Saturday Morning March 25th , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), along with the Motown Gospel label, celebrated gospel music’s most prestigious names and the 2017 Stellar Awards nominees at its 8th annual ASCAP “Morning Glory” Breakfast reception in Las Vegas, NV at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
The exclusive ASCAP “Morning Glory” breakfast is one of the premier events leading up to the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Hosted by gospel singer and television personality, Lexi Allen, the program featured uplifting performances by Motown Gospel artists, Brian Courtney Wilson, performing his single “Heal (Find A Way);” Tasha Cobbs-Leonard who debuted two new songs“River of The Lord” and “Forever” from her upcoming album Heart, Passion & Pursuit; VaShawn Mitchell, performing “Joy” and Gene Moore, who performed his single “All For Me.”
Photo Credit: Leon Bennett
“It was great to partner with Motown Gospel again this year for the ASCAP Morning Glory Breakfast,” says Nicole George-Middleton, ASCAP’s Senior Vice President, Membership. “When we launched this event eight years ago, our vision was to provide a pre-show gathering to celebrate the culture of gospel music and honor all of the Stellar Award nominees as winners! I’m excited each year for this event because the spirit in the room is so inspiring.”
“We were thrilled to partner with ASCAP for another year, hosting the ASCAP/Motown Gospel Stellar Awards Morning Glory Breakfast,” says EJ Gaines, Vice President, Marketing, Motown Gospel. “We share the same heart for serving songwriters and artists, and we were able to recognize some major musical accomplishments, while showcasing some must-hear new music from the Motown Gospel roster.”
During the breakfast, a special surprise Gold plaque was presented to Tasha Cobbs-Leonard by Ken Pennell, President, Gospel Music, Capitol Music Group for achieving RIAA-certified gold record status forher hit #1 single “Break Every Chain” and to VaShawn Mitchell, who served as producer on the song.
A host of VIP’s, ASCAP songwriters and 2017 Stellar Awards nominees were in attendance at the “Morning Glory” Breakfast reception including: Byron Cage, J.J. Hairston, Jonathan McReynolds, Janice Gaines, The Williams Brothers, Cortez Vaughn, Jekalyn Carr, MAJOR, Tina Campbell, Teddy Campbell, Joshua Head,Darlene McCoy, William McDowell, Alexis Spight, Gerald and Tammi Haddon, Jason Nelson, Kenny Lewis, Pastor Marlon Lock, Pure-N-Heart, Shanika Deshun Bereal, Ajanee Hambrick (of LIVRE), Allundria Carr, Alyn Waller, Bryan Andrew Wilson (of LIVRE), Charles Butler, Christon Gray, Gary D. Hines, Lamonte Harris (of G.I.), Lemmie Battles and Malik Spence (of LIVRE).
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 560,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com.