The Overflow (Gospel News Round-Up): Zacardi Cortez, Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell, The Showers, & Devon Baker

Published: Sunday 26th Jan 2014 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 Yolanda AdamsHezekiah WalkerTwinkie ClarkFred HammondKierra SheardDorinda Clark ColeIsrael HoughtonMarvin SappMicah StampleyJoshua Rogers, 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 Deitrick Haddon, Mali Music, Zacardi Cortez, Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, The Showers, Devon Baker, TGJ Stellar Award Recap, and more:

 New Song: Donnie McClurkin ft. Tye Tribbett – ‘We Are Victorious’

When gospel chart titans collide and collaborate, the effects can be explosive!  Case in point? Donnie McClurkin’s latest single with stageblazer Tye Tribbett.  Titled ‘We Are Victorious’, the track acts as the second single from McClurkin’s newest project and follows his Erica Campbell assisted ‘I Am Amazed’.

Check it out below:


Gospel Family Group The Showers Ready New Single ‘Better’

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Gospel’s newest must-hear family collective The Showers wowed audiences at multiple key events during the 2014 Stellar Awards weekend just days before their newest single ‘Better’ is set to storm Itunes on January 28th.

The tune’s touching narrative of empowerment and improvement through Christ – accented by the group’s soulful harmonies – resonates with audiences in ways that moves and behooves listeners to simply want to follow suit.  Produced by Deon Kipping, ‘Better’ beams as the official second single from the group’s long-awaited national debut project due mid-2014.


Hot Shot:  Erica Campbell Covers ‘Hope For Women’ Magazine

Erica Campbell can be spotted afront the February issue of ‘Hope for Women’ magazine.

Donning a stunning gown, the ‘Help’ hitmaker took to the womens’ mag to help spread news about her forthcoming solo debut project (in stores March 25th) and the third season of ‘Mary Mary’ – her reality show on WeTV.


New Song:  Mali Music – ‘Beautiful’

Mali Music‘s new single ‘Beautiful‘ is making its presence felt across the net as we speak!

Indeed, the rapper topped headlines with reports that he would be considering secular music.  While we await more news on that, check out his newest tune which acts as the follow-up to his now famed ‘Mali Is…’ EP.


Hot Shot:  Zacardi Cortez Uncovers ‘Reloaded’ Album Cover

‘The Introduction’ was the title of rising gospel star Zacardi Cortez.  After serving as triumphant form of just that to the masses, the singer is back with its follow-up ‘Reloaded’.

With a tentative release set of March 2014, the album is preceded by Cortez’s top 10 hit ‘1 On 1’ (you can hear below).


New Song:  Ricky Dillard & New G – ‘Amazing’

Ricky Dillard & New G’s celebrate the release of their new single ‘Amazing’ as seen below.


Hot Shots:  Deitrick & Dominique Haddon Welcome Second Child


Congratulations are in order to “Have Your Way” hitmaker Deitrick Haddon and his wife Dominique for the birth of their second daughter Denver Monroe.

The couple had a highly publicized courtship and marriage as displayed on Oxygen’s hit reality series ‘Preachers of L.A.’ (which was renewed for a second season).

Congratz again to the happy couple!


As previously reportedThat Grape Juice was on hand at the 2014 Stellar Awards this weekend hosted live from Nashville’s historic Municipal Auditorium.

There, we caught up with gospel’s biggest names like Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Twinkie Clark and the new school of soon-to-be gospel greats like Vashawn Mitchell, Livre, Tasha Cobbs, Zie’l, and Joshua Rogers.

While we’ve already shown you photos from the event’s stunning red carpet, click PLAY above to see our red carpet recap from gospel music’s biggest night! 


Gospel Newcomer Devon Baker Releases Heartfelt New Single ‘Worthy Are You Lord’

One of Gospel’s best kept secrets Devon Baker is set to take the genre by storm via his debut single “Worthy Are You Lord”.  The jubilant lead offering from his introductory EP, due in May 2014. Baker is a burgeoning Atlanta gospel artist whose remarkable talent sees him poised to be one of the genre’s next top stars.

Poetic praise in motion, the song’s stirring lyrics are accented by an energetic arrangement and Baker’s unmistakable, commanding tenor. An instrument he has groomed since the age of 3, the Dallas-born singer has seen his gifts shared as a background singer for the likes of Bishop T.D. Jakes and Stellar Award winning gospel giants Bishop Paul Morton, Israel Houghton, and Darwin Hobbs.

Get it at Itunes


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