Frank Ocean's latest critically acclaimed record, Blond, features the talents of a gospel music legend he has admired for some time – Kim Burrell.
Ocean's song "Godspeed" features vocals from Burrell, vice president of the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ. Burrell, who also serves as the senior pastor of The Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church in Houston, Texas, lent her vocals to the song about bidding farewell to a love interest.
This is not the first time that Burrell, a singer in her own right who has made her mark on the gospel music industry, has worked with a secular music artist. She has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Missy Elliott, Puff Daddy, and Whitney Houston. more >>
Replacing the word "God" with "universe" could have an impact in how people who place their faith in science receive the Bible, according to music artist and producer Pharrell Williams.
The super producer's vocals and uptempo track have been featured in a collaboration with gospel musician Kirk Franklin for the song "123 Victory Remix." When promoting the collaboration, both Franklin and Williams appeared on the Beats 1 Radio show, the OTHERtone.
There, Williams shared his opinion about how the world of science and religion could seek to understand one another. more >>
Conservative author and radio personality Glenn Beck will speak at the multi-day American Gospel Celebration headed by Pastor John Hagee in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.
Beck's involvement in the three-day event was announced on Monday, with Hagee commending Beck for his widely syndicated social commentary.
"Beck stands on the front lines of key issues facing America today and speaks boldly about the value of faith and freedom," said Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. "I can think of no one more fitting to join us as we celebrate these two foundational pillars of our nation at the American Gospel Celebration and as we honor those who have sacrificed for us." more >>
Miranda Lambert breaks down in tears in the middle of her August 19 concert in Hartford, Connecticut when she sees a fan holding up a heartwarming sign while she was singing her hit "The House That Built Me".
To show their gratitude and support, fans usually troop their idol's concerts to wave banners and signs that bear special messages. And it is not unusual for singers to hear fans say that their song has brought comfort to them as they faced trials in life.
But this was different. When Lambert caught sight of the fan with the sign, she stopped singing and went over the area where the fan was. She took the sign and showed it to everyone. It was truly an emotional moment not just for Lambert, but for the concert-goers as well. more >>
Contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave performed at Minnesota's Sanford Center on Sunday while missing its recovering bassist, Jason Weaver.
Weaver suffered from a life-threatening diabetes-related foot infection in June, which called for at least seven surgeries where both feet were amputated.
"He had to have both of his feet amputated due to [an] infection — this wicked infection," Mike Weaver, Jason's brother and lead vocalist and guitar player, told The Bemidji Pioneer this week. "That sounds absolutely tragic and it is in that instant but he is somebody that really hopes in the Lord." more >>
Actress Candace Cameron Bure has confirmed reports that her daughter, Natasha, will be on season 11 of "The Voice," but some of her fans say they refuse to watch because Miley Cyrus will also be on the show.
The "Fuller House" star took to Facebook on Monday to proudly announce that Natasha had auditioned for the show: "It's true! My daughter Natasha Bure auditioned for 'The Voice!' Tune in September 19 to see if she made a team."
Bure, however, probably didn't expect to read the responses that flooded her timeline from fans saying they won't be watching because Miley Cyrus is one of the new celebrity judges. more >>