Eight time Grammy Award winner Marvin Sapp gives fans another side of him with his first Christmas CD. Music lovers have an opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with the release of his new album, Christmas Card.
The album features a guest appearance by Commissioned (Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams and Marcus Cole) on “What Child Is This” and “Honor The King.” Sapp teams with popular R&B crooner Joe for the album’s first single, “Home for Christmas.” On Christmas Card, Sapp offers a solid blend of contemporary, classic holiday songs and gospel standards packaged perfectly to celebrate this very special season.
The Rivalry Game of 2012
The Cowboys Stadium
My husband with Steeler fans. We took over the Cowboys stadium
About to take the Cowboys Stadium Tour
You can run but you can't hid Tony Romo
In the Cheeleader's locker room. Took me back down memory lane with the Memphis Catholic Chargers!
We had the perfect seats...50 yard line BABY!
Think I need a little practice
The Masterpiece...My painting from Pinot's Palette.
We had a great time. You and your family and friends will really enjoy the entire process and the final work of art!
Shelton Family Reunion
Montego Bay Jamaica 2012
A view from my balcony suite
WOW! What a view! God IS Amazing!
Family from Chicago, Phoenix, Detroit, Florida, Alabama and Memphis catch up on the latest. These are just a few of the 50 that attended.
Ms. Bernice and my momma (in white pants) lounge on the beach. "Momma what's that in your hand?"
Volleyball game on the beach. The GIRLS won!
Volleyball Game..girls vs boys. Shelton GIRLS WON!
Game Time on the beach. Build The Best Sand Castle. Michelle, I think you need a little help!
Valerie...hurry up! Build your sand castle. Time is ticking.
My momma decides to serve playing volleyball.....and she got the point!
From momma's serve. Gotcha Keevie!
Late night beach party
Never miss a phot opp
Momma getting her groove on at the pool party. Hey, don't let your back bone slip. That's my aunt Vera chilling in the background.
From the airplane, we're taking off heading back to US soil.
Up, up and away! Headed back home? Where to next year?
Flying above the clouds. I was thinking how great and mighty our God is. He has the whole world in his hands. God I thank you for life and favor!
One Of My Fav Spots...Miami
Me & my love enjoying Miami night life
The perfect pool view room...Hard Rock Hotel (Hollywood Florida)
Making my BIG SPLASH on the spiral tower water slide...I screamed all the way down!
Touring Miami's Millionaires Row. Fisher Island (of the very rich and famous) is inclusive of it's own bank, shopping and fire and police department. You arrive to the island by plane or helicopter. I hear Oprah has a home there.
One of the masions on Millionaires Row. No driveway here....just a place to park your yacht
about to dock at Bayside Market
How romantic! My Boo is writing on South Beach. Ooops, as he was about to write Tracy, a wave came and erased it all. #etchasketchlive.
I'll find a stage anywhere.....hey where's the mic?
STEELER NATION...BABY! Steeler's Fire Truck came out to support the Kids of St. Jude.
Grammy Winner Jonathan Butler stops by the studio to promote his new gospl cd "Grace & Mercy"
You never know who will pop up at Clear Channel Radio. R&B legend Anita Ward of the hit song "Ring My Bell" stopped to talk with the Queen of Talk Bev Johnson. What blew me away was when Bev introduced us, Anita told me she was honored to meet ME...and that she listens to Hallelujah FM...WOW! (pictured Bev Johson of WDIA, Tracy Bethea of Hallelujah FM, singer Anita Ward, Eileen Collier of Hallelujah FM.
Actor/Singer Tyrese Stops by Clear Channel Radio...I love my job!
Hanging out with The Rose of Gospel Dorinda Clark-Cole
Me and T.I.
The BMI Luncheon with Isaac Carree and his wife
Sharing a word at the Kurt Carr Tribute
Native Memphian and coined along with her family female quartet group as, "Memphis Queens of Quartet", lead singer Lisa Knowles is making a name for herself. Well respected by a who's who list of top gospel artists including Kim Burrell. Vickie Winans, Kurt Carr, John P. Kee and James Fortune, Lisa is on a mission to share her gift with the world. Working on her first solo debut project, Lisa shares with me her hopes, dreams and musical journey. Click Here
Tracy's Memories & Fun Times
My recent vacation in Hawaii. This photo was taken at sunrise from my balcony. More photos to come
My Birthday Celebration..Vegas Style!
I'm so proud of me and my radio family. We are nominated for the 2014 Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) at the 29th Annual Stellar Awards. The event will be held on Saturday January 16th in Nashville TN.
Congratulations to little Miss Memphis Sunshine Jekayln Carr who is up for three Stellar Awards including, Children's CD of the Year, New Artist of The Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year with heavy hitters Shirley Caesar, Tosha Cobb and Tamela Mann. Jekayln will also perform live on the Stellars which will tape January 17th in Nashville TN. Find out where Jekayln was when she got the BIG news and what's on her Christmas wish list.
Congratulations to Motown Gospel recording artist Tye Tribbett for winning Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance for "If He Did It Before...Same God" at the hippest trip in America. The Soul Train Music Awards brought out the stars in Las Vegas. Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, the music intense show featured performances from Memphis own K-Michelle, Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Hudson and Keith Sweat who also received the Lifetime Achievement Award. R&B icon Dione Warwick received the Soul Train Legend Award.
TBN founder Paul Crouch has died at the age of 79 after chronic heart problems.
A November 30 statement posted on the evangelist's website states:
"Dr. Paul F. Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time."
In October, Crouch was hospitalized in Dallas due to shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Over the past decade, Crouch has been treated for a chronic heart condition.
Crouch is survived by his wife, Jan, and sons Paul Crouch, Jr. and Matthew Crouch, who has since been named as the new president of TBN.
Comedians Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley have been tapped to host the 2014 Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
This will be the first time that the “The View” co-host Shepherd and nationally syndicated radio host Smiley have hosted the annual gospel music celebration.
The Stellar committe is expected to release a star studded list of live performances and presenters for the 29th Annual Stellars which is returning once again to Nashville TN. The taping will be Saturday January 18, 2014.
Congratulations to 2014 Stellar Awards Honorees that will be
Honored during the Live telecast in
Nashville, Tennessee on January 18, 2014
James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 Recipient - Hezekiah Walker
Grammy Award winning choir director and church pastor Hezekiah Walker has collaborated with Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy and Whitney Houston; recorded more than a dozen chart-topping albums and become the face of the black Gospel choir over an almost three decades long career. In speaking of his 14th CD, “Azusa The Next Generation,”
Walker formed the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir with a dozen members circa 1985 and taught them the song. They recorded the “I’ll Make It” LP live and it rose to #12 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart when Sweet Rain Records released it in 1988.
Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award
2014 Recipient - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston, which is the energy capital of the world. Considered by many as the “Voice of Reason”, she is dedicated to upholding the Constitutional rights of all people.
Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award
2014 Recipient - Pastor Maceo Woods
Pastor Maceo Woods, Born on the far south side of Chicago in the community of Morgan park, Maceo L. Woods, showed promise as a servant of God early in life; being interested in and concerned about the welfare of others. From early youth to manhood, he labored in the field of church music, as soloist, choirmaster, and organist. By the year 1950 Maceo L. Woods was already universally acclaimed by many to be one of the world’s greatest gospel organists and choirmasters; appearing in such noted auditoriums as New York’s Madison Square Garden, and Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. His soulful interpretation of ‘Amazing Grace’ has been immortalized.
Nashville, TN -- Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is set to salute gospel leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood at its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville.
The event is slated for Friday, January 17, 2014, the day before the 29th Annual Stellar Awards, at Rocketown (601 Fourth Avenue South). Gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives will attend the invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service. BMI will also announce the Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year at the luncheon.
Daryl Coley’s voice is an inimitable instrument able to fuse musical genres into a unique, mellifluous and cohesive sound. His multi-decade career began as singer with Edwin Hawkins, which led to being a songwriter and musical director for Lady Tramaine Hawkins. Lead vocal appearances on recordings for James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America resulted in Coley’s solo debut, Just Daryl. . Coley has recorded a landmark collection of more than 100 studio performances and worked with some of the industry’s legends, including Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson and Philip Bailey. Most recently, Coley received a Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Ray of Hope Theological Seminary and Bible College International School of Divinity.
Richard Smallwood is a legend in his own time. After more than three decades as one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise,” “Center of My Joy,” and “I Love the Lord” to his credit, the GRAMMY-nominated, Stellar and Dove award-winning songwriter and musician continues to enjoy widespread popularity and influence. His songs traverse genre boundaries and have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Destiny’s Child and many others. In 2006, Smallwood was inducted into the Gospel Music Associations’ Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He is currently exploring his gift as an author, as he works on completing his autobiography Total Praise, scheduled to be released in 2014.
As if Shonda Rhimes didn’t have enough writing to do with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” going strong on ABC, the TV giant has inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster to publish a memoir in 2015.
Book will follow Rhimes’ decision to build a family before her Hollywood career took off and the challenges that have emerged as she balances parenting with her professional success.
“Simon and Schuster is crazy for giving me a book deal as I am clearly in no position to be handing out wisdom,” said Rhimes, whose book will offer inspiration and advice along with tales from her personal life. “But I have made a lot of mistakes as a single mother and as a working mother and as a sleepless mother and as a dating mother. And I did all of it while running a bunch of TV shows. So I’m going to write about that and hope my kids don’t use it against me in therapy later.”
In addition to creating and acting as showrunner on current sudsy primetime dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” Rhimes also created “Private Practice.”
They are breaking open bottles of sparkling cider at Habakkuk Music. The Baltimore, MD-based indie label is celebrating its latest Top Ten hit with the Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir’s new CD ”In The Sanctuary” that debuts at #10 on next week’s Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. In addition, the choir’s soul-stirring, radio single “Everybody Praise” has re-entered the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart at #25 this week.
The power-packed live CD recording took place at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC in Memphis, TN. The 200+ voice distaff ensemble’s project was produced by noted musician/ composer Derrick Starks and features the choir performing with soloists such as Grammy Award winner Karen Clark Sheard (performing “Breakthrough”), Tamela Mann (performing “Have Thine Own Way”) and veteran vocalist Lisa Page Brooks (performing “Keep Me All the Way”).
The rousing radio single “Everybody Praise” is led by Carla Tolbert Taylor. The sprightly-voiced soprano is one of Memphis’s most requested singers and this project showcases her brilliant talents for a national audience. By supporting this project, fans are also supporting Temple of Deliverance’s on-going charitable donations. Over the last few years, the organization has donated over $75,000 to cancer research and various global relief efforts (tornadoes in southern states, Hurricane Sandy, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, etc.).