The 2017 McDonald’s® Choir Showcase Concert will feature the nine finalists as chosen by the public during the selection phase of the Showcase and some of the biggest names in Gospel music.
|Bishop Hezekiah Walker – www.lovefellowship.comUnmistakably Hezekiah Walker’s signature sound has set an International standard in Gospel music. Walker, the multi GRAMMY® Award-winning, newly inducted Gospel Music Hall of Famer, continues to uplift the masses from far and wide with inspirational songs that focus on maintaining faith and overcoming life’s daunting moments through his new release Azusa The Next Generation 2 – Better, which releases July 22, 2016.
As the 15th album of his career, this new release has a relevant fresh feel with impeccable tracks produced by Walker and the multi-award winning Donald Lawrence. Walker presents the Azusa Choir along with musicians from across the world. “Better” the first single from the release is a motivating and inspiring song that has impacted both Gospel and Urban formats. Walker felt compelled to record the song after studying the Bible, where he found an impactful scripture in Ecclesiastes 7:8 that helped him overcome moments of uncertainty and to feel comfortable about his present situation knowing that the end is near and “Better” is coming.
Once recorded, the uplifting and inspirational song compelled Walker to spread this message across the world. He traveled from his home city of New York across the Atlantic Ocean to film the video for “Better” in Italy, Paris France, Japan and Africa. No matter the country, city or state, Walker wants to break through the racial and language barriers in an aggressive intent to display a celebration of faithful endurance. The release of Azusa The Next Generation 2 – Better continues the movement of the Azusa Street revival that originated in Los Angeles California. The Azusa Street Revival started in 1906 as a big revival that broke out all over the world.
Azusa The Next Generation 2 – Better is infused with an urban contemporary sound with a down home gospel feel. In each song, Walker is striving to implement hope into humanity. He not only wants to inspire churchgoers, but also nonbelievers in “God Is For Me.”
“A lot of people feel like God doesn’t love them or hate them or not concerned about them,” Walker said. “You’ll be surprised by the people who are afraid to come to church, because they feel like the church is going to burn up and fall down if they do. But I want to show that God is for you.”
In a YOLO (You Only Live Once) generation, Walker puts the focus back on another life _ the afterlife. Instead of just pursuing a fruitful life on earth, he reminds listeners on “Living To Live Again” that the end goal is to ultimately reach heaven. “We’re so busy living for today, but we have forgotten that there is a tomorrow,” he said. “We are living to live again. We’re not going to church just to be better people. We’re not turning our lives over to Christ to live a fabulous life on earth. But there is life after death. We believe in heaven. We believe that one day we are going where Jesus is. I wanted to put that back into the hearts and minds of people.”
“Holding On,” encourages the listener to fight through despite the tribulation. “I could have turned to a life of crime, drugs or whatever,” he said. “But I remembered what my mom told me. She said ‘make sure you hold on to your faith! People may leave you but God will never leave you.’ I held on to those words and after all these years, He has never forsaken me nor has He ever turned His back on me. That’s my encouragement to everyone, hold on because it will get “BETTER.”
2016 marks 30 years in the music industry for Walker. He has earned multiple music awards and two GRAMMYS® for Best Gospel Album for “Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College” in 1994 and “Love is Live!” in 2001. Walker was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame. “It’s a major accomplishment” said Walker, who is also known as Hez to friends and family.
|Dr. Dorinda Clark Cole
Armed with a remarkable legacy and a powerful musical gift,
Through her many seasons of life, Dorinda has inspired flocks of peers, fans and followers around the world with the power of her voice and message. Hailed for her dazzling vocals and profound performances, Dorinda’s music echoes her gratitude and tells her testimony through life’s ups and downs. From contemplating suicide (Dorinda Clark Cole 2002), to her live album embracing her moniker (The Rose Of Gospel 2005); from chart topping success (Take It Back 2008), to the fire that ravaged her home (I Survived 2011), to potential home foreclosure (Living It 2015) – Dorinda emerges victorious through song and praise.
The peaks and valleys of Dorinda Clark Cole’s journey have molded her character and fortified her prominence as a gospel trailblazer. The peaks have included pioneering moments in music and evangelism as an African-American woman, moments that have expanded her ability to influence and connect with her fans and transform lives. The evangelist’s history-making milestones include being the first woman to stand in the pulpit and preach in South Africa,
“As a female evangelist, God brought me the territory where women can stand in places where we were [previously] not fortunate to go, [and] now God is allowing me to go into those places. I see my ministry expanding in so many ways relating to women,” she extols.
Continuing to live boldly and on purpose, Dorinda Clark-Cole is clear about her future. Coming from a family of very strong women, “I want my legacy to be where my children see a strong woman. A woman of faith and a woman of power.
– Church Administrator of Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC, under the leadership of Bishop J Drew Sheard & Evangelist Karen Clark Sheard
-Elect Lady of Department of Evangelism of Church of God in Christ Inc. (COGIC)
-As wife of Elder Gregory Cole of over 35years
-Mother of Nikkia Cole Beach (Dion), and Gregory Jr., One Grandson Dion Beach Jr. and One Granddaughter Kashmir Beach