BLOG: #GMABlackHistory Spotlight: Edwin Hawkins

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Edwin Hawkins will take his rightful place in music history as the man whose inspired choral visions motivated millions to turn their thoughts to matters spiritual by introducing them to the world of gospel. Actually, it was while serving as the organist and choir director for the Ephesians Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, Calif., that a young Hawkins recorded his first “live” album.

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BLOG: Kari Jobe Gives Birth To Her First Child

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Congratulations to Kari Jobe and husband Cody Carnes on the birth of their son, Canyon Morrison Caine Carnes! #BabyCarnes was born Thursday, February 18th and was 9 pounds 13 ounces & 22.5″ tall. Check out some baby pics from Kari and Cody below!

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NEWS: Gospel/Jazz Instrumentalist, Ben Tankard, Prepares For Season 3 of THICKER THAN WATER: THE TANKARDS on Bravo

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Gospel/Jazz instrumentalist Ben Tankard won his first Stellar Gospel Music Award as New Artist of The Year in 1989. With an incredible career span of three decades, the musical pioneer has earned the title of “Godfather of Gospel Jazz” and earned his fourteenth Stellar Award over the weekend in Las Vegas, NV. Tankard took home the honor for Best Instrumental CD of the Year for his FULL TANK 2.0 album.

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NEWS: Andrew Peterson and J. Chris Wall Launch Shining Isle Productions

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Dove-nominated singer/songwriter and award winning author Andrew Peterson, along with veteran producer J. Chris Wall (VeggieTales), have launched Shining Isle Productions to develop film and television projects. Their first effort will be an animated short film based on Peterson’s highly popular and award-winning Wingfeather Saga book series. A Kickstarter campaign will launch March 1st to help create the project.

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NEWS: IMMERSE 2016 Confirms LAUREN DAIGLE, SETH MOSLEY and VASHAWN MITCHELL to Mentor the Next Generation of Christian Artists and Songwriters

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The Gospel Music Association is excited to announce its first round of artists and industry leaders for IMMERSE 2016. Joining this year is Dove Awards New Artist of the Year, Lauren Daigle, Dove Awards Producer and Songwriter of the Year, Seth Mosley and Artist & Dove Awards Winning Producer, VaShawn Mitchell. The eighth annual IMMERSE Conference is set for June 13-15, 2016.

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NEWS: Sidewalk Prophets Honors South Carolina Policeman For Honorable Service To Area Homeless Man

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Fervent Records recording artist Sidewalk Prophets honored Greenville County (South Carolina) deputy Matt Holman this past Friday, February 12, 2016, with a surprise acoustic concert at the Sheriff’s office in Greenville, South Carolina. Holman’s family, friends, and colleagues gathered for the special event honoring the deputy for his honorable service and compassion to an area homeless man, Robert Morris, following a flood.

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NEWS: Award-Winning Petra Vocalist John Schlitt Joins Forces with Whiteheart Founder for The Union of Sinners and Saints

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Few artists have been more influential in defining contemporary Christian rock ‘n’ roll than Petra and Whiteheart, so fans of the genre will likely jump out of their skins when they hear that John Schlitt, lead singer of Petra, and Billy Smiley, guitarist, singer, and founding member of Whiteheart, have teamed up for a new album for 2016.

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NEWS: Rend Collective To Kick Off As Family We Go Tour

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For Irish worship band Rend Collective, As Family We Go is more of a mantra than an album title as the five-piece group gears up to hit the road for their 48-city As Family We Go Headlining Tour. With spouses and children along for the journey, the close-knit band will kick off the tour February 25 in Eugene, OR. with dates across the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.

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NEWS: John Sanders LLC And K-LOVE Fan Awards Honored With EMMY® Nomination

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K-LOVE Radio Network along with Memphis Based Company John Sanders LLC has garnered distinguished EMMY® nominations in advance of this year’s 30th Annual Midsouth Regional EMMY® Awards, given by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Nominees will be honored during a live telecast from the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on February 27, 2016.

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NEWS: Food for the Hungry Announces Talent-Packed 2016 Nationwide Tour Partnerships

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The international relief and development organization Food for the Hungry will partner with TobyMac (“HITS DEEP TOUR”), Lecrae (“Higher Learning Tour”), Matt and Lauren Chandler (“Mingling of Souls Simulcast”) and multiple Third Day (“The Lead Us Back Tour” and “SCC3D Tour”) on their upcoming 2016 tours to support the cause of ending all forms of human poverty. By collaborating on the tours, Food for the Hungry will have the opportunity to share their mission to thousands, making an impact in the lives of many.

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NEWS: Announcing SCC3D – THIRD DAY Together With Steven Curtis Chapman Tour – One Unforgettable Night of Music!

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Multi platinum-selling and GRAMMY® Award-winning artists Steven Curtis Chapman and THIRD DAY are set to share the stage this spring. Announced by Awakening Events and presented by Food For The Hungry, the 15-date tour will kick off in Little Rock, AR on April 14 and conclude in Cincinnati, OH on May 7. This unique tour will be the first time THIRD DAY and Chapman will share the stage together as one group, performing each other’s hits and making it an unforgettable night of music.

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NEWS: Gospel Music Icon Buck Rambo Passes Away

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Gospel Music legend, Richard Fay “Buck” Rambo, beloved patriarch of the Gospel music family, The Rambos, died, February 21, 2016, at 6:02 PM in Palmetto, FL at the age of 84 surrounded by his loving wife Mae and family members. He was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, son of Noah Burton Rambo and Mary Irisilda Rambo. Buck was married to Mae Kutz Rambo on April 1, 1995.

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NEWS: Thousand Foot Krutch Releases First Radio Single From EXHALE, “Running With Giants”

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One of today’s best-loved, adrenaline-fused rock bands, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH (TFK), has widely increased its boundaries since going independent in 2012. With over 400 million YouTube views in the last year alone, the band has also logged over 350,000 albums and one million singles sold along with 54 million streams in the last four years. The band has also impacted Active Rock radio with six hits to their credit since 2012, and has nine hits overall.

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NEWS: TobyMac’s “HITS DEEP TOUR” Kicks Off This Weekend

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This weekend marks the first stops of TobyMac’s multi-artist, talent-packed “HITS DEEP TOUR,” presented by K-LOVE/AIR 1 and Food for the Hungry. Leading the nationwide run alongside his DiverseCity Band, the multi-platinum selling artist will be joined by Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Building 429, Capital Kings, Finding Favour and Hollyn, promising a night of non-stop hit songs.

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