Ever keen to broaden our musical scope, recent months have seen That Grape Juice venture into a number of new musical landscapes including, most recently, gospel.
Spearheaded by well-received interviews with gospel singers Joshua Rogers, Dorinda Clark Cole, Israel Houghton, and more, TGJ is now offering readers ‘The Overflow’ – a collection of the top gospel-themed news stories from the week.
Tuck in below for the latest news on Queen of Funk Chaka Khan as well as Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Alexis Spight, and more:
Alexis Spight Debuts Video For New Single ‘Steady’
As reported here, ‘Sunday’s Best’ Season 5 runner up Alexis Spight has had much to smile about in past weeks given the great anticipation for ‘L.O.L.’ – her debut album. Due next month, the project’s first single ‘Steady’ has been receiving much love from gospel fans on both sides of the pond and has seen a steady rise up gospel charts.
To keep the momentum afloat, this week saw Spight release its accompanying music video. See it below:
Chaka Khan Enlists Gospel Hitmaker Lecrae For New Single
R&B legend Chaka Khan is looking to kick off her 40th anniversary in the music business by revisiting every genre she’s touched over her illustrious career. Indeed, the 10-time Grammy winning songbird is readying a new album ‘The iKhan Project: Commemorative Limited Edition’ – a project that will see Khan tackle gospel, R&B, jazz, classical, country, pop/dance, and rock music.
Its first installment – due April 30th – is preceded by the inspirational single ‘It’s Not Over’ featuring gospel rapper Lecrae. Listen below:
Kirk Franklin Joins ‘American Bible Challenge’, Reflects On Life & Career With ‘Rock Center’
Kirk Franklin has lent over two decades worth of hits to gospel and pop charts with his revolutionary take on the genre. Now, the hitmaker is looking to extend his already full resume by joining the season 2 cast of GSN’s top rated show ‘American Bible Challenge’. Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxxworthy, the gig will see Franklin entertain the audiences with hits from his catalogue as well as co-hosting duties.
Chatting with NBC’s Brian Williams this week, see what else the ‘Lean On Me’ maestro is looking to share with fans on the show’s March 21st premiere above:
Donald Lawrence & the Living Word Recording Choir Hit ‘Windy City Live’ With Live Performance
‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ craftsman Donald Lawrence is still penning critically and commercially acclaimed hits for choirs across the country after 20 years+ in the gospel game. The latest came in the form of ‘Released’ – a tune recorded with ‘Living Word Recording Choir’. Earning Lawrence yet another Grammy nod, see the hitmaker in action above:
‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ (Full Episode) – 2/8/13
Tremaine Hawkins, Chicago Mass Choir, and Zacardi Cortez