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 Alexis Spight, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, and Jonathan Nelson…
Listen: ‘Sunday’s Best’ Season 5 Runner-Up Alexis Spight Previews Debut Album ‘L.O.L.’
Fans of BET’s hit gospel talent competition ‘Sunday’s Best’ are well aware that the booming talents of 18-year-old Season 5 contestant Alexis Spight are no laughing matter. Yet, Spight is undoubtedly hopeful her debut album ‘L.O.L.’ (Living Out Loud)’ will bring smiles to record buyers come March 12th (its release date).
Spearheaded by rocking lead single ‘Steady‘, the album will also feature remakes of Kim Burrell’s “Calvary”, Kirk Franklin’s “Imagine Me”, and a host of other gems including some fan favorites from her stint on ‘Best’. Get your full album preview below:
Jonathan Nelson Unveils New Album Artwork, Tracklisting
‘Victory’ craftsman Jonathan Nelson has seen many of his efforts be just that on charts and in hearts – victorious. Now, the gospel pensman (brother of ‘Shifting the Atmosphere’ singer Jason Nelson), is looking to keep the race going with a new LP ‘Finish Strong’.
Launched by the lead/title single of the same name, the album is due on April 23rd and features the likes of gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard and more. See the tracklisting below:
‘Finish Strong’ Tracklisting:
1. Dwell In Me
3. Finish Strong
6. God Is Blessing
7. Just For Me
8. Live Pure
10. Worked It Out ft. Karen Clark Sheard
11. Yes Lord
New Song: Hezekiah Walker – ‘Every Praise’
Hezekiah Walker is the mastermind behind hits ‘Souled Out’, ‘Jesus Is My Help’, and more – crafting nearly two decades of gospel hits. Now, Walker is certainly hoping fans of his previous efforts will be just as welcoming of new gems penned like his latest single ‘Every Praise’.
‘Praise’ sees Walker team with longtime friend, fellow gospel hitmaker Donald Lawrence for what can only be described as an absolute “must hear” collabo! Listen below:
Thanks to our buds at TGG!
Donald Lawrence Readies 20th Anniversary Project via eOne
Gospel hitmaker Donald Lawrence has lent some of the genre’s most memorable hits of the past two decades. With a resume that lists such hits as ‘Prayer of Jabez (Bless Me)’, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’, ‘Encourage Yourself’, and more, Lawrence has penned a number of gospel classics that seems set to only grow.
Evidence of such is this week’s announcement of a ’20th Anniversary’ project. Set to highlight past hits as well as feature new gems, the Entertainment One sponsored two-disc set (due in September) is set to see its first single drop May 2013.