Monday, January 26, 2015

Pentecostal News


Hey everyone!!! The Stellar Awards nominees have been announced and this year appears as if it going to be stiff competition in majority of the categories. With the location and date of the award's ceremony changed, it appears as if this will be a very interesting and exciting Stellar Awards. The new date and location decided for this year's award show is March 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada. I think the change of location is a great way to bring excitement and celebration for the award show's 30th year. As done last year I am going to post each category and nominee, with my prediction of this year's winner in bold. Having predicted 18 out of 28 categories correctly last year, let's see if I can top myself this year. God Bless!!!


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

Pentecostal Review - Jason Nelson "Jesus Revealed"


As someone who loves gospel music in general and has so many songs I enjoy listening to it is hard for me to pinpoint my favorite artists. With that being written, I can say with a surety that Jason Nelson is my favorite male singer. The gifting and anointing he displays consistently is in my opinion second to none. The release of his highly anticipated album Jesus Revealed has created a lot of buzz and enthusiasm in the gospel community. The versatility displayed in this album is incredible and causes you to really appreciate Jason's gifting on numerous levels. This album may be his greatest works up to date. So without further ado I present my review of Jason Nelson's new album "Jesus Revealed."

The album begins with an "Intro" featuring a classical music sound followed by Jason Nelson's voice speaking about God and the various revelations he displayed throughout the Bible. In this intro he sets the tone for the album and explains that this will be an album to fully show Christ.

The first song on the album, "God Is Great" begins with a very up-tempo sound that has a fist pumping beat. I love the electric sound infused in the chorus, it really adds a sense of intrigue to the song.  The back ground singer's three part harmony in the chorus combined with Jason Nelson's superb voice sounds so exceptional. The simplicity of the chorus really allows you as the listener to catch on and sing along during your first listen. Even with the smooth transition made from the chorus to the vamp, the vamp itself really does not fit the format already established. Despite that, the song sets a great tone for the album and causes you to anticipate what is to come.

The next song "Pour out Your Spirit" has a great interactive feel to it. I can see this song being sung in many churches for their praise and worship portion of service. I love the simplistic but powerful nature of the song. The pop essence infused creates a different dynamic that adds to the greatness of the song. I enjoyed the introduction of the vamp but did not fully enjoy where the transition led. The interactive feel created initially was somewhat abandoned during the vamp.

The album then transitions to the up-tempo "Can't Stop Calling" where it begins with a chant essence to it. The song creates a very easy sing a long atmosphere that you cannot help but sing along with.  I enjoy the way the bridge transitions the song's beginning to the vamp. The way the music switches up during the vamp neither adds nor takes away from the song, but I could have lived without it.

The next song "Can't Stop Calling Reprise" really adds to the album and to the previous song. The chant sang during this reprise really creates a positive listening experience. This is a very hyperactive song that I can see being the favorite of many listeners. The repetitive hitting of the drum's high hat really gives a churchy essence to the song. You know after that song, a praise erupted out of the building just because of its powerful nature.

The guitar entrance for "Way Maker" sets the stage for a very soul stirring song. There is nothing like Jason Nelson's voice on a slow song. He has such an amazing tone, presence and anointing that is especially present during the slow tempo songs that he sings. Even though the background singers sound stellar, I believe this song could have been more powerful if it included more of Jason's voice and less background vocals. The groove created on the vamp of the song creates a very enjoyable listening experience. I really adored the impromptu singing Jason did with the guitar, it reaffirms the way-making power of Christ.

The next song on the album is the massive hit "I Am" heard all over on the airwaves. There is such power to this song that it causes you to reflect on the greatness of God.  I love the instrumentation displayed at the beginning.  It creates an atmosphere of a heart tugging and soul stirring song that does not disappoint. Jason's voice was created for this song and the way he delivers it shows why he is one of the best male vocalists of this generation. The superbness of the background singers on the chorus creates a breathtaking musical moment. The power and anointing felt in the vamp propels the song to another dimension of greatness. The exhortation given by Jason Nelson is like the cherry added to a milkshake.

"Jesus Revealed" sets the stage for another intimate song that displays the excellence of Jason's voice. Even though the song is great in its message and sound, it has a very difficult task of coming after I Am. Once it goes midway into the song the message and lyrics of the song truly become displayed and captivate your heart and mind. It has a powerful and convicting message to ensure that we are showing the world Christ.

The next song "Never Ending Worship" starts off as another song I could definitely see being ministered during the praise and worship portion of a service. The simplicity of the song allows for an intimate moment between you and God. The balance between Jason and his background singers is skillfully done throughout the song. The three part harmony combined with the magnificent musical arrangement displayed on the vamp takes the song to the next level.

"I Can Run" starts with a southern gospel/quartet style vibe. Even though this isn't Jason's normal style of music, his voice fits perfectly with the sound and the music. As a huge fan of his high register, I believe Jason should have stayed in his lower register for this song just because it fits more with the established sound set. The call and response portion of the song really takes you to a down south church atmosphere. The horn section during vamp adds a nice touch to the song.

The combination of the piano solo opening, tempo and background singers of "I See The Lord" starts the song off on an amazing note. Guest vocalist, Tasha Page Lockhart, really ministered the song well and caused you to feel the message about the greatness of the God we serve. It was refreshing to not hear Jason and Tasha singing on top of each other and allowing each person to sing and adlib in cooperation to the song. The moment they did sing the verse together sounded amazing and complemented each other.  Jason Nelson's exhortation at the end of the song sets the stage for the audience to engage in true worship.

The sound of a worship break begins "The Lamb." The musical prelude to the song creates a moving setting and mood. Once Jason begins singing you feel and hear the sincerity and appreciation to Christ for His sacrifice. This is such a beautiful song that causes you to reflect on the sacrifice of Christ. The repeating of "Jesus, He is the Lamb" during the bridge really invokes your thoughts on the power of Christ's sacrifice.

The album picks up with “So In Love.” The song has an indie pop sound and likeness to it. This song is very different from anything he has ever done. I really enjoyed the change of pace for Jason. The fact that this love song to God could have easily gone the traditional route of slow and balladesque, but was turned into an indie pop song really amazed me and showed the genius and intelligence of Jason Nelson. This is one of my favorite songs off the album just because of the words and different sound. 

Jason continues the different sound pace with “Right In This Place.” When the song begins you hear an electric piano which reminds you of dance music. The dance music sound further evolves as the song continues and even though this is not Jason's normal sound it fits his voice and creates a pleasant listening experience. It is so unusual but enjoyable hearing a praise and worship song turned into a dance song.

Worship Song” reverts us back to the Jason Nelson the world has become accustomed to. The simplicity and depth of the song creates a moment where the words are seemingly pouring out from your heart. Guest vocalist, Livre' was a very great addition to the song because she added a pure sound to the song. This song really breathed worship from its essence.

The last song from the album, "I Am - Radio Edit" is the same song as the one written about earlier just condensed. Because everything written before stands true to this version I direct you back to what was written earlier. 

This is such an awesome album and one I am sure you will be able to enjoy time and time again. Please go out and support this great man of God and outstanding album. God Bless!!!



Monday, January 19, 2015

Pentecostal Spotlight - Sean Tillery

Hey Everyone!!! Few artists have made as much of an impact as “Sean Tillery and Changed” did in 2014. Even without a major label backing them, there was a great sense of buzz surrounding them and their debut album. Few new artists, especially those who are featured with a choir, have  been able to garner the support that Sean Tillery and Changed has attained this past year.  As a product of the choir “Worship and Praise”, under the direction of James Hall, Sean has been able to create his own identity with an unique sound while still having a sound influenced by the choirs that have come before him. Packed with vibrato and power, Sean Tillery and Changed appears to be one of the choirs to ensure that choral music is still very prominent in the future.  So with great excitement, I present this edition of Pentecostal Spotlight featuring Sean Tillery.

How did you first get started in gospel music?

I have been around gospel music, virtually my whole life. Growing up, my mother had a gospel singing group so I attended their rehearsals, along with singing in my church’s children choir. As a child, I directed my own invisible choir which later turned into directing the gospel choir at my high school and then Changed in college. I have always been drawn to gospel music and more particularly gospel choral music.

How did the starting of “Changed” come about?

“Changed” started when I was attending Oakwood University in 2004. The reason I decided to start Changed was because, to me the music scene at Oakwood was all similar to each other and I wanted to create something different. From that idea, my vision for Changed grew and developed into what it is now.

What influence has being a choir in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area had on your choral and overall style?

I cannot say that it has had much of an influence. Changed and I are different than any other choir or group within the area. Being used to a more northern sound has caused me to realize the difference. The one thing I will say is, having the amazing talented musicians from within the area has been the biggest influence on our music. So not so much the choral aspect has been an influence but the musical style added to our unique choral sound has.

What was the inspiration and central theme behind your album "The Live Experience"?

Before even recording the album, a few of the songs such as “Blessed Assurance” and “Whom Shall I Fear” were already being ministered by us when we went out. Most of the songs were inspired by my Pastor, Pastor Alonzo Walker’s messages. I would have to say the central theme of the album is to spread God's Word and the need for His Power and Spirit.

On "The Live Experience" what one song do you identify with the most and why?

I would have to say I identify most with the song "Saved." The reason being is because it is important that us as Christians witness to those who may not know Christ at all. In the first verse of the song I share the importance of sharing the message of Jesus Christ and I believe it is a responsibility of all of us to share this message to the world.

If you could relive any moment, whether it is to create a different outcome or just to experience it once again, what moment would that be and why?

There are many moments I would love to relive but I would have to say my live recording is the one moment I would choose above the rest. From my standpoint, it was a great night so I would like to view that night from the standpoint of someone else, to see what they saw and how they felt. Also, to see how everything came together would be an awesome moment to relive. As a perfectionist there are a few things I would like to tweak from that night. All in all that was one of the greatest experiences of my life, so I definitely would love for the opportunity to relive that moment.

As a young man who attended Oakwood University, how has being musically educated affected how you look at and go about your music?

Being classically trained has trained me to have a fine tuned ear. It also has caused me to incorporate classical, theatrical, and jazz aspects to my music.

As a member of the legendary “Worship and Praise” under the direction of James Hall, what has been the greatest thing you have learned under his direction and leadership?

I have now been with Worship and Praise for eight years and have always taken note to the faithfulness that James displays to his local church, Citadel of Praise and Worship. I would have to say the greatest thing I have learned from him is to be accountable to your church and your leader. I can say that at my local assembly, Bethel Deliverance Outreach Ministries, my whereabouts can always be accounted for. I never just do not show up to church or stay home with my feet on the couch when I am supposed to be fulfilling my local church ministerial obligations.

Musically what three artists have been your greatest influences and why those three?

The first I would have to say is James Hall because I have always loved choir music but have identified mostly with James Hall and Worship and Praise. The reason being is because of the jazz and classical influence displayed in their music which I have also in mine. Walter Hawkins, because he is my favorite male vocalist of all time. So a lot of the vocal arrangements he did I try to emulate. Edwin Hawkins, because of how great of a song writer he is and how he influenced gospel music and my music even to this day.

What has been the greatest advice you have received since being in ministry?

The greatest piece of advice I have received is that everyone in ministry with you, may not be able to see your vision as closely as you can, so it is important to be steadfast in your purpose and goals as the leader. Everyone may not continue to follow you, but it is important as the leader to have the tenacity to move forward even though some members may not follow.

When you are not ministering and traveling, what leisure activities do you enjoy partaking in?

I really enjoy spending time with my friends when I am not ministering or traveling. I really enjoy bowling and am a very avid movie goer. I will not admit that I shop a lot but there is a little addiction there.

What scripture do you live by and what makes it so significant in your life?

The scripture I would say I live by would have to be 1 John 1:4 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness." The reason for its significance is that it gives hope to someone who may not know Christ. It also let's everyone know, that no matter what you have done it does not mean it is the end of the story.

What currently do you have in the works?

I started teaching new music after the live recording. At this time, I am trying to decide what will be our next single that will be released before the next album which will hopefully be released sometime in 2015.

Where can someone purchase your latest album and contact you to book you for an event?

You can purchase my album on all major online music stores such as iTunes and Amazon. If you would like a hard copy of the album you can go to cdbaby.com. For booking please send an email to musicsource@execs.com.

As we can all see, Sean Tillery is an amazing artist and a great man of God. Please support his music and all future endeavors. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Spotlight. God Bless!!!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Pentecostal Fashion

Courtesy: Original Penguin 


Hey Everyone!!! This edition of Pentecostal Fashion is featuring a trend many men have been wearing as of late. The trend I am referring to are Plaid Chinos. For some time, plaid was thought of when worn as a kilt on a Scottish man or as a shirt worn by a lumberjack. It now appears that, that way of thinking is of the past and plaid chinos are very in. There are two keys to this pulling this trend off correctly in a dressy manner.  The first, is having a solid neutral colored blazer worn with your plaid chinos. When wearing plaid, because it makes such a bold statement, it must be neutralized with a neutral colored blazer. Not only will it neutralize your total look, it adds a sense of sophistication. The second key is ensuring the fit is just right. When wearing these, please ensure that the pants are fitting but not too tight. You already will have a sense of attention added to your bottom half so you do not want to add more attention with an ill fitting pair of pants.  So men go out and get yourselves a pair of plaid chinos, and follow these keys to ensure you have a great look. 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!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pentecostal News

Hey everyone!!! Pictured below are the funeral arrangements for gospel legend Andraé Crouch. As reported earlier Andraé passed on January 8th from complications from a heart attack. I am more than sure, that both service will be packed to capacity and be full of gospel music celebrities, wanting to pay homage to the man that helped pave the way for them and their careers. As we continue to mourn this great loss, let's keep his family in prayer during these difficult times. God Bless!!!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pentecostal News



It is with an extremely heavy heart that this edition of Pentecostal News is being written. Gospel music legend, Andraé Crouch passed away on January 8th. After being hospitalized Saturday, January 3rd from a heart attack, Andraé Crouch succumbed to his health issues five days later at Northridge Hospital Medical Center at around 4:30 pm.

Andraé Crouch was a legend who wrote many gospel hits such as "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, and "Soon and Very Soon." Many of today's gospel stars reference Andraé Crouch as a major influence in their music and lives. His recent years hit single "Let The Church Say Amen," showed the world that Andraé still had the ability to pen and arrange great gospel music. As the winner of five Grammy Awards, Andre repeatedly showed the world how to have excellency in gospel music.

Along with being a musician, songwriter and artist, Andraé Crouch pastored New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, California along side his sister Sandra Crouch.

As a product of the organization Church of God in Christ, the
Pentecostal world and gospel music world will greatly miss him and the contribution he made to gospel music.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Pentecostal Inspiration

Hey Everyone and Happy New Year!!! Growing up I was told "Saints do not believe in making New Year's resolutions." Now, I partly agree with the mindset of not waiting until the beginning of the year to make the decision to change your life, but I also believe everyone should come up with a vision and plan to advance their lives at least once a year. This edition of Pentecostal Inspiration's scripture plainly tells us to write down our vision so that it can be applied to our lives. I think a lot of times we wonder why in our lives we are not seeing results but I believe it is partly because we don't write out what we need and expect from God and how to execute those things. When we look at the building of a house before anything is built plans are made, how moreso should that way of thinking be applied to our lives. Writing plans is the way to prepare yourself for what God has placed inside. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision, the people perish..." This scripture shows us the necessity of having a vision and Habakkuh 2:2 informs us to write the vision. Benjamin Franklin said many years ago  "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." I think that saying sums up why a lot of people, especially in the church, have been unsuccessful. We tend to shout and speak in tongues and just expect things to come together. God is a God of strategy and timing. When we look at how God operated during creation, we realize everything He did was strategic and placed in order. So just like God, we must be strategic in all that we do and the first step to being strategic is creating a plan. No more can we wander aimlessly expecting everything we do to just fall together. This year there must be a change so that greatness can be the result for this year.  So as we go into this new year let us write our vision and plan for 2015. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. God Bless!

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