Despite admitting to assaulting his wife, gospel artist James Fortune insists he does not believe in domestic violence.
In a public apology posted on Facebook, the 37-year-old minister of music said the media is accusing him of being something he is not.
"I want to make a public apology to my family, friends, and supporters for not being above reproach. Please pray that during this process God continues to perfect and restore me so that I become a better man, Father and Christian," Fortune wrote. "Despite the accusations and media embellishments, I am not a supporter of domestic violence. I do take full responsibility for my participation in the altercation and have been seeking out spiritual and professional guidance to improve my anger management and emotional discipline for over a year now and will continue to do so. Thank you for your continued prayers." more >>
Embattled gospel singer James Fortune who pleaded guilty last week to a bone-breaking assault on his now estranged wife, Cheryl, said he thought of taking a "whole bottle of Xanax" at one point but was "saved" by a conference for worship leaders organized by fellow gospel artist Tasha Cobbs.
"I had a whole bottle of Xanax back in Houston I was gonna take. I need somebody to know iLead saved my life," Fortune confessed in a clip from the event posted by Cobbs on Instagram a week ago.
According to Cobbs' website the "iLead escape is the place for the Worship leader to Refocus, Regroup, and Refresh!" more >>
By now everyone in the Western hemisphere that has Internet access has heard Pharrell Williams' hit song and viral sensation "Happy." But you might not have heard it like this.
In a blind audition for the singing competition "The Voice," contestant Brian Nhira wowed the judges and the audience with his performance of the song.
He hits the notes perfectly and gets the cheers of the audience and the respect of the judges, one of whom was Williams himself. more >>
Erica Campbell is defending her fellow singer Yolanda Adam's decision to wear a cleavage-baring dress to the Stellar Awards last month.
The Mary Mary singer took to Twitter to question her followers if they took issue with Adams' teal Marc Bouwer red carpet dress which exposed a bit of her breasts.
Kirk Franklin is a Grammy-winning producer, recording artist and songwriter who is insecure about not having the same type of gift as his peers.
The 46-year-old minister of music has made songs for some of the biggest names in Christian music. While he is grateful for God blessing him with the gift of songwriting, the producer and recording artist who utilizes the voices of others in his records, admitted his insecurities with doing that.
"The greatest gift God has given me past family and salvation is songwriting. I sit in rehearsal blown away at these songs...Songs given to me not based on my goodness but HIS," Franklin tweeted as he prepared for his Twenty Years In One Night tour. "To be in a genre full of the best singers in the world and not being able [to sing] it like them has always left me insecure. So I'm only here because He loaned me these songs." more >>
Even famous gospel singers suffer from discouragement, but Kierra Sheard is sharing her journey of breaking free from that by speaking out against comparison.
The 28-year-old daughter of Grammy-award-winning singer Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop J Drew Sheard of Greater Emmanuel Institutional C.O.G.I.C. in Detroit, Michigan, questioned God about the things that could be holding her back from advancing in her career and life. The answer seemed to be comparing herself to others.
"I had to come to grips with the fact that Jesus measures greatness by service, not status. What's great to man isn't great to Jesus," the singer wrote in her blog on iamkierrasheard.com. "What's great to Jesus is how well you've carried out your mission/purpose in life. So, I've been inspired to do whatever is on my heart." more >>