The Overflow (Gospel News Round-Up): Donald Lawrence, Smokie Norful, Deitrick Haddon, & Livre’

Published: Sunday 9th Jun 2013 by Rashad

Ever keen to broaden our musical scope, recent months have seen That Grape Juice venture into a number of new musical974532d59b4c30e66f7aa64dbb11360e The Overflow (Gospel News Round Up): Karen Clark Sheard, Donnie McClurkin, Montell Jordan, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary landscapes including, most recently, gospel.

Spearheaded by well-received interviews with gospel singers Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Kierra Sheard, 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 Smokie Norful, Donald Lawrence, Forever Jones, and Livre’:

Livre’ To Make Network Television Debut Tomorrow Night On VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”

Contemporary gospel’s brightest newcomers Livre’ will make their network television debut aboard next week’s episode of VH1’s hit reality series ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ .

Set to air Monday, June 10th at 8/7c, Livre’s visit to the VH1 docu-soap will serve as yet another triumph for the group whose newest single I Will Be Alright’ has blasted back onto Billboard’s Top Gospel Singles Chart this week landing at #26.  Hear it below:


Hot Shot:  Donald Lawrence Unwraps Artwork To New Single ‘The Gift’


Last week saw gospel maestro Donald Lawrence treat fans to ‘The Gift’ – the official lead single from his forthcoming 20th anniversary project.  Now, listeners will be pleased to know the ‘Prayer of Jabez’ performer is unwrapping its accompanying single artwork (seen above).

As reported here, the project will see its live recording done in Chicago this week (on June 18th).   Hear the tune in its entirety below:



New Song:  Smokie Norful – ‘I’ve Got What You Need’

While fans are still bumping his hip hop infused tune ‘Say So’ – the lead from a yet-titled 2013-due album – gospel crooner Smokie Norful continues to tease his forthcoming gems by sharing ‘I’ve Got What You Need’.

The aptly Motown Gospel-released cut features a throwback 70s sound reminiscent of the label’s early secular offerings – a trait sure to win new fans and win over the popular singer’s already diehards.

Take a listen and see what we mean below:


Deitrick Haddon Develops Own Label ‘Red Jungle’

2013 is shaping up to be a good year for a certain Deitrick Haddon.  With a new Oxygen reality series ‘Pastors of LA on the horizon, as well as a hot new album ‘R.E.D.’ (due summer 2013), it’s safe to say the ‘Love Him Like I Do’ hitmaker will have his hands filled throughout the coming months.

As if the aforementioned was not enough, reports have now surfaced indicating Haddon has signed a deal with Tyscot Music & Entertainment to launch his own imprint.  Titled Red Jungle Records, the label will see Haddon act as a producer and writer for future signees.

No official word on roster occupants at time of announcements or tentative projects due.  Either way, congratz are in order!

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  1. ENOUGH ONIKA (KMART QUEEN) June 9, 2013

    I am NOT here for Smokie. I never have and never will support that man. The arrogance level on him is through the roof! Deitirck isn’t far behind but at least SOME of his music is good…The Gospel men of today have all been in some kind of cheating/s** scandal then wanna sing about people NOT doing the same thing…*rolls eyes*

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