"I woke up and realized the first project was 15 years ago," said Youthful Praise Choir Director J. J. Hairston
about what sparked the desire to record a new project. "I said wow we've never done anything to celebrate. At first we
were going to do a concert celebration...during the process...people were saying you should record it...all those songs on
one album." That was what sparked the new album release of J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise
released titled "You Deserve It" - a desire to record the celebratory concert. Released March 10, 2017 the album's
first single, the title song, "You Deserve It" was the #1 most downloaded Gospel song on iTunes for two months.
The "You Deserve It" single was also #1 at Gospel radio, a first time for the spirited choir. This is J.J. Hairston
& Youthful Praises' sixth album release but this is the first project off of Hairston's label Jamestown Music.
"I heard ‘You Deserve It'...and wanted to to include it on the project," he said of the
title track. "It's doing great...we have a mighty God. We didn't put a lot of energy but we sang the same song for 20
minutes...it was comforting." Hairston didn't expect that people would be receptive as much
as they have been to the music of Youthful Praise, but its 15 years later and they still have a massive following.
"There are 20 songs on the CD, some are new songs," the Connecticut native said about the album.
"The record was done and Travis Greene...said I have a song. He pulls out his guitar and started playing...so we ...Read the full March 24, 2017 column...>
"Journey to Love" by Eunice Moseley now Available at Barnes and Nobles.
TV One Premieres
'The Manns' Reality Show Tuesday April 4, 2017
(Los Angeles, CA) - On Tuesday April 4, 2017 TV One premieres another
season of "The Manns" reality show which follows the lives of David and Tamela Manns married since 1988. David
is a comedian/actor and Tamela is a Grammy Award nominated Gospel singer and actress. "The Mann" show is executive
produced by Roger Bobb (Bobbcat Films).
Colyar Brings His One--Man Show 'Michael Colyar's Momma' to the ACME Comedy Theatre April 7 - 9, 2017
(Los Angeles, CA) - Michael Colyar, comedian, syndicated radio talk
show host, actor, motivational speaker and humanitarian presents "Michael Colyar's Momma", a dramatic one-man stage
production opening the weekends of Friday, April 7- 9th and April 14-16th at the ACME Comedy Theater, 135 N. La Brea Blvd,
Hollywood, CA 90036.
Diane Warren to
be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 2017 ASCAP Pop Music Awards
(Los Angeles, CA) - ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will
present acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren with its prestigious Founders Award at its 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on
Thursday, May 18. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most
performed pop songs of 2016, takes place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.
VIDEO CLIP OF THE
Grammy Award winner Justin Timberlake's 2017 Oscar performance of his hit song "Can't Stop the Feeling" (Trolls
soundtrack) brought the single back to #1 on Billboard Charts and turned the Oscars into a big party. Watch the performance below!
(Los Angeles, CA) -RCA Records today announces the signing of Norwegian producer/songwriter
team Stargate, comprised of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen.
Stargate will be releasing
their debut single as a recording artist entitled "Waterfall" featuring P!nk and Sia everywhere globally, Friday,
Stargate´s relationship with Sia began when they together wrote "Diamonds" for
Rihanna. For Stargate's "Waterfall," Sia brought P!nk on board, and the two inspired each other to reach new heights
on the emotional, dancehall-infused debut single.
"Waterfall" was co-written by Stargate,
Sia, Diplo, and Jr. Blender.
Stargate has written and produced major records for Beyoncé, Rihanna
and Coldplay to name a few, and will feature some of their favorite artists on their forthcoming music.
lifelong fans of American popular culture, Stargate has created their own sound drawing equal inspiration from hip hop, electronic
music and classic Scandinavian songwriting. They´ve been early pioneers in erasing the boundaries between electronic
dance music and hip hop, and have become a mainstay of today's worldwide musical landscape.
will surprise, excite and inspire both existing and new fans through their own new forthcoming music, which will feature new,
up and coming artists, as well as some of today's biggest superstars.
The producer/songwriter creative team, known for their chart topping genre crossing hits in the areas of R&B,
pop, dance and hip hop, formed in Trondheim, Norway. Stargate is responsible for countless hits and has written and produced
10 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles in the U.S. and 11 in the UK, has won two Grammy Awards (2008's Best R&B Song/Ne-Yo's
"Miss Independent" and 2010's Best Dance Recording/Rihanna's "Only Girl In The World"), and received 2007's
ASCAP U.K.'s Songwriter of the Year Award and 2009 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award.
include Beyoncé's global smash "Irreplaceable," Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar,"
extensive work with Rihanna including "Rude Boy," "Don't Stop The Music," "Only Girl (In the World),"
What's My Name, "S&M, "Diamonds," Selena Gomez' "Come & Get It" and "Same Old Love,"
Fifth Harmony's "Worth It" and Katy Perry's "Firework." Most recently, the creative team produced Coldplay's
album A Head Full of Dreams, co-wrote and produced Julia Michael's current hit "Issues," Major Lazer's just released
"Run Up," and the Grammy-nominated single "Try Everything" recorded by Shakira and co-written with Sia
for the animated film Zootopia.