Monthly Archives: April 2014

TBGB Pick of the Week: April 28, 2014

Demetrius Woods “Nothing Without You” Available via online retailers April 29, 2014 The artist formerly known as Holy Boy converts Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” into “Nothing Without You.”   The gospelization makes sense.  It’s a short distance lyrically between “If I ain’t got you” to “If I ain’t got you, Jesus.”  Plus, Keys’ song sounded gospel inspired to begin with. Woods maintains fealty to the original in his use of relaxed soul and mellow harmonies, while his vocals transition from smooth to shout.  It is a satisfying version of the 2003 pop hit.

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Johnny B. Williams – Songs for the World to Sing

Johnny B. Williams Songs for the World to Sing Salathiel Records (2013) www.salathielrecords.com  By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog I extolled the virtues of Johnny B. Williams in 2009 after listening to his five star album, The Way I Worship.  With his latest CD, Songs for the World to Sing, Williams continues to demonstrate prowess as a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. The album is packed with crisply produced radio-sized selections, all written and performed by Williams, who hails from Jewett, Texas. The songs range in their musical foundation from urban AC and contemporary gospel to tunes with ...

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Death of a Mailman – by Michael Corcoran

Ed. Note: Michael Corcoran is the author of He is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes, the companion book to the Tompkins Square 2012 reissue of the pioneering gospel pianist’s historic 1920s recordings. Read Corcoran’s marvelous article for Arts+Labor+Austin on the late gospel announcer Bill “The Mailman” Martin (photo above) and his connection to Texas gospel quartet history. http://artslaboraustin.com/death-of-a-mailman/

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“I Come To You” – Silletthia Hill

“I Come To You” Silletthia Hill Some Mystique Music (2014) www.somemystiquemusic.com Backed by a robust choir, Atlanta’s Silletthia Hill weaves compelling bluesy melismatic runs over a gently rolling melody punctuated by a warbling organ.   “I Come To You,” written by Brian Cosby, is a pledge of complete and total service to the Lord because of His grace and mercy.  It builds from quiescence to majestic exuberance.  The choir is extraordinary. Hill honed her skills singing background for Vanessa Bell Armstrong and James Bignon, and in the gospel group Inspiration, with her sisters Florence Smith, Anita Hill, and Kutania Ingram. ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: April 21, 2014

“God’s Love Lifted Me Higher”Roscoe Robinson & the Birmingham Blind Boys From the Mississippi Delta Blues CD God’s Love Lifted Me Higher (2014) www.mississippideltabluesinfo.com/roscoe.html Trading on his experience as lead singer for the Mississippi, Alabama, and Ohio Blind Boys, veteran singer Roscoe Robinson has assembled the Birmingham Blind Boys, a new quartet named for his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. The title track of the Birmingham Blind Boys’ new CD is also its lead single.  Led by Robinson, “God’s Love Lifted Me Higher” is an energetic gospelization of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.”  The 1967 classic is a natural as a personal ...

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It’s Our Time – Dr. Vera J. Goodman & Anointed Praise

Dr. Vera J. Goodman & Anointed Praise It’s Our Time First Lady Productions (2014) Anointedpraise2011@yahoo.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Independently produced church choir albums have been around since at least the early 1960s, and the results have been as mixed as the choirs recorded.   It’s Our Time, a self-produced live recording by Jacksonville, Florida’s Temple of One Accord Ministries, International, is an example of how a DIY album can be done very well. One of the album’s stars is songwriter and keyboardist Elder Jonathan Smith.  Smith penned most of the thirteen songs, two of which are the ...

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Gospel Memories – April 19, 2014: Interview with the Barrett Sisters

Enjoy this podcast of “Gospel Memories” – words and music with the Barrett Sisters: Billie Barrett GreenBey and Rodessa Barrett Porter.  Plus Dr. Mary Campbell (daughter of the late DeLois Barrett Campbell), Fran Allen-Leake, and Prof. L. Stanley Davis. Gospel Memories – April 19, 2014 The Sweet Sisters of Zion: DeLois Barrett Campbell and the Barrett Sisters, a full-length film, will be shown at the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival (CIMM Fest) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the Chop Shop, 2033 West North Avenue, Chicago.  TBGB’s Bob Marovich will host the showing, which will include a Q&A ...

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