Gospel Round-Up | 1/11/2021 – 1/17/2021

Former Rapper Mase was Named New Pastor of Church in Atlanta, GA

Mason Durell Betha, iconic ’90s hip-hop star known as “Mase” was named the new pastor of the Gathering Oasis Church, a non-denominational church in Atlanta. Gathering Oasis Church announced Mase’s new position during an interview with the former rapper on YouTube (The GO Church Welcomes It’s New Leader). Mase explained that he’s taking on this role to help bring his community closer to God. Mase, 43, rose to fame as a rapper during the late 1990s for Bad Boy Records alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs.

During his five-year hiatus from music, Mase became an ordained minister. He made a return to the music industry with a new ‘clean cut’ image with album “Welcome Back.” The album sold 188,000 copies in its first week of release and eventually went gold. His last official single “Nothing,” was released in 2014.

PJ Morton Released YouTube Documentary “The Making of Gospel According to PJ”

Multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer and keyboardist PJ Morton released YouTube documentary “The Making of Gospel According to PJ” sharing a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes making of his Grammy-nominated self-produced album. Morton, who is the founder of Morton Records, released The Making of Gospel According to PJ chronicling his life-long journey with R&B and pop music influenced by his gospel background. Morton, the son of Bishop Paul Morton and Pastor Debra Morton has been the official keyboardist for the pop/rock band Maroon 5 (maroon5.com) since 2012. The Making of Gospel According to PJ shares childhood images of Morton and his father as well as appearances from guest artists such as Kirk Franklin (kirkfranklin.com)Tasha Cobbs Leonard (tashacobbsleonard.com) and Smokie Norful (smokienorful.com)  who give accounts of Morton’s incredible music capabilities.

Vincent Bohanon & SOV Celebrate Their Anniversary Live at The Met Philly

Vincent Bohanon and The Sound of Victory (SOV) will be live at The Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday January 23rd, 2021 at 4PM ET. In recognition of the current CDC guidelines, there will only be 250 tickets sold and no VIP seating available. Bohanan who is a three-time Stellar Award nominee is newly signed to Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s Hez House Entertainment music label where in partnership with RCA Inspiration he debuted new single “Any Day Now from ‘Live in Chicago’ that is set to be released early 2021.

Vincent Bohanan, who is the first to sign to Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s label Hez House recorded “Live in Chicago” (HezHouse/RCA Inspiration) at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church in Chicago.

Inaugural Gospel Celebration at the Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.

The National Baptist Convention (nationalbaptist.com) has partnered with producers Terk Entertainment Group and OCTET Productions to present “The 2021 Inaugural Gospel Inaugural Celebration: An Evening of Inspiration & Unity.” The two-hour virtual all-star gospel event features performances from inspirational music artists to celebrate the January 2021 Inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden (joebiden.com) and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

There will be musical performances by Fred Hammond, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Marvin Sapp, Le’Andria Johnson, Deitrick Haddon, Tye Tribbett, Jonathan McReynolds, Bryan Popin, Koryn Hawthorne, Todd Dulaney, JJ Hairston, The Highway Q.C.’s Ft. Spencer Taylor, Titus Showers and Jokia. The COVID-Compliant celebration will take place at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021 8:00 pm (ET) / 5:00 pm (PT).  For tickets to the virtual event visit : www.the2021igc.org

Christian Artist Tauren Wells and Athlete Tim Tebow Team Up in an Effort to End Human Trafficking

Eight-time Grammy-nominated artist Tauren Wells (taurenwells.com) and former NFL quarterback and New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (timtebow.com) have joined forces in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to release “All God’s Children.” The song written by Tauren Wells, Bernie Herms and Ethan Hulse to raise support in the fight against human trafficking.  Tim Tebow, President of the Tim Tebow Foundation (timtebowfoundation.org) said “I truly believe that when God opens your eyes to an injustice or a person in deep need, He is telling you to do something about it – to use your resources, skills, and the gifts that He’s given you to make a difference in that person’s life,”  “All God’s Children” was written to not only spread awareness regarding the atrocity that is human trafficking, but to share the truth that every individual on this earth is made in the image of God, perfectly loved and worthy of freedom. I am so grateful Tauren would lend his voice and his passion to this life-or-death cause.” “All God’s Children” is available now for streaming.