Volume II, Issue 7
May 31, 2005
MILITARY TRIBUTE CD RELEASE
COINCIDES WITH VETERAN HOLIDAYS
Jackson, MS– The gospel music community has recently launched the “United for Freedom” campaign in a unifying effort to support U.S. military troops deployed to war zones, particularly those stationed in the Middle East. This campaign falls during a time when the nation is remembering veterans for Memorial Day, D-day, and Flag Day in May and June. Chaplain Gerry Kerr of the United States Chaplain Corps at Fort Gordon, Georgia, is spearheading the effort that not only includes the Voices of Faith gospel choir stationed on the base, but seventeen other top artists in the gospel industry. The project will be comprised of two CD compilations entitled, United for Freedom and Songs of Triumph.
The project releases in June 2005 and will not be for sale in the retail market. More than 6,000 units will be shipped directly to troops through military in-process centers and the project will be given away free of charge to them.
Other artists on the project include Dottie Peoples, Fred Hammond, Virtue, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, John P. Kee, Joann Rosario and Men of Standard. Each of the cuts selected deal with themes such as victory, peace, our national anthem, praise in times of trial, and faith during hardship.
Men of Standard’s contribution is the cut “A Soldier’s Heart,” off of their latest album, It’s A New Day. “The inspiration for writing “Soldier’s Heart” came during a time when we had so many of our [U.S.] young men and women overseas fighting for world peace and freedom,” said Isaac Carree, a member of the group. “I think that it’s very important to express gratitude. This is Men of Standard’s own way of speaking for the country by saying two things… ‘thanks’ and ‘we’re praying for you constantly.’ It’s our wish that our troops feel the support, and more importantly, that they know our prayers and thoughts are with them on a daily basis while they are on foreign soil.”
MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR 13 WEEKS HEATSEEKER
Jackson, MS-The Mississippi Mass Choir is #23 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart. Currently, their new release, Not by Power nor by Might has claimed the following Billbard positions.
Billboard 200: #191
Heatseekers: 13 WEEKS ON!
Top Gospel Albums: #4, 13 weeks on
Top Independent Albums: #20
JUANA RECORDS artist SHADRACH climbs to #19 on gospel chart with I Won't Worry No More, making it 5 weeks on the charts!!!
MESSAGES THAT HEAL
The following albums, Prayer for America (Benjamin Cone, Malaco Records), Grace Changes Everything (Jamie Slocum, Freedom Records), Stand Up Live (The Christianaires, Marxan Records), and Let Me Say (The Kry, Freedom Records), contain some of the industry’s most heartfelt and inspiring spoken word messages andsongs intended for people faced with incredible hardships, times of trial or personal heartbreak and struggling. Paul Porter of The Christianaires sings about his paralysis due to an aneurism and how he can once again stand up and sing for the Lord. Jamie Slocum talks about God’s incredible healing power in both “Wounded” and “Grace Changes Everything,” and Benjamin Cone’s message in Prayer for America calls for unity and faith during these challenging times. Each of these CDs underscores the message in both United for Freedom and Songs of Triumph and are a perfect addition to a military library of faith-filled music.
Volume II, Issue 6
May 5, 2005
NEW HITS TO ARRIVE IN MAY FOR MALACO
The Malaco Music Group continues to bring some of the greatest gospel artists to the scene with the award-winning class act The Williams Brothers and a collection of their greatest hits (The Williams Brothers Greatest Hits Plus, Blackberry Records) leading the pack.
Greatest Hits Plus features all of their original greatest hits with two previously uncut tracks as a bonus. The collection includes their first hit, “Jesus Will Fix It,” from their 1973 debut release, their signature hits “Jesus Will Never Say No,” “I’m Just A Nobody, and “Sweep Around.” This is the first collection of Williams Brothers hits of this type and truly belongs in the hands of every gospel collector.
The Williams Brothers’ contributions to the gospel recording industry are numerous and include many awards, Number 1 hits, two record labels (Blackberry, Blueberry), a musical family that includes Frank Williams (Founder of the Mississippi Mass Choir, Malaco Records), and touching autobiography, Still Standing.
On the heels of The Williams Brothers are The Jackson Sisters, a true family act out of Greensboro, NC. Formed by their mother, Bertha Jackson, in 1989, the group has toured from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to the Festival of World Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco as a headlining act. It was somewhere in-between that the sisters (and one cousin) performed at the Gospel Music Workshop of America New Artist Showcase where they were noticed by Malaco Artist, Willie Neal Johnson. Eventually, this connection led to their current record deal and their debut album, When God is in The Building , produced by award-winning Rev. Milton Biggham (Georgia Mass Choir, Savoy Records).
The Russells, based out of Columbus, MS, are another family act, formed just after their father, Dr. W.L. Russell passed away in 1997. Their album, Faith, focuses on coping with the death of a loved one and many of the songs are based on the faith this family had to rely on at the passing of their own father. Several cuts have already gained national recognition through radio airplay.
MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR 10 WEEKS HEATSEEKER
Jackson, MS-The Mississippi Mass Choir remains in the top 25 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart, for a total of ten weeks on. Currently, their new release, Not by Power nor by Might, has claimed the following Billboard positions:
Billboard 200: 191
Heatseekers: 10 weeks
Top Gospel Albums: 4 with a bullet
Top Independent Albums: 20
MALACO BLUES NEWS
Vol. 1 Issue 2
April 29, 2005
MALACO MUSIC GROUP BREAKS NEW GROUND
Jackson, MS. April 25, 2005-Malaco Music Group, long known as the top Indy label for blues and gospel, is breaking new ground by adding the spoken word genre to its stellar line-up of imprints with the Genesis Poets Music label.
Genesis Poets Music, Inc.is pioneering a new outlet for spoken word artists, putting artists in the hands of Emmy and Oscar winning producer, Russell Williams. Founded by Charlotte Fox who also holds the title of President and CEO and assisted by daughter Charneice Fox, the label has signed a pressing and distribution agreement with the Malaco Music Group. "We are extremely pleased to have this national P & D deal with Malaco. It will give spoken word artists, who write poetry with music, national exposure in the United States and Canada. Also, this will launch a new artistic phase of the Hip Hop idiom by shifting the paradigm in radio. We are happy to join the Malaco Music Group," states Charlene Fox.
Tommy Couch Sr, President of Malaco Music Group is excited to break new ground saying, "The shift to poetry in Hip Hop will be monumental in the evolution of poetry and music and underscores our reputation as a trend-setter in the music industry." Couch believes that the largely underground genre of Spoken Word Music will find a niche in an as yet untapped market under the Malaco umbrella. For more than thirty years, Malaco has helped to shape and define the market for Soul, Gospel, and Rhythm and Blues and Couch is confident that their legacy for innovation and ground-breaking will continue with Spoken Word Music.
GENESIS POETS MUSIC PAVES WAY FOR SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS
Washington, DC. April 2005-Al Dale, Genesis Poets Music's Chief Operating Officer has been promoting major entertainment in our nation's capital for many years. About signing with Malaco Music Group, he has this to say, "I am excited about moving poetry and music to a new level, opening the floodgates for talented artists who might never had been heard. At the same time, we are expanding the opportunity for the general public to appreciate a new art form of the Hip Hop idiom."
The label is slated to release its first compilation CD in May 2005 featuring 16 talented poets.
For more information about Genesis Poets Music, visit their web-site at:
A collector's dream! This blues video collection features some of the greatest names and performances in blues music.
Featuring a cut of the late, great Johnnie Taylor's smash hit "Good Love," the unforgettable union of Bobby Bland, Bobby Rush and Johnnie Taylor performing the blues standard "Stormy Monday," the incomparable Little Milton kickin' it hard live on "Everyday I Have the Blues," as well as rare footage of Latimore, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle and Poonanny on his classic hit "Brand New Cadillac." This collection features thirteen cuts total.
Floyd Taylor: No Doubt
Various Artists: Blues Views, VHS
Genesis Poets Music!
Volume II, Issue 5
April 2, 2005
La Shun Pace: A Collection of Hits
Jackson, MS– There is no doubt that LaShun Pace has always had a strong identity. From the early seventies when she first began singing with her sisters as one of The Anointed Pace Sisters (Savoy Records) to her current solo career which also began with Savoy, Pace has always exuberantly embraced gospel music. Through the triumphs of award-winning records, top ten hits, the trials of losing her young daughter Xenia, and the break up of her marriage (she has since remarried) her voice and message have continued to remain strong. As a songwriter, singer, and popular speaker, Pace’s life and career are a testimony of her faith.
Billboard chart history for Pace includes her Savoy debut, He Lives, which included the hit “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” and remained in the Top 20 of Billboard magazine’s Gospel Album’s Chart for over a year, peaking at Number 2. Her sophomore release, Shekinah Glory, in 1993 reached number 5 for top gospel albums, Wealthy Place and Just Because God Said It rose to the top twenty and in 2001, God Is Faithful, recorded during the time of her daughter’s death, easily found it’s way to the top forty.
It’s no wonder then, that her latest release is also a hit. Pace has proven herself to be one of the mother’s of gospel music, compared to the likes of the legendary Mahalia Jackson by both consumers and industry professionals.
MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR 5 WEEKS HEATSEEKER
Jackson, MS-The Mississippi Mass Choir remains in the top 25 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, for a total of five weeks on. Currently, their new release, Not by Power nor by Might has claimed the following Billboard positions:
BILLBOARD POSITIONS: NOT BY POWER NOR BY MIGHT
Billboard 200: 191
Top Gospel Albums: 3
Top Independent Albums: 20
Hall of Famers
The International Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Detroit, MI, recently announced its 2005 nominees. The list includes Rev. Timothy Wright of Savoy Records, Aretha Franklin, John P. Kee, Paul S. Morton and others.
Reverend Timothy Wright has been involved with choirs for the majority of his life, beginning at the age of twelve playing the piano for the St. John’s Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God in Brooklyn, NY. He has since held the positions of composer, director, singer, lyricist and spiritual leader for many gospel choirs.
He formed the Timothy Wright Concert Choir, teamed up with the legendary gospel artist Myrna Summers, completed a project, Come Thou Almighty King, comprising a 500 voice choir, founded the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Brooklyn and since 1984 has released eighteen projects, eight of which are on the Savoy/Malaco labels.
Wright’s Billboard Gospel Chart history includes numerous top 10 hits including the following from Savoy/Malaco:
I’m Glad About It (Savoy Records), Who’s on the Lord’s Side (Savoy Records), Come Thou Almighty King (Savoy Records)
The induction ceremony will be held in Detroit on Saturday, October 22, 2005 and will also commemorate the 10th anniversary for the IGMHF. For more information concerning the organization and past inductees, please visit their web-site at www.igmhf.org
Former Malaco Music Group inductees include: Rev. Milton Biggham (pictured at right), Thomas Dorsey, Dorothy Love Coates, and Mahalia Jackson.
Volume II, Issue 5
March 24, 2005
Mississippi Mass Release
Hits Charts with a Bang!
Jackson, MS– As expected, The Mississippi Mass Choir’s latest release, Not by Might, Nor by Power, has not disappointed retailers, radio or consumers with its dish of gospel music. Hungry fans are clamoring for more and retailers claim product is literally flying off the shelf.
The album includes three cuts penned by prolific Grammy winner and producer of the album, Reverend Milton Biggham (Georgia Mass Choir, Savoy Records). Guest artists include Biggham, Beverly Crawford (Potter’s House Evangelist Ministries) and a unique interactive version of “Thank You for My Mansion,” with the late Frank Williams, choir founder.
Gospel Charts: #3 This week and last
HEATSEEKERS: In top twenty all four weeks, peak position #10
R&B Sample stores (out of top 50 R & B retailers): Debuts at #1, maintains #2 slot.
THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR RETURNS TO SPAIN
Jackson, MS-It’s no secret that The Mississippi Mass Choir is the best known choir in the world, and with good reason: They make it a point to travel to Spain two times a year, often making excursions to other places such as Italy, Israel, and Japan as well as all over the United States.
Where most people may only dream of traveling overseas once in a lifetime, members of the choir (many of whom just returned from the choir’s trip to Spain in December) are looking forward to their summer tour dates, which have them in Spain during the month of July and then again the following December.
Other tour locations for 2005 are as follows: Alton, Illinois, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Jackson, Mississippi.
For more information regarding booking, please contact Jerry Mannery at Malaco Records, 601-982-4522 or email: Jmannery@malaco.com.
MALACO GOLD: THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR
The Mississippi Mass Choir has sold over 2,000,000 records world-wide and continues to deliver not just radio hits, but solid performances of inspiring gospel music. Their previous albums have hit #1 status on Billboard charts, broken records and won many awards. Many members of the choir have gone on to enjoy solo careers in the industry as well as opportunities in film and guest appearances on other artists’ albums.