Watch: Bishop T.D. Jakes Talks Black Nativity, New Talk Show, and more

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Coming off the heels of his new BET talk show, Bishop T.D. Jakes speaks about his new movie, “Black Nativity“, media criticism, being an extraordinary person, gives advice on friendships, faith based media and having faith in God.

Peep Bishop Jakes’ insightful chat with Vaugh Alvarez below…

The Gospel Guru Interviews Joshua Rogers

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Joshua Rogers is back!

After bursting onto the Gospel music scene last year via winning BET’s hit gospel singing competition Sunday Best, and now a year later the burgeoning hit-maker has released his first project full of original music, “Unconditional” courtesy of Music World Gospel.

The Gospel Guru caught up with Mr. Sunday Best to discuss his new LP–check out the interview below as Joshua dishes on his new music, Jazmine Sullivan, reality tv, and much more.

Sidebar: Click here to check out our review of Joshua’s new album!

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Gospel Guru: Joshua! We’re loving your new album ‘Unconditional’. How was it recording your fist album full of original music?

Joshua: I had a wonderful time recording my album. The first project “Well Done” was really quick for me. I had short window of time to complete it so it was really intense. However, with unconditional I was able to really creatively develop this project. The producers and I strategically went through every song and decided the message and music we wanted to convey on the record. That’s why I love it.

Gospel Guru: If you had to pick a standout track or favorite, which would it be and why?

Joshua: My favorite track on the new project would definitely be the title track “Unconditional”. This is the track I essentially did majority of the writing on. This track speaks the essence of my heart. I can’t speak for anyone else but when I think the love and compassion of our Great GOD who love us beyond the cross. I am truly speechless I can’t explain or even express why and how much GOD loves me. He knew that I would make mistakes and that I wouldn’t do everything he tells me to do. Sometimes I have done the very thing he has told me not to do. But he decides to bless and cover me regardless. His love for us all is truly Unconditional.

Gospel Guru: The project was produced by Pierre ‘The Maven” Medor, how’d that collaboration come about?

Joshua: Yes Pierre Medor along with Bruce Robinson produced the entire project for me. I actually met Pierre immediately after winning the show. He was the first producer to write and record a song with me. I wasn’t use to recording, I’m totally new to this so my first time ever in a booth was with him. And he was very patient with me allowing me to learn my new career and craft. I really appreciate him for that. I met Bruce through a mutual friend my sister Danetra Moore another amazing singer. And that’s how the 3 of us began to work on my project that I really believe everyone is going to truly love. They are both my big brothers now we all speak regularly and have formed a excellent bond. I’m grateful to GOD for allowing me to make great connections within the industry.

Gospel Guru: Now, with reality tv on the horizon for gospel artists, do you see yourself starring in your own reality series?

Joshua: I would be totally open to allowing the world into the everyday life of Joshua Rogers. Everyone who meets me and my team are consistently laughing and telling us we need a reality show because we are truly a family. We argue, fuss, and often times disagree but we are all comedians and are joking with each other. So, yes I would do a reality show.

Gospel Guru: Given the success that’s stemmed from you being crowned BET’s Sunday Best, do you feel pressure to remain visible and to keep pushing out music?

Joshua: Being the youngest and first male winner of the hit show Sunday Best. I definitely struggle with those feelings regularly. You always have a new winner with every season and often times people don’t realize that we all are talented and blessed to be winners. But they try to compare us against one another instead of respecting our own uniqueness and individuality. However, I endeavor to keep my focus on God and ministry. And I know that as long as I continue to seek ye first the kingdom of GOD all of these other things will be added.

Gospel Guru: If you had to pick one person to do a duet with, who would it be, and why?

Joshua:  I am a huge fan of Jazmine Sullivan.  So I would love to do a record with her. I feel she has a lot of the vocal styling of my vocal mentor Kim Burrell and she has the new age twist and clarity of voice. When I listen to her the way she sings is just amazing to me. I mean she sings every note all the way through her runs are so clear and concise. I just love her. But if I had a choice I would love to record duets with other artist that I am such fans such as The Clark sisters, Marvin Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Anita Baker, Patti Labelle and Zacardi Cortez.

Gospel Guru: Lastly, what advice would you give someone who’s looking to break into the gospel music industry?

Joshua: I would tell them to make sure that they are passionate about their career. I believe that whatever your passionate about then you will persevere in it. When you make your mind up to follow something all the way through and with God’s help you can conquer anything. But you must be willing to work hard because faith without works is dead. So continue to seek God to find your purpose and walk therein and you will be successful at whatever you do.

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Download ‘Unconditional’ here!

The Gospel Guru Interviews Preachers Of LA’s Pastor Jay Haizlip

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Ever since Oxygen announced the coming of their newest reality series Preachers of LA , it has remained an ever-present hot topic among many!

Jay Haizlip, Pastor of the Sanctuary Church in LA is slated to make his small screen debut in the hotly anticipated reality series starring alongside Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Pastor Wayne Chaney. The new reality show gives a glimpse into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles.

The Gospel Guru recently caught up with reality star, Pastor Jay Haizlip who dished on season 1 of the new series, his cast mates, and much more.

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 ‘Preachers Of LA’ airs on Oxygen on Wednesday’s at 10/9C.

Watch: Celebrity Stylist GooGoo Atkins Talks Fashion And More With The Red Glasses Sisters

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WTUW‘s fashion correspondents Kim and Keyondra Lockett best known as The Red Glasses Sisters caught up with celebrity stylist and reality TV star, GooGoo Atkins for a very candid chat.

The fashionistas dished on everything from how to become a stylistseason 3 of Mary Mary, and dating/courting just to name a few of the various topics.

Check out a recap of the insightful chat below…

Marco The Poet Hits iTunes & Amazon With ‘Him First’

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Marco The Poet’s ‘Him First‘ is out now!

Yes, after garnering a stellar-nomination back in 2012 the spoken-word artist, Marco The Poet is back with his brand new single ‘Him First’ which is now available to purchase online today.

Hitting all major digital outlets, the new single has already taken social media by storm.

The Gospel Guru caught up with Marco The Poet for a quick interview, check it out below:

TGG: Describe Marco The Poet in three words.

Marco The Poet: Full of Passion

TGG: What was you inspiration for your new song, “Him First”?

Marco The Poet: My inspiration for the song “Him First” came from my own shortcomings of being a stubborn and hard headed Christian.. Things I know God told me personally to sacrifice, to give up, and I was just hard headed and refused… There were relationships God told me to give up, to sacrifice and let go, but I wasn’t as faithful as Abraham who made his way up the mountain to sacrifice Isaac his only child. In those circumstances, if I would’ve put “Him First” it would have saved me from a lot of heartache and disappointment. Personally, I’ve put people first, relationships first, their opinions first, their viewpoints first, but God had to teach me that when He is First, everything else is secondary. This song is about having your priorities in check and getting rid of the American Idols we have put in God’s place. I have lived this song and it’s personal for me.

TGG: What diversity do you feel you bring to gospel music?

Marco The Poet: For one, I was one of the first poets to ever be nominated for a Stellar Award under the new category of Spoken Word Recording of the Year 2012. Thanks be to God me and my fellow nominees Selah Watkins and Diallo came in the industry already making history! The diversity that I bring to gospel music is that I bring poetry in the center of the heart of worship just as King David did in the book of Psalms. I am what it would look like if your unsaved hard core cousin who does poetry got saved and became worship leader.

TGG: When can we expect a new project from you?

Marco The Poet: November 2013

TGG: Who are some of your musical influences?

Marco The Poet: I grew up listening to the rich, rugged, pure and soulful voice of Gospel Legend Albertina Walker at West Point Baptist Church which was right across the street from the 7 story crime infested Ida B. Wells project building I grew up in with my grandmother as a child. So, I get some of my soul from Albertina. My mother’s song was “You Brought The Sunshine” by The Clark Sisters, so I grew up loving them. I love what Aretha Franklin did with Gospel Music… Vashawn Mitchell, Donald Lawrence, and Smokie Norful being from Chicago inspire me. My old high school classmate Jennifer Hudson inspires me.  I love what KiKi Sheard represents along with the people who I bump in my car radio, Kirk Franklin, Mali Music, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Bethel Live, Casting Crowns, Matt Redman, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown… My listening ears are so diverse.

TGG: Who are some christian/gospel artists you’d like to collab with in the near future?

Marco The Poet: It’s my dream to collab with Kim Burrell, Israel Houghton, Kirk Franklin, Take 6, Bethel Live, Jessica Reedy, KiKi Sheard, Tye Tribbett, Mali Music and Michael W. Smith

TGG: How do you define success? 

Marco The Poet: Success is of course making it to the top of whatever you are setting out to accomplish, but most importantly it’s about staying true to who you are in Christ, His purpose in your life and not acting brand new like God didn’t have to pull you out of darkness to introduce you to His marvelous light.

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After downloading ‘Him First’ ourselves, we can vouch for its quality and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye and ear out for more from Marco The Poet.

Download ‘Him First’ here!

Listen: The Gospel Guru Interviews Brian and Tara Lewis The Stars of TLC’s The Sisterhood

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TLC‘s reality series, “The Sisterhood” featuring five devout yet fierce Atlanta preachers’ wives premiered back in January, and remained a hot topic among many!

The Gospel Guru caught up with the stars of the controversial show, Dr. Brian and Lady Tara to discuss the show–Listen below as the Lewis’ dish on new endeavors, The Sisterhood, rumors of a cancellation, and much more.

 

Sidebar: Check out Dr. Brian and Lady Tara’s new show, Phenomenal Life on The Impact Network.

Watch: Bishop Carlton Pearson ‘One on One’ Interview With Kenneth Mosley

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Author-television producer-musician Kenneth Mosley sits down with Bishop Carlton Pearson for an exclusive one on one interview.

Watch above and below as Bishop Pearson opens up on his marriage, Azusa ConferencenotorietyOral Roberts, and so much more. And yes, Mr. Mosley asked the questions you really want answers to!

Press ‘play’ and watch the 3-part interview.

Listen: Jonathan Nelson Talks New Album, Karen Clark Sheard Collaboration, and more

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Jonathan Nelson is back!

After a brief hiatus, the ‘My Name Is Victory‘ hit-maker is gearing up to release his third album ‘Finish Strong’ this month, April 23rd.

The Gospel Guru caught up with the maestro to discuss his forthcoming set–Listen below as Jonathan dishes on new music, Karen Clark Sheard, joining Karew records, and much more.

 

Sidebar: Jonathan Nelson’s CD release concert is April 23rd at 7:30P/6:30C at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD. You can join in on the celebration via the live stream at www.EmpowermentTemple.org. Special surprise guests in store! Tune in!

The Gospel Guru Interviews Charlie Wilson

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The Gospel Guru caught up with R&B heavyweight Charlie Wilson.

The R&B royal has been enjoying a resurgence of sorts following the success of his most recent release, “Love Charlie“, in which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The “All I Have” singer talks his faith, gospel music, and more with The Gospel Guru.

Check out the interview below…

The Gospel Guru: First things first, let me congratulate you on the success of your new album, ‘Love Charlie’, were you at all surprised by the success of it?

Charlie: I was really surprised that it debuted at #1, trust me. My single was at #1when the album debuted…so it was an awesome look for me!

The Gospel Guru: You’re singing about love on this album, and we all know that God is love. So do you think listeners can listen to your project and hear and feel your spirituality through the music?

Charlie: For sure man. I didn’t deviate too far from the branch from the tree anyway. I understand what R&B is…I know what that is. But I’m only talkin’ about love, and I know that in our homes or whatever we call…whether you’re saved,sanctified or, filled with the holy ghost or not you call your husband or wife…honey or baby. Is that bad to say honey or baby in my records, and you say it at your house? So there’s nothing on my album that will degrade christians or have faith in God. Anybody can buy my record and enjoy it. There’s no cursing or degrading women…none of that.

The Gospel Guru: You have a song on your new album called “If I Believe”, and its my absolute favorite. Its really a soul-stirring piece. What was the inspiration behind that particular song?

Charlie: Well, I know that the world needs a lot of love. God is love. You’ve got to have belief in something greater than yourself, and I knew that that song would give somebody some inspiration or some pick me up if you needed that.People that’s dealing with cancer or other diseases…etc. Just people who needed hope and faith, like myself when I was in my darkest hour. Having the belief in myself… believing that I can come back, and get up in the morning and not have to go to the liquor store. That belief is the reason I wrote the song, and that’s how we came up with the idea. Because I’ve been to hell and back, man. I’ just taking it one day at a time, and fighting prostate cancer, and still fighting drug and alcohol addiction. I’ve been successful a it for 18 years, but I still have to take it one day at a time. So that’s what that song is all about.

The Gospel Guru: You mentioned fighting addiction and your bout with cancer. What role did your faith play during those dark times in your life?

Charlie: Faith is strong  If we can have a grain of faith. The faith that Job had, man…oh my God. If we can have faith you can overcome anything. It played a big role in my comeback, in my life. So many people were telling me no, and saying that it can’t be done. But here it is 4 or 5 albums later and 9 #1 records. So I don’t listen to man, people can’t tell me nothing anymore. I believe and have the faith in God and myself that I can do anything.

The Gospel Guru: It’s evident that you have a spiritual background, do you have plans to ever release a inspirational/gospel album?

Charlie: I was definitely talking and thinking about that. I have thought about it so many times. That’s why I wanted to put the “If I Believe” record on my album first. I believe I can just use words of inspiration, and cut the music the same way that I am now…just make the words inspiration and words of encouragement, don’t necessarily have to call it a “gospel album”. But definitely have some inspirational words and get things people can hold on to. I’ve definitely thought about it a lot, and I’m definitely going to do that soon, sooner than most people think.

The Gospel Guru: When it comes to gospel music, who are some artists that you listen to?

Charlie: Well, I can take you way back…lol. You know Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples…etc. I love those people. I love John P. Kee, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin…what’s the lady name that sings ‘Take Me To The King’? Tamela Mann? MY GOD..hahaha. There’s a lot of people that I still love and remember. I love inspirational/gospel music. My father was a preacher, mother was a minister of music. I understand it oh so well.

The Gospel Guru: Uncle Charlie you’ve been in the game for a long time, and have experienced true success and longevity. What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?

Charlie: Um. My advice to them is to go hard with your instrument, I’m talking about sleeping with it…just really learning your craft. If you’re a singer, practice all the time. And never let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. I believe we all have gifts, all you have to do is open up the package and go at it. Never let anybody tell you it’s too late, I’m a living witness that it’s never too late to do anything that you believe that you can do.

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