30th Annual Stellar Awards



Erica Campbell leads winners in early results from the 30th Annual Stellar Awards. During the pre-show last night in Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, Campbell, who was nominated for 10, won 4 Stellars in the following categories:  Contemporary Female of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, CD of the Year,
Urban/Inspirational single / performance
. The eOne/My Block recording artist received the honors for work on her first solo release, “Help,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Gospel chart. Campbell also won a Grammy earlier this year. Her husband/producer Warryn Campbell also won the Stellar Award for Producer of the Year.

Also nominated for 10 Stellars, fellow eOne recording artists Ricky Dillard and New G picked up 2 trophies in the pre-show, hosted by Lexi and Marcus D. Wiley of the Yolanda Adams Morning Show. The Chicago based aggregate won Stellars for the album “Amazing” securing trophies for both Traditional Choir of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year.

Additional winner announced during the pre-show include:

Praise and Worship CD of the Year William McDowell

Music Video of the Year Matthew Cherry “Say Yes” by Michelle Williams

Traditional Choir of the Year Ricky Dillard & New G

Traditional Group/Duo of the Year The Brown Singers

Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Smokie Norful

Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year Donnie McClurkin

Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year Beverly Crawford

Traditional CD of the Year  Ricky Dillard and New G

Group/Duo of the Year of the Year The Walls Group

Special Event CD of the Year David and Tamela Mann

Rap/Hip Hop CD of the Year Lecrae

Best Recorded Packaging Derek Blanks for Erica Campbell’s “Help”

Best Youth Project of the Year Kendra Smith

Best Quartet of the Year The Brown Sisters

Winners of the Stellar Award are determined by fan-based voting. Be sure to return to the Examiner for a full list of winners.

The 2015 Stellar Awards will be recorded air on TV One on Easter Sunday. Check your local listings for viewing times.



Guyana GospelFest 2015 Review

GospelFest 2015 – An Unforgettable Experience

Extracted from http://www.thecomfortzoneent.org/

by: – Samuel Medas


I finally got home from the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. My voice was gone and feet were in pain from gyrating all night. The only thing missing was a one-two stagger and somebody could’ve easily assumed I was a drunkard coming home from a Mash-fete.

But no. Even though this was no wild stage show full of alcohol and lawlessness, it will certainly go down in history as one of the best Mash-memories that Christians in Guyana will hold on to… unless somebody decides to do a repeat next year *wink wink*

I was approached on September 3rdof last year and asked to be a part of a concert to be held on Mash Night 2015 featuring International Gospel Artistes like Dj Nicholas & Positive. My first thought was “MASH NIGHT? That’s crazy”. Being into Christian entertainment myself, I understood how great a task it is to host an event on the same night as many other events… especially those hosted by Guyana’s tycoons. But what I did not realize, was that for many Christians who usually stay home on Mash day to avoid the… “craziness”, this would be the perfect opportunity to come out and have good, clean fun. And furthermore what I failed to remember is that even if Dj Nicholas shows up for a concert in Guyana ten times in one year, the crowds will show up ten times too. So five days to show time when people started scrambling for already scarce tickets, it was a clear indication that it would be a monumental gathering at Cliff Anderson.

And monumental it was. I went to the bar with my friends, stacked up on drink supplies for the night (non-alcoholic of course), secured our spot in the already huge and growing crowd, and got soaked in sweat from praising God through the night. They could not have chosen a better MC for Gospel Fest. Pastor Simon Harris; who I’m sure fit right into the “Over 50” group he was making fun of; brought the fire to the stage and showed everyone what it meant to be a chairperson. I was taking notes.

I was highly impressed by the performances and attitude of the international artists and their musicians. They delivered well, adjusted well and did not make a public scene when the police came to shut the concert down at 12:30, and (most striking to me) still brought


the fire even though they had to work through the adverse conditions of a sound system that left much to be desired. I still dream about going to a concert and not having to complain about sound. But whether or not there were issues to be trashed out afterwards, the masses will never know because the artists were professional in public. Positive sure raked in a lot of new Guyanese fans on his first visit with his unique swag and coolness to match his excellent music, and I’ve already been hearing people talking about bringing Sherwin Gardner back soon. As to Dj Nicholas, well… he might as well buy a piece of land and build a house here. We love him.

But perhaps the most significant aspect of the night for me; and maybe many others; is one that has been recurring over the past three years dating back to the GT&T Donnie

Positive performs for the first time in Guyana

McClurkin Concert – and that is the great improvement in the musical sound and presentation of our own Guyanese Artistes. As a matter of fact let me back up, and applaud them for the great team spiritedness they displayed. The atmosphere backstage was a jovial and light as in the crowd, and being an artiste myself I understand how great it feels to have your fellow Artistes encourage you before and after you leave the stage. I was even more touched at Kester D’s kind gesture of cutting his performance in half to introduce a fresh face to the music scene and give him exposure. If that same attitude can be perpetuated to other aspects of our struggling Christian Music Industry, it would work wonders for us in the next five years.

Everyone brought their A-game. Even the talented youngsters from R.L.I.C that were barely visible from behind the keys and drums. Cherlyn Maloney’s set was very well put together and Redeemers’ energetic Soca performance made us break a sweat very early. Shawn English, who from long time has chosen the Hip-Hop route, owned the stage with his cousin and band. The crowd was amazing and I could only hope that we all kept it holy and refrained from “thiefin a lil backball”


It can only get better from here once the right spirit and purpose for hosting Christian events like these is maintained. GospelFest 2015 was a great response to the question of what really is Christian entertainment. Kudos to the promoters who worked hard to make this possible and it is good to know that you who were behind the curtain planning, are actually Christians. Even though you guys are fresh on the scene, you certainly turned heads.

Lets do this again sometime. Soon. Real soon.

– Samuel Medas

Gospelfest 2015

Grammy Gospel Roundup

Such a sad thing that they hide the gospel category in the unbroadcast pre-award show. But take our word for it – That will change someday.

So here is what we know



No Greater Love

Smokie Norful; Aaron W. Lindsey & Smokie Norful, songwriters
Label: Tre’Myles/Motown Gospel; Publishers: Capitol CMG Paragon, Aaron Lindsey Pub. admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com/Meadowgreen Music Company, Norful Music Publishing
Also nominated in the category


Erica Campbell Featuring Lecrae

Erica Campbell Featuring Lecrae; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, Hasben Jones, Harold Lilly, Lecrae Moore & Aaron Sledge, songwriters
Track from: Help
Label: EOne/My Block; Publishers: Campbell Kids/Fellowship Of The Unashamed, Uncle Bobby Music/EMI-Sony ATV, Food 4 Yo Soul, I Wrote It You Sing It, That’s Plum Song

Sunday A.M. [Live]

Karen Clark Sheard

Karen Clark Sheard; Rudy Currence & Donald Lawrence, songwriters
Label: EOne/Karew Records: Publishers: Sony-ATV Charles & Edward Publishing /QW Publishing admin. by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

I Believe

Track from: Mali Is…
Label: RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment; Publisher: Mali Music Note Productions

Love On The Radio

The Walls Group

The Walls Group; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
Track from: Fast Forward
Label: Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Records; Publisher:Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing, Lilly Mack Music admin. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com



Lecrae Featuring For King & Country

Lecrae Featuring For King & Country; Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters
Label: Reach Records; Publishers: Fellowship Of The Unashamed Music, WB Music Corp./Method To The Madness/Shankel Songs/Warner Tamerlane/Kilns Music/Aly Plane Music/Evident Music/Before I Die Publishing/Joseph Prielozny Music/Track Or Die Music LLC
Also nominated in the category

Write Your Story

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli; Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia & Ben Glover, songwriters
Track from: If We’re Honest
Label: Fervent/Word/Curb; Publishers: Work Music, LLC/Francesca Music/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Songs, D Soul Music/9T One Songs, Ariose Music admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com

Come As You Are


Crowder; David Crowder, Ben Glover & Matt Maher, songwriters
Label: Sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: sixsteps Music/worshiptogether.com Songs/9T One Songs/Ariose Music/Valley Of Songs Music admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com/Thankyou Music admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com



MercyMe; Nathan Cochran, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Soli Olds, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer, songwriters
Track from: Welcome To The New
Label: Fair Trade; Publishers: MercyMe Music/Wet As A Fish Music/Soul Glow Activator Music/D Soul Music/Universal Music Brentwood Benson Publishing/9T One Songs/Ariose Music



Needtobreathe; Bear Rinehart & Bo Rinehart, songwriters
Track from: Rivers In The Wasteland
Label: Atlantic; Publishers: Needtobreathe Music/Bear Lee Breathing Music

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Erica Campbell
Label: EOne/My Block
also nominated:

Amazing [Live]

Ricky Dillard & New G
Label: Light Records/EOne

Withholding Nothing [Live]

William McDowell
Label: EOne/Delivery Room Music

Forever Yours

Smokie Norful
Label: Tre’Myles/Motown Gospel

Vintage Worship

Anita Wilson
Label: Motown Gospel


Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.

Also Nominated:

For King & Country
Label: Fervent/Word/Curb

If We’re Honest

Francesca Battistelli
Label: Fervent/Word/Curb


Natalie Grant
Label: Curb Records

Welcome To The New

Label: Fair Trade

Royal Tailor

Label: Essential Records
Here are some official tweets

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Calvary Assembly Of God Mc Doom Hosts Health Fair & Hallelujah Night


Calvary AOG McDoom Church will be hosting its Health fair and Hallelujah Night on Saturday November 1st, 2014.

What is Hallelujah Night all about? Hallelujah Night is held to provide a safe place for children to fellowship in a Christian environment rather than going to other Halloween events across Guyana. It is an alternative to celebrating Halloween, which many consider to be a day of evil.


According to the event coordinator, Miss. Carlotta Lord, 

“There is nothing sacred about Halloween. At Hallelujah Night everyone can come out and have good wholesome fun as a family. The children and parents will all enjoy themselves, from toddlers to adults.”

  The Senior Pastor, Rev C. Lall reiterates that,

“This is the function of the church, bringing people together and serving others. Christianity is a big part of Hallelujah Night. This event is a seed that is planted to show people that we can still have fun at church activities, in a safe, Christian environment.”

Fun For All Ages

Activities for the children include: Face painting (done by the best in Guyana Bravo Arts), Pin the tail on the donkey, Bowling, Go fish, Musical chairs, and Hula hooping. Bouncy castles and trampolines will be available as well.  Special appearances will be made by Dora The explorer, Sponge Bob and other popular cartoon characters compliments of Tons of Fun.

The adults will be entertained by activities such as Dominoes, Table Tennis, Bingo and many more.

Costume Competition 

Costumes at Hallelujah Night are as elaborate as anything in the neighborhood streets, and they are not restricted to Bible characters—you are as likely to see Dora, Spider Man, and Snow
White as you are to see King David, Mary, and Joseph.  A stage show will be hosted for children to showcase their costumes followed by the distribution of prizes for the best of the lot.


In an effort to achieve its original purpose of combating the dark forces upon which Halloween is based, Hallelujah Night provides a practical alternative to  trick-or-treating, going to scary parties and other events that promote Halloween.

Refreshments will be available and inlude the likes of popcorn, chili dogs, drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, white puddin, brownies and many more items.

No Alkaline in Guyana


Shereita Grizzle, STAR Writer



He is set to make his first appearance in Guyana over the weekend, but his imminent performance in the country has been met by heavy resistance by at least one outreach organisation.

Joshua Generation, the Youth Arm of Love and Faith World Outreach Ministries, have made it clear that they do not support the move by Hits and Jams Entertainment to have dancehall artiste Alkaline perform at their Jamzone Summer Break.

The youth outreach group is hoping the organisers will think twice about the artiste’s appearance. In their letter to the country’s national newspaper, Starbroeke, the group gave reasons why they oppose Alkaline’s performance.

“We’ve decided that we will take a stand and make it known that we do not appreciate and will not condone Hits and Jams bringing artistes like Alkaline to our land. This is a position we maintain in relation to this particular artiste and any others whose music and lifestyle do nothing to positively uplift our youth,” they said.

7486ad1e449074a72c97b44c9a0f1d23The youth group used the artiste’s ban in other countries to support their stance. “It has been made public that Alkaline, Tommy Lee and other artistes of similar nature have been barred from performing in some countries, therefore, begging the question as to why we should expose our youth to this level of vulgarity.”

The letter goes on to state that Alkaline and other dancehall artistes, including Tommy Lee, play an important part in the deterioration of the society’s moral standings. Not only is the group asking that the artiste’s performance be cancelled, but they are also calling on the nation’s president to act on getting local radio stations to stop playing the artiste’s music.

Despite the opinions of the youth organisation, it seems to be all systems go for the young artiste. The Weekend STAR was told by a member of Alkaline’s management team that the artiste will be performing as scheduled.

“The promoters have assured us that he will be performing as scheduled, nothing has changed,” the representative said. The 19-year-old entertainer, who has been booked for the show since June, is set to perform on Saturday.

Source: http://jamaica-star.com/

Hindu Snake Goddest Gives Up Black Magic


“The Lord has anointed me by the Holy Spirit [and] is using me as a servant for many… I myself broke all the idols and temple of snakes. My parents and those who believed in me did not like it. They told me I was mad. They tied me to a tree and beat me. Many other persecutions I faced. But I did not lose my faith in Jesus.” -Nagamma

Nagamma (India)—People in the community worshipped her as a snake goddess, brought her offerings, and prostrated themselves before her. But a powerful encounter with Jesus in a dream turned her away from black magic to follow the living, true God.

“My father was a leading sorcerer among our people. He was practicing black magic,” says Nagamma, which means, “mother snake.” Nagamma’s family is part of the Hindu Dalit class at the lowest rung of Indian society, sometimes known as “untouchables.”

Nagamma worshipped many idols and practiced witchcraft at the direction of her father. “Snakes were my favorite gods,” she notes. As a child, she first began to feed local snakes by bringing milk to the edge of their snake holes.

In her community, there were many snake idols in a special temple dedicated to snakes, located under a fig tree.

When Nagamma was 12-years-old, a snake reared up its ugly head and bit her as she attempted to feed milk to it. “My parents took me to the local doctor (not a medical practitioner) who was able to take the snake poison from my body,” she recounts.

After three days her condition improved, but unusual side effects remained. “I had a total change in my body and mind. My color also changed,” she recalls.

“I began to act like a snake. I always wanted to stay and sit at our snake temple. So my people considered me as the snake goddess. My father was the one who announced first that I am the goddess of the snakes,” she says.

People in the surrounding area began to bring milk, fruits and flowers for her as offerings and prostrated themselves before her on the ground. “They wanted to get a touch from me for their blessings.” They even gave her offerings of money.

Snake charmerAs word spread about the snake goddess, she became famous throughout her district.

People asked Nagamma to visit their homes. They asked for her black magic incantations to bring blessings to their home and the destruction of their enemies. “My parents used me and money out of it,” Nagamma notes.

Once some evangelists gave her Bible tracts and told her about Jesus Christ, but Nagamma’s father confronted the men and told them his daughter is a goddess, so they should follow her instead of Jesus.

One day Nagamma performed black magic in the home of a family with a small child when something unusual happened. “Satan instructed me that there is golden treasure in that house, so I had to sacrifice a child of below three-months-old to find that treasure.”

However, a spiritual battle ensued for the life of the child. As the supernatural warfare raged around her, suddenly Nagamma became troubled and disturbed. “I could not complete the black magic and left that house,” she says.

Click Here to read about the dream about Jesus Nagamma had that night, and what He told her in that dream, that changed her life forever.


Source: http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=13750

Kudos to the Guyanese Artiste – Israel Houghton Guyana 2014

Gospel Festival 2014 featuring Israel Houghton and the New Breed Band was AMAZING! At the press conference Israel promised a disappearing act and indeed that it was. Israel and New Breed lead an energetic and inspiring time of worship and praise. It was evident that the crowd felt the presence of God as the multitude held their hands up with faces to the sky, knees to the hard cold tarmac and prayers filling the atmosphere.

Each song was presented with such fervor making it very difficult to deny the pull of the all-powerful, all-encompassing Jesus Christ.

Israel Houghton and New Breed must have been pleasantly surprised that the Guyanese audience sang along to almost every song, as there were several pauses to allow the crow to sing out creating a sweet melodious symphony.

Special Mention

SONY DSCKudos to the local artiste who opened for Israel Houghton and New Breed at Gospel Festival 2014!!  Overall Inspire Inc. did an excellent job selecting from the pool of local gospel artiste for the show.
While we would like to say that, everyone did a great job we have to recognize that there were a few   exemplary ones in the mix. Some of the ‘powerhouses’ at Gospel Festival 2014 included the Trenacia Esseboom who as usual gave an hair raising ministry performance singing Chris Tomlin’s ‘Indescribable’.  When Trenacia sings things move. Big/heavy things move! She is ours! Gospel Elite predicts that Trenacia Esseboom will continue to make Guyana extremely proud and that G

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od will put her in the path of international producers. After all, the Bible did say in Proverbs 18:16 that “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”

The Guyanese audience was once again stunned by the powerful voice of Miriam Corlette-Williams who performed a duet with her fourteen-year-old son; Jeremiah Williams.  This was another breath taking sound to behold.  Gospel Elite’s prediction is that Jeremiah Williams will have the opportunity to share the stage with some of the biggest international gospel-recording artiste. Proverbs 18:16.                                                                                                                                                    Inspire Inc. will do good to have Jeremiah Williams at every Gospel Festival.

Another young and up-coming talent is Samuel Medas who continues to win the hearts of Guyanese her and abroad. His voice is so rich, so powerful. His ability to lead worship precedes him.                   Proverbs 18:16.SONY DSC

Here are a few more of Gospel Elite’s Special Mentions of Gospel Festival 2014:

Eion Greaves

Rona Gilbert

Solid Youth

Junior Tucker, Jamaica

Hoszia Hinds

Second Coming Band & Back-up Vocals

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The second Coming band continues to grow in synergy and craft.

The band came in for high praise as they backed all of the night’s acts.

featured artiste was on the stage dancing to the sweet Caribbean vibe as they played for Junior Tucker.

Equal mention should be made for the backup team.


Israel houghton and New Breed Live in Guyana


Cut It Off Tours Ends on a West Side High

With the featured acts on early tonight the audience got an early start to the Cutting. 

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