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Up and Coming: The Strothers Sisters

I absolutely love to see kids singing gospel music or doing anything related to gospel, how about you? It just seems so genuine and to me. Check out the Strothers sisters …or shall I say the future Clark sisters. Support these young ladies! Their mother should really be commended for leading them in the right direction! It warms my heart when I think about the solid foundation being set for them. Check them out!!

If you have a video of young children doing anything related to gospel, be it singing, rapping, preaching, dancing, playing instruments, praising, etc., please share it with us so we can share it with others, please email us here!!

Recap: Episode 5 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Episode 5 started off with Donnnie McClurkin, Isaac Carree, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, and Tina Campbell, singing Kirk Franklin’s infamous tribute to Haiti, “Are You Listening?”
Tonight, 10 of 20 finalists performed, the other 10 will perform next week. For the most part, the contestants sang one of the judges songs..so it made it very interesting. So here we go let’s get down to business..

First up was Johntae Thomas from New Orleans. She sung, “Just a Prayer away”, I liked her..wasn’t a big fan of the new rendition, but she can definitely sing. Donnie loved the creativity, enjoyed the presentation. Tina wished it was a little more stage presence, Yolanda Adams agreed with Tina and Donnie, and noted that Johntae looked happy.

Next, LeeAndria Johnson, from Orlando, Florida. Yolanda says the way she delivered the song “..We know that you have been through some things”. Tina said “Baby, the God in you reached the God in me!!” Donnie, said the anointing that she carried came through. They loved her…and so did I!!

Robert Hatcher, from Cincinatti Ohio, sung “What about the children”…. Yolanda Adams said he has an awesome voice, but he came across a bit nervous. Tina said his voice is awesome but he played it to safe. Donnie agreed.

Tawanna Tarwin, from Louisianna was up next. “I will trust you”. Donnie, the voice is phenomenal, she had control. Tina Campbell said listening to her snippet would make her want to buy the song. Yolanda, said “Control, Presence, The whole package!”.

Davon Fleming, 18, from Baltimore, MD. He sung “We Fall Down”. Donnie said he loved the approach but noted that there is a lot of maturation that is going to happen with your voice. Yolanda..wants him to practice the intent of the note. Tina said she didn’t believe him based on his eyes in the beginning, he has to make her feel his passion so she can appreciate the song more. I agree..but he is young and I think if he is starting from the point he is at now..he can’t go nowhere but UP!!

Quiana Pettigrew, from Cleveland, Ohio, sung “Great is your mercy”. Donnie loved the approach, (his song). Tina, vocally, she needed more out of her she didn’t feel like she gave the best of her. Yolanda, agreed, saying give more of you. I thought it fell a little flat but I know in my heart that she got more to give..hope to see more of her.

Next up, the preacher’s kid, Franklin Davis IV, from New Orleans. He want to bring more swagger to gospel music. He sung, “I believe I can fly”. I really liked his take on the song. The judges didn’t seem to be a big fan. While Yolanda said she thinks he is great, she want him to smile a little more. Tina, said she wasn’t really impressed with him vocally. Donnie, didn’t enjoy the notes that he missed, he have to get more confidence.

From Lagos, Funmi Grace Odeyemi, sung “Open up My heart”. I didn’t really like it. I still remember her from the audition when Kim Burrell got her to bring it..but tonight..she didn’t really bring it. Yolanda Adams, said don’t be so careful, feel free, be comfortable in who you are. Donnie, said “You look wonderful, your voice did not match your look”. Ouch!! Tina felt she might have let your nerves get the best of her.

Now…Dward Davis. His performance of Donnie McClurkin’s “Hail Jesus Your My King”. felt like I was at church..he did a great job. Tina said “He made her interested”. She liked everything about it”. Donnie, “You sung the song like I wanted to sing it”. Yolanda, “You came to work, did the work looked the part and the anointing was all over you.” I completely agree. Can’t wait to see more of him.

Oh my..what can I say..I wasn’t ready for this next performance. I really enjoyed his audition but had forgot how awesome he was. Elder Goldwire McClendon was next. He is 79 years old and has been singing every since he was 9 years old. He sung “The Battle is Not Yours”” MY God, My God, My GOD!!!!!!! He got a standing ovation from all 3 judges…and ME at home!!! Yolanda (speaking with tears in her eyes), said “I want to thank you for coming and auditioning”. Donnie….couldn’t do anything but holler..then he turned around and….gave a preaching about Joshua with it…they went to Church in that place!! And all I could say is WINNER..WINNER…. WINNER. Kirk was crying..even coming back from commercial people in the audience were still in tears. What more can I say?

At the end, there was a special treat, a performance by Sunday’s Best Season 2 winner, Y’anna Crawley. She sung her single “Grandma’s Hands”…She looked and sounded great, as always!!! Talk to you next week!! God Bless!!

Recap: Episode 2 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Back in the United States….the second week of Sunday’s Best kicked off in Detroit. Donnie McClurkin and sisters Tina and Erica Campbell of the duo Mary Mary. To my disappointment their weren’t any stand out singers.

Robert Hatcher did a good job..he immediately impressed the judges. I did realize from this audition that Tina Campbell don’t be playing. She is a hard sell. You have to be on your “A plus” game to impress her.

Most of the good singers didn’t get through because their runs was all over the place..they were just doing too much…time after time again…then..

There was Quianna, who came with her boyfriend Donald by herside. She sung “Pass Me Not” (so did most of the other singers). Erica liked her, Donnie felt it was a neo-soul type thing going on..all in all they liked her and she made it!!! Unfortunately, her boyfriend Donald didn’t have the same fate. The judges felt he had a good voice..Erica said yes but Tina and Donnie said no..so I guess the only way we’ll be seeing him in New Orleans is by way of showing moral support for Quianna.

Then…How awesome was it to see the praise deaf choir signing “Yes Jesus Loves Me”. That was great!

Missy came from the UK and immediately impressed the judges with both her singing and good spirits!! More contestants disappointed the judges than I would have expected coming from Detroit. Brian Smith was the last contestant..he sung “His Eye is on the Sparrow”…he was the final yes…

So only a few people made it from Detroit. Maybe there will be better luck next week!!

Recap: Episode 1 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3
Season 3 of BET’s popular gospel music show, Sunday’s Best kicked off tonight. If you have tuned in to it before then you already know the wonderful Kirk Franklin is the host. This season started off with a twist, the cast was in looking for gospel talents in Nigeria. The judges were Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, and Britain’s Nigerian born gospel singing sensation Muyiwa Olanrewaju. If you ask me, Muyiwa was a bit critical of all the contestants but it seems like he really wants Nigeria represented well.

Overall, none of the contestants really stood out to me, if I had to make a hard choice I would probably go with Ekeng Bassey. For the most part it was a bit hard to listen to. I mean they truly had some terrible singers. There were a few light moments, like the impersonation of Kirk Franklin. But you have to know that most of this is just for TV. All in all, seven West Africans were chosen: Priscella Bello, Funni Oduyemi (whom judge Kim Burrell battled in song to give her a glimpse of what competition would be like), Christiana, Japheth David, Morolake, Ekeng Bassey, and, last but not least, Abraham Balogun. Abraham drove 12 hours to get to Lagos and waited all day long to stand before the judges. He sung Amazing Grace and he was able to win over 2 of the 3 judges. Donnie McClurkin was initially on the fence but conceded, Kim Burrell was moved by his journey, but Muyiwa did not feel as though he was good enough for the competition.

In case you missed it, on Friday Tina Campbell (from Mary Mary) and Season Two Sunday’s Best winner Y’Anna Crawley did a powerhouse performance of Mary Mary’s single “Heaven”. Y’Anna also sung “Grandma’s Hand” and did a great job, making it crystal clear why she was the winner. Anyway looking forward to next week’s auditions. Be sure to check back for updates!! Here is a clip of Y’Anna singing “Grandma’s Hand” on Season 2 of Sunday’s Best!!

Yolanda Adams Health and Wellness Tour comes to PGCC

Yolanda Adams Health and Wellness tour made their way to Prince George’s Community College yesterday and the AARP-sponsored event was great!! Radio Personalities Cheryl Jackson and Winston Chaney were the hosts, and there were performances by some stellar award winning gospel artists.

There were doctors and nurses there conducting blood pressure checks, answering questions about dental health, and even performing gum disease checks. Community representatives were there to go over breast cancer awareness, sickle cell disease, emergency preparedness, YMCA children activities, and more. It was really an informative event and I highly recommend that you check it out if they come to a location near you. Check out photos from the event below (including pics of Earnest Pugh, Byron Cage and more)!!

Below are a few upcoming dates for the tour, mark your calendar:

Date: June 5, 2010
Time: 12pm-5pm
Location:

Greenspoint Mall
12300 IH-45 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77060

Date: July 17, 2010
Time: 12pm-5pm
Location:

St. Philip AME Church
240 Candler Rd. SE
Atlanta GA 30317

Praise 104.1 represented well at the event!!
Praise 104.1

People stood in line waiting for the doors to open!! It was such a beautiful day outside!
Yolanda Adams Health and Wellness Tour

Radio Personality Winston was co-host for the event!!
Cliff Winston

Winston takes time out to talk to and take pictures with fans! He was sooooooo nice.
Cliff Winston
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