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On The Mend

On Friday, July 23, 2010, gospel recording artist and worship leader Darwin Hobbs was released from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had been hospitalized for over a week and treated for blood clots in his lungs and legs. This was in no way something Traci and I expected to walk through, but indeed we are walking through it,” said Darwin.  “We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers, calls, emails, tweets, flowers and visits.  The fact is I developed blood clots; the truth is that the blood of Jesus never loses its power and it never clots. I am so excited about all God has planned for my future. The lyrics of many of the songs I sing have new meaning today. ‘God Restores’ is not only a song I sing, but it is the story of my life. He has restored my life to me. This temporary pain was the hallway to the door of my next dimension of powerful ministry.”

On the Move

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) said it was taking a “bold step” Tuesday in hosting the next Dove Awards in a place outside of Nashville for the first time. It’s partnership with the Gospel Music Channel (GMC), the GMA said it was hosting the 42nd Annual Dove Awards on Apr. 20, 2011, in Atlanta, where GMC is headquartered. For the past three years, the Dove Awards have been televised live by GMC after decades of being syndicated and later shown on tape. Aside from GMC, Atlanta is also home to many of the Christian music industry’s biggest names, including Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Bishop Paul Morton, and Canton Jones, among others.

Bishop Paul Morton- “I Need Thee”

The Top 5 Gospel albums this Week

#1 Marvin Sapp- “Here I am”

#2 Fred Hammond – “Various”

#3 Various Artists “Wow Gospel”

#4 Hezekiah Walker- “Souled Out”

#5 Trip Lee- “Between Two Worlds”


Following the great success of last year’s inaugural conference, Relevé Entertainment announced today that THE MERGE SUMMIT 2010 will return to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, August 26 through Saturday, August 28, 2010.  THE MERGE SUMMIT’s founder, Dr. Holly Carter, serves as chairperson and Robi Reed as co-chairperson of the event.  The three-day conference integrates faith and entertainment and provides a platform and educational forum for men and women of faith to interface and partner with executives and talent in the entertainment industry from New York to Hollywood. The multifaceted program will cover the spectrum of music, television, film, content, development, production, and management.  General and focused breakout sessions are designed to educate and empower attendees in their respective fields.  The Summit will also feature keynote addresses, presentations, and interactive panel discussions.  Throughout the event, actors, directors, producers, writers, and industry executives will share insights and give feedback, as well as lend inspiration for the individual journey. For additional information and registration for the event, please visit