BET recently awarded the Gospel Artist of The Year to Tamela Mann. The nominees this year were Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker and Tamela Mann. She now joins a prestigious roster of BET Gospel Artists of the Year whose past winners include Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and Mary Mary.
“They feel regal,” said one of the members when trying on the new robes. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander is pictured with Vesper Choir Director and Interim Music Department Chair Dr. Michael Bates along with a some of the members of the 65 voice ensemble. See Special Features for the full story. (Photo by Brian T. Williams)
Robert Earl Dean of San Diego, CA has received the Prestige Award as Promoter of the Year. Dean is both a promoter and Gospel music artist. He attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock on a music scholarship and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). While at UAPB, he served as director and a lead singer with the COGIC Club.
What happens when several of Arkansas' hottest Gospel artists bring their talents together? The end result is Alter Ego, a group consisting of some of the state's renowned singers, songwriters and musicians. Alter Ego consists of (left to right) Joe Crutcher, Terence Lankford, Torry Dulaney, Jason Smith and Jonathan Burks.