It isn't every day that a middle school teacher walks away from their career to pursue hip-hop aspirations, but Dee-1 is following his God-given purpose and is allowing the world to hear a glimpse of that in his latest EP 3's Up.
Dee-1, the 29-year-old Christian rapper born David Augustine Jr., became a middle school teacher to pay back his student loans and change children's lives in the process. The New Orleans native soon realized that his students cared more about studying rappers' lyrics than doing their homework and decided that he would seriously pursue the passion for rapping that he had been honing since college.
During the day, David would help shape young minds in a classroom setting, while he would transform into Dee-1 to perform his latest lyrics at night. After two years of being called "Mr. Augustine" by students in the classroom, the educator shifted gears by transforming his night time rap hobby into a full-time career. more >>
The Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award-nominated group Virtue continues to gain traction in the gospel music industry with the song "You Are" which landed at Billboard's No. 25 this week.
After a 10-year hiatus, Virtue is back on gospel radio stations across the U.S. with "You Are." In fact, the song jumped nine spots and cracked the Top 30 landing at No. 25 with a +80 spin trend on the Nielsen BDS Gospel Airplay chart this week.
"Our single 'You Are' from the Testimony Reloaded album is top 25, buy it online today," Virtue, which is comprised of sisters Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble and Heather Martin, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. more >>
Carrie Underwood is anticipating the arrival of her first child, and according to her husband, Mike Fisher, the pair are praying that the delivery of their baby boy goes smoothly when the time comes.
The "Something in the Water" singer has been married to Fisher, a professional hockey player, since 2010, and the couple announced the pregnancy back in September. Shortly thereafter, during the Country Music Awards, it was revealed Underwood was expecting a baby boy. Today, Fisher says that he and Underwood are relying on God to take care of "the next little bit" ahead of the baby's arrival.
"She is having a good pregnancy," the Nashville Predators player told The Tennessean. "Everything has been going great so we're blessed that way and praying that everything will go well for the next little bit." more >>
While having lunch one day, these people got a surprise they were never expecting. A classic flash mob broke out and everyone in the area got involved!
Not only were these people surprised, they started to sing along as one big group. They sounded incredible together. Together they sang Beethoven at Mensa Heidelberg. If you have ever been involved in something like this then you know how exciting it can be when a Flashmob begins to sing. If not, then this will give you an idea of how it should go!
Check out this Flashmob below: more >>
Hillsong is making history in Hollywood as the first church to sign with a major agency, William Morris Endeavor, where it joins ranks of Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Pastor T.D. Jakes.
WME, which has offices in New York City, Nashville, Miami, and Los Angeles, officially began working on behalf of Hillsong earlier this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The agency will help Hillsong expand its website and television viewership. Moreover, WME will work to secure film and digital opportunities for the church, including a distribution deal for the documentary "Let Hope Rise," based on Hillsong UNITED. The film was originally slated for release in April, but distribution with Warner Bros. fell through in January.
Although WME has already signed faith-focused clients that include the aforementioned Downey, Burnett, Jakes as well as Pastor Joel Osteen, Hillsong stands out as the first known collaboration between a major agency and a church. However, it comes as no surprise that "talent and literary" agency signed Hillsong, which is one of the most prominent megachurches in the world. more >>
WOW Gospel has topped charts with it's 18th edition.
The compilation disc is the top gospel album in the country, according to Billboard Charts less than a week after its debut.
"WOW Gospel 2015," is a 30-track two disc album that will feature a DVD that includes 13 videos. People will recognize songs from Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Cobbs, Jason Nelson and Tasha Page-Lockhart and more. A number of names featured on the disc are nominated for Grammy Awards including rapper Lecrae, Mali Music, Erica Campbell, The Walls Group, Ricky Dillard, William McDowell, and Smokie Norful! more >>