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6/27/2012 - Israel Houghton Featured On The King's Men Tour With Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie Mcclurkin
Four-time GRAMMY, multiple Stellar and Dove, and Soul Train Award winner Israel Houghton will share the stage for the very first time with peers Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and Donnie McClurkin on The King’s Men tour. The 15-city major market US tour begins Sept. 16 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and travels coast-to-coast through Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, DC and more before culminating in Brooklyn, NY at Barclays Center Oct. 14. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
Having individually headlined sold out concerts internationally, the four music celebrities join forces in what Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, is banking to be a hit for the fall touring season.
“In the Gospel world, this is like Springsteen, McCartney, Prince and Elton hitting the road together,” said Kevin Morrow, Senior Vice President of Touring at Live Nation, in a recent news release. “It’s going to be a once in a lifetime event for music fans.”
For Houghton, the tour follows two back-to-back Billboard Top 200-selling, GRAMMY Award-winning solo studio albums, as well as his first live recording in five years with New Breed, Jesus At The Center, which releases Aug. 14 on Integrity Music. Recorded live over four days in front of more than 29,000 worshippers at Houston’s Lakewood Church, this double-CD, 18 song album with three additional studio singles features Israel & New Breed returning to their roots, delivering new anthems for the modern day church.
“We purposely wanted to emphasize being a resource to the church worldwide,” says Houghton. “As we embark on the second decade as a cross-cultural worship movement, we pray these songs speak life, love, hope and favor over you… and most importantly place Jesus at the center of His global church.”
Joining Israel & New Breed on the studio version of the Gospel single from Jesus At The Center, “It’s Not Over (When God Is In It),” are acclaimed vocalists Jason Nelson and James Fortune. The single, which is available on iTunes® July 3, has already garnered the No. 1 Most Added status at radio, and debuted at No. 22 last week on the Billboard Gospel Songs chart. The Christian AC single produced by hit maker Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Britt Nicole), “Your Presence Is Heaven,” is available on iTunes July 17.
Other guest vocalists featured on the live recordings are Aaron W. Lindsey, Michael Gungor, T-Bone, Bishop Michael Pitts, Jeremiah Woods, Daniel Johnson, Charlin Moore, Adam Ranney, Tina Baker, Onaje Jefferson, Krystle Harper and Israel’s daughter, Mariah Houghton.
In addition to the Jesus At The Center two-disc album, a companion DVD was recorded live in high-definition and features all 18 songs along with behind the scenes footage, story-behind-the-song vignettes and other bonus material.
In 1995, Israel and Meleasa Houghton founded New Breed Ministries, an organization they continue to run and that is comprised of noted musicians and singers who serve within their respective churches and together serve the Church at large. Since then, Israel & New Breed has amassed a legion of followers that crosses generational and African American, Latin and Caucasian listener lines. While blasting down barriers, Israel has been fittingly graced with 2 Gold-selling albums, 4 GRAMMY Awards, 12 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Award.
Active as worship leader in his local church, Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church (Houston), Israel has served as worship leader at Hillsong conferences and Franklin Graham crusades. He has written or co-written 11 CCLI Top 500 favorites, been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards for a performance of George Michael's “Freedom '90,” and performed at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards. He uses his own multi-cultural upbringing as a reference point with a desire to draw people of all races, ages and cultures together. More information on Israel & New Breed is available at www.newbreedmusic.com.
4/20/2012 - Kirk Franklin Nabs Two Dove Awards
Kirk Franklin is a nine-time GRAMMY ® award winner, two-time BET Award winner, recipient of over 39 Stellar Awards and eight NAACP Awards. Last night at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, the No. 1 selling Gospel artist of all-time added two more accolades to his belt as he took home his 15th and 16th Dove Award for “Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year” for his latest chart-topping album Hello Fear. His No. 1 hit single on Urban/Urban AC and R&R Gospel Singles Chart “I Smile,” also featured on the Dove Award winning album, was named the “Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.”
For nearly two decades, Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling artist and has served as a pioneer in bridging audiences of gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B, and has released albums that consistently top Billboard's Gospel, Christian and R&B/Hip Hop mainstream charts. Franklin can also be seen in the recent feature film “Joyful Noise” starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah.
The Dove Awards were ruled by powerful voices last night and the multicultural unity took center stage at the FOX Theater in Atlanta, GA with a blockbuster show that reached new heights. In addition to Franklin’s special appearance, other music icons graced the stage including Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Angie Stone, Russ Taff and more. To watch the biggest night in Christian/Gospel music, tune in on GMC TV April 24 as the night of entertainment kicks off at 8PM ET. For more information, please visit www.doveawards.com
4/17/2012 - Angie Stone, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, and Jaci Velasquez to Appear at GMA Dove Awards
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced that GRAMMY winners Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin will take the stage at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, along with iconic artists Angie Stone, Wess Morgan and Jaci Velasquez.
With the addition of these powerful artists who have inspired millions, the GMA Dove Awards are poised for their biggest year ever with a star-studded roster of performers that includes: Donnie McClurkin, Jason Crabb, Lecrae, Natalie Grant, Jamie-Grace, Kim Burrell, Kari Jobe, Danny Gokey, Ruben Studdard, Mandisa and The Isaacs. The high-wattage presenters already announced include music artist and actress Tamela Mann, of Meet the Browns and Madea fame, and GRAMMY nominated R&B artist and Worship Leader Montell Jordan known for his hit songs This is How We Do It and Let’s Ride and the soundtracks to The Nutty Professor, 8 Mile, and The Fighting Temptations.
The chart topping sister act Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell who comprise Mary Mary are currently starring in their own reality series on WE based on their shared lives and career. The duo had their break-through cross-over hit in 2000 with Shackles (Praise You), and within a decade they had earned 3 GRAMMY Awards, 2 American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award.
Kirk Franklin is up for four Dove Awards heading into the ceremony and for this accomplished Gospel artist, 2012 has already been an unparalleled year with two GRAMMY Awards, two NAACP Awards and his chart-topping album, Hello Fear being certified gold by the RIAA. He is currently starring as Baylor Sykes in the feature film Joyful Noise with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. His performance of his #1 hit single I Smile with Gladys Knight on the finale of American Idol was a show-stopper.
R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Angie Stone has had four Top 10 albums, including a number one album, and ten singles. She has sold over 1.4 million albums in the U.S. and over 5 million albums worldwide. She is a GRAMMY nominee and a winner of the 2000 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Solo as well as for her single No More Rain (In This Cloud). Recently, as an actress, she has been featured in the films School Gyrls, The Dreams and The Wonder Girls.
Wess Morgan released his debut contemporary Gospel CD Look at Me Now in 2007 as a testament to the transformation in his life – from a battle with drugs, alcohol and prison to a positive place where he brings hope and inspiration both as an artist and as a pastor. He has performed before audiences across the world with Christian artists and leaders, including Paula White, Carmen, Pastor Rod Parsley, Dr. Bobby Jones, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Walter Hawkins, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, The Crabb Family and Daryl Coley.
Contemporary Christian and Latin music artist Jaci Velasquez has sold nearly five million albums around the world and recorded three Platinum and three Gold albums, along with 16 singles that hit No. 1. In 2010 she started working on and recording her first Spanish project since 2003 with Juan Carlos Rodriguez, from the Christian Latin pop duo Tercer Cielo, as well as writing a new book. She released her latest album, Diamond, this February. A talented actress, Velasquez is starring in two films, The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown.
The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on April 19 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The award show is produced by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) to offer the most comprehensive platform celebrating Christian and Gospel music. The awards ceremony will be nationally televised on GMC TV on April 24 at 8:00PM and 10:00PM ET.
The public is invited to purchase tickets to see and experience all of the performances and awards ceremony live at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 19 at www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com> . Last year, the popular event sold-out and was one of the hottest tickets in Atlanta.
For more information and the complete list of nominated artists, please visit www.doveawards.com <http://www.doveawards.com>
2/17/2012 - Kirk Franklin's "Hello Fear" Garners Two Grammy Awards
KIRK FRANKLIN and his chart-topping album HELLO FEAR just went certified Gold, as reported by RIAA. The announcement follows Franklin’s two GRAMMY® awards wins for Best Gospel Album (HELLO FEAR) and Best Gospel Song (“I Smile”) earlier this week at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards celebration held on February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The legendary gospel artist on Verity Gospel Music Group, with these two new trophies, now has nine career GRAMMY® awards. Franklin will also perform at this year’s live NBC Network NAACP Image award show this Friday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST -- in which he is nominated for two awards – Outstanding Song (“I Smile”) and Outstanding Gospel Album (HELLO FEAR).
Franklin’s HELLO FEAR debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel sales chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was released last Spring, making the album the fourth highest Gospel debut in Soundscan history. In addition to his GRAMMY® wins and NAACP nominations, Franklin was also awarded four Stellar Awards for HELLO FEAR and “I Smile” -- Song of The Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year. Franklin performed “I Smile” on last year’s American Idol finale, and was #1 at Gospel radio for 23 weeks, hitting Urban AC radio at #1. Currently, Franklin stars as Baylor Sykes in the feature film Joyful Noise starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. He also hosts and executive produces gospel talent show "Sunday Best," the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history, now heading into its fifth season.
Kirk Franklin is the #1 selling Gospel artist of all time. For two decades, he has been a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B audiences. His rhythms have resulted in albums that have consistently topped Billboard's Gospel, Christian and R&B/Hip Hop charts. He is a New York Times best-selling author for “The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham/Penguin). To date, Franklin has garnered nine GRAMMY® Awards, an American Music Award, 35 Stellar Awards, 14 Dove Awards (CCM), six NAACP Image Awards and two BET Awards.
Franklin was named GQ’s “Best Dressed Men” at this year’s GRAMMY® Awards.
12/17/2007 - Kirk Franklin to Reveal Fight of His Life Dec 18
Grammy-winning gospel musician Kirk Franklin will release his new album, The Fight of My Life, Tomorrow Dec 18.
The album, Franklin’s seventh, will be available in all major music retail stores as well as online at itunes.
The first single of the album, "Declaration (This Is It!)," released its video a few weeks ago on BET. Other songs on the album include "Help Me Believe," "He Will Supply," and "Jesus."
In other news, Franklin recently performed in London alongside Donnie McClurkin at the Gospel Gathering UK, the “biggest gospel celebration in UK history”, according to Sony BMG.
The singer is also featured on the cover of the December issue of Black Enterprise, having made the magazine’s Black Enterprise's Hot 100 List.
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7/2/2007 - Kirk Franklin Wins BET Award for Best Gospel Artist!
BET named Kirk Franklin the “Best Gospel Artist” on June 26, 2007. The BET Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles this year and also nominated Mary Mary for “Best Group.” Though Gnarls Barkley actually won the award for “Best Group” it was exciting for the HIF people to have Mary Mary nominated and Kirk Franklin win.
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