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.

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MEGA PROMO – CEFLIX TUNES – “SUBSCRIBE AND WIN”

There are not many things that beat the feeling of winning, and as followers of Jesus, this is the reality we live in every day! Last week, we told you all about the freshest gospel music platform in Nigeria – CeFlix Tunes. We hope you have downloaded it and are rocking out daily to your favorite gospel jams. Winning for Christ is our one and only goal in life, and when you subscribe to CeFlix Tunes you can win BIG!

CeFlix Tunes not only brings you incredible music that stirs your heart and spirit for God but also connects you to a whole community of music lovers! In order to get the MOST of the CeFlix Tunes listening experience, you can subscribe and stay connected to all the newest updates and releases of your favorite gospel artists.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – you have the chance to WIN BIG when you subscribe to CeFlix Tunes! If you were going to subscribe anyway, this is the best time! CeFlix Tunes has recently launched a new super mega promo called “Subscribe and Win”. This is an intercontinental experience that is solely for the listeners because we all deserve a chance to win!

Beginning this month (July) and going on through December of this year, this special mega promo promises to deliver tons of amazing prizes and surprises for music lovers across the continent. CeFlix Tunes has grown to and maintained being the number one music streaming platform in Nigeria, as it has made its way into the global music streaming industry.

A huge supporter and celebrator of music and musicians from around the world, CeFlix Tunes is all about connecting with the community and showing love to the passionate music lovers and subscribers. In order to encourage a greater amount of support for the artists and the platform, the “Subscribe and Win” promo was launched.

Participants who will be considered must subscribe to any of the monthly, quarterly or annual plans. The higher the subscription, the better your chances will be for the GRAND PRIZE! Prices range from household appliances such as a washing machine or a microwave and go as big as an exotic boat cruise with a favorite gospel artist, to the highest prize offered – A trip to Dubai!

The announcement of the winners will take place every month on the live draw where the winners for each of the premium plans will be announced live on air.

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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

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.

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.

Clara Chukwurah Catches the Media’s Eye with New Instagram Post Promoting the Word of God

There is no denying that the Word of God spreads like wildfire. The world today is more exposed to the gospel than any other time in history and it’s not slowing down in any way. Whether its technology reaching the masses or the genuine power of God moving through your communities supernaturally, God is telling us the time to follow Him is now.

While God is touching lives all over the world, Nigeria is especially growing in knowledge and revelation of Jesus. Over the years famous celebrities have confessed a new life in Christ. From Charly Boy to Yul Edochie to Chris Okotie, accepting Jesus and being completely transformed by His love has made the headlines time and again.

80s actress, and mother to music director Clarence Peters, Clarion Chukwurah is our most recent celebrity to have accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. When a brother or sister with such a great influence as Chukwurah joins the kingdom of God, we cannot help but REJOICE! The name of God becomes like a flame that cannot be extinguished as thousands are exposed to the saving power of God through His son, Jesus Christ.

Photo of Clara and son, Clarence Peters
Photo by: Pulse.ng

On June 9th Chukwurah took the opportunity to share her testimony on her Instagram page. With more than twelve thousand followers, Clara Chukwurah (as referred to on Instagram) shared the following message of truth:

“My Testimony; As an Actress, I played the role of the Bitch and life was all about Glamour and Glitz, and though I was the Humanitarian, I didn’t realise that with CHRIST there are no half measures. But, Today, HE has saved me – John 3: 16 and like the Apostle Paul – Romans 1: 16 and I will Glorify His Name because HE has empowered me for others to be saved – Acts 1: 8. Jesus Christ is the ULTIMATE…do you know HIM? Are you saved? Do you have a one on one relationship with Jesus Christ today like I do? If so, what is your Testimony?”

Recently, the world has witnessed many stories of people coming to faith through a near-death experience or being physically rescued from something that was threatening them. In the many testimonies of the rich and famous, the commonality is the search for more out of life. When you have tasted all that the world has to offer you, just imagine how quenching the truth is!

These blessed celebrities are using their influence, following, and voice to show the world how much more there is offered in Christ. Join us in praying for all of your favorite icons, that they would be touched by the revelation of God and be truly transformed.

See more of Chukwurah’s motivational messages by following her at @clarachukwurah on Instagram and the Clarion Chukwurah Official Facebook page.

“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.

Award Winning Gospel Collaborative Project – Wilsongs by Dr. Wilson Muwanguzi

Music is a powerful source that can play a huge part in your mood, which can affect your whole day. Music can either be used to energize or to relax. It is also used as self-expression, both in creating as well as in sharing. Our capabilities for making and listening to music are constantly advancing and becoming more and more a part of our everyday life, although it’s been a centralized point throughout history and culture since the beginning of time.

Knowing that music has such a strong effect on our mindset, we can always use it to refocus ourselves and our attention to God and His ways. When we listen to Spirit-filled music, our eyes return to the Lord and we become instantly strengthened, as we claim the promises of God, singing them over ourselves and our situations.

One ministry that has grasped the true power that Spirit-filled music has over our situations and mindset is the ministry of Wilsongs, founded by Dr. Wilson Muwanguzi. After experiencing the overwhelming benefits and blessings that gospel music brings, Dr. Wilson was ready to create this experience for believers all around the world. He recently sat down with Uganda Christian News to share about their ongoing project. With leaders of the industry all around the world, ‘all bound by a common goal of giving a voice for the generation that is passionate about God and addressing society needs’. Dr. Wilson’s dream to see a generation penetrated by the power of God-inspired music began to manifest.

This project reaches beyond all barriers of culture, style, denomination, and genre to satisfy and uplift all believers from every walk of life. Holy Spirit inspired lyrics not only encourage and uplift, but they lead us to be knowers of God’s Word, which produces teachers of God’s Word.

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Wilsongs at Viga Music Awards by: Uganda Christian News

The Wilsongs group has received several awards over the course of their ministry work and most recently on May 31st at the Viga Music Awards ceremony in Kampala, in Uganda where they are based out of. Wilsongs group was the recipient of the Best Duo/Band/Group of the year, and Dr. Wilson received recognition for the Afri-Song Artist of the year 2019 award.

Dr. Wilson took the time to sit down with Uganda Christian News to share his thoughts on all the buzz:

“Winning at the Viga Music Awards 2019, has been a miracle of its kind: it came at a time when we had just released our new songs; “Yuza Eggulu”, ” Saawa Ya Kubotola”, “Waliwo Abisobola”, “Mulimu Ekipya” and “Praising You Jehovah (Tenda)” yet they had not yet received as much acclamation as expected, even though Wilsongs is generally loved within and across borders…. While winning awards is not the major aim, with this victory GOD has literally lifted us miles into the sky. We feel like stars shining high and bright. Surely; in such a time.”

Idols SA Yanga Sobetwa Takes Fans to the ‘Promised Land’ – NEW ALBUM!

Six months have passed since the exciting win for Idols SA Yanga Sobetwa. From graduating high school to becoming a millionaire in a matter of months, Yanga soon realized that God has a plan for her life, and it’s much more than she ever could have imagined for herself.

Yanga was the youngest contestant in season 14 of Idols SA but that never caused anyone to doubt her incredible vocals and presence throughout the competition. This historical win took all of South Africa by surprise as Yanga announced only after winning that she will be doing something different with her fame and success.

With an increasing amount of pressure and status, Yanga chose to glorify God with everything. She not only announced that she will continue her music career in Gospel music, but also that she plans to use her platform for so much more than just music.

Check Out the New Music Video “Promised Land” Here!

The long-awaited, newest single and first complete album, “Promised Land” was released earlier this month on May 10th. In just two weeks, “Promised Land” has made its way to the top of the iTunes Gospel charts and it hasn’t budged! However, Yanga is no stranger to being at the top. At the very release of her first debut, her single “Scars (All Over Me)” was at the top of the charts and the music video gained quite a lot of attention, as well.

“Promised Land” was a project that involved many amazing and inspiring talent from both the world of Gospel music and the Idols SA community. Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir and fan favorite Idols SA contestant Amanda Black joined Yanga for an incredible and collaborative production.

As Yanga continues to bless the world with her music, she looks forward to further finding her individuality and her sound. It is important to her that she inspires the world to find hope for a better world and future, as she has found in God.

Sitting in an interview with TshisaLIVE, South African Times, Yanga shared these words in response to her style and what she wants her fans to take away from her music, success, and fame:

“The song is inspired by harmony, peace and nation building. The song makes me feel like I am spreading a message of hope and I hope it touches someone’s life”

“I have definitely received great feedback from all over, people say my music brings them hope and peace and they are amazed at what the album does to their souls. That feels good, it gives me a tap on the back and encourages me to go forward.”