AURN Inspirational Gospel Round Up

Donald Lawrence, Kym Whitley, Tommy Davidson (AURN Inspirational image)

Bishop Hezekiah’s Daughter Weds

Ky’Asia Monet Walker daughter of multi award-winning gospel artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker wed her fiancé, Terrell Bookman. The pair had announced their engagement last year on August 5, 2020. Ky’Asia who is 29 years old is the only child born to Bishop Walker and Pastor Monique Walker. She is also the CEO of the online apparel brand, Kwen Boutique.  The ceremony took place on Saturday, August 14th at the historic Riverside Church in New York. The bride looked every bit of a fairytale princess in a crystal floral headpiece, cathedral veil and a stunning satin gown complete with a full train. The groom who is 40, was handsomely attired in an ivory beaded brocade tuxedo with black satin trim and pants. Bishop Walker, who was once regarded as the “Hip Hop Pastor,” because of the popularity of his Love Fellowship Tabernacle church among rappers escorted his daughter down the aisle to “Forever,” sung by fellow gospel artist Pastor Jason Nelson. The couple who purchased their home in June will reside in Atlanta, GA.

Donald Lawrence’s “Goshen” To Be Performed by Dancer Ensemble

A Deeply Rooted Evening for Chicago’s Healing: GOSHEN” is a gospel-themed contemporary dance production featuring performers from the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. The concept and music were the brainchild of Grammy Award-winning producer, composer and gospel artist Donald Lawrence who released the album Goshen 432HZin 2018 with the title song “Goshen,” featuring lead singer Sheri Jones-Moffett of Ted & Sheri.  The project which marked the 25th anniversary for Donald Lawrence and Tri-City Singers was inspired by scriptures found in the Book of Exodus. The choreographed production will also include the number one single from the project “Deliver Me, This is My Exodus,” performed by Sunday Best alum and Grammy winner Le’Andria Johnson who will be accompanied by Tyscot’s Zeke Locke & The NuXperience. The performance originally slated for May 2020 and postponed due to COVID will now be previewed at 7:30pm on August 25th at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park on 201 E. Randolph Street.

BeBe Winans Scheduled for Renewed Season of TV One’s  “Uncensored”

TV One has announced a new season of raw and uncut celebrity interviews for the unscripted docuseries “Uncensored.” The show which was recently renewed is now in its fourth season and will feature a variety of actors and musicians including gospel legend Benjamin “BeBe” Winans. Winans who began his career in gospel during the 80s performing with his sister CeCe, comes from an established, long line of talented family members including his parents Delores “Mom” Winans and his father the late David “Pop” Winans and his older brothers who formed the award-winning group The Winans. BeBe who is now successful solo artist, penned an autobiographic stage play in 2016 titled “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story.” The new season of TV One’s “Uncensored” will begin airing new episodes on August 29th featuring BeBe Winans, Swizz Beatz, Loretta Devine, Kym Whitley, Tommy Davidson and others.

Kurt Carr Shares Near-Death COVID Experience

Gospel songwriter and performer Kurt Carr stunned his fans with a recent post on Twitter telling of his near-death experience after contracting COVID-19 earlier this month. Carr, who experienced a breakthrough infection had previous received both vaccines in March at the Fountain of Praise, his home church in Houston, TX. Despite remaining masked and limiting in his social interactions he began experiencing extreme fatigue but had no clear indications that he had become ill. Fortunately, Pastor Marichal Monts a close companion, sensed a problem when he hadn’t heard from the singer for several days. He took a plane to Carr’s home in Houston where he discovered Kurt had been asleep for two days straight. Carr was immediately hospitalized, where he remained for several days where he had been informed of the direness of his condition. Doctors warned that had he not previously been vaccinated; his outcome would have been fatal. Carr has since taken to social media to encourage his fans to protect themselves using his own experience as a cautionary tale.

“Praise in the Park” Huntsville, AL Lineup Announced

Residents of Huntsville, AL are prepping for one of biggest public gospel concerts of the year. “Praise in the Park” will be held on August 28th at noon the Big Spring International Park located at 200 Church Street SW and will be free to the public. This year’s star-studded lineup of gospel performers includes 2021 Stellar Award Artist of the Year winner Pastor Mike Jr., James Fortune, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan Nelson, Earnest Pugh, Kelontae Gavin, Pastor Edwrin Sutton, Monica Lisa-Stevenson, Rizen, Algeron Wright, Lasha’ Knox and many others. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Complimentary parking is available onsite.