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  • The Passing of MEN 4 CHRIST Walter “Lar...

    By: Leonard Thompson

    December 11, 2015

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    Walter “Larry” Williams May 20, 1951 – December 10, 2015 It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the home going of Larry Williams on today. Larry was not only the booming bass of Men 4 Christ; he was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather and faithful member of Mount Erie Baptist Church, pastored by Pastor Walter G. Wells. Larry was one of the original members of this faithful group of men and a son of the church, and son of San Diego. He is an alumnus of Lincoln High School and lived most of his life in this city. He will forever live on in our minds and hearts and we solicit the prayers and support of friends, family and fans from all over the world. May you find comfort in the outpouring of love surrounding you from your family at M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records.

  • Midway Concert Exceeds Expectations Again

    By: Leonard Thompson

    July 27, 2015

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    It all came together last night aboard the USS Midway at the hottest concert of the season on Sunday, July 26. The 900+ individuals got an up-close and direct view of gospel hottest and controversial artist of the decade – DOVE, Stellar, and Grammy Awardee, Erica Campbell.  Her solo album has risen to the top of the (secular and gospel) charts and gathering momentum with a new gem hitting the airway seemingly every week. This summertime sensation had a talented line-up that included Men 4 Christ, Archie Robinson, Chris White, Bayview Baptist Church Youth and Young Adult Choir, “Chosen”, the Divine Praise Dancers of Los Angeles, CA and Pave Diamond. M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records was joined by this years’ event co-sponsors, Urban League of San Diego County, Walmart, Payne Pest Management, Comerica Bank, JUCE TV, USS Midway, G.O.D. Radio, The San Diego Voice & View Point, The San Diego Collective and The Good News, Etc., to honor our military and bring gospel entertainment to the forefront in Southern California.  A portion of the concert proceeds benefit returning veterans and their families.

  • Megastars Rocked 11th Annual San Diego County...

    By: Leonard Thompson

    July 4, 2015

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    Two gospel megastars made their way to the West Coast for an annual event that draws huge crowds, local artists and gospel fans from all over the country. The 11th Annual Gospel Day at the San Diego County Fair is a celebrated outdoor festival at the seaside community of Del Mar. This year, headliners, Donald Lawrence and Tamela Mann made their first appearance on Saturday, June 27th in the Grandstand Stage on a day that reached more than 75,000. They’ve joined the ranks of other stars such as Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Dottie Peoples, Mary Mary, Brent Jones and more – to share the gift of song with a diverse group of music lovers, gospel enthusiast and Gospel on Demand, G.O.D. radio hosts, Evangel, Walter Ko and Eddie Baltrip. Lawrence, a musical architect and veteran songwriter/composer quickly reminded everyone why he is a trendsetter in the dynamic industry of gospel music. Known for chart-topping favorites like, “Encourage Yourself” and “Back to Eden,” this self-proclaimed musical innovator came to inspire through song along with his infamous group of session singers referred to as the “Company” of Donald Lawrence and Company, include Anita Wilson, Tobbi and Tommi, Floyd Wilkerson, Jason Nelson and more. Tamela Mann can be described as a gospel “A-Lister”, record-breaking reality star and actress with a deeply dimpled smile. The humble songstress sang and testified her way into the hearts and minds of everyone in the infield at the fair as she sang fan favorites and breakout hits, “Take Me to the […]

  • Alive! 55+ First Tour Begins Here

    By: Leonard Thompson

    June 20, 2015

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    From the Dempsey Theatre on 127th Street in Harlem, New York to the Spreckles Theatre at 121 Broadway in San Diego, California, the cast and crew of Alive! 55+ and Kickin’ are making history, spreading a message and gaining new fans before they ever hit the stage. The art foundation behind the production, Mama Foundation for the Arts,  was featured on CBS 60 Minutes in a two-part series and captured the attention of many, including San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. From there an ideal was born to bring them to town to share their message of inspiration and redemption onstage here. The creative architects, Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, co-wrote and co-produce this musical  that records the biographies of individuals who’ve overcome the challenges and pitfalls of life.  In this production takes the audience through their transformation in song. Music ranging from gospel, to soul, to blues, to R&B, to pop and Broadway are at the core of the production. The cast is expected to play to full audiences for both shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the Spreckle’s Theatre, downtown.

  • Jazz at the Creek – Intimate Setting, Mesme...

    By: Leonard Thompson

    June 18, 2015

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    Jazz at the Creek, located in the heart of the diamond district, was the chosen destination for people from as far as Los Angeles to celebrate musical notes grooving from the stage into the amphitheater audience. On stage this season was sizzling entertainment by saxophone sensation, Jessie J., along with CEO’s Rhythm Section and Melina Narezo, accompanied by award winner guitarist and Jazz at the Creek veteran, Paul Brown. When you combine an intimate setting, award winning artists and quality dining you get a memorable evening that’ll impress the most discerning music lover. Whether you come as a first time visitor or you’re a veteran to the creek, the atmosphere keeps you mesmerized but the experience lures you back, over and over again. Before the sun sets on the summer of 2015, more jazz lovers will fill this venue for appearances by Southern California natives on July 11 starting with J. Boykins, L.A. Collective All-Star Band with their brand of ‘Jazzy Funk’ and headline with international artist , Chante Moore. August marks the last of the concert series with a showstopper starting with Daneen Wilburn, Reggie Codrington accompanied by protégé’ and harpist, Mariea Antoinette, and one of jazz’s most sought after musicians in the industry, Nick Colionne, known for his style and energy to spare, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair. Join the fun for the remaining concerts in July and August, get your tickets at http://www.jazzatthecreeksd.com.