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Published on January 22nd, 2021 | by Meta Washington

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Gospel Round-Up | 1/18/2021 – 1/24/2021

The Pace Sisters Mourn the Passing of Duranice Pace

Evangelist Duranice Pace, the eldest of the nine-member sibling group The Anointed Pace Sisters (commonly known as The Pace Sisters) passed away on January 14, 2021. Pace, 62 suffered health complications resulting in her hospitalization on January 5, 2021. She grew up in Atlanta with 9 siblings – 8 sisters and 1 brother. The siblings grew up singing in their father Bishop MJ Pace’s church. Bishop Pace was a quartet singer for The Gospel Starlights. Pace was preceded in death by the family matriarch, Mother Bettie Ann Pace, 82 on July 7, 2020.

Pace sang alto/soprano and recorded seven albums with The Pace Sisters. The final recording “Access Granted” was released on Tyscot Records in 2009. Pace who was an amazing vocalist never shied away from an opportunity to share her gift both on and off stage. She was known to sing to patrons at restaurants, in shopping centers and other places. Evangelist Pace, who was also a preacher appeared in 2009 as a daytime TV guest on “The Steve Harvey Show” where she sang and brought host Steve Harvey to tears. Pace is survived by her siblings LaShun, Phyllis, June, Dejuaii, Leslie, Latrice, Lydia, Melonda and her only child, son, Demarcus Wardell Love.

Gospel Singer Patrick Dopson Is Back with “Make It Alright”

Dove Award-nominated, Stellar Award-winner Patrick Dopson  announced the upcoming release of his new single Make It Alright featuring Pastor John P. Kee.

Dopson known for his signature soulful vocals on Billboard gospel hits “God Is” and “God Is Able,” stepped away from recording for several years and while navigating the challenges of the 2020 pandemic he said, “I began writing this song on a Sunday afternoon, a day that we would typically be in church. I began to feel the encouragement of the Holy Spirit to assure me that God would make it alright. He reminded me of a scripture that I’ve quoted many times: He will perfect that which concerns me, Psalms 138:8.  At that moment that was all I needed.  The rest began to pour out. I laughed at myself because I sat at my piano and everything started to come out real churchy.  I knew then that I wanted others to be encouraged by it, and I wanted to have a legendary voice of the church to join me on this record.” The single is scheduled for release on February 5, 2021 and is available now for pre-order.

CaJo Records Presents ‘Power Moves’ Virtual Concert

Gospel singer/Christian rapper Canton Jones (cantonjones.net) is presenting “Power Moves” The Virtual Experience under his label CaJo Records (in conjunction w/ GrandMaster Entertainment). The virtual concert will take place on January 30, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET and will feature Jones along with Christian hip-hop artists 1K Phew and The Red Sample. The event will also include a Zoom meet and greet and other surprises for the attendees.

Kierra Sheard Publishes Inspirational Book for Teens

Grammy Award-nominated singer Kierra Sheard can now add author to her lengthy list of roster of accomplishments. Sheard is set to release “Big, Bold & Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be” April 13, 2021. The inspirational book which is meant to empower teen girls and young women is rooted in advice from Kierra’s personal experiences will be available in hardcover, kindle and audio book format with short easy-to-read advice and illustrated feature pages that cover key topics such as body positivity, finding your joy, spiritual self-care and goal setting and other subjects. Big, Bold & Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be” is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

Damien Sneed & Friends Perform a Virtual Evening of Blues and Gospel

Multi-genre recording artist and instrumentalist, Damien Sneed will be performing Live from Dizzy’s Virtual Festival Rooted in the Blues Thursday January 28, 2021 at 7:30pm– 8:45pm.  Sneed has served as musical director for The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp and Kim Burrell, among others. Drummer Jonathan Barber, bass player Michael Olatuja and guest vocalist Anitra McKinney will accompany Sneed for this event.

Damien Sneed is a pianist, vocalist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. He has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends, including the late Aretha Franklin. Performance will be filmed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. The performance will be streamed at Jazz.org/Dizzys. Suggested price for tickets is $10.

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