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BMI HONORS GOSPEL’S BEST & BRIGHTEST AT THE TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS IN LAS VEGAS

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DONNIE MCCLURKIN PRESENTED WITH SONG OF THE YEAR FOR “I NEED YOU”

The Private Luncheon Also Recognized the Top Ten Most Performed 
Gospel Songs Of 2017

March 26, 2018 (New York, NY) – BMI honored the best and brightest in gospel music at the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music luncheon, held on March 23rd at La Cave in Las Vegas, Nevada. Renowned singer/songwriter Donnie McClurkin was awarded the event’s highest honor of Song of the Year for his hit “I Need You” which spent 58 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. The private ceremony was hosted by BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta Catherine Brewton and Assistant Vice President, Creative, Los Angeles Wardell Malloy.

The uplifting event also celebrated the remarkable achievements of the gospel community recognizing the Ten Most Performed Songs of the Year (2017) from its affiliated songwriters. Those songs included  “#YDIA,” written by Lucius B. Hoskins; “Better,” written by Jason Clayborn; “Father Jesus Spirit,” written and performed by Fred Hammond with co-writer Shelton Summons;  “God Provides” written by Kirk Franklin; “God’s Grace” written and performed by Luther Barnes;  “Hang On” written by Derrick Starks; “Never Have to Be Alone” written by Alvin Love III; “Victory Belongs to Jesus” written and performed by Todd Dulaney; “You” written and performed by Jeremy Boyd with co-writer Jermaine Dolly and “You Deserve It” written by David Bloom.

“It was an honor to recognize the work of these incredible songwriters who have touched so many with their unique gift,” said Brewton. “Their music has been a cornerstone of worship and they continue to inspire others through their songwriting.”

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GOSPEL MUSIC RISING STAR RICH TOLBERT JR. DEBUTS #1 ON BILLBOARD GOSPEL DIGITAL SONG CHART WITH NEW SINGLE “NEVER BE DEFEATED” AVAILABLE NOW

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Tolbert’s Signature Vocals Heard on Billboard Gospel National Airplay Current Top Ten Hit “Miracle Worker” by JJ Hairston

(NASHVILLE, TN) – October 2, 2019 – Founder of JamesTown Music – GRAMMY nominated, Billboard Music Award Winner, and seven-time Stellar Award winner JJ Hairston celebrates the success of its newest signee Rich Tolbert Jr.’s single, “Never Be Defeated,” debuting number one on Billboard Gospel’s Digital Song Chart. The song makes an impressive debut at number one following a string of viral social media posts and highly attended tour dates. JJ Hairston’s JamesTown Music, is distributed exclusively by Entertainment One.
Richard Tolbert Jr., affectionately known as “Rich,” is an extraordinary worship leader, songwriter and psalmist with an undying passion to reach the heart of God through music. A native of the Bronx, New York, Tolbert’s musical journey began at the early age of 10, where he began leading in music ministry within his local church. Tolbert is currently serving as an Executive Pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle of Brooklyn, NY, under the senior leadership of Bishop Hezekiah Walker, where he also leads praise & worship every Sunday.
“Rich is an incredible worship leader that is important the genre of gospel music. It is my honor to help present him to the world through my imprint JamesTown Music in partnership with Entertainment One,” says JJ Hairston, founder of JamesTown Music.
Entertainment One’s Omega George says, “For the past three years or more I have been studying the sound, brand, and artistry of Rich Tolbert Jr. I’m excited about his present and future. He represents who the progressive sound and pace of the Gospel music genre.”
Tolbert’s “Never Be Defeated” is available for purchase at all major digital retailers. For more information on Rich Tolbert Jr. follow him on social media using the handle @richtolbertjr. For more information on Entertainment One visit entertainmentone.com.

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