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Kirk Frankin, Le’Andria Johnson, both winners at 2012 Grammy Awards

Congratulations is in order for gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin and former Sunday’s Best contestant, Le’Andria Johnson, who both walked away winners at last nights Grammy Awards.

Franklin won an award for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song for his latest project, Hello Fear, which feature the hit single “I Smile”.

LeAndria Johnson
Sunday’s Best season three winner, Le’Andria Johnson, took home her first Grammy award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance for her single “Jesus”.

Johnson’s debut CD, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, entered at #1 on multiple music charts, including both the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and the Top Christian/Gospel Albums charts.

The CD also debuted at #1 on the Christian Music Trade Association’s Current Gospel Overall chart.

Congratulations to them both, we wish them nothing but success.

Check out photos of some other of our favorite gospel artists hitting the red carpet at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

Also read: 20 year old Christian singer Jamie Grace, battles Tourette’s syndrome, earns first Grammy nomination for ‘Hold Me’

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Gospel Duo, Mary Mary, shows up on the red carpet. Erica looks great, not even a month after giving birth to her baby girl!

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Jamie Grace

Christian singer, Jamie Grace, who received her first Grammy nomination made an appearance on the red carpet.

Kim Burrell

Kim Burrell, who the late Whitney Houston has many times named as her friend as well as favorite gospel singer.


Cissy Houston, releases a statement on death of her daughter, Whitney

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Whitney Houston’s mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, 78, who spoke to her daughter just a half hour prior to her being pronounced dead, is absolutely devastated by the lost of her beloved daughter. Cissy issued the following:

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends.”

Check out a performance by the mother and daughter duo of “I Know Him So Well”.

Whitney Houston, dead at 48, last performance, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me”

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What was set to be a joyful star studded weekend at the Grammys, quickly turned to a sad time in the world, as people learned of the death of one of the greatest R & B and gospel singers of our time, Whitney Houston.

Sadly, Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon. After no response to CPR she was pronounced dead at 3:55pm.

The news quickly spread and many stars have reacted to the news with sadness and disbelief.

Check out Whitney’s last performance of “Yes, Jesus Love Me”, with Kelly Price, just a couple of days before her death.

20 year old Christian singer Jamie Grace, battles Tourette’s syndrome, earns first Grammy nomination for ‘Hold Me’

Jamie Grace
Jamie Grace is a 20 year old college student who aside from her career as an actress, singer and songwriter, is also studying children’s ministry. Grace currently resides in Atlanta, GA, with her parents, both of whom are pastors at Kingdom City Center in Atlanta.

At age 11, Jamie Grace was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. Tourette Syndrome is a disorder characterized by tics- involuntary, rapid, sudden movements and/or vocal outbursts that occur repeatedly.

Jamie was eventually homeschooled by her mother and manager, Mona Harper, as she had began to get really sick from the medication she took to help her keep the symptoms of the disorder under control.

Grace began to use music as a way to relieve her from the daily stress over her condition. She not only sings but plays the acoustic guitar, banjo, piano and ukulele.

Jamie Grace now travels the country sharing her story and faith through music and speaking. Her goal is to help families with children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyeractivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette’s syndrome. She already has her own non-profit mentoring program named GraceTalk.

Signed to the TobyMac-founded label, Gotee Records, early last year Grace released her hit song, “Hold Me”. A year later, the self-written hit single is nominated for best contemporary Christian music song.

Please support this young woman as she aspires to do positive things. Check out her song “Hold Me” below.

BeBe Winans set to unleash a Patriotic themed album

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BeBe Winans, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and radio personality, is preparing to release a new project in 2012.

Hoping to restore pride and unity in the nation, Winans’ upcoming cd, America America, will comprise of a collection of patriotic songs and a celebration of the country’s history.

In addition to nine classic songs that honor the nation, Winans has penned three original songs: the lead single “America America,” “We’re the United States of America,” and a tribute to the troops, entitled “Ultimate Sacrifice”, which serves to thank the troops for their personal sacrifice.

Winans plans to release a video for the single in the coming weeks. The video was shot in New York City and Washington D.C.

When asked about the upcoming cd, Winans explains:

“The inspiration for America, America” is the time we are living in,” Winans explains. “Sometimes, we forget that we are all Americans. At sporting events, when the national anthem is sung, everyone stands – black, white, rich, poor – everyone.” –BeBe Winans

Winans also costars, alongside Jackee, Ray Wise and Reginald VelJohnson in “Brother White”, GMC’s first feature-length comedy movie, which will debut on March 11 on GMC.

We wish BeBe Winans the best of luck and will definitely be checking out the new album and upcoming movie. Be sure to check back for our review of both!

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