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Sun - June 22, 2014 7:16 pm     A+ | a-
African-American Music Appreciation Month is a celebration for African American Music every year in the month of June in the United States. It was originally started as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter, who on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of black music. Since then, presidents have announced to Americans to celebrate Black Music Month. For each year of his term, President Barack Obama has announced the observance under a new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month.
Aretha Franklin, a household name the world over, has racked up more awards and accolades than virtually any woman in music history—from the much-coveted Presidential Medal of Freedom to being named one of Time magazine’s most important people of the 20th century. 
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Aretha Franklin in the history of American popular music. The definitive soul singer of the 1960s, Franklin stands beside Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra as one of the few perfect pop voices this country has ever produced. Franklin has often been described as the greatest singer and musician due to her "vocal flexibility, interpretive intelligence, skillful piano-playing, her ear, her experience." Franklin’s instantly recognizable artistic signature—a flawless mezzo-soprano dynamo of blues phrasing, gospel melisma, and pop precision, punctuated by unpredictable two-octave leaps and a deeply sensual, earthy growl—shines like a supernova in a galaxy of mere stars.
Her hit records–'Respect,' 'Think,' 'Chain Of Fools,' 'Daydreaming,' 'A Natural Woman'–– are timeless classics; her 18 GRAMMY Awards, Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide with a multitude of gold and platinum albums and singles, and her induction as the first female artist into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
As a teenager, Franklin toured the gospel circuit with her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin (a nationally known gospel star and pastor of Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church), earning the admiration of gospel legends Mahalia Jackson, the Reverend James Cleveland, and Sam Cooke. In 1960, Aretha graduated to New York City, where she was signed to Columbia Records
In 1966, the triumvirate of Atlantic Records vice president/producer Jerry Wexler presented the world with Aretha Franklin’s virtual blueprints of soul music. By 1968, she was being hailed as “The Queen of Soul” and the personification of the nation’s newfound black pride movement. Martin Luther King presented an award to her, and she graced the cover of Time magazine. By the time the ’60s came to an end, Franklin was a living legend.
By the ’70s, Franklin’s music grew and she managed 10 more #1 R&B hits, including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Day Dreaming,” and “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).” The albums Young, Gifted And Black and the gospel extravaganza Amazing Grace (recorded live with her father and the Reverend James Cleveland) found Franklin coming to terms with her own legacy and discovering a fresh direction.
In the ’80s, she was unexpectedly embraced by a new generation through her featured role in The Blues Brothers movie, and on the R&B charts with three more #1s: “Jump To It,” “Get It Right,” and “Freeway Of Love.” She even scored her second Pop #1 with “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” a duet with George Michael.
Honored as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Franklin continues to record gospel, soul, and classical music today.
In a recent interview The Queen of Soul stated concerning her career and Presidential Medal of Freedom. “It is ever fabulous. I mean, fabulous. I’ve been so blessed. I’m most thankful for how good God has been to me. When you receive something like the Presidential Medal of Freedom, wow. After God’s grace, I’m so grateful for good friends, loyal fans and the love of the music. I treasure real people and I know the ones who have hung in there with me and I am truly thankful stated Franklin.
During African American Music Month let’s salute The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and her legendary voice that has been declared one of Americas National Treasures.

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Mon - June 2, 2014 12:39 am     A+ | a-
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Presents: INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Presents: INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Presents: INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 8pm.
Harlem GospeLive Fans Please Join us at Lehman Performing Arts Center for " Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson" Harlem GospeLive will be performing in this show and slamming all background vocals. 
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to present the spectacular, multi-media live performance honoring MICHAEL JACKSON, the greatest entertainer of all time - INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 8pm. Back by popular demand for this exclusive New York City engagement, INVINCIBLE will feature songs from the newly released chart-topping album Xscape including the hit single “Love Never Felt So Good,” “Loving You,” “Blue Gangster” and “Slave To The Rhythm” the song that made headlines worldwide after a Michael Jackson hologram performance of it rocked the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. 

INVINCIBLE stars the very talented artists: IVAN KELLEY (Young Michael), JEFFREY PEREZ (Live Concert Michael) and PETE CARTER(Dancing Michael) who bring back the spirit and essence of seeing Michael Jackson alive again on stage as the show follows his amazing performing career from his boyhood days with his brothers in the Jackson 5 to the heights of his solo act. While masterfully performing the unique dancing that Michael was so famous for, they will perform such hits as “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Earth Song”. This # 1 Michael Jackson Tribute show in the world is entertainment for all ages and will also feature guest performances by the fabulous Harlem GospeLive singers, the American Beat-boxer Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra, a Litefeet dance performance by NYC’s own W.A.F.F.L.E. as well as breathtaking visuals and a live band with master percussionists and singers. Created, Produced and Directed by Bessie Award winner Darrin Ross with choreography by Brandon Albright, Pete Carter, Lavon Patterson and Victor Lewis Jr. and musical direction by Doron Lev.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO THE MICHAEL JACKSON on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 8pm are $45, $40, and $25 |Children 12 and under: $10 for any seat, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.

Pete Carter (Dancing Michael) has been thrilling audiences as Michael Jackson since he was a child. At age eight, he would dance in front of his idol on the TV screen, as his mother sewed replica costumes. Since then, Carter has professionally impersonated the King of Pop for audiences all across the country. In June 2003, he had the honor to sit down with the King himself, who complimented Carter on his costumes and thanked him. Later that year, he was invited to Neverland Ranch on two separate occasions and met the entire Jackson family. Since then Carter has worked with Madame Tussauds, Guinness and Sony BMG on behalf of Jackson. In April 2009, Carter spent what would be his final moments with Jackson, who autographed his back in black Sharpie. It was permanently tattooed on later that night. Two years ago, Carter attended Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Center.

Jeffrey Perez (Live Concert Michael) fell in love with Michael Jackson as a small child, mimicking his idol’s dance moves and learning to sing all of his songs. As an adult, he is the number one moonwalking Michael Jackson tribute performer in the world. With his striking resemblance and MJ styled voice that will give you the chills, Perez portrays Michael Jackson like no one else can.

Ivan Kelley (Young Michael) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1998 and moved as a baby to Atlanta, Georgia. Ivan is a young pop and R&B sensation who is often compared to Michael Jackson and his natural born talent as a musician was apparent at a very early age. By the time he was in middle school, not only was he singing and dancing, he had also learned how to play the drums, piano and guitar. He made his national television debut on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at age eleven where he showed the world his chops as he belted out the Jackson 5 hit “Who’s Loving You”. The following year, Ivan appeared in the Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton movie Joyful Noise singing “That’s the Way God Planned It” and also released his debut album and single Scream (2012). In his role as the young Michael, Ivan will be singing several Jackson 5 favorites like “ABC” and “I’ll Be There”, perfectly capturing the emotion and raw, pure talent Michael displayed.

Maurice Lynch & Harlem GospeLive, ( Live Performance & Background Vocals) Enjoy the incredible vocals of Harlem GospeLive, started by producer and singer Maurice Lynch combining the concept of Gospel with cabaret and jazz, “ The Harlem GospeLive Revue” originally premiered at the Blue Note, one of New york City’s most renowned jazz venues. Receiving overwhelming reviews, The Harlem GospeLive Revue was an instant hit. Its style and popularity has grown and has set GospeLive Productions and its incredible artist apart. Maurice Lynch. This New York based Revue has been presented in some of the world’s most well-known performing arts venues.
Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2013-2014 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, and through corporations, foundations and private donations.

Sat - May 31, 2014 1:18 am     A+ | a-
 Music In The Heights
Music In The Heights
“Summer Sundays in the Heights” is a great opportunity for New Yorkers to join the residents of Washington Heights to enjoy a car-free space in this New York landmarked neighborhood while enjoying community entertainment..
Sections of Historic Edward Morgan Place and 157th St. that surround Ilka Payan Park will be closed off to traffic. There will be a staging area where people can sit and enjoy the Hudson River breeze while enjoying the festivities.
Celebrate the Arts,Culture and Music of "The Heights" in this Historic District. This event is to focus on bringing cultural diversity and musical entertainment through CLOTH Community League Of The Heights and Broadway United Businesses. Please come out and support.Your presence will make it one of the most successful events ever!
Please join Maurice Lynch and the staff of GospeLive Productions and Entertainment. Where festivities will include a LIVE Musical Show 
 As part of an on-going efforts to broaden the diversity of young talent merging into the Arts and Entertainment .GospeLive Productions and Entertainment strives to support, encourage and partnership with  organizations that provide a platform to educate new talent within the entertainment industry. “There is a dire need to introduce young people to the arts so that they may develop their creative talent within the entertainment industry. GospeLive Productions is pleased to join forces with the local Harlem and Washington Heights communities, who have made it a priority to encourage individuals from various ethnicities and backgrounds to introduce their ideas and voices to dance, music and creative production in the performing arts.
See you Sunday
Maurice Lynch 
Date:June 22,2014 Place:Edward M.Morgan Pl bet 156th&157th Sts in NYC ( to 157th St.Time:1:00–5:00pm;free.
Tue - May 6, 2014 9:29 pm     A+ | a-

RENAISSANCE BRUNCH PRESENTS: Harlem GospeLive! Featuring Maurice Lynch and Dawn Tallman from GospeLive Productions in NYC.
The Renaissance Gospel Brunch Sunday May 25, 2014 in Harlem,New York will be featuring Maurice Lynch and Dawn Tallman performing the music of Harlem GospeLive and Traditional Gospel numbers enjoy and exciting set of songs of uplift, including their new duo-single release of all-time gospel favorite “Oh Happy Day!”
Veteran performer Maurice Lynch is known for his stage presence, versatility and unique vocal style. He’s the Musical Director of “The Harlem GospeLive Revue” that premiered at The Blue Note in New York in 2006. Receiving overwhelming reviews, the show was an instant hit. Music industry icon Dawn Tallman will also be showcased at Harlem GospeLive. She has had several Billboard Hits in House Music and mainstream Gospel. Dawn’s unique style and vocal power of their duo will delight and renew your spirit.
Chef Kennth Collins(formerly of Ida Mae’s and Gospel Uptown in Harlem) presents and all-you-can-eat buffet stations featuring delectable Omlets & Waffles, Market to table inspired Salad Station, and Lunch Entrees.
Music sets at 12 pm & 2pm. 29.99 includes Entertainment, All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, Coffee/Tea/Soft Drink(tax Gratuity not included)

For more information on this single release of “OH HAPPY DAY”, and more on The Wonderful World of GospeLive this season, please visit, " Oh Happy Day" is available through CD Baby, Itunes, Amazon and other online retailers.
For media inquiries contact:
Alex Turkujas (Turcola) – Director of Marketing & Sales, GospeLive Productions and Entertainment, New York City 212-920-4282 or

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Tue - April 22, 2014 8:29 pm     A+ | a-

Sat - March 29, 2014 8:58 pm     A+ | a-
Thanks for joining Guest Producer Maurice Lynch of GospeLive Productions and Entertainment in New Yo
Thanks for joining Guest Producer Maurice Lynch of GospeLive Productions and Entertainment in New Yo
Thanks for joining Guest Producer Maurice Lynch of GospeLive Productions and Entertainment in New York City for ABS - Alternative Spring Break IN NYC.
Alternate Spring Break 2014 March 18-23 2014 in New York City. 

Thanks to all Supporters and Congratulations to all of the incredible talent who participated in Artist Development and Workshop six days during Spring Break, ASB: NYC Performing Arts presented an introduction to NYC’s professional performing arts world. The program included: performances in music, dance, and theater, talkbacks with performers and art practitioners, workshops on the behind-the-scenes production and development aspects of performances, back-stage tours, access to rehearsals, and workshops and rehearsal viewings with an in-residence performance group. Immerse yourself in the NYC performing arts scene!

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Sun - February 2, 2014 4:07 pm     A+ | a-
February is set aside to celebrate Black History Month in America. In December 2013, the world mourned the loss of Nelson Mandela. In Mandela's fight for world unity and equality, music played an important political instrument in that fight. 

When former South African President Nelson Mandela died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95, thousands of mourners gathered outside his onetime family home in Soweto township near Johannesburg to dance and sing. From the outside, it seemed more like a celebration than an expression of grief, but to South Africans, and to those of us who have lived there, it was the most honorable tribute they could have given him. 

South Africa is a nation divided by words. It has 11 official languages— nine tribal ones, plus Afrikaans and English — and during more than four decades of racial oppression, the country’s policy of apartheid used
 that to its advantage. Black South Africans were segregated not only from whites but from one another, forced to live in “designated homelands” that prevented the tribes from forming a unified rebellion. That plan failed, in large part, because of one language the government overlooked – music.

For African-Americans, the sound of South Africa echoes like the protest songs of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.  As Nelson Mandela wrote in his 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, “African Music can ignite the political resolve of those who might otherwise be indifferent to politics . . . Politics can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies politics.”

Mandela's fight and struggle caused célèbre on U.S. and U.K. college campuses, thanks to the 1984 a joyful, leap-to-your-feet rallying cry imploring the government to release him, and the 1985 crunching rock anthem ”Sun City” from Artists United Against Apartheid. The following year, artists worldwide participated in a six-concert Amnesty International Tour, A Conspiracy of Hope, that raised awareness about ”prisoners of conscience,” including Mandela. By the end of the decade, Broadway and Hollywood had joined the cause, with the film Cry Freedom. 

When Mandela stepped out of prison on February 11, 1990, he had been transformed from a national freedom fighter into an international symbol of liberation. Music always set the stage – as it did after Mandela's
release when there was a concert at Wembley Stadium in London when he came to address the crowd. He received an eight-minute standing ovation. "It was an amazing moment in my life,” Mandela stated. He would go on towin the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and become South Africa’s first black president the following year. His life is one of the most pivotal narratives of the 20th century.

GospeLive Productions Producer Maurice Lynch stated, “I had the great pleasure of meeting President Mandela in May 2005 when he visited The Riverside Church where I am a member in New York City. This was Mandela's last visit to the United States.” Lynch explained, “His presence and spirit filled the entire Church.” The many songs and music praising and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela brought those in attendance at the Church to their feet in unity.

The story of Mandela is best told not through his own life, really, but through his people. For all his achievements, his most indelible was showing black South Africans, who had been shamed into believing 
that they were fit for little more than servitude, that they were not merely equal but had the capacity for greatness. After his death, a week marked by speeches from global dignitaries praising Mandela’s leadership, in the stadium-packed crowds, ensued.  The real farewell took place in churches and village gatherings, and in that throng outside his Soweto home. There is a belief among black South Africans — a belief as central to their identity as to the identity of the African-American Spirit — that we are all connected in an integral part of a whole. 

Although customs may be different, the beat is still the same. Let us remember this as America honors February as Black History Month. The strength of music will forever be a common bond that links Africans and African-Americans. During this great month of celebration, let all freedom and justice loving people throughout the world celebrate Mandela’s strength, courage and hope for a better world. 

Article Contributions:
WE Managing Editor-Songs of Freedom- Sean Smith Peace Corps (Additional 
contributions Ray Rahman & Maurice Lynch- Producer GospeLive Productions)

Mon - December 2, 2013 1:50 am     A+ | a-
GospeLive Productions Presents:
New Christmas Show and CD Release " The Style Of Christmas".....Celebrating Christmas In New York at The Metropolitan Room in New York City.

GospeLive Productions has taken Christmas music to a whole new level with their holiday CD. "The Style of Christmas" featuring "The Harlem GospeLive Revue" as they "Celebrated Christmas in New York”. 

"The Harlem GospeLive Revue" along with Shows Producer & Director Maurice Lynch dazzled an enthusiastic crowd with a fantastic show on Sunday December 1, 2013 at The Metropolitan Room in New York City.. The Revue performed an up-beat, warm-hearted collection of songs that put the holiday spirit in everyone's soul. The album features new arrangements that are both inventive and engaging from the hard-hitting bass and percussion of “Joy to the World” and "Reason for the Season“ to R&B flavored "It's Christmas Time Again”.  The Revue's playful and emotional delivery of “The Angels Sang” , Peace and old favorites like "Baby It's Cold Outside" and " It's The Wonderful Time of the Year" will make you fall in love with Christmas music all over again. “The Style of Christmas" CD is a must-have for your holiday music collection.

Producer and Director Maurice Lynch stated, "Christmas music is an integral and  important part of the whole holiday season. Celebrating Christmas in New York is simply magical and a once in a lifetime experience. The music and sounds of Christmas music come alive in all styles and genres from all over the city.  I wanted to provide a taste of the city with "The Style Of Christmas" presenting songs appealing to every musical taste. From religious carols like “O Holy Night” and “A Child Is Born” that bring the reason for the season front and center to presenting fun songs that totally get the party started with holiday cheer".

Lynch stated "I can never say it enough. I work with some of the best writers and arrangers in the world which made it possible to present this collection. Becky White, Hydrick Gass and Gloria German penned such wonderful songs." The arrangements and  collaboration of Executive Producer Maurice Lynch along. with the Production by AJaay Swindell and Stephon Clay culminated in a stellar collection.

"I had such a great time working with the Revue. We always have so much fun together and " The Style Of Christmas" has elevated our commitment to presenting the best music and entertainment to the world" Lynch stated. 

For more information on this show and album release of “The Style Of Christmas”, and more on The Wonderful World of GospeLive this season, please visit, This great CD is available at and through CD Baby,Itunes,Amazon and other online retailers.

For Media Inquiries & Bookings Contact:
Alex Turcola – Director of Marketing & Sales, GospeLive Productions and Entertainment, New York City 212-920-4282 or

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Sat - November 2, 2013 5:03 pm     A+ | a-
Kick-Off The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Sunday December 1, 2013 with “The Harlem GospeLive Revue”
Kick-Off The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Sunday December 1, 2013 with “The Harlem GospeLive Revue”

MAURICE LYNCH MUSIC-LIVE at” The Metropolitan Room”“The Harlem GospeLive Revue” There is nothing like “Christmas in New York”.  It’s so wonderful and festive seeing the holiday season come upon city. It’s such a wonderful experience and celebration. Add to this magical celebration this season with Harlem GospeLive’s “Christmas in New York” spend a holiday evening with the shows Director Maurice Lynch and The Fabulous Harlem GospeLive Revue as they present their new Holiday CD.

The Harlem GospeLive Revue  will bring you such favorites as “The Angels Sang”, “Oh Holy Night”, “A Child Is Born”, “Joy To the World”, “ Baby Its Cold Outside”, “It’s Christmas Time Again” and other great songs to usher in holiday cheer this Christmas Season, as well as adding popular gospel hits. The show is filled with music, lights and action from beginning to end. It promises to be a show for those with a passion for gospel will not want to miss.

This show is a fundraiser for The National Foundation for Culture and Art & other programs that GospeLive Productions Support.

The Harlem GospeLive Revue is a division of GospeLive Productions. Visit for more information on the troupe &show.

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Celebrating “Christmas In New York”

Holiday CD Release Show

Sunday December 1, 2013

Metropolitan Room

7:00 P.M.( Doors open at o6:15 PM)

New York, N.Y.

34 WEST 22ND Street.. New York, N.Y. 10010


 Limited seating available for this event please call 212-206-0440 or order tickets online at:


Fri - September 20, 2013 6:14 pm     A+ | a-

This Great Festival Celebrates Long Island’s Cultural Landscape Enjoy “The Music of The Harlem GospeLive Revue” at the Front Street Stage in Hempstead, N.Y.  Presented by Long Island Arts Alliance and Bethpage Federal Credit Union. From September 27, 2013 – October 2013– Long Island’s Annual Arts Alive LI Festival will Showcase Art, Musical Entertainment and Performing Arts. For a full calendar of events and to purchase tickets visit , and GospeLive Productions at


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