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A MW CHRISTMAS- THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY PLAYLIST W/ SOUL AND INSPIRATION Christmas is just around the corner, and that means its time to pull out the Christmas Music! I got to tell you that I am so excited about this because its my favorite music. This music just warms my heart and as …View full post
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL TO HOLD OPEN CALL AUDITIONS IN ATLANTA SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT THE 14TH STREET PLAYHOUSE NOW PLAYING ON BROADWAY, NATIONAL TOUR LAUNCHING APRIL 2014 October 22, 2013 – Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce “Makin’ It Motown,” a nationwide open call casting …View full post
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James Murphy is one of the most sought after vocalist in Gospel music. His pitch perfect tenor voice is called upon to lead background vocals to such artist as DeWayne Woods, Byron Cage, and Earnest Pugh just to name a few. He’s shared the stage with mainstream artist such as Kelly Rowland and Patti LaBelle …View full post
A MW CHRISTMAS- THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY PLAYLIST W/ SOUL AND INSPIRATION
Christmas is just around the corner, and that means its time to pull out the Christmas Music! I got to tell you that I am so excited about this because its my favorite music. This music just warms my heart and as my friend Jawn Murray would say “Puts me in my happy place”.
A couple of my friends thought it would be a good idea to share my favorite Christmas Tunes. I actually took it upon myself this year to gather all my music together and compile it on a playlist on my iPod and make back up copies to carry around in my car because you never know what you made be in the mood for.
Now this is a mixture of R&B and GOSPEL! And again these are just My Favorites off these albums, each of them having something on it for everyone. A good number of these I was introduced to as a child so they hold very dear memories to me.
If you’d like to head over to Amazon and pick up these great albums or certain tracks just click on the image and you will be directed.
The best part is most of these CDs can be found in WalMart! That’s right check the Christmas section of Wal-Mart they have most of these CD’s in physical copies for $5. Trust me you will go in there and rack up and before you know have spent $100 or more dollars but this will collection will last you forever! Just keep track of your music and don’t let anyone borrow it! Direct them over to the store or volunteer to pick one up for them.
Some of these I had to go and do some digging as they are either out of print or only available digital now.
I will be updating this as I hear more great music! Enjoy…and Merry Christmas!
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL TO HOLD OPEN CALL AUDITIONS IN ATLANTA
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT THE 14TH STREET PLAYHOUSE
NOW PLAYING ON BROADWAY, NATIONAL TOUR LAUNCHING APRIL 2014
October 22, 2013 – Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce “Makin’ It Motown,” a nationwide open call casting search for African-American singers for both the Broadway production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL and the upcoming national tour, with a rare opportunity to audition for this hit Broadway musical at the 14th Street Playhouse (173 14th Street NE, Stage Three) in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, November 10, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta. The first national tour will launch in Chicago in April 2014 with Atlanta performance dates to be announced at a later date.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson / Berry Gordy / Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary.
All candidates must have amazing soulful voices to play different performers from Motown history. All vocal parts are encouraged to attend.
ATLANTA OPEN CALL
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm (sign-in begins at 10:00am)
Location: 14th Street Playhouse, Stage Three
173 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
What to Bring
For more information on the open call auditions visit: http://www.motownthemusical.com/casting.
For details about what to bring and what to prepare, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, based on the life of iconic Motown founder Berry Gordy, featuring music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, began performances March 11, 2013, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), and officially opened April 14, 2013.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, the next electrifying chapter in the Motown story, can be experienced on Broadway in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL and soon around the country as the national tour launches in 2014.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde).
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features arrangements and orchestrations by Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as musical supervisor for the 18 piece orchestra that reproduces the classic “Sound of Young America” for the Broadway stage, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”), dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and music direction by Joseph Joubert (Nice Work If You Can Get It).
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy.
I was always told that a way to express your feelings and thoughts is to write them down. After writing several articles over the years expressing my thoughts about various topics this is probably one of the most hardest posts I’ve ever had to write. I’m using this as a source of healing and an open forum to fully express the hurt, pain, and grief that I feel on the inside.
On August 3, 2013, I lost my GOD Father DeWayne Wallace is a tragic car accident, that took place less than 10 minutes from where I live. I will never forget receiving the phone call because it totally changed my life. Less than 24 hours before his transition, his last text message to me and my GOD sister simply said, “checking on my babies”. I thought this text was strange being that he and I did our normal daily conversing on Facebook instant messenger. However, I moved on from it and went about my day. I never in my mind would have imagined that would be the last form of communication I would have with him.
I met DeWayne Wallace when I was a senior in high school. When we met he told me, “Little Boy, you are talented”. From the jump he took on the role of a mentor and GOD father. He saw things in me that I didn’t see in myself. Now let me just say when you are a senior in high school you are at a very impressionable age. Young people are trying to decide what direction to go in and what their passions are. While I had somewhat of a clue, I hadn’t honed in on them just yet. He quickly saw my abilities and talents in media and encouraged me to pursue them.
My parents trusted him with me and Every step of the way he was a cheerleader and life coach. He quickly corrected me when I was wrong and was never afraid to show me how to do something. In his own way he shielded and protected me from many things. He knew how eager I was to get involved, but how I didn’t know how to say, “NO”, and how I needed to stay far away from certain individuals. One of the biggest things he wanted from me was to remain authentic. He constantly told me, “Sunny ( my nickname) always keep that heart you have”. I never understood exactly what he meant by that initially but as I began to get further in my journey I began to understand just that. He wanted me to keep my heart because he knew of the dark and cold world that I was entering. I strongly believe he had a prophetic gift to see what was ahead and tried his best to warn me of all the stumbling blocks that were ahead. I credit him for being the one who really encouraged me to branch out. I was very sheltered and he told me that there was a big world out of there, and there were places to go and people to meet and see. When you grow up in the church at times that’s all you know. You don’t know about the things outside of there that GOD created for us to enjoy. I was in so much bondage to so many things and GOD used him to help me break free from those.
While we were not in each others faces every single day, he was always somewhere watching. Many people can attest that he knew everything that was going on. He was the definition of a leader. One thing that many have been marveling at is how he managed to connect everybody and bring them together. After learning of his death, I began to think of all the people who are in my life because of him. I remember him taking me to a pool party at the age of 18 where I ended up meeting some people who became my life long friends. He strategically introduced me to certain people and told me, “You Need to Know that person”. He instilled that virtue of networking on the inside of me and that helped propel me forward.
I feel that there was so much more that he had yet to teach me. You have to understand, that it takes more than just having the passion for a thing. You have to be willing to be taught, endure the MANY processes, and trust GOD every step of the way. While his sudden transition will be something that I may never understand, I’m comforted by the fact that he’s always watching me.
I remember getting my first Radio Job at KISS 104.1 here in Atlanta. The radio station is owned by Cox Media Group who also owns the Atlanta Journal Constitution which was the division he worked in. My first day on the job, I opened Microsoft Outlook and there was an email waiting for me from “Gerald Wallace” saying “Congrats Sunny”. He had searched for my name in the Global Address Book of the company and wanted to welcome me to the company. That is something that I will never forget because he always applauded me every step of the way. This man played a very strategic role in the transformation of who I am. Growing up in the church you think that everything you do professionally will be related to the church or Gospel Music. He quickly told me to “Get out of that mindset”, because everything GOD is trying to get to you will not always come through the doors of the church. He constantly told me to keep him 1st and let him lead and guide you, and you will be alright.
The last time I saw him was July 20th and I remember giving him a hug and saying “Okay Pop, I’ll see you later”. Not even knowing that was going to be the very last time I would see him. The picture above is how I see him…alive in my heart.
There won’t be day go by that I won’t think about him, shed some tears, and reflect on the life that he lived. I understand now that I have a responsibility to be a greater man, individual, and now a Big Brother to his son, who is my GOD Brother. This experience has totally changed my perspective on life and its making me better each day. Through this unbearable pain, I’m learning to trust the process and still believe that GOD has a plan. My faith in GOD has become stronger and he’s definitely been a comforter, mind regulator, and the friend that sticks closer.
In closing, one of my favorite songs by BeBe and CeCe Winans is the song, “If Anything Ever Happened To You”,and even though the song can take on a sad meaning, its really how I feel about anyone who is close to me in my life. I finally had the guts to listen to it and even though it made me completely break down it brought somewhat of a sense of healing because the song says, “I’ll have to be strong, find a way to get through, if anything ever happened to you”. That song has become a true statement in my life. We’ve often heard that you have to live what you sing about before it becomes real. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for that man being in my life…all I can simply say is…”Thank you”
James Murphy is one of the most sought after vocalist in Gospel music. His pitch perfect tenor voice is called upon to lead background vocals to such artist as DeWayne Woods, Byron Cage, and Earnest Pugh just to name a few. He’s shared the stage with mainstream artist such as Kelly Rowland and Patti LaBelle adding his infectious spirit and vocal power to their greatest hits. A graduate of Morgan State University, James has had the opportunity to travel and sing abroad in such places as Russia and Paris. When you encounter him his peaceful spirit and bright smile welcomes you, and his voice takes you to a pure place in GOD. James is working on his debut album which is scheduled to be released later this year.
In the meantime go download his mix tape “Echo” which has already created a buzz on Radio Stations across the United States. Be sure to follow James on Twitter @JamesMurphy , Instagram: @IamJamesMurphy and online at www.IamJamesMurphy.com
His Artistry, Witness, Music, and Ministry is: MW Certified
They have been on the scene for nearly two decades but now Charles Butler and Trinity have taken center stage with their new release, ” Better”, on Earnest Pugh’s label EPM Music Group. The twelve member ensemble has been giving pitch perfect background vocals to today’s top Gospel acts for many years. The group has appeared regularly on Booby Jones Gospel and has traveled across the world.
“Better” is a testament to their faith in GOD for their solo material to be released at the appionted time. Founder Charles Butler is grateful to Earnest Pugh for giving them their platform to share their music to the masses. The group sang background on Pugh’s #1 radio hit, “Rain On Us” which created even more buzz for the ensemble. “Better” is available on iTunes and all digital download sites.
BET Sunday Best Winner Amber Bullock and acclaimed Gospel Artist and song writer Cedric Shannon Rives have released a new single “Nothing Without You”. The single will jump start the celebration for Gospel industry veteran Levi “Too” King who celebrates over 25 years in the music ministry. To commemorate his 25 years in music ministry, a production has been planned on Friday March 29, 2013 in Cahokia, IL.
It’s the text message many look forward to receiving daily in the 3pm hour EST. It’ contains just enough characters to inspire and leave you in expectation for the next one. I’m talking about none other than #Uplift by Pastor Hart Ramsey.
With a social media following in the tens of thousands, Pastor Ramsey encourages users daily through uplifting tweets and messages. He engages his audience by remaining real and relevant. When the #Uplift texts are sent many users takes screen shots of the messages and post and further spread the word. Retweets of his words appear in many timelines as many subscribers rave about the on time word they receive. While social media is used for various reasons, Pastor Ramsey is proving even this medium can be used to change lives. His reach is beyond the church as his personality shines through, while he talks with users worldwide.
To receive his inspiring messages to your mobile device, simply text “Uplift’ to 46786. Standard messaging rates apply.
Pastor Ramsey is the co-founder and Senior Pastor of Northview Christian Church with locations in Dothan and Montgomery Alabama, along with his wife Alethia Ramsey. Their ministry has over 4000 members and continues to grow. Along with his church choir, The NCC Family Choir, he recently released an album entitled “Next Now” which features artist such as L. Spenser Smith, Gene Moore, Jason Nelson, Pastor John P. Kee and more.
“Next Now” is available on iTunes/Amazon and all digital outlets. Follow Pastor Hart Ramsey on Twitter @HartRamsey
Happy Wednesday! New Music keeps rolling in and its a great time in Gospel Music. The independent artist are on the move and doing their thing and two hot singles that released this week that you need on your iPod are:
Both these brothers are new artist on the move and have powerful testimonies and even greater ministries. Click on the image cover to hear a sample of their singles on Amazon.