AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL SENSATION JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA TO MARK FIRST-EVER LIVE ALBUM WITH MUCH-ANTICIPATED NEW TWO-DISC RELEASE LIVE THROUGH IT, OUT FEBRUARY 25TH

AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL SENSATION JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA TO MARK FIRST-EVER LIVE ALBUM WITH MUCH-ANTICIPATED NEW TWO-DISC RELEASE LIVE THROUGH IT, OUT FEBRUARY 25TH

Featuring Top 10 Hit Lead Single “Live Through It,” Album Includes Guest Appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight and Da’ T.R.U.T.H.

 

NASHVILLE, TN (January 8, 2014) – Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune will release the first-ever live new album from Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014.  Bringing alive a powerful night of inspiring music and ministry, the highly-anticipated new album features 20 tracks on a two-disc set, with guest appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight, and Da’ T.R.U.T.H.

 

Following on the #1 album Identity, which topped the Gospel, Christian and Independent Albums charts – Fortune & FIYA’s fourth new album Live Through It includes the Top 10 Billboard Gospel hit “Live Through It” – which has garnered praise for its rousing declaration of triumph over obstacles through faith, climbing the singles chart and giving fans an early taste of the eagerly-anticipated album.  Showcasing their first-ever live album recording, captured in a packed evening of performances this past September in Atlanta, Live Through It is a captivating mix of 20 tracks that empower listeners’ spirits and faith, with other songs including “Best Praise,” “We Give You Glory” (feat. Tasha Cobbs), “Let Your Power Fall” (feat. Zacardi Cortez), “Light the Way (feat. Israel Houghton), “Empty Me” (feat. Isaac Carree), “All For Me” (feat. Alexis Spight), “Built For This” (feat. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.), “Forever,” “Miracles,” and more.

 

Says Fortune, “I am excited to be releasing my first live CD, which was recorded in Atlanta, GA at Word of Faith Church with over 5,000 in attendance. The vision for this live album was to be able to present songs of praise that could be sung in churches all over the world to bring glory to God. I am truly grateful to have been able to work with some of the most gifted and anointed singers and musicians in the world for this recording. This was truly an unforgettable night of worship that is sure to touch millions all over the world.”

 

Renowned for their live performances, Live Through It brings together the vibrant ministry and memorable melodies of James Fortune & FIYA’s acclaimed talents, creating a new set of unforgettable hit songs that continue to drive the sounds and messages of Gospel today.  James Fortune can also be heard continuing to hit the airwaves nightly, hosting his nationally-syndicated radio show “The James Fortune Show,” on-air weeknights from 6-10 pm CST.

 

James Fortune & FIYA: Live Through It (FIYA World Music/Entertainment One Music)

2-Disc Live Album Release: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 

JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA TO HOST FIRST-EVER LIVE RECORDING SEPTEMBER 6TH

AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL SENSATION JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA TO HOST FIRST-EVER LIVE RECORDING SEPTEMBER 6TH IN ATLANTA, FOR UPCOMING NEW ALBUM FEATURING GUEST STAR APPEARANCES FROM ISRAEL HOUGHTON, ISAAC CARREE, ZACARDI CORTEZ, TASHA COBBS AND MORE

Fortune Also To Release Compilation Album, James Fortune Presents: Kingdom Music Vol. 1 with Todd Galberth, Isaac Carree, VaShawn Mitchell, Canton Jones and More Coming July 30th

 

NASHVILLE, TN (July 17, 2013) – Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune continues a busy year in music and ministry with the announcement of his latest plans for his next album, a first-ever live recording in Atlanta, GA. Taking place on Friday September 6th, James Fortune & FIYA will lead a spirited evening of uplifting musical ministry filled with their signature award-winning sound and powerful lyrics, along with special guest performances from Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Tasha Cobbs and more for this unforgettable live recording, at Bishop Dale Bronner’s Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral.

 

Giving a taste of the exciting music to come, Fortune is also releasing a compilation album on Tuesday July 30th, featuring performances from Carree, Cortez, and a variety of artists from Cheryl Fortune and Todd Galberth to VaShawn Mitchell, Canton Jones and more. On the compilation album James Fortune Presents: Kingdom Music Vol. 1 (Entertainment One Music/FIYA World Entertainment), Fortune has created a stirring 13-track collection, with songs including “The Curse Is Broken” performed by Todd Galberth, a “With You/Revealed Medley (Unplugged)” and “Holy Is Our God (feat. Tye Tribbett)” by James Fortune & FIYA, Isaac Carree on “We Call For You,” Zacardi Cortez on “One More Time (feat. John P. Kee),” Cheryl Fortune on “Running To You,” among others.

 

Following the 2012 releases of the #1 album Identity – the Grammy®-nominated album which debuted atop the Gospel, Christian and Independent Albums charts – and first holiday album Grace Gift, the September 6th live recording concert will showcase new music from one of Gospel’s most prolific talents, with the album to be released in 2014. Carrying on a busy year since the hit release of Identity, with a high profile of abundant blessings that included headlining the United As One Tour, and the new compilation album release on July 30th, the two-time Grammy nominee, three-time Stellar Award winner and six-time ASCAP award-winning songwriter also continues to inspire listeners and peers nightly in his new role as nationally-syndicated radio show host of The James Fortune Show.

Says Fortune, “I am truly excited to bring fans the compilation album, and perform a live evening of new music to remember together with FIYA and special guest performances from my friends, in praise and worship of God’s blessings and the awesome power of faith. Join me and we will make this live recording an unforgettable celebration of music and faith together.”

 

James Fortune Presents: Kingdom Music Vol. 1 (eOne Music/FIYA World Entertainment)

In stores and everywhere: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pre-order the compilation album on iTunes now, at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/james-fortune-presents-kingdom/id663329707

 

James Fortune & FIYA first-ever live album recording: Atlanta, GA

Hosted by Marcus Wiley

Friday, September 6, 2013 – 7 PM EST

Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral (Bishop Dale C. Bronner)

212 Riverside Parkway SW

Austell, GA 30168

To purchase tickets ($15), visit: jamesfortune.eventbrite.com

 

To connect with James Fortune and for the latest information, visit:

Website: www.jamesfortunemusic.com

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MrJamesFortune

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/theofficialjamesfortunepage

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/JamesFortuneAndFIYA

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrjamesfortune

 

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JAMES FORTUNE CELEBRATES FIRST EVER GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

JAMES FORTUNE CELEBRATES
FIRST EVER GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

 

Garners Two Nominations For BEST GOSPEL ALBUM and BEST GOSPEL SONG



Houston, TX (December 6, 2012) - Breakthrough gospel artist James Fortune receives two coveted Grammy nominations for his early 2012 Light Records/FIYA World Music release IDENTITY. Fortune is a first time Grammy nominee earning a nod for Best Gospel Album.  His cross-over single, "Hold On" featuring Monica & Fred Hammond also received a nomination for Best Gospel Song. The Grammy Awards will be given out during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10th 2013 and will be televised on CBS.

 

IDENTITY is Fortune's fourth studio album and was met by both consumer and critical acclaim.  The album not only debuted at Number 7 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart but was the No 1 album on three additional Billboard Charts: Gospel, Gospel & Christian (combined) and Independent Albums.

 

Two top songs, "Still Able," which peaked at No 1 on the singles chart and "Hold On" which is currently at No 5 on the singles chart, spurned the success of the album and continues its impact on the genre.

 

IDENTITY is a powerful collection of 15 soul-stirring songs of encouragement, hope and healing that speaks into the hearts of everyone.  A dynamic songwriter, producer and arranger, Fortune delivered a timely message that has clearly connected with a wide audience.

 

Fortune is a multiple Stellar Award Winner and received two Stellar Award nominations this year earning both Group/Duo Of The Year and Contemporary Group/Duo Of The Year nods.

 

In 2005, Fortune & F.I.Y.A. set the world ablaze with their breakthrough debut album YOU SURVIVED and lead single, of the same name, which peaked at #2 on the R&B Gospel singles chart, and garnered him the ASCAP Writer's Award for Gospel Song of the Year in 2006. He amassed worldwide recognition in 2009 with the award winning song "I Trust You" off his sophomore release THE TRANSFORMATION. "I Trust You" held the number one slot on the Gospel National Airplay chart for an astounding 30 weeks, making history by becoming the longest running #1 single for any genre.   Fortune continued amassing accolades with subsequent success with the soaring single "I Believe," which garnered him his second ASCAP Writer's Award and a Soul Train nomination for "Best Gospel Performance" in 2011.

 


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IT'S CHRISTMAS! JAMES FORTUNE & F.I.YA. RELEASE CHRISTMAS CD GRACE GIFT IN STORES TODAY OCTOBER 16, 2012

IT'S CHRISTMAS!

JAMES FORTUNE & F.I.YA. RELEASE CHRISTMAS CD

GRACE GIFT  IN STORES TODAY OCTOBER 16, 2012

 

Fortune Also To Headline 8-City Christmas Tour In November & December

 

 

Nashville, TN (October 16, 2012) - Hot off the heels of their successful fourth album, Identity, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A. released their first ever Christmas album, GRACE GIFT, today October 16th.

 

GRACE GIFT is a must-have addition to your Christmas collection and offers 12-tracks of original tunes and Christmas favorites.  Kicking off this beloved holiday in a fun, festive and merryway, Fortune teamed with his wife Cheryl to pen several new songs.  Among the highlights, are the upbeat "Christmas Time," the inspiring "Worship The King," and the beautifully presented "Mary's Song," which features Cheryl on lead.  Speaking to God's ultimate gift to us, the Fortunes also offer the sentimental title track "Grace Gift." This song is precisely what fans have come to love about Fortune & F.I.Y.A. and it can certainly live past the Christmas holiday.

 

Other gems include Fortune's re-vamp / redux of the hit song on "I Believe Part 2" bringing back vocalists Shawn McLemore and Zacardi Cortez.  The slower version is no less passionate than the first and still packs a punch.  The unexpected inclusion of the CCM song "Love Came Down," with Todd Galberth on lead rounds out the project.

 

GRACE GIFT, produced by Terence Vaughn and Ayron Lewis, encompasses classic songs that stir up memories of family, love and all the holidays have to offer.  Using this album as a way to highlight his longtime and close-knit group of singers, Fortune paired beloved Christmas favorites with his best singers.   Long time F.I.Y.A. member D'Shondra Rideout soloed on "First Noel," and Lisa Knowles & McLemore blazed on a rousing version of "Go Tell It/Wonderful Child." The soulful "This Christmas" features Isaac Carree & Minon Bolton.

 

"Our prayer is that this Christmas album will be a blessing to everyone this Holiday season and remind us of the Gift we received, that we didn't deserve and we couldn't earn - that's why it was a Grace Gift," explained Fortune.  "I'm also proud to be able to feature the amazing vocalists that serve with me every week traveling across the country helping me to advance the Kingdom."

 

GRACE GIFT is sure to ignite the Christmas spirit in everyone.

 

In conjunction with the CD release, Fortune & FIYA will hit the road next month on the Celebrate Christmas Tour with label-mate Jessica Reedy.  They will travel to major markets making stops at several House of Blues and theaters across the country.  For a complete listing of dates and ticket information, fans can log on to:

http://jamesfortunemusic.com/news/upcoming-events.

 

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IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR! JAMES FORTUNE & F.I.YA. TO RELEASE FIRST CHRISTMAS CD GRACE GIFT IN STORES OCTOBER 16, 2012

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR!

JAMES FORTUNE & F.I.YA. TO RELEASE FIRST CHRISTMAS CD GRACE GIFT

IN STORES OCTOBER 16, 2012

 

Nashville, TN (September 10, 2012) - Hot off the heels of their successful fourth album, Identity, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A. are set to release their first ever Christmas album, GRACE GIFT on October 16th.

 

GRACE GIFT is a must-have addition to your Christmas collection and offers 12-tracks of original tunes and Christmas favorites. Kicking off this beloved holiday in a fun, festive and merry way, Fortune teamed with his wife Cheryl to pen several new songs. Among the highlights, are the upbeat "Christmas Time," the inspiring "Worship The King," and the beautifully presented "Mary's Song," which features Cheryl on lead. Speaking to God's ultimate gift to us, the Fortunes also offer the sentimental title track "Grace Gift." This song is precisely what fans have come to love about Fortune & F.I.Y.A. and it can certainly live past the Christmas holiday.

 

Other gems include Fortune's re-vamp / redux of the hit song on "I Believe Part 2" bringing back vocalists Shawn McLemore and Zacardi Cortez. The slower version is no less passionate than the first and still packs a punch. The unexpected inclusion of the CCM song "Love Came Down," with Todd Galberth on lead rounds out the project.

 

GRACE GIFT, produced by Terence Vaughn and Ayron Lewis, also encompasses classic songs that awaken memories of family, love and all the holidays have to offer. Using this album as a way to highlight his longtime and close-knit group of singers, Fortune paired beloved Christmas favorites with his best singers.   Long time F.I.Y.A. member D'Shondra Rideout soloed on "First Noel," and Lisa Knowles & McLemore blazed on a rousing version of "Go Tell It/Wonderful Child." The soulful "This Christmas" features Isaac Carree & Minon Bolton.

 

"Our prayer is that this Christmas album will be a blessing to everyone this Holiday season and remind us of the Gift we received, that we didn't deserve and we couldn't earn - that's why it was a Grace Gift," explained Fortune. "I'm also proud to be able to feature the amazing vocalists that serve with me every week traveling across the country helping me to advance the Kingdom."

 

GRACE GIFT is sure to ignite the Christmas spirit in everyone.

 

Fortune continues to travel the country to promote Identity, as well as his current UAC, Gospel single "Hold On" featuring R&B singer Monica and Fred Hammond. Fortune is an ASCAP Songwriter Award winner, Stellar Award multiple nominee & winner and top-selling artist who has gained critical and consumer acclaim for his songwriting and musical ability.

 

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Grace Gift Track Listing:

1. Holy Night (featuring Josiah "Jojo" Martin)

2. Christmas Time

3. Grace Gift

4. Gabriel's Message (interlude)

5. Mary's Song (featuring Cheryl Fortune)

6. Love Came Down (featuring Todd Galberth)

7. Go Tell It / Wonderful Child (featuring Lisa Knowles & Shawn McLemore)

8. The First Noel (featuring D'Shondra Rideout)

9. Worship The King

10. This Christmas (featuring Isaac Carree & Minon Bolton)

11. Fortune Kids Christmas Interlude

12. I Believe Part 2 (featuring Shawn McLemore & Zacardi Cortez)

James Fortune Responds To Child Abuse Lawsuit

“Several months ago I received a demand for payment from my stepson's father for an injury to
my stepson that occurred in 2001. In the midst of negotiating a settlement regarding that injury,
I was served with a lawsuit and now my wife and I are defending ourselves in civil court. At
no time in my life was I convicted of felony injury to a child. Following my step-son’s injury,
there was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved. Since that time, my family and
I, including my stepson, have maintained a continuous loving family environment. Although
his father has maintained custody, Cheryl and I have enjoyed continuous uninterrupted open
visitations with my step-son since 2001.

We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to
pursue matters, whether or not the claims are baseless. We are confident through this process,
the ultimate decision maker will render an outcome that is just and fair. We believe in our
American justice system and know that once all facts are made transparent justice will prevail in
our favor.

This lawsuit is a direct result of our desire to continue the uninterrupted love, commitment and
financial support as well as to protect the ongoing wellbeing while enhancing the current living
conditions of our son. We have given our stepson who is currently in our care during his summer
break continuous support and understand these allegations are a direct result of not only our
increased profile and financial viability but an individuals desire to exploit such.

We intend to vehemently defend our right to protect our family while maintaining the character
integrity and trusted core values the Fortune family has been blessed to exemplify.” Out of
respect to the legal process and the continued positive environment we desire to maintain for my
stepson this will be my only statement regarding this matter.”

JAMES FORTUNE TOPS BILLBOARD NUMBER 1 ON TOP GOSPEL CHART WITH NEW ALBUM IDENTITY NUMBER 1 ON TOP GOSPEL CHRISTIAN CHART NUMBER 1 ON INDEPENDENT ALBUMS CHART NUMBER 7 ON TOP 200 CHART

JAMES FORTUNE TOPS BILLBOARD

NUMBER 1 ON TOP GOSPEL CHART WITH NEW ALBUM IDENTITY

 

NUMBER 1 ON TOP GOSPEL CHRISTIAN CHART

NUMBER 1 ON INDEPENDENT ALBUMS CHART

NUMBER 7 ON TOP 200 CHART

 

 

Nashville, TN (January 25, 2012) – James Fortune hits big with his new album, IDENTITY, which landed in the top spot on three Billboard charts this week: Gospel, Gospel & Christian (combined) and Independent Albums. The album also earned its way to the Top 10 position on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, at Number 7 all following a weeklong promotional tour in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and his hometown, Houston.

 

Released via Fortune’s new label deal with eOne/Light Records under the imprint, F.I.Y.A. WORLD MUSIC, IDENTITY marks the artists best first week sales to date and highest chart position. This also marks Light Records’ third number one album with previous chart toppers including William McDowelll’s ARISE and Jessica Reedy’s FROM THE HEART which are still in the Top 15.

 

The inspirational single “Still Able,” is currently Number 2 on Billboard Gospel singles chart. He will continue to promote the album with upcoming appearances and performances on BET.com and SiriusXM Praise. Additionally, Fortune & F.I.Y.A. performed their follow up single “Never Again,” on the 2012 Stellar Awards. The Stellar Awards are set to air in national syndication this week and will air on cable on GMC (Gospel Music Channel) on Saturday, February 11th.

 

IDENTITY Fortune’s third album is a powerful collection of 15 soul-stirring songs of encouragement, hope and healing that speaks into the hearts of the religious and agnostic alike. A dynamic songwriter, producer and arranger, Fortune delivered a timely message that has clearly connected with a wide audience. Showing a special gift for pairing the right vocalist for the right songs, Fortune collected a set of notable guest artists on IDENTITY such as famed R&B songbird Monica and Fred Hammond on “Hold On,” a beautiful rhythmic flavored groove; Nikki Ross on the upbeat “Make A Sound,” and the phenomenal “With You,” featuring the dynamic vocal aerobics of Kim Burrell. Another gem, “It Could Be Worse,” which is one of the CD’s most powerful songs, features the talents of Leandria Johnson & Zacardi Cortez.

 

In 2005, Fortune & F.I.Y.A. set the world ablaze with their breakthrough debut album YOU SURVIVED and lead single, of the same name, which peaked at #2 on the R&B Gospel singles chart, and garnered him the ASCAP Writer’s Award for Gospel Song of the Year in 2006. He amassed worldwide recognition in 2009 with the award winning emotionally charged song “I Trust You” off of the sophomore release THE TRANSFORMATION. “I Trust You” held the number one slot on the Gospel National Airplay chart for an astounding 30 weeks, making history by becoming the longest running #1 single for any genre.

 

Fortune continued amassing accolades with subsequent success with the soaring single “I Believe,” which garnered him his second ASCAP Writer’s Award and a Soul Train nomination for “Best Gospel Performance” in 2011. Fortune has also received an impressive three Stellar Award nominations for “Contemporary CD of the Year,” “Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Group/Duo of the Year.”

 

IDENTITY is available on line & in stores now.

 

 

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JAMES FORTUNE BRINGS NEW LABEL FIYA WORLD MUSIC TO LIGHT RECORDS & eOne DISTRIBUTION

JAMES FORTUNE BRINGS NEW LABEL FIYA WORLD MUSIC TO LIGHT RECORDS & eOne DISTRIBUTION


Nashville, TN - April 1, 2011 - 

SR VP & General Manager of Light Records, James Robinson announced a marketing and distribution agreement with JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, to bring his new label, FIYA World Music to Light Records and eOne Distribution. 

 

The three year deal, which was inked this week, includes the future recordings of James Fortune & FIYA as well as a number of other artists FIYA World Music is recording Under the terms of the agreement, Light Records will handle marketing and promotion while eOne will handle distribution.

 

Fortune & FIYA introduced themselves to the world with their debut CD, YOU SURVIVED in 2005.  They amassed recognition in 2009, with the award winning song, "I Trust You," from their sophomore release THE TRANSFORMATION.

 

"I am so grateful to Black Smoke Music and Kerry Douglas for all they've done for me ... the platform they gave me was unbelievable and I will always be thankful to them," said Fortune.  "For my family and me, I've decided it was time to create a new venture and to launch my own label, FIYA World Music Group with eOne Entertainment and Light Records. All my releases will be on my new label and I hope to give a platform to new artists, much like what was given to me."  

 

"I respect the artists that are connected with Light, like Ricky Dillard, JJ Hairston and Dorinda Clark-Cole," Fortune continued. "The eOne system has always been great to me. I am look forward to working with the entire team at Light Records."

 

Robinson said, "I am very pleased that Light Records and eOne will be the home of James Fortune's FIYA World Music Group.  I'm honored to be a part of his artistry and it is clear that James is in his God-given season and I am looking forward to a great future. We are confident the partnership will be a long-lasting and successful one."

 

The first release from FIYA World Music will be a new James Fortune & FIYA album slated for early 2012.

 

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