Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton aka Emcee N.I.C.E. and Chantal "Chanie G" Grayson, co-owners of the Stellar Awards winning God's House of Hip Hop radio (GH3 Radio) station, have partnered with syndicated gospel radio personalities Those Baxters to launch Rhythm & Praise Radio powered by DASH on July 15.
R&P Radio will kick off with a music only format, playing the genre's hitmakers, artists including Kierra Sheard, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Koryn Hawthorne, Jor'Dan Armstrong, and Uncle Reece. On August 10, LA's #1 Home for Rhythm & Praise Gospel Soul Music will begin rolling out 7 shows hosted by gospel on-air personalities.
"We joined forces with Those Baxters and are curating a radio station that's different from contemporary gospel," Emcee N.I.C.E. says. "This is out of the box R&B gospel." Dubbed R&P, Gospel's R&B, the station will break the mold of traditional and contemporary gospel. "You're so used to all of the traditional stations being into quartets and choirs and the traditional gospel," Emcee N.I.C.E. says. "Here, you'll be able to hear a Jor'Dan Armstrong do a '90s R&B inspired song for God. That's essentially what's going on in a lot of these records coming out."
Also known as Christian R&B, Rhythm & Praise combines Christian-themed lyrics with common music characteristics of rhythm and blues and has achieved more than 10 million records sold, 100 million streams, 20 GRAMMYS, 25 Dove Awards and 50 Stellar Awards.
Grayson says R&P Radio will be an excellent compliment to their successful Christian hip hop station GH3 Radio. "We continue to elevate the CHH market and now we're going to expand the R&P space," she says, "and I think that it's awesome to give all these young and up and coming gospel artists an opportunity and platform to showcase their God given talent not to mention, the fans will gain a new found reason to check for Gospel and the word of God through music they can relate to."
Those Baxters hosts Kala "Ms. Kala" Moses Baxter and Juan "Brutha Craze" Baxter are excited to partner with Emcee N.I.C.E. and Grayson to launch R&P Radio. "It is a dream come true to team up with the two of them and help create, program, and run a radio station that focuses on the music we love, R&P Gospel's R&B!" they said. "We're so thankful that God placed us on the hearts of these VISIONARIES. Their success with God's House of Hip Hop is a testament to stepping out on faith and the magnificent work that God can do."
GH3 Radio which boasts 24/7 programming of Christian hip hop (CHH), Latin CHH, and Gospel hip hop music has been nominated for the 2020 Stellar Awards Internet Station of the Year and 11 The Spin Awards.