Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Love Me Through” – Lateefah

“Love Me Through” LateefahLateko Records (release date: April 18) www.facebook.com/thereallateefah    To a balmy, keyboard-led neo-soul groove, Lateefah sings that no matter what happens on the outside, she has love inside.  She also has complete trust in the Lord that He will make everything on the outside better, too.  Her breezy, relaxed voice fits the song like a pair of comfortable denims. Born in London, where she studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, inspirational singer-songwriter Lateefah Elcock, aka Lateefah, has roots in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where the water is blue, the plants are tropical green, and ...

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Bobby Jones – Rejoice With Me!

Bobby Jones Rejoice With Me! EchoPark JDI Entertainment (2014) www.echoparkjdi.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog While he is the undisputed king of gospel television—Bobby Jones Gospel is the longest-running cable television program, period— Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones has not always fared as well on radio. That just changed with Rejoice With Me.  Produced by Michael Bereal and Professor James Roberson for EchoPark JDI, the album showcases the work of Jones’ Nashville Super Choir, a team of capable musicians, and several soloists.  Functioning basically as narrator, Jones gives the album over to NSC and top-shelf gospel singers such ...

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Chicago Area Gospel Singer Todd Dulaney Signs with Entertainment One Music

NASHVILLE, TN (April 8, 2014) – Entertainment One Music has signed celebrated artist, songwriter and worshipper Todd Dulaney to its award-winning Gospel roster.  Joining eOne Music in a new recording deal, the Stellar Award-nominated singer will record and release multiple albums, with the first single slated for release in late Summer this year, off his upcoming new album slated for a first-quarter release in 2015.  He’ll also be appearing on The Word Network, live on Wednesday April 9th, at 8 pm EST.  Currently in-studio recording the finishing touches for his upcoming new album, Dulaney says of joining eOne Music: “My family ...

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Texas Gospel Announcer Bill “The Mailman” Martin Dies

Yvonne Wesley-Seabrooks, president of the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild, informed TBGB that Bill “The Mailman” Martin, gospel announcer and president of the Texas Chapter of the Gospel Announcers Guild, died in his sleep yesterday.   Born in Asheville, North Carolina and, at one time, a budding jazz saxophonist, Martin became Austin Texas’s most popular gospel radio personality.  He spun gospel on KIXL and most recently on “The Word,” KLGO 1490 AM.  Martin was a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, founded the Texas Gospel Announcers Guild, was a fixture at the annual Gospel Announcers Guild conventions, and ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: April 7, 2014

“At Your Feet”CokoMBK Records (rel. February 20, 2014) Available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. The prayerful ballad “At Your Feet” is Cheryl “Coko” Clemons’s best solo work to date.   To a heartwarming melody, the lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning female group SWV lays her broken pieces and heavy load at the feet of Jesus, “because I’m really not that strong.”  Knowing that letting go and letting God is the best policy, she can sleep soundly knowing that joy will come in the morning. It’s a dramatic gospel song with a very well-crafted arrangement that benefits from a steadily building beat, ...

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“By Your Word” – LaShun Pace

“By Your Word” LaShun Pace (2014)available on iTunes You can’t help but be drawn into a gospel song that opens with, “My life / I’ve been to hell and back.” That’s LaShun Pace’s testimony, all right.   The member of the Anointed Pace Singers lost her eleven year-old daughter, Xenia, to heart trouble.  LaShun herself was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.  That’s just the start of it.  On her alternately bluesy and dramatic single, “By Your Word,” Pace declares that “by your word, I am here” with all the conviction that such a testimony can muster.

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Chicago Mass Choir – XV Live

Chicago Mass Choir XV Live New Haven Records (2011) www.newhavenrecords.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog As usual, Chicago Mass Choir has a packed schedule. They delivered a stellar performance at the Allstate GospelFest in Chicago on March 25, appeared on WGN-TV with Sesame Street’s beloved Elmo on April 3, and will join Yolanda Adams and Jonathan McReynolds on the Most Powerful Voices program on April 26. Before the choir records their sixteenth album on May 3, let’s revisit their most recent CD, XV Live.  Recorded at the Trinity Broadcasting Network Studios in Hendersonville, Tennessee, XV Liveis a ...

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