LaDonna is a 2019 Female Gospel Alabama music award winner. She began writing music in 2000 when she moved to Detroit Michigan from Huntsville, AL to express her feelings at that time. Through the years she has critiqued and honed her craft. In 2006 she began recording her own music, Establishing her voice and her style. In 2009 LaDonna was selected to represent Alabama State University in the 105 Voices of History to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and later 2012 at the Grand Old Opry. She sang behind talents such as: Take 6, Tremaine Hawkins, Shirley Caesar and Wynona Judd. Through these experiences she found her calling to sing music that had a positive message. She began singing professionally in 2012 When she joined the band “Something Special” She sang behind blues artist Stephanie Pickett as the “Style Band” and toured with saxophone artist Vanyell and group H2O traveling across Alabama and shining. In 2015 she began singing and touring as a duo with Gospel artist Jennifer Lee. She’s auditioned and made it to the top 10 in Alabama for The T.V. show X Factor. She has been featured in an article titled, “Music We Can Trust”. She later sang with Rayshun Walker and the Alabama movement choir. She also does voice over acting for audio book narration for Amazon audible, and doing credit repair a recent project she has started working on. She is also currently working on her new music project and is eager to continue walking the path that God has placed in front of her.
It is all about hope for humanity as this new theme song releases across the globe this summer. International Spiritual Soul artist and host, Hope Sheree has released the concept video for the song “Have Hope 2.0”.
This song will initially only be available on A Dose of Hope .org as 50% of the proceeds will go to creating acts of hope and kindness throughout the globe. A Go Fund me has also been set up to support the movement. A movement in which kindness creates a ripple effect of HOPE! #IHAVEHOPE
The video was recorded in Hampton Roads, Virginia by Footage by Fame and features many of todays’ hot topics. From financial woes, to police brutality, to homeless veterans; it shows some of what we as a world have to face. It INSISTS that in the midst of all the negative, one must still continue to Have Hope that our world can and will get better! The song was written by Hope Sheree, while Charlottes’ Michael Shaw rendered the acoustic guitar. It was produced, mixed and mastered in Rocky Mount, NC by Ray Braswell Jr. / RayMarkable Studios for ADOH Marketing, LLC. A later release is scheduled in a licensing venture with the JF Kelly Collection – Volume One.
For more information please visit: www.adoseofhope.org
The daughter of Reverend James and Mrs. Eula Towns, Rhonda is no stranger to Country Music. Rhonda made her debut as a country music singer on Ed McMahon’s Star Search as a champion female country music artist. “I was loving and singing to country music when country music was really not that popular. I loved country music because it sound so much like what I grew up on singing in church”.
Rhonda’s love for music goes back to when she was a little girl singing in the church choir where her father was the Pastor at the tender age of four years old. Old southern hymns and upbeat contemporary country gospel songs were always heard from the choir stand on Sunday mornings.
Rhonda, who is affectionately nicknamed Sissy, would entertain her classmates with songs from church at school in the gym when it was too cold or rainy to go outside and on the school bus on the ride home after school. Classmates would always beg Rhonda to sing another song. Rhonda won her first talent shows at her elementary school for two consecutive years in the school’s talent competition. Rhonda drew attention from a local country music television show that invited Rhonda to become a regular talent. After serious family discussions and careful consideration, the decision was made to decline the offer as her mother and father decided Rhonda was too young to begin a music career. Her education was paramount and Rhonda concentrated on school.
Rhonda was very active and involved in church and school activities. She participated in public speaking, volleyball, track and field, student body government, cheerleading, and of course the school choir. Rhonda attended college and pursued vocal training. Rhonda became a valued member of the university gospel choir.
Rhonda’s musical influences are Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Reba, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, and Vince Gill. “Reba has such strength and power in her voice. Patsy was soulful, bluesy, and had a unique country sound. She was way before her time. Loretta Lynn has an authentic sweet country voice I truly believe is an extension of her personality. Dolly Parton is the most amazing female country music singer songwriter of all times. Of all these remarkable entertainers, Rhonda will tell you that her mother has made the biggest impression on her life and her career. “My mother is my earthly spiritual partner. She has guided me through almost every challenge in my life and in the pursuit of my dreams. Her motto is ‘There is no such thing as can’t…and…if they can do it, you can do it too!’.”
Travis Greene releases a striking new single with “Hold On Me” (feat. Kirk Franklin and John P. Kee), the first official single going out to Gospel radio from his upcoming new album Oil + Water. Bringing the Gospel trailblazers together on this new collaboration, Greene paints a jazzy, bold tune celebrating the freedom and joy we experience, knowing God is with us. The single is available now via digital music providers.
Greene also releases the new official music video for “Hold On Me,” joined by Franklin and Kee, in a juke joint-inspired lively performance. The music video had a broadcast premiere airing on BET Gospel and BET Soul. The “Hold On Me” track had a premiere on iHeartRadio with Gospel radio, playing the song in 12 markets across the country throughout the day.
“Hold On Me” is written and co-produced by Travis Greene, with Franklin writing his own part on the track. Greene creates a joyful message of freedom from past wrongs with Jesus’ forgiveness and constant presence with us, we’re changed on a different path. Through any times that we struggle or may falter, Jesus is there holding onto us.
Travis Greene says, “Creating ‘Hold On Me’ may have been the most exciting moment I’ve had in music. Kirk Franklin and John P. Kee are my greatest inspirations. My love for gospel music is because of the timeless records that they’ve created. To have them both on a song together with me is truly a dream come true. I believe that the joy that this song brings me, will be shared by listeners around the world. No matter what happens in life, we share a promise, God will never let us go, He has a hold on us!”
One listen to Steve Dalton & The Leviticus Singers of Charlotte and anyone within earshot knows that these young men and women are gifted vocalists. This Award-Winning Ensemble began as a community choir in 2002. Over the years, the Lord has matured them into possessing an electrifying presence in the Gospel Music Industry. Their unforgettable performances have placed in them in the company of Gospel notables such as JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, Deitrick Haddon, Israel Houghton, Byron Cage, Jonathan Nelson, DeWayne Woods, Micah Stampley, and Lexi.
Unrestricted Praise is a family group, and although they faced many challenges, they were able to remain dedicated to the call. In life there are many challenges that might break you or make you, and for Unrestricted Praise those challenges have built lasting love, mutual respect, and a spiritual bond, through Christ. As servants of the Lord, Unrestricted Praise is always willing to serve, and because of their obedience and lining up their will with God’s, many doors have opened for Unrestricted Praise. When God opens doors for you they are always more than you could ever hope or dream of, and God’s open doors have taken this anointed group to higher heights and deeper depths through worship. IFacebook: Unrestricted Praise | Instagram: praiseunrestricted |Twitter: @unrestrictedPr1
Asiah Best is an upcoming Gospel artist who was born and raised in the DMV area. Coming from a family of singers, it was natural for Asiah to pick up a microphone and start a praise service at church at the early age of three. Her passion began there and has not stopped as she was a soloist in school choirs starting in kindergarten and continued throughout her early school years.
She did not realize how special her gift was until she attended her first year at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC when she was chosen to go with the choir to a competition against other HBCU’s and realized that she was the only Freshman at the competition from any of the universities – and her gift, once again, stood out amongst the vocalists.
Releasing her first single “Conversation With God” in 2018, which she wrote at the young age of 14, her songwriting has increased as God is preparing a way for her gift to minister to the masses.
Asiah currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
TeSchara Teel is a true Woman of Worship originally from the state of Connecticut, who now resides in the Jacksonville, Fl. area. TeSchara sings and writes Spiritual music designed to simply allow God to move mightily in the lives of those who hear it. Her desire is to draw her audience closer to God, desiring for a better, deeper relationship with Him. Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33). “Love Him, Learn Him, Live Him”. TeSchara started singing at the tender young age of 3 in “The Starlight Choir” at her home church East End Baptist Tabernacle Church. From there, God began to cultivate a life of love for Him and music within her. As time went on, God gave her a passion to sing, dance and act for Christ. TeSchara participated in many plays, off Broadway productions, educational videos, commercials, dance recitals, and more. She had the awesome opportunity to sing for the Pope in Italy with her Highschool Chamber Singers Ensemble. TeSchara gave her life to Christ in 2000 while under the leadership of Pastor Johnny Wells and Pastor Joseph McRoy. It was then that she began to write songs divinely imparted into her from The Holy Spirit. TeSchara is so grateful for the amazing opportunities that God has given her. He has allowed her to serve as the Minister of Music under the leadership of Apostle Felicia Stanley, at BeautyforAshes International Ministries. God is placing people in TeSchara’s life to push her further than she could have ever imagined. In October of 2020. TeSchara released her Freshman CD “Prayer Changes Things.” TeSchara’s Ultimate prayer is that there is a life changing blessing in at least one song, one word or one note for each person who hears her music. She truly knows that “Prayer Changes Things.”
Rico L. Dawson, native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, completed his high school education at Goldsboro High School in 1986. After completing active duty with the United States Army in 1991 he enrolled in Elizabeth City State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry Studies with a concentration in Music Business Administration in 1995. It was during his military years that Rico’s musical journey began. In 1987, while serving in the U.S. Army, Rico became a member of the amateur R&B group, “Finesse.” At this time, he wrote the single, “To Be With You.” During his college years at ECSU, he performed with the group, “Next Episode.” At this time he wrote “A Lonely Night: and co-wrote, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” The latter was recorded by “Next Episode” for ECSU’s CD compilation project “Check the Resume: Vol. 1.” After the breakup of the group in 1995, he worked as an intern for Intersection Records, an independent record label. While there, he wrote and recorded the demo interlude, “Don’t Look No Further.” When the record company unexpectedly closed, he returned to North Carolina.
Upon returning to the Carolinas, Rico began working with a local producer, Lee Tate. This collaboration birthed the songs “Promises” and “Come Back to Me” in 1997. In October 1998, he participated in a music seminar sponsored by WNAA-FM radio station. In December of that year, he showcased his demo for the Philadelphia Music Conference in Philadelphia, PA. After taking a year away from the music scene, he returned in the spring of 2000 to collaborate on a local compilation CD “Goldsboro 27530.” On that CD he wrote and recorded three songs, “All I Want to Do,” “Do You Wanna Dance,” and “Turn Away.” These three songs were well received on the underground circuit. In 2001, he co-wrote and sang background on the single “Take Our Time” on Richard Ashe’s debut independent CD, “Anticipation.” The single received good feedback in the Durham, NC area. During that time, Rico began to teach music education in the Wayne County Public Schools. He wrote, produced, and arranged numerous original music selections for several schools from 2001 – 2004. n the summer of 2004, Rico gave his life to Christ, thus putting him on a different path, musically. He no longer produced music for man’s glory, but for God’s glory. He began to put together gospel music selections and with God’s help, he produced numerous contemporary gospel music selections. In 2006, Rico wrote and produced his debut contemporary gospel CD, “It’s Time.” Due to lack financial resources Rico was unable to get the project commercially ready. Once again Rico took time away from music to establish a stronger relationship with Christ. During that time of the wilderness, Rico continued to write songs, but he didn’t record anything again until 2008. Rico pursued possibilities of becoming an established songwriter. Although he received some interest, the interest didn’t materialize into any legitimate offers. Once again Rico has written, produced, and recorded several God-inspired songs. Rico’s desire that through his music that the body of Christ is edified, God be glorified, and the un-believer is inspired to repent and turn to the Lord. He is currently working on additional musical selections as well as having served in the capacity of choral director at Rocky Mount High School during 2011-2012 school year. His original composition “Dreams The Impossible Dream” was also performed by the school chorus in the past year’s Christmas concert. He has been working various musical selections of various genres. He currently is a choir director at Charles B. Aycock as well. He is in process of putting the finishing touches on his debut CD titled “Suppose To Be”. The project will consist of ten God-inspired songs that he hopes will inspire God’s people.