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”

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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!”

Gene Moore Walking His Own Path

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.

Fred Hammond’s Festival of Praise Tour hits the Midwest

For the third year in a row, Fred Hammond has assembled a roster of artists, musicians and comedians to hit the road on his inspirational tour Festival of Praise. This year’s line up is nothing short of star power. Fred enlisted R&B turned Gospel artist Regina Bell, legendary Clark Sister Karen Clark Sheard, Israel Houghton known for his high-octane praise and worship, choir-master Hezekiah Walker, modern worshipper and newcomer Casey J and funny man Comedian Earthquake. The tour is rolling through the Midwest October 20 to 26 bringing a fresh wind of inspiration.

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Chicago Mass Choir culminates Summer of Praise Tour with 2 Dove Awards nods

Chicago Mass Choir is a staple in Gospel music across the nation and around the world. This year, Chicago Mass Choir hit the road on their Summer of Praise Tour creating a joyful noise wherever they stopped. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards announced, September 1, nominations for 2016 and the Chicago Mass Choir has been nominated for two awards. Whether a television appearance or festival performance, Chicago Mass Choir ultimate goal is point their audience to the One, who made it possible for them to reach the masses, God.

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