Blending Gospel, R&B and Rap: Atlanta-Based Teachers, Gospel Group E21 United Receive Airplay in Southeast …

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Blending gospel, R&B and rap, gospel group E21 United aims to “reach listeners where they are and lift them to a higher plateau,” says vocalist Yolanda Everett, through songs that “teach listeners about God’s eternal love for us and the love we should express to others.” One of those songs, “Lord You’ve Been So Good,” makes for the first single release by E21United, and is receiving airplay in the metropolitan Atlanta area and other markets in the Southeast. See the video for the single below…

E21 United, with roots in Atlanta, includes Yolanda Everett, her brother Charles Everett, also a vocalist, who produces, mixes and raps, and Christian rap artist Lonnie Edwards. In addition to music, the trio has another professional connection in common: Each is a teacher working in metro Atlanta school systems.

The group’s blend — that of two male members and one female member — makes for part of the reason behind the E21 United name, which, first and foremost, comes from scripture: Ephesians 2:1. Additionally, the number two represents the pair of siblings, Yolanda and Charles, while the number one represents Lonnie — and, as the group explains — if you add the numbers you’ll end up with three, which represents the Trinity of Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

The E21 United sound, explains Yolanda, “leaves listeners wondering in which category the music should be placed. It’s not quite the traditional gospel sound,” she adds, “because it infuses rap and R&B laced with thick R&B beats that make you bob your head up and down because the music sounds and feels so good.”

That sound can be heard Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon on WPGN Radio Atlanta’s “Good News Gospel” hosted by veteran radio personality Twanda Black. Other stations include WFKX 96 KIX in Jackson, Tennessee, WSGE 91.7 FM in Dallas, North Carolina, and WMGY 800 AM/99.3 FM and WJIC Network Internet Radio, both in Montgomery, Alabama. It also had consistent airplay time on Atlanta’s WALR KISS 104.1 FM.

Having a love for music for much of their lives, E21 United members started early in music. Yolanda and Charles Everett and their younger sister Melanie began singing in church. Yolanda and Melanie later would audition for BET’s “Teen Summit” show. Out of thousands who’d submitted music, the sisters made the cut and while they didn’t win the competition, they found that it opened doors for them to “work with some really talented musicians and producers.” Charles Everett was part of an R&B group in Montgomery, Alabama, and over the years has provided production work for a number of musical artists. Lonnie Edwards began recording gospel music in 1998, and is a co-founder of Goodside, a Christian rap ministry based in the metropolitan Atlanta area. As a member of Goodside, he released three studio albums and ministered at hundreds of engagements throughout the Southeast. In 2018, he began recording and releasing solo projects.

Check out “Keep On Moving,” a song in which the COVID-19 pandemic is addressed, below…

As the group reflects on their respective evolutions, they also are in tune with the evolution of gospel music and where it stands today. “Gospel music is relevant today just as the gospel is relevant today,” said Yolanda Everett. “Gospel music addresses the issues and needs of humanity in a unique way. It speaks to the hurting, the broken and the bruised. In the times in which we now live, we’re all in need of uplifting, encouraging and inspiring messages of hope. Gospel music provides that and so much more.”

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Sarah Jakes Roberts, Bishop T. D. Jakes’ Daughter, Buys Calabasas Mansion..

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Since social distancing efforts have left many of us without much to do on a Saturday afternoon, I drove around my county and took a look at some of the lovely homes nearby where I live. They were fabulous, but I don’t know if any of them were as fabulous as Sarah Jakes Roberts’ new $4 million mansion, which includes 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, in Calabasas, California, according to dirt.com! Here’s an excerpt of an article about her latest 9,473- square foot acquisition.

Televangelist and bishop T.D. Jakes reaches a devout audience of millions on any given week through his vast empire of books, films, and televised sermons, all broadcast from his home base at the Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas. More than 30,000 members strong, the organization employs 400 and has made Jakes one of the most recognizable faces of modern Christianity.

At least one of Jakes’ five children has already followed in his supersized ministry’s footsteps. Sarah Jakes Roberts, now in her early 30s, has quietly assembled an upstart empire of her own with a podcast, multiple book deals, millions of social media followers and sold-out nationwide preaching tours. The still youthful but gifted speaker frequently appears on TV — everywhere from “The Dr. Phil Show” to “The Today Show” — where she’s been candid about her rocky adolescence and young adult life, from having her first child at age 14, a subsequent failed marriage to former NFL linebacker Robert Henson and suicidal thoughts.

Click HERE for the rest of the article and to see all of the pics of the lovely home!

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Season 10 of BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ Premieres TONIGHT at 8/7C!

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Returning to BET for season 10 is America’s most inspirational singing  competition, “Sunday Best,” on Sunday, July 5th at 8/7C. Season 10 welcomes back GRAMMY®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host; returning as judges are GRAMMY® winning songstress & host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell, GRAMMY® nominated artist & star of BET’s “American Soul” Kelly Price and GRAMMY® nominated & multiple Stellar Award-winning artist Jonathan McReynolds.

Kicking off in Sunday Best fashion, the series returned from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, the first two episodes of season 10 begin with the contestants having to show their true talent, with no smoke and mirrors, by performing acapella with no band support, as the judges narrow the field from 20 to the top 10. The top 20 contestants are:

  1. Armyia Bryant – Vienna, GA
  2. Ashling Cole – El Sobrante, CA
  3. Niiella Coffie – London, England
  4. Edward “Busta” Fields – Philadelphia, PA
  5. Jada Spight – Buffalo, NY
  6. Jamal Roberts  – Meridian, MS
  7. John Houston Smith – Detroit, MI
  8. Kay Racquel – Baton Rouge, LA
  9. Lonnie Banks – Charlotte, NC
  10. MarQuis Harris – Emporia, VA
  11. Mikaela Brown – Austell, GA
  12. Nicole Gregory – Kansas City, MO
  13. O’Livya Walker – Millington, TN
  14. Roman Collins – Hawthorne, CA
  15. Stephanie Summers – Colorado Springs, CO
  16. Sterlin Hill – Greenwood, SC
  17. Takira Rogers – Robbins, IL
  18. Tonyce Hollis – Toledo, Ohio
  19. Tyree Miller – Philadelphia, PA
  20. Veronica Stephens – Groveland, FL

Below is a preview of what you will see tonight!

In light of the of COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to keep the shows judges, contestants and crew safe – new and innovative technology, techniques and artist-generated content were used to complete production of episodes four through eight of season 10 – allowing the viewing audience to join in on weekly praise & worship during the time when America needs it most.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story),  and Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) serve as executive producers of season ten of Sunday Best along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!), and Torrence Glenn (Celebration Of Gospel, Trumpet Awards) is co-executive producer.

Season 10 auditions were previously held earlier this year in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope. The season 10 winner will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a cash prize of $50,000 and the title “Sunday Best.”

For updates and more information about “Sunday Best”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.

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