SR Gospel: Celebration of Gospel 09′, 2008s Top Gospel Albums, Spirit Rising Introduces Brian C. Wilson

Steve Harvey will host BET’s 2009 Celebration of Gospel. Airing on January 25th, BET’s annual Celebration of Gospel will feature Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, Hezekiah Walker and more. Like last year, Celebration of Gospel, the most watched religious show in television history with more than 2.5 million viewers, will feature both gospel movers & shakers and todays top R&B stars such as previous attendees John Legend and Tyrese. Celebration of Gospel airs January 25th on BET. Top 10 Gospel Albums of 2008 The Gospel Music Channel has revealed its list of 2008s best Gospel albums. Grammy nominated artists Tye Tribbett and Mary Mary made the list in addition to Deitrick Haddon, Brandon Heath and Josh Wilson. Here is the Top 10, followed by an honorable mention listing. Mary Mary – “The Sound” 21:03 – “Total Attention” Deitrick Haddon – “Revealed” DecembeRadio – “Satisfied” Fireflight – “Unbreakable” Josh Wilson – “Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup” Newworldson – “Salvation Station” Brandon Heath – “What If We” Crabb Revival – “Runaway Train” Greater Vision – “Not Alone” Honorable Mentions top 10 include:Til We See The Shore by Seabird (Inpop), Just the Beginning by Kurt Carr (Zomba), Anberlin’s New Surrender (Universal Republic), Karen Peck & New River’s Ephesians One (Daywind), The Afters’ Never Going Back To OK (INO), Free by Darwin Hobbs (Tyscot Records), Tye Tribett & G.A.’s Stand Out (Sony Urban/Columbia), Music from the Motion Picture Billy: The Early Years (Arista/Essential), and After Edmund’s Hello (Slanted Records). Spirit Rising Signs Brian Courtney Wilson, Sets “Just Love” Release Mathew Knowles (Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Trin-i-tee 5:7) has signed Brian Courtney Wilson to his Spirit Rising label with plans to release the Houston based singer’s debut inspirational CD “Just Love” on January 27th. Inspired by a wide-range of vocalists from Donnie Hathaway to Fred Hammond, Courtney Wilson believes his own unique style is a challenge to explain, but his smooth yet powerful voice can be described as “Urban Inspirational”. “I feel I have done my best work in a song when I can successfully combine human honesty with God’s truth,” says Brian. Courtney Wilson joins Spirit Rising/Musicworld stars Trin-i-tee 5:7. Listen to “Already Here” below. For more on Brian Courtney Wilson visit Inspirational Video of the Week: Brian C. Wilson “Already Here”


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