SoulProsper Radio is live!

wpid-2014-05-22-03.18.49.jpeg.jpegOver the last few months I’ve been working to try and incorporate the SoulProsper Radio show format into an internet based playlist format.

About a month ago,  it all came to fruition. It wasn’t perfect, but good enough for me to consider finally sharing it with everyone.

So, here it is for all to see…the all new and improved SoulProsperRadio.

Listen in on your way to work, listen at your desk, listen on the way home and on your way to bed. I’ve found some great music I want you to hear and I’ve made it available all time of day or night.

Additionally, I’ve added some syndicated shows for you to enjoy. Some local and some national shows complete the lineup of affiliated programs airing on SP Radio.

The SP Radio show is still in production and is available on its affiliates as regularly scheduled.

The easiest way for you to enjoy SP Radio, the channel is to visit our site. There’s a player embedded right there on the home page.

www.spradioshow.com

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Eddie James at the Fresh Fire Conference this week in Grand Prairie

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Eddie James will be at the Word of Peace International Church for the Fresh Fire Conference this Tuesday and Wednesday. James will bring a fresh anointing and holy fire to the Grand Prairie ministry to ‘shift’ you to a higher place in the Lord. You may know James from his breakout hit with the Phoenix Mass Choir (You’ve Been So Faithful)or his praise and worship breakout smash ”Freedom”. James has been successful catering to both traditional gospel and Contemporary Christian audiences.

He’s proven to be a true servant of the Lord and has shown his heart for ministry and the restoration of God’s people. Meet James each night at 7 pm, details are provided on the flyer!

What is SHIFT?
We are all designed for a perfectly individualized destiny.  Psalmist, Worship Leader, Songwriter EDDIE JAMES has been exquisitely positioned by God as a global leader of praise and worship. Through his music and ministry, he has poured into the lives of countless people around the world leading them into a deep and passionate walk with the Lord. 

Starting his musical career with a top ten charting debut release, HIGHER (with The Phoenix Mass Choir), Eddie is credited to recording seventeen life inspiring projects.  Three of those projects hit the Top Billboard Charts simultaneously last year.  Through each project, the fervent psalmist has grown spiritually and musically further providing the listener with an abundance of powerful worship and incredible praise.

Eddie’s new release SHIFT, (with Ultimate Call), is his latest offering of spirited, poignantly penned, universally engaging worship music.  SHIFT is being released as a double CD and is available on Amazon.com now and will be in stores and online everywhere September 27.  

The SHIFT set includes FIRE (disc 1) and AWAKENING (disc 2). “You can’t have an Awakening without Fire, so I decided to release these projects together to Shift culture and bring a new sound to the earth,” says Eddie.

This collection features his new Christian and Gospel Radio single “I Love You”, which is steadily rising up the BDS Gospel Radio Chart.  

Through his Atlanta based Eddie James Ministries, established in 1993, Eddie conveys strong and essential messages dealing with the most insistent issues: drugs, violence, pre-marital sex, racism, dysfunctional families and the aftermath of an un-fathered generation.  

He is also the founder of Fresh Wine Records, Fresh Wine Publishing, Fresh Wine Productions, and DreamLife which is a recovery program that restores troubled youth and young adults.

Eddie James continues to embark on world-wide music ministry efforts.  Through his rigorous schedule of live music events, church worship services and television appearances, Eddie’s passion for touching the heart of God and guiding people into His presence impacts people of numerous nations and cultures, which is Eddie’s mission and God ordained destiny.

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Eddie James will be at the Word of Peace International Church for the Fresh Fire Conference this Tuesday and Wednesday. James will bring a fresh anointing and holy fire to the Grand Prairie ministry to ‘shift’ you to a higher place in the Lord. You may know James from his breakout hit with the Phoenix Mass Choir (You’ve Been So Faithful)or his praise and worship breakout smash ”Freedom”. James has been successful catering to both traditional gospel and Contemporary Christian audiences.

He’s proven to be a true servant of the Lord and has shown his heart for ministry and the restoration of God’s people. Meet James each night at 7 pm, details are provided on the flyer!

What is SHIFT?
We are all designed for a perfectly individualized destiny.  Psalmist, Worship Leader, Songwriter EDDIE JAMES has been exquisitely positioned by God as a global leader of praise and worship. Through his music and ministry, he has poured into the lives of countless people around the world leading them into a deep and passionate walk with the Lord. 

Starting his musical career with a top ten charting debut release, HIGHER (with The Phoenix Mass Choir), Eddie is credited to recording seventeen life inspiring projects.  Three of those projects hit the Top Billboard Charts simultaneously last year.  Through each project, the fervent psalmist has grown spiritually and musically further providing the listener with an abundance of powerful worship and incredible praise.

Eddie’s new release SHIFT, (with Ultimate Call), is his latest offering of spirited, poignantly penned, universally engaging worship music.  SHIFT is being released as a double CD and is available on Amazon.com now and will be in stores and online everywhere September 27.  

The SHIFT set includes FIRE (disc 1) and AWAKENING (disc 2). “You can’t have an Awakening without Fire, so I decided to release these projects together to Shift culture and bring a new sound to the earth,” says Eddie.

This collection features his new Christian and Gospel Radio single “I Love You”, which is steadily rising up the BDS Gospel Radio Chart.  

Through his Atlanta based Eddie James Ministries, established in 1993, Eddie conveys strong and essential messages dealing with the most insistent issues: drugs, violence, pre-marital sex, racism, dysfunctional families and the aftermath of an un-fathered generation.  

He is also the founder of Fresh Wine Records, Fresh Wine Publishing, Fresh Wine Productions, and DreamLife which is a recovery program that restores troubled youth and young adults.

Eddie James continues to embark on world-wide music ministry efforts.  Through his rigorous schedule of live music events, church worship services and television appearances, Eddie’s passion for touching the heart of God and guiding people into His presence impacts people of numerous nations and cultures, which is Eddie’s mission and God ordained destiny.

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2014 Gospel Music Grammy Nominations are released, celebrate with your favorite artists

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Each year, gospel artists and listeners have the opportunity to see their favorite artists celebrated on the biggest awards stage, the Grammy Awards. This year was a year of change in the music industry favoring the long held buying and listening trends of gospel listeners. 

This change, which now brings consideration to trends such as youtube views and singles downloads aim to highlight a long forgotten industry that has for years been uninvited to professional music’s biggest party. When was the last time you saw gospel music awarded during the main show? Expect to see that trend change as well in the coming years. Gospel/Christian music is another genre left to the early afternoon Pre-Awards Show. 

Here is the list of this year’s gospel categories and nominees. Who do you think will win? I’ve included my pick with each category. Who’s your pick?? Share it with SMG today! 
For more information about this year’s awards ceremony, visit Grammy.com today!

BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Tasha Cobbs- Break Every Chain [Live]
Grace [Live]
Label: EMI Gospel/ Motown Gospel

Natalie Grant- Hurricane
Label: Curb Records

Matt Maher- Lord, I Need You
 All The People Said Amen [Live]
Label: Essential Records

Mandisa- Overcomer
 Overcomer
Label: Sparrow Records

Tye Tribbett- If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]
Greater Than [Live]
Label: Motown Gospel

 

BEST GOSPEL SONG

Deitrick Haddon- Have Your Way
Calvin Frazier & Deitrick Haddon, songwriters 
Label: RCA Inspiration; Publishers: Deitrick Vaughn Haddon Publishing/Calvin Frazier Publishing

Tye Tribbett- If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]
Tye Tribbett, songwriter 
Track from: Greater Than [Live]
Label: Motown Gospel; Publisher: Everything Fresh Entertainment LLC

Charlie Wilson- If I Believe
Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters 
Track from: Love, Charlie
Label: RCA Records / P Music Group Inc.; Publishers: Nephew Wirlie Music/EMI Music Publishing/Pacific Coast Pirate Publishing/Mamas Pebbly Publishing

Erica Campbell- A Little More Jesus
Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters 
Label: My Block Inc / Eone Music; Publishers: That’s Plum Song-EMI April/It’s Tea Tyme-EMI April/Campbell Kids

Percy Bady Featuring Lowell Pye- Still
Percy Bady, songwriter 
Track from: Kingdom Inspirations
Label: Maranatha! Music/K-Bizz Ent.; Publisher: Kingdom Bizz Songs BMI

 

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG

Natalie Grant- Hurricane
Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant & Cindy Morgan, songwriters 
Label: Curb Records; Publishers: SeeSee Bubba Songs/Tunes Of R And T Direct/Razor & Tie Music Publishing, LLC/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Forest For The Trees Music/Checkpointchicky Music/Seems Like Music/Music Services

Steven Curtis Chapman- Love Take Me Over
Steven Curtis Chapman, songwriter 
Track from: The Glorious Unfolding
Label: Reunion Records; Publishers: Chappy Campers Music/Primary Wave/Wizen Music

Mandisa- Overcomer
David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters 
Track from: Overcomer
Label: Sparrow Records; Publishers: Ariose Music/9T One Songs/Meaux Mercy/LarryDavid Music/Capitol CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/D Soul Music

Tobymac- Speak Life
Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Ryan Stevenson, songwriters 
Track from: Eye On It
Label: Forefront Records; Publishers: Achtober Songs/EMI CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/Songs Of Emack/Jamnu Music/Hole-Steen Music

Chris Tomlin- Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)
Ed Cash, Scott Cash & Chris Tomlin, songwriters 
Track from: Burning Lights
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: Sixsteps Songs/Worship Together Music/A Thousand Generations Publishing/EMI CMG Publishing/Alletrop Music/McTyeire Music

 

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

Grace [Live]
Tasha Cobbs
Label: EMI Gospel/ Motown Gospel

Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 [Live]
Donald Lawrence
Label: Quietwater Entertainment/EOne

Best Days Yet
Bishop Paul S. Morton
Label: Tehillah Music Group/EOne

God Chaser [Live]
William Murphy
Label: RCA Inspiration/ Verity Gospel Music Group

Greater Than [Live]
Tye Tribbett
Label: Motown Gospel

 

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM

We Won’t Be Shaken
Building 429
Label: Essential Records

All The People Said Amen [Live]
Matt Maher
Label: Essential Records

Overcomer
Mandisa
Label: Sparrow Records

Your Grace Finds Me (Live)
Matt Redman
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Burning Lights
Chris Tomlin
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Alone time with God (The Rob Mercer Story)

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Life can be a rat race.  Job, family, church and other responsibilities can fill our days, and sometimes, even the most dedicated Christian can skip time with God.  But what are we missing when we miss our time with God?  Gospel artist Rob Mercer understands the value of being alone with God.  It’s during those times that he senses the presence of God the most.
 
“I’ll never forget the time I left Norfolk, VA in route to Washington, DC with a plan to catch up on my favorite sports talk radio shows the entire drive,” recounts Rob. “I made a quick stop by 7-11 to pick up a bottle of water and some snacks and headed toward Highway 64. Somewhere between 7-11 and Highway 64, I began to enjoy the silence and serenity that engulfed the automobile. I began to think about how God has truly enriched my life. I thought about how that day had been full of blessings at the church where I ministered. I thought about the wonderful family that He had chosen for me during this life. Then I thought about the scripture in Joshua 1 where He tells us if we meditate on His word day and night, we’ll have good success. Before I knew it, my alone time with God had lasted over 3 hours and I was pulling up in my driveway still without a clue of what was going on in the sports world.”
There are things that we can only experience with God when we are by ourselves, far away from the hustle and bustle of life.  It’s during those still and quiet times – when God has our undivided attention – that He can speak to us.
Rob says, “I’ve realized that every major move of God has happened when I was alone with Him. Now there have been some powerful and amazing times in fellowship with family, friends and the body of Christ. But it was in the alone time that He called me into ministry. It was in the alone time that He told me to lay hands on myself and I found healing for a pain in my leg that had lasted over a year. It was also in the alone time that He freed me from the indignity and anguish of going through a divorce. Not to mention, the songs and sermons that He has given me over the years that continue to bless people week in and week out.”
Rob’s alone times with God have also helped him to realize that it’s God alone who has total and complete authority over his life – although sometimes that’s not readily apparent.  In this world, it’s easy to believe that man has ultimate power.  Man has thrived on power since the beginning of time.  Countries, politicians, militaries, and even celebrities wield it at a whim and those who have it can’t seem to get enough of it.  But does man really possess power?  With one hurricane, tornado or flood, man’s illusion of power is shattered and he finds himself looking up to the true power source.
 
Mercer understands that God alone is in control.  The up-and-coming singer-songwriter recently released a new song called, “God Alone”.  A soft and pensive tune, “God Alone”, reminds the listener of the autonomy of God.  The song’s lyrics speak of the amazing command He has over the universe: “Completely sovereign, absolute rule, director of all things, none compares to you, unlimited power, ancient of days, exclusive authority, we don’t have a say; You are God alone.”
 
The modern-day psalm is perfect to sing during those intimate times with God.  The song, a track on Rob’s debut release, The Photo Album, is one of the highlights of the new CD.  The single, already soaring up the BDS Gospel Charts, has a complementary concept video showcasing Rob during his alone times with God.
 
For Mercer, it’s in those alone times with the Lord, where he finds direction.  It’s in those times he’s learned how to inspire others.  “I have realized that I’m never alone,” says Mercer.  “I have a God who never leaves me nor forsakes me. He is an omnipresent God who is with us at all times. When you can’t see His hand or understand His ways, you may think He’s deserted you, but what the alone time teaches us is that Isaiah 55:8 is right: ‘His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways'”. 

…It Takes One to Know One!

Yesterday, thinking about baby John leaping in his mother’s womb as Mary approached (newly impregnated with Jesus). Immediately, I (and a few friends) kicked around a few reasons why this occurred. All of us are astute bible readers so we had many stock answers as to why it was. One even shared a preposterous theory (that I won’t share) that someone even said to them!

All in all, we came BACK to the original conclusion that we have heard in church all these years. The forerunner greeted the Anointed One. The Spirit took me deeper in that. How did he know it was Jesus? Well, it was told Zacharias that John would be filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb. Being filled with the Spirit in the womb, John knew who Jesus FULLY was even as an embryo (notice-it’s not recorded that Jesus returned the salutation)!

This brings me to this conclusion: If we fast forward a few years, we’ll see that John sounded the alarm that Jesus was coming! John (though receiving great attention and even having his own disciples) turned the world’s attention to the savior (his cousin). The connection (in ministry) was present before the two of them were even born!

John didn’t live to see Jesus’ ministry fully but their encounter culminated in the Jordan River. John rebuffed Jesus’ request for him to baptize Him, later agreeing to. After John baptized Jesus a dove descended and the Lord spoke saying: “This is my son in whom I am well pleased”. At that time, Jesus was made known to all mankind that He was the son of God. John resisted the pleas from the people to rise up and ‘keep’ those who would leave to follow Jesus, instead he retorted: “He must increase, but I must decrease…”

What does that mean to us today?

It shows that John recognized that the savior of all mankind was on His way! John himself was assigned to do a mighty work, and his ‘greeting’ can be seen as so much of an indicator as to how these two would change the world!

Simply put, “It Takes One to Know One”! On the issue of world changers, many of us are surrounded by those who will never grow to do anything beyond normal! John’s ministry cost him his life, Jesus ministry was to give His life! How many of us could look around us and say that we are connected to world changers or people of greatness? Many of us innocently aspire to be great but fall short for a number of reasons! Even more astoundingly, we fail to realize our place in another’s greatness! John was Jesus’ forerunner only! He constantly reminded the people of that when they sought to remove him to a greater destiny!

It also takes strong discipline to realize that your greatness is only laying the groundwork for another’s! Had John been lax in foretelling Jesus’ coming and work, the world may have turned before Jesus even had a chance to assume His natural course on earth!Never underestimate your ‘great’ place in another’s greatness! Destiny is for all people. We are not all destined to the same end but we can’t forfeit our place out of envy for another’s!

Be thankful for those that see who you are and line up according to it! It may be friends at school, a coworker on the job, maybe even your spouse/family. These people are secure enough to not only celebrate you but prepare the world for you!

Isn’t it amazing that there are people placed in the world to get the world ready for you? Amazingly, these people aren’t too shabby either! People of note, whose influence only opens the door wider for people to find out about the great things God has placed in you! Are you a world changer? A community changer? A workplace changer? A school changer? Or are you the one paving the way for them? Whichever you are, do it with all the strength you have! There’s no room for arrogance, just a will and purpose carefully honed in on what your place in the world is!

How monumental it is that the two encountered each other before even stepping foot on the earth (womb to womb). Clearly, in regards to greatness…It Takes One to Know One!!!!