9/21/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: Amazing Grace- Aretha Franklin from the Women of Soul White House Performance


mezzanine_144Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House is a PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House, celebrating the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the event on Thursday, March 6, 2014. The all-star concert will include performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.  The program finale was Aretha Franklin performing Amazing Grace. One of the song Franklin has performed throughout her “amazing” career.  Continue reading

9/14/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: Smokie Norful- I Need You Now



Reverend W.R. “Smokie” Norful, Jr. is an internationally renowned musician, music composer, and recording artist. His debut compact discs entitled I Need You Now and Smokie Norful Limited Edition have garnered favorable accolades and awards across the world, including the 2005 Grammy Award for Contemporary Soul Gospel Album of the Year for his release entitled, Nothing Without You; three Stellar awards; four Dove awards; three Gospel Music Excellence Awards; an NAACP image Award nomination; a Soul Train award nomination; two nominations for the BET award for gospel music; two RIAA certified Gold selling compact discs; and countless others. Continue reading

9/7/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: Reverend James Cleveland


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The Reverend Dr. James Edward Cleveland was a gospel singer, musician, and composer. Known as the King of Gospel music, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospel, modern, soul, pop and jazz in arrangements for mass choirs. Throughout his career, Cleveland appeared on hundreds of recordings, won 4 Grammy Awards, and received a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Continue reading

8/31/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: Tamela Mann- I Can Only Imagine and Take Me To The King/ I Surrender All



Tamela Mann’s musical career began when she joined up with the multi-grammy award winning and double platinum gospel phenomenon Kirk Franklin and the Family. Mann has also enjoyed collaborating and performing with numerous artists such as Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Celine Dion, Bono, R. Kelly and Fred Hammond. In 2005, Tamela and her husband of 26 years David Mann created their own label entitled Tillymann Music Group, which has released several successful projects. Continue reading

8/24/14- O&A Gospel Sunday: Mahalia Jackson- The Queen Of Gospel



Mahalia Jackson, The Queen of Gospel, became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world. She became an internationally acclaimed singer and civil rights activist. Entertainer Harry Belafonte described Jackson as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums.  Continue reading

O&A Gospel Sunday: The Caravans- Lord Keep Me Day By Day and Encore Performance: In That City



The Caravans perform Lord Keep Me Day By Day featuring Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar,Dorothy Norwood, Albertina Walker, Doris Washington. And a reunion performance of In That City at the 1989 Stellar Awards featuring Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, Delores Washington and the Rev James Cleveland. Continue reading

O & A Gospel Sunday: Medley- Victorious/ Write My Name featuring Donnie McClurkin, Tye Tribbett ,Dorinda Clark Cole, Kierra Sheard, Yolonda Adams, and Kim Burell



Donnie McClurkin ministering his song entitled Victorious featuring Tye Tribbett on Sunday Best. McClurkin leads a rousing  rendition of Write My Name featuring Dorinda Clark Cole. With the help of Kierra Sheard, Yolonda Adams and Kim Burell they create a powerful praise celebration. Continue reading