UpLift! CEO Named Among "15 Women CHH Can't Live Without" by Wadeoradio.com

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 With having her clients in mind, there is only one motto that Gessie Thompson lives by when it comes to running her talent management, booking and consultant firm: “See their vision, Soar towards it and Succeed at bringing it to pass.”

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Thompson is the CEO/President of The UpLift! Group, and when it comes to a prolific resume, with 15 plus years in the industry, she has it. Thompson’s skills and duties consist of marketing, artist relations, and national and regional promotions for various gospel artists. She also shepherds and oversees operations dealing with marketing and communications.


After graduating from New York University with a degree in Music Business, Thompson started her career working for then Verity Records (now RCA Inspirations), and then moved on to Universal Records/Kedar Entertainment and Ketchum Public Relations.


Her skill sets have helped build key campaigns for her diverse clientele which consist of and have consisted of Stellar and NAACP Image Award winning and GRAMMY nominated John P. Kee, Three-time Stellar Award winning, two-time GRAMMY and GMA Dove nominated Da’ T.R.U.T.H., The Amabassador, GRAMMY and Stellar Award winning, GMA Dove nominated producer and artist J.R., and others.


Her promotional campaigns and expertise have helped promote artists and their specific projects, execute key interviews and television appearances, and promote headlining tours.


Here clients include Shai and Blair Linne, The Ambassador, Dae-Lee and others.


Thompson and The UpLift! Group have been a vital part of not only the Gospel Industry but the Christian hip hop Industry as well.



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Shai Linne Discusses His Song "Fal$e Teacher$" with Russell Moore (President-elect of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)

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“Fal$e Teacher$” by Shai Linne

— FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2013 —

The Cross and the Jukebox

Recently Christian rapper Shai Linne took on America’s prosperity gospel teachers, by name and without apology. He was challenged by the son of prosperity teacher Paula White, and responded with a dose of gospel power and light.

This week Shai was in town, making his way through the country on The Black Out Circuit tour, and I couldn’t wait to have him in the studio. In this episode of “The Cross & the Jukebox,” Shai and I talk about the prosperity gospel, why it’s dangerous, and why it shows up in so many places, including in America’s theological export to the African continent. We talk about how the prosperity gospel isn’t just on TBN, but lurks within every heart, including too often mine and, I’ll bet, yours.

Listen to this episode of “The Cross & the Jukebox” and let me know about any songs that you would like us to examine in the weeks and months to come.  Click HERE to download the MP3 or HERE to listen on Russell Moore's site.