Gospel Round Up: 9/6/23

Mark Hubbard & The Voices Release Tribute to the Late Rev. Timothy Wright | Trailer Released for Jay-Z’s “The Book of Clarence” | The Legendary Clark Sisters Headline “Gigantic Gospel Concert 2023” in Dallas | Erica Campbell “I Love You” Album Release Party & Concert Coming to NY | US Supreme Court Justice Set to Speak on Anniversary of Birmingham Bombing

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Mark Hubbard & The Voices Release Tribute to the Late Rev. Timothy Wright

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Mark Hubbard & The Voices have released their highly anticipated tribute to the late Reverend Timothy Wright, a remake of the gospel classic “For the Rest of My Life,” led by Reginald Staggers. “This song is a favorite of mine,” says Hubbard. “When we began recording our new project, I wanted a classic song because we can’t ever forget the greats who have gone before us.”  The original song was released 20 years ago in 2003 by Rev. Wright and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir. Rev. Wright, known as “The Godfather of Gospel,” was a Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer who died April 24, 2009, age 61 as a result of injuries sustained from a car crash that previously claimed the lives of his beloved wife Betty and grandson D.J. The new song is the second release from their sixth album, “Voice of a Survivor,” will to be released on Hezekiah Walker’s Hez House Entertainment.

Trailer Released for Jay-Z’s “The Book of Clarence”

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Jay-Z, rapper/entrepreneur and founder of Roc Nation whose real name is Shawn Carter, will be debuting a new movie called “The Book of Clarence,” on January 12, 2024. The film, set in 33AD, uses a biblical backdrop to tell the story of a streetwise drug dealer named Clarence, played by actor LaKeith Stanfield, who becomes captivated by the power and fame of Jesus of Nazareth and his apostles and decides to present himself as a savior to the people to garner the same recognition as Christ. Issues, however, arise when Clarence is unable to perform miracles and other acts and resorts to trickery.

Jay-Z, who is best known as a rapper and entrepreneur, said he was uncomfortable with the film being called a “faith-based movie,” and already there many Christians who share the same reservations and take issue with the concept of the portrayal of a fake Jesus.  Nevertheless, moviegoers will likely still flock to see the film to witness Clarence’s sordid journey as a phony messiah who seemingly eventually converts to a genuine follower of Christ.

Legendary Clark Sisters Headline “Gigantic Gospel Concert 2023” in Dallas

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All roads are leading to Dallas, TX for this year’s Gigantic Gospel Concert to be hosted by Kim Burrell on Sep 9, 2023, at 5:00 pm at the Friendship West Baptist Church. The concert boasts an all-female roster that will be headlined by the Legendary Clark Sisters and will also include performances by gospel greats Le’Andria Johnson, Jekalyn Carr, Kathy Taylor, and others. Tickets are being sold at all H-E-B Stores.

Erica Campbell “I Love You” Album Release Party & Concert Coming to NY

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Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Erica Campbell has been on a roll. A few months ahead of the release of her latest album “I Love You,” the songstress scored her third #1 single since going solo. Campbell initially gained fame during the 90s as one-half of the award-winning duo Mary Mary with sister Tina Campbell. Campbell’s upbeat “Feel Alright (Blessed)” peaked on the Billboard Gospel Airplay. The song, co-written by Campbell, her husband Warryn Campbell and Bishop Marvin Winans, will be featured on her upcoming album “I Love You,” scheduled for release this month. The album release will be celebrated with a party/concert that will be held at the Sony Hall in New York City on September 15, 2023.

Last Words…

US Supreme Court Justice Set to Speak on Anniversary of Birmingham Bombing

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will be giving the keynote address on September 15, 2023, at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, at an event marking the 60th anniversary of a church bombing that killed four girls in 1963. The girls were gathered in a downstairs bathroom of the church on Sept. 15, 1963, when a bomb planted by KKK members went off outside under a set of stairs.

Rev. Arthur Price Jr., the current pastor of the church, said “It’s particularly meaningful to have the nation’s first Black woman on the Supreme Court speak on the anniversary of the bombing that snatched the lives of four girls “who had promise, potential and possibility.”

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