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The 35th Annual Stellar Awards Will Now Be An “At Home” Virtual Presentation

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic closing venues in Las Vegas, we are producing our Stellar Awards as a virtual at-home television special to honor our Stellar Award 2020 nominees and winners…

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The Stellar Awards released an official announcement today that the 35th Annual production will be taped and broadcast as a virtual national broadcast television special. Kirk Franklin @kirkfranklin joins as additional co-host along with Jonathan McReynolds @jonmcreynolds and Koryn Hawthorne @korynhawthorne. ALL previously purchased tickets for the 2020 show will now be refunded by Ticketmaster. The show will return as a live TV taping in March, 2021!

The virtual presentation will now be a two-hour virtual awards telecast that will air during 3Q of this year. Replacing the live taping previously rescheduled for August in Las Vegas, the new show format will harness the power of technology and creative television production to honor the best in Gospel music. The virtual production will acknowledge all award winners from the Stellar Awards pre-show and main show, with select categories being presented in the broadcast. The broadcast will also feature inspirational performances from Gospel music’s most celebrated artists, and special tributes to first responder heroes on the front lines of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Award show founder Don Jackson had the following to say about the recent changes:

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic closing venues in Las Vegas, we are producing our Stellar Awards as a virtual at-home television special to honor our Stellar Award 2020 nominees and winners, that will still raise the roof for our fans at home with great Gospel music performances in a new format,” said Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson. “Also, it gives us the opportunity to honor COVID-19 first responder heroes in appreciation of the great work they are doing to save lives during this pandemic. We hope to further inspire these heroes with tributes of thanks from our Gospel music cast of Stellar winners and performances.”

Joining previously announced first time co-hosts Jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne is Stellar Awards veteran host, Kirk Franklin. The superstar trio will work together to keep the virtual television praise party lifted and flowing seamlessly throughout the evening. Confirmed performers include Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Pastor Mike Jr., Kierra Sheard, and Doe, with more to be announced.

An important tradition at the Stellar Awards will be held for next year’s 2021 show, where Jackson will bestow well-deserved special honors and recognition upon Gospel greats who have elevated the genre. The previously named recipients – The Clark Sisters, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Pastor Shirley Caesar in addition to Gospel music industry leaders Dr. Leonard Scott, Skip Barrett, Kerry Douglas, and Dr. Teresa Hairston – will be celebrated for their contributions to Gospel music when The Stellar Awards returns to Las Vegas next Spring in March 2021.

Tickets purchased for 2020 Stellar Awards events that were scheduled for August 14–16 will be refunded. To submit requests or for more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Previously announced nominees for the 2020 Stellar Awards includes, veteran Gospel collective, Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers who leads the field of nominees with nine nominations. Other top nominees include Gospel icon and Stellar Awards Host, Kirk Franklin and powerhouse singer, producer and performer Tasha Cobbs Leonard with eight nominations each; JJ Hairston (7 Nominations), Bishop Paul S. Morton (6 Nominations), John P. Kee (5 Nominations), Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers (4 Nominations), William Murphy (4 Nominations), Pastor Mike, Jr. (4 Nominations), Maranda Curtis (3 Nominations), and Fresh Start Worship (3 Nominations) round out the field of top nominated artists.

For the complete list of the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees, please visit www.thestellarawards.com. More of the biggest names in Gospel and a few additional surprises are being added to the growing list of top performers appearing in this year’s show, presented by AT&T and also sponsored by State Farm.

“I am especially grateful and appreciative of the tremendous positive response we have had from Gospel music artists, our advertising partners and over 200 television broadcast and cable partners around the country who have agreed to support our 35th Annual Stellar Awards At-Home special honoring Stellar winners and first responder heroes,” said Jackson.

Stay tuned for future announcements and follow @thestellars for the latest news and updates about the greatest night in Gospel music.

Tamara is the founder of ArtSoulRadio.com and a contributor for Ebony/Jet Magazine and other publications. She also works in TV/Film production and has a strong passion for the arts, community outreach, teaching and working with the youth. Learn more at www.tamarallyoung.com and follow her on social media.

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Tauren Wells Speaks On New Collab w/ H.E.R & Releases Their New Official Video

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In March, Christian artist Tauren Wells and four-time Grammy winner H.E.R. came together to release the HOPE MIX of the new single “Hold Us Together”. Tauren announced the coming collaboration on Instagram immediately leaving over 50,000 fans excited waiting to hear more about the release!

Today, the two artists surprised us all with the release of the official music video for their new Hope Mix. We couldn’t be more excited about these two heavy hitters coming together for such a powerful release! It’s no secret that we’re all hoping to see and hear more from them both!

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE:

Before H.E.R. invited Tauren Wells to join her on this song remix, the original single was a solo project by H.E.R. created for the new Disney Film Safety. This film that tells the inspiring story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities.

This film carries a message of hope and inspiration that we can all use during these times. Visit www.Disneyplus.com to watch this original film.

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Jonathan McReynolds Lands Lead Role in New BET+ Original Movie

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You heard it right! BET+ launched new Original Movie “Favorite Son” which happens to feature Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds. He isn’t just making an appearance in this film. McReynolds has a leading role!

“Favorite Son” which is scheduled to release on May 6th, is a story about Twin brothers in a gospel group who are struggling to find balance of life, love, faith, and religion while under the strict rule of their father, a megachurch Reverend. Watch the trailer below to get a sneak peek into how many twists and turns this story just might take and to get glimpse of Jonathan’s acting skills.

This BET+ Original Movie is based on the book by Tiffany L Warren. In addition to Jonathan McReynolds, this film features Rotimi, E Roger Mitchell, Keke Wyatt, Sereyah Loren Lott, Lisa Arrindell, Singer/Songwriter Anthony Evans, and is directed by Robin Givens who also makes an appearance in the film.

Patricia Cuffie-Jones (“Love the One Your With”) adapted the story for the screen, while Eric Tomosunas, Ron Robinson and Keith Neal for Swirl Films, Devin Griffin and Maureen Guthman for BET Plus, and Rotimi serve as executive producers. “Favorite Son” was produced by Swirl Films, known for its “Saints & Sinners” series, among other projects.

“Favorite Son” begins streaming in May ONLY on BET+. Don’t miss it.Stream Black Culture with BET+. Kick back and enjoy movies, TV series, exclusive originals and the best of Tyler Perry. Sign up for BET+ ►► http://bit.ly/betplus

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ArtSoul Is A Candidate for the Stellar Awards “Internet Station of The Year”

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We are an official Candidate for the 2021 Gospel Music Stellar Awards “Internet Station of The Year”!! Click below to cast your vote for our station! Visit the Stellar Awards website and scroll down to the “Radio Ballot” to place your vote. You’ll find us in Category 5.

Voting lasts from March 20th – March 29th.

VOTE HERE: www.stellarawards.com


ABOUT ARTSOUL RADIO:

ArtSoul Radio is a BDS Monitored Online Radio Station and Online Magazine that covers music, faith, culture, tv/film and more. We are also monitored by BMI, ASCAP and SEASAC. We are your Inspirational Urban + Pop Alternative! Tune in for a mix of Contemporary Gospel, Christian Soul/Insirational R&B, CHH and more.

We serve as the voice of faith based Millennials and GenZ groups! We amplify the voice of a young faith filled culture of believers through relevant podcasts, fresh music discovery, exclusive interviews and other original programming created by our team such as our conversation series “The Uplift”, “Song Stories” and more.

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER:

Founded by Chicago native Tamara Young, our platform is the only Black “Woman Owned” platform that is currently listed as a candidate to be a nominee in the category for “Internet Station of The Year this year. In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue to salute her for her efforts!

Tamara has a background in FM Radio, TV/Film, Journalism, Creative Arts and more. She has interviewed a host of celebrities and artists in her career including Megan Good, Devon Franklin, Ce Ce Winans, Richard Lee Brooks (of Being Mary Jane), Beverley Evans, Dr. Holly Carter, Michelle Williams, Tye Tribbett, The Walls Group, Casey J, Propaganda, KB, Derek Minor, Sho Baraka, Dee 1, DJ Wadeo and many more.

She has also worked in affiliation with brands such as Clear Channel, WZFS-FM 106.7 The Fish, TLN (Total Living Network), Discovery Channel, TLC, JET Magazine and Blavity. Learn more about our founder here: www.tamarallyoung.com

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