Generation Z’s favorite gospel singer, Zacardi Cortez, has dropped his third album and he aims for it to touch every generation. “There’s something for everyone,” he says.  Imprint (Live in Memphis) (ZetRoc / Black Smoke Music Worldwide) is the Houston native’s most poignant, personal project yet and the first for his own ZetRoc label. “This […]

Stellar Award Winner James Fortune stopped by to see The Belle and shared news that he was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in two categories.  Fortune is in Richmond, VA for the third stop on the United As One Tour that also features VaShawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard, Zacardy Cortez and the UniversSoul Circus announcer […]

Houston, TX — Grammy Award nominee, James Fortune named Number 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Best of 2012 Gospel Songs/Artists Year-End list.   His current release IDENTITY was recognized at Number 5 on both the Best of 2012 Gospel Albums/Artists and Best of 2012 Best Gospel Album lists; with his hit single “Still Able” at Number 8 […]

Nashville, TN — Following a successful year and best-selling albums, James Fortune and Jessica Reedy are planning to hit the road this November and December for a special holiday tour.  The limited run event will feature new music from Fortune’s recently released Christmas album, GRACE GIFT as well as songs from both artists collection of […]

Hot off the heels of their successful fourth album, Identity, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A. are set to release their first ever Christmas album, GRACE GIFT on October 16th. GRACE GIFT is a must-have addition to your Christmas collection and offers 12-tracks of original tunes and Christmas favorites. Kicking off this beloved holiday in a fun, […]

Houston, TX — James Fortune has issued the following statement:   I recently became aware of a civil suit pending against my wife, Cheryl Fortune and I, for an incident that occurred in 2001 involving my stepson. There was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved in 2003. Since that time, my family and […]

Blacksmoke Music Worldwide CEO, Kerry Douglas, has done it “one more time” like he’s been doing it for over a decade now. Back in 2000 he gave Evelyn Turrentine Agee her biggest hit ever with “God Did It” – the most played gospel radio hit of that year. Then, he made quartet cool with Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson’s hits like “Let […]

The contemporary gospel quartet known as The Brown Boyz is back on the scene with their first new CD in three years, “Evolution” (*Blacksmoke Music).  The third album of their two-decade career is in stores now and the inspiring new single, “Better Dayz,” is currently #33 on the national gospel radio airplay charts and climbing. It’s an urban-flavored tune, featuring the Virginia-based […]

Earnest Pugh leads crows in Praise and Worship Petersburg, VA – Gospel recoding artist Earnest Pugh, VSU Gospel Chorale, St. Paul’s Baptist Church Voices of Vision and Larry Bland & The Volunteer Choir delivered an awesome concert for the kick off of Virginia State University Homecoming Gospel Extravaganza in the Daniel Gymnasium on Virginia State […]

By Sheilah Belle Memphis, TN – Over the weekend, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital rolled out the red carpet for radio announcers across the country.  The goal was to talk about the many goals of the research hospital and the important roll the radio announcer’s play in helping to raise money during their yearly nationwide […]

by Sheilah Belle Washington, DC — For four weeks in a row now, popular Gospel crooner Earnest Pugh has reigned on the charts.  The Black Smoke/EPM Music Group artist is celebrating his song, “I Need Your Glory”, as it continues to sit at the top spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Songs chart.  It’s a […]

(Earnest Pugh stops by to see The Belle during the VA GAG Anniversary over the weekend) Washington, DC — Earnest Pugh’s blessings just keep coming.  The “I Need Your Glory” gospel singer has experienced phenomenal success from the track.  Recently soaring back to the top spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Songs, the song has […]