Gospel Roundup

(from left to right): Jekalyn Carr, Nick Cannon, Faith Evans

Nick Cannon Loses Youngest Son to Brain Cancer

Actor/comedian and talk show host Nick Cannon recently announced the devastating news of the passing of his 5-month son, Zen Scott Cannon to brain cancer. In an emotional address, Cannon told viewers of “The Nick Cannon Show,” “I prayed for the miracle of God’s strength, and that’s why I’m here with you guys today.” Cannon, who is a father of seven children recalled when he first noticed something unusual about the cough his youngest son exhibited around two months old. The condition later diagnosed as hydrocephalus, occurs when there is a buildup of fluid within cavities of the brain that creates pressure and tissue damage. Zen’s condition worsened over the Thanksgiving weekend despite multiple surgical procedures and ultimately, he succumbed to the illness last weekend. Cannon described his baby son as “the most loving” child who was always smiling and had the “most beautiful spirit.”

CeCe Winans Headlines “Christmas on Broadway”

CeCe Winans will be headlining “Christmas on Broadway” a series of three free concerts that will be held in the Times Square location of New York City. The concerts, hosted by the Times Square Church will be held in-person at the Mark Hellinger Theater on 51st Street December 20th – 22nd at 7pm. The Times Square Church is an interdenominational, multinational congregational church founded by the late Pastor David Wilkerson and is home to over 10,000 people representing over 100 nationalities. “Christmas on Broadway”, will feature CeCe Winans along with a talented lineup of singers and musicians who will share the message of the spirit of Christmas with holiday songs. Admission to the concerts will be free for all.

“The Stellar Tribute to the Holidays” Returns Christmas Day

It’s Christmas time again for the “Stellar Tribute to the Holidays.” The annual event presented by the creators of the The Stellar Awards will be hosted once again by Jekalyn Carr to celebrate the season with hope, holiday cheer and musical performances. This year’s lineup will include Mali Musicperforming his spin on “Little Drummer Boy,” Kierra Sheard-Kelly’s “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” Natalie Grant’s rendition of “Joy to the World,” and original holiday songs performed by Charles Jenkins including “Christmas Hop,” and “Christmas Music.” Others scheduled to perform include Kelontae Gavin, Evvie McKinney, Leon Timbo, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Brandon Camphor and One Way and the host of the evening Jekalyn Carr. This star-studded holiday special presented by Verizon, will air on Christmas Day on Saturday, December 25th at 1pm ET on Bounce TVand will continue airing in national syndication through New Year’s Eve.

All-Star Cast is Featured for VH-1’s “Miracles Across 125th Street”

Miracles Across 125th Street is a soon-to-be holiday classic movie that follows the story of a Harlem rapper played by actor/comedian and talk show host Nick Cannon who is challenged to confront his past transgressions including battling drug addiction on Christmas Eve when he returns to his family’s church. The movie, directed by Cannon features an eclectic cast of actors, singers, rappers, and comedians alongside gospel artists Fred Hammond, Karen Clark-Sheard and Kierra Sheard-Kelly. In a statement Cannon said, “I’m excited to bring all the uplifting elements of gospel, hip-hop and comedy together with such an inspiring and talented cast.” “Miracles Across 125th Street,” will premiere on Monday, December 20th at 9pm ET/PT on VH1.

Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Jordan Kelly Celebrate Anniversary with Dream Wedding

Gospel singer Kierra Sheard-Kellyand hubby Jordan Kelly proved that dreams really do come true. A year after the couple said their “I-dos” in an intimate celebration in 2020, they revisited the “big day” in a big way complete with family, friends, and a glamourous reception. After COVID sidelined their plans in 2020 for a dream wedding the couple vowed to do it all again the way they first envisioned. Compared to last year’s wedding celebration, this year’s grand soiree remains somewhat bittersweet. The bride’s grandfather Bishop John Henry Sheardwho officiated the first wedding died last month on November 11th.  This time around, the celebration of love held in the bride’s native Detroit, MI was set in a dream-like venue filled with flowers designed by The Velvet Touch Events. The bride’s stunning custom-made white gown was created by designer Ese Azenabor. Kelly’s debonair tux was fashioned by Times Square Custom Clothing. R&B songstress and family friend Faith Evans performed several of her R&B classics during the reception for the couple. The night was capped off when Evans did a mic toss to the Kierra who serenaded Jordan.