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HERE'S HOW TO REACH US... ...A National, Quarterly Gospel Music & News Magazine

January - March 2020 / Issue 112

On the cover... Introducing one of Gospel music's freshest new shows... The Reggie Grantham Show ... Page 9

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STAFF Cecil L. Brown / Publisher and Editor Clifford Brown / Advertising Director Emanuel V. Brown / Art Director Tmil Curtis / Nat’l Promotions Director Johnny Sanders / Nat'l Public Relations Dir.

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By Cecil L. Brown, Gospel USA Magazine Publisher

ebruary 10th, 2020 is the first anniversary of a historic day that was proclaimed and decreed one year earlier. What was that historic day? CECIL BROWN DAY was declared by the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida (population 2.76 million).

that day off from work and everyone everywhere is supposed to buy ME an expensive gift! I'm just playin'. (Or am I?)

Miami-Dade County, Florida includes such world-renown cities as Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, North Miami, Coral Gables, Doral, Hialeah, Homestead, Pinecrest, Coconut Grove, Palmetto Bay and more. MDC is also where numerous celebrities and others live, vacation, do business and/or own property. But why did this global destination choose to recognize and honor Cecil Brown with this prestigious decree? The document at right says, "because of exemplary achievements" (such as publishing Gospel USA Magazine) "which symbolize the characteristics which make Miami-Dade County a thriving metropolis" – and more. Read the full text in the document. We all know what to do on other historic days that have been proclaimed – such as Christmas, Easter, Passover, New Years Day, Thanksgiving and others. But what are we supposed to do on Cecil Brown Day? Well, here is my suggestion: Everybody everywhere is supposed to take


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spotlightgospel male vocalist "A Different Song," the new album from GRAMMY®winning icon Donnie McClurkin, debuts at #1


he unmistakable acclaimed voice and songwriting gifts of multiple GRAMMY® winner Donnie McClurkin have made a hit impact on the charts again, as the gospel icon's latest album, A Different Song (CamDon Music / RCA Inspiration), debuted at #1 on the Soundscan Current Gospel Albums chart. The new album also debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. McClurkin delivers an invigorating performance on his eighth solo album – lifting listeners in keeping faith, hope and strength in our lives. A Different Song features 11 tracks, including McClurkin's powerful declarations on the lead singles, "Not Yet" and "There Is God." Continuing to perform worldwide, McClurkin also recently celebrated a blowout birthday concert for his 60th birthday on November 16th. The event also featured a plaque presentation from RCA Inspiration to McClurkin, commemorating his career success thus far – marking over 4 million of his albums sold domestically, 210 million all-time artist streams, and 3.7 billion total radio airplay audience. He also was presented with YouTube's Silver Play Button, which is awarded to channels that reach or surpass 100,000 subscribers. For more, visit

Donnie McClurkin

spotlightgospel female vocalist Jekalyn Carr celebrates two Billboard Top 5 radio hits within months with her album, "I See Miracles"


wenty-two-year-old acclaimed singer-songwriter Jekalyn Carr earned her 4th career Billboard Top 5 radio hit and her second this year within months. Her chart-climbing song, "I See Miracles," spent its 5th week in the Top 5 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart in November. This song is the follow-up to "It's Yours," which cracked Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart Top 5 and became her third career Billboard No. 1 radio hit in February 2019. "It's Yours" maintained that position for 9 weeks. "It's Yours" follows 2018's GRAMMY®-nominated song, "You Will Win," – which spent six weeks atop the list (Feb. 3, 2018). Both songs are featured on Jekalyn's fourth live independent project and GRAMMY®-nominated album, One Nation Under God (Lunjeal Music Group). With a social media following of over 1 million inspired fans, Jekalyn Carr has earned over her 7-year professional recording career, seven Billboard #1's, three GRAMMY® Award nominations, two Billboard Music Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination, four Stellar Awards and a GMA Dove Award. Check out her latest video on Youtube and follow her on Facebook. For more, visit

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spotlightgospel chorale James Fortune's New Album, Dream Again, Garners Hit Single, "I Am"


ames Fortune understands that if you're going to preach redemption in the 21st century, you're going to have to make a production of it – and his albums are a bit like urban gospel hip-hop soul revues all done up in showbiz style on Broadway – complete with Fortune's spoken, sung and shouted encouragement. As much or more a preacher, choir leader, master of ceremonies and worship service manager as he is a straight-up singer – Fortune's strength is in understanding how to put gospel and praise songs over to a young 21st century audience. With his featured choir, FIYA (which stands for Free in Yahweh's Abundance), Fortune freely incorporates hip-hop arrangements and urban beats into his recordings. His latest album is entitled, Dream Again. The album contains 12 tracks, including the hit single, "I Am," which features Deborah Carolina (Fiya World Music Group / Entertainment One). As of press time in early December 2019, "I Am" had been charted at #1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay Chart for nine consecutive weeks. In addition, on, the song had garnered over 6.8 million streams from listeners in 79 countries. More at and Facebook.

James Fortune

spotlightgospel quartet Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites Release a New Project on RuffBoyz Music Group


tellar Award-winning gospel legend Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites has released a brand new single and video entitled, "Just Ask." The project features Minister Leroy Pirtle and is available on the RuffBoyz Music Group LLC label. Doc McKenzie &The Hi-Lites have been giving God praise through song for over fifty-two (52) years. During that time, the group has been through many transitions of background vocalists as well as musicians. But now, God has put in place whom He wanted to be in place. The members are Darryl Henley (background vocals and lead guitarist), Rodney "Roc" Dickerson, Joe Turner, Mario McClam and of course the Doctor himself. They, along with their awesome musicians, deliver a sound that will soothe your soul and warm your heart. Their new video can be found on Youtube. The single is available on all major digital retail outlets, including iTunes and Amazon – plus it can be streamed on popular platforms such as Apple Music, Google Play and others. Request it at your local AM/FM and Internet radio station today. Currently, the group is nominated for the Quartet / Group Of The Year award at the upcoming NOLA Gospel 2020 Awards. Find RuffBoyz Music Group on Facebook.

Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites


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Here's Some Gospel Radio Station Award-Winners, Nominees and Finalists for 2019


nother year has closed and Gospel USA Magazine proudly salutes some of the inspirational and dedicated gospel radio stations across the USA that won a gospel award, or became a nominee, or became a finalist in 2019. Here are some of those stations. Alabama * Mobile – WGOK-AM 900 / rep: Felicia Allbritton California * Fresno – KFSR-FM 90.7 / gospel rep: Doc Lewis * San Francisco – KPOO-FM 89.5 / rep: Marcus G. Johnson

Blakey * Chicago – WYCA-FM Rejoice 102.3 & Soul 106.3 / rep: Tracy Williamson Kentucky * Louisville – WLOU-FM 104.7 & 1350 AM / rep: Brodric Purvis Louisiana * Baton Rouge – WXOK-AM 1460 Heaven / rep: J'Michael Francois * Ruston – KRUS-FM 96.3 Rejoice / rep: Gary McKinney * Shreveport – KSYB-AM 1300 / rep: Rhonda Marie Phillips

Michigan * Detroit – WCHB-AM 1340 / rep: Valerie Monroe Delaware * Flint – WFLT-AM 1420 / rep: Anna * Wilmington – WXHL-FM 89.1 / Kyle Glover Johnson District of Columbia New Jersey * Washington – WPRS-FM Praise 104.1 / * Atlantic City – WEHA-FM 88.7 / rep: rep: Ron Thompson Elaine Hawkes * Washington – WYCB-AM Spirit 1340 / * Trenton – WIMG-AM 1300 / rep: Craig rep: Winston Chaney Hayes Florida * Gainesville – WPZM-FM 107.5 / rep: Dr. North Carolina * Charlotte – WPZS-FM PRAISE 100.9 / Shirley Watts rep: Reginald Baker * Jacksonville – WCGL-AM 1360 & FM 94.7 * Raleigh – WNNL-FM 103.9 The Light / * Miami – WMBM-AM 1490 / rep: rep: Jerry Smith Gregory Cooper * Orlando – WOKB-AM 1680 / rep: Lady Ohio Drina Penn * Cincinnati – WGRI-AM Inspiration 1050 * Tallahassee – WHBT-FM 98.3 / rep: / rep: Carl Behanan Monique Alleyne * Lorain – WNZN-FM 89.1 / rep: Mark Ballard Georgia * Atlanta – WPZE Praise 97.5 & 102.5 / rep: Derek Harper * Macon – WYPZ-FM / rep: Harold Young * Mullins – WJAY-FM 98.3 & AM 1280 / rep: Reggie Gay * Statesboro – WSLT-FM 88.5 / Illinois * Chicago – WGRB-AM 1390 / rep: Sonya

Pennsylvania * Philadelphia – WNAP-AM 1110 / rep: Fred Blain South Carolina * Little River – WJXY-FM 103.5 & AM 1200 / rep: Reggie Dyson * North Augusta – WNRR-AM 1380 / rep: Dr. Sctonda Kelly 13

Tennessee * Memphis – WBBP-AM 1480 / rep: Tracy Morgan * Memphis – WHAL-FM 95.7 Hallelujah FM / rep: Tracy Bethea * Memphis – WLOK-FM 105 & AM 1340 / reps: Linda Covington & James Chambers * Nashville – WENO-AM 760 / rep: Shaunte Garrett * Nashville – WFSK-FM 88.1 / rep: Xuam "The Xman" Lawson Texas * Crockett – KHMR-FM 104.3 / rep: Reginald D. Marshall, Sr. * Houston – KCOH-AM 1430 / Virginia * Brodnax – VSC GOSPEL NETWORK / rep: Stephanie McDonald * Richmond – WPZZ-FM 104.7 PRAISE / rep: Reginald Baker * Richmond – WQCN-FM 105.3 The Choice / reps: Tiger Foote & Rev. Altony Foote * Richmond – WREJ-FM 101.3 & AM 990 / rep: Randy Johnson * Roanoke – WTOY-AM 1480 / rep: Carter Garrett * Virginia Beach – WFMI-FM 100.9 Rejoice / rep: Mike Chandler Internet Radio Stations * * * * * * * * * * * * * January - March 2020

radiostation playlists WREJ 101.3 FM & 990 AM

WMBM-AM 1490

8100 Three Chopt Road, Suite 221 Richmond, VA 23229 2018 Stellar Award nominated Brother Randy Johnson, PD & host 3 pm - 6 pm (804) 873-7101 (cell) ”24 hours" Listen live:

"24 hours / 5,000 watts" Live:

- January 2020 1. Donnie McClurkin / There Is God 2. Casey J / The Gathering 3. Larry Clark & Twinkie Clark f/ Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and AIA / Standing In The Need Of Prayer (LIVE) 4. Travis Greene / Won't Let Go 5. Bri Babineaux / Baptize Us Again 6. PJ Morton f/ Le'Andria Johnson & Mary Mary / All In His Plan 7. Donald Godbolt & Spiritual Gifts f/ Nikki Ross / I Really Love The Lord 8. Lamont Sanders / All That I Have (One God) 9. William Murphy / Same Grace 10. Renee Spearman f/ BHW & DHC / I Love Him 11. Rev. Robert Lowe / The Moriah City Singers / You Reign 12. Jokia / Yahweh 13. Edwrin Sutton / I Hear Rain 14. Keyondra Lockett / I Got Jesus 15. VJ McCoy, M. Harper & K. Williams / Praise Him Now 16. Bishop Jonathan Greer / So Much To Thank God For 17. Josh Copeland / Uphold Me 18. Bill Moss, Jr. / Change My Heart 19. Glenda Woods / I've Learned To Lean On Jesus 20. Jason Clayborn / Praise Belongs To You

- January 2020 1. Anthony Brown & group therAPy / Blessings On Blessings 2. Micah Lee / Don't Break 3. Bryan Popin / All Back 4. James Fortune f/ Deborah Carolina / I Am 5. Zacardi Cortez / You Don't Know 6. Renee Spearman f/ BHW & DHC / I Love Him 7. Jekalyn Carr / I See Miracles 8. Maurette Brown Clark / I Want God 9. VaShawn Mitchell / God Can Do Anything 10. Todd Galberth / For My Good 11. Kierra Sheard / Don't Judge Me 12. Darius Paulk / Strong Name 13. Sensere / Win 14. Lamont Sanders / All That I Have (One God) 15. J Moss / Victory 16. Charles Jenkins & F.C. / Keep The Faith 17. Keith Wonderboy Johnson & Josh Myles / Believe In Yourself 18. James Patterson / Move 19. Jam And Lewis x Sounds Of Blackness + Ann Nesby + Big Jim Wright + Lauren Evans / Til I Found You 20. Fresh Start Worship f/ Sarai / Have It All

WTOY-AM 1480


2206 Melrose Avenue NW Roanoke, VA 24017 (540) 344-9869 Carter Garrett, PD/MD/a.m. host

“6 a.m. - 12 mid / 7 days / 5,000 watts” - January 2020 1. John P. Kee f/ Zacardi Cortez / I Made It Out 2. Tasha Cobbs Leonard/You Know My Name 3. Donnie McClurkin / There Is God 4. James Fortune / I Am 5. JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise / Miracle Worker 6. Jekalyn Carr / I See Miracles 7. Jonathan McReynolds / Make Room 8. Donald Lawrence / TTCS f/ Le'Andria Johnson / Deliver Me 9. Byron Cage / Oh How Good It Is 10. Deitrick Haddon / Open Door Season 11. Damon Little / Be Alright 12. Ben Tankard / Still Here 13. William Murphy / Settle Here 14. Kirk Franklin / Just For Me 15. Kirk Franklin / Love Theory 16. Renee Spearman f/ Hezekiah Walker / I Love Him 17. Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church / I Can't Make It Without You 18. Fresh Start Worship / Mention 19. Donald Lawrence & Tri-City Singers / Goshen 20. Kelonte Gavin / No Ordinary Worship January - March 2020

13242 N.W. 7th Avenue North Miami, FL 33168 New Birth Broadcasting, Inc. (305) 769-1100 ex 222 Greg Cooper, PD & MD

P.O. Box 25567 Columbia, SC 29224 (803) 730-6295 “Online Gospel Quartet Website” Web: - January 2020 1. Legendary Lighthouse Gospel SIngers / Have A Little Talk With Jesus 2. Keith W. Johnson and Josh Myles / Believe in Yourself 3. Eternal Light Singers / Nobody Can Do Me Like Jesus 4. The True Believers / Turn It A Loose 5. The Alabama Sprituals / I Know It Was Jesus 6. Lil David And The Bells Of Joy / Shake The Dust 7. Tim Woodson & The Heirs Of Harmony / Take Me Through 8. The Dynamic Soul Stirrers / Shine On Me (Live) 9. New Walk / I Remember 10. The Dynamic Holy Spiritualaires / I Call On Jesus (f/ Rev. Teddy Cross) 11. Alma Brown & A-One Gospel Singers / Praise Him 12. The Gospel Legends / Standing Where Jesus Stood 13. The Gospel Prophets / Oh How I Love Jesus (Live) 14. Curtis Jenkins & The Brothers of Testimony / Search Me 15. Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites / Come Aboard 16. Chosen Few / From Now On 17. Jermaine Hawkins & The Harvey Spirituals / Satisfied With Jesus (Live) 18. The Sons of Faith / Thank You 19. D. Morton And Gifted / Provide 20. The New Joyful Sounds / Thank You Lord 14

WQCN-FM 105.3 (The Choice) 141 East Belt Blvd Richmond, VA 23224 director: (804) 334-7222 office: (804) 638-3419 Min. Tiger Foote, Pres. Pastor Altony Foote, Sr., GM "All gospel / 24 hours" Live: or .org - January 2020 1. Bishop Roy L. Foots / My Change Is Here 2. Charles Jenkins / Christmas Music 3. Travis Greene / Won't Let Me Go 4. Deitrick Haddon / Open Door Season 5. Deshara Renee / Show Love 6. Erica Campbell / Praying & Believing 7. Pastor Altony Foote, Sr. / Bless Me Again 8. Bryan Andrew Wilson / This Time 9. Lexi / There Is More 10. Big Sty / Motivational Monday's (S2:E1) 11. Rudy Currence / Send Me I'll Go 12. GI (God's Image) / So Good (Live) 13. Jakalyn Carr / I See Miracles 14. Jermaine Dolly / Pull Us Through 15. Kelonte Gavin / No Ordinary Worship 16. Darius Paulk / Strong Name 17. J Moss / Victory 18. Isaac Carree / Her 19. Donnie McClurkin / There Is God 20. Keirra Sheard / Don't Judge Me

WNAP-AM 1110 (Gospel Highway 11) 2311 Old Arch Road, Norristown, PA 19401 610-272-7600 station or 215-370-2328 mobile Fred "The Morning Man" Blain, PD & AM drive Robyn "RadioRobyn" McCollum, MD & PM drive 5,000 watts / Listen live: - January 2020 1. Jekalyn Carr / I See Miracles 2. John P. Kee f/ Zacardi Cortez / I Made It Out 3. Renee Spearman f/ Hezekiah Walker & Dr. Holly Carter / I Love Him 4. Zacardi Cortez / You Don't Know 5. Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago / Keep The Faith 6. Pastor Mike, Jr. / Big 7. Zak Williams & 1 Akord f/ Larry Daniels / He Reigns 8. James Fortune / I Am 9. Kirk Franklin / Just For Me 10. Jermaine Dolly f/ Maranda Curtis / Pull Us Through 11. Fred Jerkins f/ Lowell Pye / Patiently Praising 12. Pastor Willie E. Kilpatrick Presents The Prince Of Peace Church Choir / Whatever It Is 13. Lamont Sanders / All That I Have (One God) 14. Byron Cage / Oh How Good It Is 15. William McDowell / I Don't Wanna Leave (Live) 16. VaShawn Mitchell / God Can Do Anything 17. Joshua Rogers / I Need You 18. Fred Hammond / Alright 19. Bebe Winans / Free Free 20. Anthony Brown & group therAPy / Blessings On Blessings

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Ray & Raymond Manning, hosts “24 Hour Internet Gospel Music & Ministry” Listen live: - January 2020 1. Gospel USA Magazine's Artist Favorites, Vol. 27 / Various Artists 2. Kay Morris / Abba Oh 3. Angela "Missy" Billups / Let Us Adore Him 4. L-Ma King / Holy 5. The Frierson Brothers / Just Pray About It 6. LJ Reynolds / So Good 7. Chudney Jemmerson (KC) / Now 8. The Bibletones of St. Louis, MO / Do You Know Him 9. Rev. Charles Jenkins & CFC / Joy Will Come 10. Derrick Milan & The Krew / Right Here In The Room 11. Ray Manning Singers / There Is A Man 12. New Era (KC) (Melvin Manning) / Stay In Your Lane 13. Isaac Carree / Blessing In Your Lesson 14. Mississippi Mass Choir / When We All Get To Heaven 15. Denetria Champ / Can't Forget 16. Shirley Caesar / It's Alright It's OK 17. L. Michele Spencer Stevenson / Holy 18. Reeds Temple Choir / My Soul Cries Out 19. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir / Pray 20. Pamela Johnson / Father Breathe On Me

WFSK-FM 88.1 (Jazzy 88) 1000 17th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37208 (615) 329-8754 Xuam “The Xman” Lawson / PD & host of “Real Gospel with The Xman” “located on the campus of Fisk University”

Listen live: - January 2020 1. Tasha Cobbs Leonard / You Know My Name 2. Ricky Dillard f/ Tiff Joy / Release 3. Vanessa Bell Armstrong / I Choose To Worship 4. Zacardi Cortez / You Don't Know 5. The Clark Sisters / Victory 6. Tiffany Binion Mangum f/ Doobie Powell / Just Ask 7. Kurt Carr / Bless Somebody Else (Dorothy's Song) 8. Deborah Joy Winans / When I Rose 9. Kirk Franklin / Just For Me 10. James Fortune / I Am 11. Min. Ceddy P & V2V / God Has Been Good 12. Neal Robertson / I'm So Glad 13. Volunteer State Mass Choir / Waiting On You 14. BBIM Mass Choir / Expect The Supernatural 15. DeWhitt Johnson / Presents The BC&M Choir and The Johnson Ensemble 16. Lawrence Thomison / I Can Go To The Rock 17. Renee Spearman f/ Hezekiah Walker / I Love Him 18. Fresh Wind / Just Believe 19. Tonya Ware / Way Maker 20. PJ Morton f/ L. Johnson & Mary Mary / All In His Plan

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Listen weekdays at - January 2020 1. Raizel & Che' Sarai / Made New 2. Amanda Lynn / Better 3. Antoinique / I'm A Believer 4. Brea Miles / God Culture Remix 5. Kena C / All I Need 6. Keasha Beard / Queenin 7. Kystal Klear / Keep It Movin 8. Kriss Liss / Glowry 9. Erica Campbell / More Than A Lover 10. Koryn Hawthorne / Unstoppable 11. Tyscot King / Concrete 12. V. Rose / Ain't Worried 13. Wanda Monet / Ur Luv 4 Me 14. Tragedy / Man Up Stairs 15. Tori Kelly / Nobody Love 16. Lady Princess / Turn't Up For Jesus 17. BeeZee / You Christ 18. Lisa McClendon / Ms Tina 19. Siani / Love Ya 20. Tonya Dallas Lewis / Faults

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City Gospel Update...

Richmond, VA

By "Brother Randy" Johnson Gospel USA Correspondent


founded by Rev. James Cleveland in 1967. Check them out at www.gmwa

elcome to a City Gospel Update from Richmond, Virginia -- aka The RVA.

The Alliance of Gospel Music Professionals – which is an auxiliary of the GMWA – has an association operating in Richmond. Find out more at

Richmond is a major player in the Gospel arena. We are the home of at least three Urban Gospel radio stations. They are WREJ-FM 101.3 & AM 990, WPZZ-FM 104.7 and WQCNFM 105.3. Both WREJ and WPZZ has received national recognition from organizations including The Stellar Awards. WREJ has been nominated for that award and has been a finalist for the past three years in a row. WPZZ has won that award and is a finalist for 2020. Richmond is also home to a chapter of the internationally-known organization, The Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) – which was

This year, Richmond plays host to several popular annual Gospel music events. Among them is JoyFest which will take place in July 2020. This event will be held at Kings Dominion Amusement Park in Doswell, VA. This event has featured such major artists as Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and others. Details at

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In nearby Norfolk, VA on March 3rd 5th, 2020 -- the GMWA will present their Annual Board Meeting 2020 at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel. Stay tuned. Richmond is the home of the Billboard-charting Gospel recording 16

group, GI aka God's Image. GI's music is available on the BGA Music Group label. BGA has another local artist on their label that is only 12 years old and who recently made it into the second round of The Stellar Awards for 2020. His name is Antonio Tucker. He made Category #24, which is for Youth Project Of The Year. Antonio's project is titled, "Overcome." In a future City Gospel Update from Richmond, I will share more local happenings with you. Be sure to check out WREJ's Top 30 Playlist found in this issue of Gospel USA Magazine. Until next time, God bless you. [Brother Randy Johnson is the PD and Afternoon Host at WREJ-FM 101.3 and AM 990 in Richmond, VA. His program – "Afternoon Inspiration With Brother Randy" – airs Monday Friday from 3pm to 6pm (ET). It is also h e a r d o n l i n e a t w w w. r e j o i c e, the Tune In app @ 990 and on "Alexa" @ Rejoice Richmond. Contact him at (804) 8737101 or]

ATTENTION RADIO PROGRAMMERS: This chart is Gospel USA Magazine’s choice for the top 30 new Gospel songs from independent labels and artists from across the USA. We recommend you give these products some play. Only products which were critiqued by us and passed our high standards for quality are listed. (See the footnote below).

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Doc McKene zi & Hi-Lites


1. "Amazing" by 4G f/ Canton Jones & Terrence Raby (GrandMaster Entertainment) 402-603-2404 "Just Ask" by Doc McKenzie & The HiLites (of Lake City, SC) f/ Min. Leroy Pirtle (RuffBoyz Music Group) 937-979-7788

16. "Who Ya Working Fa" (Radio Mix) by James Jay Smith (of Riviera Beach, FL) (EndTyme Music Group) 770-895-1725

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17. "Magnificent" by Mel Holder (of Jamaica, New York) f/ Rance Allen (Psalmist Music Group) 917-642-7677

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18. "It's Well With My Soul" by Johnny Sanders (of Miami, Florida) (Blonja Entertainment) 305-454-6139

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"Don't Let Scottie Control Your Body #2" by Paul Dawson (of New Bern, NC) (Dawson Records) 910-934-1950

19. "Thank You Lord For Mama" by Endurance (of Houston, Texas) (SCCME Records) 281-216-3528

5. "Praise And Worship (Instrumental)" by Reggie Grantham (of Hampton, VA) (Grantham World Media) 757-751-3641

20. "God's Got It 4 U" by Michelle Flowers (of Grand Rapids, Michigan) (Grantham World Media) 616-272-9925

6. "Nobody Like Jesus" by Debra Snipes & The Angels (of Butler, Georgia) (J Platinum Records) 706-975-0722

21. "Lord Help Me" by Lady Beatrice Ward & Angelic Voices (of Houston, Texas) (independent) 832-283-2087

"You Can Make It" by D. Morton And Gifted (of Clarksville, Tennessee) (Band Geek Music Group) 757-338-4462

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"Hold On" by Miami's Blessed (of Miami, Florida) (Blessed Records) 305-302-9002

22. "Some Trust" by Cheryl Boggs (of Dallas, Texas) (independent) 469-387-1804

8. "Abba Oh" by Kay Morris (of Ontario, Canada) (Kay Morris Music) 416-844-7038 (Canada)

23. "Get Excited" by Shelia Moore Piper (of Houston, Texas) (BDM / Ugroove Music) 281-808-1978

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"Don't Give Up" by Danielle Sunny Bryant (of Vineland, New Jersey) (Sunny Bryant Music) 856-691-0834

24. "Yes I Believe" by Joshua & One Accord (of Georgia) (independent) 229-474-8624

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"Show Love" by Deshara Renee (of Richmond, Virginia) (Better Vision Entertainment) 804-726-0066

25. "The Confederate Flag" by Bishop Curtis Brown & The New Bern Singing Browns (New Bern, NC) (Grantham World Media) 252-633-5222

11. "Let Us Adore Him" by Angela "Missy" Billups (of New York) (E'mazin Entertainment) 845-459-3034

26. "Make Heaven Your Home" by Sandra Hawkins (of Kempner, Texas) (Jesus Christ 1st Records) 254-258-9674

12. "It Is For Me" by The Miami Mass Choir (of Miami, Florida) MoJo Records)

27. "Nobody's Fault But Mine" by The Gospel Soul Winners (of New Bern, NC) (Dawson Records) 910-934-1950

13. "Don't Break" by Micah Lee (of Boynton Beach, Florida) (Darkchild Gospel / Micah Lee) 972-834-5936

28 "Change My Heart" by Bill Moss, Jr.

14. "Take Me Through" by Tim Woodson & The Heirs of Harmony (of Lansing, MI) (Peacock Music Group) 616-953-0764

29. "Lord We Praise You" by The Ray Manning Singers (of Kansas City, Missouri) (Stair Rail Records) 816-255-2473

15. "Lord It's Me" by Mary Dailey (of Grand Rapids, Michigan) (Grantham World Media) 616-432-1071

30. "Since I Met Jesus" by The Southern Sons (of Memphis, Tennessee) (Some Records) 901-795-1945

(of Detroit, Michigan) (Salathiel Records) 586-634-5639

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Carrie Boyette-Dancy, CEO & Founder Plan to join Gospel Train Productions on June 20th, 2020 for their Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Gospel Train Productions began in Washington, NC as a celebration of good Gospel music. The purpose of this annual event is to present Lifetime Achievement awards to local and nationally-known artists and others so that they can be recognized for their contributions to Gospel. Join us at Family Life Center in Washington, NC. Starts at 4 pm. If you are interested in being a vendor, receiving a Lifetime Achievement award or know someone who is, contact us at 252-9453251, 252-320-3339 or 252-414-9070.

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City Gospel Update... In September 2019, hurricane Dorian By Orlando "LandLord" Miller severely impounded the precious isles of Gospel USA Correspondent the Bahama land. e l c o m e However, instead of having a negative to a City effect on its people, the event produced G o s p e l a unifying, resilient strength as people U p d a t e f r o m collected resources both locally and Nassau, Bahamas -- where God lives. abroad. Restorative efforts, such as Here are some recent happenings hosting Gospel concerts, were taking place in New Providence. launched to gather resources to not Bahamian gospel artists and radio only provide fiscal relief – but to help to music stations – with praise on their comfort and heal this nation in the lips, songs in their hearts and a media aftermath of the hurricane. platform – united in various concerts in Gospel artists Antonio P. Rolle, a national effort to raise funds to assist Chosen Soldiers and Clifford "Big their countrymen who were severely Bruh" Riley made their contributions to impacted by the recent passing of the Children Emergency Hostel hurricane Dorian. event. That event, hosted by Clifford In July 2019, The Commonwealth of "Big Bruh" Riley, was a huge success. the Bahamas celebrated 46 years of All three Nassau-based gospel artists Independence under the theme, are currently nominated at the "United We Stand Bahamas, Together internationally-popular Rhythm of We Can" – fully unaware that this Gospel Awards which will be held in statement would be proven in the Birmingham, Alabama on June 24th disaster that loomed ahead. 27th, 2020. Those three artists

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performed with other fellow artists including: Mr Blaxx, Maxine Smith, Solo, Eman and D.J. Counsellor on the aforementioned event. Gospel radio stations such as ZNS 107.9 FM (, Joy 101.9 FM ( and Glory 93.9 FM (glory93.9@ globally promoted the message of Jesus Christ and of having Faith, Hope, Peace and Love. Many additional events are being created and implemented to help assist the people of Nassau. In a future City Gospel Update from Nassau, I will share with you some of our best known tourist attractions, places to lodge, places to worship or shop, most popular Gospel songs and more. Until then, stay blessed. [Orlando "LandLord" Miller is a multiaward-nominated Gospel recording artist, radio & TV host and entrepreneur based in Nassau, Bahamas. Contact him at or Cowritten by Dominica Delaney.]

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February 8th, 2020: Black History Fest will be held at the Douglas Center Gym, 818 10th Street SW, Live Oak, FL 32064. This event brings Africans and African Americans together for Black History. 12 pm - 6 pm. Vendors and performers are invited. Call 352-610-3114. February 13th - 16th, 2020: The 2020 Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards will be held at the Marriott South at Hobby Airport Hotel, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77017. For more information, see our ad on page 4, visit or call Pastor Larry Davies, Founder, at 281-943-3573. February 23rd, 2020: The Legendary Supreme Angels will celebrate their 70th Anniversary in Sanford, NC. Guests include Darrell McFadden & The Disciples, The Highway QC's, The Singing Stars and others. For tickets, call 919-352-0271 or 919-824-0838. March 3rd - 5th, 2020: The Annual Board Meeting of the Gospel Music Workshop of America – GMWA will be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510. For the event itinerary, registration information and more details as they becomes available, visit Bishop Albert Jamison, Sr. is Chairman.

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Barbara McLaughlin, Founder, at 267-980-2079. May 10th, 2020: (Mother's Day) A Mother's Day Celebration featuring Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters and Charles Jenkins will be held at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. 5 pm. Tickets at or 800-745-3000. May 23rd, 2020: Jay Williams presents The Gospel Hip Hop Awards 2020 (with Caribbean Gospel, Gospel Reggae, Spoken Word & more categories). To be held in Atlanta, GA. For nominating procedure, guest performers and more details, visit www.theJay or call 678-538-8743. June 24th - 27th, 2020: The 12th Annual Rhythm Of Gospel Awards will be held in Birmingham, AL. The host hotel is the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, AL 35244. For the 2020 itinerary, nominees, registration, performance & sponsorship ops and more – visit Dr. Mark Rogers is Founder. June 26th - 27th, 2020: The 26th Annual Gospel Choice Music Awards will be held in Atlanta, GA. For itinerary, nomination procedures, performance & sponsorship opportunities and more – visit www.gospelchoice Jeffery Holmes is Founder.

March 27th, 2020: The 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be held at the Orleans Arena, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103. SAGMA membership is being accepted now. For nominees, performers, tickets and more information as it becomes available, visit

July 18th - 24th, 2020: The 2020 National Convention of the Gospel Music Workshop of America – GMWA will be held in Kansas City, MO. For hotel and registration info as it becomes available, visit Rev. James Cleveland, Founder.

April 1st, 2020: Gospel USA Magazine will release its next Gospel music compilation CD entitled, Artists Favorites, Volume 28. For information on how to have your original Gospel song included on this popular CD series and postal mailed to gospel industry personnel across the USA, call Cecil Brown at 305-234-8689.

July 25th, 2020: The 6th Annual S&M Gospel Indie Music Awards will be held at The Restoration Worship Center, 734 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Rev. Luther Barnes, Pastor. For more info, call 434-755-3525 or search for the S&M Indie Awards on Facebook. Stephanie Williams McDonald is CEO & Founder.

April 23rd - 25th, 2020: The National Association of Gospel Promoters, Managers, Radio & TV Personalities presents their 22nd Annual Conference and Black-Tie Gala to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA. For registration, sponsorship opportunities and more information, call Minister

October 2nd - 3rd, 2020: The 6th Annual Tampa Bay Gospel Awards will be held in Tampa, Florida. For the 2020 nominees, performers, venue and more info as it becomes available, visit Jorad Holmes is CEO & Founder.

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TELEVISION BROADCASTING OPPORTUNITY Glory To God TV (seen over the air on Charter/ Spectrum cable channel 181 in Georgia and parts of Alabama, as well as 24-hours online streaming) has great opportunities for TV exposure for your church, music ministry or business. For details, visit

PRODUCT SERVICE REQUESTED Ray Manning Singers Internet radio station has prime program slots available for churches, ministries, artists and businesses. Call Ray Manning at 816-352-6601 or 816-514-1307 for product submission information and be sure to listen 24/7 at PRODUCT SERVICE REQUESTED Gospel artist/radio personality Lady Voncile Belcher is accepting gospel music submissions for radio airplay consideration on her popular show, The Indie Artist Mix with Lady Voncile Belcher. For submission details, send email to, search for her on or call 678-994-1663. PRODUCT SERVICE REQUESTED Artists looking for airplay consideration should contact Evg. Terri 24Kt Gold, PD, at WESL AM 1490, Praizze Digital Radio, 10920 Schuetz Road, Suite 1, Saint Louis, MO 63146. Listen 24/7 at Global streaming. Phone 314-436-7424. Chuck Spearman is GM. Calendar and Classified ad rates: $50 for up to 40 words. Additional words are 20cents each. A word is 2-12 characters. To place your calendar of events or classified ad in the next issue, call 305-234-8689.

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"Power For Living" by T.D. Jakes. How often have you cried out to God, why? Why do I struggle? Why do I have problems? Why don't people understand me? The answer: Because you are anointed! Author T.D. Jakes writes, "I used to have the wrong notion that when you are really anointed, you no longer have problems or rough times. But you show me anybody who's really Holy Ghost anointed, and I'll show you somebody who cried in the middle of the night and suffered all night long, wondering where is God." This book will help you discover how to be victorious in those times – and in life. ISBN: 9780768428384. Price: $29.99. To order, visit

"What You Say When You Say 'I Do'" by Derek Triplett. It takes less than 3 minutes to exchange marriage vows and less than 90 seconds for each individual to make a series of lifetime promises that most likely are not fully comprehended. What's more, most couples have not equipped themselves to fulfill all of the promises they make. Derek Triplett uses humor, real-life experience, and professional analysis to explore the subject. This book will revolutionize your view on the subject. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For interviews, booking and more, contact

"Courage To Win" by Denise C. Johnson. This book was written to encourage women to continue to push, pursue and believe God for victory in every area of their lives. This is one woman's (the author's) story of overcoming some of life's greatest challenges. "Through it all God gave me the Courage to Win." The book is available at and other popular outlets. ISBN: 978-1-4984-4263-3. For review copies and interviews, contact or (407) 291-2030.

"You Are An Overcomer" by Dr. Carl Bentley, pastor of 26 years. This Charismatic guide to Christian spiritual disciplines (274 pages) covers topics such as healing, how shouting causes Satan to loose your circumstances, musical ministry to the Lord, warfare by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, engrafting God's Word into your heart, winning the war of the flesh by fasting, and tongues as an indicator of Holy Spirit infilling. A model prayer and a bibliography for worship and spiritual warfare is provided. A good resource for growing Christians and also for pastors. ISBN: 978 0 88144 258 8.

"Deliver Us From Evil" by Deryl S. Lampkin. At the root of hurting relationships are misinformation, misunderstandings and mistrust. Deliver Us From Evil reveals life-changing principles to fix your relationships with your spouse, God and others. The lust of honey and the love of money has destroyed countless relationships because men want to get laid and women want to get paid. These powerful truths can refresh your relationships and bring you joy. A must-have resource guide for conquering evil. Publication date: 11/4/14. ISBN/EAN13: 1942325010 / 9781942325017. 154 pages. To order, visit Interviews: "The Mystery Of The Final Resurrection" by Robert L. Tatum, Jr.. If you have ever wondered about the END of DAYS, this book is a mustread! Writing this book has been one of the most challenging stages of my Christian walk. This book is going to change lives and challenge God's people to go deeper in the Word, and others who do not believe to be challenged by what they believe. If you are confused, afraid, or dismayed by the book of Revelation, you must read this book! The antichrist, the false prophet, the beast, the woman, 666 – all are revealed in this mystery. For pre-orders, interviews and more information, contact 903-422-9382 or send email to

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"Can I Trust You?" by Bishop Huden S. Roberts. It has been said that the richest place on earth is the cemetery. This statement is true because most of us never really reach our true potential in life. This book speaks very clearly about how you ought to make the time to study and develop your God-given gifts and talents – then share them with the world. Most of our time is spent wondering if we can trust God, but in this God-mandated book, God asks you... "Can I trust YOU? Read this book and begin to discover true life – the God kind of life. Available at (search for Bishop Huden Roberts). For interviews and bookings, write to

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Should Christians Carry Guns To Protect Themselves? – D. Harry Dear D. Harry: In this day of increased danger and lawlessness, it seems as if more and more Christians are turning to firearms in order to protect themselves. Often people who live in rural areas have guns to fend off wild animals. Others such as hunters may possess a gun as a sporting tool. Gun ownership is a personal decision. I will say this, however: followers of Christ should be aware of His teaching in Saint Matthew 26:52 that says all who take (up) the sword shall perish with the sword. If you think that you need a gun for protection, remember that when Paul and Silas were locked in jail, they prayed and sang praises. God dispatched an angel to set them free. Daniel was in the lions' den, yet the Lord protected him there, just as He protected Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fire in the furnace. David testifies of God's ability to keep us from danger in Psalm 139:10, which says God shall hold us in His right hand. Saints of old, who did not carry guns, used to "plead the Blood" whenever in danger. There are many other references in the Bible that speak to this issue. Study the Word, then decide for yourself. Whether or not you carry a gun is up to you. – Dr. Carl

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