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Gospel music artist Bishop F.C. Barnes passes away at 82

Bishop F.C Barnes
Yesterday, Bishop F.C. (Faircloth) Barnes, probably best known for the hit gospel song “Rough Side of the Mountain” that he recorded with Rev. Janice Brown, passed away.

Bishop Barnes, who recently celebrated his 82nd birthday on June 22, has steadily gained national and international acclaim since being called into ministry nearly 60 years ago.

He has four sons, Samuel, Luther, Tony and Melvin. In early 2010, Bishop F.C.Barnes was inducted, along with his son Luther, into the AGQC Hall of Fame. In that same year, Bishop Barnes & Company received a Stellar Award nomination for their latest CD “The Old Time Way.” He also made an memorable appearance on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel.

During his gospel musical career, Bishop Barnes recorded 15 albums.
Please keep Barnes family and friends in your prayers.

Funeral arrangements have not been made. We will be sure to keep you updated.

Sunday’s Best Season 4 Premiere on BET: Recap Episode 1 & 2

Sunday Best Season 4
It’s Backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! BET’s Sunday’s Best premiered last night with auditions in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. This season will feature the same judges, Donnie McClurkin and gospel duo Mary Mary (Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell). As always, the beloved, Kirk Franklin will be the host.

The first episode of the two-hour series took place in Atlanta. The five Judges were comprised of Pastor E. Dewey Smith, and previous Sunday’s Best contestants, Durward Davis, Dontavious Boatwright, Crystal Aiken and Yanna Crawley. What can I say, the Atlanta auditions did not disappoint. It had an interesting mixture of good, bad and everything in between.

I especially liked the vocals on sixteen year old Anthony Brown, unfortunately he is too young to compete. What a shame! I would love to see him a few more times in the competition! The previous contestants turned judges gathered at the end to deliver an amazing vocal performance.

Check out a snippet of the Atlanta audition below:

In the second episode auditions were held in both Dallas and Los Angeles. S/N: Dallas was really the first city they visited so not sure why BET chose to feature it in the second episode. The highlight of the Dallas audition hands down goes to David Mann aka Mr. Brown, who came in the auditions with a scarf covering his face, singing the infamous, “This is Your Granddaddy”! Hilarious!

All in all, it looks like it may be a male winner this year, as there were several powerhouses in the auditions from the three cities. In total, ten contestants were chosen in Atlanta, five was selected in Dallas, and an additional ten were chose in Los Angeles.

Rejoice and Shout: An in-depth look into the roots of black gospel

Rejoice and Shout
Rejoice and Shout, is a documentary feature about the evolution of black gospel music over a 200 year span. This is an amazing documentary on African American Christianity, focusing on the earlier days filled with spirituals and hymns to the modern day inclusion of urban hip hop elements.

The film closely focuses on more than a dozen artists, including Mahalia Jackson, Andrae Crouch, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Golden Gate Quartet, The Staple Singers, and Reverend James Cleveland.

Rejoice and Shout also allows greats interviews with some of gospel’s leading authorities such as Anthony Heilbut, Jacquie Gales Webb, Bill Carpenter and Smokey Robinson.

This film really gives you an opportunity to learn about the roots of gospel music. I guarantee that no matter what age, race, or religion you are, this documentary will definitely move you to a point you never knew existed.

About the Director

Don McGlynn, 55, has made more than a dozen musical documentaries since his first film in 1982: “Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor.” McGlynn currently lives in Denmark with his wife and children. In a recent interview, McGlynn recalled that he was first introduced to gospel as a young boy when he saw Mahalia Jackson on television.

“Then I started seeking it out more in particular,” McGlynn added. “Among the greatest shows I’ve ever seen and certainly the most intense show I ever saw was James Cleveland with his choir (in the early 1980s). I literally thought the walls were gonna come down, it was so intense!”

McGlynn, coupled with producer Joe Lauro’s collection of more than 20,000 individual musical performances, which ran more than 10,000 hours long, was able to bring us a never before seen look into a part of history that yearns to be embraced.

Rejoice and Shout has received rave reviews from critics across the nation. Be sure to support this documentary and check it out as it comes near you. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of the 1960s footage of the Staples Singers. So I say, thank you Mr. McGlynn.

Check out the trailer for Rejoice and Shout below:

The list of play dates are as follows:

On Screen

Hudson, NY: Time and Space Limited
Denver, CO: Denver Film Center/Colfax
Arlington, MA: Regent Theatre
Chicago, IL: Lawndale Cinemas 10
Los Angeles, CA: Royal
Little Rock, AR: Market Street Cinema
Edina, MN: Edina 4


Santa Fe, NM: CCA Cinematheque

Bellingham, WA: Pickford Film Center 3

Juneau, AK: Gold Town Nickelodeon

Huntington, NY: Cinema Arts Centre

Miami, FL: O Cinema

Hartford, CT: Real Art Ways Cinema
Shreveport, LA: Robinson Film Center 2

Norfolk, VA: Naro Expanded Cinema

Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Cinema
Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Cinematheque

Henderson, NC: Marketplace Cinema 6

Permbroke HM19, BM: Tradewinds Auditorium at the Bermuda Underwater

Earnest Pugh celebrates number one spot on Gospel Charts

Earnest Pugh

Earnest Pugh debuts in the number one spot on Billboard’s Gospel Albums Chart with his new album Earnestly Yours. With his fourth album release, Pugh does not break tradition, in bringing us music that guides us through praise and worship. With the perfect mix of upbeat tempos and ballads, it is no question why Earnestly Yours was also able to secure the number one spot on iTunes Christian and Gospel digital albums.

In 2010, Pugh grabbed the #4 spot for Billboard’s gospel radio airplay artists of the year. Pugh’s latest radio single “I Need Your Glory”, written by James Fortune, is currently #10 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.

So Congratulations to D.C’s own Earnest Pugh, we wish him the best of luck! Be sure to buy his album today!

Track listing for Earnestly Yours (You can buy the MP3 download or just listen to a snippet at Amazon by simply clicking on the song title below):

1. Song Of Adoration
2. Tailor Made Praise
3. I Need Your Glory
4. Wait…All The Day
5. You Deserve It
6. For My Good (Feat. Beverly Crawford)
7. Thank You
8. Inner Court Experience: A Thankful Reflection
9. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Traditional Hymn) & The Dance
10. Free To Worship
11. He Already Knows (Feat. Lisa Knowles)
12. Perfect Peace

Check out Pugh’s official music video for “I Need You Glory” (shown below):

Little Children Singing J Moss “Praise On The Inside”!!

You know I am a sucker for children singing gospel. I just had to share this with you all. This is 10 year old twins Demetrius and Darius singing one of my favorite gospel songs, “Praise On The Inside (J Moss)” with their younger 5 year old brother Jayden.

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