Nigeria’s Own El’ Grace is Returning Home for Her “Abundant Praise” Concert

God is raising people up and bringing real talent to the light! Gospel singer and violinist, El’ Grace has spent the majority of her musical career in the United States where she is based in Brooklyn, New York. Recently, God has opened new doors and called her back to her first home for a first-ever live recording concert right in Lagos, Nigeria!

Get ready for September 15th for the concert of the year! El’ Grace is excited to return to Nigeria and praise the Lord with a (or several) new songs! This is not only a homecoming celebration but will also include the release of her newest album! The album, titled “Let Your Fire Fall” is sure to amaze fans with sounds and lyrics that bring the presence of God into any atmosphere.

You may recall some of her earlier singles such as “You are Beautiful”, “I Am Free”, and “Writer of My Story” from years 2017 and 2018. This year, she has been working hard and the blessing has followed as a reward. Earlier this year, she released her most recent single “We Thank You” all while working on the new album, set to release THIS MONTH!

This “double blessing” as CeFlix Tunes referred to the upcoming concert event as is going to be a time for the community in Lagos to come together for a joy and spirit-filled evening. The concert will be a time set apart to sing praises, dance, and rejoice together over God’s goodness and grace in each and every life that will be present. The concert will be called “Abundant Praise” and that is exactly what there is to be expected.

She will be performing both old and new hit singles, sure to satisfy the dedicated fans that have followed her throughout the years during her career in gospel music. The live concert “Abundant Praise” will be held at Terra Kulture, located at 1376, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria on September 15th, 2019 at 4 pm WAT.

This is a concert you do not want to miss so mark your calendars and bring the family out for a night of heart-stirring worship and praise with El’ Grace as she blesses everyone with her latest music. For more information about this event and upcoming concerts by all your favorite gospel singers, you can visit CeFlix Tunes on Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t forget to download the CeFlix Tunes app here too!

University of Port Harcourt Hosts “Made to Love Concert”

The ‘Made to Love Concert’ was an experience that is still stirring the hearts of all who were blessed to be in attendance. With so much in ministry that caters to the younger and older generations, there is often a gap in the young adult generation. Leave it to gospel artists Testimony Jaga, Password, and so many more to host an incredible night for university students.

Photo By: LoveWorld News The LoveWorld Center Port Harcourt fills with young people for the concert

The years during university bring such questioning about identity and future plans. There are so many changes happening behind and before you that it can become hard to find where you are rooted. The “Made to Love Concert’ gathered thousands of young adults on July 25th at the LoveWorld Center, University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) in Southern Nigeria. This event came as a beautiful reminder for all students who may have forgotten the complete joy there is to experience in Christ. With several attendants committing their lives to the Lord for the first time, there were several rededications as well. Countless students at the concert experienced and witnessed the Holy Spirit in a fresh way.

John 16:22 “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”

The joy of the Lord was released as the room erupted with praise and dancing. As the glory of God took over the atmosphere in celebration, the presence of the Holy Spirit was overwhelming. Students were blessed beyond belief by the supernatural joy that broke out around the room. LoveWorld favorite, Testimony Jaga entered the stage bringing everyone to their feet for an incredible release of freedom in the Lord to dance and shout His praise.

Photo By: LoveWorld News Testimony Jaga

This event has been recorded and marked in eternity for the many lives that were touched at the “Made to Love Concert”. The deeper we understand and experience God’s unfailing Love for us, the greater we will pour out into our relationships with others. This concert ignited a renewed spirit amongst university students at the University of Port Harcourt and the results of its impact are sure to echo through various communities for some time.

Photo by: LoveWorld News Deep Worship as the presence of God filled the auditorium

This is why we love to worship, here at Good Gospel Playlist! Worship brings people together in the spirit of Love and JOY! We are able to sing and dance for the Lord BECAUSE He has made a way for us to live joyfully, in Christ Jesus. If ever you are feeling that you just need a breakthrough of God’s Love, turn up Testimony Jaga or Password and allow it to wash over you as you lift praises to Him!

Gospel Singer Ada Menakaya Releases New Single! “HE HAS DONE IT”

We are in the month of July and according to Christ Embassy and the man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, this is the month of Thanksgiving! It appears the Lord has pressed upon many hearts the act and desire to give thanks as Nigerian gospel artist Ada Unoma Menakaya releases her newest single, “He Has Done It”. Something we are all at fault of in the Christian life is losing sight of just how much God has done for us. It is common for people to look at their situations and trust in the things around them, without really recognizing that we have God to thank for all things.

In an interview with Guardian Music, Ada Menakaya described her new hit single as a song of declaration and prophecy:

“He Has Done It is a song of declaration and prophesy that God can do all things if we believe in our hearts without a doubt. This song was written from a place of deep thanksgiving to God for what He has done in my life; it’s a song anybody can relate with.”

Menakaya is very pleased with the positive response and attention she has gained with her new releases and shares with fans of her anticipated plans for a new music video that is still to come! Menakaya thanks her faith-filled upbringing and the unrelenting pursuit of her family to raise her and her five other brothers and sisters in a home filled with gospel music from legends like the Clark Sisters, Whitney Houston, Don Moen and more.

 “Those different styles of music, as well as a strong presence in the church, helped to shape me as a singer as well as a person. There was no time I was left with options of the message to carry. From the start, I just knew it was gospel and gospel alone. I represent Jesus Christ and all I want to do is fly the banner of Christ.” She told Guardian.

Photo by: The Guardian

Ada even gives a shout out to one of her all-time faves, and ours too! Inspired by LoveWorld artist, Sinach, Ada mentions the strong women in the gospel music industry that are true worshippers of God. Ada lives a life of deep conviction for the Lord and the great pedestal He has given her to share His glorious name in praise and thanksgiving with the world. While it is often chosen by artists to cater to the more secular side of fame for the sake of being more “relevant”, Ada proclaims:

“It is strictly gospel that speaks to everyone regardless of tribe, race or creed, with the sole aim of bringing them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. My mission is to authentically touch and impart lives and people of all ethnicities and generations around the globe with my music and see the word of God transform and change their lives, binding up the broken-hearted”

Check out this incredible sister’s new music and be inspired to give THANKS to God for everything He does for you – And stay tuned for the upcoming music video that you don’t want to miss!

NEW SINGLE – “Never Go Down” By LoveWorld’s Very Own Pastor Israel

With each new song released in the LoveWorld music scene, comes new depths of joy and pleasure in the Lord. The genre of Gospel music has brought people together from every walk of life and every nation to share in one purpose. The expression of God’s faithfulness comes to life through the words and sounds and all are invited into the sweet revelation of being one in Christ.

In this newest single, “Never Go Down”, Pastor Israel blows us away again with his incredible talent and mastery of bringing people to a position of praise and rejoicing.

Ceflix Tunes referred to the new track saying, “its undertone is imbued with a message of love and faith at the very core, it inspires a lifestyle that yields towards absolute love and trust in Jesus, even in failing and troubling circumstances.”

The song encourages those who may struggle with the understanding that God will never let us down. Even as the world fails us, God is still going to have favor on us. This is also an important reminder to all believers. We sometimes allow the world and the failure of man to creep into our minds and confuse us. Well, we were never promised a perfect world. However, we were promised a God who will sustain us through all imperfections and hardships.

Pastor Israel, also known as PI, brings us to this understanding beautifully and artistically with warm and upbeat sounds of hopefulness in Jesus Christ.

Verse 1

Don’t glory in man

We have all things in Christ

I trust in the Lord

Don’t glory in man

We have all things in Christ

I trust in the Lord

Bridge

When the systems of the world are failing

God is able to make it up to me

And When the systems of the world are failing

He is able to make all favour come to me

Chorus

I can never go

I can never go down

God is able to make it up to me

I can never go

I can never go down

When the systems of the world are failing

Verse 2

No fear for tomorrow

So I refuse to worry

I say no limitation

No fear for tomorrow

So I refuse to worry

There are no limitations

Bridge

When the systems of the world are failing

God is able to make it up to me

And When the systems of the world are failing

He is able to make all favour come to me

Chorus 2x

I can never go

I can never go down

God is able to make it up to me

I can never go

I can never go down

When the systems of the world are failing

All things are mine 4x

Chorus 2x

I can never go

I can never go down

God is able to make it up to me

I can never go

I can never go down

When the systems of the world are failing

All things are mine 2x

When Hollywood Hip-hop and Artistry Encounters God

It is always inspiring to see some of the greatest influencers in the world represent Christ on their platforms. If you have been following Good Gospel Playlist for some time, you may recall the famous Sunday Service Hip Hop Concert that captured the attention of music entertainment in America and hip-hop fans around the world. After spending time with friend and fellow artist Chance the Rapper, Kanye West reconnected with God through his relationship with Jesus. West felt compelled to share his faith on the stage and to offer an experience that would connect everyone to his love for God and gospel music.

Since the acclaimed Easter Sunrise service at world-renown Coachella Music Festival, West has channeled much of his new-found spiritual energy into his love of music and connection with people. Hollywood is talking about the on-going Sunday services that have been taking place for the greater part of 2019. Interviews with wife, Kim Kardashian-West and sisters, reveal what conspires at these services. While there is no element of teaching during these gatherings, it is an experience for all to come and connect with God through soul-stirring gospel music.

In the upcoming issue of Forbes magazine for August 2019, titled “Kanye’s Second Coming: Inside the Billion-Dollar Yeezy Empire”, West is featured on the front cover wearing a black hoodie in front of a black frame. He shares about the difficulties and blessings that God has walked him through in his career, bringing him to a more successful and healthier place in his life. In his in-depth profile, West references his diagnosis of bipolar disorder which placed him in the hospital for the latter part of his world tour in the year 2016.

“I’ll be working on home designs and looking at references from 3,000 years ago and reading the Old Testament at the same time so it’s like a soundtrack to the visuals, the shapes and the ideas we are creating. To a lot of my creative friends, I tell them the Bible is better than Pinterest. We can bring something into space and time we exist in while reflecting thousands of years of truth.” Kanye West, Forbes Interview (August 2019)

Kanye West shares in his Forbes interview of the one thing that has gotten him through the trials and tribulations he has faced, from being millions of dollars in debt to the suffering from mental illness. He admits to his submission to Christ by stating that “being in service to Christ, the radical obedience” has brought him through to experience the true blessings in a Christ-centered and Christ-focused life.

Along with wife and TV reality star, Kim Kardashian West, the two are committed to raising their family with reverence and faith in God and His great blessing through Jesus.

Young Boy Goes Viral in America – Gospel Like You Have Never Hear It Before

While gospel music has made its way around most of the greater world well before its peak in popularity in the mid-nineties, the simultaneous rise in social networking and media has changed the game. Artists are recognized internationally and gain a following of listeners from all over the world at the share of one video.

The story goes the same for 12-year-old American boy, Keedron Bryant (Florida). After his parents, Kendric and Johnnetta Bryant posted a video of him singing gospel song “Brand New Life” he became an internet sensation.

“I sang this song ‘Brand New Life’ and then like two weeks later, we had over one million views,” Keedron said. “I need to do this more because this is getting me places that I never thought I would be.”

While there is no denying the incredible talent that Keedron has, it is only gospel music that he has ever expressed interest in singing. At such a young age, Keedron knew exactly what he wanted and God has continued to bless him in this path.

 “When I was six, that’s when I knew that I really wanted to sing gospel music…If you just heard the message of a song, you can really understand what you’re listening about and know God’s grace kept you,” Keedron said.

Little did anyone know, the video that caught the world’s attention and posted to FaceBook back in October of 2018 was the very push that God always intended to give him. Knowing what his dream was since he was only six years old, he was ready to go after it with the support of the world behind him, and with God on his side.

Just this week, Keedron had the opportunity to attend the Gospel Choice Music Awards in Georgia, USA. By the favor of God, and the people, Keedron (12) was awarded the Youth Male Vocalist of the Year in the Gospel Choice Music Awards. Through receiving this mentionable award, Keedron was recognized by gospel legend, John P. Kee and so many other artists. Not to mention, the thousands of people who began posting and sharing about him instantly upon their discovery.

Keedron continues to pursue his life dream of being a famous gospel singer and sharing the light and truth with the whole world. Parents, Kendric and Johnetta, are very grateful for the passion their son has for gospel music.

 “He wakes up in the morning signing, he goes throughout the day singing, we’ve got to make him stop singing at night, so he can go to sleep,” Kendric said. “He has put in the work, and he’s truly passionate about it,” Johnetta said.

At only 12 years of age, Keedron is ready to keep pushing towards his dream of being a world renown gospel vocalist. You don’t want to forget this name! You will be hearing it for years to come.

Quotes from an Interview with First Coast News Source.

LoveWord: The Best Songs of 2018 – OUT NOW!!!

If you experienced the supernatural presence of God while worshipping with LoveWorld last year, THIS is for you! Don’t miss the new video collection of the most anointed and blessed songs of the year, written and produced by your favorite LoveWorld music ministers.

This music is the outcome and the overflow of wisdom and love that is transferred from Pastor Chris through his teachings. LoveWorld is blessed with music ministers that write about the true love and life in Jesus Christ, bringing people into a deeper experience of God’s tangible love. Through dance and song, you can let go and let GOD minister to you deeply in the presence of His joy and peace.

You can now purchase a compiled video album of all the incredible music performance by our favorite LoveWorld artists. The collection comes complete with uplifting and anointed classics such as Holy Spirit – by CSO, Oh Great God – by Rozey, Blessed be the Lord – by Evang. Kathy, Born & Raised for this – by Ada, Matchless Love – by Sinach, Jehovah – By Testimony Jaga, Joy in the Holy Ghost – by Eben, Render my Service – by Rita Soul, Wonderful King – by The Band Uk and several other songs.”

“Rejoice in the LORD always, and again I say, REJOICE!”

The joy of the Lord is a PROMISE! He has promised to take our mourning and turn it into dancing, He has promised oils of gladness and joy. C.S Lewis once said, “The most valuable thing the Psalms do to me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.”

“Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the Lord– For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all.

Jeremiah 31:12 (KJV)

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 150:1-6 (KJV)

Visit Pastor Chris’ Digital Library (PCDL) to download your copy of the most spirit-filled worship and praise LoveWorld has yet to see. The best news is that it is only Part 1! Stay tuned for the coming of Part 2 while you indulge in the great joy of the Lord until then.

Grammy Award-winning Gospel Choir Jubilation Commemorates “Black Music Month” with 20th Anniversary Reunion Gala

Every year since 1979, the month of June has been recognized internationally, though mostly in the western world, as “Black Music Month”. The month of celebratory recognition and historical enrichment was first established by the 39th United States President Jimmy Carter. It is still widely supported today as President Barak Obama described in his 2016 proclamation, the richness of culture that African-American artists and music have helped America “to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country’s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.”

After a terrible stroke, Rev. Dr. Stefanie R. Minatee, founder and artistic director of Grammy Award-winning gospel choir ‘Jubilation’, took a break from the choir without knowing when or if she could ever return. Well, God has bigger plans than any stroke or life-threatening incident. As there could not be a more opportune time for the Jubilation Gospel Choir to reunite with their founder, Minatee is back and ready for more of God.

In an interview with Billboard, Minatee shares how grateful she is to be alive and to still be able to spread God’s goodness in her life:

“God kept me here for a purpose. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be alive and still minister. Most stroke victims can’t talk or move, but he spared me. And I want to share with the world what he’s done.”

In honor of this great reunion, the famous gospel choir held a prestigious gala event at their home theater, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, on June 22nd, 2019. Not only was this event held to celebrate 20 years of incredible gospel music, but it was also the very first-time Minatee performed in that theater since before her stroke.

While Jubilation was always known throughout the gospel music scene, it was not until their featured debut on Queen Latifah’s 2009 compilation album called “Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration” that the group was officially recognized for and awarded and Grammy. Following this, the group had the incredible opportunity to sing with Latifah in the 2010 Super Bowl. Latifah served as an honorary chair for the Jubilation reunion event, as her mother is a close friend to Minatee and member of the choir.

At the gala, Jubilation performed songs from over six albums and even sang a new song for honored guests called “It’s All About You”. This project captured the complete inspiration and witness of Minatee’s most difficult times since the stroke and how the Lord’s presence was always there for her. She states, “I’m talking on the single as I couldn’t sing the way I wanted to, but it’s a blessing.”

Minatee anxiously prepared for this celebratory night and all the joy that it will bring people. As she was joined on stage by singers from all over the country, she was overwhelmed with the support from all and looks forward to a new inspiring season with her beloved, Jubilation.

ARAMIDE – New Single OUT NOW! “I’m A Winner” (2019)

The naturally talented and passionate gospel vocalist, Aramide, is releasing new songs of truth, hope and soul this year. Aramide is back with a new 12-track album for her fans and has just released a new single called “I’m A Winner”.

“I’m A Winner”, produced by GeeMagik, is a song that exemplifies the conviction that Aramide has to live a victorious life as a Christian, believing and claiming her ability to conquer anything with Christ on her side. The song invites all listeners to join and dance in the joyous reality that we are all winners, not losers, in fellowship and partnership with God.

In an interview, Aramide shared her life inspiration behind writing the song ‘I’m A Winner’: “When things happen to me, it is the mindset I work with, every time I face challenges in life and I was like I am better off putting it in lyrics and song to build others up or be a blessing to other people. I know there are lots of people out there that need the assurance of who they are in Christ. Life may throw things at you, guess what? You are a WINNER”!! No matter what comes your way, you are victorious! It may not look that way but at the end you will WIN”.

Photo by: Instagram @aramidefadilepo

Aramide has been with Christ Embassy since her humble beginnings in the University Fellowship Campus Choir of Believers’ LoveWorld (1995). She has continued to embrace the genre of Gospel music and Afro-Soul, as she hopes her lyrics would be a love service to her fans. By singing in the Spirit and using her inspiration from real life be the driving force behind her relatable and praiseworthy lyrics, her fans are in for something surely incredible with this new album.

We are reminded of the truth that we are all winners with Christ on our side in Romans 8:31-37, which reads:

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

‘For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

This music will uplift your soul and embrace your godly identity found in Christ. We are proud of Aramide as she represents Christ, as well as the LoveWorld Nation and the Man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

“Say Amen, Somebody” – A Classic Returns

The world is becoming increasingly more fascinated with the history of gospel music and the incredible performers that have made rise out of it. As the genre continues to make a name for itself in our culture today, the whole world can hear and enjoy the soulful praise that is lifted up to God in song.

Many historians are able to understand and piece together the historical context of culture and religion/faith by preserving the gospel music movement. Recently, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired rights to show the newly restored version of the classic film “Say Amen, Somebody”, a 1982 documentary on gospel history.

Project Funding

While the original film is still considered a product of support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the restoration of the film and rerelease is supported by the museums center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-Academy Film Archives, Milestone Films, and the Robert F. Smith Fund. Some of these donations have specifically gone towards the funding to digitize and preserve African American Stories, to which this rich historical account of gospel music from an earlier era is considered.

Meet: The Father of Gospel Music

One man to remember is Thomas A. Dorsey, also known and referred to as the “father of gospel”. You perhaps have recognized him from the classic song which he composed, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”. From singing the old spiritual hymns to making a name for yourself in Blues, one must seek the balance and what makes sense to them. Dorsey did just that, as he states in the film, “They didn’t want that singing. I took spirituals and hymns, put rhythm to it to call it gospel.”

Throughout his career in gospel music and beyond, he composed over 400 songs that have captured the attention of the world and the music culture of that time. From Elvis Presley to actual church choirs, Dorsey’s music has transcended cultural and religious barriers. Dorsey’s contribution to the gospel music community did not stop at his skilled composition. During his time, he also went on to become the founder and first president of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, now serving the United States 85 years of annual conventions.

The complete restoration process was overseen by the original director of the film, George Nierenberg. In the original production, Nierenberg spent a year living with the gospel artists and capturing their lives; the struggles they face, the faith they have, and the obstacles they’ve had to overcome for the joy of singing for God.

Many in attendance at the screening for the restored project expressed an overwhelming thankfulness to Nierenberg for capturing and preserving the essence that was always there from the beginning. While there are no current plans for an official release, both George Nierenberg and Milestone Films plan to continue seeking further opportunities for showing the film.

If you have the chance to see the film, you must! It is an inspiring and moving reflection of a previous time of soul, culture and gospel music.