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The Rise of Maverick City Music

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A collaborative group of worship singers come together to write and create songs to show their hearts for God and ended up making history.

Maverick City Music has reached listeners from the church to some of the biggest entertainers today. Their music has millions of listens and views on every music streaming platform and YouTube. This year they have won awards such as Billboard’s Top Gospel Album and The Stellar’s New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

Naomi Raine

The group was originally started in 2019 to just write songs. Tony Brown, the founder of Maverick City Music, reached out to artist like Naomi Raine to come along and collaborate to write songs for artist. The singers and artist eventually were asked to sing and preform them. After releasing these songs, it turned into to something that none of them would have ever expected. Maverick ended up breaking the record for the most streams in the Christian genre in one day. When asked did they plan for it to be as big as it is Naomi expressed, “To me it was just going to be something fun that we did with friends, that no one really knew about. I couldn’t have expected what has happened with it.”

Maryanne George

“I think going into it with no expectations was probably the best thing to do because it gave room for the Lord to surprise us along the way” said Maryanne George, a Maverick City singer and worship leader. Major recording artist outside of the Christian genre have mentioned how they have been impacted by Maverick City Music. Just recently, national recording pop artist, Shawn Mendes, mentioned in an interview while talking about the power of music, that he encountered Jesus through Maverick City Music, even though he grew up having Atheistic beliefs.

Dante Bowe

“I use to think, oh we’re called to the church. Now it’s like I got to say no because God is showing us something else! The facts are the facts, like SZA is playing us in the background on her live” says Maverick City and solo singer and songwriter Dante Bowe. Maverick currently has over 2 million listeners monthly on Spotify, with their most popular song being “Promises” sung by Joe L. Barnes and Naomi Raine at almost 25 million streams.

This collective of artist has released 11 music projects over the span of 3 years and with their most recent releases this year being the albums “Old Church Basement” and “Jubilee: The Juneteenth Edition.” Some of the artist have released their own projects recently such as Joe L. Barnes’ single “Come Back Home,” Dante Bowe’s sophomore album “circles,” Naomi Raine’s “Back to Eden, Part II,” and Maverick’s joint album with Elevation Worship.

Maverick City Music will be going on tour starting this fall to cities near you. To find out more information, visit their website and follow them on social media.

Maverick City Music latest release, “Joy of the Lord”

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Jor’Dan Armstrong Kicks Off 2nd Leg of “Church Girls Love R&B” Tour

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Urban Inspirational music has a variety of sounds. It includes sounds influenced by Traditional/Contemporary Gospel, the R&B sound, Soul, Afro-beats, Hip Hop and more! 

Jor’Dan Armstrong has been a leader in the genre style of Urban Christian Inspiration with the R&B sound for over 8 years. This style has had many names over the years such as Gospel 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.

The tour began in November of 2022, and continues into the new year. The second leg of the tour kicks off in January hitting New York on January 4th, in Chicago on January 11th and continues in several other cities throughout the entire month of January. See a full list of tour stops below:

January 4, 2023 – New York
January 6, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA
January 11, 2023 – Chicago, IL
January 12, 2023 – Detroit, MI
January 20, 2023 – Dallas, TX
January 21, 2023 – Houston, TX
January 24, 2023 – Atlanta, GA

Featured guests in each city include artists such as Jermaine Dolly, Ajanee, Ahjah from The Walls Group, Jabari Jonson, Adia, Adrian Butler and many many more! If you’re a fan of Soul music, inspiration and all around good vibes, you don’t want to miss this tour!

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The Nominations Are In And These Artists Are Looking to Bring Home A Grammy

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The Grammy Nominations are in and DOE, Elevation Worship, Tobe Nwigwe, PJ Morton and Erica Campbell are all looking to bring home an award.

💬 Let us know which nominations you’re excited about and if there’s anyone you would like to see perform.

Scroll down for the full listing of nominees in Gospel, Christian R&B, and more!

“Maverick City Music”

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Kingdom ft. Kirk Franklin

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Fear Is Not My Future ft. Kirk Franklin

Best Gospel Album
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin – Kingdom Book One (Deluxe)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Maverick City Music – Breathe

“DOE”

Best Gospel Song Performance
“When I Pray”

Best Gospel Album
“Clarity”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“So Good”

Elevation Worship

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
“Roar”

TOBE Nwigwe

“Best New Artist”

PJ Morton

Best R&B Song
“Please Don’t Walk Away”

Best R&B Album
“Watch The Sun”

Best Gospel Song/Performance
“The Better Benediction”

Erica Campbell

Best Gospel Song/Performance
“Positive”

Tye Tribbett

Best Gospel Song/Performance
“Get Up”

Best Gospel Album
“All Things New”

We’re looking forward to the coming Grammy Awards! Slide over to our Instagram to join the convo and let us know who you think will win!
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Jonathan McReynolds Releases New Single “Your World”

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GRAMMY and Stellar Award winner Jonathan McReynolds returns with a new sound on the brand new single, “Your World” (MNRK Music Group).
“Your World” reminds the listener of God’s sovereignty – it’s a bop, intentionally upbeat, and happy. The song was written to help people lift the weights that hold them down. Known for bridging the gap between contemporary church music and the music of the past, Jonathan has included African American spiritual texts and the influences of Marvin Gaye. “Your World” will have listeners up moving and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. 
Jonathan McReynolds shares, “This song reflects my evolution and growth. I am not the same person I was when I wrote my first album. Now, I am secure enough to take more risks and remove any limits to my creativity. It’s God’s World, and we are just living in it!”
“Your World” is available now wherever music is shared and streamed.

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