Published on November 8th, 2019 | by Nina Pulley
Gospel Round-Up | 10/27/2019 – 11/9/2019
Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy have finally released the much anticipated 2econd Wind: Ready album. Featured on the album are songs of encouragement pushing people to hold on and find that second wind when everything seems to be falling apart and you can’t find the strength to go on. Anthony Brown states:
“2econd Wind: Ready is my personal testimony of a time when I felt mentally exhausted and couldn’t find the strength to record in-between albums,” Brown says. “Seeking God through prayer, I began to feel rejuvenated. Through God’s grace, I received my second wind: a second wind to encourage and give hope lyrically, and to help the listeners take refuge, knowing that no matter how tired they might feel, if they continue to trust and seek God, He will grant you your second wind.”
The Gospel Industry Network: Psalms 1 (G.I.N.) officially launched on Wednesday, October 16th in Nashville, TN at 10am. Under the leadership of visionary and founder, Bishop O. Kenneth Wells, Senior pastor of Spirit of Love Christian Church in San Bernardino, CA, the new organization will focus on bridging the gap between the Gospel and Christian Communities, youth and seasoned saints, churches, organizations, businesses and the Gospel Music Industry. Through G.I.N., the goal will include supporting and elevating committed music lovers reach their dreams, while simultaneously helping to build the kingdom of God.
The kick off for G.I.N. was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2214 12th Avenue, Nashville, TN where Rev. Darin Freeman is the Senior Pastor. Invited and special guests flew in from all over the country to be a part of this new beginning with hope and anticipation of opportunities and to finally be invited to sit at the table where and when decisions are made. The organization was formed to address the bureaucratic and political disparities felt within the gospel music industry and in the Christian community as a whole. It is hoping to incorporate the voices of younger people who want to impact the gospel world in a positive way.
Kirk Franklin has collaborated with movie producer DeVon Franklin to create a biopic of his life, but the response to this movie-form biography is yet to be seen. Kirk Franklin has chosen to put his life to movie form because of its dramatic twists and turns. Abandoned by his parents at a young age, he was raised by his aunt, Gertrude, who raised money for him to take piano lessons from the age of four by recycling aluminum cans, and Kirk went on to excel at the instrument. “It’s going to be real,” Franklin said. “It’s going to be a gully film. It won’t be choir robes and prayer hands. There is redemption, but my journey was ugly, and I made a lot of mistakes.” Audiences may not be ready for the film, or on the other hand, people may appreciate the honesty and the grit of his life, perhaps resonating with more than one.
The Dove Awards celebrated several artists at their annual, 50th celebration. Lauren Daigle, a ten-time Dove honoree, was awarded Artist of the Year and also won Song of the Year for “You Say” in addition to Album of the Year for “Look Up Child” which was shared with songwriter-producer team Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury. Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Jekalyn Carr, and more were all honored, emphasizing the varying types of artists honored at the show. “We’re seeing richness in diversity, and it’s something that we have to take out into this world,” TobyMac, awardee, said. “We are required to share this love with the world.” More information on the results of the event can be found on the award show’s website and on social media.