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!
While there are a few more people coming on board to accept the new Oxygen docu-series “Preachers of L.A.,” there are also more African-American pastors who are starting to speak out against it, saying the reality show misrepresents Black Christian ministers by making them appear as if they were only interested in fame and money.
"I don't think the show represents the best of the Black church tradition," the Rev. James C. Perkins, the pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich., told BET.com.
"The downside is that people often paint all pastors with a broad brush and, after watching this show, they may well begin to associate all pastors with those behaviors," said Perkins, who is vice president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. "There are many pastors who are out here serving the people and not just serving themselves."
Earlier, Bishop T.D. Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, denounced the show from the pulpit.
"Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you're sowing right now will buy my suit," he told his congregation recently, according to the EEW magazine. "I want you to know my car is paid for. I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I'm not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave… I don't need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ."
Jakes added, "I'm not from L.A. I'm from Dallas!"
Participants in the Oxygen network show have defended themselves
It looks like O.J. Simpson is getting ready to put another title in front of his name. The disgraced American football legend and retired actor O.J. Simpson is reportedly planning to become a televangelist after his release from a five year prison term some time this Christmas.
The troubled star's manager Norman Pardo told The Enquirer that Simpson found God in prison and has been ministering to inmates for a while now. He reportedly even converted his white supremacist cellmate to Christianity.
"O.J. is very religious now, and he's been counseling other inmates with Bible studies for months," Pardo explained in the report. "When I talk to him on the phone, all he wants to discuss is religion. He's obsessed!"
Since December 2008, Simpson, 66, has been incarcerated at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping charges.
He has reportedly used his time behind bars to mend his ways and relationship with God and now wants to share his peace in a worldwide crusade billed "Holy Safari."
One unnamed source close to the plans told The Enquirer, however, that Simpson is on a mission to dupe Christians.
"O.J. will tell you that he wants to bring people together, but that's BS as far as I'm concerned," said the source. "There's a lot of people sending bucket-loads of money to these TV preachers, and O.J.'s just looking to rake in millions from poor, unsuspecting Christians.” It’s a dangerous idea to think of Simpson as a self-styled prophet who can reach people all over the world."
According to the report, Simpson has been inspired by televangelist Frederick Price who broadcasts his "Ever Increasing Faith" ministries to 15 million followers weekly.
Acclaimed Actress, GRAMMY® Award Nominee, NAACP Image Award-Winner, and Dove Award-Winning Singer TAMELA MANN took home two GMA Dove Awards during the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Allen Arena on Lipscomb University's campus in Nashville, Tenn. Tamela took home trophies for Traditional Gospel Song and Traditional Gospel Album of the Year for her mega-hit single "Take Me To The King" and outstanding collection of songs on her album Best Days.
"I give praise and thanks to the Lord - what a blessing!" said Tamela. "I'm thankful to everyone for their support of my music. I'm honored to be recognized by the GMA, and I want to give all of the glory to Him."
Tamela performed a compelling medley of "Take Me To The King" with her new single, "I Can Only Imagine" backed by her band during the show. Her soaring vocals and passionate delivery brought the captivated audience to their feet, joining her in worship.
On the NBC show music talent series "The Voice" this week, ministers' kid Tamara Chauniece picked Cee Lo Green to coach her.
The daughter of two ministers who started her singing career in church, turned heads and seats on Monday's episode of the NBC hit music talent series "The Voice."
Christian Aguilera and Cee Lo Green both spun their chairs around in the middle of 22 year-old Tamara Chauniece's performance of Beyonce's "1+1" and both lobbied hard to convince her to join their team.
"Both my mom and my dad were ministers too," said Green."I ended up being a sinner. But it's not too late, you can save me."
Despite Aguilera being the first to turn her chair around and enthusiastically praise Chauniece's voice, the aspiring singer picked Green because she "felt it in [her] gut. "Chauniece grew up in Wharton Texas and told The Wharton Journal-Spectator last month as a kid she tried to "mimic" the singing in church. She also sang in the church choir.
Preachers of L.A. premiered Wednesday, giving viewers a never-before-seen look into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles. From pro skateboarder Pastor Jay Haizlip to Grace Jones’ brother Bishop Noel Jones to Bishop Clarence McClendon, who reaches 250 million homes via international broadcast each week, Preachers of L.A. will explore the human side of these ambitious and very powerful men of faith.
During an recent interview, Bishop Jones responded to those that might find a reality show about pastors to be unsettling.
“There’s absolutely no way to function in any capacity as a religious leader of any kind and not have an understanding of what’s secular and you have to bridge the gap,” Bishop Jones said. “I have to somehow find a way to reach people who aren’t going to walk into my assembly. Does it take the risk of people liking and disliking? Of course, that goes with the territory.”
During a scene in episode 1 of Preachers of L.A. the men of the cloth have an argument while at a gathering at the home of cast member Bishop Ron Gibson. Bishop Jones says he thinks “it’s wonderful” that viewers will get a chance to see preachers outside of the church interacting with each other. “All pastors don’t keep their tempers. Pastors have conflicts with each other,” Bishop Jones confessed. “Some preachers don’t get along with other preachers. That’s just life. It just shows that all of us have something to overcome. I think it’s wonderful.”
When all is said and done Bishop Jones hopes that Preachers of L.A. brings nonreligious viewers to God.
“I hope this helps to bridge the gap and causes them to feel there is something about this group of men that I could listen, I could here. There’s something they have that I would like to embrace and be a part of.”
Preachers of L.A. airs on Wednesday's at 10/9c on Oxygen.
The Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) hosted its 2013 Triumph Awards on Monday night at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The fourth annual Triumph Awards continued in the tradition of honoring activists who have positively impacted the lives of African-Americans, the under-served, and others whose lives are intertwined in the fight for social justice.
Triumph Award recipients for 2013 included rapper and actress Queen Latifah; fashion great Andre Leon Talley; sports agent Joel Segal; Overbrook Entertainment partner and producer James Lassiter; Broadway singer Valisia LeKae (a current star of Motown: The Musical); Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed; and sports agent and announcer Tony Paige, Sr.
Boxing champion-turned-actor Mike Tyson also received a Triumph Award for what Rev. Sharpton described as his quiet, behind-the-scenes efforts to help his native community of Brownsville, Brooklyn throughout his career.
The BEST of Memphis is featured on the 2013 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music LIVE! Recorded during Stellar weekend in Jan. 2013, Nashvile hosted a star studded luncheon in honor of Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr. Memphis was apart of this historic afternoon featuring live performances from Lisa Knowles, who sang under the anointing "Oh, My Soul Loves Jesus". Also Stellar Award winner and Memphis own Sheri Jones-Moffett blessed the congregation with "I Almost Let Go" in her tribute to Kurt Carr.
Other musical performances from Donald Lawrence, CeCe Winans, Bishop Paul Morton, Kierra Sheard, Le'Andria Johnson, Yolonda Adams and many more. Congratulations to Sheri & Lisa!
Atlanta, GA – Gospel recording artist and pioneer Paul Porter joins forces with American Idol Season 2 Winner Ruben Studdard and Grammy Award winner Le’Andria Johnson on his rendition of the 1984 Hit tune ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’.
Featured on Porter's solo-debut album ‘F.R.E.E.’ on Tre'Myles Music/ Motown Gospel/ Mars, the CD will be available in stores on October 29th.