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eOne Garners 4 Noms for 2016 Grammy Awards

Nominations in Gospel and R&B Categories for Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds and Lalah Hathaway

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eOne Garners 4 Noms for 2016 Grammy Awards; Nominations in Gospel and R&B Categories for Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds and Lalah Hathaway

*Nashville, TN  – Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) celebrates a hit lineup of solo projects, garnering 4 nominations across gospel and R&B categories at the upcoming 2016 Grammy Awards® for acclaimed releases from Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds, and Lalah Hathaway.

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Karen Clark-Sheard nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards

Dominating the category of Best Gospel Album with 3 nominations, multiple Grammy®-winning gospel icons and sisters Karen Clark Sheard and Dorinda Clark-Cole are each nominated for their solo albums, while acclaimed recording artist Jonathan McReynolds garners his first nomination for his sophomore album.

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Dorinda Clark Nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards

Two-time Grammy® winner Lalah Hathaway garners another R&B performance nomination, in the category of Best Traditional R&B Performance for her acclaimed single “Little Ghetto Boy,” a live rendition of her father Donny Hathaway’s beloved hit.

Four-time Grammy®-winning gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard is nominated for her hit live album Destined To Win, her sixth solo album.

Released earlier this summer, the 10-track critically-acclaimed album features the Grammy®-nominated hit single “SundayAM,” “My Words Have Power” (feat. Donald Lawrence & The Co.) and more, and made an immediate hit among fans, garnering a career-high album debut at #20 for Clark Sheard on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Three-time Grammy®-winning gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Cole is nominated for her hit album Living It, her fifth solo album.  The Rose of Gospel delivered a powerful declaration of faith with hit singles such as “You Are” and “Bless This House,” garnering Clark-Cole a career-high debut for her album at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart.

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Jonathan McReynolds Nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards

Acclaimed recording artist Jonathan McReynolds garners his first Grammy® nomination with his hit sophomore album Life Music: Stage Two.  Featuring the hit singles “Gotta Have You,” “Pressure,” “Whole” (feat. India.Arie) and more, McReynolds’ 13-track album garnered widespread accolades, spending four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart upon its release.

Two-time Grammy®-winning songstress Lalah Hathaway is in the running for a potential third consecutive R&B performance win, with this nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for her single “Little Ghetto Boy.”

Winning the Grammy® for Best Traditional R&B Performance last year (for “Jesus Children”), and the year prior for Best R&B Performance (for “Something”), Hathaway delivers a stunning live performance on “Little Ghetto Boy,” from her acclaimed live album Lalah Hathaway Live.

Marking her seventh album and first-ever live project, Hathaway garnered a career-high debut upon the release of Lalah Hathaway Live, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.

Phil Thornton, Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational at eOne Music, says: “Congratulations to all the nominees! eOne is overjoyed for the recognition that Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds, and Lalah Hathaway have received for their projects, and celebrate the incredible artistry they’ve been bringing to fans worldwide for years.”

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will take place on February 15, 2016.

For more information and to connect with eOne Music Nashville, visit: Social Media

Facebook: /eOneMusicNashville

Twitter / Instagram: @eOneNashville

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.

The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.  Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content.

Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.


Author of Gospel Music Books, Dr. Robert L. Jefferson, Releases Rendition Of Classic Hymn, “I Must Tell Jesus”

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(Washington, DC) – January 26, 2016 - Gospel Music Education Pioneer Dr. Robert L. Jefferson has been a lover of Gospel music for most of his life. It was his love for the genre and his desire to teach others how to play Gospel piano that spurred him to pen books like How To Play Gospel Music For Beginners which was followed by How to Play Gospel Music for Beginners Book 2, Gospel Music Performance Practice and Technique Volumes 1 & 2 and Spirituals and Gospel Music Performance Practice: A Dual Curriculum that Bridges the Cultural Divide. A vocal artist in addition to a phenomenal pianist, Dr. Jefferson has just released a brand new single, “I Must Tell Jesus”. The single is currently available on iTunes, CDBaby, and other digital outlets. Earlier this month, he performed the song on WATC-TV’s Babbie’s House, hosted by CCM award-winning songwriter and artist Babbie Mason, and on Atlanta Live.
Written by Elisha Albright Hoffman, also known for composing “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”, “I Must Tell Jesus” is one of the most enduring hymns sung. Jefferson loves the hymn. “I decided to record, ‘I Must Tell Jesus’ because it has such a timely and timeless message,” says Dr. Jefferson. “During a period in my life when I was going through so many personal trials and difficulties, the Holy Spirit reminded me to look to Jesus for help. Sometimes we forget that Jesus is always there to help and assist us. He is a kind, compassionate friend.”
Dr. Robert L. Jefferson has been blessed with the gift of music since his youth. His early training started with sacred music within the walls of the church from the age of 7. He took piano lessons and also learned to play by ear. Later in life, he was mentored by Alma Androzzo, the composer of one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s favorite songs, “If I Can Help Somebody”. Androzzo helped Dr. Jefferson to understand the importance of sharing his knowledge of music with others. That was the impetus to teach fans of Gospel music how to play. Many years ago, when he searched for books to help teach students, nothing was available. So he decided to write books to assist in the learning process. They are still recognized among as some of the leading books on the market to teach Gospel piano. In addition to his educational resources, he also offers piano lessons, workshops, weekend intensive residency courses, and private lessons and coaching in voice and piano through his company, Jefferson Presents. He has also developed a certification program for Gospel music in conjunction with Nazareth College and Seminary
Dr. Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. He has performed with such notable organizations as the Houston Grand Opera, the United States Air Force Pacific Air Command Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan as well as the Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band, Washington, DC. He has also performed with major symphonic orchestras and in concert halls including Strathmore, Meyerhoff, Boston Symphony and Carnegie Hall. For more information about Dr. Robert L. Jefferson, log on to Connect with Dr. Jefferson on Facebook and Twitter (@HowToPlayGospel).







(New York, NY – January 23, 2016) – Flint, Michigan has been at the top of our news cycle this week in regards to the water crisis facing their city, but this not a new problem. In fact, according to CNN, Flint has been deeply affected by the water crisis since 2014. Residents have been forced to drink, bathe, and/or utilize unclean water and as a result, have experienced major health concerns. A congregation in Flint, Michigan - Bethel United Methodist Church – is in the heart of the affected community, and is one of the Water Emergency Crisis Centers in Flint. The church is unable to use its own water supply, and some of the young children and adults of the church have tragically, already been exposed to lead poisoning. The effects of which are catastrophic, according to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Director of Pediatric Residency, at Hurley Medical Center, Flint MI. Dr. Attisha told CNN, "lead is a potent neurotoxin…there is no safe level of lead…lead poisoning affects your cognition and your behavior, it actually drops you IQ."

Brydge Media Collective, LLC. Founder, Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes connected with the pastor of Bethel UMC, and has since been informed that what they need the most is water filters for their church as well as their community, to provide an immediate response to the water crisis at hand., the church is in need of

financial resources to begin meeting the needs of their congregants and community members who have already been exposed to lead poisoning.

Cudjoe-Wilkes has teamed up with Greater Life Apparel to create a socially conscious response to the Flint Water Crisis. Greater Life Apparel founder, Johnie Jones, and Cudjoe-Wilkes have collaborated on the design of a Flint T-Shirt in support of the city. There are two ways that people can support this socially conscious campaign. People can either give a monetary donation (we are asking people to give at least $15 each) to the GoFundMe page that Brydge Media Collective LLC has launched: ( or you can purchase a $20 Flint T-Shirt ( where a portion of the sale will go towards the efforts to help Bethel UMC of Flint. The efforts have also been joined and heralded by The North Texas United Methodist African American Clergy Fellowship. North Texas UMC AACF President, Pastor Frances Cudjoe Waters has brought together churches across the North Texas conference to support the relief efforts for Bethel UMC.

We are seeking more individuals and entities to help with this work. Please contribute financially to Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 in seven days. Raising that amount will allow us to give 300 families, water filters for their homes. If you do not feel comfortable donating financially, but you still want to assist, you can purchase PUR lead filters or BRITA lead filters and mail them to: Bethel United Methodist Church of Flint 1309 North Ballenger Highway Flint, MI 48504


Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes | [email protected] | 972 922 1035

@GabbyCWilkes | @GreaterLifeApparel |


ANTHONY BROWN & group therAPy

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(Washington, D.C.) - In an age where the recording industry is bemoaning declining record sales, Anthony Brown & group therAPy is celebrating incredible success with its sophomore album “Everyday Jesus” (Key of A/Vman/Tyscot Records, LLC). The album debuted at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Gospel Albums sales chart and #11 on its Billboard 200 Pop albums sales chart last summer. The bestselling album’s lead single, “Worth” (#1 on Billboard’s Gospel AirPlay radio chart for 19 weeks) has earned the group its first Grammy® Award nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song. The 58th annual Grammy Awards take place February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will broadcast live 8-11:30 p.m. EST on CBS Television.  
The dynamic group has also earned ten Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations (the gospel industry’s answer to the Grammys) – the most of any artist this season - for the project as well, including the coveted Artist of the Year and Song of the Year categories. " all I can say. I am so honored and extremely humbled to be nominated," said Brown. "I have a great amount of respect for The Stellar Awards and for all of the artists who share the gospel around the world. I'm elated to be considered amongst them." The 31st Annual Stellar Awards take place February 20, 2016 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV and are scheduled to air on the TV One cable network.
Son of a well-known Baltimore, MD area pastor, Brown formed the group Answered Prayers in 2000 as a showcase for his songwriting skills. His early songs were recorded by a number of artists such as Maurette Brown Clark who earned a #1 hit with his tune “It Ain’t Over” in 2006. He later changed the ensemble’s name to group therAPy with the capitalized AP as a reference to its previous name.  The group’s self-titled debut album premiered in 2012 and spawned the Top 5 radio smash “Testimony” that spent an unprecedented 74 weeks on the Billboard Magazine Gospel AirPlay chart, a chart record.


Blue Engine Records Releases
The Abyssinian Mass
Double album + bonus documentary DVD
from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed
and Chorale Le Chateau

Available in stores, online and streaming on March 18

Landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals marks Marsalis’s first original recorded composition in six years

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New York, NY – February 8, 2016– Raise your voices and lift your hearts as Blue Engine Records releases The Abyssinian Mass by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and Special Guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III on March 18, 2016.

The Abyssinian Mass — a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals — marks Marsalis’s first original recorded composition in six years.

In 2008, nine-time GRAMMY® award winner Marsalis was commissioned to write a piece commemorating the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. The result was a sacred celebration: a sweeping composition for big band and 70-piece gospel choir conducted by Damien Sneed. The work’s popularity sustained a 16-city, 19-concert tour that brought the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, award-winning recording artist Damien Sneed and his choir Chorale Le Chateau across the American south and into deep dialogue with the black tradition. 


“Many of the greatest jazz musicians today come out of the church. The church is one of the last places that retain the actual feeling of the blues in sound and also the call-and-response rituals that are central to our music,” said Wynton Marsalis. “The principal fact ofThe Abyssinian Mass—the feeling that we want you to come away with—is uplift through the way that we all come together."

Blue Engine Records releases The Abyssinian Mass as a double album with bonus documentary DVD featuring performances, interviews and insights behind the music.

The package includes an essay by Leon Wieseltier, author, critic, and contributing editor and former literary editor of The New Republic. “The Abyssinian Mass is a perfect score for the practice of renewal,” Wieseltier writes. “Marsalis has produced music for a full liturgy. The first thing one notices about this work is its magnitude. The mass is massive. In Marsalis’ sweet amplification of the prophet’s verse, this house of prayer is ‘for all, all, all, all nations.’ And for all, all, all, all states of the soul. ‘Everyone has a place in the House of God.’”

On February 5, The Abyssinian Mass will be available for pre-order and the first single, “Recessional: The Glory Train,” will be available for download and on streaming services.


Fans who purchase The Abyssinian Mass via Jazz at Lincoln Center’s webstore will receive a limited edition tote bag and the 2013 Abyssinian Tour Diary. More information can be found on

The Abyssinian Mass double album and bonus DVD release documents the work’s immense power to make audiences clap and sing, its joyous spirituality, its profound swing and its bluesy swagger. The exploration of the Afro-American experience placesThe Abyssinian Mass in the tradition of Marsalis's Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields; as the album reminds us, “In this great land of ours, everyone has a place.”


Award-winning Ensemble Damion Murrill & Siloam Ready Release Of New Easter Single, “He Rose”


Concert Video To Debut On On Friday, February 19, 2016


Contemporary Gospel Group Nets Three SFGMA Awards & Four Rhythm of Gospel Award Nominations

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(Wilmington, NC) – February 8, 2016 - Damion Murrill & Siloam have been traveling the country lighting the world on fire for God.  Songs like “Dancing In The Fire”, “Kingdom Come” and “Don’t Let Me Fall” have been setting believers’ hearts ablaze with the message of the good news.  Delivering songs from their debut record, Take A Stand, they’ve been giving one unforgettable performance after another in cities like Knoxville, TN, Augusta, GA, Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL and Fort Pierce, FL. Now the amazing group of singers is prepping the release of their third single, “He Rose”, just in time for Easter.  Featured on their debut CD release, “He Rose” will be impacting Gospel radio on February 19th.  The single along with the project Take A Stand is available digitally at iTunes, Amazon, Google Playand at local Christian bookstores through a distribution deal with New Day Christian Distributors.
“He Rose” is a gut-wrenching track that literally puts listeners at the foot of the cross.  Penned by Damion Murrill, the slow-building ballad develops to a frenzied climax of praise.  It’s one of the artist’s favorite songs. He says, "The message in this song blesses me because it reminds me that Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to suffer.  For that reason, all who receive Him are no longer subject to any bondage; and the best part is that He went through it all to make us the righteousness of God (Romans 3:20)."
In addition to the single, Damion Murrill & Siloam will be releasing a live performance video of the song.  Recorded live at Life Point Church in Murrill’s hometown of Wilmington, NC, the video captures the powerful worship that took place that evening in front of a packed house.  The video will debut exclusively on Journal Of Gospel Music’s website on February 19th.
The Gospel music industry and fans of the genre have been enjoying the ministry of Damion Murrill & Siloam for years now.  Nominated for three 2015 SFGMA Awards, the group celebrated their first award wins taking home all three awards for Best Contemporary Group/Duo, Best Gospel Choir, and Best Gospel Song for “Take A Stand”.  The award recognitions keep coming with nominations for the 2016 Rhythm of Gospel Awards.  The ensemble received four nominations for Urban Contemporary/R&P CD Of The Year, Contemporary Group/Ensemble Of The Year, Contemporary Artist Of The Year and Product Packaging Of The Year.
A songwriter, producer, choreographer, and Minister of Music of Word Changing Hearts Ministries in Wilmington, NC, Damion is a member of the GRAMMY & Stellar Award-nominated family group, The Murrills. For more information on Damion Murrill and Siloam, visit  Connect with Damion Murrill & Siloam on Facebook and Twitter (@DMandSiloam).



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Bishop Marvin L. Winans                                                                Pastor Donnie McClurkin






Los Angeles, CA (February, 9, 2016) –  After two plus years of silence the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is no longer an issue relegated to a certain geographical location in the United States.  The issue has been given a global platform that will no longer allow  state officials to turn their heads and ignore such an inhumane travesty.


Penske Corporation, Wayne Metro, and Wal-Mart partners with renown gospel singers/multiple Grammy award-winners Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Bishop Marvin L. Winans for Flint water donation.  McClurkin and Winans will not only join forces with churches in Flint to donate over 6000 cases of water to the community, but will be on hand to distribute water to senior citizens physically unable to make it to the water distribution centers.

On Thursday, February 11 several trucks will depart the Detroit area to make water deliveries between 10am-12pm to the following churches:  The first delivery will be around 10am to Bountiful Love Missions Church located at 3432 W. Pasadena Avenue, Sr. Pastor Kevelyn Jones. The other deliveries will be to Greater Holy Temple COGIC at 6207 N. Dort Highway, Bishop Roger Jones and El Shaddai Ministries at 920 Walnut Street, Pastor Steve Hawkins. Anyone desiring to participate, water donations will be accepted at each location this week and in the future monetary donations will be accepted by Perfecting Fellowship International to fulfill an ongoing need of fresh water.

"As a show of support for the residents of the city of Flint (due to no fault of their own) we the churches of Perfecting Fellowship International join with the efforts of Penske Corporation, Wayne Metro, Walmart and Rutherford Winans Academy to bring relief to all affected by this water crisis.  We pledge to continue our support with this effort”, Bishop Marvin L Winans.

The members of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York where the overseer is Pastor Donnie McClurkin, raised $5,000 to purchase over 2000 cases of bottled water to donate to the residents of Flint.  The PFC donation will be a part of the shipment scheduled for delivery on Thursday that’s spear-headed by Pastor Marvin L. Winans.

The Perfecting Faith Church motto “Where People Means Ministries” is not just a catchy tag for social media, but is a fundamental part of the church’s foundation to reach hurting people and those in need.  The people of Flint are indeed in need of fresh water to live and function on a daily basis.

“This is not a one-time donation. We will put forth out best efforts to continue to aid and assist Flint residents as long as there is a water issue”, says Pastor Donnie McClurkin.

Contributors for the Flint Water Delivery includes the following: Bishop Marvin L. Winans & Perfecting Fellowship International pastors (Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Pastor D’Andre Armstead, Pastor Wilma McDougal, Pastor Larry Trice, Jr., Pastor Cordell Jenkins, Pastor Reginald Hye, Pastor Eric Tolbert and Pastor Hurley Coleman), Rutherford Winans Academy, Loretta Boges, and church parishioners.  Also, Penske Corporation, Wayne Metro and Wal-Mart is on board as sponsors.

When the church comes together so much more can be accomplished than when it is divided.  The water donation set for delivery this week is a group effort to show the heart and compassion of God in action.