THE CANTON SPIRITUALS - KEEP KNOCKIN'
The Canton Spirituals are an award-winning gospel recording group and are regarded as pioneers in the genre of traditional gospel music.
Founded in Canton, Mississippi in 1943, the original Canton Spirituals were Reverend I.S. Watkins, Claude "Bubba" Nichols, Warren G. Ward, Isaac Bolton, Eddie Jackson, Theo Thompson, Roscoe Lucious and founder Harvey Watkins, Sr. (December 5, 1929-November 16, 1994).
RUTH LA'ONTRA - SO GOOD
One of the brightest voices on today's gospel scene belongs to newcomer Ruth La'Ontra. The 21-year old vocal powerhouse is among a cool clique of young female singers such as Tasha Cobbs, Jekaylyn Carr and Alexis Spight who are collectively flexing their girl power and making room for themselves at gospel music's male-dominated welcome table.
LECRAE - CHURCH CLOTHES 2
As popular culture increasingly waves the banner of hedonism, the odds of a rapper who speaks of monogamy, contentment, and faith making his mark in mainstream Hip Hop seem slim. Yet, with several notable media appearances, chart-topping albums, along with a critically acclaimed mixtape and Grammy award to his credit, Lecrae has found himself on that narrow road while remaining true to his background and his worldview.
JOSHUA ROGERS - UNCONDITIONAL
In a few short months, Joshua Rogers has become a household name to gospel music lovers across the nation. The 18 year old winner of BET's highly successful reality singing competition, Sunday Best, has captured the hearts of millions as the "young buck" who took home the crown. The Greeleyville, SC native put the small town on the map as he belted out tunes each week for the studio audience, viewers across the country, and gospel music superstars - vocal coach Kim Burrell, judges CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, and host Kirk Franklin.
MICAH STAMPLEY - LOVE NEVER FAILS
Nearly every song ever recorded tackles the topic of love. It's long been the favored subject for songwriters and poets through the ages, but when an artist turns his focus to the love of Jesus, the result is bound to be powerful, especially when that artist is the multi-talented worship leader, songwriter and producer Micah Stampley.
BISHOP LARRY TROTTER & SHS - PRAISE REVISITED
For 32 years, Bishop Larry D. Trotter has served as senior Pastor of Chicago's famed; Sweet Holy Spirit Church. The ministry under his leadership has grown from 22 members in 1981 to well over 10, 000 presently. Bishop Trotter has always been a "survivor" starting with the humble beginnings of being raised by a single mother (Dorothy Ernestine Trotter) in the housing projects on into preaching the Gospel to literally the uttermost parts of the earth (18 different nations).