Friday, January 16, 2015

Independent Artists and Awards (A Flawed Mindset)

Despite the best efforts of many in the Indie Community to help the many of you in your philosophy and strategy into promoting your career, most of you would rather win an award(doesn’t matter which one) then to have a long sustained satisfying career. You would rather a one night stand then a long lasting relationship. I have been down that road and suffered greatly because of that flawed Industry mindset. That mindset can be emotionally devastating and financially crushing as you eagerly pursue fame and stardom. Awards are good if you truly earned it. Otherwise you will spend the rest of your life defending why you received it.

You may not admit it to your supporters and in your concerts when you tell lies like "I only want to please God" and "I'm not in it for this or for that" but deep down you really want to be "The Man" , "The Women" or “The Group” in Christian music and that's okay. Admit it and then realize what it takes to get there if you REAALLY want it.  I have discovered that on order for me to make it to that level I really don't need to have a wife and two small children right now. I need to be single and able to travel without hindrance. Well It's not worth it to me. However I have also discovered that I can have a VERY MEANINGFUL career but galvanizing my supporters and friends in all that I do musically which in turn yields me great results and a certain satisfaction that my efforts in the Kingdom have meaning.

Now this blog is not for you overly spiritual people who have the perfect relationship with God and can hear his voice and are perfectly satisfied in him. This is for those of you who have an expected goal in the Gospel Music Industry and are laboring to meet it. This post is for those of you who realize that the Lord has gifted and anointed you for service but you somehow lose your way, in the process of fulfilling Gods purpose for your life, due to your need to be famous and wanted.
Somewhere down the line, in your Christian walk, you will discover that just being able to sing, play, dance, preach etc. in the Kingdom of God is success enough but it takes a while and sometimes longer than that for most of us to get to that point. In the meantime we press on towards one goal or another.  If you truly want a successful career in Christian music ask God to surround you with people who need what you have to offer and their you will find your true ministry and success.


Phillip Carter

Friday, November 28, 2014

Independent Gospel Artists Alliance BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE

The 6th Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference will be like no other and here's your chance to be a part!!
The IGAA Conference BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE is your opportunity to take advantage of what will be a "game-changing" experience for $50 down. You can pay the rest in installments! And when you register THIS WEEKEND ONLY, you will be eligible to win a trip to the 2016 Stellar Awards!! That's right -- WIN AIRFARE, HOTEL, and 2 TICKETS to the 2016 Stellar Awards!!
Please visit the IGAA Conference website to see a list of the 2015 GENERAL ARTIST TRACK sessions, and as well as ELITE ARTIST TRACK sessions for advanced artists and labels to be held next July.
New Features for 2015 include:
1.) NEW MUSIC SEMINAR for artists and songwriters to present their music to the conference. You, the songwriter, will be able to sell your sheet music and project "ON THE SPOT" after presenting your song.
2.) "This Is My Story, This Is My Song " session with a Special Guest National Recording Artist who will share there story of trials and successes with you.
and more to come so make plans to join us!!
YOUR CONFERENCE TO BE CONNECTED -- July 9-11, 2015 in Chesapeake, Virginia!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pastor Antoine Hutchins and The Christian Unity Choir


SOV Music Artist Pastor Antoine Hutchins Releases Brand New Cd entitled "He Still Loves Me"

Media Contact:               
                                        Phillip Carter, SOV, Inc

SOV Ministries Inc. proudly announces the release of Pastor Antoine Hutchins’ debut CD “He Still Loves Me” (feat. The Christian Unity Choir).

Pastor Antione J. Hutchins has served in all areas of ministry from Minister of Music to National Evangelist, to Senior Pastor. Not only does he preach the Word of God, Pastor Hutchins is also an anointed and skilled psalmist who brings the same deliverance to the people of God through his music ministry. In October of 2013, after signing with SOV (Sounds of Victory), he recorded his widely anticipated debut project, along with the Christian Unity Choir, live at the Christian Unity Baptist Church (C.U.B.C.). Preaching is his passion; however anyone that has experienced his ministry knows that he is a worshiper. Many have testified that you can feel God’s greatness and authority when Pastor Hutchins ministers.

Produced by Stellar Award Winner Phillip Carter the project begins with “Awesome God You Are”.  Moving to the title cut “He Still Loves Me”. The current single "He'll Make It Alright" is a "Baptist Style" remake of the original version done by the legendary choir Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Choir. Other favorites include: “You Are Holy” written by Darnell Moore  and “I Belong to God” written by Hutchins.

For servicing or more information contact Phillip Carter at or 301.509.3459.

Get connected with Pastor Hutchins on social media at and as well as through his website

About SOV, INC.

SOV Ministries, Inc. is a Washington D.C. metropolitan area-based parent company for several Gospel and inspirational music–related businesses – Sounds of Victory Ministries, Philco Studios, and Philco Publishing – that provide a wide range of services for those interested or involved in these segments of the music industry.  From connecting hopeful artists with the right contact person, to touring internationally and mastering songs in-studio, SOV is deeply knowledgeable about, and immersed in this industry.  SOV’s products and services include the following: Music duplication and manufacturing, Music scoring and composition, Studio services, and more.

Phillip Carter and SOV - LIVE FROM ZION

I am on a two week promotion of my new CD. I want to encourage you,who are trying to promote your products, to have a plan before you start recording your cd's so that when your cd is released you will have a system of recoupment in place. It's called the "END GAME". What is my desired outcome from the start. You should have one in business and in ministry. I am currently carrying out a plan that I started 2 years ago. Yes It takes that long sometimes but when you see the fruit of your labor come to pass you then understand the reason for the process. BE ENCOURAGED

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

God Is An Independent Artist

God Is An Independent Artist. Isn't it wonderful to know that the God we serve is an Independent Artist. He is free to do what He wants. He is creative. He doesn't give certain churches or ethnicities preferential treatment. He works on no one else's timelines but His own. He doesn't need a Major Record Label to validate who He is. He is secure in Himself. He has appeared on every major Gospel and some secular shows (when invited). He is not only and Independent Artist but a best selling author and mentor as well. In fact He is the only Independent Artist who has remained #1 on all the charts (where His music is played) since the beginning of time. God has never won an earthly major music award yet He has influenced countless other winners and they acknowledge Him in their award speeches(even the ones who seem to show no evidence of God in their lives). God doesn't charge for His services instead He freely gives to all who are willing to receive and ironically His Kingdom and influence continue to grow. He even brings His group with him when He travels (3 In 1). God is an Independent Artist. God's musical styles range from Gregorian Chants to Holy Hip Hop. God is a trendsetter. God is a bilingual artist. He is not bound by personal preferences, denominations or ideologies. When God performs He seems to stop the show every time with His overwhelming Spirit. God can perform with tracks, bands, orchestras, acapella groups etc. God even does personal concerts in the souls of those who know Him. I have seen God use musicians both large and small. God is an Independent Artist. God never turns down engagements. He schedule is unimaginable. Although God shows up whenever you invite Him, He seems to work best when you put Him first on the program. For bookings please use knee-mail. He responds quicker that way. From the Spirit of God through Phillip Carter.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Phillip Carter Releases His Latest Single.....

Stellar Award Winning Artist and Well-Known Producer Phillip Carter Releases His Latest Single
New Music with a Timeless Message

Contact: Phillip Carter, 301-509-3459

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A familiar face in the Gospel music industry has once again crafted another amazing single sure to minister to the heart of man. Phillip Carter (photo), President and CEO of Sounds of Victory Ministries (SOV) and co-founder of the Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference, releases his rendition of "A Friend Unfailing," a 1996 Dove-nominated single recorded by the late Elder Q. Ricardo "Ricky" McCrimmon. Doing what he does best as an accomplished recording artist, musician, and producer, Carter takes the song's simplistic, yet meaningful lyrics, marries them with amazing musical and vocal arrangements, and tops them off with flawless production to yield another hit that will keep the church choir sound ever resonating in Gospel music.

"Elder McCrimmon did a phenomenal job when he originally recorded this song," says Carter. "Nearly two decade after its first introduction to the world, I am honored to share this song with a new generation of Gospel music listeners and bring its profound message back to the memory of those who were blessed by it at its original release. To able to share the story of our Savior's goodness and faithfulness toward us and remind people of the hope, restoration, and love that can be found only through Jesus Christ is truly amazing. I am humbled, and I take not this opportunity for granted."

Much like the music we have come to know and love from Phillip Carter and SOV, this single delivers a classic choir sound that is easily teachable to beginner and advanced choirs alike. Similar to his renowned single "I Love the Lord" from the 2009 project entitled "Songs from the Storm," this new release, "A Friend Unfailing," encourages listeners of the abilities of our God and the importance of the application of praise for the great things He has done. It is a song linking an encouraging message and easy music with which choirs and congregations both can connect. This is another great release fit for Sunday morning.

The multi-talented Carter, along with his ensemble, Sounds of Victory, received a 2010 Stellar Award for "Fan Favorite Choir of the Year," and a total of six Stellar nominations. Carter also produced the 2010 Stellar Award Winner for Children's Performance of the Year, "Amazing" by Dr. Emory Andrews and the Oxon Hill High School Gospel Choir and is an esteemed workshop facilitator and choir director. The single has been serviced to radio and is available for purchase now on CD Baby. Sheet music will be available beginning January 31, 2014. An independent artist in a class of trailblazing independent artists, Phillip Carter and SOV are leaving permanent imprints on this ever-changing genre of music.

Fans of the artist can stay in the loop with the ministry of Phillip Carter & SOV through their Android app or by texting the word "phillip" to 88202. For more information or to bring any of the ministries of Phillip Carter & SOV to your area, log on, Facebook (, Twitter (!/Phillip_Carter), ReverbNation (

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Honoring DMV's Greatest Gospel Musicians (Past and Present) Part 2

The DMV area is so blessed wiith innovators and trendsetters in the area of Gospel Music. In the last blog, I explored the "creme de la creme" of Gospel Musicians in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. I'm back with part 2 because there are some others that I would like to recognize as well. As always I am sure this list is not complete but it's thorough. Let's get started!

1. William Hubbard
William Hubbard is the writer of one of the most popular Gospel /Praise and Worship songs of all time, "I Love You Lord Today", which was originally recorded by The Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir and has been and continues to be one of greatest Gospel Musicians the DMV has ever seen and heard. William came from a musical family as his mother was a musician in her own right. He is not only a great Gospel Musician and songwriter, but his expertise also reaches into the realm of musical theater. William Hubbard has never allowed the trendiness of Gospel Music to narrow his eclectic musical genius as he continues to write music that will stand the test of time. Hear his version of the 23rd Psalm:

2. Warren Jones (Far left in picture)
Musician, singer, songwriter Warren Jones is a a quiet storm in the DMV area. He is nationally known for his producing both Gospel and R&B artists. Warren also penned a very popular worship song recorded by The Potter's House Mass Choir entitled, "Majesty" some years ago. Warren has all of the "intangibles" as they say in sports.  He can do anything as it pertains to music. Despite his demanding career as a producer, he is still a church musician. One of the humbling facts about Warren is that he is not a mega church guy. He works with and ministers in places that most big named musicians wouldn't even consider, and he is to be commended for that.  Warren is also one of the founding members of a very popular Gospel band in the 90's called Gideon Band and a gifted drummer as well..

3. Mike Smith

I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with this monster musician for many years now. Mike Smith is a musical tactician and a Stellar nominated producer. Mike Smith knows how to play and produce music. He was my co-producer and a writer on my last project, and has worked with many DMV artists in helping to make their dreams come true.  A native of State College, Pennsylvania, Mike moved to the DC area not really knowing a lot about the inner workings of how to play Gospel Music, but he had a ear that developed him into the phenomenal musician he is today. He is now the Minister of Music of the Jones Tabernacle Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD, and well respected and noted by many as a great musician and songwriter.  

4. Nate Fields  

You cannot be a musician in the DMV area, and not know who Bassist Nate Fields is with his high pitched voice. Nate plays the bass with reckless precision as he has graced so many recordings in the DMV area with an unmistakable foundation. Nate is somewhat of a pioneer with his uncanny ability to ad lib while still holding down the foundation in a song. Nate is also the Minister of Music of Redeeming Love Christian Center in DC where his father is the Pastor. Here's a clip of Nate playing the bass along with Warren Jones(Piano) and Mike Smith (Organ).

5. Jay Williams (J.J.)

J.J is a pioneer and mentor to so many in the DC metropolitan area and abroad. He is one of the greatest drummers in America, and we have been blessed to hear him in the DC area for over 20 years now. Jay Williams is the lead drummer at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Lanham, MD, but his resume far exceeds the limitations of Gospel Music. He's helped so many artists in many other genres of music as well and continues to tour as needed. J.J. is not only a great musician, he is a great person. He is one of the best session drummers I have ever seen.  He's also a family man, and comes from a musical family. His father, the late Judge Williams Sr., was also well known in our area as the Minister of Music at the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church in DC.. See J.J. with Marcus Johnson

6. Daryl Hunt
One word.... Musical Genius
I have never worked with Daryl Hunt before, but I have seen and experienced his work. There is really no one like him in our area. He writes, arranges, and plays like tomorrow may not get here. Daryl is very educated and knowledgeable in not only Gospel Music, but he is a wizard in orchestration. He has written and/or arranged songs for R&B artists as well. He is a humble man with a vision to educate young people. Hear his rendition of Richard Smallwood's "Lord's Prayer"

7. Justin Savage
When you mention the name Justin Savage to anyone who plays Gospel music, their eyes begin to light up because the man is simply amazing. He is a trendsetter and a student of music. Justin has graced many national recordings, and is the Assistant Minister of Music at the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD.  The DC area first heard of Justin through his amazing performance and production of Jonathan Nelson's first project that he did in Baltimore, MD.  It was like a Sunday School lesson, Justin had changed the game. His style was refreshing and many in our area have adopted his way of approaching piano playing. Justin has mentored many musicians, and continues to play and produce for many across the USA.  Justin is a great singer as well. Check out his latest single.

8. Reger Smith (Ross Smith)

Ross Smith is one of the proteges of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church who branched out to do so much more in the Gospel Music scene in the DMV area. Ross is not only a bassist, but he is a musician's musician. Ross is currently on staff at the First Baptist Church Of Glenarden in Maryland and Capitol Hill SDA Church in DC.  I likened his playing to that of Mark Walker. He has a very clear and concise sound. I have never seen Ross unprepared for an event or service. He is now a staple in the Gospel Community as a reliable bassist and a person of integrity.;_ylt=A2KLqIMlA1tR6CUAbBP7w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBrc3VyamVwBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQD?p=Ross+Smith%2C+bass&vid=4c272f2f7a813cbae8d778cf89a2024e&l=9%3A41&

9. Melvin Bryant

When you talk about virtuoso pianists, Melvin Bryant's name has to be on the top of the list. Melvin Bryant, the Assistant Minister of Music at the Alfred Street Baptist Church, in Alexandria, VA, is a well informed, well educated minstrel who can make anything talk on the black and white keys. He is also a recording artist having released an album of his own in 2003. Melvin is also a great teacher and friend to many in the DMV area. Melvin is an active participant and contributor in the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. He lends a hand when he can and is very humble about the gifts that God has blessed him with.

10. Stephen Key

Arranger, songwriter, singer, minister of music, and music transcriber Stephen Key leaves no stone unturned in the field of music. He is a well sought after musician for his accuracy in interpreting music as the artist would prefer it. He has played for many on the biggest stages the DMV area has to offer. He has his own group, Steve Key and Company.  Steve Key & Company has performed in several European music festivals including the1998 North Sea Jazz festival at The Hague in Holland, where the group performed before standing room only audiences.  The group remains committed to spreading the gospel in song whenever called upon. Stephen is also well sought after for his music transcription services. His turn around time is unbelievable in getting music back to his clients. He hails from a musical family, is well rooted in the DMV area, and is well deserved to be on this list.

Honorable Mentions- 
Mike McCoy- Great gospel musician and teacher.
Carlton Burgess- Great teacher and mentor to many in the DMV area
Jimmy Russell- Who taught and mentored so many in the DC area.
Terrell Graham- He is one of the longest tenured drummers at one church in the DC area . The 1st drummer I ever saw in the DC area using and MPC back in the early 90's.
Michael White- great singer, musician and songwriter
Paul Avery- musician with unlimited musical ideas
Jamal Moore- Who is now probably the most sought after session drummer in the DC area
Bob Terry- Guitarist
Alvin White- Guitarist
Damon Grey- Just a monster musician and a great musical support to many.