The Overflow (Gospel News Round-Up): Deitrick Haddon, Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell, BET’s ‘Sunday Best’, and more


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, Donnie McClurkin, Earnest Pugh, Erica Campbell, James Fortune, Angel of Trin-i-tee 5:7, and more:

Behind the Scenes:  James Fortune Readies New Live CD ‘Live Through It’

James Fortune & FIYA set to release new album ‘Live Through It’ on February 25th.  Led by its chart-topping title track, get into the behind the scenes making of Fortune’s first live album above.

Featuring appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight, and many more, ‘Live’ follows Fortune’s #1 album ‘Identity’.


Hot Shot:  Donnie McClurkin Unmasks ‘Duets’ Album Cover & Tracklisting


We’re less than a month away from the March 4th debut of Donnie McClurkin’s newest ‘Duets’ project.

Featuring the likes of Dorinda Clark Cole, Anita Baker, Tye Tribbett, Erica Campbell, and many more, the album comes five years after his last project topped the gospel charts. See the album cover above and tracklisting below:

‘Duets’ Tracklisting:

01. We Are Victorious (with Tye Tribbett)
02. Write My Name (with Dorinda Clark Cole)
03. I’ll Be Ok (with Anita Baker)
04. My Past (with Tramaine Hawkins)
05. I Am Amazed (with Erica Campbell & Preashea Hilliard)
06. Encouraged (with Justin Savage)
07. Come As You Are (with Israel Houghton & Marvin Sapp)
08. Let It Go (with Dorinda Clark Cole)


New Song: Angel (of Trin-i-tee 5:7) – ‘Still God’


As former Trin-i-tee 5:7 bandmate Chanel continues to stir up fresh buzz for her solo project, Angel Taylor follows suit with ‘Still God’ – her new solo single. Making its debut online this week, hear it below:


Hot Shot:  Erica Campbell Shares ‘Help’ Album Cover & Tracklisting


Erica Campbell‘s forthcoming debut LP ‘HELP‘ will hit shelves on March 25th.

Led by gospel smash hits ‘A Little More Jesus’ and ‘Help’ (the title track), the album arises as the inaugural solo offering of eldest Mary of Grammy winning gospel duo Mary Mary.

Teasing fans with a list of the tunes set to line the album, Campbell’s album/tracklisting announcement precedes the video release for ‘Help’ (due on VH1 Soul in the coming days).


‘HELP’ Tracklisting:

01 .The Question
02. You Are
03. A Little More Jesus
04. Help
05. I’m A Fan
06. The Atkins House
07. Eddie
08. Looking Like
09. POG
10. More Than A Lover
11. Nobody Else
12. All I Need Is You
13. Changes


New Video:  Deitrick Haddon & LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers) – ‘Great God’


Deitrick Haddon showed off his new choir, League of Xtraordinary Worshippers (LXW), aboard a showcase featured on the hit OXYGEN reality series ‘Preachers of LA’.  Now, the collection of powerhouse singers ready their official takeover through the unveiling of the visual for their new single “Great God“!

Serving as the title track of their debut album due in stores April 22, click play below to get your first extraordinary dose of LXW:


BET’s “Sunday Best’ Shares 2014 Audition Dates & Locations


Looking to share your gift and make your mark as tomorrow’s brightest gospel star?  Well, you’re in luck!

As BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ gears up for its 7th season, the reality talent competition unveils its list of audition location and dates.  Covering the cities of Houston, Atlanta, Memphis and Washington, DC, see where you can sign up to audition via the banner above.


Earnest Pugh Readies Release of New Valentine’s Day Single

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“I Need Your Glory” crooner Earnest Pugh needs fans to keep an eye out for his new Valentine’s Day inspired single ‘You Are So Beautiful’.  Due on iTunes February 11,  Pugh is planning to hit the road during Valentine’s Week to perform the song at churches with Married & Engaged Couple’s events.

To learn more about Earnest Pugh and to inquire about  the tour, logon to

Throwback Gospel Jam of the Day:  Norman Hutchins – ‘God’s Got A Blessing’

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  1. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) February 9, 2014

    Thank you TGJ!! I’m so glad you posted on Angel and her new single! Been a fan of Trin-i-Tee 5:7 since their debut in 98. It’s good to see them go off and do their own thing for a bit. I’m excited for both ladies releases! I have to say though, Angel is being a bit..confusing to me. She released two singles last week, this one and Weak. Now I have NO problem with christians singers singing about their love relationships in a tasteful way (i.e. Stacie Orrico) but, that Weak single…I’m not feeling it at all. You wanna lead people into worship then the next track is about your man making you weak…Either release a mainstream and gospel EP separately or choose which direction you wanna go with in your solo career cause this playing the fence thing ain’t it…

    Anyway, Erica wow! You’re totally surprising me lately with the direction of your solo career and I’m pleased with what I’m hearing and seeing. I do love Mary Mary’s more urban/R&B sound but it’s cool you’re taking a different route with mixing more traditional sounding gospel to your solo stuff. And Deitrick…..I’m still put off by him after his behavior on Preacher’s of LA so I’ll pass.

    Anyway, thanks again TGJ!!

  2. Matthew Charlery-Smith February 10, 2014

    This is not a good look for Erica. I actually think she is crying out for help. Where’s the joy that should be present in the believer’s life on this album cover? It actually looks depressing and not uplifting. Ever since “The Sound” they’ve been going off on a tangent of “good” ideas, not God ones. That reality show is a mess and has actually damaged their cause.

    Dietrick needs to sit down, he’s no example. I’m tired of these plastic ministers running roughshod over the power of the Gospel with their wayward lives, no wonder these celebs are dying in all kinds of states, there’s no one carrying any yoke and bondage-breaking power of God. Anyway, let’s see where we are one year from here. Many of these artists could once go old or even Platinum, no, are their careers even viable? Maybe they should go do some missionary work and get grounded as to what the foundation of our faith really is.

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