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Malaco Music Group Launches New Line: Original Gospel Classics
04/27/2006

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Malaco Launches New Line: Original Gospel Classics

Jackson, MS. April 27, 2006-Malaco Music Group, the largest independent gospel music company with a very rich vault of traditional gospel music from some of the industry’s finest leaders, announces the launch of a new line of old music, Original Gospel Classics. Malaco will release the first four titles in this series on May 30, 2006.

These titles are: The Reverend James Cleveland, The Jackson Southernaires, The Reverend Clay Evans, and Albertina Walker. Each of these artists has reached legendary status and has made significant contributions as pioneers in the field of gospel music. Each CD in this line of music will boast a collection of best-selling or most popular tracks made by this artist and many cuts will be appearing in the CD format for the first time.

Cleveland, who is best known for his 1962 history-making live recording, “Peace Be Still,” helped to break gospel music free of the boundaries set by structured hymn singing and shape the face of the contemporary gospel sound. Cleveland also founded the Gospel Music Workshop of America, directed many choirs, performed with the Caravans, the Meditation Singers, and the Gospel All-Stars as well as other groups and was a four-time Grammy winner.

The Jackson Southernaires have been together as a group for more than six decades and are well known as one of the most beloved and outstanding gospel quartets. They hail from Jackson, Mississippi and were formed by Frank Crisler. Though they signed with Duke/Peacock in 1963 and later ABC/Dunhill in 1972, they moved to the Malaco label in 1975, releasing close to an album a year for thirty years. Eleven releases made it high on the Billboard Charts and five made it into the top ten.

The Reverend Clay Evans is well known for founding Chicago’s Fellowship Baptist Church in 1958 and training dozens of leaders in the ministry. He also became known as a powerful civil rights leader and teamed with Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1965 to organize Operation PUSH.  Of his thirty-plus albums, eleven have climbed the charts to claim top positions, two hit number one, I’m Going Through, and I’ve Got A Testimony and three others were in the top ten.

Albertina Walker, singing solos by age four in her home church on the Southside of Chicago, formed her own gospel group in 1951, at the age of 22. This group, The Caravans, launched the careers of James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews Cassietta George, Delores Washington and others. In 1955, the Caravans signed to Savoy Records in New York and released ten recordings for the label. Seven albums charted and in 1994, Walker won a Grammy for Songs of the Church: Live in Memphis. She also won a Dove Award in 1997 for Let’s Go Back, Live in Chicago, and founded the Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation in 1988.

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D.A. Johnson Appointed Executive Director, Gospel Division, Malaco Records
04/25/2006

 


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 April 25, 2006

DA JOHNSON APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GOSPEL DIVISION, MALACO MUSIC GROUP

Jackson, MS. April 25, 2006-The Malaco Music Group is proud to announce the appointing of D.A. Johnson to the newly vacated post of Executive Director of its Gospel Division. The position, formerly held by Jerry Mannery, is a natural step up for Johnson, who has been serving the company since 2003 as Marketing and Promotions Director and before that served as National Promotions Director at Savoy Records, in New York City, also for the Malaco Music Group.

 “D.A. has been with the company a long time, is dedicated to excellence and always has a fresh outlook,” states Tommy Couch, Sr., President, Malaco Music Group. “We feel confident he will keep Malaco current while adhering to the vision of the company.” Johnson adds, “I am honored to accept this position. I look forward to maintaining the standards and integrity set by my predecessors while keeping us viable and moving us forward in this twenty-first century marketplace.”

Johnson will oversee day-to-day operations of wholly owned labels: Malaco Records, Savoy Records, Muscle Shoals Sound Records, and Atlanta International Records, while continuing to work closely with distributed labels: Blackberry Records, MCG Records, Juana Records, and Marxan Records.

Recently, Johnson was awarded the Urban Network’s 2005 Gospel Executive of the Year Award for a Major Independent Label, his second year to claim the title. His background reads like a who’s who of music, both in the secular world and in the world of gospel. Johnson graduated from the Berklee: College of Music in Boston and since that time has worked with Al Bell of Stax Records (Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, The Staples Singers) for Bellmark Records/Life Records in Los Angeles, Savoy Records in New York City, followed by The Malaco Music Group in Jackson, MS, as well as with numerous other artists in gospel, R&B and blues.

During his tenure at Bellmark, he helped to promote some of the biggest singles of all time including “Whoomp! There It Is” by Tag Team, “Dazzey Duks” by Duice, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by The Artist Formally Known as Prince, and “Bow Wow” by the late, great Johnny Guitar Watson. He also worked the single “Affection,” by Jody Watley, and with artists The Rance Allen Group, and Edwin & Walter Hawkins, to name a few.

Although Johnson’s notoriety in the music business began first in the secular side of the industry, his roots are in gospel music with his father, Willie Conell Johnson, founder of The Mighty Brooklyn Skyways, a quartet that enjoyed such hits as, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Really Wants To Die),” “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,” and “Unbelievable Man,” all with Peacock Records. In the seventies, the group recorded three albums with Savoy Records.

 Johnson has brought the family legacy full circle by signing with Savoy Records in 1999. With Savoy, he first promoted The Georgia Mass Choir (The Preacher’s Wife). He also worked with many gospel heavy-hitters, including: Dr. Charles G. Hayes, LaShun Pace, Rev. Timothy Wright and Lou Rawls. Lately his focus has been with urban artist DA Minista, Malaco’s first gospel rapper and winner of the first Urban Network Gospel Artist of the Year Award for 2005.

 For more information, contact Malaco Music Group at: 601-982-4522.

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DA Minista Wins Hip Hop Award
04/20/2006

Volume III, Issue 27
April 20, 2006

DA MINISTA WINS HIP HOP AWARD

Palm Springs, CA. April 19-Da Minista, the first gospel hip-hop artist ever signed to Malaco Records as well as the first to appear on Media Guide’s National Gospel Airplay Chart with single, “Don’t You Wanna Be Saved,” has just received the first Urban Network Gospel Hip Hop Artist of the Year Award. 2005 marks the inaugural year for The Urban Network to offer this award. The ceremony was held in Palm Springs, California, April 5-6.

Fellow Malaco artist, Euclid Gray (Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns), performed with Da Minista for the closing ceremonies in a Salute to Cathy Hughes, making them the first gospel artists to perform at an event outside of The Urban Network’s kick-off “Gospel Day” in the history of this prestigious conference.

Lin Woods, Gospel Dept. Head of The Urban Network Group states, “Da Minista and Euclid Gray brought a unique ministry mix to the event and their performances were exceptional, both at the opening day Gospel dinner and at the Cathy Hughes Salute. They were well received by...industry professionals.” The duo was the only group to perform during the ceremonies. In the ten years of Woods’ tenure as Gospel coordinator of the conference, there has never been another gospel artist to perform during the non-Gospel event/closing ceremonies.

MALACO GOLD
Charles Fold
b. 1933—d. 2006

In the early 70s, Charles Fold performed and recorded in Detroit, Michigan, with the legendary James Cleveland. Together, the two gospel musicians were pioneers paving the way for other traditional gospel performers.

Fold’s group, The Charles Fold Singers, recorded fourteen albums all together, four of which were nominated for a Grammy Award and in 1981, Lord, Let Me Be An Instrument,  took the award for Best Sacred Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional.

When Fold was a young boy of eight, he heard the Cincinnati Choral Union perform and says this about the experience, “Right then I had the desire in my mind to be a great gospel musician. Nothing else would or could overshadow that.”

He has played both in Madison Square Garden for an audience of thousands as well as in front of a store for twenty people. “I’m committed to God, and it’s worked out...I believe we have to give back to God something of what he gave us,” states Fold.

Fold recorded six albums with Malaco Music Group.

RADIO CHARTS
Music Monitor
4/20 Artist Song/Album Label

16 Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
20 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway AIR
30 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco
42 The Mississippi Mass Choir If I Be Lifted Up/Not By Power... Malaco
49 Eddie Ruth Bradford You Held On, Even When I Let Go/Saved By Grace Juana

R&R Radioandrecords.com
4/20 Artist Song/Album Label
12 Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
15 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway AIR
29 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco

Billboard Radio Monitor
This Week Last Week Weeks on Artist Title Label
8 3 36 Dottie Peoples He Said It (Live) AIR/Malaco
15 14 21 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway AIR/Malaco



Malaco Headlines: Swedish Pop Diva Makes U.S. Debut on SoulLink Live 3
04/14/2006

Volume III, Issue 26
April 14, 2006

Swedish Pop Artist Makes U.S. Debut On SoulLink Live 3

Jackson, MS-SoulLink Live, a gospel concert spectacular which took place in 2003, featured many of gospel’s greatest artists under one roof including: The Williams Brothers, Lee Williams & The Spiritual QCs, The Canton Spirituals, Slim & The Supreme Angles, and The Christianaires. Special guest Carola, from Sweden, also performed and a bonus track, “Bridge of Love,” has been added to the latest release from that event.

Swedish Pop Diva, Carola, has sold more records than any other in the history of Sweden. With twenty-eight albums to her credit and almost thirty years of singing behind her, it seems that Carola continues to successfully reinvent herself as she expresses her passions through music. To her credit, she has collaborated with the Bee Gees, performed the role of Fantine in Les Misérables and Maria in The Sound of Music, and won many entertainment awards.
  Carola left pop and turned to Gospel in 1993, and her debut release earned her the title of Gospel Artist of the Year in The Netherlands the following year.


MALACO GOLD
SoulLink Live

SoulLink Live, a spectacular gospel concert event in 2003, has garnered much attention and critical acclaim since the release of the first CD in this 4-CD/DVD series.

Nominated at the 2004 Stellar Awards for Special Event CD of the Year, SoulLink Live: The Williams Brothers and Their Superstar Friends, also reached the #9 slot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and #45 for Top Independent albums.

Following on the heels of this success, SoulLink Live 2 was released in 2005 and SoulLink Live 3: Man In The Mirror, releases on May 30, 2006.

This CD features new arrangements of inspirational hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The title track, “Man In The Mirror,” and “Love Train” feature all of the artists performing on stage together.

Carola, Swedish star since 1977, performs the song “Bridge Of Love,” as a bonus track on the CD only.

Other titles include: “I Can See Clearly Now,”  “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Time After Time,” “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Up Where We Belong,” “Love Train,” and others.

Music Monitor
4/14 Artist Song/Album Label
16 Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
20 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway AIR
30 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco
42 The Mississippi Mass Choir If I Be Lifted Up/Not By Power... Malaco
49 Eddie Ruth Bradford You Held On, Even When I Let Go/Saved By Grace Juana

R&R radioandrecords.com
4/14 Artist Song/Album Label
9 Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
15 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway AIR
27 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco

Billboard Radio Monitor
This Week Last Week Weeks on Artist Title Label
8 3 36 Dottie Peoples He Said It (Live) AIR/Malaco
15 14 21 Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway AIR/Malaco



Mosie Burks Honored By Blue Cross/Blue Shield
04/06/2006

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MOSIE BURKS HONORED BY BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD

Jackson, MS. April 6, 2006-Mosie “Mama” Burks was named the ‘Mississippi Ageless Hero’ by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi on March 28, 2006. Recognized for her significant life accomplishments after the age of sixty-five, Burks received her award at a luncheon held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, MS. Ed McMahon, longtime announcer of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, was the featured speaker.

Selected as this year’s ‘hero’ from three hundred senior citizen nominees ranging in age from sixty-six to ninety-six, Burks will choose a charity to become the recipient of the $2,000.00 Blue Cross Blue Shield prize.

The Mississippi Ageless Heroes program recognizes seniors who show that life after age sixty-five can be a time of activity, vitality and accomplishment. Burks, who became a member of the award-winning Mississippi Mass Choir (Malaco Records) in her sixties, quickly became well known as their fiery gray-haired soloist with boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm. Burks was signed to her first solo record deal with Malaco Records at age seventy-one and at seventy-two, was prominently featured in the Walt Disney film, America’s Heart & Soul, as well as in the PBS production, River of Songs. In addition, the State of Mississippi’s Department of Tourism solicited Burks to appear in the national official commercial campaign, The State of Mississippi.

Burks’ single, “I Got A Grip,” from her self-titled solo debut (Malaco Records) is in the Top 30 radio charts for Gospel airplay nationwide, with a Mosie Burks’ bobble-head doll available at www.malaco.com for interested fans and program directors.

For more information on Mosie Burks, please contact Malaco Records at: 601-982-4522.

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