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The Barrymore Theatre (New York City, NY) will host this series of unique concerts on November 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12 in celebration of the launch of the band's highly anticipated new album Red Carpet Massacre — which will hit stores November 13.

Co-produced by Duran Duran with award-winning producers Timbaland, Nate "Danja" Hills and Justin Timberlake, the album has already been hotly tipped to be one of the key records this year.

These specially created shows will see the band unveil their latest work, together with all of their classic hits. Incredible production, an intimate setting. Never before on Broadway.


McClurkin Named to All-Star Line-up for Upcoming Dream Concert 


LOS ANGELES, CA. -Grammy  award -winning gospel singer Donnie McClurkin has been named a recipient of the New York Chapter's Recording Academy Honors 2007 for his significant contributions and achievements that has enriched the musical community.

 Pastor Donnie

McClurkin will join an elite host of honorees including music veteran Bon Jovi, R&B artist Alicia Keys and the creators of "West Side Story" for a black tie gala Wednesday, Sept. 26 at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street. The event will attract recording artists, key entertainment executives and community leaders.


The Recording Academy Honors celebrates outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community.


The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (also known as The Recording Academy) was established in 1957 as an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. The body is well known for its annual Grammy Awards. The New York Chapter was founded in 1958 with the idea to maintain strong connections with its diverse music and cultural communities.


Noted as Gospel's premier male vocalist, a master songwriter and profound minister, McClurkin became a household name after the release of his self titled CD in 1996.

The project featured the single "Stand", the song that became his signature and after being lauded by talk show host Oprah Winfrey was gold in two weeks.


The debut CD led to other gold albums including The McClurkin Project which reunited him with his first group of childhood singers and the double platinum-selling Live From London and More,recorded in England. McClurkin expanded beyond the gospel base with the hit single "We Fall Down," which was heard internationally on R&B, and adult contemporary radio formats as well.

McClurkin reached even greater heights with his latest release,  Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, a collection of church favorites coupled with renditions of Richard Smallwood's "Total Praise" and "Ooh Child" featuring Kirk Franklin. The double disk CD set has crossed both Christian and Gospel genres with McClurkin's unique and original style, taking you from church to worship.

His many successes are evident by the number of awards he has received including: a 2007 Trumpet Award; two Grammy awards, a NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, a Soul Train Music Award and numerous Dove and Stellar Awards.


McClurkin's accomplishments have placed him on an international platform as a highly requested psalmist and preacher. On Sept. 18 he will share the stage with an all-star line up - Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Jessye Norman, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Carlos Santana, Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Baby Face   among others- for The Dream Concert to benefit the building of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The concert, which is being held at the Radio City Music Hall, will benefit the construction of the King memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.


McClurkin's evangelistic approach and passion to minister to others is evident whenever he's before an audience. As pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, he is armed with a mission to reach today's generation and advance the kingdom of God. Earlier this month he hosted the NY Call, a three-day event brining together people from all over the country, from all ethnicities. The event featured Bishop T.D. Jakes, gospel artists Marvin Sapp, Kirk Franklin and Kelly Price.


Whether it is behind the pulpit on Sunday mornings or singing in a large arena, McClurkin's mission is to reach people by spreading the gospel.




  Marvin Winans
Alone But Not Alone


When naming the top five most influential entities within the history of Gospel music, one doesn't have to think hard before The Winans are mentioned. The brotherly quartet blazed new trails within the industry with a sound and message that was fresh, exciting, and long lasting.

CDAfter a quarter century in the industry, the influence of this group prepares to hit a new generation as the long awaited debut solo project from front man Pastor Marvin L. Winans hits the store shelves, on the PureSprings Gospel label. The talented vocalist, songwriter, and pastor releases a 12-track magnum opus that is poised to make a lasting impact.

Winans' bonafide recipe for success is a slew of original pieces cleverly mixed with profound lyrics, a dash of incredible vocalists, all mixed by a master chef —renowned producer Tommy Sims, whose production quality perfectly brings Winans' voice and songs to life.

A throwback to the days of Marvin Gaye and The Doobie Brothers, this effort puts great focus on raw emotion and life's experience funneled through the hope that only Christ gives.

From the opening note of the album's title cut, Winans takes listeners on perhaps the most musically mature journey of the decade.

CD Don't miss these two interview with Marvin Winans, where he kicks back and discusses his career, his approach to the new CD, and lots more....

Musical authenticity and lyrical transparency are the dominant themes of this effort. Winans bears his soul on "Just Don't Wanna Know" and "I'm Over It Now", both of which exude extreme plausibility birthed from personal experience.

Equally personal is the up-tempo "I Still Believe", showing that people can be both healed and restored from emotional hurts, no matter the depth of those pains.

Winans taps into unique places for his collaborations on this effort. The tenor introduces 16-year old vocal sensation DeShondra Rideout on "I Shall Never". The talented Kim Burrell joins the Detroit-based pastor on the standout jazzy ballad "Try".

Twin brother Carvin Winans appears on the deliciously infectious "My Story". The surprise guest appearance comes from the late Ronald Winans, whose incredible appearance on "Joy" is literally breathtaking and will leave you speechless.

Truth be told, this album will take multiple listens to digest. It's been a long time since such musical and lyrical depths have been presented from one artist on one album. True music purists will appreciate the opulent presentation of this body of work and will ultimately walk away inspired, encouraged, and motivated.

For the Gospel community, and in fact for the music community in general, Alone But Not Alone is a musical masterpiece that will be a topic of conversation for years to come.


No need to leave home to take a trip to the islands. Come and join the wickedly dark trio of women who have escaped their ugly deeds in New York City and have escaped to the lovely island of Aruba.

Tess, Nikki and Kim are ready to live the good life and reap the rewards of their crimes. But Vincent, Tess's ex lover has other plans. He can't  let Tess get away with what she'd done. He gives her an offer. He wants to meet. She brings a gun. . . Shots are fired...

Nikki and Kim have their own agenda as well, and maybe this time around it won't include Tess.

Action, suspense, hot sex and a surprise that you won't see coming.

What more could a book lover ask for?








 (Los Angeles, CA) -  Recording artist saxophonist Kirk Whalum will record and film the highly anticipated  Chapter III of his series The Gospel According to Jazz on Saturday, October 13th, 2007 live in concert!  This recording follows the  

  blockbuster success of his Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter II 

  which features the international Gospel mega-hit “Falling In Love with Jesus” by Jonathan Butler. George Duke and  brother   Kevin Whalum are back this time and will be joined by Kirk’s very special guests Lalah Hathaway and Doc  

  Powell, along with a stellar cast and band. Making special appearances will be John Stoddart, Kirk’s uncle, “Peanuts”  Whalum, his son Kyle, nephews Kenneth III, Kortland & Kameron and cousin, “Caleb Tha Bridge.” The Concert will be recorded live and filmed by Jim Hanon, director of the widely acclaimed motion picture End of the Spear. Kirk will share production with renowned producer- arranger Jerry Peters.  


 This time Kirk has chosen an  east coast setting at the beautiful REID TEMPLE AME CHURCH  in Glenn Dale, Maryland.  “The impact of the 1st two chapters completely blew our minds when  passionate letters started   literally  pouring in from Nigeria, Australia, brazil, Italy and many other  places around the globe!    The Lord’s hand is on this  

 series,” says Kirk. Gospel fans, Jazz fans or  just lovers of music, are invited to participate in this historic live recording on  

Saturday, October 13, 2007  at 7:30PM at Reid Temple AME Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale, MD.  


 Tickets   are $35 general admission and $75 Golden Circle preferred section seating which includes a 6:00PM VIP  reception. Tickets are available at Reid Temple bookstore (301) 352-0320 and at Ticketmaster. 


For more information visit 







King Arrested

MOBILE, Alabama (September 14, 2007) - -  A Deeper Level, the latest from Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award winners Israel and New Breed, claimed the No. 1 spot this week on Billboard's Gospel chart. The album also came in at No. 3 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart, No. 48 on the Billboard Top 200 and was iTunes' 4th most popular download.  In addition, the single "With Long Life" is currently ranked at No. 16 on the R&R Gospel Radio Chart.

A Deeper Level features all new music from the dynamic, genre-defying group plus guest appearances by Jonny Lang, Chris Tomlin, T-Bone and Darlene Zschech.  Israel and New Breed are signed with Integrity Label Group and are distributed to Christian retail by Provident-Integrity Distribution and to the general market by Columbia Records/Sony-BMG Distribution.