Gospel Favorites Speak Openly About “Overcoming Personal Trauma”on “The Uplift” Conversation Series
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The Uplift Conversation Series is back with a new episode! The ArtSoul Radio team has been working hard on creating new original conversations that we can all relate to. 2020 came with many challenges that left us all touched forever. It’s during the start of the first COVID-19 quarantine that we decided to create “The Uplift” conversation series as a way to bring us all a little closer together during a time when separation was the rule.
It’s easy to feel like you are the only one experiencing challenges when separated from the crowd. But, when we come together to speak with each other, we can begin to heal as a community. None of us are meant to do life alone. The conversations in this series has been reminding us of this truth. We invite you to join in on the conversation with us today! If you missed our first episode which focused on “The Black Man’s Response to 2020”, click here to watch.
In this second episode, some of your favorite Gospel artists came together to get up close and personal about overcoming personal traumas. Watch it in full via the video at the top of this article or simply subscribe to our YouTube channel below for direct access. Facilitated by our guest host Dee Wilson, the featured guests include Doe Jones, Dante Bowe, Latice Crawford, Shanta Atkins, Don Shelby and Guest Therapist Dr. Juanita Tookes.
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Jor’Dan Armstrong & Adia Team Up for Chicago Stop of New Tour!
Chicago is headquarters for the ArtSoul Radio team. So, you know we had to hook up our home city with this news! On Wednesday, January 11th, Jor’Dan is bringing his full band and team all the way from ATL to the Chi this week! And he’s bring the incomparable Adia with him! DON’T MISS IT!
This is the night out you’ve been looking for! Hosted at the City Winery in the West Loop, this location will already have the vibe set. Come ready for a night of Gospel Soul with R&B vibes, good food, great atmosphere, a full band, DJ and an all around amazing experience with some of the best people in Chicago.
This is the “night out” to kick off the New Year you’ve been looking for! It will definitely give you the kick you need to help finish off the work/school week and inspiration for year! Tickets start at only $20. So, get your friends together, put on your best outfit and come through!
Location: City Winery 1200 W Randolf, Chicago, IL 60605
Time: Show starts at 8pm CST
Cost: Cost starts at $20
Purchase Tickets here: Click here to buy your tickets
ABOUT JOR’DAN ARMSTRONG
Jor’Dan Armstrong has been a leader in the genre style of Urban Christian Inspiration with the R&B sound for over 8 years. He is multi-nominated and award winning artist and his latest single “Call” featuring Erica Campbell recently hit #1 on the Billboard charts! This is his second single to have Billboard success. His single “My God” hit #1 on the Billboard charts and remained there for several weeks!
Jordan has been a leader in this sound for almost 10 years. We are excited to have him coming to our home city this week!
This style has had many names over the years such as Gospel Soul, Gospel Neo Soul, Christian Soul, R&P and the latest trending terms such as Christian R&B and Urban Inspirational music. Jordan has been a leader in this sound for almost 10 years. Now he’s taking it all to a city near you via his “Church Girls Love R&B” tour! Named after the title of his latest album, Church Girls Love R&B, Jor’Dan is using this tour to continue to help continue to build the Urban Inspiration genre by featuring key leading vocals in every city.
Award-Winning singer/songwriter ADIA, has just released her newest album, Hold it All Together. Famously known for her collaborations with some of gospel music’s biggest names including Pastor Mike Jr., Kierra Sheard, and Deitrick Haddon, ADIA is one of the industry’s fastest rising stars.
Her newest project, Hold it All Together is sleek R&B sound that gives a new take on what gospel music can be presented to the world. When asked about her inspiration, ADIA says, “This is a very special transparent project for me. I really dug deep on this project as a songwriter. I share my pain, joy, insecurities and liberation.” She continues, “I invite the listener to have a glance at who God has been to me and hopefully empower them to believe that God can ‘Hold it All Together’ for them as well.”
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Reach Records Signs Rising Christian Afro Beats Artist Limoblaze
Reach Records recently announced their newest artist Limoblaze! While Reach Records primarily focuses on Hip Hop, they seem to have stepped into a new sound with the signing of this rising Christian Afro Beats artist.
In just a short span, Nigerian born, UK based award-winning musician, singer songwriter, Limoblaze (born Samuel Onwubiko) has received much industry acclaim and is now signing with Reach Records. He is a two-time winner of the African Gospel Music and Media Awards (2018, 2019), Crystal Awards Best International Act Award Winner (2019), and Premier Gospel Awards’ Best International Act winner.
With several bodies of work over the years, including 5 albums: Blind (2016), Before Now (2018), Afrobeats Rap and Jesus (2019), Bridges (2020), and God’s Favourite Baby (2021), Limoblaze has also collaborated with Christian music staples such as Lecrae, Travis Greene, Ada Ehi, and Da’ T.R.U.T.H..
His new EP, Sunday In Lagos, showcases his unique flow over colorful sonics, giving listeners a taste of what it is like to be in Lagos, Nigeria’s capital city, on a day of celebration.
1K PHEW’s Near Death Experience Inspires New Song & Video “Safe” ft Jai’ Len Josey
Reach Records award-winning artist, 1K Phew, has released his third single and video from his upcoming album, As I Am, to be released Fall 2022. 1K Phew’s refined rawness and genuine directness resonates with people who know God but feel trapped in the streets. His previously released songs, “The Offering,” and “Church House Trap House,” speaks directly to and for them. He latest single, “Safe” ft Jai’ Len Josey, is an introspective thank you letter to God for keeping him safe from a near death experience.
Although he grew up in the church with two praying parents, who loved and encouraged him, 1K Phew still found himself going down a destructive path as a teen. “It wasn’t until I almost got shot one day that I decided to truly surrender my life to God and His plan. Every time I tried to do things my way, it didn’t work out for me. That incident was a turning point for me. It had to be God that day because I was so close to losing my life. I automatically just started thanking God for sparing my life. Coming that close to being killed was the wakeup call I needed. From that day onward, I was different. I committed to a personal relationship with God over being religious. I’m so thankful that God kept me safe.”
Feeling redeemed and renewed, he’s focused on a greater purpose which includes creating music that the holy and the hood can feel and relate to. The song’s lyrics are transparent. “I ain’t tryna be another one on that list, gone too soon. Cause I just gotta make it back to my kids I got a few. Tryna pay my dues, have something to lose. Cause they always heard my neighborhood on the news. And I’m living proof, but I got nothing to prove. And I brought my brothers might as well save them too.”
Recently awarded Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the 37th Annual Stellar Awards for his collaborative album with Lecrae, No Church In A While, 1K Phew has also been nominated alongside Lecrae for a 2002 Dove Award in the categories of “Rap/Hip-Hop Album of The Year” (No Church In A While) and Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Wildin,” a song on the album.
“I just want to share my life through this music. My message is faith, hope and encouraging people to be their authentic self in Christ. The story I’m telling is how I overcame my obstacles,” shares 1K Phew. “You can’t force anybody to follow your way, but you can keep it 1000, let your light shine and watch them come to you.”
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WHAT INSPIRED THIS VIDEO?
The fun and energetic music video for the first single, “The Offering,” (song produced by Phenom) and video directed by Derrell Lamar, recreated one of the church robbery scenes from Screen Gems/Cube Vision comedy, “First Sunday” (2008), written, produced, and directed by David E. Talbert and starring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Katt Williams, Loretta Devine, Malinda Williams, Regina Hall, Michael Beach, Rickey Smiley, Olivia Cole and more. The next single, “Church House Trap House” ft 1K Pson included real and authentic visuals of where 1K Phew comes from, the East side of Atlanta, GA.
In the Church House Trap House music video ft 1 Pson, directed by Caleb Seales and Jerrell Lamar, 1K visually takes you to the church which was right next to the trap house. “For me growing up, going to church meant seeing drug deals and shoot outs on the way. Sometimes these things would be happening at the same time service was going on. Because of that environment, I was exposed to a lot of “sin” in or around the church. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, but it’s my experience and a lot of others’ as well. I don’t think it’s being talked about in Christian music, so I feel it’s necessary to bring it up.”
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