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”
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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!”
The consummate singer, Gene Moore is an unforgettable force to be reckoned with. His style is a mash up of old school charm and today’s urban flare. The man, Gene Moore, is much more than his vocal ability or his style. There’s a story that encompasses his journey, which led him to join label mate Brian Courtney Wilson on the “Just Be” Tour. Both of their paths cross giving their audiences a double shot of Jesus wrapped in coolness. Their stop in Chicago at The Promontory, Hyde Park’s spot for good eats, great vibes, and fantastic music, was nothing short of awesomeness.
Behind the buttery smooth vocals, Gene Moore possesses a well-rounded mindset that supersedes his years. Perhaps, the era in which his influences derive, Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, contribute to his persona. Gene let his audience inside to know who he is as he testified of earlier on being newly married and losing his job. He unashamedly stepped up to provide for his family by driving for a well-known ride share company, which also allowed him flexibility to minister at a moments notice. This is the real deal on what it takes to be successful in life.
The realness of Gene Moore comes through his vocals and songs. His latest project Tunnel Vision culminates his path to this point. Meshing the dirty guitar solo, foot stomping percussion beats, and trap synthesized snare on Won’t Be Moved sets the tone for the rest of the album. While Tunnel Vision showcases Gene’s ability to groove, his message and love of God shines through perusing his inner man. The track Apart affirms commitment that “can’t be broken”. Ask for Rain and his throwback tribute to his traditional gospel roots Always Remember reminds listeners his depth of his relationship with God and posture to worship.
Gene enlisted gifted producers and songwriters, Matt Redman, Eric Dawkins, Jason Nelson, and Deon Kipping, to work on his vision for Tunnel Vision. Their collaboration produced a project that encapsulates Gene’s passion and focus. Download Tunnel Vision on all digital outlets. Purchase your tickets for the “Just Be” Tour featuring Brian Courtney Wilson coming to a city near you.
As Christians we tend to believe every adversity is an opportunity to prove and build our faith. For some this might be true. Your tests and trials are custom made for you. One thing I learned is no matter how much faith I have the obstacles still come. Continue reading “Is it your faith or your authority?”
I am not thrilled with my new driver’s license photo. However, I noticed a difference in my smiles. The photo on the right was taken in 2013. That morning I cried my eyes out. I was not happy and I was distraught in my current situation. Life was crazy and I did not want to take another breath. I was beyond done with life. But through God’s grace and mercy, He blessed me with dear girlfriends that are tried and true. Continue reading “God and good friends”