VOLUME II, ISSUE 18
December 29, 2005
DOTTIE PEOPLES TOURS WITH GOSPEL PLAY
Atlanta, GA– Dottie Peoples has signed with Marvelous Entertainment and will tour with their original gospel play, What Men Don’t Tell written by Laterras R. Whitfield from February through May 2006. Cities lined up for the tour include Dallas,TX; Houston, TX; Huntsville, AL; and Jackson, MS. More cities will be added to the tour schedule soon.
Peoples, well known for her effervescent personality and powerful voice, has won or been nominated for awards in every field of the industry including the coveted Grammy, Stellar, and GMA (Dove) Award. She has also endorsed products for Donna Vinci Clothing (Atlanta, Paris), Lustresilk, and McDonalds and continues to participate in many philanthropic events. For more information on her tour schedule, visit meipresents.com
A LOOK BACK AT 2005
2005 WINNERS & NOMINEES
STELLAR WINNERS 2005:
The Williams Brothers
Group/duo of the Year
Traditional Group of the Year
Quartet of the Year
Eddie Ruth Bradford
TooClose to the Mirror/Juana
Stand on the Word
Men of Standard
It’s A New Day/Muscle Shoals
The Texas Boyz
Only The Strong Survive
The Williams Brothers
INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Reverend Milton Biggham
LADY OF SOUL
Stand On The Word
The Williams Brothers
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album of the Year
THE JACKSON AWARDS
Eddie Ruth Bradford
Too Close To The Mirror
Best Song Of The Year By Single Artist
BILLBOARD RADIO MONITOR
12/29 Last Week Weeks On Artist Title Label
15 13 21 Dottie Peoples “He Said It”/Live In Memphis AIR
12 16 6 Luther Barnes & Red Budd Gospel Choir “Somehow, Someway” AIR
14 17 12 Shadrach “I Promise” Juana Praise
27 29 10 Rev. Timothy Wright & Chicago Interdenominational Mass Choir “Let’s Celebrate” AIR
R & R AIRPLAY CHARTS
12/29 Artist Song/Album Label
9 Mississippi Mass Choir “I’m Not Tired Yet”/Not By Power, Nor By Might Malaco
BILLBOARD SOUNDSCAN CHARTS
Last Week Two Weeks Weeks on Artist Title Label Peak
33 27 22 Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs Tell The Angels: Live in Memphis MCG 5
40 34 44 Mississippi Mass Choir Not By Power, Nor By Might Malaco 3
46 37 36 Shadrach I Won't Worry No More Juana Praise 17
MALACO BLUES NEWS
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 7
December 23, 2005
MALACO ACQUIRES WILLIE CLAYTON CATALOG
Jackson, MS–Willie Clayton, one of the hottest draws on the southern soul-blues circuit, has been winning over audiences for more than four decades. This doesn’t, however, put Clayton on a list of artists who are slowing down. Born in 1955, he made his first recording at the tender age of fourteen, giving him the edge of time as he worked his way north to Chicago after releasing his first single, “That’s the Way Daddy Did,” with Duplex Records.
He later traveled to Memphis, landing a contract with Hi Records, working with Willie Mitchell and polishing his chops with the Hi rhythm section. Clayton released a number of solid releases there, but moved to Compleat Records in 1984, under the helm of General Crook. This move proved to be the right one and nudged Clayton over to the R&B charts and word got out that he was a talent to be reckoned with. He later recorded with Ace Records, releasing the smooth soul-blues hybrid Let’s Get Together in 1993. It wasn’t until 1998, however, that his albums began peaking in the top 20 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums’ chart with Something to Talk About at #14. He followed that with Call Me Mr. C in 2000, which also claimed the #14 position, then The Little Giant of Soul in 2001, peaking at #7. The Last Man Standing in both 2002 and 2003, claimed the #5 slot and in 2004, Changing The Game also climbed to #5.
In 2005, Clayton, now signed with Malaco Records, released Full Circle which has reached #7 and is still going strong. Malaco has also picked up the Clayton catalog, making these previously hard-to-find titles available to fans at www.malaco.com or by calling toll free: (800) 272-7936.
VINCE VANCE SWINGS BACK IN NEW ORLEANS
Waveland, MS.-Vince Vance, the international rocker with the tallest hair since the B-52s, advertises himself and the Valiants as “The Best Rock and Roll Band Ever.” With clever quotes and a zany sense of humor, Vance’s Christmas hit, “All I Want For Christmas is You,” has become a traditional favorite since it’s release in 1993 on Malaco Records. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi town of Waveland and with it, all of Vance’s merchandise (CDs, Books, Videos). His on-line store officially closed on September 9, but with Valiant effort (pun intended), he is back on his feet. Of course, this is after he fell through the floor during a recent concert and was injured...True to his name, ‘Valiant Vance’ is back in the game and comes up swinging (I mean singing) with a new video for his single “Tamale Wagon” from the Waldoxy release of the same name.
In 1996, Vance released I Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, also on the Waldoxy label, an album which deserves a visit in the long wake after Hurricane Katrina ; in fact, fans are relying on the stamina and staying power of Vance and the Valiants after such a trying time.
Volume II, Issue 17
December 21, 2005
TV-ONE COMMON GROUND FOR MALACO ARTISTS
Jackson, MS. December 21, 2005-In its third season, the television program The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors, hosts an A-list roster of legendary and new gospel artists. Many of the artists over its run have been culled from the ranks of Malaco Music Group’s class gospel acts. The most recent artists to appear on the show are hip hopper Da Minista and The Williams Brothers, who each appeared on the December 18th program.
Malaco artists (both past and present) viewed this season appearing in the ‘Gospel Great’ segment of the program include Lillian Lilly (solo artists and soloist for the Mississippi Mass Choir) and Dorothy Love Coates; other artists who have performed as guests include Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs and Bryan Wilson.
Last season, Eddie Ruth Bradford (Too Close To The Mirror, Juana Records), appeared on an episode to pay tribute to The Jackson Southernaires, who got their start on the Malaco label. Other performances have included the following artists: Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes, Dorothy Norwood, Neal Roberson, Lonnie Hunter, Dottie Peoples and La Shun Pace. For more information on the program, please visit: www.http://www.tvoneonline.com/shows/
Artist Spotlight: DA MINISTA: Radio single: “Don’t Ya Wanna Be Saved” is currently in full rotation on 100+ gospel stations nationwide. Video play is running on BET’s Video Gospel as well as numeras regional and local television programming nationwide.
Malaco and Savoy Records have long been in the business of making great music….legendary, and Christmas is no exception.
In their vaults are some of the finest Christmas projects ever made, including Marian Williams’ O Holy Night, which includes traditional favorites such as “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Away In A Manger,” “Silent Night,” and “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.”
601 Records’ The Sound of Christmas hails from the Motown era with Robert Blair and The Fantastic Violinaires and the smooth jazzy vocals of LaShun Pace on “Love Came Down at Christmas” are two reasons to add this versatile CD to a classic Christmas collection.
Many titles have been launched on the 601 Records label and feature artists such as: James Cleveland, The Fantastic Violinaires, The Gospel Keynotes, La Shun Pace, Alvin Darling and Singers, The New York Restoration Choir, Solomon Burke, Timothy Wright, and The Williams Brothers.
To find out more, contact Malaco Records at:
12/21 Last Week Two Weeks Weeks on Artist Title Label Peak
33 27 30 21 Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs Tell The Angels: Live in Memphis MCG 5
40 34 36 43 Mississippi Mass Choir Not By Power, Nor By Might Malaco 3
46 37 29 35 Shadrach I Won't Worry No More Juana Praise 17
R&R RADIO AND RECORDS AIRPLAY CHART
12/20 Artist Song/Album Label
8 Dottie Peoples “He Said It”/Live In Memphis Atlanta Int’l
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2005
Contact: Jenny Rogers
MALACO MUSIC GROUP TAPS INTO
VALUE-PRICED MARKET WITH DVDS
Jackson, MS. November 17, 2005-In 1997, Malaco Music Group launched the well known 601 label which releases hard to find classics in a variety of genres. Initially, the label launched cassettes, followed by videos, then later, CDs. Now these beloved gospel classics are available on a DVD format, keeping pace with the popular trend in technology, releasing November 2005 in time for holiday shopping.
The first DVDs to launch in the series are The Sensational Nightingales, Live so God Can Use You; Old Time Religion, a compilation that includes The Mississippi Mass Choir, Willie Banks and the Messengers, La Shun Pace, Rev. James Moore, Dorothy Norwood, and The Williams Brothers; The Angelic Gospel Singers, I Want to See Jesus; Dorothy Norwood, Somebody Prayed For Me; The Jackson Southernaires, Power; Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes, He Brought Me Joy; The Pilgrim Jubilees, Church Songs; The Mississippi Mass Choir, The Essential Collection; and Reverend James Moore, Joy.
The 601 line puts the best in gospel music classics easily within reach of every consumer and are available at Christian & mainstream retail outlets as well as through the Malaco website, www.malaco.com.
MALACO BLUES NEWS
Volume I, Issue 6
ANITA WARD COLLECTION RINGS A BELL
Jackson, MS–Disco era Diva, Anita Ward, has been dubbed a “one hit wonder” by critics and others, but fans of disco will be thrilled to find her original recordings on this 601 release by Malaco Music Group.
Released in 1979, “Ring My Bell” shot straight to the top of the charts and remained there for half a year, becoming a permanent fixture in the disco library hall of fame. The song has been re-cut or sampled by many other artists including Will Smith, Swedish singer Ann Lee, and Eiffel 65.
Ward released two albums during the height of her career, but did not limit herself to music. She finished a degree in Psychology at Rust College and taught elementary school. After the disco era, she returned to teaching to support herself.
It was at Rust College that Ward got her first taste of professional training for her voice while singing with the Rust College A Capella Choir and at an audition for Godspell where she was “discovered” by Chuck Holmes, an administrator at Rust College who had a music interest on the side. Holmes became her manager and introduced Ward to Frederick Knight, owner of Juana Records (distributed by TK Records).
Knight fell in love with her voice and agreed to a three song demo session. This session quickly evolved into an album, though Knight, her producer, felt that it lacked something and dug through his archives looking for one more cut to complete the project. He came up with “Ring My Bell,” a song originally intended for Stacy Lattisaw (who later became a star in the eighties), and though Ward didn’t particularly like the song, it stayed on the album and the rest is history.
The cuts on this 2005 release, Anita Ward: Ring My Bell are all original recordings and it is the only one available on the market today.
Ward has sold more than a million records.
VICK ALLEN, SIMPLY SOUL; SIMPLY HITS
Jackson, MS-Vick Allen, Waldoxy Records, recently released his sophomore project with the label, Simply Soul. Radio single “Who You Been Givin’ It To” and “I’m So Sorry,” featuring the award-winning Willie Clayton, have climbed the charts and fans as far away as the UK are clamoring for more.
Allen, who began playing piano at five, recorded and produced his first CD at age fifteen. He was performing with the award-winning Canton Spirituals after he graduated from high school and has since performed with Buddy Miles, Willie Clayton, The O’Jays, Bobby “Blue” Bland and other legends.
At the Jackson Awards in July of 2005, Allen was nominated for Producer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year for his work on Old School New Flava. He is currently playing clubs and festivals on the Chitlin’ Circuit and continues to produce and write for other artists on the Southern Soul scene.
FALL 2005 RELEASES
Vick Allen Sept 27
Bobby Rush Sept 13
Mel Waiters Sept 13
Get My Whiskey
Anita Ward Sept 13
Ring My Bell
Willie Clayton Sept 6