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Candi Staton featured on TV One’s 'UnSung', releases new gospel single

Four Time Grammy Award nominated music legend Candi Staton is featured in a special two-hour episode of TV One's "Unsung" cable TV series. The popular series devotes two hours to the history of the 1970s disco era with fresh interviews by its key players such as Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers (Chic), K.C. & The Sunshine Band and Candi Staton, among others. Staton, who earned disco hits such as "Young Hearts Run Free", "Run to Me", "When You Wake Up Tomorrow" and "Victim" in the '70s, talks about the impact of disco music on culture and how her signature song "Young Hearts Run Free" was based on an abusive ex-husband. She also says in the piece that she grew tired of the disco lifestyle and became a born again Christian to save her soul. The episode airs this Sunday, March 3, 2013 @ 6:00 PM EST and Sunday, March 17, 2013 @6:45 PM EST.

Meanwhile, Staton is currently promoting a new gospel radio single, "I Will Sing My Praise." The rousing ballad is a dynamic praise and worship song that she wrote as a conversation with God. "This is my personal contribution to God," she says. "It's not about trying to please anybody but God. This is my personal praise and I will to do it unto Him. But, I named the CD 'I Will Sing My Praise to You' so that listeners can put themselves in that spot and say, "Lord, I will sing my praise to you."

In Europe, Staton's gospel music is enjoying anew popularity as London-based Defected Records has remixed her 2002 track, "Hallelujah Anyway". New remixes by the legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles (who is also featured in the "UnSung" disco episode) and DJ Larse have hit the pop charts in South Africa, Belgium, Germany and England.

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Why Pastor Rick Warren Says Surviving Isn’t Thriving

Pastor Rick Warren says he believes that everyone lives at one of three levels in life: Survival, Success and Significance. Only when you reach the highest level (Significance) are you living your life with purpose.

Take a moment to let that sink in and begin to think about where you might be currently living your life today.

Where would you like to be living instead? Are you content with just one of these levels? What do you have to do to begin living at one of the higher levels?

Watch as Pastor Warren explains why America is filled with people who are just getting by at Survival level. Plus find out why Pastor Warren says the "good" life isn't good enough.

Share your thoughts and reactions with us below on the message board.

How are you coming to an understanding of your purpose every single day?

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Should My Job Fulfill My Spiritual Purpose?

Otilia from California says that she would like a job with more personal fulfillment and wants to know if jobs are part of our spiritual purpose in life.

It's a question spiritual teacher Panache Desai is often asked and just might have some insight on the larger perspective at hand.

Watch as he explains on this week's Super Soul Sunday how our jobs are a great excuse to love other people, but that personal fulfillment comes from within.

Share your thoughts with us below on the message board. Is your job fulfilling your purpose or not? Have you discovered what your personal mission and purpose is in life?

How are you striving to fulfill your spiritual purpose on a day-to-day basis? What lessons have you learned about developing the level of confidence you need to fulfill that purpose with the help and instruction of God?

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How Putting Your Spouse First Helps Your Kids

If you prioritize your relationship with your spouse, it will end up giving you the result that you desire: Your kids will feel secure, safe, and in the end, will feel like they are the most important thing in your life.

One of the greatest takeaways from my parents' lifelong romance was to set priorities in the proper order: God first, then spouse, after the spouse the kids, and then everything else. No doubt they had a unique perspective, having been in love with each other since Dad was five and Mom was three.

Legion are my memories where the three boys were with Mom and Dad going to fancy restaurants, taking long coastal drives, spending the day at far away beach cities, shopping for antiques, fishing, spending a Saturday at an auction house, hanging out at their workplace (they always worked together), and going with them wherever they wanted to go.

Here are a few interesting facts about marriage you should know.

Scientists theorize the difference has more to do with anthropology than biology: Men look for fertility features in women, and since women can't judge fertility in men by physical appearance, they must remember certain characteristics that will determine if he will be a good mate.

Marrying someone with similar cultural and religious values increases the success rate of the marriage.
Education level taken by itself, increases proportionately the success of a marriage.

If both spouses are from divorced parents, they are three times more likely to divorce, than if both spouses parents had stayed together. The changes of divorces however are reduced dramatically if one of the spouses came from parents who never divorced.

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Gospel Legend Cleotha ‘Cleedi’ Staples Dies

Cleotha 'Cleedi' Staples, a founding member of the pioneering folk-gospel group, The Staple Singers, has died at the age of 78. She had gracefully battled Alzheimer's disease for the last decade and passed away peacefully at her Chicago home on the morning of February 21, 2013.

Staples was born April 11, 1934 in Drew, Mississippi. She was the first-born child of Roebuck "Pops" Staples and his wife, Oceola. The family moved to Chicago in 1936 for better job opportunities. In the Windy City, siblings Pervis, Yvonne, Mavis and Cynthia were born. Pops worked a variety of manual labor jobs during the day and Oceola worked at the Morrison Hotel at night. To entertain the children in the evening, Pops began to teach them gospel songs while he strummed along on his ten-dollar guitar. His sister Katie enjoyed the sing-a-longs so much that she arranged for the family to sing at her church one Sunday morning in 1948. The family was called out for three encores and more than $7 was raised in the offering basket. Pops realized the family group had a future, and The Staple Singers were born.

The group began to sing on WTAQ 1360 AM radio and made its first recording with "These Are They" for Pops' own Royal Records in 1953. They then recorded for United Records before striking gold with Vee Jay Records where they recorded "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" in 1956. With Pops' blues-influenced guitar, Cleotha's bright high notes, Pervis' falsetto and Mavis rich contralto, they were on their way to stardom. They became one of the biggest gospel outfits of the era and turned out best-selling gospel classics such as "On My Way To Heaven," "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," "Don't Knock," "Pray On" and their signature hit, "Uncloudy Day," generally accepted to be the first gospel record to sell one million copies.

The family became active in the Civil Rights movement after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preach at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL in 1962 while on tour, and they often performed at events at the request of Dr. King. As they became immersed in the Movement, their music broadened from gospel music to more mainstream material. In 1963 they became the first black recording artists to cover a Bob Dylan song ("Blowin' in the Wind"), and they also recorded songs of protest such as "For What It's Worth," "Freedom Highway" and "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)." By 1968, when Pervis had left the group for the Army and Yvonne Staples took his place, they began to record for Stax Records, home of southern soul stars such as Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs and Sam & Dave.

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