She had her doubts about surviving the competition created to find the best voices in the country, but at just 16, Tyanna Jones is officially leaving the "American Idol" competition with a renewed sense of faith.
Jones was handpicked out of thousands of hopefuls to sing her way to the top five contestants in the competition. Still, there can only be one winner of "American Idol XIV" and the Jacksonville, Florida, native knew that at any point she could be the next one to go.
One day before learning she was eliminated from the competition, Jones spoke to The Christian Post about her faith helping her get through the competition. more >>
The Gospel Music Association announced a star-studded lineup of presenters and performers such as Amy Grant and Brandon Heath who will help celebrate this year's Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees at the GMA Honors on May 5.
Hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, the second annual GMA Honors will recognize today's trailblazers in gospel music while also inducting influential individuals and organizations into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Presenters and performers will also include President and CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group Bill Hearn, Founder and Senior Pastor of Christian Cultural Center Dr. A.R. Bernard, and six-time Grammy Award winning singer Bill Gaither. Bishop Joseph Walker III of Mt. Zion Church and "American Idol" star Chris August are also set to appear at the GMA Honors alongside Melinda Doolittle, Point of Grace, The Martins and Steve Green. more >>
Each week Clark Beckham subjects himself to judgement and criticism in the music competition that made names such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson famous. Still, that's a small price to pay for the up-and-coming Christian "American Idol" XIV hopeful who has plans of cementing himself as a secular music artist while being a light for God.
Beckham, 22, is deeply rooted in his faith as a graduate of the Christian college Lee University and underwent a life changing experience being touched by the Holy Ghost. Now that he has made it into the top five of the coveted American Idol competition, the singer-songwriter and musician has showcased his range as somebody who can fit into multiple genres.
For some time, he battled with the idea that a devout Christian such as himself must sing Christian contemporary music if he reached a level of success where his voice could inspire a multitude of people. These days, Beckham is confident in his calling and spoke to The Christian Post about why he decided he did not feel the need to fulfill people's expectations for the type of music he is supposed to sing. more >>
When this choir steps on stage, they are immediately in shock. So excited that they have made it this far and finally have been given the chance to prove themselves. There performance of "Roar" will blow you away!
Revelation Avenue is a choir of 12 members, and their voices will go straight to your soul. This group from East London brings the house down when they start to sing their rousing rendition by Katy Perry. Simon tells them that they had a choir that was not that good before them, so they had a ton of pressure put on them. But, it didn't affect them one bit! They bagged themselves a spot in the live shows when Amanda presses the golden buzzer. It's hard to perform in front of a large audience and judges as it is. But, to get up there and give a flawless performance like they did, is even more amazing!
Check out this amazing audition below: more >>
Kirk Franklin is defending his fellow gospel singer Erica Campbell for her decision to create a new sound called "trap gospel."
Campbell, the Mary Mary singer who has ventured into solo music territory, released an album remixing of much of her debut music with Help 2.0 last month. One of the singles she has been pushing is called "I Luh God," which blends God centered lyrics over trap music production.
While some may be weary of the new sound fusing gospel and trap music, veteran gospel music artist, writer and producer Kirk Franklin came to Campbell's defense when appearing on NPR recently. more >>
Dr. Bobby Jones' BET show "Bobby Jones Gospel" is ending it's reign on the network after 35 years and maintaining the title of the longest continuous running original series on cable television.
The long standing gospel music show will air for one more season, according to an announcement that was officially made recently at the BET Networks' upfront meeting.
Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams honored Jones with a tribute performance after the announcement was made, according to BET reports. For 35 years, the show has welcomed gospel music's biggest names including Shirley Caeser, Vicky Winans, Dottie Peoples, Byron Cage, Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin and more along with well known evangelists and people in and around the Christian community. more >>