Published on March 15th, 2019 | by Nicole Vear
Gospel Music Label Signings Roundup
Gospel, worship, inspirational music – whichever name you choose – are making waves in March 2019. Here’s a roundup of the recent signings of a few singers.
Rising Duo Jerard & Jovuan Sign to Motown Gospel
Premiere music label Motown Gospel announces its newest artist signee—husband and wife duo Jerard & Jovaun. The powerhouse singers bring their online popularity to a new digital EP, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME , available today for pre-order.
Currently worship leaders at the multi-cultural Bethesda Church (Ft. Worth, TX), Jerard & Jovaun first made names for themselves as go-to background and session singers for over two decades, working with industry heavyweights like BeBe and CeCe Winans, Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Michael W. Smith and Yolanda Adams. Most recently, Jerard & Jovaun have steadily built an online following with their stand-out performance videos of worship songs and hymns. Their cover of “What A Beautiful Name,” has become a viral sensation garnering over 1.66 million views.
“For years, Jerard and Jovaun Woods have enhanced the albums and performances of many of the biggest artists in gospel music,” says Monica Coates, Co-Executive Director and head of A&R at Motown Gospel. “It is an honor to partner with them as they step into the spotlight together. Their freshness and energy are a welcome addition to the current landscape of gospel music.”
In keeping with their signature style, Jerard & Jovaun’s debut EP WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME offers renditions of songs from their video series including the EP’s title track, Hillsong’s hit worship song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” and popular anthem “Great Are You Lord.” Fans will be able to instantly download two versions of “What A Beautiful Name,” when pre-ordered now.
Integrity Music Welcomes Award Winning Worship Artist William McDowell
Integrity Music welcomes worship leader, pastor, author and recording artist William McDowell and announces the forthcoming release of a new, live album from the GRAMMY Award nominee.
McDowell, who serves as pastor of Orlando, Florida’s Deeper Fellowship Church, previously released five critically-acclaimed albums – As We Worship, Arise, Withholding Nothing, Sounds Of Revival and Sounds Of Revival: Part 2 – winning Dove and Stellar Awards and earning a GRAMMY nomination for his work. McDowell also has made numerous guest appearances on albums from artists representing a variety of music styles. His ability to cross generational, denominational, cultural and genre differences is a reflection of his heart for people and his foundational ministry training.
“I am extremely excited to partner the ministry of worship God has given me along with the emerging sound of worship and worship leaders coming out of Deeper Fellowship church, the church I have the incredibly humbling honor of serving as lead pastor,” says McDowell. “A genuine outpouring of God’s spirit is happening here, and with it comes a sound that we can’t wait to share with the world.”
“Integrity Music’s history of resourcing the global Church is unparalleled,” he continues. “We are excited to partner with them to resource the Church with the language of revival and songs of worship.”
Jonathan Brown, President of Integrity Music adds: “For many years, we’ve admired William’s music from afar and now the opportunity to partner and champion all that God is doing within his life and ministry is truly humbling. His heart for revival, that is at the center of all he does, is infectious… thank you, William, for entrusting us with all that you are carrying in this season.”
McDowell will record his new album on May 10 at Redemption To The Nations Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.