Category Archives: Gospel Music News

Cleotha Staples (The Staple Singers) Mavis Staples’s Sister Has Died Age, 78

Blogged By: De De Tillman; International Celebrity Blogger

Source:ABC 7 News

Posted: Friday February 22, 2013 @ 8:36 p.m PST



Cleotha Staples of the  gospel group The Staple Singers, died Thursday at age 78. She was at her Chicago home and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter.



The Golden Wings Quartet Of Tupelo Ms. (Gospel Group) Videos

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Media Credit: pannellctp

Source: The Golden Wings Quartet Website

Posted: Monday May 21, 2012 @4:10 p.m PST



The Golden Wings Quartet was established in 1970 in Tupelo, Mississippi.  The members consist of  James Parks, Toby L. Coker, and Tyrone Parks.

The Golden Wings Quartet has spread the gospel through songs throughout the United States and abroad. For over 30 years, the Golden Wings have enjoyed much success playing many major concerts, and most recently a recording on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show.

This is the group eighth recording and they have also shared the stage with Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, George Dean and the Gospel Four, and others. The Golden Wings are best known for their smashing hit, “You Got To Leave It Here.” They have released one project titled “Get In Touch” and in the process of releasing their second.

The group was awarded a Certificated of Outstanding Achievements and named 2002 New Gospel Quartet Artist of The Year by the National Association of Gospel Promoters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Keep Blessing Me: Live from Muskegon Heights, MI Tobey Coker (vocals); Michael Penson (guitar, background vocals); Alton Hollis (guitar); Ayatti Tippett (strings, horns, Fender Rhodes piano); Nicholas Jones (piano); Patrick Hopson (organ); Fred Edwards (drums); Cornelius Redman, Tyrone Parks (background vocals).

“You’ve Got To Leave It Here! Live In Concert” recording took place at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance in Tupelo, Mississippi in 2004. It was initially recorded for the MARS Record label. The group is now on the LowRush Music label. LowRush released this video in 2006.

*I had the extreme honor of speaking to the warm, friendly, down to earth, spirit-filled Mr. James Parks of the group and looking forward to meeting him and the group when they perform Friday June 8, 2012  in San Francisco, California.

The Golden Wings Quartet Members

The Golden Wings Quartet Music

The Golden Wings Quartet Booking Information

Marvin Winans Gospel Singer Robbed, Punched, & Carjacked At Gas Station In Detroit (Video)

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: CNN – Jason Hanna

Media Credit: Photo (CNN ) / Video (WXYZ)

Posted: Thursday May 17, 2012 @1:20 a.m. PST



Detroit pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans, who delivered the eulogy at pop star Whitney Houston’s funeral this year, was robbed and carjacked at a gas station in his home city Wednesday afternoon, CNN affiliates WXYZ and  WDIV report.


Winans, pastor at Perfecting Church on Detroit’s east side, had just walked out of the Detroit station’s convenience store and was about to pump gas into his SUV when four men exited the store and attacked him, he told WXYZ.

The attackers kicked him and took his wallet and his purple 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV, he said. Winans suffered cuts and bruises to his face, hands and arms, and his pants were torn, WDIV reported.


“This kind of nonsense just has to stop … it’s just the savageness of what’s happening in the streets. We just have to take a look at ourselves and say this has to stop,” he told WXYZ.


Detroit police are investigating, WXYZ reported.



Winans delivered Houston’s eulogy at her February funeral in New Jersey. He also officiated at Houston’s 1992 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown.

Pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans said he lost his wallet and his SUV in Wednesday’s attack. Story Credit: CNN -Jason Hanna / Photo Credit: CNN

According to WXYZ, DETROIT (WXYZ) – Pastor Marvin Winans’ talks to 7 Action News about being carjacked Wednesday in Detroit. His SUV remains missing and so do the men who punched, kicked and robbed the famous gospel singer. The pastor known for the eulogy he gave at Whitney Houston’s funeral was carjacked at a Detroit gas station.

Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul Inducted Into The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: NY Daily News – AP

Photo Credit:

Posted: Wednesday May 9, 2012 @12:03 p.m. PST



The queen of soul is taking her place in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Aretha Franklin is one of six people who’ll be inducted into the Hall on Aug. 14 in Hendersonville, Tenn. She’ll be joined by bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, family group The Hoppers, contemporary Christian singer Dallas Holm, the late TV evangelist Rex Humbard and Christian rock band Love Song.

Franklin’s gospel roots run deep, starting with her father who was a prominent Baptist minister. Her 1972 album, “Amazing Grace,” has sold over 2 million copies and is one of the best-selling gospel albums of all time.

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame was established in 1971. More than 150 members have been inducted, including Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley.

Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul. Photo Credit:

Iyanna Franklin 9 Year Old Cousin Of (Aretha Franklin & De De Tillman) (Video)

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger – De De Tillman

Blog Source: Debbie McPherson

Video Credit: YouTube – nijaya

Posted: Wednesday October 12, 2011 @ 8:oo pm PST

Topic: Iyanna Franklin – Princess Of Gospel

Iyanna Franklin is a 9-year-old singer from Chicago.  Franklin is the cousin to Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin and Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman. At such a tender age,  Franklin displays so much love and talent for gospel music,  she is following in her famous cousin footsteps.

I will name my sweet, talented, beautiful little cousin ” Iyanna Franklin Princess Of Gospel.  I know it will not be too long until Franklin gets a record deal.

In The video Iyanna Franklin Singing Now I can Say I Love you Jesus

Top Gospel CDS

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman

Blog Source: JET

Posted: Tuesday July 12, 2011 @ 4:30 pm PST

Topic: Top Gospel CDS

According to JET Playlist the following Gospel Artists have the top Gospel CDS.

1. Peter Furier (On Fire)

2. HillSong United (Aftermath)

3. Casting Crowns (Until The Whole World Hears)

4. Kirk Franklin (Hello Fear)

5. Casey Darnell (Coming Alive)