RCA Inspiration Celebrates Five Wins at the 2019 GMA Dove Awards

RCA Inspiration celebrates five wins at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards, with Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Le’Andria Johnson, and Koryn Hawthorne taking home Dove Awards in five categories this year. Garnering double wins, Gospel icons Kirk Franklin and Donald Lawrence each won two Dove Awards, with Johnson and Hawthorne winning one Dove Award apiece. Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) won one of the night’s top honors, Gospel Artist of the Year, as well as Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for his #1 smash hit “Love Theory.” Continue reading “RCA Inspiration Celebrates Five Wins at the 2019 GMA Dove Awards”

Grammy-winning Icon Donnie McClurkin, A Different Song Album; Pre-order Available Now

Multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove Award-winning Gospel icon Donnie McClurkin has unveiled his forthcoming album, A Different Song (CamDon Music/RCA Inspiration), available for pre-order now. A Different Song marks the eighth solo album released from the legendary singer, songwriter, and producer, and features the poignant singles “Not Yet” and “There Is God.” The album will be released on Friday, November 15th. McClurkin, who penned eight songs and recorded most of the album live, has created eleven tracks that offer hope, breakthrough, and encouragement including “Pour My Praise On You,” “Let It Go,” “His Ways,” and more. Continue reading “Grammy-winning Icon Donnie McClurkin, A Different Song Album; Pre-order Available Now”

Lecrae Extends His “Reach” from Music to Tech

Grammy award-winning artist, Lecrae, has branched out from music into tech as an investor! After announcing his partnership with Oust Labs, a full-service agency that converts ideas into enterprises, Lecrae has invested in MXD (Getmxd.com), innovative software that is a game-changer for indie artists, A&R executives, producers, podcasters, editors, film creators and more. “We’re in a time in history where technology is providing solutions for nearly every field. The entertainment world needs these solutions and I’m committed to making sure they are affordable and accessible,”shares Lecrae. 
Anyone can use MXD to create incredible professional high-quality mixes for songs, podcasts, or commercials. Just upload your tracks, choose your sound profile and for less than a hundred dollars, you can get a fully mixed professional audio delivered to your inbox in 48 hours or less.

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Lecrae is the CEO and co-founder of several business ventures including Atlanta based, Reach Records, an independent music label he founded in 2004 with a partner, Ben Washer. “Building a record label from the ground-up has given me a deeper appreciation for what it takes to put out your music independently,” explains Lecrae. “Although I’m now partnered with a major label, I started out as an indy artist and still run an independent label. I wish technology like MXD was available when I started out.”
MXD is founded by Jacob “Biz” Morris, a Grammy Award-winning engineer and audio mixer. “Before MXD my inbox was flooded with requests for services, but at rates, I couldn’t commit to,” explains Morris. He shared the number of direct messages and emails requesting audio engineering services with Lecrae who astonished introduced him to Oust founder Dan Duncan to help create a solution. Through the Oust Labs Accelerator and startup studio program, Morris went from ideation to execution within three months. Morris says Oust’s support has been instrumental in launching his brand. “Their team pushes the boundaries on creativity,” he said. “Oust’s branding is amazing and the team is phenomenal!”
Oust’s unique model and approach places a large emphasis on branding, creativity, and sought after “wildness.” In addition to the creative assets, they also connect founders to a community of advisors, mentors, and other entrepreneurs to encourage them along the way. Entrepreneurs present their ideas to the Oust Labs incubator and the full-service agency selects the most promising ideas and helps the startups design, market, launch and even source seed funding to kick off their businesses. Duncan shares that the program has helped two of their start-ups secure over $50K each in seed funding from their network of investors.
 
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Will Smith Selects Andy Mineo & Lecrae Track “Coming in Hot” for His First TikTok Video

After racking up 38.2 million followers on Instagram, Will Smith is the latest celebrity content creator to begin posting on TikTok. In his first post on Wednesday night, special effects wizard and video content creator, Caleb Natalie is seen scrolling through photos of Smith in his phone while Andy Mineo and Lecrae‘s “Coming In Hot,” plays in the background.Suddenly Smith is plucked from the screen and into reality. Dazed and confused, he glances around stating, “I guess I’m on TikTok now. That was weird.
The song, Smith selected to mark his TikTok entry“Coming In Hot” by Andy Mineo and Lecrae has reached over 12 million streams on Spotify since its release in July. The video released on September 13th has nearly 400,000 views! The Reach Records’ track for both artists has been featured extensively in multiple Stephen Curry, FOX, and ESPN sport campaigns, and commercials. If you visit TikTok, you’ll see it trending as well! Smith, a relative newcomer to the platform has already racked up over 720,000 fans on the site since his page was posted on October 2nd.
The “Coming In Hot” music video is directed byAntonio Santos and features Lecrae and Andy Mineodisguised as police officers speeding thru Los Angeles to rescue NBC’s “World of Dance” group Kinjaz.
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Phil Thornton Honored on the Billboard’s 40 Under 40

Phil Thornton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of RCA Inspiration, has been named one of Billboard’s “40 Under 40” honorees for 2019. The prestigious list, which is included in Billboard magazine’s issue dated September 28th, is comprised of top music executives under the age of 40 who are demonstrating exemplary leadership in their respective fields and helping to redefine the industry.

At RCA Inspiration, Thornton drives the day-to-day initiatives, manages business operations and establishes partnerships for the Nashville, TN based label. RCAI, the premiere label in gospel and urban inspirational music, is home to renowned superstar artists including Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Koryn Hawthorne, Israel Houghton, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, and Kierra Sheard and will be releasing new albums from Greene and McClurkin later in 2019.

In addition to Thornton’s career in music, he is also an accomplished television and film producer, having executive produced the hit TV series, R&B Divas Atlanta, R&B Divas LA (TV One) and It’s A Mann’s World (BET) and films, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night and Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Miche’le. Additionally, he is actively involved in the entertainment industry at large and the community, serving on the boards of the Recording Academy’s Nashville chapter, the Gospel Music Association, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and Hope for Harvest. On being included among this elite group who are making monumental strides in the music business, Thornton says, “I am truly humbled to be recognized by Billboard in this way! I’m also grateful to have such an amazing team around me at RCAI who makes the work that we do possible!”

New Chris Rob Single Release “No Doubt” Available Now

Chris Rob releases his most anticipated funky and soulful single No Doubt. Reminiscent of 80’s soul music, No Doubt’s nostalgic churchy-soul vibe laced with Chris Rob’s smooth vocals are sure to be one of the summer’s hottest tracks. No Doubt is available on all digital music outlets.  Continue reading “New Chris Rob Single Release “No Doubt” Available Now”