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Music World Gospel/Interface recording artist Micah Stampley will release his new EP project on November 16.  Release Me is Micah’s fourth CD and a joint project of his independent label, Interface, and Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel. In early October, Music World Gospel will impact both gospel and INSPO/Light AC radio with “Heaven On Earth” and “I Believe” respectively.  “Heaven On Earth” is a remake by David and Nicole Binion, written by David L. Binion, John Brockman and Joshua Dufrene and produced by Micah and co-produced by Camerson Sankey. The song expounds on the notion that the believer is supposed to prosper, and not merely in terms of making money. “The Kingdom of God is His people who are living and walking in His ways, in integrity and with righteous character,” Micah says. “… The spirit of the Lord is upon me. His anointing is empowering. The Kingdom of the Lord is within me and He’s calling me to the heavenliness. Yeah!…To be walking in His favor and grace is just like heaven on Earth. Oh!”  So go the lyrics to the moderately paced song, buttressed by acoustic and electric guitars, driving percussions and an emphatic choral back-up.

On the radio dial

FamilyTalk, the 24/7 channel featuring Christian talk programming, teachings and news with a family-friendly format, will launch on SIRIUS channel 161 on November 30, 2010. FamilyTalk launched on XM Radio in 2001 and was previously available as a SIRIUS online channel. FamilyTalk will continue to be available on XM channel 170. FamilyTalk is available online to SIRIUS XM Premium Online subscribers and via the SIRIUS XM App for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and several BlackBerry and Android-powered smartphone devices.

“I Believe”- Micah Stampley

Speaking Out

It may be providential or just serendipitous that one of the best-known Christian music artists, Michael W. Smith, released his new album this week, and it includes a song about abuse in the church. Apt timing, since sexual abuse accusations filed by four young men against mega-church pastor Bishop Eddie Long are rocking one of the pillars of the Christian community. Smith, who is to Christian/Gospel music what the Rolling Stones are to rock, has won 44 Dove Awards and three Grammys. He wrote his song, “Leave,” featured on his new album, “Wonder,” after some of his own friends broke their silence about the abuse they suffered in a church. “It was the hardest song to write,” Smith says. And from what he’s been told by many friends who say they were abused, he believes there is more abuse within churches than is ever reported.

On the TV

After receiving thousands of calls and emails from viewers, DirecTV is keeping God TV in its lineup. The California-based satellite TV provider planned to remove the Christian network beginning Friday when its four-year contract expired. To renew, God TV would have had to pay DirecTV’s typical rate, which is significantly higher than the one brokered in 2006 by a ministry-owned media company.

The Top 5 Gospel Albums

#1 Mavis Staples- “You Are Not Alone”

# 2 Israel Houghton- “Love God. Love God’s People”

#3 Marvin Sapp- “Here I am”

#4 Shekinah Glory Ministry- “Refreshed By Fire”

#5 Various Artists- Wow Gospel 2010