SR Gospel: Smokie Norful Sets ‘Live’ CD Release, McClurkin Preps ‘One’ & Gospel Top 10

Former ‘Need You Now’ singer Smokie Norful has gone ‘Live!’ Norful, a Stellar Award winner, will release “Smokie Norful Live,” his fourth album accompanied by a DVD in April. Recorded Live! at The Cannon Center in Memphis, TN, “Smokie Norful Live” is a 10-track set that includes guest performances from Heather Headley and Tye Tribbett. Led by the single “Justified,” Norful says he chose to go Live! this time out because it is “where I thrive and flourish the most”. “I’m really just a church kid. I have other components to add to the flavoring, but the bottom line is I’m just a church kid who loves gospel music, loves God, and loves the Word of God. Where I have a natural tendency to excel is in a live setting. It’s just a comfort zone that I’ve fallen into. I’m giving people some Sunday-morning material.” “Smokie Norful Live” is reportedly a family affair that features much of Norful’s church family including Jason Tyson, who acts as co-producer and musical director for the project. Norful’s “Smokie Norful Live” is slated for release April 7. “Justified,” the first single, is due to hit radio and other outlets Feb. 23. In related news, Donnie McClurkin will also release a live album this year. Titled “We Are One – Live From Detroit,” McClurkin’s fifth album, recorded during the fall in Detroit, will be released March 31st according to retailers. McClurkin is also set to tour with Mary Mary and CeCe Winans this spring. Top 10 Gospel/Inspirational Songs In celebration of Change in 2009, SR Gospel will now cover the top 10 Gospel/inspirational singles each week via the Gospel National Airplay Chart ! 1. “Trust You” – James Fortune & Fiya 2. “Get Up” – Mary Mary 3. “Cover Me” – 21:03 feat. Fred Hammond… 4. “Souled Out” – Hezekiah Walker & LFC 5. “I Lift My Hands” – Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir 6. “Peace and Favor Rest On Us” – Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers 7. “Work It Out” – Troy Sneed presents Bonafide Praisers 8. “My Name Is Victory” – Jonathan Nelson feat. Purpose 9. “Praise Him Now” – Kierra Sheard 10. “Always” – Jason Champion Inspirational Video of the Week: Smokie Norful “I Need You Now”

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