*“It’s necessary to honor legends of Gospel music you grew up listening to,” said multi-Grammy Award-winning Myron Butler about the June 26, 2020 release of his new album “My Tribute” – in honor of “The Father of Modern Gospel” Andrae Crouch. “I grew up listening to …Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong…so many icons.”
Butler, a singer, songwriter and producer, felt the industry needed to release more than one song per album in honor of the legends, so he enlisted 14 artists and released a whole album in honor of the works of Crouch who made major mark on the Gospel industry. Some of the featured artists consist of Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, Anthony Hamilton, Kenny Lattimore and Kirk Franklin.
“This was a monumental task,” Myron admitted. “Andrae Crouch songs are monumental and I had to make sure it was right. I’m not the only one who feels the desire to celebrate him.”
The “My Tribute” title track is a Crouch song, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory).” The album offers 11 songs – 11 Andrae Crouch hits. Myron credits Andrae for taking Gospel out of the church into the streets. Andrae’s group The Disciples made its mark on the Gospel industry as well. Crouch’s songs crossed genres adding Gospel to Pop and Rock charts and opening the door to the creation of Contemporary Gospel. Myron talked about how the public is in need of these honors.
“Everyone responded to the ‘Clark Sisters’ movie,” he said. “So much so they had to re-air it. I’m doing this tribute record to make sure the music of our forefathers is common place. Until each generation is aware. It’s who we are.”
Myron, also a Stellar Award winner, produced the entire “My Tribute” album. Crouch’s music even crossed out of the recording industry into films appearing on the soundtracks of The Lion King and The Color Purple. He garnered seven Grammy Awards and worked with such iconic entertainers as Michael Jackson and Madonna.
“Andrae had a significant impact on me as a songwriter,” Myron pointed out. “I was a songwriter and choir director the first time I heard ‘Jesus is Lord’. I had never heard Gospel like that…so inspiring.”
Myron Butler was a prodigy child who by the age of 17 wrote his first song for the Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir, directed by Kirk Franklin, titled “Lift Him Up.” The DFW Mass Choir was later named “God’s Property” with Myron as its Choral Director. Franklin went on to form Franklin and the Family Choir. Butler is also a pianist/organist who serves as Minister of Music at Bishop TD Jakes’ The Potter’s House. He has worked as backup singer and vocal director for Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Smokie Norfolk, Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams.
Some of “My Tribute” tracks include “All Things Well;” “The Blood Will Never Lose its Power” featuring Michael Lampkin; “Holy Spirit” featuring Samoht; “On It Is Jesus” featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes, and “Living This Kind of Life” featuring Peter Collins. www.EMIGospel.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]
Trump Fires Shots at NBC News Correspondent Kristen Welker Ahead of Presidential Debate
*The final 2020 presidential debate will go down Thursday, October 22 (9 pm ET) at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and Trump has already fired shots at Kristen Welker, the moderator of the event.
Trump claims Welker is crazy and biased in favour of Biden, calling her “terrible and unfair” in a tweet on Saturday.
“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” Trump tweeted along with a retweet from son Donald Trump Jr., linking Welker and her family to prominent Democrats.
According to Fox News,Welker’s family has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats over the years. In 2012, the veteran journalist and her family spent Christmas at the White House with the Obamas.
She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing? https://t.co/uS3EWzfFPy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2020
Trump’s comment about Steve Scully is in reference to when then C-SPAN journalist was suspended for allegedly lying about his Twitter account being hacked. The incident occurred before he was set to moderate the Oct. 15 debate between Trump and Biden. The event was ultimately canceled.
Welker briefly deactivated her Twitter account after Scully claimed he had been hacked, according to the report.
Earlier this year, Welker, an NBC News White House correspondent, was tapped to serve as the new weekend co-anchor of the “Today” program.
Welker started her career at the network as a “Today” intern more than 20 years ago and now she replaced Sheinelle Jones as weekend co-anchor with fellow NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander.
“To have come here as an intern for the Today show, to shoot that reel… I looked so serious,” Welker said after watching an old clip of herself reading the news for her demo reel at age 21. “To be terrified like that and then to come and sit at this desk, to sit next to my friend Peter Alexander every Saturday, it is the honor of a lifetime.”
Welker will be the first Black woman to moderate the presidential debate.
OJ Simpson Reacts to CNN Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Masturbating on Zoom Call [VIDEO]
*Author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by The New Yorker for masturbating on a Zoom video chat between staffers and WNYC radio last week.
Toobin says he did not realize his video was on.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin told Motherboard.
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he added.
As noted by vice.com, Toobin’s Conde Nast email has been disabled and he is also taking some time from CNN as the network’s chief legal analyst.
“Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” CNN said in a statement.
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) October 20, 2020
— DOOM Report (@DoomReport_Intl) October 20, 2020
D.L. Hughley Skewers Trump & Ice Cube: Why Not ‘The Skinny Rims Plan?’ / WATCH
*Good Lawd! We don’t know if DL Hughley and Ice Cube are or were ever friends. If they are, it’s going to be interesting to see what goes down the next time these two are in the same room together.
We say that because Hughley is not at all happy with Cube for making his much talked about hook up with Donald trump and his “Platinum Plan” for Black Americans and has no problem saying so.
“You’ve seen Black person after Black person after Black person ruin themselves on the alter of Trump with nothing in return and Ice Cube is the latest one., says Hughley, speaking on his daily radio show.
“The ‘Platinum Plan.’ When I heard it , it was insulting from the gate. Why didn’t they have the ‘spinning rims plan?'”
On top of that, Hughley straight out says Trump typically meets with black entertainers instead of true political leaders and people with experience because he views them as folly.
“We have a 3rd wave of COVID coming and he’s meeting with the dude that gave us 3 ‘Fridays'”
Hughley points out that the right people are rarely in the room.
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