*Micah & Heidi Stampley ~ International recording artist and worship leader Micah Stampley’s partner in love, life, music and ministry, wife Heidi Stampley has written or co-written over 40 songs on her husband eight Stellar and Dove Award-nominated albums.
Micah & Heidi Stampley
It all started with Micah’s debut album, Songbook of Micah, and subsequent releases A Fresh Wind…The Second Soul, Ransomed, One Voice, Release Me, Love Never Fails, and To The King…Vertical Worship.
Some of their top-charting songs were on Billboard’s radio charts and are fan favorites over all the world, which include “War Cry,” “We Need The Glory,” “Fervent Prayer,” “How He Loves Me,” “Desperate People,” “Speak Into My Life,” “Lend Your Song To Me,” “Hallelujah Chant” and “Glory To The Lamb.”
Heidi also co-wrote, along with Micah, Regina Belle’s gospel hit, “Make An Example Out Of Me.”
To date, Heidi & Micah have a written a combined 150 plus songs in gospel, CCM, country and pop music. They are expanding their catalogue to write for other artists in multiple genres, as well as television and film scores.
“I actually started as a poet,” says Heidi. “I started writing poems when I was in high school and when Micah and I started dating, I would write poems to him all the time while sitting in my nursing classes. I think I probably started hearing melodies from a young age growing up as a Pastor’s daughter and singing and leading in the choir. However, I never really considered myself a songwriter back then.”
Micah’s current single, “Be Lifted” was written by Heidi from his current album, To the King… Vertical Worship, which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and marks Micah’s highest debut to date. The single is currently No. 14 on Billboard’s Gospel National Airplay Top 30 Chart.
“Be Lifted” is named one of the top hot new songs in 2016 by BlackGospel.com and is touted to be one of Micah’s biggest career records. Heidi is grateful for the progress and the development she has made from her first song, “War Cry” (Songbook of Micah) to “Be Lifted.”
“My songwriting started shortly after Micah and I got married,” says Heidi. “He was so musical and I thought maybe I’ll just join the poetic side of me with the melodies I heard.
Songwriting for me is an organic and natural experience. I honestly don’t really work at it. I just hear these melodies and lyrics and start singing what I hear. It’s a gift from God that I am grateful for and I don’t take it lightly.”
Heidi, also a gifted vocalist concurs that every songwriter has its own process of creating music.
“Most of the time the songs end up on my voice notes and scribbled on whatever I can find at the time,” says Heidi. “I have stacks of old envelopes and hotel note pad paper with lyrics of songs.
Sometimes I go back and look at them and remember where I was when a song came. I prefer to let the songs just come and never try to force it. Sometimes I get a piece of something and then I share with Micah and he gets the rest and vice versa.
On the new album, we collaborated with another writer on a few songs and it was the same thing. There were parts of the songs that I had from months earlier that ended up matching up with things they had. There are so many amazing stories of songs we collaborated on. We just have great chemistry and I think it comes through in the music.”
Heidi also penned another one of her favorite songs, as well as one of Micah’s favorites. “I Believe” from A Fresh Wind and the Release Me projects and a remix version of the song is also included on the new CD.
This song speaks to Heidi’s personal experience and how she has walked by faith in so many areas of her life. The song continues to encourage her as well as other people from all over the world, who have shared their testimonies with her and Micah. She knows what the song meant to her personally when she had to believe God against all odds.
“‘I Believe,’ really blesses me,” says Micah. “It brings me back to a place where I know I can receive absolutely anything from God; which can only be accomplished through faith and believing in Him.”
Micah & Heidi Stampley ’s gift of songwriting is their biggest blessing and to see their children develop their songwriting skills leaves them in awe. “They are writing amazing songs,” says Heidi. “It’s a blessing and very rewarding.”
Micah will be a guest on Radio One’s The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Thursday, June 9th. The Vertical Worship Promotional tour continues to the Tower of Prayer Church on June 23rd (Birmingham, AL); the Rejoice Musical Soul Food Festival on June 25th (Norfolk, VA); Washington, DC on June 26th and June 27th;
the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA (July 1st-July 3rd); Warri Nigeria Conference (July 8th –10th), the Spirit of Faith Conference in Washington, DC (July 12th); the Capital City Youth Conference in Baton Rouge, LA (July 19); the New Wine Church Conference in London, England (July 22nd – 24th) and the Visitation Conference in Charlotte, NC (July 29th). Several other promotional dates are currently be scheduled in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and key markets.
Tisha Campbell/Tichina Arnold Hosted Soul Train Awards Premieres This Sunday Nov. 29 at 8/7C on BET
* The 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” is taking center stage this Thanksgiving weekend with dynamic performances and a celebration of music that brings people together.
Babyface, Brandy, CeeLo Green, Charlie Wilson, Ella Mai, Jazmine Sullivan, Lucky Daye, Monica, Smokey Robinson are set to perform at the annual showcase. Hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, the 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” airs Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 8PM ET simulcast on BET, BET Her, VH1 and MTV2.
In addition to the previously announced performances, this year’s highly anticipated Soul Cypher features R&B stars PJ Morton, Chanté Moore, Shanice and Stokely. Recording Artists, Ella Nicole and Moses Sumney are set to take the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists. Deon Cole and Nicco Annan join Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri and Brandee Evans as presenters
H.E.R. leads with 8 nominations, followed by Chris Brown with 7 nods, and Beyoncé and Young Thug with 6 each. The coveted Lady of Soul Award will be presented to Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur Monica.
The night begins with the one-hour, pre-show “Soul-Coming: Countdown to the Soul Train Awards” hosted by Flex Alexander and Shanice at 7 PM EST, followed by the 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” at 8 PM ET and the broadcast debut of the BET “Soul Train Edition” of DJ Cassidy’s groundbreaking virtual series, “Pass the Mic” directly afterwards.
Internationally, the 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” PRESENTED BY BET will simulcast on BET Africa on November 29, 2020, at 3:00AM CAT; BET France on December 1, 2020 at 9:50PM CET; and BET UK and BET South Korea on December 2, 2020 at 9:00PM GMT and 9:00PM KST, respectively.
Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE), and JCE’s Jeannae Rouzan–Clay and Dionne Harmon will Executive Produce the 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.”
For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.”
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Obama Responds to His Critics Who Say He Didn’t Do Enough for Blacks / WATCH
*(Via UrbanHollywood411) – Former President Barack Obama continued his book tour Wednesday (11-25-20) with a conversation on The Breakfast Club about his record on supporting the Black Community, Joe Biden winning the election and Latinos who voted for President Donald Trump.
While discussing his record-selling memoir “A Promised Land” with hosts Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy, Obama addressed criticism that he didn’t do enough for African Americans while he was in the White House.
“I understand it because when I got elected, there was so much excitement and hope. And I also think that we generally view the presidency as almost like a monarchy. In the sense of, ‘once the President is there he can just do whatever he needs to get done and if he’s not doing it then it must be because he didn’t want to do it,’” he told the three radio hosts.
He then said he “had the statistics” to prove his accomplishments.
“By the time I left office, you had seen three million African Americans have health care that didn’t have it before. You had seen the incarceration rate, the number of Black folks in prison, drop for the first time in years… You had seen Black poverty drop to its lowest level since 1968. You had seen Black businesses rise, you had seen Black income go up,” Obama said, adding that “millions of Black folks were better off” when he left office.
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Abby Phillip of CNN: A Next-Gen Star is Born
*In this age of fast-talking and often overbearing television news correspondents, many have been in the business far longer than CNN’s Abby Phillip. Yet Philip, 31, is a breath of fresh air.
During the recent presidential election night coverage, and the days that followed, more people turned to CNN than any other news outlet, to get their information about the historic election.
What viewers witnessed was a strong team of correspondents, with Phillip at center stage. She has been touted for presenting journalistic brilliance, rooted in deep perspectives and wisdom of the political landscape. Phillip was superbly praised, especially when she talked about the role Black women played in the presidential election.
“For Black women, this has been really a proving moment for their political strength, in carrying Joe Biden to the Democratic nomination through the primary,” Phillip told the NY Times.
And even before Biden’s win, Phillip predicted the former vice president would become president-elect.
“Not only would Black Women put Joe Biden in the White House,” Phillip said on the air. “but they would also put a Black woman in the White House as well. And while Donald Trump’s political career began with the racist birther lie, it may very well end with a Black woman in the White House.”
While what Phillip said on the air is profound, it’s just as important how she said it. Phillip is methodic in her vocal delivery, with a cadence and inflection in her voice that draw viewers to her solemn and insightful take on an array of political topics.
Born in Virginia and raised in Bowie, Maryland to parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Phillip ultimately graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in government. After working at ABC News and the Washington Post, CNN hired Phillip in 2017 as a political news analyst.
While she has been a valued news analyst and contributor on many segments at CNN since joining the popular cable outlet, her star began to rise exponentially after she was chosen to help anchor the coverage of the 2020 Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. The ultimate shine on the star came when CNN’s executive producers tapped her to be a major political contributor on election night, which has been called the most important election in American history.
“I was excited, but I was stressed,” Phillip said. “I knew it was a big deal.”
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