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R & B and Gospel Artist Jesse Campbell Wows judges on “The Voice”

Jesse Campbell

Gospel Artist Jesse Campbell wowed judges with his sultry sounds on “The Voice”. Jesse Campbell is well known for his singing, but his story is amazing as well.

Campbell, a single father, tells of how he battled near homelessness and speaks so lovingly of his beautiful daughter.

His story is one of triumph and shows how you can overcome adversity if you just believe. Check out his performance below:

Check out the full episode below:

Isaac Carree’s, hit single “In The Middle” still holds strong in Number One spot on Billboard Gospel Chart!

ISAAC CARREE

One could say that, gospel artist Isaac Carree wears many hats. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and most importantly, husband and father.

His song “In the Middle” off of his first solo album, currently holds the number one spot on the Billboard Chart for Best Gospel Song, beating out James Fortune & Fiya’s “Still Able”, and Earnest Pugh’s “I Need Your Glory”.

Also note that “In the Middle” has been sitting comfortably in that number one spot on the Billboard Gospel Song chart since the week of December 31, 2011. In the Middle has quickly grown to be a favorite among gospel music lovers.

Carree’s latest album, which is his first solo album, entitled “Uncommon Me”, released in August 2011 still places among the top ten albums on the current Billboard chart.

So who is Isaac Carree?

Well many people don’t know that Carree has actually been in the gospel music scene for quite a while. He has performed with the likes of Kirk Franklin and Michelle Williams, to name a few.

Carree grew up in North Carolina where he began singing solos in church at a young age. His mother, Pastor Nancy Wilson, currently serves as head pastor at New Beginnings Community Outreach Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

By shining in the light of gospel music at an early age, it comes as no surprise that Carree would eventually began singing with John P.Kee’s V.I.P choir. Carree later left the V.I.P Choir to form a quartet, named Men of Standard (formed in 1996), alongside Michael Bacon, Bryan Pierce, and Lowell Pye.

During their time together as a quartet, the group produced four albums, Men of Standard (1996), Feels Like Rain (1999), Vol. III (2002) and It’s A New Day (2004). The group garnered two Stellar awards in 2000 from Feels Like Rain.

Bacon would eventually leave the group (in 2005) to pursue other goals, however, the trio continued on with the release of Surrounded in 2006, with the hit single “I Will”.

Carree currently resides in Atlanta, GA, with his wife, Dietra, of eight years. The couple has two children, a son, Isaac IV, and daughter, Alaina.

2011 was definitely a great year for Carree, and from the looks of things 2012 will be even better! We wish him the best of luck!

Check out his recent performance of In the Middle on TBN with host Donnie McClurkin below!

Fantasia wows the audience, in performance at the 2012 Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

Fantasia Barrino, Wess Morgan
Hosted by Reverend Run, along with the fabulous CeCe Winans, the 13th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration took place last night before a sold out crowd at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis.

Last night, performers included Fantasia Barrino, Hezekiah Walker, Wess Morgan (Players Choice) Natalie Grant and the NFL Gospel Choir.

Famous NFL players including Ray Lewis, Jerry Rice, Darrell Green, Donavan McNabb, Malcolm Jenkins and Deon Sanders, under the direction of gospel great, Donnie McClurkin, performed as part of the NFL Gospel Choir, including a special performance with Fantasia.

This was Fantasia’s first big performance since giving birth to her baby boy this past December and she did not miss a beat!!! Fantasia also performed a duo with her mother Diane Barrino.

The entire show was televised, so be sure to check your local listings for upcoming show times! You will not be disappointed!

Yolanda Adams debuts new video, “Be Still”

Be Still Music Video
Earlier this week gospel recording artist, author and radio show host Yolanda Adams‘ debuted her new video, “Be Still”!

Check it out below and let us know what you think!!

R&B and gospel singer, David Peaston, dies at age 54

David Peaston

David Peaston, 54, an R&B and gospel singer who propelled into the spotlight with appearances on “Showtime at the Apollo” during the late ’80s, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from complications of diabetes at his home in St. Louis. David spent several years as an educator in the St. Louis Public Schools.

Mr. Peaston lived with diabetes since the ’90s, and his right leg was amputated at the knee in March 2004; his left leg also was later amputated.

Mr. Peaston, son of Martha Bass of the Clara Ward singers, tried his hand on TV’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” where he wowed audiences with a priceless rendition of “God Bless the Child.”

He later became a Soul Train Award winner , well known for his top charting hits, “Can I,” “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make a Right)” and “We’re All in This Together.”

Mr. Peaston was also a veteran of traveling gospel plays such as “Momma Don’t”, in which he costarred in with singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley.

Singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley, described her longtime friend by saying, “this man with the hearty laugh, great sense of humor, that incredible voice, and he was the most amazing friend.”

During an interview in 2011, Peaston’s wife spoke on her husband’s annointing, “These men are grounded in God. I hope people leave knowing who they live for and what they live for and who protects their life,” Marilyn said.

She continued, “When David was with MCA, we were offered a lot of things – from drugs to prostitutes. If you are not grounded, you can easily be lost without even knowing it. I hope that people that know that music – like God – is good.”

Funeral services will be private. But there will be a musical tribute to Peaston at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at his church, Shalom City of Peace (Lindbergh campus) in St. Louis.

In addition to his sister, among the survivors are his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Daniel Peaston and Darrius Peaston of St. Louis; and a granddaughter, Darriya Peaston of St. Louis.

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