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Gospel Quartet Legend 'Slim of Supreme Angels Passes Away
02/26/2007

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February 26, 2007

GOSPEL QUARTET LEGEND
‘SLIM’ OF SUPREME ANGELS PASSES AWAY

Jackson, MS. February 25, 2007-Sunday, February 25, 2007, gospel music lost one of its own, Howard Hunt, aka ‘Slim’ of Slim and the Supreme Angels. Elder Hunt was the Pastor at the Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ in Dillon, SC and an active member of the legendary gospel quartet group, Slim and the Supreme Angels. He passed away following a serious illness.

 As a member of one of Malaco Records top gospel quartet groups, Hunt will be sorely missed. “It is sad to lose another legend of gospel music,” states D.A. Johnson, Director of Malaco Records’ Gospel Division. “The roots of gospel music are embedded in the quartet sound and Slim has been a large part of that history. His new album, The Judgement, releases next week and is part of our Yes! Quartet campaign. Though he will be missed on the 2007 tour, his music will stand to honor him in his passing.”

 Born in 1935 to sharecroppers, Hunt learned early that to own two pairs of shoes meant the year was a good one. His family worked hard to make ends meet and by the time Hunt was seventeen, he knew that the meager life of a farmer was not what he wanted for his future. At seventeen, Hunt left his hometown of Walnut Grove, MS and moved on to New Orleans to work on a sightseeing boat called The Steamer President. He later worked at a plumbing company and in a candy factory. There was, however, one constant in all of his journeys and jobs through life: music.

 At the tender age of four, Hunt began his singing career, as many gospel artists do, in church. With a song in his heart, he made his way north to Milwaukee and through several jobs, wondering what the Lord had for him, not realizing that he would be called to minister full-time through gospel music and later as a preacher.

 It was in Milwaukee that Hunt first began singing with The Supreme Angels, a group that he would stay with throughout his fifty-four year singing career; as members came and went, he held fast. The quartet sound of the Supreme Angels was embraced by fans and the group had several hit records, including Shame On You, which went gold in 1974, Lord Bring Me Down, and Death & The Beautiful Lady. The Judgement features the hits “Shame On You” and “Death & The Beautiful Lady” (Howard Hunt, composer) as well as many other originals, never before released.

 Slim & The Supreme angels live by the motto: Take Jesus for your partner and all your journeys will be safe. Pastor Hunt said that he would never retire and that as long as he was living, he would proclaim the gospel. Fortunately, his proclamations will live on forever through the excellent legacy he has left behind in the gospel quartet music of Slim & The Supreme Angels.

 To attend the funeral or to send flowers and condolences, please follow the instructions below:

Wake / Viewing

Thursday, March 1, 2007 2p – 7p
Love Temple United Holy Church Headquarters
201 N. Oak Forest Rd.
Goldsboro, NC

Funeral

Friday, March 2, 2007 11a
Greater NC Jurisdictional Headquarters
1609 Wendell Rd
Wendell, NC

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the McIntyre Funeral Home c/ Rev. McIntyre
900 S. George St, Goldsboro, NC 27530, phone: (919) 731-7174. Please send cards and flowers to the funeral home. Faxed condolences should be sent to: (919) 731-4338.

To order flowers from the florist on-site, call: (919) 731-7646  and ask for Tina or Justin.


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Press Release: Melvin Williams Creates 'Crazy Like Love' Foundation Supports Sickle Cell Testing
02/22/2007

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February 22, 2007


Melvin Williams Creates ‘Crazy Like Love’ Foundation
Supports Sickle Cell Testing

Jackson, MS. February 22, 2007-Melvin Williams, co-founder of Blackberry Records and member of the award-winning gospel group The Williams Brothers, has decided to put love in action with the Crazy Like Love Foundation. The name of the foundation is taken from the title of his latest release, Crazy Like Love, companion to Love Like Crazy, both of which hit the Billboard Charts last week (#17 and #32 respectively).

The foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to children and families in underserved communities through the arts, education, health and housing. Though this is a broad undertaking, the Crazy Like Love Foundation will form community partnerships to see it through. One of the first beneficiaries of the foundation is the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and their Test Early for Sickle Cell campaign. Williams selected this association due to his own daughter’s twenty-three year struggle with the disease; she was diagnosed at the age of two.

All royalties from the single “Crazy Like Love,” written by brothers Doug and Melvin Williams, which is on both new releases, will be distributed as grant awards from the Crazy Like Love Foundation. These awards will be given to eligible Sickle Cell Chapters across the nation as well as to support the research of Dr. Suzanne Ilsted of Louisville, KY.

Melvin Williams, Founder of the Crazy Like Love Foundation, shares his views on philanthropy and service in the world today, “Love is the tie that binds. It is through service that we share love with those in need. I can’t save the world, I wish I could, but through Crazy Like Love, I envision making a difference in the lives of children and families throughout the world.”

For more information on the Crazy Like Love Foundation, contact Bridget Fleury at 414-699-9357 or Felicia Bell at 601-573-0734.

About Sickle Cell Disease: More than 80,000 Americans have SCD and over two million people carry the trait that allows them to pass it on to their children. Unfortunately, there is no cure for sickle cell disease. Treatment is aimed at managing psychological, emotional and physical concerns associated with the disease to improve the affected person’s quality of life. For more information on SCD, visit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America website at: www.scdaa.org.

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Malaco Headlines: Melvin Williams 'Crazy Like Love' For Sickle Cell
02/22/2007

Volume IV, Issue 56
February 22, 2007

Melvin Williams 'Crazy Like Love' For Sickle Cell

Melvin Williams, Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award winner is using his gospel music ministry to raise awareness and funds for Sickle Cell Anemia.

Personally touched by this disease through his daughter’s twenty-three year struggle with it, Williams has made it his personal mission to do whatever he can to combat the disease.

“It’s really devastating to go through, to see your child with that and you’re there saying, ‘well I wish  I could just have the pain instead of them,’” Williams tells KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, LA. (Quote Courtesy KSLA TV)

His latest concert will support—in part—Sickle Cell Disease research  and was held February 19, at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA. Proceeds from the song “Crazy Like Love” will be donated to the cause.

Click on the following link to see video clips from Williams’ concert:

http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?s=6071472

CRAZY LIKE LOVE TOUR
WALMART In-Store Performance & CD Signing
2/06/07 Jackson, MS - 2711 Greenway Drive, Jackson, MS 39204
2/08/07 Monroe, LA - 2701 Louisville Ave., Monroe, LA 71201
2/09/07 Tyler, TX - 3820 Hwy 64 West, Tyler, TX 75702
2/10/07 Shreveport, LA - 9550 Mansfield, Rd, Shreveport, LA 71118

CONCERT DATES
3/03/07 - 3/08/07 One Love Gospel Cruise (Jamaica) - Radio One
3/10/07 - 3/11/07 Greenville, SC
3/17/07 Mobile, AL
4/05/07 Los Angeles, CA
4/11/07 Raleigh - Durham, NC
5/13/07 Macon, GA
6/22/07 McComb, MS
6/23/07 Dallas, TX
6/29/07 Raleigh, NC, Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child Gospel Play

For more information on Melvin Williams
please visit: www.melvinwilliams.net

Billboard Nielsen SoundScan: February 24, 2007
Billboard Gospel Album Charts

TW Artist Title Label Weeks Peak
17 Melvin Williams Crazy Like Love Blackberry 1 17
25 The Caravans Paved The Way Malaco 23 7
32 Melvin Williams Love Like Crazy Blackberry 1 32

Billboard Radio Monitor: HOT GOSPEL SONGS                
TW Artist Title Label Weeks Rank
13 The Caravans Remember Me Malaco 23 11

Radio and Records    
TW Artist Title Label Weeks Rank
13 The Caravans Remember Me Malaco 23 9   

Music Monitor Independent Gospel Singles
8 The Caravans Remember Me Malaco 21 3

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Press Release: Caravans Nominated For Dove Award, Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
02/21/2007

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February 21, 2007


CARAVANS NOMINATED FOR DOVE AWARD
TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PAVED THE WAY

Jackson, MS. February 21, 2007-Malaco Records is pleased to announce that the legendary gospel quartet group, The Caravans, has been nominated for a Dove Award in the category of Traditional Gospel Album of the Year for their hit record, Paved The Way, which released in 2006 and was produced by Dorothy Norwood and Rev. Milton Biggham. The 38th Annual Dove Awards will be held April 25th at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN and will be televised in national syndication in May.

Paved The Way is more than a forty-year reunion for Dorothy Norwood, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, and Delores Washington, a few of the classiest ladies in gospel music, it is a hit record. Debuting at #7 on the Billboard Charts, it has been a mainstay since then. The single, “Remember Me,” has charted consistently in the top spots of radio charts such as Billboard Radio Monitor and Radio and Records. Independent stations have also reported the single in heavy rotation and it consistently claims the top of the independent charts.

The Caravans were recently nominated for a Grammy Award and are currently in the running for a prestigious Soul Train Award for Best Gospel Album. The Soul Train Awards will be held on March 17th at the Pasadena Civic Center in California. They recently performed on the Celebration of Gospel show for B.E.T. and at the Stellar Awards in Nashville, TN.

The Dove Awards are sponsored by The Gospel Music Association in Nashville, TN. For more information concerning membership, voting, and affiliated activities, please visit: www.gospelmusic.org.


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Press Release: Melvin Williams Charts Twice In Same Week With 'Love' CDs
02/15/2007

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February 15, 2007

MELVIN WILLIAMS CHARTS TWICE IN SAME WEEK WITH ‘LOVE’ CDS

Jackson, MS. February 14, 2007-Apparently, many consumers had the same idea for Valentine’s Day; buy a ‘Love’ CD. Blackberry Records, owned and operated by Melvin and Doug Williams of The Williams Brothers, has a history of making records and not just the vinyl kind, either. As the first independently owned gospel label in the state of Mississippi to gain national distribution, the Williams Brothers have been recognized and respected on every level in the music industry for outstanding performances, producing, songwriting, and for running an A-list record label.  

Pioneering innovative marketing techniques for the business of gospel music is part of their exceptional reputation (think SoulLink Live, I II, III, and soon, IV). Released just in time for the ‘Love’ holiday, Valentine’s Day, Blackberry companion ‘Love’ CDs, Crazy Like Love and Love Like Crazy, by Melvin Williams (and a host of legendary friends) will always stand as a record of note. Though the label is waiting for confirmation from Billboard, it appears that Blackberry is the first gospel label to release two recordings by the SAME artist in the SAME week and have them BOTH HIT THE CHARTS!

While industry insiders know that getting on Billboard’s coveted gospel charts (or any chart, for that matter) is a feat in and of itself, for Melvin Williams to accomplish a top twenty and top forty release in the same week with two debut albums is definitely worth mentioning. Crazy Like Love debut: #17; Love Like Crazy debut: #32.

About their unique marketing concept, Doug Williams, President of Blackberry Records, has this to say, “We strongly believed in our concept of releasing the two projects Crazy Like Love & Love Like Crazy the same week from the start and we are appreciative that the consumer has shown their stamp of approval by going out and purchasing both releases. We are so excited.”

Crazy Like Love is a gospel album that combines different stylings of music including Traditional Gospel, Praise and Worship and Contemporary. Guest artist on the CD include: Fred Hammond, Anthony Hamilton, Walter Hawkins, Stan Jones, Lee Williams, Neal Roberson and classical pianist Dana Kristina-Joi. “Another Blessing” is the first single to release on the project and features a reunion duet (think mega-hit, “Cooling Water”) between Melvin Williams and Lee Williams.

Love Like Crazy is more urban and features Neo-Soul, Urban Contemporary, Rap, Jazz, Poetry in love songs about everyday life and relationships. Guest Artists include the late (great) Gerald Levert, Kirk Whalum, Irocc, Doug Williams and Smurff & Poetry July. Williams remakes classic love songs such as Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions’Keep On Pushing,” Stevie Wonder’s “Too Shy to Say,” and James Brown’s “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing.” Williams and Levert pair up for the smash single, “Why Aren’t You Loving Me?”

D.A. Johnson, Executive Director of the Gospel Divisions states, “The Williams Brothers have always been forward-thinking; unafraid to take a risk. Releasing 2 different albums from the same artist, the same week is definitely considered a risk and it is an honor to see our Malaco distributed label Blackberry Records achieve such a heroic feat.”



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