Entries tagged with “American Gospel Quartet Convention”.

Congrats! Blind, Speechless, Deaf, Wheelchair HONOREESFebruary is Black History Month – when we as a nation recognize the contributions of a people who have labored, served and sacrificed for this country and the world. The book of Isaiah fell in my spirit…which is where we learn about how to travel through the valleys of judgment, yet gain the privilege of walking along the road of redemption…This is our history, this is our life as we live it today…This is Mama Tena’s life each and every day!

Mama Tena is a blind lady in Drummonds, TN who has been promoting various programs and events for several years. This lady lives on a fixed income; budgets out her tithes, house payment, utility payments, furniture payment, food expenses for the month – and squeezes every dime she gets each month to meet her obligations and host a Family Dinner the first Sunday of each month. Yet, she manages to sponsor events for the Volunteer Fire Fighters, an Annual Black History Event program, appreciation musicals for her church Musicians, a small Voice Children’s Choir (ensuring that they are uniformed with robes), annual toy and coat drives, etc. It has amazed me what all this “blind lady” has done, with literally nothing, over the few years I’ve had the privilege of knowing her.

Mama Tena Mebane Alexander is her name. This lady has inspired me and countless other folks in her community and throughout the state of Tennessee to at least be more “kind” and “giving” to each other. She has a network of supporters; the community doctors, teachers, lawyers, church clerks, area Pastors, elected officials, and many others, all respond when “Mama Tena” calls them to help with whatever program or event she is coordinating. Two years ago, she was recognized nationally by the American Gospel Quartet Convention as a Woman Of Influence. She cried so many tears of joy that night – the entire audience felt how humble she was…She is an amazing lady, and I am honored to call her my friend….

With that being said – The Lord touched my spirit and planted an idea in my heart…I made a few calls to artists I’ve worked with in the Memphis area, and as a result the following is going to happen in honor of Mama Tena Mebane Alexander, and 14 other people in her small town and surrounding communities of Drummonds, Brighton and Millington, Tennessee.

On Friday, February 10, 2012 -there is going to be a “Celebration of Love” event held in Mama Tena’s honor, which will also recognize 14 other people in her community that are also blind, wheelchair bound, speechless or deaf . This event is FREE and open to the public, and will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church,98 Kenwood Avenue, Brighton, TN where Rev. Darrell K. Rozell is Pastor. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Scheduled to be there to celebrate these community servants are some of Memphis’ greatest artists – Mr. George Dean of the Gospel Four, The Bell Singers and Rev. Melvin Rodgers of New Bethel Baptist Church and a member of the Memphis Harmonizers.

Tena does not permit her blindness to stop her from pursuing the vision that God has placed in her heart – to “serve” her community – and now is the time for the community to say “Thank You”!

By: Dr. Ella Mahmoud

2012 New Year's CelebrationThere are programs that happen each year that you can actually plan your quartet gospel calendar around. For instance, anyone involved with quartet gospel know that on the First Sunday in October, all roads lead to Augusta for The Swanee Quintet’s Anniversary. And, for over 30 years the Blockbuster Showdown has taken place in Florence, South Carolina during the first part of March. Likewise, each valentine weekend, quartet gospel enthusiasts journey to Albany, Georgia, for the Family Reunion Fest. Don’t forget the Mississippi Burning near the end of May. The Burning has been a mainstay on the Gospel Quartet concert calender for over 27 years.

And, of course there is the American Gospel Quartet Convention held the third (3rd) week of January in Birmingham, Alabama. This will be the twentieth (20th) year for the Convention. The “2012 AGQC will exhibit a strong atmosphere with a mixture of church and music industry presentations, seminars, record company showcases, special luncheon, and powerful preaching.”

Another annual event is the New Year’s Day program sponsored by Loretta Coleman in Columbia, South Carolina. January 1, 2012, will be the twelfth (12th) year for the program. The 2012 program is headlined by Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites. Joining the Doctor will be The Fantastic Violinaires, The Sensational Nightingales, The Legendary Singing Stars, Lil’ David & The Bells Of Joy, Lil’ Sonny & The Peacemakerz, Faithful, Rev. Mathew Mickens & The New Highway Travelers, and God’s Bless.

What a FANTASTIC way to begin the new year.

The Windy City SpiritualaireS BLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT!

Today we spotlight The Windy City SpiritualaireS of Chicago, Illinois, who are also known simply as “The SpiritualaireS”.  This group features the talents of Pastors and Ministers. The members are Pastor Anthony Spencer, Pastor Tyrone Lindsey, Minister Bobby Webster and Pastor Jonathan Tucker.

They have been performing and sharing their ministry coast to coast together since 1998. They were recognized as one of “The Nation’s New-Wave Top Five Selling Quartets” by The Gospel Music Industry Round-Up.

The Windy City SpiritualaireS have been able to maintain a very busy touring schedule. They have traveled and they still continue to travel across the country to minister in song at many churches, major venues and prestigious events.

The Windy City SpiritualaireS latest recording Live In-Bama was one of the top selling Gospel Quartet releases in 2000. The project was a “Live” recording that took place during the American Gospel Quartet Convention. Special guest artists appearing on the project included Willie Clayton, Minister Teddy Cross, Mary McLaurine-Glover, Big Joe Patton, and Evangelist Chequita Lumzy. In 1998, the group also released a project as “The SpiritualaireS” that received rave reviews. The project was entitled Change In My Life. It is a collection of several hits also written and arranged by Rev. Lindsey, Pastor Tucker, and Pastor Spencer including the very popular title track along with “Make A Change” featuring Minister Teddy Cross, “Pay Attention,” “What A Time” and the inspirational “Your Blessin’ Is Comin’”. This project earned them many National awards, nominations, and accolades.

The group is currently making preparations for a new release and several members of the group have solo projects in the works as well.

This youthful group deserves to be spotlighted as we celebrate Black Music Month.