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On February 23rd, ASCAPs Rhythm & Soul team presented the 3rd Annual “Morning Glory’ Breakfast Reception for this year’s Stellar Award Nominees. The 28th Stellar Awards is an annual event, honoring Gospel Music artists, writers and industry professionals for their contributions to the Gospel Music industry. The 3rd Annual ASCAP breakfast reception honored this year’s Stellar Award nominated artists.
Hosted by Pastor Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International, the annual event honored the legendary singer, songwriter and minister Andrae Crouch who received the 2013 ASCAP Gospel ICON Award as well as an impromptu all-star tribute to him, led by The Williams Brothers and other ASCAP honorees. The reception also featured a performance by Verity Recording Artist and Stellar Award nominee Jason Nelson.
Highlights from the event include appearances by award winning singer/songwriters such as gospel stars such as James Fortune, The Williams Brothers, William McDowell, Maurette Brown Clark, Flame, Lamonte Harris (of Gospel Group G.I.) and Rick Robinson who all were honored for their Stellar Award nominations.
All Photos Credited to: ASCAP/ Picture Group
Nicole George-Middleton, Andrae Crouch, Jennifer Drake & Jay Sloan
Jay Sloan, Jennifer Drake, William McDowell and Nicole George-Middleton
Jay Sloan, Jennifer Drake, Rick Robinson and Nicole George-Middleton
Alexis Spight, The Williams Brothers, Maurette Brown Clark and Jason Nelson
Maureen Brown Clark, Andrae Coruch, James Fortune and Pastor Taffi Dollar
Andrae Crouch Group Photo
Jay Sloan, Jennifer Drake, Lamonte Harris, Nicole George-Middleton
This past Sunday, I had a chance to watch BET Sunday Best Season 5 winner Joshua Rogers perform at God’s Tabernacle of Deliverance in Desoto, TX. It was a great celebration as Joshua Rogers and Angela Blair ran through some of my favorite gospel songs and I left singing “What A friend we have in Jesus.” Below is a compilation of questions that were asked to Joshua as he was getting ready to perform.
How has your life changed since winning Sunday Best?
It hasn’t changed much. I’m just travelling more and expecting my album to be out really soon. Personally, I haven’t changed but a lot of things around me have changed. I’m just excited about everything that is going on right now.
Where are some of the places that you have travelled to?
New York, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
How does it feel when people walk up to you and recognize you as Joshua Rogers from Sunday Best?
It doesn’t bother me very much, because I realize all of this is a gift from the Lord.
You and Alexis Spight bought a lot of energy to Sunday Best, because this was the first time we saw two young bucks going head to head.
The whole time our main focus was enjoying God and having fun. We never came in the contestant with the mindset of this is a competition. As soon as we came on the show we had an instant connection and we really love each other. We stay in contact everyday.
You are so humble. How will you keep that humble spirit when you are going to football games and thousands of people are yelling your name?
I always tell a lot of people that it’s a matter of “What’s the point.” What would you gain out of being arrogant or proud. At the end of the day, you will lose more than you will gain.
As far as job offers do you plan on taking on anything new in music ministry?
I’m never gonna leave my church. That’s were I came from and that’s where I’m gonna stay.
The first week in December
Is there anything you missed about Sunday Best?
The Season 5 Finale of Sunday Best started off with an All-Star tribute featuring Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin and Marvin Sapp running through several gospel melodies.
The epic battle between Alexis Spight and Joshua Rodgers shows that Gospel music is really embracing the next gernearation of talent. I was surprised to find out that, BET Sunday Best has yet to have a male winner. Will Joshua Rodgers be the first?
Young Buck AKA Joshua Rogers performed “Rain on Us” by Earnest Pugh tonight and the crowd went crazy. Joshua sung the song so beautiful I could hear the angels in heaven rejoicing as I was completely lost in his performance.
Kirk Carr blessed us with Presence of The Lord tonight, and he ignited the the Sunday Best audience like I had never seen it before. As the camera man panned I caught a glimpse of Ashford Sanders and Michael Lampkin in the audience.
Baby Girl AKA Alexis Spight sung the old gospel hymn “Power of The Blood” and she was in full force tonight. Alexis’ red curly weave, black tights and white stunna shades were reminiscent of a young Mary J. Blidge. The gospel version to be exact.
Pastor Marvin L. Winans brought the house down when he sung Donnie McClurkin’s Draw Me Close. The crowd was completely in awe as the gospel legend blessed us with an amazing cover.
Just as I thought a winner would be announced, BET blessed us with another hour of Sunday BEST which I will speed pass….
One of my favorite singers, Ledisi, sung The Ladder.
Joshua Rogers received the “keys to the city” from his hometown of Greeleyville, South Carolina and his people came out in droves to support him.
With this being one of the greatest seasons in Sunday Best history, it was extremely hard for America to make a decision. However, the battle of the Young Bucks was won by none other than Joshua Rogers.
As I was getting ready for the final competition of BET Sunday Best Season 5, I was surfing the Sunday Best Facebook page and saw that a picture of Joshua “Young Buck” Rogers had been posted. Is this is a hint of who will win the epic battle between Joshua and Alexis Spight tonight?
There is no doubt that this has been one of the greatest gospel music competitions in a long time. With extraordinary talents like Pastor Michael Lampkin and “everybody’s favorite” Ashford Sanders going home, tonight’s episode of Sunday Best is all about the youth. At the tender age of 18, both Joshua Rogers and Alexis Spight are set to take the world of gospel music by storm.
This Sunday’s episode began with BET Sunday Best Season 4 Winner, Amber Bullock singing “Lord You Been So Good. “
Alexis Spight started the competition singing “And Yet I’m Still Saved” by Donald Lawrence. Her performance wasn’t as good as her previous outings, but she still did a great job at the end. All judges gave the songstress their stamp of approval.
Joshua Rogers performed “In the Middle” by Isaac Carree and the young man was awesome. Yolonda Adams told Joshua that he makes gospel music is cool, and the rest of the judges all agreed the “young buck” was destined for success if he maintained a level head.
VaShaun Mitchell started off the second half of tonight’s competition with his beautiful ballad “Turning Around For Me.” This one of the most powerful gospel performances of the year.
Johshua Rogers sung “Up Where We Belong” by BiBi and CiCi Winans. Joshua did a really great job but the judges thought it lacked his personality.
Alexis Spight sung “Imagine Me” by Kirk Franklin and this song allowed her to show her versatility. From rapping to singing high notes, Alexis really showed her talents tonight. Going into the commercial break, Alexis did a freestyle with Kirk Franklin that was crazy.
Tune in next week to see who will win Season 5 of BET’s Sunday Best.
Tonight’s Episode of BET Sunday Best found us down to the final four contestants, which included Joshua Rogers, Michael Lampkin, Alexis Spight and Danetra Moore. The special guests for this episode were the Clark Sisters and Kierra Sheard. After Sunday Best favorite Ashford Sanders departed last week, I was expecting the unexpected.
Danetra Moore was the first performer singing “Jesus Can Work It Out.” Danetra looked beautiful as usual, but it seemed to be something missing from her performance although all of the judges gave her praise.
Pastor Michael Lampkin blessed the stage as a he sang “Awesome God” by Fred Hammond. As usual, the Pastor’s performance was on point and his swag was at 100. Kirk Franklin and CiCi Winans loved his performance and they were wondering what he can’t do. Yolonda Adams and Donnie McClurkin enjoyed the young man as well.
Alexis Spight sung Sunday Best Coach Kim Burrell’s “Calvary” and the pressure was on. Alexis rose to the occasion and showed the world she is indeed Sunday’s Best. All of the judges gave their stamp of approval and they were amazed at how well the 18 year old sung her mentor’s song.
Joshua Rogers AKA Young Buck sung Detric Hatton’s “Well Done” so beautifully the angels in heaven were rejoicing. By Far, this was the most powerful performance of the night and the crowd responded. Donnie told Joshua that he has a serious anointing on his life. All Yolonda and CiCi said was well done.
Kierra Sheard blessed us with “Indescribable” and I was blown away by her performance. This was my first time seeing her perform and she is definitely the future of Gospel music.
At the end of the night, Pastor Michael Lampkin and Danetra Moore were sent home and the “Young Bucks” advance