Black Smoke Music Worldwide is celebrating the birthday of its charismatic founder – Mr. Kerry Douglas – with a Gospel Mix Live Birthday Bash Virtual Concert this Saturday, January 23 @ 6 PM ET. The big bash will feature performances from the likes of Pastor Mike, Jr.; James Fortune; James Grear; newcomer, Lasha’ Knox, and a host of others. There will also be reflections and surprise shout-outs from family, friends and gospel music industry elite. It will air on Douglas’ Facebook and YouTube pages.
Douglas has been called the Clive Davis or the Berry Gordy of Gospel music because he has launched the careers of some of the genre’s biggest acts of the last two decades. During that time, he has promoted megahits such as the Grammy Award nominated James Fortune’s No. 1 smashes, “I Trust You” and “I Believe.” There have been other chart toppers such as Zacardi Cortez’ “Oh, How I Love You,” Greg O’Quin’s “I Told the Storm,” Earnest Pugh’s “Rain on Us” and Evelyn Turrentine-Agee’s “God Did It,” among many others.
Douglas’ venture into music promotion began when he was a Houston-based car salesman. He started hosting R&B and Rap concerts on the car lot to draw new customers. These events were so successful that his sales doubled. This led to Douglas moving into concert promotion full time. After facing a challenging near-death experience, Douglas became a born-again Christian and launched Black Smoke Music Worldwide to promote gospel artists.
To help market his enterprise, Douglas created The Gospel Truth magazine to highlight independent gospel artists. At its height, the magazine boasted a readership of 50,000. He then launched the best-selling Gospel Mix line of albums that gave life to music by independent artists such as Bryan Andrew Wilson, Le’Andria Johnson, Tamela Mann, The Brown Boyz and Ruben Studdard. The latest, Gospel Mix Volume XI, features Billboard No. 1 hits such as Zacardi Cortez’ “You Don’t Know,” Demetrius West’s “I’m Next” and Pastor Mike’s “Big.” Douglas lives in two cities – Houston, TX and Birmingham, AL.