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Happy New Year!

2022 has gotten off to a slow start as far as live music is concerned.  We have had a few cancellations causing us to lose some larger gigs due to Covid-19 precautions.  Unfortunately, we are once again having to think outside the box in order to provide work for our artists. A recent Billboard article lists all the concerts, tours and events canceled thus far, including the 2022 Grammy Awards, slated to take place on January 3. It’s now been postponed until the spring, with a tentative date of April 3, 2022. Still, we have a few reasons to celebrate!  So far in January we’ve booked an accompanist for a gig in Chicago and look forward to the SOAR Radio Gospel Awards in March, with Latice Crawford helping to celebrate the legendary Dorinda Clark Cole.

 

Also in the works is our 3rd “Worship Together” virtual concert with Visions TV Online UK, featuring 10 new artists. Check out some of our “best of” performances right here on this site, or on Aspire Booking’s social media pages. In August we traveled to London for the TMMP Awards and we will once again provide some of the writing for this production. In case you missed it, follow this link to Ephraim Bugumba’s interview with our favorite UK partner: Visions TV Online. Ephraim is our newest artist who has both a compelling story and a wonderfully unique sound.  We’re very excited to work with him.

If you’re looking for representation or would like to participate in one of our concerts or showcases, please contact us at info@aspirebooking.com or fill out the contact page on the website.  Let’s keep creating!

Ephraim Bugumba's New EP Out Now

Ephraim Bugumba has dropped his long-awaited EP “Epoch 1”. He has been busy writing and performing his original music on stages all over the country, including a Top 50 turn on American Idol, a finalist spot on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and winning an International Folk Music Award.
 
Epoch 1 is the first of several EP’s he plans to drop in the coming months. Difficult to label, his style of music is a fusion of many styles, undergirded by traditional rhythms that he recalls from his childhood. Ephraim takes his songwriting seriously, allowing the listener to learn of his journey from refugee camps all over Africa before being granted asylum in the States. He carefully crafts both melody and lyrics, heavily emphasizing melodies as he believes they tell his story as much as his lyrics do. Bugumba says: “The melody of a song has strong narrative qualities. In my own songs, I strive for eloquence in the melodies as well as the lyrics.”
 
We’re excited to have this innovative, talented and gifted artist as part of the Aspire Booking family and look forward to booking him in your city in 2022.

Visions TV Online, UK

We have been enjoying a very productive partnership with Visions TV Online, UK, our co-producer of the Worship Together virtual concert series. Our next concert will air in October, after which plans are being made to take the concert live as live music returns post-Covid. Check back frequently, as we will add updates as the date nears. Prior to this partnership, Aspire Booking produced the “Better Together” concert for Restored Hope Chicago, recorded live in-studio. Featured artists included Khalil Everage, star of the Netflix series “Cobra Kai” and the Netflix movie “Beats” co-starring Anthony Anderson and Uzo Aduba.

New On The Roster

We’re excited to announce our first managed act, Trenton Baker. Moving from booking only, we’re looking forward to additionally guiding this young actor/singer’s career. Already receiving back-to-back bookings for worship services in and around Chicago, this artist is making his mark in Gospel Music.

Ted Williams

  • Ted Williams’ 1619 the Musical is currently touring Chicago Public Schools.
  • Ted Williams is appearing in the film “A Christmas Thief” featuring Vivica A. Fox premiering on the Ion Network on December 5 at 8pm. We’re excited to see one of our artists in one of the newest movie offerings this Holiday season.

TMMP Awards

The Music and Media Platform Awards held its first annual ceremony in August 2021. Live performances from artists from around the world, including Noel Robinson and Jonathan McReynolds, highlighted the evening, which featured artists nominated in 26 categories. A list of winners can be found on Visions TV Online UK’s website. Aspire Booking was proud to present the award for Best Female International Artist to Canada’s Shelley Reddy.

2021 Stellar Awards

Latice Crawford was a featured presenter at this year’s Stellar Awards in July. The show returned to Nashville with a star-studded pre-show, followed by the live taping at the historic Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Full Gospel Church

On July 4, Chantel Varnado and Kingdom United wowed the crowd at Full Gospel Church in Hazel Crest, IL. Hundreds of people enjoyed the sunshine and amazingly clear skies for a morning worship service. Chantel ushered in the Holy Spirit and set the atmosphere for the rest of the service which included the church worship team and band, words from Pastor Ron Wilson and guest ministers, as well as food, games, and giveaways.

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