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.

“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.

Women in the Christian Entertainment Industry

PROCLAIM19 DISCUSSES WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY

National Religious Broadcaster recently wrapped up their annual International Christian Media Convention, Proclaim 19. The convention took place in Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from March 26-29, 2019

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This gathering included the most talented and successful producers, organizers, directors, and musicians in the Christian entertainment industry, making for an enriching experience for all creative leaders worldwide. In addition to the amazing networking opportunities when you gather so many creative minds together in one space, you may also find yourself amongst some of the most important and necessary players in the industry. Sometimes, when it comes to ministry, things can require reaching for resources more outside of the box; the lawyers and the advertisement companies, the webmasters and travel agencies, came together to learn more about the industry in which they are all so uniquely intertwined between faith and profession.

With endless knowledge being shared at such an event as this one, there is also an opportunity to open the floor and shed light on specific issues in the industry by facilitating a healthy and educated conversation around them. One of the several panel sessions at Proclaim 19 was titled ‘Women in Entertainment’. The panel was moderated by Evy Baehr Carrol, host and director of creative content at Movieguide, and the first of its category at the annual convention.

One of the panelists, “War Room” actress Priscilla Shirer, speaks about the balance that working in the industry requires of her. For a Christian woman, this balance is not between fame and success, but rather in Priscilla’s case, it is all about prioritizing and seeking God’s face. “There are seasons to a woman’s life, and certain things the Lord calls you to prioritize in one season are going to shift in another season,” Shirer said. “Our task is to tune in and ask the Lord, ‘What will honor You in this particular season of my life? What do I need to prioritize so that my priorities align with Yours during this season?’ And I give myself to those fully.” All the panelists could agree on one thing, it takes constant turning to and relying on God’s direction and discernment when choosing what and how much to take on in the film industry.

Here is a trailer for the movie ‘War Room’:

On the other side of this unwavering devotion to remain in God’s will and continuously seek Him first is the side of the industry. With trusting in the sovereignty and omnipotence of God, producers and directors find themselves to be quite satisfied with the work but must remember just as well to hold it loosely, trust in the Lord and always be willing to let go of something for Him to take it away.

In closing words, Carrol spoke of the encouragement that came from this session and states “[God] has shown us His faithfulness and hope in the entertainment industry. This is exactly our desire at Movieguide, to help encourage women and men to make great faith-filled content in the entertainment industry and fulfill God’s purpose in their lives.”

 

 

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