About JGM

Bob_MarovichRobert M. Marovich – Founder and Editor-in-Chief

The mission of the Journal of Gospel Music is to educate and enlighten the public about gospel music as an American art form.  Its vision is to be the premier online resource for gospel music news, reviews, and scholarship.

Bob Marovich launched JGM on the tenth anniversary of its predecessor website, The Black Gospel Blog, which he founded July 28, 2004, as the first blog to cover African American gospel music. Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host.  Since 2001, he has produced “Gospel Memories.”  The show features classic gospel, spiritual, and jubilee music, and interviews with gospel legends.  It airs Saturday mornings on Chicago’s WLUW-FM and throughout the week on several Internet and low-power FM radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Bob has written about and reviewed classic and contemporary gospel music since the mid-1990s, when he was the gospel editor for www.bluesweb.com.  He founded The Black Gospel Blog in July 2004.  The Black Gospel Blog was nominated for a Rhythm of Gospel Award in 2013 and became the Journal of Gospel Music in July 2014.  Bob has been interviewed about gospel for television, radio, and newspapers, and was featured on a BBC Radio 2 documentary on the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe.  He is the gospel editor for ChicagoMusic.org.

Bob’s work has been published in the Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (Routledge 2005), Encyclopedia of African American Music (Greenwood Publishing 2010), and in the ARSC Journal of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections.  He has presented and participated in panel discussions on gospel music at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, National and Independent Gospel Music Association Industry Summit, Blues and the Spirit Conference at Dominican University (River Forest, Illinois), the American Library Association, and the Association of Recorded Sound Collections annual convention.

Formerly second vice president of the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild (Gospel Music Workshop of America), Bob is on the board of the Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum, the Rhythm of Gospel Awards, Blackburn College, and Tree House Humane Society.  He is a member of the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy, the National Independent Gospel Music Association, the Recording Academy, the Center for Black Music Research, and the Association of Recorded Sound Collections.

Bob’s collection of historic gospel recordings exceeds 5,000 vinyl discs that contain more than 19,000 individual tracks, and thousands of gospel CDs.  His collection of gospel music memorabilia includes sheet music, song folios, photographs, signatures, anniversary programs, tickets, posters, and other promotional material.

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.  His first book, Shout Troubles Over: The Birth of Gospel Music in Chicago, is scheduled for publication in March 2015 by the University of Illinois Press as part of its Music in American Life Series.

Bob lives in Chicago with his wife, author Laurel Delaney, and their two cats.

16 comments

  1. Looking for interview of charlin Moore Neal on august 19, 2014

  2. Greetings! I am inquiring your process for interviews, reviews, and promotion on your website. If you would be so kind and email me your process it would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance for you time and attention to this post.

  3. Hello Bob,

    Love the site! Great work, as always! Thank you for all you do to uplift, inform and inspire!

  4. Greetings! I am inquiring your process for interviews, reviews, and promotion on your website. If you would be so kind and email me your process it would be greatly appreciated. I have a group that will be releasing their CD Saturday March 14th. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanking you in advance for you time and attention to this post. God Bless.

    • Hello, please send a promo CD to The Journal of Gospel Music at 6807 North Lakewood Avenue, Unit LL, Chicago, IL 60626

  5. Thank you Mr. Marovich for keeping gospel music alive! I am near the Philadelphia, PA area and it is such a blessing to know that someone is preserving the history of black gospel music. I love the choirs and quartets equally and God has blessed me for so many years to air music on over ten radio stations in the USA! I have interviewed hundreds of gospel artists over the a period of 35 years. When I get back on radio this year (2016), I would love to interview you on a monthly basis. I simply love gospel music. In North Carolina we were introduced to the quartets first, via radio and our church choirs had great choir hymns. I handle independent gospel music promotions and marketing at this time. It is so exciting to introduce new artists to new audiences. There are so many independent artists that I try to push very hard because some of them will gone unknown. I will keep gospel music alive! Thank you for all you’ve done. (Sister Mel O’D/Gospel Music Still Lives/gospelmusicandnews4you@gmail.com.

    • Hello, Sister Mel O’D – sounds as if we have a lot in common! I will email you regarding the monthly interview idea. Thank you for reaching out!

  6. Do you have any history on Willie Mae Thomas Garth of the Original Harmonettes. She is the only member of the Harmonettes that I cannot find any information about from any source. I became interested in the group when I realized that my former teacher Mrs. Odessa Edwards was in the group which I never knew. Needless to say I was am fascinated with the group and it members. I was sitting last year listening to old songs and spotted Mrs. Edwards on a picture. I unfortunately found out through your magazine that she is deceased. The only member I cannot find any information about is Ms.Garth. Do you have any information on her? Thank you.

  7. This is one of the most accurate well-written gospel music sites out there. In addition to being a gospel music historian who truly knows his stuff, Bob Marovich is professional, objective and honest.

    Keep up the gerat work!

    • Phyllis, thank you for such a wonderful comment – it made my day! I appreciate working with quality people like you!

  8. Leander Williams

    Bob, I learn more about you every time I browse the internet. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you; and to pick your brain on certain issues that I have had. You have also been an invaluable asset to us on the West Coast Gospel Wave Chat line. You have always been honest, impartial, and informative… Keep up your fantastic contributions to the legacy of Gospel music. Elder Lee

    • Aw, thanks, Elder Lee – it has been a blessing to get to know you, with your insider’s knowledge of the industry, and to be part of the Gospel Wave Chat Line! Thanks for everything you do to bless the people! Bob

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