, Long Live Love (Fo Yo Soul/RCA/RCA Inspiration)

Traditional duo/chorus group of the year: Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers, Bless Somebody Else (Kurt Carr Gospel/RCA Inspiration)

Urban/inspirational single or performance of the year: Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers, “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)” (RCA Inspiration)

Music video of the year:  Matt DeLisi, “Love Theory” (Fo Yo Soul/RCA/RCA Inspiration)

Instrumental album of the year: Ben Tankard, Rise! (BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music)

Special event album of the year: Various Artists, Greenleaf: Season 3 (Music from the Original TV Series) (Lionsgate Entertainment)

Youth project of the year: Gospel Kids, Gospel Kids Present…Christian Soldiers (Tyscot Records)

Quartet of the year: Keith Wonderboy Johnson & Josh Myles, Inspirational Project (Timeless Music)

Praise and worship album of the year: JJ Hairston, Miracle Worker (JamesTown Music/Entertainment One)

Recorded music packaging of the year: Derek Blanks. Bless Somebody Else (Kurt Carr Gospel, RCA Inspiration)

Major market of the year: WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta

Large market of the year: WPZS Praise 100.9 FM, Charlotte

Medium market of the year: WXHL 89.1, Wilmington

Small market of the year: WJAY 98.3 FM & 1280 AM, Mullins

Internet station of the year: U Gospel, http://uGospel.com

Gospel announcer of the year: Meta Washington, Sirius XM, Satellite Radio

 

Award-List Source: BET.com

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Gospel Rapper Lecrae Releases ‘Restoration’ Album

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GRAMMY Award-winning gospel rapper, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and social activist Lecrae has released his much anticipated 9th studio album ‘Restoration’ available on all streaming platforms.

Ahead of the new album release, Lecrae has given us thought-provoking, God-seeking singles such as “Set Me Free ft YK Osiris“, “Deep End” and also “Drown ft John Legend

The 14 track album focuses primarily on telling our personal story of our brokenness to the Father as we expect healing, and restoration from His presence. Lecrae noted that, unless one is willing to admit their brokenness, he or she won’t receive these from the Lord;

The album features artists across all genres including John Legend, Kirk Franklin, YK Osiris, Jozzy, Dani Leigh, Marc E. Bassy, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more. Lecrae has also marked release day with the debut of the official “Over The Top” music video, which can be viewed below.

Aside from the album, Lecrae is also releasing his second book, I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion, But Found My Faith, on October 13th. This book will be a follow-up to his New York Times best-seller, Unashamed.

 

GRAMMY Award-winning gospel rapper, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and social activist Lecrae has released his much anticipated 9th studio album ‘Restoration’ available on all streaming platforms.

Ahead of the new album release, Lecrae has given us thought-provoking, God-seeking singles such as “Set Me Free ft YK Osiris“, “Deep End” and also “Drown ft John Legend

The 14 track album focuses primarily on telling our personal story of our brokenness to the Father as we expect healing, and restoration from His presence. Lecrae noted that, unless one is willing to admit their brokenness, he or she won’t receive these from the Lord;

The album features artists across all genres including John Legend, Kirk Franklin, YK Osiris, Jozzy, Dani Leigh, Marc E. Bassy, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more. Lecrae has also marked release day with the debut of the official “Over The Top” music video, which can be viewed below.

Aside from the album, Lecrae is also releasing his second book, I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion, But Found My Faith, on October 13th. This book will be a follow-up to his New York Times best-seller, Unashamed.

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Stephanie Summers Crowned As Winner Of BET’s Sunday Best Season 10

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It’s officially a wrap on the 10th edition of BET’s Sunday Best and Stephanie Summers was crowned last night as the winner of this edition after series of highs, lows, and virtual performances. She has, therefore, won the RCA recording deal plus a cash price of $50,000.

Stephanie, a native of the Colorado Springs, USA, received the most votes, beating colleague competitor Jada Spight in the season grand finale, as usual, hosted by Kirk Franklin.

Before the audience learned who won, the legendary Clark Sisters opened the show with a performance of their single “Victory.”Season 9 winner Melvin Crispell III returned to perform a jazzy version of  Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Kierra Sheard also stopped by to perform her single “It Keeps Happening.”

Meanwhile, finalists Stephanie and Jada sang a virtual duet of “My Worship” by Phil Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With this win, Stephanie will now be associated with some of the top gospel singers such as Melvin Crispell III (Season 9), Geoffrey Golden (season 7), Le’Andria Johnson (season 3), Tasha Page-Lockhart (season 6) who have won from previous seasons.

After an impressive night, Stephanie shared this on Social Media;

“ONLY GOD CAN DO IT!!!! And I’m grateful and humbled for this wonderful amazing experience I have been given!!! Thank u #BetSundayBest #BET for this opportunity

The 10th edition of the gospel music competition reality show started with 20 very talented gospel singers from some selected parts of the world, and among these contestants is the UK based Ghanaian incredible singer ‘Niiella‘. Niella made it through to the first 10 selections but unfortunately could not progress to the next stage of the competition.

This year’s season welcomed back GRAMMY-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host; while GRAMMY-winning songstress & host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell, GRAMMY-nominated artist & star of BET’s “American Soul” Kelly Price and GRAMMY-nominated & multiple Stellar Award-winning artist Jonathan McReynolds returned as Judges.

 

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Dove Awards 2020: Check Out The Full List Of Nominees (+Video)

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The American Gospel Music Association (GMA) has unveiled the nominees for the 51st Annual Dove Awards slated to be held virtually on TBN on Friday, October 30.

This year’s nominees were presented by Brooke Ligertwood of Hillsong Worship (singer of ‘What a Beautiful Name), Joel Smallbone of for KING & Country, Anthony Brown, Christine D’Clario, Joseph Habedank, and Aaron Cole from their individual homes across the country as many in the nation are still in quarantine due to COVID-19.

“The GMA is honored to continue its legacy of celebrating our diverse creative community and the music that moves us and ministers to us all, especially during these trying times,” GMA President Jackie Patillo says. “We believe this year, especially, our community and our world need to show love to one another and, above all, recognize and worship our faithful Creator.”

This year’s theme is #CarryTheChange and Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin and Jonathan McReynolds lead with four nominations.

Check out the full list of nominees below; 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

for KING & COUNTRY

Hillsong Worship

Lauren Daigle

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Zach Williams

 

SONG OF THE YEAR:

“Almost Home” (songwriters) Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Mike Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran (publishers) 9t One Songs, Ariose Music, So Sappy Music, Tunes of Mercyme

“Burn The Ships” (songwriters) Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Matt Hales, Seth Mosley (publishers) CentricSongs, Kilns Music, Method of the Madness, Shankle Songs, Shaun Shaenkle Pub Designee, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., WC Music Group

“Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus) (songwriters) Desmond Davis, Donald Lawrence, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge (publishing) QW Publishing, Williams Stokes Publishing House and Primary Wave Bears, Shonnamacmusic, ROB BASS INC, Desmond Davis Designee

Dead Man Walking” (songwriters) Emily Weisband, Jeremy Camp, Jordan Sapp (publishers) Capitol CMG Paragon, Only In You Publishing, Songs By J Sapp

“Holy Water” (songwriters) Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Marin Cash, Scott Cash (publishers) Andrew Bergthold Designee, Capitol CMG Genesis, We The Kingdom ASCAP Designee, We The Kingdom Music

“King of Kings” (songwriters) Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, Scott Ligertwood (publishers) Fellow Ships Music, Hillsong Music Publishing Australia, So Essential Tunes

“Love Theory” (songwriter) Kirk Franklin, (publisher) Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing LLC

“Nobody” (songwriters) Bernie Herms, Mark Hall, Matthew West (publishers) Be Essential Songs, Highly Combustible Music, House of Story Music Publishing, My Refuge Music, One77 Songs

“Rescue” (songwriters) Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury (publishers) CentricSongs, Fellow Ships Music, Flychild Publishing, See You At The Pub, So Essential Tunes

“Rescue Story” (songwriter) Andrew Ripp, Ethan Hulse, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams (publishers) Anthems of Hope, Be Essential Songs, Cashagamble Jet Music, EGH Music Publishing, Songs By Fishbone, Wisteria Drive

“See A Victory” (songwriters) Ben Fielding, Chris Brown, Jason Ingram, Steven Furtick (publishers) Fellow Ships Music, Music By Elevation Worship Publishing, SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia, So Essential Tunes

“The God Who Stays” (songwriters) AJ Pruis, Jonathan Smith, Matthew West (publishers) Be Essential Songs, Cashagamble Jet Music, Combustion Five, Highly Combustible Music, O77 Songs, Two Story House Music

“Way Maker” (songwriters) Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu (publisher) Integrity Music Europe

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Chris Renzema

Cochren & Co.

Elle Limebear

Switch

We The Kingdom

 

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: 

Jekalyn Carr

Jonathan McReynolds

Kirk Franklin

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Travis Greene

 

POP/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

“NOBODY” – Casting Crowns (feat. Matthew West) – (songwriters) Bernie Herms, Matthew West, Mark Hall

“Burn The Ships” – for KING & COUNTRY– (songwriters) Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Seth Mosley, Matt Hales

“Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp – (songwriters) Jeremy Camp, Emily Weisband, Jordan Sapp

“Rescue” – Lauren Daigle – (songwriters) Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury

“Holy Water” – We The Kingdom – (songwriters) Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash, Scott Cash

 

SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

“This Is The Place” – Gaither Vocal Band – (songwriters) – Gloria Gaither, Williams J. Gaither, Gordan Mote

“The God I Serve” – Karen Peck & New River – (songwriters) Rebecca Bowman, Sonya Yeary, Karen Peck Gooch, Jimmy Yeary

“What Kind Of Man” – Legacy Five – (songwriters) Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Sue Smith

“The Power Of An Empty Tomb” – The Erwins – (songwriter) Joel Lindsey

“Can I Get A Witness” – The Sound – (songwriters) Kenna Turner West, Brent Baxter, Jason Cox

 

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: 

“Blessings on Blessings” – Anthony Brown & group therAPy – (songwriter) Anthony Brown

“Won’t Be Moved” – Gene Moore – (songwriters) – Bryan Sledge, Cedric Smith, Demeon Reeves

“People” – Jonathan McReynolds – (songwriter) Jonathan McReynolds

“B!g” – Pastor Mike Jr. – (songwriters) Michael McClure, Curtiss Glenn, Rodney Turner

“Truly Amazing God” – Travis Greene – (songwriter) Travis Greene

 

GOSPEL WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: 

“Miracle Worker” – JJ Hairston – (songwriter) Rich Tolbert Jr.

“Something Has To Break” (Live) – Kierra Sheard, featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard – (songwriters) J. Drew Sheard, Kierra Valencia Sheard, Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith

“Promises” – Maverick City Music – (songwriters) Aaron Moses, Lemuel Marin, Carrington Gaines, Dante Bowe, Joe L. Barnes, Keila Alvarado

“Proverbs 3” – Todd Dulaney – (songwriters) Todd Dulaney, Jaylen Moore, Isaac Tarver

“Only You Can Satisfy” (Live) – William McDowell and Chris Lawson (songwriters) William McDowell, Chandler Moore

 

WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR:

 

“King of Kings” (Live at Qudos Band Arena, Sydney, AU/2019) – Hillsong Worship – (songwriters) Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood, Jason Ingram

“Goodness of God” – Jenn Johnson – (songwriters) Ben Fielding, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram

“The Blessing” (Live) – Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship – (songwriters) Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick

“Way Maker” – Leeland – (songwriter) Osinachi Okoro

“Great Things” – Phil Wickham – (songwriter) Phil Wickham, Jonas Myrin

 

RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: 

 

Not By Chance – Aaron Cole

Work in Progress – Andy Mineo

HEATHEN – GAWVI

Jesus Is King – Kanye West

MOOD // DOOM – Social Club Misfits

 

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: 

Out of Body – Apollo LTD

War – Demon Hunter

Love Letter – Disciple

Declaration – Red

Victorious – Skillet

 

POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: 

THE STORY’S NOT OVER – Jeremy Camp

Citizens of Heaven – Tauren Wells

Reason – Unspoken

Live At The Wheelhouse – We The Kingdom

Rescue Story – Zach Williams

 

SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: 

Soldados – Alex Campos

Shekinah (Live) – Barak

Aleluya (En La Tierra) – Elevation Worship

Origen y Esencia – Jesus Adrian Romero

Sinergia – Un Corazon y LEAD

 

List Source: Doveawards 

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Chinese Government Orders Low-Income Families to Abandon Their Christian Faith or Lose Financial Aid

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In the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of Christians, poor families are now being told to renounce their faith or lose welfare benefits.

Bitter Winter reports that the Chinese economy has been deeply affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, especially low-income households struggling to make ends meet.

Now government officials are ordering Christians who receive welfare payments to replace crosses, religious symbols, and images inside their homes with portraits of China’s communist leaders.

“All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images,” a local pastor told Bitter Winter. “The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.”

A church member in one of the villages recalled how authorities entered his home and destroyed a calendar with an image of Jesus on it, then replaced it was a portrait of Mao instead.

“Impoverished religious households can’t receive money from the state for nothing—they must obey the Communist Party for the money they receive,” he explained.

Enforcing the new regulation started several months ago across China.

In April, the government of Xinyu city in the southeastern province of Jiangxi withheld a disabled Christian’s funds (about $14) if the believer continued to attend worship services.

And in Jiangxi’s Poyang county, an elderly Christian woman was taken off the government’s aid list because she said “Thank God” after receiving her monthly check (about $28).

In May, a government official in the eastern province of Shandong barged into the home of a Christian and posted portraits of Mao and President Xi Jinping, then said, “These are the greatest gods. If you want to worship somebody, they are the ones.”

Another elderly woman from Henan’s Shangqiu city lost her welfare benefits in April after officials found a cross displayed on her house door.

“They tore it down immediately,” the Christian said. “Afterward, both my minimum living allowance and poverty alleviation subsidy were canceled. I am being driven to a dead end. I have diabetes and need injections regularly.”

Earlier this year, the communist regime began removing crosses from churches throughout China and now portraits of Mao and Xi have replaced images of the Holy Spirit.

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