New Gospel Radio Station Spreads The Good Word (And Music)

When COVID-19 forced Emcee N.I.C.E. and Chantal “Chanie G” Grayson to put their 2020 Summer Fest at the Bank of California Stadium on hold, they regrouped and launched another venture — a new Los Angeles-based gospel radio station — Rhythm & Raise Radio powered by Dash. The station debuted in July, and now, there is a new line-up of praise-worthy programming, which began August 10, 2020.

Emcee N.I.C.E. and Chanie G, Rhythm & Praise Radio co-curators and owners of the Stellar Award winning God’s House of Hip Hop radio station powered by Dash, will host the show Praise House Jamz on Saturdays 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. PDT. Married Couple, Juan L. Baxter and Kala Moses Baxter, R&P Radio co-curators and syndicated radio personalities, will host Those Baxters in the Morning that will air Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. PDT.  Additionally, urban gospel music star Uncle Reece hosts Friday Night Fire With Uncle Reece on Friday nights from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT and Hasan “Mr. Root” James, editor in chief for Root Magazine, will host The Root Box on Mondays 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. PDT. Comedian Cletus Kassady will host The Cletus Kassady Show on Wednesdays 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Rhythm & Praise artist and radio veteran Dezzie hosts The Big Show With Dezzie on Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT and NAACP Image Awards and Stellar Awards winning music supervisor Angela “Moonbaby” Jollivette will host UnRestricted With Moonbaby on Thursdays 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT.

These amazing shows have also been added to the official R&P lineup: Iconic Redefined by MUSE Branding & Development CEO PJ Owens; Nu Day With Amber Shaw from Texas; Touch The World With Lady Eva J from Los Angeles; Saints and Sinners With Big Matt and Christeria Lynn “The Juicy Truth” from Atlanta; CK Certified by Mr. CSA2K from the Coalition Kingdom DJs along with official R&P DJs DJ Ms. Eclectic and DJ I Rock Jesus.

R&P Radio powered by Dash, plays  the genre’s hitmakers, artists including Kierra Sheard, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Koryn Hawthorne, Jor’Dan Armstrong, Mali Music and Uncle Reece.

Uncle Reece says, “As an artist in the gospel music industry that has a very urban sound, I am delighted and honored to have a platform as a radio personality that allows me to introduce artists to the world that take a more modern approach to the gospel sound.”Jollivette says R&P Radio is the perfect platform for UnRestricted. “This show represents no limits, no boundaries,” she says. “I believe the state of the world we live in requires us to stay mentally and spiritually uplifted and fit and what better way than through inspirational music.” Dezzie adds The Big Show listeners can expect to be motivated. “I am thrilled that God has once again entrusted me with another assignment,” she says. “Baybeee, get ready to be encouraged. educated and inspired in a BIG way.”

Cletus promises that The Cletus Kassady Show will be filled with “laughter, followed by laughter, topped by laughter.” “I am as excited about the station as a fat kid in a candy store with unlimited credit,” he says. “I can’t wait to put this show on the air. It’s going to be Informative, educational and entertaining.” Hasan James compares The Root Box to a movie. “I’m so happy to be a part of the R&P family and I must say our listeners are in for a treat,” he says. “I’m a lover of all things gospel, so I’m excited to bring you not only the hottest gospel music, but also celebrity interviews and hot topics.”

Emcee N.I.C.E. explains that the station dubbed R&P, Gospel’s R&B is different from other gospel music outlets. “Here, you’ll be able to hear a Jor’Dan Armstrong do a ‘90s R&B inspired song for God and hear from Christian Hip Hop artists that sing. That’s essentially what’s going on in a lot of these records coming out,” he says.

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. Those Baxters hosts Juan and Kala Baxter are excited to partner with Emcee N.I.C.E. and Grayson with 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.

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.

Rhythm & Praise Radio Show Lineup

Monday – Friday
Those Baxters in the Morning
Juan and Kala Baxter
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. PDT
Philadelphia, PA

Late Night Praise Him – Drops

Nu Day With Amber Shaw
Amber Shaw
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Houston, TX

The Root Box
Hasan “Mr. Root” James
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA

Touch the World
Lady Eva J
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PDT
Los Angeles, CA

The Big Show With Dezzie
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT
Philadelphia, PA

The Cletus Kassady Show
Cletus Kassady
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. PDT
Virginia Beach, VA

Iconic Redefined
PJ Owens
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. PDT
Philadelphia, PA

Angela “DJ Moonbaby” Jollivette
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT
Los Angeles, CA

New Music Friday
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PDT
Los Angeles, CA

Saints & Sinners Radio
Big Matt and Chisteria Lynn “The Juicy Truth”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. PDT
Atlanta, GA

Friday Night Fire
Uncle Reece
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT
Jacksonville, FL

Praise House Jamz
Emcee N.I.C.E. & Chanie G
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. PDT
Los Angeles, CA

CK Certified
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT
Atlanta, GA