In Case You Missed It…
In case you missed Rick Lee and the “Detroit Gospel Update with” on Mix 92.3 FM’s “Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard” radio show yesterday, Read On for updates on Deitrick Haddon, Kierra Sheard, T.J. Hemphill, Fred Hammond, Spotlight Artist Al Bettis and many more.

Congratulations to Deitrick & Dominique Haddon
Deitrick Haddon, Jr.

Homegrown gospel artist and Preachers of L.A. reality
star, Deitrick Haddon, recently introduced fans to his new son,
Deitrick Haddon, Jr. via Facebook. This is Haddon’s first son and on a
recent post Deitrick wrote, “It’s my job to raise him to be a much
better version of me!” Deitrick is also busy in the studio working on a
new album.
Click here for Facebook post.

Kierra Sheard covers Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy”

Another native Detroiter and reality TV star, Kierra Sheard, is busy with her new clothing line for curvy girls, Eleven60.
Kierra recently posted a video of her covering Beyonce’s “If I Were A
Boy.” In the video Kierra explains how the modified lyrics apply to
single Christian women. The beautiful acoustic guitar accompaniment and
Kierra’s powerful vocals are definitely worth checking out.
Click here for Facebook post.

Spotlight Artist: Al Bettis
“So Good”

The latest and Rhythm & Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard Spotlight Artist is singer, songwriter and guitarist Al Bettis. Al’s new single, “So Good,” is scheduled to drop October 27th, with the album entitled “Everywhere and Nowhere,” due out in 2016.
Click here for our exclusive interview with Spotlight Artist Al Bettis

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Festival of Praise
Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Kim Burrell & More

biggest Gospel tour of the year is coming to Joe Louis Arena on Sat.,
Nov. 14, at 8PM. Festival of Praise’s Detroit stop features Israel
Houghton, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Isaac Carree,
Jessica Reedy, Zacardi Cortez, and comedian Marcus Wiley (lineup subject
to change). Tickets available at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office and all
Ticketmaster outlets.
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Facebook post

Donnie McClurkin
Empire reference…

McClurkin’s name was recently referenced in a questionable manner on
the season premiere of the Fox Series, “Empire.” In a Facebook post,
McClurkin took the high road and wrote, “What might have been meant for
evil, God uses for good!”
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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Gospel Musical Stage Play

Fox Theatre is delighted to announce that the national tour of Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed and choreographed by
Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, will play at the Fox Theatre on
Friday, October 23 through Saturday, October 24; as part of the Fifth
Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. Tickets available at the Fox Theatre Box
Office and all Ticketmaster Outlets.
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Lisa Page Brooks Live Recording
With Special WITNESS Reunion

Page Brooks THE LIVE RECORDING with special guest Witness
Reunion, Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 7PM. $25 General Admission / $40
VIP Reception & Preferred Seating. Request tickets at At Christian Tabernacle Church, 26555 Franklin Rd., Southfield, MI. For more information: 248.885.8004.

The Canton Spirituals
LIVE in Concert

October 11, 2015, at 4PM (doors open at 3PM), Mt. Zion MBC along with
Detroit United Quartet Ministry present The Canton Spirituals LIVE in
Concert at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Crisette Ellis’ new book…
“My Future Is So BRIGHT”

Grace’s First Lady, Crisette Ellis, has written a new book entitled,
“My Future Is So BRIGHT,” which encourages children to dream BIG and
build their vocabulary.

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Kim Brooks’ new book…
“Faith in Broken Places: Understanding God’s Plan in the Midst of Pain”

author of “He’s Fine…But Is He Saved?,” Kim Brooks, has an upcoming
book release party for “Faith in Broken Places: Understanding God’s
Plan in the Midst of Pain,” which is inspired by her auto accident and
recovery. Join Kim for “Stepping Out On Sweetest Day!”
…Ballroom Dancing, Step and Book Release Party, Saturday, October
17th, from 7 pm – 11pm, at the Southfield VFW Hall.
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Charity Clark-Anderson’s “The Conference”
Gospel Musical Stage Play

Clear Productions presents Charity Clark-Anderson’s inspirational hit
musical stage play, “The Conference,” Oct. 2nd, at 8PM and Oct.
3rd, at 4PM, at Christian Tabernacle Church. With Shondra Tipler,
DeLorean Cotton, Kavahna Webb, and more, and featuring T.J. Hemphill
(as Charles). Original Musical Score by Deborah Kay.

“Calling The Kettle Black”
Gospel Musical Stage Play

16-17, at 8PM, Sherry Henderson Entertainment presents the gospel
musical stage play, “Calling the Kettle Black,” @ The
MillenniumTheater. Starring Terrell Carter, Teisha Lott Brown and
comedian Foolish. Directed by T.J. Hemphill.

Lavell Neal’s “Issues of Blood”
Gospel Musical Stage Play

Neal’s “Issues of Blood” is coming to Northwest Activity Center on
October 2nd through 4th. The new gospel musical, presented by Neal Down
Productions and Trinity Deliverance Church, features gospel recording
artist Gerard Brooks, comedian Dubble J, and many more.

Gospel Musical Stage Play

Auditions will be held Tuesday, October 6th, for a musical stage drama debuting this upcoming March 2016.

Gospel Classic “Total Praise” sung for Pope Francis

Smallwood’s gospel classic,”Total Praise,” was sung for Pope Francis’
historic visit to The White House. Smallwood is quoted as saying, “This
has to go on the list of one of the top honors of my life.”
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