Sunday, May 3, 2015

Pentecostal Spotlight - Zak Williams

Hey everyone!!! This edition of Pentecostal Spotlight is featuring gospel front man and producer, Zak Williams. Hailing from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Zak Williams and his choir 1/Akkord have begun to make their own individual mark in gospel music. Having been formally trained at the Settlement Music School, Zak is a example of the greatness that can result from formal training and the anointing coming together. Having worked with gospel music legend Rev. Ernest Davis Jr. and the Wilmington - Chester Mass Choir, it can be said that Zak was groomed for greatness. Assisting as producer on the the Wilmington - Chester Mass Choir Stellar Awards winning album, "He Still Good," Zak is a man of great talent and anointing. With the recent release of his new single "Wonderful Jesus," Zak is once again displaying to the world the amazing work he can produce. Zak Williams and 1/Akkord are definitely breathing life into gospel choir music and you definitely see this is just the beginning for them. So without further ado, I present my interview with Zak Williams.


How did your journey in music begin?  

Well it began years ago with my family "The Freeman's" as well as at my home church Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They used to sit me next to the organist and I would play on the back of the bench, which turned into an every week ritual. I was then given my first organ and I haven't stopped playing ever since. It was also at Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church, that I was introduced to and fell in love with choirs and choir music! At the church we had 3 choirs who were all big and my family had a choir as well "The Freeman Memorial Choir" and through these my love for the two grew. 

As a student of the Settlement Music School, how did your formal training help you as a church musician? 

As a student at Settlement, I was able to learn to formally read music and was taught music theory. That was important because I was able to know what I was playing and not just play what I heard.  I know many awesome players who play by ear, so there's isn't anything wrong with that. My parents just wanted to help me to further my talent. Trust me I HATED going every Tuesday night from 7-10, but I look back on it now and I'm grateful that they MADE me go! lol Looking back I truly had NO choice lol...

As an organist for the critically acclaimed choir Rev. Ernest Davis Jr.'s Wilmington – Chester Mass Choir, what has been the greatest lesson you have learned being apart of such a legendary gospel choir? 

Wow!!! First, being around Rev. Davis alone was something in itself. He was a TRUE CHOIR MASTER! Under his direction, Wilmington Chester was just unbelievable!! When I was growing up they were my absolute favorite choir! Through my work with them I learned how to train and work with a choir. Their discipline and vocal ability was CLASSIC! So to be apart of that great choir helped me do what I'm doing now. I am so grateful I had that experience and can say I am apart of this legendary choir. I will ALWAYS be #wcmc4life!

What do you believe sets 1/Akord apart from any other choir in gospel music today? 

We have our own style/sound. NOT  that we are better than anyone other choir because I do not believe it is or should be a competition, but we just have our own unique style and sound. There are so many great choirs out there keeping choir music alive. Being a musician first, I try to keep our music current and vibrant!  I also use my past experiences as references in building our brand. 

In the next five years, where do you hope to see yourself and 1/Akord ministry wise? 

I hope to be still producing good quality choir music! To continue helping keeping choirs alive and thriving! To keep reproducing music that can easily be taught for Sunday morning worship! And to train musicians. I hope to be in position to help the next up and coming choir directors or musicians. This movement must continue. No one person can control it or be the only one doing this. So I hope to be in a position to be able to help someone further the movement and not hold them back.  

As a producer on the stellar award winning album "He's Still Good" by Rev. Ernest Davis Jr.'s Wilmington – Chester Mass Choir, how did you feel to have that album receive a Stellar Award?

 I can't even put into words how that felt. I didn't go to the awards but, to get that call was life changing!  Yes, they have won awards in the past. But to be the actual "Producer" of a Stellar Award winning project meant absolutely EVERYTHING to me. It was a "dream accomplishment". I don't take it for granted.   

Where do you see gospel music and more specifically gospel choral music, progressing to in the future? 

I pray it continues to evolve! I pray that it gets the same respect and attention as all the other genres of music.  I believe the CHOIR IS BACK!!! I believe the CHOIR will live forever as long as we (meaning myself and all the other choir leaders) unite and continue on with the same mission and that is presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ!  And sticking to the standards of the great choir leaders who paved the way for us.  We cannot back down and  must keep fighting to keep the "CHOIR" relevant and not a thing of the past!  

No it's not like it used to be back in the day, and truthfully it probably will never be, but I believe the Choir will always have a place. We must remain united and continue to fight! #longlivethechoir

As a member of the legendary Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, what has been the greatest thing you have learned under your pastor, Bishop Hezekiah Walker? 

Being apart of the LFT family was and is a life changing experience.  How can you not learn being under Bishop Walker? In my years being there I've learned so much. From watching how  "Bishop" approaches ministry at large, to watching the "Hezekiah Walker" the award winning artist, the only 2 words I can use to accurately describe it would be "LIFE CHANGING"! 

What have been the greatest things you have learned and consistently carry with you when it comes to ministry?

First and most important doing it with a clean and pure heart and no motives other than for God's glory!  

What was the inspiration behind the sound of your new single "Wonderful Jesus?" 

Well lol, the actual writer of the song, Franklin Holt used to come to the house all the time. Every time he came up with a new song he'd say, I got a song I'm coming over lol. So this one day he comes over and sings the 1st line of it and then goes ALRIGHT do what you do that's all I got lol and turned around and walked out of the room.  Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE a groove lol!  So as I started working on the song, I kept hearing Bishop's song , "Wonderful Is Your Name" in my ear. The bounce on that song is ridiculous! So I wanted to create my own bounce (1/A Bounce) lol similar to that . I got the music together and we taught it to the choir and was actually supposed to record it on the last project but I changed my mind. Then while preparing for this last session we did it in rehearsal and haven't stopped singing it yet ! Lol smh 

With the recent release of your single, when can people expect the release of a new album? 

We are working hard to have the full project done by the end of spring!  PRAYERFULLY!

Who are your personal mentors and what have you learned from their examples?

Wow... That's a very long list but I'll keep it short. These five people I've followed for years and actually had the opportunity to work with them. They are WILLIS HICKERSON, STEVEN FORD, DERRICK LEE, BISHOP HEZEKIAH WALKER and DR. RICKY DILLARD. The first 3 are legendary musicians Willis (POP) was the long time music director for Wilmington Chester. He took my under his wing and taught me everything he knows and is still teaching me! Watching "Uncle Steve" from afar and then up close is just pure crazy and having a one on one with me was the opportunity of a lifetime. Watching Derrick every Sunday on Bobby Jones Gospel is one thing , being in his presence watching him work and listening to what's in his musical mind is pure craziness!  The man is a musical genius!!  All 3 of them are. And Bishop and Dr. Dillard ??? Their names speak for themselves. True choir masters! Pure perfectionists at its best!!!  Yes they both have different styles but they both do it with the spirit of excellence.  Together they have set the bar for us, and to have had the pleasure to sit under and know both of them, talk with, and get advice is major in itself. Watching them both has helped me with maintaining and cultivating 1/A! 

What one moment would you like to relive to either experience another time or to create a different outcome and why that particular moment? 

I'd say that moment when I called my mom and told her we (Wilmington Chester) won that year. To hear how happy and emotional she was and how she thanked God she was able to see it happen was more than touching for me.  In just that moment her physical condition was unimportant because her focus was on calling everyone she knew to tell them what had just happened! I will NEVER forget that.   Would give anything to relive that... And I wish I could've been there to hear the announcement and to experience that moment! 

Where can people purchase your music and contact you to minister at their next event? 

For now you can get it at iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc.. We are working on our website and it should be up soon. For booking, contact Cristopher Wynn @ WynnBig Management  347.210.3133 or info@wynnbigmanagement.com. 


As can be seen through this interview, Zak Williams is an awesome man of God and a musical gift to the world. Please support him in his future endeavors and purchase his latest single Wonderful Jesus.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pentecostal Event: Pentecostal Assemblies of the World's 2015 Empowerment Conference


Hey everyone!!! The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World's International Pentecostal Young People's Union is sponsoring their Empowerment Conference from April 23rd through April 25th. This year's conference is going to be in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. This year's conference is celebrating the auxiliaries 75th year in existence.

The main speakers for the conference are Elder Aaron Porter, Pastor Tanya Harris, and Elder David Hollis. I think it is awesome that the youth president for the organization of Pentecostal Churches of Apostolic Faith, Elder Porter, is one of the speakers. I love the unity that is being displayed through this collective effort. I think this is an excellent way for new IPYPU president, Elder Jarrett Purdue, to begin his administration.

Also during this year's conference, the IPYPU and the IPYPU Christian Education Department will be sponsoring a Bible Bowl competition on Friday afternoon. The competition will feature Jeopardy and an Oral Individual competition which will be split into two age groups of 6-10 and 11-18.  This is a magnificent way to encourage the young people within the organization to learn and study the Word of God in a fun like manner.

Another great initiative taking place at the Empowerment Conference this year is the partnering with the YMCA of Indianapolis. Through this partnership the organization plans to help promote "Youth Empowerment, Health, and Wellness for Youth and Community Engagement. The activity planned for the partnership is a 3K walk at Riverside Park. I believe it is so impressive that this administration wants to do more than have great services, but they also want to leave a community service mark in the city.

The conference is ending on a powerful note with a special service. The theme of this special service is Gideon 300, centering around the Biblical story of Gideon. During this service, they are having all of those in attendance wear army fatigue and are asking for a 10 dollar Gideon seed offering. I think this is a great way to end the conference this year and bring a from of excitement as a whole to the conference.

With this Elder Purdue and his staff's first Empowerment Conference, it appears as if this will be an excellent way to usher this new era of his administration. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram andTwitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Event. God Bless!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pentecostal Fashion - Denim Pencil Skirts


Courtesy: Levi
Hey everyone!!! The fashion trend I am going to talk about in this edition of Pentecostal Fashion are Denim Pencil Skirts. Growing up in a house where the females were only allowed to wear skirts, this was a constant in their wardrobes. It seems like the fashion world has finally caught up with the Pentecostal world because Denim Pencil Skirts have become a very big trend for this spring and upcoming summer. The versatility of these skirts create an awesome look that can be used for multiple occasions. The material of denim allows for the skirt to be dressed down and paired with a casual top and shoes. The silhouette of the skirt allows it to be dressed up and paired with some form of a heel and a dressy top or a cardigan and camisole. As we embrace what is supposed to be a great summer and spring, ladies go out and buy your denim skirt. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Fashion. God Bless!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pentecostal News - Homegoing Arrangements for Apostle William L. Bonner




Hey everyone!!! As reported, on April 3rd leader for the organization, Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apostle William L Bonner passed away. The Homegoing arrangements for this awesome leader have been announced. The organization and his family have planned a multi-day and multi-city Homegoing celebration. Seeing the legacy this man has left the world, I believe this is more than fitting and rightfully deserved.

The first service scheduled to celebrate Apostle Bonner is the "Celebration of Life" taking place on Tuesday, April 21st at Solomon's Temple in Detroit, Michigan. The next service scheduled is the "Pastoral Celebration of Life" being held on Thursday, April 23rd at Greater Refuge Temple in New York City. The final service planned is the "International Church of our Lord Jesus Christ Homegoing Celebration." This service will take place on Friday, April 24th also at Greater Refuge Temple. I am more than sure that these three services will be both celebratory and well attended because of the great man of God, Apostle Bonner was. Going off the track record for the organization COOLJC, these services will definitely be full of praise breaks and one to be remembered.

Please remember to keep Bishop Bonner's family in prayer as well as the organization Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pentecostal Opinion - Should Secular Artists Be Allowed To Sing On Gospel Award Shows And Events




Hey everyone!!! Once the announcement was made that Destiny's Child was reuniting for the Stellar Awards, the Christian community was sent into a frenzy with both positive and negative reactions. The biggest controversy that seemed to surround the performance was the fact that Beyoncé was set to sing on a gospel award show. As previously stated I was extremely excited to see Destiny's Child reunite especially with the message of the song they were performing. I thought it was extremely positive and uplifting to see artists who sing secular music acknowledge the sovereignty of the God we serve.

I find it interesting that people continually get in an uproar when secular artists perform at gospel music events and award ceremonies. I believe that everything the church does should center around love and the love of Christ. Can we honestly say that the reactions given are love centered and based? I am convinced that majority of the negative reactions voiced are based out of judgment and condemnation. How can we as the church condemn or judge anyone, when it is through God’s grace we are saved? We don't know where someone is as far as their relationship with God is concerned and how the Lord is dealing with them, so to condemn them about singing a song promoting the name of Lord is the opposite of what I believe the church should be doing. We also do not know what will push someone into a deeper relationship with God, so the opportunity to sing a song about Christ could be a life changing moment that causes them to totally dedicate their life to Christ.

I do not endorse the message many of these artists promote in their own individual songs, but that does not negate the positive thing they are doing by singing a song in reverence to the God we serve. I think the church needs to come the realization that we do not know the mouthpiece the Lord wants to use for His glory. There have been multiple examples in the  Bible where unlikely people and in one case an animal have been used as a voice for the Lord.

When we examine demographics these artist reach an audience that your typical gospel artist would not, so having them sing at gospel events allows gospel music to potentially impact the life of someone it normally wouldn't. The realization then comes that the message of Christ has potential to be passed on to someone new or not that familiar with it just by having a secular artist perform. The church must realize that there is potential for greater good and greater outreach when these opportunities happen.

So as we go forward let us not condemn or judge a secular artist who sings a gospel song on a gospel stage, but in turn rejoice because we do not know what great outcome may result. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pentecostal News - Passing of Apostle William L. Bonner



Hey everyone!!! It is with an extremely heavy heart that this edition of Pentecostal News is being written. Pentecostal legend and father Apostle William Bonner passed away on today, April 3rd. A legend within and without the organization, Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apostle Bonner has successfully held both positions of Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle. Apostle Bonner is credited with advancing the size of COOLJC and establishing it to what it is today. 

Apostle Bonner's passing is sure to hit the hearts and minds of many because of the great influence he had. He has left a permanent stamp in history especially within the Pentecostal world and will be remembered and revered for many generations. 

Leaving an example to the world of how to be fully dedicated to both God and the Lord's church, Apostle Bonner has left a great legacy and a model for the church to follow after. 

No funeral arrangements have been announced yet. Please remember to keep Apostle Bonner's immediate family and COOLJC family in prayer.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pentecostal News - 2015 Stellar Awards Winners



Hey everyone!!! This past weekend the gospel music world convened in the city of Las Vegas for the 30th Stellar Awards. With all of gospel music royalty convened in that one city to celebrate gospel music, it was definitely a weekend of amazement and excitement.  Even though the awards took place on March 28th it will not be airing until April 5th at 8 pm/ET on the television station TV One.

This year's big winner was Erica Campbell with a total of 6 wins. This has definitely been the year for Erica Campbell. From a number one album, to winning a Grammy Award, to multiple hit singles and now 6 Stellar Awards, it definitely appears as if stepping out on her own, from the duo Mary Mary, was the right move for her and her career.

One of the biggest highlights of this years Stellar Awards is the reunion of Destiny's Child for the singing of Michelle William's big hit "Say Yes." As a fan of the group I cannot write how happy I was to see the three women unite, especially for the singing of a gospel song that promotes the name of Jesus. I cannot wait to see how it translates on my television screen April 5th.

Below are all of the categories and nominees for this years Awards,  my predicted winner is  highlighted in bold lettering and the actual winners in italic. For those categories that are in both bold and italic lettering, that means I correctly predicted the winner. This year I correctly predicted 17 out of the 27 categories placing me at a 62 percent correct rate.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA 


SONG OF THE YEAR
MICHAEL MCDOWELL & JAMES JOHNSON, YOU ALONE – YOU ALONE (ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR), EMTRO GOSPEL 
W. CAMPBELL, L. MOORE, H. LILLY, A. SLEDGE, H. JONES & E. CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
HARMONY SAMUELS, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, H. "CARMEN REECE" CULVER & AL SHERROD LAMBERT, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
TIFFANY JOY MCGHEE, AMAZING – AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS
RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL


ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOURNEY TO FREEDOM, ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS 2014 - 2015 


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
RUTH LA'ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDSINGS/RCA 
TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE WOMEN'S CHOIR, IN THE SANCTUARY, HABBAKUK MUSIC
UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP


CD OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL 
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CHOIR OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL 
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING,LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
WARRYN CAMPBELL, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD, WILL BOGLE & RICK ROBINSON, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
KIRK FRANKLIN, HERE RIGHT NOW (TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA 
KIRK FRANKLIN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
ZIE'L, PRONOUNCED ZY-EL, DREAM GOSPEL


TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS 
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH


CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS 
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL


TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
EARNEST PUGH, THE W.I.N. (WORSHIP IN NASSAU) EXPERIENCE, P-MAN MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
KIERRA SHEARD, GRACELAND, INDEPENDENT
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BEVERLY CRAWFORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE, ECHO PARK/JDI
LISA KNOWLES, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA 
RUTH LA'ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
SHERI JONES-MOFFETT, POWER & AUTHORITY: LIVE IN MEMPHIS, MOTOWN GOSPEL


CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, GREAT GOD, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND, ENTERTAINMENT ONE


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
FLORIAN SCHNEIDER, GREAT GOD – DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
BILLIE WOODRUFF, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
MR. BOOMTOWN, LOVE ON THE RADIO – FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
MATTHEW CHERRY, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE


TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
BISHOP LARRY D. TROTTER & SHS COMBINED CHOIR, PRAISE REVISITED, UTOPIA
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS


CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY, BETTER, EPM MUSIC GROUP
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
LAMAR CAMPBELL & SPIRIT OF PRAISE, OPEN THE SKY, 360 MUSIC WORX/MOTOWN
DARNELL DAVIS AND THE REMNANT, MOVING FORWARD, RCA INSPIRATION


SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
DONNIE MCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2014, RCA INSPIRATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS, EARNEST PUGH PROUDLY PRESENTS GOSPEL'S RISING STARS, EPM MUSIC GROUP
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS DELUXE EDITION, TILLYMANN MUSIC


RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
ANDY MINEO, NEVERLAND, REACH RECORDS
DA' T.R.U.T.H., HEARTBEAT, MIXED BAG
LECRAE, ANOMALY, REACH RECORDS
UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP


YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
KENDRA SMITH, SOMETHING NEW, DiVINE RECORDS
NYASIA, SHOOTING STAR, INSPIRING DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
PURE-N-HEART, ALPHAEUS ANDERSON PRESENTS PURE-N-HEART KIDS, TEENS MOVEMENT "SING THE WORD", MUSIC2CHANGEU RECORDS
STL3, ALL THINGS NEW, PGK MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC


QUARTET OF THE YEAR
LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS 
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE AND DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH


RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR 
DEREK BLANKS, VINTAGE WORSHIP (ANITA WILSON), MOTOWN GOSPEL
DEREK BLANKS, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
DEREK BLANKS, AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JEFF GILLIGAN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
EARNEST PUGH, JUST WORSHIP (EP), P-MAN MUSIC
MICAH STAMPLEY, LOVE NEVER FAILS, MOTOWN GOSPEL
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

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