Erica Campbell, Smokie Norful and Lecrae Lead The Gospel Field In Grammy Nominations

Categories // LA Focus, Entertainment Monday, 05 January 2015

Erica Campbell, Smokie Norful and Lecrae Lead The Gospel Field In Grammy Nominations

Nominations for the 57th annual Grammy awards were announced earlier this month and there was a mixed bag of surprises and old faces. Karen Clark Sheard (“Sunday A.M.”), Smokie Norful (“No Greater Love”), Mali Music (“I Believe”) and Erica Campbell (“Help” with Lecrae) and newcomers, The Walls Group (“Love On The Radio”) will face off in the category of “Gospel Performance/Song”.

Both Norful and Campbell earn another gospel nom in the “best gospel album” category where they are joined by Ricky Dillard & New G (Amazing); Anita Wilson (Vintage Worship) and William McDowell (Withholding Nothing). Mali was also nominated in the “Urban Contemporary Album” category in a field that includes Beyonce and Chris Brown, while Lecrae also earned a nod in the Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Messengers”.

The winners will be announced on February 8 in Los Angeles.

The Tankards Are Back

Season one's rating success proved family values are great T.V. and now "Thicker Than Water" is set to return for a second season on Sunday, January 4 at 9 pm ET/PT.

The unpredictable Tankard clan continues to live their lives as best as they can with their strong religious convictions at hand. Peacher and patriarch Ben celebrates a year of milestones this season as he turns 50 and his 25th anniversary in music is fast approaching. At the same time, he deals with the twists and turns that come with fatherhood.

The real ruler of the household, Jewel, faces what the kids are calling a midlife crisis as she copes with her golden girl and youngest, Cyrene, leaving for college and a rift with her sister that threatens to divide the family. The eldest daughter of the Tankard clan, Brooklyn, finally comes into her own as an entrepreneur, channeling big ideas into money-making opportunities and taking the hair industry by storm. Healthier than ever, Britney embarks on a transformative fitness journey, and when the return of Marcus opens up old wounds, she stands ready to confront her traumatic past. Recently married Benji is motivated to follow in his father's financially successful footsteps while itching to start a family of his own.

Joining the family in the "Tankard Palace" is Ben's oldest son, Marcus, who returns to Tennessee with his wife, Trish, to a warm welcome from everyone - except Britney. An old soul and born leader, Marcus is more concerned with making a difference than with making millions, and when his family discovers the secret he brought home with him, it changes the Tankards forever.

Calvin Bernard Rhone Set To Record

It has been a long time coming but January 31 marks the day Pastor/recording artist Calvin Bernard Rhone will record his latest CD. The event is set to take place at Crusade Christian Faith Center in Inglewood.

Rhone, a local pastor (Hope & Glory Christian Center) first bowed on the gospel scene in the early 1980s at the national convention of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, as a songwriter/musician with the late Reverend James Cleveland and the Los Angeles Gospel Messengers. He went on to compose hit songs for Tramaine Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Albertina Walker, and many others before going solo in 1992.

In the years that followed he continued sharing such notable songs as “It’s In The Praise,” “Allelujah, Praise Jehovah,” “I Really Love You”; and most recently, “God Is (The Strength of My Heart),’ recorded by Donald Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers and Dewayne Woods.

His new CD will include both new and old original composition.

Briefly: Another local gospel artist, Brent Jones, is soaring up Billboard’s Radio Airplay Chart with his new single, “He Rose”.

The single—from his release “Joy Comin” on EchoPark JDI—is shaping up as one of the biggest hits of Brent’s illustrious career.

Renowned for his mega hits "Don't Wait Til Midnight" (featuring Coko from SWV) and his urban AC smash "Goodtime," which topped the Billboard Charts for 47+ weeks and dominated the BET video charts, Jones is back in a big way with the choir anthem “He Rose”.

"I am a choir master at heart and I am just thrilled that churches and radio everywhere have embraced ‘He Rose’ and made it into a church standard” says Jones.

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