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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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AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH IN BUCKHEAD, ATLANTA TO CELEBRATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY ON APRIL 28

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One of the oldest black churches in the nation, New Hope AME Church will honor their legacy with a celebration including music, performances and special guests

A national treasure based here in Atlanta turns 150 years old this month. New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest African American churches in the country, will celebrate its 150th anniversary during a special Sunday service on April 28 at 11:00 a.m. in their sanctuary located at 3012 Arden Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30305. The all-white attire celebration will include a number of special guests, performances and a keynote sermon from Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, Presiding Prelate of the 6th Episcopal District of the AME Church. Nestled in the heart of Buckhead, New Hope is led by Pastor David F. Richards III and First Lady Linda Richards. The origins of the church date back to 1869 when recently emancipated African Americans began gathering to worship at “camp meetings” at the New Hope Camp Ground. The congregation continued meeting there until 1872, when they were given land by a white Buckhead farmer named James H. Smith, who willed three acres of his property for a church and school for “colored persons.” The church members subsequently built a tabernacle on the property which stood until 1965. The property’s original church building was built sometime prior to 1900. The congregation continued to work as farm laborers and servants for white families in the area and lived in small neighborhoods in the vicinity. In 1927, the original church building on the property burned down. The current building’s basement was built the following year, while the new sanctuary was not completed until 1936. Across the street from the church is a 1.86-acre historic New Hope Cemetery containing dozens of graves. In 2009, New Hope AME Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the cemetery located across the road. “We are so excited to commemorate 150 years of history, fellowship and community at New Hope at our upcoming anniversary event,” says Pastor Richards. “We are a small church with a big heart and we represent the little-known legacy of African Americans in Buckhead. We invite everyone to come out and celebrate with us on April 28 and experience the warm spirit that has kept this church together for almost two centuries!” For more information on New Hope AME Church, visit newhopeamechurch.org.

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