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Legend Shirley Caesar Honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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The Reigning Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar was honored in a jubilant celebration in Hollywood on Tuesday June 28th, as her trailblazing music career was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Honored in the category of Recording, Shirley Caesar’s star was unveiled in front of the Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with Pastor Caesar joined by world-renowned artists Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin as guest speakers, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler as the emcee, who also declared it “Shirley Caesar Day” in Hollywood during the ceremony.

Sharing this momentous occasion before a packed crowd of family, friends, peers and fans, the Gospel Hall of Fame icon and newly-minted Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipient took the stage, giving an inspiring, energetic and humorous speech.

Providing powerful words of encouragement that remain a hallmark of her longtime worldwide music ministry, with joyful gratitude Pastor Caesar declared:

I honor the Lord for this wonderful privilege….I feel as if I’m in a beautiful fairytale. Who wouldn’t serve a God like this? One who keeps blessing and showing you that your latter can be greater than your former. Been through the storm and the rain, but it’s alright, it’s ok. I made it!”

Marking her 50th anniversary as a solo artist in a music career spanning over 60 years and over 40 albums, Caesar continues to hit the road with her new hit album FILL THIS HOUSE, including TV performances on “Good Day LA” and “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, as well as preaching at home church Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC.  Released on June 3rd, FILL THIS HOUSE spent two consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart upon its debut, garnering critical acclaim in 11 tracks delivering hope, unifying love and impactful ministry on songs such as “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton), “Mother Emanuel,” “Prayer Changes Things,” and more.

Watch Shirley Caesar’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony at:

www.walkoffame.com

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Fly Interview: Deitrick Haddon says; “Kanye West On A Gospel Record Would Be Bananas! Get Drake On A Hook…Sheesh.”

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Recently, Gospel Artist Deitrick Haddon stopped by SFPL TV to drop some knowledge and gave an exclusive LIVE performance of his hit track “Under Control.”

During the interview, Deitrick spoke on the state of gospel music, Kanye West and Drake wanting to do a gospel track but possibly being pushed away, why gospel artists aren’t crossing over due to lack of artistry, and so much more. Everyone should definitely pay close attention to this interview, as Haddon laid the true on the line.

What Deitrick says about the Gospel genre/Artists when asked; “why the music seems to be very stagnant, and going unnoticed in recent times?”:

I believe we have to be more creative. I think we need to bring the art back to gospel music. An artist to express themselves; on stage, the lights, what are you rocking, what are you wearing, what’s your presentation — we’ve kinda fell off from presentation — we put on our suits & ties and we’re just like…”C’mon and lift you hands” [in his Preacher voice]…and that’s it, [he shrugs]. Honestly, we get on Sunday morning. EVERY Sunday morning. So, i’m not going to buy a ticket to your concert when I get that for free on Sunday. But if you express yourself as an artist, people are attracted to your art, and they will come see that because they can’t see that on Sunday. But, it takes bold talent to come out and say; “I’m an artist, that’s who I am. And i’m doing it for Gospel music, doing it for God, but i’m doing it the way I see it, and the way I hear it.” So we gotta get back to that. And that’s my mission now, i’m saying: “Hey y’all, let’s not allow this tradition to smother our creativity.”

Wise words from Deitrick!

Check out the FULL interview and a LIVE performance of his song “Under Control” below:

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“Under Control” is from Deitrick’s latest album Masterpiece available now.

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SFPL Music: Kierra Sheard – “Make Me Better”

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Kierra Sheard may be trending on social media for losing her wig during a recent heartfelt performance in ATL, but it’s quite clear that nothing is stopping the young songstress, as she drops a new song entitled “Make Me Better.”

The featured song can be found on Kierra’s forthcoming EP entitled LED set to drop on November 20th.

Check it out below:

https://soundcloud.com/cynthia-karewrecords-1/kierrasheardmakemebetter

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Stay Tuned!

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Fly News: Artist Jonathan McReynolds garners #1 hit with highly-anticipated new album ‘Life Music: Stage Two’

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Acclaimed Dove and Stellar Award-nominated recording artist Jonathan McReynolds makes a splash with his latest release, Life Music: Stage Two, available online and in-stores today, September 18, 2015, along with an album release celebration in Chicago!  Receiving early acclaim from the moment McReynolds released his new album’s first single “Gotta Have You” earlier this year, fans have eagerly embraced his highly-anticipated sophomore album and live performances, with the album making a #1 debut on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Christian Music chart!

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Marking McReynolds’ ongoing evolution in his wide-ranging talents as a singer-songwriter, Life Music: Stage Two continues to defy expectations in inspirational music and exploring faith in everyday life.  Painting a contemporary palette of sounds that encompasses R&B to gospel, soul and pop, Life Music: Stage Twofeatures 13 tracks that include the latest single “Whole” (feat. India.Arie), “Pressure,” “Maintain” (feat. Chantae Cann), “All Things High” (feat. Israel Houghton), “Limp,” “Stay High” (feat. Derek Minor), and more, with the album also available in a Walmart exclusive CD containing 2 bonus tracks.

Jonathan McReynolds continues to maintain a busy schedule touring across the country, including recent appearances on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, The Nightly Spirit with Willie Moore Jr., and a live performance on WGN Morning News in Chicago.  He kicks off the new album’s release with a Life Music: Stage Two Birthday Bash & Album Release Concert celebration in his native Chicago on September 18th, performing with a host of special guests that include India.Arie, Israel Houghton, Travis Greene, Chantae Cann, with the event hosted by Jermaine Dolly at Fellowship Chicago.

McReynolds’ upcoming appearances include SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul and Praise channels, TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin (September 29th), performances in New York and Washington DC opening for acclaimed songstress Lalah Hathaway, and performing on the Poets in Autumn Tour, as well as additional touring throughout the rest of this year hitting Oklahoma, Illinois, Virginia, Canada, and Norway.  Fans can also follow McReynolds on Apple Music, to be one of the first to see a new video for the song “Stay High” on September 28th.

Catch Jonathan McReynolds’ live performance of “Gotta Have You” on WGN Morning News: HERE

Follow Jonathan McReynolds on Apple Music to catch his new video for “Stay High” on September 28thHERE

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Order online or pick up today at major retailers, including a Walmart exclusive CD featuring 2 bonus tracks:

Amazon CD: HERE

iTunes: HERE

To connect with Jonathan McReynolds and information on upcoming appearances, tickets and more, visit:

www.JonathanMcReynolds.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jmcreynoldsmusic

Twitter/Instagram @jonmcreynolds

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SFPL Artist Spotlight: NYC based Indie Gospel Group, Eminence, Releases First Single “Worthy Is The Lamb”

 

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Eminence, a NYC based gospel ensemble has released their first epic single, “Worthy is The Lamb.”

The group’s new official song is a dynamic, and inspirational song that takes the listener on an emotional musical journey with its intricate, stringed arrangement and dynamic electric guitar accompaniment.

With strong vibratos and an abundance of vocal control, the group takes you back to the authentic sound of gospel, reminiscent of Ricky Dillard & New Generation Chorale, James Hall Worship & Praise, and even more of the secular lines of Kirk Franklin‘s presents God’s Property.

“Eminence has been performing around NYC since 2010, so we are excited for the digital release of our first single,” says Karl Jackson, founder and director of Eminence. “This single has been one of our most requested performance songs to date, so it was befitting that it was our first recorded project.”

Karl Jackson also wrote, “Worthy is The Lamb.” Recorded vocals were co-produced by Karl Jackson and Daniel Calderon, and Gary Mayes produced the musical instrumentation.

The single is available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play Music Store and Amazon Music. It is also available on various streaming services including Tidal, Spotify, Rhapsody, Deezer and iHeart Radio.

Stay up to date with Eminence at www.eminencesings.com.

Photo by: Que Duong

About Eminence
Eminence is a dynamic, NYC-based gospel ensemble. Their eclectic sound is infused with classical, funk, jazz and soul. The group aims to uphold their mission to extend their music beyond the church walls in an effort to reach the people who need it most.
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Watch: Kierra Sheard Goes Back To Her Block on BET’s Web-Series ‘BLX’ [Fly Visual]

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Kierra Sheard comes from a family of gospel music’s royalty, The Clark Sisters. Now, at the tender age of 27, Kierra takes us back to her old block in Detroit where it all started.

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“This block is important to me because this is where I saw my father be a provider and shepherd; and I saw my mom be a wife and a mother. This is the home where my mom recorded her debut record, Finally Karen. That’s when I had my debut moment on her song “The Will of God.”

Take a look at the full series below:

Kierra’s latest album Graceland is available HERE.

-Stay Fly!

 

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SFPL Exclusive Interview: J. Moss Says The Gospel Genre Is In Trouble, Talks New Album, Wants to Work with Drake & Lil Wayne, Home Fire & more

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Singer/Songwriter/Producer J. Moss stopped by SFPL to speak on a few topics. Curating hits along with his PAJAM cohorts for the likes of; Boyz II Men, Kelly Price, Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, N-Sync, The Clark Sisters, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and more, J. Moss tells us about his recent house fire, the current state of gospel music, why he didn’t become a secular artist, wanting to work with Drake & Lil Wayne, and much much more.

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Fly Music Premiere: J. Moss feat. Faith Evans – “You Make Me Feel”

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Climbing up the Urban AC charts, J. Moss unleashes a new ‘Grown Folks Gospel’ tune entitled “You Make Me Feel” featuring Faith Evans. The new track comes just in time for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

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The Walls Group – “Love On The Radio” [Fly Visual]

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Fly Visual Premiere: Michelle Williams – ‘Say Yes’ ft. Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland

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Michelle Williams gives praise to the almighty above with her newest catchy visual entitled “Say Yes”. The titled track/video also includes her DC3 cohorts Beyonce and Kelly Rowland.