Monday, October 24, 2016

Preaching to the Choir - my Men's Day experience

For nearly thirty years I have been blessed with longevity in the urban radio and music arena and I have enjoyed a pretty good reputation. I truly love the essence of music, particularly where it comes through the black american perspective. Yes, the method to all this madness is all about the music. I am a promoter of black arts and culture - globally.
That said, here's a random musical contemplation. This past Sunday It was men's day at my church. As I do each year, I sang in the Men's day choir (I have been so busy and swamped that I almost missed it this year, but at the insistence of one of my brethren I went in, one rehearsal and done). I love to do so because I spend year after year promoting and producing awesome music shows and festivals - indeed some of the biggest in our community.
SInging in the Men's Day Choir is sort of therapeutic for me. From my seat at the radio station, I hear some if not all of the best choirs, bands, singers and groups. I love discovering new talent in our community and giving them a shot on our many music stages throughout the course of the year. I love watching the crowds react to good musicianship and exceptional artistry. I love to work with some of the hottest professional bands, groups and singers in the nation as they share their latest hits live to our audiences in the community. I love it. My men's day is my opportunity to actually be in the choir, sitting next to the band, hearing what they hear and lending my voice to the awesome music that emanates from us. I cannot stop laughing as we sing those holy ghost gospel songs!!! It is like a thrill ride for me!!!
So this Men's Day, as I sang those inspiring gospel songs, those sweet songs of praise, those Pentecostal anthems, it dawned on me that I was in the company of some of the greatest musicians in the nation if not the world:
  • The great @freddiefluwellen on bass - I been knowing him a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time and he has always been and is the truth!!! ,
  • The incredible EricWalls on guitar - got to watch him work up close and wow - this dude right here;
  • The brotha Dana Hammond on drums - he is always incredible - keepin it on the one...
  • The ultra talented David Daughtry led and directed us - he has one of the top gospel albums out right now
  • The awesome psalmist @duwarddavis led praise and worship.
  • Didn't I see Judith Christie McAllister tending to stuff in the background?
Whew!! I'm beginning to wonder if I should submit our performance for grammy consideration lol!!!!! What an incredible musical experience!!!!

Preaching to the Choir - my Men's Day experience

For nearly thirty years I have been blessed with longevity in the urban radio and music arena and I have enjoyed a pretty good reputation. I truly love the essence of music, particularly where it comes through the black american perspective. Yes, the method to all this madness is all about the music. I am a promoter of black arts and culture - globally.
That said, here's a random musical contemplation. This past Sunday It was men's day at my church. As I do each year, I sang in the Men's day choir (I have been so busy and swamped that I almost missed it this year, but at the insistence of one of my brethren I went in, one rehearsal and done). I love to do so because I spend year after year promoting and producing awesome music shows and festivals - indeed some of the biggest in our community.
SInging in the Men's Day Choir is sort of therapeutic for me. From my seat at the radio station, I hear some if not all of the best choirs, bands, singers and groups. I love discovering new talent in our community and giving them a shot on our many music stages throughout the course of the year. I love watching the crowds react to good musicianship and exceptional artistry. I love to work with some of the hottest professional bands, groups and singers in the nation as they share their latest hits live to our audiences in the community. I love it. My men's day is my opportunity to actually be in the choir, sitting next to the band, hearing what they hear and lending my voice to the awesome music that emanates from us. I cannot stop laughing as we sing those holy ghost gospel songs!!! It is like a thrill ride for me!!!
So this Men's Day, as I sang those inspiring gospel songs, those sweet songs of praise, those Pentecostal anthems, it dawned on me that I was in the company of some of the greatest musicians in the nation if not the world:
  • The great @freddiefluwellen on bass - I been knowing him a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time and he has always been and is the truth!!! ,
  • The incredible EricWalls on guitar - got to watch him work up close and wow - this dude right here;
  • The brotha Dana Hammond on drums - he is always incredible - keepin it on the one...
  • The ultra talented David Daughtry led and directed us - he has one of the top gospel albums out right now
  • The awesome psalmist @duwarddavis led praise and worship.
  • Didn't I see Judith Christie McAllister tending to stuff in the background?
Whew!! I'm beginning to wonder if I should submit our performance for grammy consideration lol!!!!! What an incredible musical experience!!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Contemplations of Stellar Awards 2016.... Live Blogging....

Thus far, we have seen Maurette Brown Clark, Donald Lawrence and Brian Courtney Wilson. I have been impressed with the contemplations and energy shared by each of these artists. They have a great testimony and perspective on their art. For Brian Courtney Wilson, I watched him receive an honor from ASCAP during the ASCAP/Motown Gospel breakfast. I was immediately struck how humble Brian is. He is one who definitely isn't forgetting where he came from and remains grounded in the memory of his previous circumstances. He shared a profound perspective in that he talked about coming to the Stellar Awards in previous years wondering if anyone even saw him. You know we can come to events and no one knows our name... Brian reminded us that faithfulness is the way to success... We have got to keep at it...

Donald Lawrence and Maurette Brown Clark shared how proud they are to see Anthony Brown gain so may  accolades in this day and time.... He paid his dues playing and singing for them and now it is his time....

I am curious about Iyanla VanZant .....

Interesting... Ricky Dillard says that when he first came to the Stellars he was considered contemporary, now he is considered traditional.. just to show how long he has been around. He also remarks that when he firs came out he was revolutionary, controversial, but nowadays there are many imitators....

I must say that covering the Stellar Awards and how they manage their media room is a different experience from other awards shows....

Hezekiah Walker shares with us how he has been going to South Africa for the last nine years.. he has a church, he's adopted a school and continues to do mission work on the continent. He encourages everyone to step out from here in America and we will learn there is more to life than what we see and are conditioned....

Listening to Ben Tankard and his wife.... they have a reality show and financial empowerment programs for women....

The 2016 Stellar Awards - Gospel's Biggest Night - live blogged

So it's awards season and her I am again... in the media room trying to share sights and sounds as today's hottest artists receive their honors for their efforts and releases of the past year. The Stellar Awards is gospel music's biggest night. It is a huge honor to say one is Stellar Award nominated artist or radio station and it is an even more magnificent honor to say one is Stellar Award winner.

In my many years of experience, I have never experienced the Stellar Awards. I am an integral member of the team that earned a Stellar Award for KJLH Radio as Radio Station of the Year. But I have never attended this auspicious occasion. And so here I am.

Now you must understand that this isn't just one evening of an awards show... This is an entire weekend of showcases and special events. I attended the official All White Party when I arrived in LAs Vegas. And while I had no idea what to expect, I was really impressed with the attendance and the quality of attendees. I mean Doug Williams, Edwin Hawkins, Byron Cage, Richard Smallwood just to name a few. I witnessed some excellent music ministries of up and coming  artists... it was awesome.

I then rushed over to the other side of town to attend Gerald and Tammi Haddon's Love and Lyrics Showcase. Now THIS was rockn.... I saw Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, Jonathan McReynolds,  plus an exceptional lineup of independent artists. It was phenomenal.

I also attended the ASCAP/Motown Gospel breakfast. This performing rights agency took this opportunity to honor all the nominees on the Motown Gospel Label. It was a nice way to start the day.... And now I'm backstage at the Awards Ceremony.

The opening number was delivered by Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and it definitely set the tone for the evening... I really like this group. He is authentic and his song Worthy really ministers to me..

Charles Jenkins won for Choir of the Year and Anthony Brown just won for Male Vocalist of the year.

I have some more observations in a bit