Kirk Franklin’s Next Move
It was just last year that Kirk Franklin launched a Sirius XM Praise Channel and partnered with the House of Blues to re-invent its gospel brunch across the nation. Earlier this year, it was announced that the Sunday Best host had partnered with BET on yet another reality show, “Gone Gospel”, but fans are wondering when gospel’s biggest selling artist will release a new album. Well, it appears they might just have to keep wondering.
“If it ain't pure, it ain't happening,” Franklin recently tweeted with the hashtag #thinkingboutrecording.
So what’s the holdup? Well, apparently the artist is questioning his own motives in the
push to record a new album.
“Before I start another album or do anything, I'm asking myself 'am I trying to reach to [the] lost, or just become popular among them ...,'" Franklin tweeted out. "Over the years, motives get grey..Is it for HIM or is it for me? Who's name do I want to hear?"
Instead, the artist is remaining prayerful, stating ‘I’m just waiting for God to give me what He wants me to do next."
But Franklin’s presence is not lost on the gospel charts as his newly launched label is scoring success with the release of The Walls Group, who debuted at #1 on the Gospel Album Sales Chart and Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart in September with their debut CD, ‘Fast Forward.’
Franklin is set to headline Faithful Central’s watchnight services.
Andrae Crouch Tribute Tour
Marvin Sapp is just the latest name to be added to the star-studded lineup of performers—including CeCe Winans, Rance Allen, Israel Houghton and Marvin Winans— who’ve signed on for the Andraé Crouch and Friends “Let the Church Say Amen” Celebration Tour hitting 10 cities later this month. The tour will pay tribute to the Grammy Award winning legendary Crouch, whose songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon and who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna and Quincy Jones. The tour is set to kick off on December 6 in Philadelphia and wind down on December 19 in New Orleans. Says Pastor Sandra Crouch, " This is not just a concert, this is an experience! You won't leave the way you came."
Divine Voices: Twelve of the church pulpit's most anointed ministers come together on Rendezvous Music's upcoming album, Divine Voices: Pastors of Praise. Distributed by Provident Distribution, the new collection will be available for preorder online December 1 and in stores and online January 27, 2015. Divine Voices: Pastors of Praise is a 12-track collection featuring Gospel hits by the leading pastors who performed them-including Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Paul Morton, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Israel Houghton, Hezekiah Walker, Ricky Dillard, Norman Hutchins, Earnest Pugh, Darrell Hines, William Murphy, Jonathan Butler and Pastor Rudy. From the first few notes of the unforgettable track by Hezekiah Walker, "Work In Your Favor," to the fade of "Already Here" by Pastor Rudy, this unprecedented one-of-a-kind anthology features musical contributions from a prestigious gathering of pastors whose musical gifts compliment their extraordinary preaching ministries.
James Fortune Granted Visitation
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays, James Fortune was granted visitation with the children he wasn’t allowed to see since he was charged with aggravated assault in October following an incident where the gospel artist was alleged to have assaulted his wife, Cheryl with a bar stool. Fortune, who is out on $20,000 bail, would only be allowed to visit the children with members of his wife’s family present. Fortune has three children with his wife and is stepfather to a son born from a previous relationship. If found guilty, Fortune could be facing some serious time. Briefly: Wrapping up the year on a high note, Donnie McClurkin hit double digit radio ratings in the New York area locking in the #1 spot in music program slot on WBLS-FM. The Donnie McClurkin Show hit the eight-year mark in July and continues to expand into markets throughout the U.S. as well as being heard internationally in London, Jamaica, Bahamas and Brazil. In other legal news, the lawsuit filed by Central South earlier this year for $5 million in damages from “Preachers Of L.A.”producer Holly Carter and Code Black Entertainment CEO Jeff Clanagan for the alleged breach of contract with the company relating to the distribution of albums, has been dismissed.
“I respect the Central South team but have always been confident that the lawsuit was without merit”, Carter said.