In 1993 I went to a concert at the Bell Auditorium that revolutionized my life!  It was a John P. Kee concert.  It was a life changing moment for me.  I couldn’t help but watch the lady with the blond hair (don’t know her name- but I love hear her sing “I’ll Serve Him”). I loved the fact that they danced and did remixes to their songs using the Gap Band and all that stuff but I still felt the presence of the Lord in the room.

John P. Kee will always be my favorite singer and the New Life Community Choir will always have a special place in my heart.  His music was beyond it’s time and has continued throughout the years.  My children will listen to it and won’t be considered to be knowledgeable of gospel music until they have listened to every John P. Kee CD.. and trust me I have all of them!!!

Some of my favorite songs are “The Storm is Passing Over”, “Glory and Honor”, “Trading My Tomorrow” – the duet with Rance Allen, “I Won’t Leave You”, and “Show Up”.  I love the CD he recorded with Vanessa Bell Armstrong “The Secret Is Out” and John was making “love album music” long before there was a label on it.. If you listen to his duet with Vanessa Bell Armstrong (If I Had to Choose) on that CD, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

John P Kee made a permanent mark in my life with his music and he continues to amaze me!  He deserves all the honor that will be bestowed up him on Saturday with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stellar Awards.

Watch this video of an old school New Life moment!!! Whew! I love this one!!

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MARY J. BLIGE, ERYKAH BADU, JILL SCOTT, MELANIE FIONA, MARY MARY, ELLE VARNER, AND SHIRLEY CAESAR ADDED TO “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) 2011″ PERFORMANCE LINEUP –ALEK WEK, LA LA ANTHONY, TICHINA ARNOLD, AND SHARON LEAL JOIN CO-HOSTS TRACEE ELLIS ROSS AND REGINA KING AS PRESENTERS AT THE HISTORIC PARADISE THEATER BRONX, NY –Tape Date October 15, 2011 / Network Premiere November 6, 2011 at 8 P.M

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Supermodel Alek Wek, reality star La La Anthony, and actresses Tichina Arnold and Sharon Leal will join previously announced co-hosts, Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, as presenters for the second annual televised “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) 2011″ special. Dedicated to honoring exceptional women of color around the world who stand as inspirational and positive role models, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) 2011″ adds Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Melanie Fiona, Mary Mary, Elle Varner and Shirley Caesar as performers to help BET Networks and Beverly Bond, Founder and CEO of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM), celebrate the achievements of this year’s exceptional honorees. “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) 2011″ tapes October 15, 2011 at the historic Paradise Theater Bronx, NY and will make its network premiere on Sunday, November 6 at 8:00 P.M.*

The two-hour event will be a star-studded evening celebrating the strengths, triumphs and talents of Black women. This year’s much-deserving celebrants and award recipients include: Academy Award-nominee Taraji P. Henson – Star Power Award; political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis – Icon Award; gospel singer Shirley Caesar – Living Legend Award; actress and singer Tatyana Ali – Young, Black & Gifted Award; President of WNBA and former Girl Scouts USA executive Laurel J. Richie – Shot Caller Award; and The Rebecca Project for Human Rights co-founders Imani Walker and Malika Saada Saar – Trailblazer Awards.

The televised special, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) 2011″ is a BET Networks and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc. production. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) Founder and CEO, Beverly Bond executive produces the telecast along with Stephen Hill, President, Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks and Connie Orlando, Eugene Caldwell, Salli Frattini, BET Networks.

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About BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)

Founded by celebrity DJ and Philanthropist, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) is dedicated to promoting positive images of women of color in mass media. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls since 2006. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) Inc. seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and helping them to empower themselves. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM), visit www.blackgirlsrock.org .

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NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – Jun 8, 2011) – ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will honor multiple Grammy Award-winning gospel music duo Mary Mary with the prestigiousASCAP Golden Note Award during its 24th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will take place on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

The ASCAP Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, New Edition and Lionel Richie.

As previously announced, hip-hop impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs will be presented with ASCAP’s Founders Award, and the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2010 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts will be honored at the awards ceremony. Top awards will be given to the Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song. The evening will also feature performances by several award-winning songwriters/performers.

Ever since siblings Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell emerged onto the music scene, the chart-topping sister act has never wavered from defying convention to fulfill its mission: sending uplifting messages through music and words that are relatable to everyone. The success of the pair’s Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning debut album, “Thankful,” was due in large part to the pioneering crossover hit “Shackles (Praise You)” and to the work of songwriter/producer Warryn Campbell (husband of Erica).

The duo’s “Heaven,” “The Real Party” and “Yesterday” were all best-selling singles from their self-titled album “Mary Mary” (2005), which peaked at # 8 on the Billboard 200. A 2006 holiday release won additional acclaim, but it was Mary Mary’s “The Sound” (2008) that sparked their greatest mainstream success to date, bowing at #7 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, as well as garnering numerous awards for the album and for its record-breaking single “God In Me.” Eleven years after the recording debut of Mary Mary — having earned seven Stellar Awards, seven Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award and numerous ASCAP Awards, including Top Gospel Song of the Year for “Heaven” in 2006 — the duo sound just as innovative and committed on their sixth album, “Something Big,” which was released earlier this year. After only nine weeks at radio, the lead single, “Walking,” has strolled into the top 10 at Urban AC and continues to grow.

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