Your AURN Inspirational Gospel Roundup!

Congratulations 2021 Gospel Grammy Winners

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards recognized several of gospel’s greatest contemporary artists including PJ Morton who won the award for Best Gospel Album for his self-released studio album “Gospel According to PJ” which was the singer-songwriter’s first-ever recorded gospel album. Also, congratulations to the collaborative efforts of Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music who won the award for Best Gospel Performance/Song “Movin’ On” from Jonathan’s album “People” The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards aired Sunday, March 14, 2021 on CBS.

2nd Annual Stellar Awards Music of Hope Easter Special

Award winning artists Jekalyn Carr and Tauren Wells will be teaming up to host the 2nd Annual Stellar Music of Hope Easter Special. The Easter special will be featuring a mix of hopeful and soul healing classics by artists including Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Marvin Sapp, JJ Hairston, Yolanda Adams, Rich Tolbert, Jr., CeCe Winans, Kierra Sheard, Evvie McKinney Jonathan Traylor and DOE. The show will begin airing in syndication across multiple affiliate networks including AspireTV, UPtv and others starting March 21st.

50th Anniversary Celebration for Sounds of Blackness

3x Grammy Award-winning group Sounds of Blackness celebrated their 50th year together this year.  The group first formed at the Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1969 was then known as the Macalester College Black Voices. Two years later the now current director Gary Hines took over leadership and renamed the group Sounds of Blackness. The group continues to perform internationally and had recently recorded “Sick and Tired” in response to the ongoing struggle for equality and justice in the wake of the death of the Minneapolis native, George Floyd whose life was taken in 2020 while in police custody.  The title was a call to action that was taken from the phrase coined by civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

BeBe Winans and Deborah Joy Winans  Will Host “Our OWN Easter”

Gospel legend BeBe Winans and his niece actress-singer Deborah Joy Winans will host the one-hour premiere of OWNs Easter Gospel Music Special “Our OWN Easter.” The special will air on the OWN network on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT and will feature renowned gospel and R&B artists such as Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton & the Hamiltones, Ledisi, Jonathan McReynolds, CeCe Winans, Travis Greene, Michelle Williams, Kirk Franklin and others. There will also be inspiring words from prominent faith leaders including Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Pastor William Murphy III and Priscilla Shirer.

Dr. Samuel C. Tolbert  Installed as President of the National Baptist Convention of America

On Thursday, March 4, 2021 Dr. Samuel C. Tolbert of Lake Charles, LA was installed for his second term as President of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. (NBCA). The NBCA is the world’s third largest African American Baptist organization. President Tolbert who was first elected and installed in September 2014 and has since presided over the 3.5 million members. Under President Tolbert’s leadership, the convention relocated its headquarters to the campus of Simmons College of Louisville, Kentucky, the convention’s official school. Dr. Tolbert also formed multiple notable national partnerships along with many other accomplishments.