2015 Stellar Awards nominees has been released. There are 27 categories with Erica Campbell and Ricky Dillard and New G getting the most nominations, garnering ten each.
In her first solo project effort, Mary Mary‘s Campbell earned nominations for “Help,” including “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Contemporary Female vocalist of the Year,” “Contemporary CD of the Year,” and “Urban /Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year.” The project also received nominations in the categories of “Producer of the Year,” “Music Video of the Year,” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.”
Ricky Dillard and New G’s “Amazing” tied “Help” for the most recognition with nominations for “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Producer of the Year,” “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Traditional CD of the Year,” “Choir of the Year,” “Traditional Choir of the Year,” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.”
This year’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards will include live performances by The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Mali Music, Deitrick Haddon’s LXW, Beverly Crawford and others.
Central City Productions also announced today that stand-up comedian turned television personality,
David Mann, multiple Stellar Award winner, Tamela Mann, and syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley (Dish Nation), will collaborate to co-host the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
The Stellar Awards will also present five special categories highlighting the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences nationwide. The awards honor terrestrial radio and internet programs that broadcast Gospel music, including the top Gospel Announcer of the Year.
Here’s a list of the top nominees and the number of nominations:
Erica Campbell — 10
Ricky Dillard — 10
The Walls Group — 8
Deitrick Haddon’s LXW — 7
Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir — 6
Smokie Norful — 4
Michelle Williams– 4
Tasha Page-Lockhart — 4
In addition to recognizing the year’s most outstanding contributions in gospel music, The Stellar Awards will also bestow special honors upon President Barack Obama with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award and Bishop Paul Morton with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Andrae’ Crouch and Al “The Bishop” Hobbs will be celebrated posthumously for their significant contributions to the industry with the Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.
The annual salute to Gospel music, The Stellar Awards will be held at its new location, the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Awards and Pre-show will both be held in the Orleans Showroom. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from April 12 through May 3, 2015 and on the TV One network on Easter Sunday, April 5.
Check out the official Stellar Awards website for the complete list of nominees at www.thestellarawards.com
The emujow music video by Shoggy Tosh, featuring Shady Blue and Dunamis Reignz; directed by London award winning Video director,Femi Best Touch, is to be released on 9 January, 2015; the very day Shoggy turns 41.
The video which was shot at Addiscombe in Croydon, London is to be released exclusively on Friday, 9th January 2015 on Ancient of Days TV (ADBN) in South Africa, viewable on all smartphones (except blackberries) via the free downloadable app, UN1TY; on blackberries via thefree app, OHBOX; on all computers via www.ancientofdays.tv and on DSTV in Africa through the free channel bouquet. Viewing scheduled times are: 04:30, 11:30, 15:00 & 18:30 (in GMT). Add 1 hour for Nigerian viewers and 2 hours for Central African Time viewers.
Expect to see some ‘out of the box’ scenes, an exciting video, unique dance moves and a clean inspiring video – something that would get your body moving to the groovy afro-beat song.
Other exclusive releases are planned for the month of February 2015 on some channels throughout Africa. Specific dates would be published through emujow’s social network channels on twitter (@emujow) and instagram (emujow).
The emujow video which is Shoggy Tosh’s first ever, was successfully shot by Director of Photography, Samuel Pearce and directed by Femi Best Touch. The various scenes had Shoggy Tosh waking up in a double bed in the forest, driving an auto mobile convertible with Shady Blueand two stunning models, Abi Adesida (United Kingdom) and Lobna Hassanein (Egypt). The music video also potrays DJ Body mixing his turntable gadgets to a stunningly dressed Shady Blue (award winning singer and song writer), Nigerian junior international footballer, Daniel Uchechi and Nollywood award winning actor, Ikenna Obi.
Shoggy Tosh is planning an official premier release in April, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. The premier (one of the very few to be launched in this style) would showcase the ‘making’ of the rap song (shot and edited by London based Roger Russell of the Double R promotions), the music video, directed by Femi Best Touch, feature some top music artistes, an exclusive performance from Shoggy Tosh and Shady Blue and some other exciting side shows. The video would then be available worldwide on good music channels and online social networks including Vevo & Youtube.
Couple of months ago, emujow won the best African praise/contemporary song at the 6th Annual Dinner Awards & Dance event – the 2014 PGMA London awards held at Rowans Leisure Grand Suite. Finsbury Park, London on Saturday, 11th October 2014. You can download the song from all good online networks and make donations too as all profits is donated to charity. For more information, contact Aina Bisayo email@example.com.
Twitter handles: [ARTIST] @ShoggyTosh – [VIDEO] @emujow- [VIDEO DIRECTOR] @femibesttouch
“Gidi Gan” means: Abundantly; richly; copiously; more than enough; immensely; in large Quantities; plentifully; and lavishly. The main reason why Jesus Christ came into this world is to give us life abundantly, and that is what “Gidi Gan” is all about.
When this song “Gidi Gan” was produced, little did I know that the song will travel far and wide? The song broke cultural barriers and it is loved by fans in Nigeria, in many African Countries, Europe, USA and the reception has just been overwhelming. I wrote the song in the year 2008 and I got the inspiration from the scriptures, John 10:10, where the scripture says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The original plan of God during creation, is to give human race live abundantly. Before He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, He created everything that he needed. It was not a mistake that man was created last, it was done on purpose. God created everything that will make us live life abundantly (i.e. Gidi Gan). All food that we will need to eat was created earlier (Genesis 1:12:29-30), and also all the infrastructures and the amenities that man needed were created such as Sun, Moon, Stars, and the biggest fish pond ever(Sea).
He did not create hospitals because we don’t have to fall sick, He gave us divine health instead. He did not create Schools, He gave us divine wisdom. Through this wisdom, Adam named all the animals on earth. God would frequently leave His throne in heaven and pay Adam and Eve a visit and He would fellowship with them regularly. What a wonderful love. He gave man dominion over all things. Adam was never afraid of snakes, lions and all those dangerous animals, they were all living amicably.
However, man sinned and lost this glorious estate. The first Adam made a terrible mistake by eaten the forbidden fruit. He was sent out of the beautiful garden. Through him, sickness entered the world, poverty entered the world, hardship entered the world, fear entered the world and death became man’s portion. The thief who stole our joy in John 10:10 was Satan. The second Adam, Jesus, however came into this world, to restore back to us everything we lost in Eden. Through Jesus we have access to divine health again; we were healed by His Stripes. Through Jesus we became wealthy again; He was made poor so that we might be rich. Through Jesus we regained our peace; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and Through Jesus Christ, death lost his victory over us; we have eternal life. Now, we have the right to enjoy that great provision of abundant life that Jesus came to give us, only by accepting Him as our personal Lord and Savior
When was this track produced?
In early 2011, I walked into Instinct studio and told my producer, Wole Oni and said, “I want you to produce a music that will sack me from the bank due to subsequent demand for me and my music”. Wole replied and said, “No, I will not produce a music that will sack you, but a music that will elevate you.” That’s exactly what “Gidi Gan” music has done; it has elevated me
The video was directed by Frizzle and has cameo role by Wole Oni who was on the piano, female musicians on drums, horns and guitar, and special appearance by Moji Olusoji, Mike Abdul, Funke AKinokun, Lara Olubo, and Victor Igbinigie (Gospogroove) . The attire is a uniquely African that projects my brand and style of music “Afro Contempo Gospo Music” a blend of African tunes, spiced with a contemporary flavor. The video has been aired on many TV stations across Africa, America and Europe and the song has won several awards both within and outside Nigeria. You can have a refreshing time with the video by clicking the link below:
Popular UK-based Gospel artist, Isabella Melodies and her business magnate husband, Pastor Ogo are celebrating 20 years of marital bliss on 07 January 2015 by jetting off to a secret hide-away. The power couple, who are also marriage counsellors, have been together for 27 years and are blessed with four children (two girls and two boys); Shae (19), Steph (17), Shane (13) and Shemaiah (11). This is what the lovebirds had to say on the secret to their successful marriage:
“First and foremost, it is the grace of God that has kept us. We commit our relationship to Him on a daily basis and we pray for each other. We are fully committed to our relationship and we put each other first before anything and anyone else. We are fiercely loyal to each other and are very protective of our relationship. We keep others out of our business and try to resolve any disagreements privately, respectfully and lovingly. It’s only natural that when you know that someone has your best interest at heart, it is difficult to take offence at their actions. And even when they offend you, it is much easier to forgive them if you trust their heart towards you. We are best friends, that’s what has kept us close even through the toughest of times. We play and laugh a lot, and we are not too proud to say sorry to each other when we hurt each other’s feelings. We also try to be as transparent as possible, we have access to each other’s emails, social media accounts, phones, bank accounts etc. We don’t keep personal friends of opposite sex. Of course we didn’t get here overnight, it has taken us years of making mistakes, learning from them and growing together, and we are still learning and growing everyday. Marriage takes work and we are determined to work ours and make it work by God’s grace”
We wish them many more blessed and blissful years ahead.
P.S. They would be very happy to help any couple who feel their marriage would benefit from their intervention. Females can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org males can send an email to email@example.com.
FB: Isabella Ogo-Uzodike (Isabella Melodies)
See more pictures of the lovely couple and their family below:
Reinforcing the ideology of “the family that prays together, stays together”, foreverJONES is ready to present their first new offering in two years entitled the “Musical Prayer Project”.
Dewitt Jones noted the necessity of teaching people about an important connection with God through prayer and stated, “We must send prayer music into the future with the next generation.”
The disc will also feature the track Access, the long awaited solo performance from Dominique which is a follow up to her Stellar Award winning song “He Wants It All”.
UNEQUAL YOKE: GOSPEL ARTISTS FEATURING UNGODLY ARTISTS
What is a yoke?
A yoke is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plough or cart that they are to pull. It is synonymous to harness, collar, coupling, tackle, tack or equipage.
Unequal yoke is wrong
What is wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it, and what is right is right even if everyone is against it. The type of association you keep will either make or mar you. You don’t have to board all ships. Some ships might take you to the wrong destination if care is not taking. These ships of unequal yoke might come in form of friendship, partnership, fellowship, followership, mentorship, acquaintanceship, discipleship, membership, colleagueship, worship, membership or musicianship. James 4:4 says, “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. Bad companies corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Light cannot collaborate with darkness
Music is a very important act of worship to God. We must however do it properly for God to accept our act of worship. I have been asked in various interviews on different occasions if it is proper for Gospel Artists to feature ungodly Artists and I have been categorical in my answer to the interviewers, the answer is NO.
Here are my candid questions’ “If Jesus Christ were to be a Gospel Artist, will He feature Satan in His music? Is it appropriate for a Pastor to invite an “Ifa” Priest to come and preach on his pulpit? It is definitely inappropriate. So it is not proper for Gospel artists to feature secular artists whose fruits does not portray that they have any relationship with God. It is an unequal yoke for Light to feature Darkness, for Christ to collaborate with Belial, or for a Believer to team up with an Unbeliever in his or her music. Music is spiritual and God has a guideline on how it must be offered unto Him, who must offer it, and the status and quality of the vessel whom, sacrifice He must accept.
Let your light shine
We are the light of the world, and we are admonished to allow our light to shine so well before men, that they will see our good works, and glorify our Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16). Satan was a musician rendering quality music to God in heaven before sin was found in him. If God requires music from a sinner, he would have retained Satan in heaven. Whatsoever disqualified Satan from singing to God in heaven disqualifies any ungodly singer or anyone who is not born again from singing to Him. We need to offer our bodies first unto God as a living and holy sacrifice, that is our reasonable service. Anything outside that is unreasonable. We are also admonished not to copy the behavior and customs of this world (Romans 12: 1-2)
Be a vessel unto honour
God is not only interested in our music, but also in the vessel offering such music. God is interested in a vessel unto honour and not in a vessel unto dishonour. You might collaborate with a seemingly popular ungodly artist so as to be more popular in this world, but not all who are famous in this world will be famous in heaven. You may receive all the accolades, encomiums might be showered on you and you might be applauded, even when God is very angry with you. It is not all about the praise of men, but about the nod of God. Many may look like a great star in this world, but when you get to heaven, you will be surprised to see that they are not recognized by God. It is actually not about the fame, but more about pleasing God. Take a cue from the story of Lazarus and the Rich man, the unpopular Lazarus was the one who was celebrated in heaven (Luke 16: 19-31)
God despise vessels unto dishonour
Even when an unbeliever sings a seemingly song of praise to God, it is like using a dirty and stinking vessel to present a delicious meal to someone who believes so much in personal hygiene. He will not eat it. Or can you eat a delicious food placed in a vessel used in the toilet which has some traces of feaces in it? I am sure you won’t say that because the food is delicious, you will eat it with the feaces, how much more God?
Praising God is a sacrifice. Hebrews 13: 15 say, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”. But it is not all sacrifices that God accepts. He accepted that of Abel and rejected that of Cain. And what is the difference? It was the vessel offering the sacrifice that made the difference (Genesis 4: 3-7).
Let us examine these scriptures:
“Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his, and let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use and prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:19-21)
“The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?” (Proverbs 21:27)
Don’t offer a strange fire
Jesus also called some people hypocrites. He said they worship God with their lips while their hearts are far from God. So the heart is more important to God than the worship. (Matthew 15:7). Even though, Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron, the Priest, they died because they offered a strange fire unto God. The Priesthood of their father could not save them from the consequence of strange worship. (Numbers 3: 2-4). Don’t claim that you are lifting up holy hands when your hands are defiled with sins, you cannot deceive God. Don’t claim that you have surrendered all to Christ when you have not fully surrendered. Ananias and Sapphira tried it and the Holy Spirit killed them instantly for lying against Him (Acts 5:1-11)
Don’t let us be fooled by falling into this trap because God cannot be mocked. Not all those who call him Lord will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do His will (Matthew 7:21). A word is enough for the wise, because it is only the wise that can accept the truth.
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It here again, De champions.net present to you one of the biggest gospel jamz of the year, tagged De Champions Jamz 2014 on Tuesday, 30th, 2014 at 7pm. The Jamz will be Held at 34, Ayodele Street, Mafoluku-Oshodi, Lagos state and will be featuring a lot of gospel music and drama minister.
“De Champions Jamz 2014” is one of our visionary ways of gathering people of diverse background, denomination, religion, tribe and race together in an atmosphere of intense praise headlined by seasoned praise Leaders.
The Jamz will be featuring music minister, the likes of Abidemi Sax, Toeyoursea, Ay4God, Dabo Williams, Daniel Blessing and Jlob Crew, Kachy, Motola, Khelechi & D Excellent Spirit Crew, Igwe Kenny and Crew, Ola Praise, Yemi and the Zionites and other drama minister, comedy by the Commander-in-chief of microphone forces, Mc Pashun and others, Mc of the day King of Rhymes aka GT.
You don’t wanna miss the biggest praise Jamz of the 2014, make sure you are there.
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Two weeks after successfully hosting one of the biggest Gospel concerts in Africa and probably in the world (The Experience Lagos), House On The Rock, ahead of the Christmas celebration launched one of their community outreach initiatives to the less privileged simultaneously at four different locations in Lagos state on Saturday, 20th of December 2014.
Project SPREAD the theme of the outreach touched thousands of lives at the Makoko, Ijesha, Jakande and Isale Eko communities all at the same time. Inhabitants of these communities turned out en mass to receive food items, love and a short Message from the Founder and Pastor of HOTR, Pastor Paul Adefarasin who was on ground to witness the unmistakable Joy the People of the community had in their body language.
The children were not left out as they had time their own corner to party. Toys, edibles, gift packs were handed to every child present.
“Christmas is a special time for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is also a time of sharing gifts because the coming of Jesus Christ into the world is the ultimate gift which humanity received. It is only appropriate for us to extend gifts and indeed our love to those around us, especially those who cannot afford to celebrate as elaborately as we can.” This was a statement released by the organizers days before Project SPREAD took place.
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WOLE ONI‘s ‘Audacious, Bold and Crispy’ (ABC) is an evening of Live Premium Jazz music, with amazing vocalists, strictly LIVE MUSIC with an Orchestra, superb ambiance, and fantastic 7.1 surround sound.
For two (2) hours only, the 400 distinguished guests will be treated to amazing range of Jazz original pieces and contemporary interpretations of classic songs.
Only the BEST of Nigerian music have been invited for this Wole Oni’s ABC Jazz evening. The night will featured the following CONFIRMED guests: Onyeka Onwenu, Praiz, Tosin Martins, Timi Dakolo, Ara, Gloria Ibru (Mama G), Yinka Davies, Uche Nnaji, Jodie, & a few more.
Date: Sunday, 28th December 2014
Time: 8pm – 10pm (Red Carpet at 7pm)
Venue: The Intercontinental Hotel, 5th Floor, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event is ‘Strictly By Invitation’ (Heavy Security by Hotel), and Table bookings.
For enquiries, please call 08023001914.
Please Note, Mr Wole Oni is not responsible for the sale of tickets. That has been assigned to the PR company packaging this event and Intercontinental Hotels strictly.