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 Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker, 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 Kierra Sheard, Jason Nelson, Twinkie Clark, Earnest Pugh, Ashmont Hill, Alexis Spight, and more…
Twinkie Clark Announces Tour In Support of New Live Album
The reigning Queen of the Hammond B3 organ Twinkie Clark is hoping to extend her reign to gospel charts with her forthcoming solo live cd aptly titled ‘Live & Unplugged’.
As we speak the music monarch is amidst an aggressive promo campaign for her newest album, a venture that has already seen her hit every U.S. coast in support of the project. Now, much to fan delight, those coastal visits are set to be extended as Clark took to Facebook to announce she is set to tour the U.S. in the coming months.
With news on the specific cities and dates yet revealed, the announcement came just days after she unveiled the tracklisting to her new September 3rd due album as well as made it available for preorder on Itunes. Check here for more details.
New Video: Jason Nelson – ‘Nothing Without You’
Stellar Award winning crooner Jason Nelson has unmasked the visual for ‘Nothing Without You’ – the latest offering from his major label debut ‘Shifting the Atmosphere’. The album, which soared right to Billboard Gospel’s top 5 upon its May 2012 debut, is still going strong on the heels of nationwide live performances.
Will ‘Nothing Without You’ keep that steam afloat? You tell us:
Hot Shot: Earnest Pugh Shares ‘W.I.N.’ Cover & Tracklist As New Single Enters Top 30
As reported here, ‘Rain On Us’ singer Earnest Pugh is readying the release of his new album ‘The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience’ (September 17th). Led by the praise anthems ‘I Believe You Most’ and the recently released ‘More Of You’ (which soared to #26 on gospel single charts this week), Pugh is hoping to capitalize on the album’s already brewing buzz by releasing its accompanying artwork and tracklist.
Tuck in below to see the other songs and guest vocalists that will line ‘W.I.N.’
‘The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience’ Tracklisting
1. Introduction by Lonnie Hunter
2. I Praise Your Name by Myron Williams
3. Everybody Lift Him ft. Angel Davis
4. We Praise You by Earnest Pugh
5. In Your Presence by Travis Malloy
6. More Of You by Earnest Pugh
7. The Lord Is Here by Darwin Hobbs
8. All Things Through Christ by Twinkie Clark ft. Rance Allen
9. O’landa Draper Tribute Medley ft. Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, Lejeune Thompson, Shirley Caesar
10. Just When I Need Him Most by Earnest Pugh & Kathy Taylor ft. Michelle Prather
11. Step Right In
12. I Believe You Most by Earnest Pugh & J Moss
Hot Shot: Kierra Sheard Hits the Studio With Legendary Songwriter Diane Warren
As if listing songwriters/producers T.C., Babyface, and Rodney Jerkins to her credit was not enough, Stellar Award winning songstress Kierra Sheard can now pencil Diane Warren‘s name to that lengthy list of collaborators. Warren, whose previous hits include Toni Braxton‘s ‘Unbreak My Heart’, Celine Dion‘s ‘Because You Loved Me’, and Beyonce‘s ‘I Was Here’, accompanied Kierra in this snap lifted to Instagram recently.
The collab is expected to be one of many aboard the ‘Trumpets Blow’ beauty’s fifth LP slated for late 2013 release.
Ashmont Hill Announce August Release of New Album ‘The Maze’
Much to fan delight, Boston bred quartet Ashmont Hill are set to release their third album ‘The Maze‘ on August 20th. Led by the praise anthem ‘Love Lifted Me’ – which spent 18 consecutive weeks in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Christian Singles Charts – ‘The Maze’ will act as the follow up to the family group’s 2008 critically acclaimed eponymous debut and 2010’s “Your Masterpiece‘.
With an overflow of buzz already preceding the release, the group continues to tease the project with a behind the scenes look at its creation. Learn more about CCM (contemporary Christian music)’s prized act below with this inspiring EPK:
Alexis Spight’s ‘L.O.L’ Lands At #1 On Gospel Charts
Four months after her debut album ‘L.O.L.’ boasted an impressive #3 debut, Sunday Best season 5 runner-up Alexis Spight now has much reason to smile as it has knocked long-time chart champion Tamela Mann out of the top spot. See this week’s top 5 listing on the Gospel Album charts below via our buds over at The Gospel Guru:
Chart position: #1
Weekly Sales: 4,246/Total US Sales: 29,575
Chart position: #2
Weekly Sales: 4,060/Total US Sales: 281,910
Chart position: #3
Weekly Sales: 3,023/Total US Sales: 32,790
Chart position: #4
Weekly Sales: 2,276/Total US Sales: 15,588
Chart position: #5
Weekly Sales: 2,303/Total US Sales: 71,428