The Overflow (Gospel News Roundup): Fred Hammond, Ricky Dillard, The Sheards, Earnest Pugh

Published: Sunday 17th Mar 2013 by Rashad

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 gospel beaus Fred Hammond, Ricky Dillard, Earnest Pugh, and more

New Video:  Fred Hammond & United Tenors – ‘Here In Our Praise’


As reported here, gospel hitmaker Fred Hammond and Courtney Wilson have teamed with two of R&B’s most prized male vocalists – Eric Roberson and Dave Hollister –  to create new gospel supergroup The United Tenors.

While we gave you your first listen of their debut single ‘Here In Our Praise’ a few weeks ago, now the crew of crooners have unveiled its accompanying visual.  Get into it below as it precedes the release of its parent album due in stores March 26th.


Dr. Ricky Dillard Reveals Battle With Lung Disease Sarcoidosis

Best known for hits like ‘There Is No Way’ and ‘Because of the Blood’, New Generation frontman Ricky Dillard sent shockwaves through the gospel community this week when he took to Facebook to confirm rumors of ailing health.

We are certainly extending well-wishes to the gospel great during this time.


Earnest Pugh Readies Live CD/DVD Recording

Fans know him for hits like ‘I Need Your Glory’, ‘Rain On Us’, and ‘Hosanna’, but now gospel beau Earnest Pugh is undoubtedly hoping to add more titles to his fans’ favorites with a slew of new tunes due later this year.  The CD and DVD recording of the new material will be live in Nassau, Bahamas on May 3rd and just one of many events set to take place during the ‘One Love Gospel Getaway’.

While no title or tentative release date has been announced yet, fans interested in becoming part of the experience can enter a sweepstakes or make reservations by clicking here.


One Love Gospel Getaway Announces All-Star Lineup

The Atlantis Resort Paradise Island of Nassau, Bahamas will be home to the 2013 ‘One Love Gospel Getway’.

Featuring its best line-up yet, fans of gospel music will have the opportunity to see acts like Mary Mary, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, Kurt Carr, Tye Tribbett, Vashawn Mitchell, Earnest Pugh (as listed above), Israel Houghton, Tamela Mann, James Fortune, Lecrae, and so many more.

For the full line-up, visit their official site.


Watch:  ‘The Sheards’ (Extended Trailer)

As reported here, one of gospel’s top families The Sheards is readying a reality show for BET.  Featuring famed mother-daughter duo Karen Clark and Kierra ‘Kiki’ Sheard, the reality venture is set to premiere April 7th immediately after the live airing of 2013 ‘Celebration of Gospel’.

While we’ve already given you a sneak peek into what to expect upon its debut in a few weeks, BET is teasing fans more with an extended trailer.  See it below (MQ):

Click here to watch trailer in HQ/HD!

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  1. truth(icki is a KMART, NO GRAMMY NOD, PFRR FLOP, SQUID EYED b****) March 17, 2013

    It soooo good Sam that u post things like this. My prayers go out to Ricky and ill SURELY b watching the Sheards

  2. ENOUGH ONIKA (KMART QUEEN) March 17, 2013

    I know I’ll be watching The Sheards, even though my view towards J Drew isn’t looking too good right now *side eyes.* Anyway, I think Rodney was right, I know Kierra wanted her brother to be her musical partner like Rodney was to Brandy and Warren Campbell is to Mary Mary, but This Is Me is still here best album to date and that one had a variety of hit producers. Her latest album Free with just her brother as her producer was…..ok.

    • Jonathan Gardner March 18, 2013

      This is Me is a FLAWLESS record. Even the LONG special edition doesn’t “feel” long.

      One of the best contemporary gospel albums ever.

      I used to STUDY that album and her vocals for a good year or two with that album.

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