Pastor Kevin Shell Addresses Kirk Franklin’s Question: ‘Has Gospel Music Gone Too Far?”
Originally posted on Sept. 2, 2011
We were happy to receive this piece of information that not only addresses gospel music as we used to know it, but Pastor Kevin Shell points out exactly why gospel music has changed to what he calls “One World Music”. The age old question, some may call it, from gospel singer Kirk Franklin was posed in his 1998 song “Stomp”:
Kirk Franklin: A Tainted Product of Promoter Vicki Mack Reigns Acceptance in Church
We think Kirk Franklin should just hang up his tainted Christian style and just go out into the world and do his thing! Even though technically he’s already in the world with his sassy, hip hop sounds straight from the bubblegum gospel machine, he really clowned on the American Idol show. He had American Idol contestant Jacob Lusk and singer Gladys Knight singing along with his new song “I Smile”. He did his usual clown act on stage while encouraging the singers to groove the more while he dances around like ” look at me… i need attention.” With his vain and childish performance, it does nothing close to honoring nor worshiping Jesus.
Who Killed Gospel Music- Rondy Long’s Personal Gripe and Truth
Originally posted: Aug. 1, 2011
Thanks to a close source, we were given this interesting statement from a man that has some insight on the gospel industry and its commercialization that trumps hip hop in many ways.
Take this as you may- for many people like himself have heavy opinions on the subject.
Note: We don’t agree with every aspect of his note but there’s much to think about as you read on.
Gospel News: Kirk Franklin Hosts BET Gospel Series, Yolanda Adams Spreads Jesus in China
The “Smile” singer will host the series and the competing artists will be mentored by a who’s who of gospel greats. Source
Celebration of Gospel Event for This Year: Gospel Artists and Performers Revealed
This year for BET’s Celebration of Gospel event will feature the following gospel artists to perform:
Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant Spiritually Inspired by Donnie McClurkin and Eminem? [VIDEO]
We want to thank EEW Magazine for discussing this issue. We saw the clip of Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah speaking on their Super Soul Sunday segment on the OWN Network. Iyanla was asked by Oprah ‘What is your current spiritual practice?’ Now, those are fancy words for ‘What do you do to stay spiritually grounded?’ Her answers sounded very good like: ‘I read the bible daily’ and ‘Music Ministers’.
New Age Gospel Artist Fred Hammond’s New Music Is Pure Secular [VIDEO]
Fred Hammond is pretty proud of this new album which is reaching top ranks on the Billboard’s gospel sales charts and his album debuts as #1 and also hitting #8 on the Billboard Top-200. Thanks to Elev8.com for the information on this.
But since he is officially tapping into secular music on this album, how is it being received? Well, apparently it is doing well and achieving much recognition from his fans and gospel music fans all over the world. The question is why is it being received so well?
God, Love and Romance, slated to release Jan. 31, gives an honest perspective on love and marriage. Hammond says more Christians should explore this topic when singing, preaching or teaching.“One of the things that I scratch my head over is why do we go to Psalms and Proverbs, skip over [Song of Solomon], and go to Ecclesiastes?” he said in a YouTube interview. “We act like it doesn’t exist, but God thought it was important enough to say it.”The album features love songs that run the gamut of relational experiences. Hammond is currently unmarried after his 2004 divorce to his wife of 17 years. Songs on the album speak of Hammond’s personal experiences in love, addressing topics such as falling head-over-heels, emotional pain of a broken relationship and going on a first date–again.Hammond insists the album is not your traditional gospel album and may make some uncomfortable, but it does deal with the practical human side of life and love.Read more here