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Memphis Gospel Alliance Gospel Corner

January 7, 2011

Since this week’s newsletter is a special edition focusing on our member benefits, we’re bringing you the full Gospel Corner here on the blog.


MEMPHIS CELEBRATES GOSPEL hosted by Kingdom Alliance Entertainment

Starting the New Year off right is very important.  Kingdom Alliance Entertainment is starting off with a Celebration Of Gospel Memphis Style.  The voices, the choirs and the DJs are all planning to be in the house doing it big.  Celebrate all genres of gospel music in Memphis Featuring musical artists: Sidney Malone, Courtney Franklin, Billy River & Angelic Voices of Faith, Darrel Petties & Strength In Praise, Rappers… Pure Breed, Jakalyn Carr, Mt. Moriah East Baptist Church, Perfection, and new artist Danielle McGhee. See and hear 95.7 Halleljuah FM Michael A. Davis and RJ Groove, 1240 AM’s own Stevenson Clark, along with many other musical icons in the city.

You don’t want to miss all of this, so I will expect to see you there.


Gospel Hall of Fame Ceremony

Its hard to believe that Dana Key is gone, but refreshing to know not forgotten.  The Gospel Music Association will induct DeGarmo & Key,  Johnny Cash, the Golden Gate Quartet and Bill “Hoss” Allen” into the Hall of Fame on Jan. 24.

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame was established in 1971 and has inducted more than 150 members.



How Sweet the Sound Bootcamp

I am saddened to announce that after a great start and a good four-year run, How Sweet the Sound will not be coming to Memphis, its inaugural city, in 2011.  Atlanta may be the closest city for competing.  That being said, I would like to remind everyone about the The How Sweet the Sound™ Choir Boot Camp and the Boot Camp workshops taking place next week.

Be encouraged, energized and enlightened an join with other choir and music directors who aspire to take their church music programs to new heights. This unique program is designed for Music Directors, Ministers of Music and choir members to help perfect their skills, build their church’s ministry and catch the excitement about the upcoming 2011 How Sweet the Sound Choir Celebration, an inspiring experience from Verizon. The How Sweet the Sound™ Choir Boot Camp is presented in partnership with the Stellar Awards as a 2-day workshop created to empower and uplift the gospel music community. All workshops and seminars will be facilitated by gospel industry notables.

This is your extraordinary opportunity to receive music instruction and advice from some of the most respected gospel notables in the industry, as well as gain valuable networking exposure. Best of all, you’ll be part of the excitement of the Stellar Awards, as Boot Camp registrants get special, behind the scenes admittance to a Stellar Awards show rehearsal.

January 12 – 15, 2011

Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel
Nashville, TN

Choir/Music Directors
Music Ministers

Workshops to enrich your choirs


For registration information visit the How Sweet the Sound web site.

V Michael McKay

Gospel Hall of Fame Inductee, writer, producer

Judith McCallister

President International Music Dept. COGIC

JJ Hairston

Director of Youthful Praise

Aaron Lindsey

Grammy Award winning producer

James Robinson

Co-Founder Gospel,
President of Light Records

Earl Bynum

Two-time Stellar Award winner, internationally known choir director

Church music is all about chemistry and putting together a connected choir that pulls in the congregation and unifies the church in a way no other form of worship can do. The How Sweet the Sound Boot Camp workshops have been designed to help you give your best to your music ministry and get the best from those who are involved in it with you.

Workshop 1: Pulling the Best from your Choir

Everything you need to know about choirs—from grouping choir sections by vocal range, choosing the right songs, highlighting your strengths with inspirational subject matter for your members, to working with the talent available while remaining positive and spirited through the process.

Workshop 2: The Gifting of Music

In your music ministry, how can you remember that the gift of music is a way of keeping true to the spirit of God’s gift to you? This workshop will show you how the use of unified voices in the singing of praises and faith can enhance the choir’s output and fulfill the expectations of the congregation.

Workshop 3: Songwriting/Arranging

Learn and perfect specific techniques for achieving powerful songs of praise, as well as musical and vocal arrangements that will increase the sound quality of your choir. Become adept at putting a sermon to song, and more.

Workshop 4: Choir Ministry beyond the walls of your church

Learn to expand your music ministry with the testimony of how music and life are one. Gospel music is a lifestyle, something more than what we practice once a week in church. Hear about extending your music ministry to benefit the community with outreach that uplifts those in need and get assistance and advice in creating opportunities for your choir.

Workshop 5: The Business of Music

Tips and advice on counsel and management, legal concerns, publishing, artist and songwriting contract concerns; advice on getting your songs to the right audiences, on gospel radio or into retail stores; the best studios and production tools.

Workshop 6: The Highest of Praise

Praise groups are a unique part of many music ministries. These niche groups may require different song arrangements and music selections. Learn how to build the right combination of chemistry and harmony regardless of technical skill or size.

Workshop 7: Production

A technical look at the elements within production that go beyond just performing the song. We’ll discuss sound quality, tonality, mixing, harmonizing, audio combinations and sound insulating your stage area for performing.

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