Yesterday 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.
“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 by Ken Pennell, President, Gospel Music, Capitol Music Group for achieving RIAA-certified gold record status for her 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 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 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.”