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Crowns: A Gospel Musical Delight

A soul-stirring Gospel musical written by the award-winning American actress and playwright, Regina Taylor is making its way to Theatre Tuscaloosa this Friday. The musical, named “Crowns” is expected to reach into the souls of the audience with its soaring vocals and inspiring worship tunes.
Set in a typical contemporary Southern church, “Crowns” follows a troubled 17-year old named Yolanda (played by Ashley Jones) who moves in with her grandmother in South Carolina, following the death of her brother.

Young Yolanda finds herself under the mentorship of Mother Shaw (NorQuina Rieves), learning about the traditions surrounding Southern headgear and what it takes to be a church “Hat Queen”.
This is precisely what makes this play shine. Its creative usage of lavish church hats creates a colorful display in the Southern style church pews stage setting, bringing forth the characters, and making “Crowns” a spectacular tribute to the rich and lively Carolinian gospel church scene. Theatre Tuscaloosa sought “Crowns” as part of its mission to represent all cultures in its community.

“Our community can identify with these characters,” said Tina F. Turley, executive producer. “Theatre Tuscaloosa needs to tell our community stories… some of our stories are white, some of our stories are black, some of our stories are Asian-American. We’ve got lots of stories to tell, as far as ethnic background.”

Some in the audience could experience immediate recognition, while others may be going to school.
“They are going to reminisce who wore hats in their lives, or they’re going to learn about this culture: the culture of black churches and the mothers, the women that wore hats, and the whys behind it, and the sacrifices they make to do it,” said Mark Moore, guest director and choreographer for this run of “Crowns.” Luvada Harrison is musical director.

“Crowns” falls under the category of a jukebox musical, meaning it uses existing songs, rather than writing new work for the score. Though it leans heavily on gospel, “Crowns” also draws from jazz, spirituals, blues, reggae, R&B and hip-hop. Romps such as “When the Saints Go Marching In” will encourage audience members to join with the cast, clapping their hands and stomping their feet.

But whether an audience member identifies with the culture of black churches, or comes to the experience with an open mind, “Crowns” can transcend race and gender, said Catherine Doughty-Walker, who’s playing Wanda.

“You will laugh, you will cry, and by the end, you’ll probably be friends with the ladies in ‘Crowns’,” she said.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Feb. 21-22, with 2 p.m. matinees Sunday, Wednesday and Feb. 23-24, all in the Bean-Brown Theatre at Shelton State Community College. Tickets are $24 general; $20 for seniors, Shelton State employees, and members of the military; and $16 for students and children.

Buchi in Benin

Reggae Gospel maestro, Buchi gave a stellar performance in the recent Inner-City Mission concert in Benin, Nigeria.
The concert that was organized to raise money for indigent children in underprivileged urban areas, primarily in Africa– was a total hit. Buchi’s surprise appearance drew massive crowds, virtually emptying the streets of Benin.

The music reverberated throughout the city walls, uplifting the massive crowds with those awesome signature-Buchi reggae beats, booming bass lines and rhythmic ‘Rasta’ riffs.

Buchi has been crowned as Africa’s voice of gospel reggae. For decades, the reggae gospel artist has been captivating fans with unforgettable performances. His recent Abuja concert emptied streets, making it “one of the most popular gospel crossover concerts in Nigerian history.” Buchi has released five audio albums and two video albums: These Days So Beautiful, What a life, The Sound of Life, and Over the years.

Buchi was born in Kaduna in 1963 and has lived most of his life in the lively city of Lagos.
Buchi, who is also the Inner City Mission Goodwill Ambassador planned this special event with his fellow Christ Embassy members of Benin, Zone 1 in order to raise awareness about “the plight of the indigent”, as well as raise funds to support the InnerCity Mission in reaching vulnerable children around the world.
The concert ended up raising thousands of dollars.

The Buchi concert continued into the night
The Buchi concert continued into the night

Families in the Benin community who attended the show were seen shedding tears from the sheer emotional and inspirational atmosphere that was saturated with Christ’s spirit. The attendants were also incredibly grateful for the initiative that was created to raise money for them and their families.
This is not the first concert of this nature to bring joy on such a massive scale. Pastor Chris, the president of both Christ Embassy and the NGO -Inner City Mission has been responsible for countless efforts to raise money for the neglected and disadvantaged. Pastor Chris also frequently has his hand in the music scene and has single-handedly fostered a global gospel empire filled with the world’s top artists known as the Loveworld Music Ministry.

The Ultimate Martin PK Playlist

Martin Phike, AKA Martin PK, the South African native–is one of the hottest gospel pop singers of our time and burst onto the scene at 16 years old. He began his career as the young musical prodigy of Gabi Le Roux, South Africa’s biggest producer (responsible for names such as Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lebo Mathosa, Danny K and of course the beloved Mandoza). The young star only took off from there. After a good stint as a teen pop star, the musician, alongside his brother, created the unforgettable South African boyband ‘Inadiflo’.

The band saw a lot of success and landed a record deal with Sony. In 2004, he and his group Ghetto Lingo entered the Coca-Cola Popstars and were selected out of 15,000 participants. Fast forward to 2019 and Martin PK, with a career that now spans about two decades is currently one of the voices of the Loveworld Music Ministry, ministering to a global audience with his beautiful worship songs. His lyrics, bring words of hope and upliftment and make your heart sing. Get your Martin PK ‘fix’ with these five holy tunes!

Holy Spirit
The love in this song flows like water and is essentially a song of gratitude to the Lord Almighty. The Holy Spirit that guides us all cannot always be expressed in song, yet Martin PK seems to succeed.

Thus, Saith the Spirit
Based on the remarkable quote in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, this song is an ode to the scripture. We are all merely messengers of the Lord.

Beautiful Jesus
Martin PK’s penetrating voice is accompanied by the heavenly echoes “How wonderful Jesus”, an effect that elevates your soul straight to the heavens. The video was shot in the beautiful Mahe Island in Seychelles, a place that almost represents paradise! Certainly, the apt theme for the song.

Nothing is Impossible
Once you accept that God is inside of you, there is simply nothing that can stand in your way, there is just no reason for fear. What better way to celebrate this glorious notion, other than with Martin PK’s hit track- Nothing is impossible. Enjoy this breathtaking performance on the Californian stage.

You are Great
Shot in the Holy Land, Jerusalem this worship song’s music video features some of the most sacred structures in Judeo-Christian history. One can feel the blessed earth beneath his feet by just simply watching it, not to mention the song itself moves the soul.

Follow Martin PK on Kingschat!

 

A Fresh New Season of Strings Unleashed

Strings Unleashed, the supreme gospel program on Loveworld TV is back with a bang. The hottest gospel reality show features an array of the LoveWorld musical maestros competing for the title of Strings Unleashed winner.

The show that now will take on a more interactive feel in its second season is guaranteed to move, inspire and above all entertain you with their praiseworthy worship tunes. A slew of performers is set to appear. Just some of which include Ur Flames, Melo F.T Cliff M, Testimony Jaga, Samsong, CSO, Daniel Myles, Winter Amadin, KingDareal, T. B. 1, Sam Jamz, Martin PK and many more.

The show will introduce a very exciting voting process that allows fans to choose their favorite artists. The audience can simply state the name of their favorite contestant! Here are some of the artists that are in the running. You can start voting now!

Eben

The widely popular LIMA Artist of the Year has produced several hit tracks including “Imaranma”, “Good Day,” and “Justified”- songs that have ministered to thousands of global Loveworld citizens. The gospel sensation also has a music show with fellow ‘LMAMer’ Martin PK. The two discuss a list of hot topics that involve music and entertainment.

Joe Praize

The Christ Embassy musician has won multiple awards including Love World Award with the song, “Mighty God”, Best African Gospel by SABC Crown Gospel Awards of 2010, Best West Africa at the Africa Gospel Music Awards UK 2011, and the Love World Awards 2011, for Worship Song of the Year. The soulful singer has certainly made his mark in the scene, wowing crowds in shows around the world

Jahdiel

In 2008 Jahdiel exploded onto the gospel scene in 2008 with her debut album Heritage, also earning her the prize in the category ‘Most Promising Artist or Group’. The Nigerian native has actually been singing and playing the piano since she was 13 years old. Jahdiel is also behind the mega-hits “Ebube Dike”, “Oh God” and “Ayaya”, form the 2010 album Under Oath. Her successful career recently landed her in the YNaija‘s list of “100 Most Influential People in Christian Ministry in Nigeria.

Of course, there will be hordes of other massive Loveworld artists who will be featured on the new season of Strings Unleased such as Ur Flames, Melo F.T Cliff M, Testimony Jaga, Samsong, CSO, Daniel Myles, Winter Amadin, KingDareal, T. B. 1, Sam Jamz, Martin PK. Get ready for the new Strings Unleashed!

Israel Strong Pays Tribute to the Lord

The LoveWorld Inc’s favorite gospel star, Israel Strong  is back with another powerful track ‘He Paid It All’. This devoted and soulful artist has won several other awards over the years for his gospel hits.
It is a beautiful tribute to Jesus Christ. The song talks about how Jesus Christ paid for our sins. “I’ll never forget what he did on the cross to me, oh what a perfect love.” It is a song filled with devotion and gratitude for Jesus.

The song, with the simple line “He paid it all” perfectly describes Jesus’ selfless act as well as his love for humanity. The catchy pop song echoes Strong’s deep sense of thankfulness. Strong’s smooth and high vocals come alive and force you to sing along and shout hallelujah. Israel Strong is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the world of gospel. The vocalist has won multiple awards. In 2015, Strong was the recipient of ‘Song Writer of the year’ for the junior category. The awards project was created in order to “to reach the world through music and creative arts ministrations.” A strong sense of devotion super evident in all his music.

His other hot tracks include, New Level and the Advantage among many others, all of them channeling the love of God. In an interview with this “great minister of God in songs”, Israel Strong told us about the inspiration of his new single. He said; “This song was birthed by the Spirit of God and it came to me during my personal prayer and fasting. I wanted to sing a song that was in line with the message of year and God granted my heart desire.” Indeed a Channeling of Faith.

Check out more of Israel’s Strong’s inspiring hits that we selected that bets show his glorious gratitude to the Lord.

Strong communicates with the Lord through his music with themes of gratitude and appreciation. In one of his most popular hits of 2016 ‘Born Victorious’ , Strong talks about talks about creation and expresses a “confession of what God’s word says about the new creation in Christ” This great song was produced by Kelly Lyon, one of the genres top producers.

The Man of the Mountain Top is another great song that talks about that special presence that is constantly watches over you. We all want to climb that great mountain top, getting there can be scary but once you’re on top you “can never fall”. This is what Strong talks about in this moving track.

Strong is one of LoveWorld Music and Arts Ministry’s greatest artists and has expressed his great sense of appreciation for his church for honoring him before the world to the glory of God. He has stated the he owes his inspiration to Pastor Chris and Christ Embassy. In Israel Strong’s Voice, “am following my man of God, bumper to bumper.”
Other top gospel artists from the church including Sinach, Ada, Eben, Frank Edwards, Testimony Jaga, Rap Nation Jahdiel, Evangelist Kathy Woghiren, Buchi, Wisdom continue to transform gospel.

Follow Israel Strong on Kingschat today by clicking here! 

 

Sharon Oyakhilome’s Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal Shower

Sharon Oyakhilome's Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal Shower

The gospel starlet and daughter of Pastor Chris, Carrissa Sharon Oyakhilome recently celebrated her upcoming wedding with a heavenly gorgeous bridal shower.

The two love birds who officially got engaged last year have huge plans for the event. The sensational singer and her Ghanaian heartthrob, Phillip Frimpong have been overwhelmed by the amount of love and blessings received. Much anticipation is felt around the approaching event and the celebrations have already begun!

A Gold and White Themed Paradise.

If the bridal shower looked this good, then just imagine how the wedding will be! The white and gold themed celebration was filled with loving family and friends who poured in with countless wishes, blessings and love. The couple were prayed for by the man of God himself, automatically guaranteeing them a life time of spiritual wealth and happiness.
In an Instagram post, the woman of the hour shared an adorable gif of her bouncing a white balloon, with the comment “Had the loveliest bridal shower“Pastor Chris himself can be pictured smiling with his beautiful daughter. The man of God wore a classy white suit and golden tie.

Sharon Oyakhilome's Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal Shower
Pastor Chris and his beautiful Sharon at her bridal shower

Beautiful and lavish decorations adorned the joyous celebrations. The crowds and the food were all top class. Everybody looked like royalty. Especially of course, the woman at the center of it all, Sharon herself was a sight to behold.

The 25-year-old, who is currently one of the worlds biggest gospel singers looked like an absolute princess.

Sharon Oyakhilome's and stunning flower decorations
Sharon Oyakhilome’s and stunning flower decorations

Sharon Oyakhilome’s Breathtakingly Beautiful Bridal ShoweThe starlet donned a classically elegant white dress with a high neckline and delicately embroidered floral seam. This princess was clearly the best dressed in all of Nigeria and paired her stunningly elegant dress with a cute pair of pink fluffy heels, adding a subtle playful touch. This super stylish star knows how to put on a show! The lucky lady posted this gorgeous picture on her Instagram.

 

Mr Frimpong himself is no stranger to style.

The UK based, and Dutch born business man has made quite a name for himself in the African wax print industry and also has an amazing sense of fashion. Here he can be seen wearing a super dapper beige knee-length overcoat. The savvy stud has been pictured many times wearing great outfits and looks more like a model than a businessman!

Sharon Oyakhilome's with her fiance
Sharon Oyakhilome with her fiance

The big day is coming!

The soon to be Mrs Frimpong Oyakhilome has been helping her followers out with meaningful relationship advice. In a question posted on twitter, she was asked to advise young brides on how to prepare for the big day. Carissa advises young brides “to trust and obey God” and “pay attention” to your partner.

No doubt we are all paying attention and waiting for this momentous day. The event will take place on the 6th of October 2018. “Save the Date” as Sharon has said

Sinach On Love, Life and Jesus Christ

Sinach interview on Christian Premier Radio

Sinach has had an incredible journey from a local church singer to international gospel superstar. The multi-award winner has over 200 songs to her name and is responsible for such hits such as ‘I know who I am’ and ‘WayMaker’. Her song ‘This Is Your Season’ won the Song of the Year award in 2008. Sinach’s music has been performed in churches all over the world.

With all this success, comes great responsibility. Creating uplifting and moving music for millions of fans around the word can take its toll. As a mega star, striking the perfect balance between stardom and spirituality is challenging to say the least.  In an intimate one on interview, Damilola Okeke, of Premier Christian Radio, sat down with Gospel superstar Sinach, and discussed the nitty gritty issues of love, life and her relationship with Jesus Christ.

Before Sinach rose to be one of Nigeria’s mega gospel stars, she was serving in the church. Her music was mostly shared within community. When asked on how she felt before her rise to fame, Sinach said she was grateful as a servant of the church and simply felt “content” to share her music on the platform of the church.

“When you’re content with where God has placed you, he gives you more”

Sinach went on to express how she has dealt with success by not being anxious and enjoying every point in the journey of her success.
These were some great life lessons that the starlet has learned, and she has her close-knit family to thank for that.

“I have learned to trust God, how to move, not to move ahead of him, because when you move ahead of him you are going to get into trouble”

That’s not all she got to thank her family for. A lot of her musical inspiration came from the home. Her father would often play Anita Baker, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many others. When Sinach met Pastor Chris however, her musical direction took quite a turn.  Sinach recalled a sermon by Pastor Chris about the holy spirit and salvation and said:

“Not only did I get born again, I got filled with the holy spirit…on the same day”.

Since that life-changing sermon, Sinach turned into the woman we know today, a Gospel superstar.

For the full interview, click on the link below.
https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/The-Profile/Episodes/Chick-Yuill-Sinach2

New Track By Melo

Up and coming gospel artist Melo, is out with a new a hot new track entitled ‘Shakara’.

The new single ‘Shakara’ ft Cliff M is the first one off the brand-new album entitled ‘Light’. The album’s Afro-pop infused inspirational tunes celebrate the gift of life. These vibrant and energetic melodies are guaranteed to get you moving, dancing and praying!

Born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, this sugary pop sensation combines a unique blend of Afro-pop beats and gospel melodies, giving her catchy tunes a soulful and spiritual touch.
In her latest track, Melo praises Jesus, claiming that “everywhere I go, I go with you power Jesus”. The song acknowledges his presence everywhere.

The word Shakara is a Pidgin word for ‘having swag’.

The beat filled song talks about feeling good or having ‘swag’ for the Lord. It’s about loving Jesus, loving yourself and loving life.
“The idea of the video is to show exactly that, incorporating style, feeling good and a vibrant colorful vibe.”

Melo, got her big break with her debut music video ‘‘Dance for You’. Produced by Kwame Nkrumah and Peter Tobe, the young arist blew us away for the very first time in the very colorful video. The words “He is my all” echoes throughout the song and her signature style of inspirational jam meets club hit can be felt from the first moment.

The hit drew heaps of attention, immediately putting Melo on the map. The South African gospel pop scene is bursting with new talent, and this can surely be seen with the rise this fresh new voice. Melo sure does stand out.

The artist has since amassed an increasing fan-base and is quickly becoming one of the leading young artists in this ever-growing genre. You can catch her at a bunch of upcoming performances on both locally and internationally such as South Africa (her hometown), Nigeria and Botswana. She has performed in festivals, churches and awards shows around Africa.
Find her on online such at iTunes, Google Play Music, and Sound cloud.

Check out her latest video “Shakara’ ft Cliff M in the link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4lqZr3XYVM

Na So – New Track By Wyllz

The Nigerian sensation and gospel minister is rocking the airwaves once again with another uplifting beat. The baritone bass filled superstar is famous for his inspirational and moving soft rock melodies.

Wyllz, also known as Utibe Abasi Williams, connects with God through his music as he preaches the words “I see your hand in everything I do”,  expressing his total devotion to the almighty and acknowledges that he is all seeing and all doing.”

“Let me try to count your many blessings, one by one, one by one”

Wyllz continues to express his gratitude to Jesus Christ by expressing how hard it is for him to count the many blessings in his life. The multi-talented musician is indeed blessed as this massive hit follows the huge success of his first two singles ‘Ibuchukwu’ and ‘Utibe Ima’, these songs were a staple of the local airwaves for quite some time.

The song’s music video is also a visual treat with a beautiful night shot of the buzzing city lights. Inspirational graffiti style phrases burst and explode upon the everchanging multi colored brick wall. Wyllz himself appears standing in front of the wall as calls out the inspirational texts.

The images then merge as the city lights appear in a silhouette of the great artist. “I see your hand in everything”. This emphasizes the great impact the Lord has in his life, as well as the Lord’s presence in all aspects of life.

The imagery is truly beautiful and a powerful testament to the impact and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. It can be felt everywhere. This is the powerful message that song echoes.
The song has a very different feel to his last songs. Ibuchukwu, his previous hit was a soft and soulful ballade, unlike Na So which has a more rock feel to it.

The video also differs greatly from his Ibuchukwu hit, having a more traditional look to it. “Na So seems to celebrate city life while Ibuchukwu took us to the county side with its green pastures and colorful traditional dresses.
This is just a testament to Wyllz very versatile nature and great skills, showing us that he can switch it up with different styles, both musically and visually.

The song was produced by none other than music genius and pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, King Baseda.

The CEO of Final Mix has over 20 years in the ‘biz’ and has worked with a whole host of Nigeria’s favorite artists such as DBrown, Venom and Effjay and of course many more.

To check out the new rock gospel hit, click the link below