Written By: Kris Patrick on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Powerhouse vocalist Kim Person premieres the official music video for her current radio single “Wonderful.” Shot in HD by video producer Christopher Bailey, “Wonderful” can be viewed on her Youtube channel.
“Wonderful” is the lead single lifted off of Kim Person’s latest effort JOURNEY 2.0 [EP], which was released on October 1, 2021. Produced by Phillip Bryant, the 5-track EP peaked at No.7 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (maintained top 30 positions for 7+ weeks), made a debut appearance on Billboard’s all-genre Top Album Sales chart, and on the Billboard 2021 Year-End Top Gospel Album chart, at the #49 position.
Written By: Kris Patrick on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
Mary Mary, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond Share Condolences
Shawn McLemore listened to the audible words of his wife Rhonda McLemore one last time, and acknowledged her with a single tear. Then the balladeer that meant so much to people around the world took his last breath. The final words spoken by Rhonda were, “Your daughter will be alright.. REST!” And then he let go.
Known to those closest to him as Shawn Mac, McLemore was a local Houston legend that was respected in many circles around the world. It’s been said that his vocal range was one of the purest in the Gospel industry. Able to hold and manipulate notes with clarity few have ever done before.
Shawn is survived by his wife and fellow Gospel singer Rhonda McLemore along with their daughter ShaRon McLemore. The pair took to social media to clear up his cause of death and announce funeral services taking place in Houston, Texas. You can watch that video below, and get funeral instructions at the end of the article.
“Mary Mary” singer Erica Campbell posted on Instagram about her relationship with Shawn McLemore. Says Campbell:
John P. Kee flew down to Houston to visit McLemore during his final days and said this about the encounter and photo opportunity captured below.
Fred Hammond was brief with his comments while posting a video of Shawn McLemore’s vocals on the hit song “I Believe” sung with James Fortune and Zacardi Cortez. Says Hammond,
The tributes are coming in by the thousands, but some people are still wondering who he is, and why all their favorite Gospel artists respect him, and they’ve never heard of him? The answer to that shines a light on a testimony that was full of miracles, God’s favor, and persistence.
THE EARLY DAYS
Shawn Mac did not get famous overnight. His road to Gospel success was full of hard times when he could have gotten bitter but chose to stay humble and in his own lane. In the mid-90’s he started drawing comparisons to the legendary John P. Kee, and Verity Records signed the artist hoping to repeat the success they just had after prying John P. Kee away from Tyscot Records.
Shawn McLemore’s first solo release was in 1997 titled, “Wait on Him” and this placed McLemore on Billboard magazineGospel Albums chart. His second album came 10 years later in 2007 and was titled, “Sunday Morning: The Live Experience” This album marked a new partnership with Black Smoke/Worldwide Music founder and recent Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Kerry Douglas. A relationship that would prove pivotal in Shawn’s later years. But still, McLemore’s album Sunday Morning was not a chart-topper, but it was anointed. The third album was, Stand: The Shawn Mac Project, released in 2010 by Black Smoke Music alongside Worldwide Music, and this album did not chart as well.
After a series of average sales McLemore continued to stay on his God given PATH. Winning over audiences one guest appearance at a time. Church after Church, with little televised appearances. Shawn Mac didn’t care if he performed in a white-wood country church with 25 members in it or a mega church with 10,000 members; He still sung his heart out every time. Something I witnessed personally in my coverage of him as publisher of PATH MEGAzine.
Hoping for another chance at a solo album, McLemore continued to network and sing on everyone else’s album. He sang background for Donnie McClurkin, arranged vocals for upcoming artists, and played piano as minister of music for more churches than I can count in the Houston area. McLemore just loved to worship! He cared little about notoriety and cared only about leaving it all out on the sanctuary floor every single Sunday for the glory of God.
THE HEART ATTACK
Then it happened. 11 Years ago, the singer would suffer a major heart attack that doctors said gave the singer a one percent chance of recovery. Shawn McLemore said in a later interview that his wife Rhonda bought oil to the hospital against the medical staff’s wishes and prayed over him while he laid unconscious. The singer would soon wake up with all his brain function in-tact, and Shawn would go to work on his fourth and final album, “The One Percent Miracle.” (Released in 2011 by Black Smoke/World-Wide Music.)
This time the passion project went somewhere, but more than anything it re-energized the singer and reminded him to leave it all on the table for God. McLemore told Path MEGAzine in 2010, “I used to be part of the crowd that heard what God can do, but now I’m part of the crowd that knows what God can do. And he’s a healer!”
Around the time this was all going on, McLemore teamed up with James Fortune and Zacardi Cortez for the hit song that would take all of them to heights few Gospel artists reach. Singing the ballad to Christian and secular television audiences alike, the song would reach the hearts and minds of many.
Shawn wrote many songs for himself and other artists; engineered songs, conducted choirs, musical stage plays, sang background and guest featured on dozens of projects. But when he took the mic, there was never visible signs of nervousness; no quiver in his vocals. This was a man that was doing what God told him to do. Just look how he stepped into this song (below) with John P. Kee, who was one of Gospel’s all-time best sellers at this point in time. No hesitation, just the anointing flowing all over him.
Shawn Mac would eventually suffer another heart attack and make it through it again. But years after the second heart attack, his heart began to fail, affecting other organs in the body.
So, who was Shawn McLemore? Album sales and fandom can’t begin to describe what Erica Campbell wrote in the aforementioned quote. McLemore was genuine and built people up and brought out the best in them. The end result led to more souls being saved. He was a father, he was a husband, he was a talented artist, and he was also my friend. My God time is short… To those people who have read this far, I encourage you to do exactly what Shawn did and be a testimony about the goodness of God. Run at your own pace but finish your race! Shawn Mac, you finished your race brother. Rest well. Until we meet again.
Kris Patrick – Path MEGAzine (Publisher)
Have more time to worship? Check out Shawn McLemore’s Interview with Path MEGAzine in 2010 where he tells his testimony.
Written By: Kris Patrick on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Some albums are destined for a certain time. After several years of evolution and change in her life, Grammy® Award-Winning Artist, NAACP Image® Award-Winning Actress, Songwriter, and Producer, Tamela Mann, is set to release her new Tillymann Music album, Overcomer, through The Orchard Distribution on Friday, August 6. There is a new sense of authority and urgency in Tamela’s music now; she has lived these songs and is ready to share the strength and purpose she has found.
Propelled by the singer’s strong, passionate vocals, and her newfound voice as a songwriter, each of the 12 tracks on Overcomer was conceived to bring healing and hope to a world resetting after a tumultuous chapter in its history. There is plenty to unpack from a lyrical standpoint, and Tamela is at the writing helm on most of the songs.
“I poured my experiences into the lyrics, putting my heart and soul into the words on this album,” Tamela says. “It’s me looking at my life and the things I was dealing with, trying to learn from those things, and doing what I can to overcome them.”
Overcomer may be Tamela’s best work to date. Each song stands on its own as a masterful production. The album was executive produced by Tamela and her husband, Music Producer and NAACP Image® Award-Winning Actor/Comedian, David Mann, with production quarterbacked by a cadre of all-star producers and writers. Special guests include Kirk Franklin and Wyclef Jean on the stand-out track melding R&B, reggae, rap, and gospel, “Hello God;” Todd Dulaney on the worshipful “Finished Work;” Travis Green, the co-writer and producer of the anthemic “Finished;” and The Fellas, on her current single, “Help Me.” “Touch From You,” the debut single from the album, added to Tamela’s bank of personal bests; the track was her seventh No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. “Source” and “He Did It For Me” are two other standouts. Says Tamela of the inspiration behind the lyrics for them both: “God is the source and my go-to when I’m lost. I can’t do anything without Him, and I never want to try to.”
Overcomer is the latest accomplishment and centerpiece in Tamela’s busy career. In Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living (BET+), she reprises her role as “Cora,” which she originated in Perry’s successful “Madea” plays, films, and hit television show, Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. She and David released their first book and joint album, the NAACP Image® Award-winning Us Against the World. She is starring in two upcoming films: the Tyler Perry “Madea” movie coming to Netflix and Soul Santa airing this Christmas on BET, which she executive produced with David. Tamela also launched her own successful athleisure apparel line, the Tamela Mann Collection (tamelamann.com). The line has become a popular staple in the athleisure apparel space.
Tamela has always created art that encourages people and draws them closer to their faith. Her hit-laden music career includes such memorable songs as “Change Me,” “God Provides,” and the unforgettable, No. 1 Platinum-selling classic, “Take Me to the King.” Tamela has earned numerous accolades. In addition to scoring a Grammy®, she is a BET Award winner, Billboard Music Award winner, and multiple Gospel Music Stellar Award, NAACP Image® Award, and GMA Dove Award winner.
“I love butterflies. I feel like I’m coming out of the cocoon again, energized and on fire,” says Tamela, who underwent surgery to have both her knees replaced in the summer of 2019. After taking some time to work on her health and wellness, and a fresh creative mindset, she’s stepping forward a changed woman to express her heart and soul. “This is new music for a new time and a new me,” she says.
If someone were to ask the singer/songwriter what her greatest wish was for this album, says Tamela Mann: “My heart’s desire is to give people hope and let them know there’s still compassion in the world. It’s the opportunity for me again to show God’s love and His grace. That’s my purpose in life and for Overcomer.”
Written By: Kris Patrick on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
Jamal Roberts didn’t get far when he auditioned for season 9, but season 10 brought the balladeer a third place finish and world-wide acclaim.
Season 10 BET’s Sunday Best finalist Jamal Roberts has announced the upcoming release of his debut single titled “He’s Preparing Me”. The highly anticipated single will be released nationally to all digital outlet stores on August 21st.
The Meridian Mississippi native is coming off a successful run on BET’s hit singing competition Sunday’s Best. Roberts beat out hundreds of auditioning hopefuls to make it all the way to the top and final 3 contestants. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Sunday Best decided to transition to an all virtual competition. Jamal and other contestants rehearsed & performed from their homes. Proving to be challenging for all Jamal Roberts thrived and surprised judge’s and viewers each week with his anointing, creativity and his raw vocal ability. As a fan favorite he has generated a positive social media buzz from viewers and those in the music industry.
Although eliminated from the show Jamal received rave reviews throughout the season from host Kirk Franklin & judges Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds & Kelly Price. Prepped for success and looking towards the future Jamal Roberts is ready for the next level!
“I have seen you grow and evolve so much as a singer and I love your growth!” ~ Kelly Price
Written By: Kris Patrick on Monday, July 27th, 2020
Rich Nation Entertainment (distributed by Sony Orchard) celebrates the release of its newest signee, acclaimed worship leader, Nia Allen’s, Every Nation (EP). The six-track EP, Every Nation, is available now at all major digital retailers. Continue reading →
Written By: Kris Patrick on Friday, May 29th, 2020
America hasn’t experienced racial tensions this high since Trayvon Martin was killed in 2012. Little has changed since then as America grows tired of the disproportionate amounts of lethal force being used on black suspects. As riots in Minnesota continue to escalate and social media continues to be set ablaze, legendary Gospel singer John P. Kee has a simple message to underscore the killing of George Floyd. “Let Me Breath.”Continue reading →
Written By: Kris Patrick on Thursday, May 21st, 2020
You may have seen the video floating around of the pre-mature baby lifting her hands in the posture of worship while her mother Cristin Ware sings to her, but there’s a lot more to the story! The baby was born after just 28 weeks of pregnancy. The little miracles name is Ariyah Danae Ware, born March 3, 2020. Continue reading →
Written By: Kris Patrick on Monday, May 18th, 2020
[Emily Sneed with her husband Gospel star Troy Sneed]
Gospel singer Troy Sneed’s widow, Emily Sneed, has issued a statement of gratitude for the public’s expressions of love following the Grammy ® Nominated recording artist’s sudden April 27th death of coronavirus complications. Continue reading →