Published on February 19th, 2021 | by Meta Washington0
Gospel Round-Up | 2/15 – 2/21/2021
Kirk Franklin Announces the Launch of a New Podcast Series
Kirk Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment announced the launch of podcast series “Good Words with Kirk Franklin.” The inspirational series features intimate conversations exploring r thoughts around race, religion, politics, music and self-expression with some of the biggest names across entertainment including Chance the Rapper, Chris Paul, Glennon Doyle, H.E.R, Kelly Rowland and others. The first episode featuring Pharrell Williams is available now.
Alfred Street Baptist Church Foundation Partners with Google Cloud for Virtual College Fair
The Alfred Street Baptist Church Foundation (ASBC Foundation) and Google Cloud will be partnering in presenting the 19th annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Festival on Saturday, February 20, 2021. This is first time ever in nearly two decades the ASBC Foundation’s signature event will be held virtually. Google Cloud provides organizations with infrastructure, platform capabilities and industry solutions, delivering cloud solutions that use Google’s cutting-edge technology to help organizations operate more efficiently and adapt to changing needs.
The free event has enabled more than 50,000 Black youth – many of whom are first-generation college students – to directly connect with the nation’s iconic HBCUs, while also providing vital information about the college admissions process, financial aid, academic disciplines and cultural aspects of Black college life. For more information about the 2021 ASBC Foundation HBCU Festival, please visit alfredstreet.org.
Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners” Prep for Season 5
Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day premiered Sunday, February 14th on Bounce TV. The movie serves as precursor to Season 5 of the series, which will premiere on Sunday, April 11th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Set against the backdrop of a large southern church, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption, compromising sexual affairs, and murder. The cast for Season 5 of “Saints & Sinners” includes Vanessa Bell Calloway, Donna Biscoe, Clifton Powell, Tray Chaney, Keith Robinson, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny, and Karon Joseph Riley.
RCA Inspiration Partners with Entertainment Company Marquis Boone Enterprises
Major record label RCA Inspiration announced a strategic partnership with entertainment company Marquis Boone Enterprises to release projects new projects for gospel artists Fresh Start Worship and Kelontae Gavin. Under the joint partnership the two will provide a range of cross-departmental support including distribution, radio promotion, marketing, sales, publicity, production, among other areas. RCA Inspiration led by Phil Thornton SVP & General Manager founder of Marquis Boone Enterprises, Marquis Boone have announced the anticipation of their partnership’s preliminary releases for 2021 which will include a full-length album from the young SC worship leader Kelontae Gavin, and a new single from the six member Atlanta-based group Fresh Start Worship. Young worship leader Kelontae Gavin’s album The n.o.w. Experience is available now for pre-order. The release date for the second album will be Friday, March 5, 2021 titled Gavin’.
CeCe Winans Releases Her First-Ever Live Recording
It’s hard to believe that multi-award winning and 12-time Grammy award recipient CeCe Winans has never personally recorded a live project during her career that has spanned three decades. But she’s now ready to bless the public with her first live recording taped in Nashville, Tennessee. The highly anticipated Believe For It offering 12 tracks that include some of her well-known hits including “King of Glory”, “Hunger” and “Worthy of It All.” This album which features 78 minutes of worship, is filled with powerful songs that CeCe Winans says “need to be heard around the world. I believe some amazing testimonies will be shared after people listen to this project.”