HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Saddleback Church Los Angeles worship leader John Coggins came to Hollywood via Tulsa, Oklahoma, just four months ago to simply grow his songwriting career and music production business, however, it appears God has more in store for him as doors are blowing wide open toward a career performing on stage as well, he said.
Earlier this month, Coggins played a solo acoustic set before more than 5,000 people at the first major ChristmasLand event, a Hillsong concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles (SEE VIDEO BELOW).
As a virtual unknown artist at the Hillsong concert, Coggins impressed many, including some of the more well-known worship artists at the event. Born in San Diego and raised in Oklahoma, Coggins, 25, said he likes to say, "I've been waking up two hours late my entire life." more >>
Michelle Williams has opened up about her conversation with Blue Ivy Carter, the almost 3-year-old daughter of music moguls Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z.
Williams, the 34-year-old gospel music singer, opened up to Us Weekly about her sweetest moment with the famous toddler.
"She just looked at me one day and just said 'You are so pretty!' And children tell the truth," Williams told the publication. more >>
"The Sing Off" competition show produced by Mark Burnett premieres Wednesday night on NBC and will feature groups of acapella singers competing for a chance to win $50,000. Melissa Green, a worship pastor and former member of the Christian contemporary group Avalon, will be competing on the show with the prison outreach group Timothy's Gift.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Green said she went to a casting interview for the show after a friend encouraged her to try out.
"'The Sing-Off' was casting and a friend of mine who knew that I did this said I should audition," Green told CP. "I said I'd do that, but I want to come and represent the prison outreach that I'm a part of. And they loved the idea of it, so I took five other girls that traveled with me to prison, we went and auditioned and NBC loved it." more >>
Born-again rapper Hopsin, who shook the Internet this summer when he irreverently revealed that he'd lost his faith in God on his latest album Ill Mind of Hopsin 7, shocked fans again early Wednesday morning when he announced that he's leaving the music industry and is moving to Australia.
"I just wanted to take time out to say I appreciate all of u who have supported my music over these past few years. A Lot of u have told me stories about how I have changed your life. You too have changed mine in ways that u can never imagine. Unfortunately, tonight is the night that I am actually moving away to Australia," noted Hopsin, 28, whose real name is Marcus Jamal Hopson, in a Facebook post to his nearly 2.5 million fans. He also shared the announcement on his other social media accounts, such as Instagram.
"Over the past couple years I have come to [the] conclusion that this profession just isn't for me, so im going to venture out into new areas of life. I will always be an MC at heart, but this rap stuff just isn't for me. I hope You guys can respect it. I've signed over my half of the funk volume label to my business partner Dame. I also wished Swizzz, Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton good luck in their careers. Thank u all! I'm out," he ended. more >>
Lecrae released a music video for "Say I Won't" featuring Andy Mineo and a diverse cast including people of several different ages and backgrounds on Tuesday.
The clip features both Lecrae and Mineo, but the artists are also depicted by young kids who lip sync every lyric to "Say I Won't." The song from Reach Records encourages listeners to go against the grain despite the status quo.
"Why ya'll scared to be different," Lecrae raps in the song. more >>
Rihanna glorified God after becoming the new creative director for Puma in Herzogenaurach, Germany on Tuesday.
The "Diamonds" singer posted several photos to Instagram announcing her new position at Puma from the company's headquarters where she tackled her first creative session with the design team. Ahead of signing the dotted line with Puma, Rihanna took a moment to thank God for the unique business venture.