About New Wave Gospel Productions

New Wave Gospel Productions History

On October 16, 1988 New Wave Gospel Productions officially entered the Gospel Music Industry by promoting one of the biggest Gospel concerts of all time. Gospel music lovers and supporters throughout Chicago, Illinois and many from across America and around the World shared in the very first New Wave Gospel Productions Concert on this blessed day at the famed UIC Pavilion.

The historic occasion featured the King of Gospel Music, Rev. James Cleveland, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Clark Sisters, who all were featured in the movie “Gospel”, The Jackson Southernaires, and Chicago’s very own Angela Spivey & The Voices of Victory of First Corinthians Missionary Baptist Church Choir and The Universal Voices the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. It also drew support from local, regional, and national media outlets as well as a great outpouring of support from the general public. Those who attended were blessed by a first class Gospel concert that featured some of the top Gospel Artists in the World performing together on the same stage on the same night.

Under the direction of
Sister Kathy Lockett, Chief Executive Officer and her husband Deacon Donald Lockett, Chief Financial Officer – New Wave Gospel Productions continued to grow year after year. As God has continuously enlarged the New Wave Gospel events and entities, the Lockett’s enlisted the support of many Gospel enthusiasts and formed New Wave Gospel Ministries; a comprehensive board to include many who are very influential in the Gospel Music Industry. Some of these individuals who serve on the official New Wave Gospel Productions Board are: Rev., Dr. Isaac Lindsey – General Manager of WAGR FM 102.5 and WXTN AM 1000 Radio stations that are owned by Mr. & Mrs. Lockett, New Wave Gospel Radio Show’s Co-Hosts – Minister Timothy White & Bishop Michael Gardner, Brother Tommy Patrick, Brother Major Rose, Sister Mary Anna Acoff, Rev. David Anderson, Brother Charles Love, Sister Jameelah Hafeez, Brother Edwin “Max” Collins, Brother Richard Paradise, Sister Margaret Chatman, Sister Margaret Bruce, Pastor Leon “Pete” Walker, and others.

The official New Wave Gospel staff also includes Sister Joyce Neal, Sister Pamela Collins, Sister Johnny Mae Dearden, Sister Cynthia Chatman, Sister Shirley Thompson, and others.

New Wave Gospel Productions & New Wave Gospel Ministries promotes and hosts at least three major events annually on the 2nd Sunday in November, the 3rd Sunday in March, and of course the ever-popular World’s Greatest Mother’s Day Gospel Bowl that has drawn nearly 10,000 people.

New Wave Gospel Ministries Mission Statement
We are a professional Christian organization working together for the ongoing promotions of and the preservation of Quartet styled Gospel Music on a local, regional, and national level while serving the body of Christ and the community with dignity, respect, and integrity in an excellent manner.


The Claude Lee Jefferson, Jr. Scholarship Foundation Statement of Purpose
The Claude Lee Jefferson, Jr. Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit organization intended to help music, business, accounting and college students further their education by providing financial assistance through scholarship awards.


The Who’s – Who of Past Artists booked by New Wave Gospel Productions

Rev. James Cleveland, Joe Ligon & The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Canton Spirituals, The Original Soul Stirrers, The Clark Sisters, The Jackson Southernaires, The Rance Allen Group, The Williams Brothers, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s, Lisa Knowles & The Brown Singers, The Pilgrim Jubilees, Pastor Tim Rogers & The Fellas, The Soul Seekers, The Victory Travelers, The Windy City SpiritualaireS, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, The Christianaires, Spencer Taylor & The Highway QC’s, Pastor Joseph Towns & The Faithful Ones, The Mixon Singers, Pastor M. G. Hunter & The Sons of Jerusalem, The Bolton Brothers, Darrell McFadden & The Disciples, Lemmie Battles, Nelson Larkins & God’s Posse, The Racy Brothers, Pastor Mack McCollum, The Original Salem Travelers, Rev. Andrew Cheairs & The Songbirds, Otis Clay, The Gospel Crusaders, The Gospel Keynotes, The Messengers, True Believers, The Inspirational Charms, The Evereadys, The Sacred Sons of Zion, The Luckett Brothers, The Starlight Singers, The Gospel Four, and so many more!!!