From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..(born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and pianist. Although known for her soul recordings and referred to as The Queen of Soul, Franklin is adept at jazz, blues, R&B and gospel music. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Franklin No. 1 on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time.
Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 competitive Grammys to date, and two honorary Grammys. She has scored a total of 20 No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart, one of which also became her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100: "Respect" (1967). "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (1987), a duet with George Michael, became her second No. 1 on the latter chart. Since 1961, she has scored a total of 45 "Top 40" hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She also has the most million-selling singles of any female artist with 14. Between 1967 and 1982 she had 10 #1 R&B albums - more than any other female artist.
In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was the only featured singer at the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama...
 Early life and career: 1942-1960 "..Aretha Louise Franklin was born at a two-room house in Memphis located at 406 Lucy St. She was the third of four children born to Barbara (nĂ¨e Siggers) and C.L. Franklin and the fifth of six overall in between past relationships by her parents. Franklin's family moved to Buffalo, when Franklin was two, and then by four, had settled in Detroit. Following the move to Detroit, Franklin's parents, who had a troubled marriage, split. Due to her father's work as a Baptist minister, Franklin was primarily raised by her grandmother, Rachel. Franklin suffered a tragedy when her mother died in Buffalo when Aretha was ten. Franklin sang in church at an early age and learned how to play piano by ear. By her late preteens, Franklin was regularly singing solo numbers in her father's New Bethel Baptist Church. Franklin's father, C.L. (short for Clarence LaVaughn), was a respected and popular preacher. Franklin grew up with local and national celebrities hanging out at her father's home including gospel greats Albertina Walker and her group The Caravans, Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, three women who played a pivotal role in her vocal development as a child....
Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
Current: Grammy Awards show teams legends with new stars
By Alan Duke, CNN
February 13, 2011 9:23 p.m. EST cnn.com "..The show opened with a "get-well card" to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is recovering from an undisclosed illness.
Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and best new artist nominee Florence Welch sang a soulful montage of Franklin's hits, including "A Natural Woman," "Ain't No Way," "Knock On Your Door," "Think," "Baby I Love You" and "Respect."
Franklin did not attend, but instead a video message was played.
"I especially want to thank all of you who took the time to send me get well cards and flowers, beautiful flowers, and most importantly your prayers during my time of hospitalization," Franklin said. "I wish I could have been with you tonight," Franklin said. "But next year, OK?".. Crystal Lewis
Lord I Believe in You - Crystal Lewis (bilingual)
Daniel James - Behind The Scenes For I Need You Music Video.mp4
"Fun behind the scenes footage for the making of the video for the Daniel James song "I Need You". Including the video itself
You can still this airing from time to time on BET Gospel and The Gospel Music Channel." Mary Mary
Mary Mary - Yesterday
"..Steve says, "One thing that IÂ´m experiencing with the Lord is that He reveals Himself in so many ways. Sometimes HeÂ´ll take us through a time of discipline and great revelation, but then there are other times when He just wants to let us know that He is our friend and that He understands every pain, everything that we feel inside that hurts us. IÂ´ve learned how to rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit in every single area. Sometimes you just get to a point where you have no other choice but to trust God."
"We were just talking this morning about how we can say, Â´God, even if You shut this thing down today, we feel like weÂ´ve done everything that You called us to do and have lived up to par as much as possible,Â´" Nee-C adds. "God is always doing something new. WhoÂ´s to say that DaÂ´dra or Steve or I will be in the group a year from now? Our life is in GodÂ´s hands, and we totally depend on Him to really construct what weÂ´re doing. Our Scripture for the year has been Â´No weapon formed against us shall prosper,Â´ and God has been faithful to His word. He has been shielding us and protecting us, even though we have been so undeserving. We are constantly reminded of where we came from, and that nobody deserves the glory for all this except for Him.
"WeÂ´ve been through so much together," she concludes. "ItÂ´s so funny how God can take a curse and make it a blessing, how we can still triumph and have a blessing over here, while this other thing is going on over there. But thatÂ´s the kind of God we serve, and only He can bring us through that. Anything can happen, but God has given us favor with people, and He has blessed us beyond measure."
Steve Crawford & DaDra Greathouse - I Will Search
"..often abbreviated to R&B, is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular.
The term has subsequently had a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s and beyond, the term rhythm and blues was frequently applied to blues records. Starting in the 1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music. By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as contemporary R&B...
"Another incredible and uplifting song by the Katinas. Its about our love ones who have aparted from us physically but still in memories and spirit and one day, we will see them again." Katinas - Beauty of your grace , from youtube.com
Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..is a Canadian pop-R&B singer. Bieber was discovered in 2008 by Scooter Braun, who happened to come across Bieber's videos on YouTube and later became his manager. Braun arranged for him to meet with Usher in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher, and then to a recording contract with Island Records offered by L.A. Reid.
His debut single, "One Time", released worldwide in 2009, charted in the top 30 in over ten countries. His debut release, My World, followed on November 17, 2009, and was eventually certified platinum in the United States. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His first full studio release, My World 2.0, was released on March 23, 2010 and has since received similar success; it debuted at number one and within the top ten of several countries and was certified platinum in the United States. It was preceded by the worldwide top-ten single, "Baby," in January 2010. The music video of "Baby" is currently ranked as the most viewed, most discussed, and most disliked YouTube video....
..was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, was 18 years old when she became pregnant with her son. Mallette, who worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raised Bieber as a single mother in low-income housing. Bieber maintains contact with his father, Jeremy Bieber, who married another woman and had two children. Bieber's paternal great-grandfather was a German immigrant to Canada...
2008Ă˘âŹâ?9: Discovery and My World "
While searching for videos of a different singer, Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, clicked on one of Bieber's 2007 videos by accident. Impressed, Braun tracked down the theater Bieber was performing in, located Bieber's school, and finally contacted Mallette. Mallette was reluctant because of Braun's Jewish religion; she remembered praying, "God, I gave him to you. You could send me a Christian man, a Christian label! ... you donĂ˘âŹâ˘t want this Jewish kid to be JustinĂ˘âŹâ˘s man, do you?Ă˘âŹÂ However, after praying with her church elders and receiving their encouragement, she permitted Braun to fly Bieber, then 13, to Atlanta, Georgia, to record demo tapes. A week after arriving, Bieber sang for R&B singer/songwriter Usher. Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher. Justin Timberlake was also reportedly in the running to sign Bieber, but lost the bidding war to Usher. Usher then arranged an audition with Antonio L.A. Reid of Island Def Jam Music Group, who signed Bieber to Island Records in October 2008 (resulting in a joint venture between RBMG and Island Records). At that point, Bieber and his mother moved to Atlanta, also the home of Usher and Braun, to base his career. Braun became Bieber's manager.[10....
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Justin Bieber Says Grace Before His Meal
"Justin Bieber and his family are Christians and center their lives around their faith in God. Check out this SNEAK PEEK clip from his new movie 'Never Say Never' in theaters February 11, 2011!"
"Justin-Bieber-Never-Say-NeverImage Credit: Paramount PicturesJustin Bieber: Never Say Never hits theaters this weekend, and, God willing, could be the topic of many conversations come Sunday â?at least thatâs what Paramount, the studio behind the 3-D documentaryâs release, is hoping. Paramount has held 20 screenings in 20 markets at the end of January for Christian leaders, some of whom then offered written endorsements, arranged group ticket sales for their fellowship, or requested a copy of the study guide produced for the movie titled âNever Say Never: For Nothing Is Impossible With God."
Execs recognized that the filmâs message of hope and Bieberâs strong Christian beliefs, about which both he and his mother Pattie Mallette have spoken extensively, were an opportunity to reach out to the faith community. The study guide is a collaboration between Bieberâs mother and Allied Faith & Family, an arm of Allied Integrated Marketing. Itâs the first time Paramount has worked with Allied to supplement its general publicity, but not the first time the studio has had a faith-based element to a movie campaign. (The studio had faith-based outreach programs for the documentaries Waiting for âSupermanâ?and An Inconvenient Truth and the adaptation of The Kite Runner.) Indeed, marketing to Christian groups became quite popular post-The Passion of the Christ; like secular marketing campaigns, itâs about making sure people who may not think a film has something for them see that it does â?like Bieberâs pre-performance ritual that includes a prayer introduced to him by his Jewish manager, or Bieber and his friends saying grace at a pizza parlor.
So how effective will Paramountâs efforts be for this film? The study guide made its way into the inbox of Sean Meade, who serves as the National Network of Youth Ministriesâ?national coordinator for middle school groups and also runs an organization called Stuck in the Middle, which holds events for middle school-aged students in the U.S. and Canada and does training for youth pastors. "Big picture, I know a lot of people are planning to use this movie within their ministry," he tells EW. âI work specifically with middle school students and with youth pastors who focus on that age group, and if you have middle school girls in your group, theyâre gonna go see the Justin Bieber movie, and theyâre gonna be talking about it, and those themes are something that really resonates with that early adolescent age. Youth pastors want to be talkinâ?about this with their kids."
That said, Meade doesnât exactly see the guide itself coming in handy with what one would assume would be the target demo. âIt starts off with an introduction from Justinâs mom talking about his faith, which is awesome. But then the very first theme is âDiscerning Godâs Plan for Your Lifeâ?and it goes into what I call Christianese, where itâs Christian language that unless youâve been born and raised in the church, you have no idea what âseparating the wheat from the chaffâ?or âthe lures of the flesh from the operations of the spiritâ?means,â?he says. âIf I start talking like that to my 8th grade guys group, theyâre gonna think Iâm crazy."
But while he thinks the application is âa little cheesy,â?he believes the lesson is solid. âOverall, it helps to understand that Justinâs a kid who worked hard and did his best, and you can do those same things and help discern what maybe God wants you to do with your life. Youâve got a kid whoâs had, Iâm sure, every opportunity to just go crazy and live out any kind of teenage fantasy that heâs ever wanted to, and yet seems to be very grounded and not only just a good kid, but seems to make a lot of wise choices. I watched Diddy last night on [Jimmy Kimmel Live!], and the guy looked teary-eyed talking about Justin and the themes of the movie. And he actually said that Justin had a God-ordained talent. I thought Man, if youâve got Diddy talking about your God-ordained talent and what a good kid you are, you gotta be doing something right."
Diddy made a plea to Kimmelâs viewers to see the film as a human success story, one that appeals to all ages and both sexes. âI think itâs definitely a hard sell for young boys,â?Meade says. âMy home church weekend activity tonight has like 150 junior highers coming together. I threw it out to my 8th grade guys, half joking, âAre we gonna go see the Bieber movie tonight after the event?â?Theyâre just one, so tired of hearing about Bieber from all the girls. But two, I think thereâs a macho element of âIâm a guy. I canât go to the Justin Bieber movie.â?Except for the couple of wise ones whoâve figured out that all the girls will be at the Justin Bieber movie, and theyâre excited,â?Meade says. âBut thatâs a whole different story."
Justin Bieber's Mom - If Justin Sees His Success As Gods Plan
"Pattie Lynn Mallette, mother of Justin Bieber, expresses her deep faith and trust in God in all aspects of their lives, including his career. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never hits theaters on February 11, 2011. "