Author Archives: Bob Marovich

JGM Music Hour – the COVID Edition, Part II

Special COVID Playlist, Part II: Survive – Earnest Pugh Winter Spring – V. Brown Be Strong – Voncile Belcher God Can – Yael Hilton Keep Holding On – Denita Gibbs We Need You – Lowell Pye No Fear – Restine Jackson Through It All – James Johnson He Will Restore – Byron Harvey & TEAM Hold On – Dynasty 901 Stand As One – Danton Whitley God’s Got Angels – Debbie Orange When the World Falls Apart – Terry Barber Peace for My World – Shekinah Glory Ministry It’s Gonna Be Alright – Titus Showers and Jermaine Dolly

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BMI Honors Its 2020 Trailblazers of Gospel Music

“I’M GETTING READY” WRITTEN BY TODD GALBERTH AWARDED SONG OF THE YEAR KIRK FRANKLIN NAMED SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR SONGS OF KOBALT MUSIC PUBLISHING AWARDED PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (New York, NY) June 29, 2020 – BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) paid tribute to the best and brightest in Gospel music with its Trailblazers of Gospel Music celebration. The honorees were announced today on BMI.com and across the organization’s digital platforms, celebrating the inspirational and transformative music of BMI’s accomplished Gospel songwriters. To honor these achievements, BMI created a page on its website where fans can watch special video messages and performances, ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 29, 2020

“Another Chance” The McDuffies McDuffie’s Music Group (release date: March 13, 2020) By Bob Marovich The McDuffies’ single, “Another Chance,” is bittersweet. In this unhurried quartet ballad, lead vocalist Ricky McDuffie sings about the times that God “looked beyond his faults” to bestow upon him another chance, even when he “didn’t deserve it.” God woke him up, he adds, “when I could have been dead and gone, sleeping in a cold grave,” and even reversed some bad news he received from his doctor. All encouraging. But alas, when it’s your time, it’s your time. Since recording the song, the illness ...

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Myron Butler – My Tribute

Myron Butler My Tribute Fair Trade / Columbia / Red Alliance Media (release date: June 26, 2020) By Bob Marovich Together with several of today’s top-flight gospel artists, singer-songwriter Myron Butler pays homage to one of his chief inspirations, Andrae’ Crouch, with a feature-filled album called My Tribute. All but one of the selections are Crouch originals, but with modern augmentations to make them relevant to today’s audience. And in all but one case, Butler duets or trades leads with the guest vocalists. That one cut, “All Things Well,” is a praise ballad and the album’s debut single. It’s a Butler ...

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“Fight On” – Harlem Gospel Travelers

By Bob Marovich “Fight On” by the Harlem Gospel Travelers was written by one of its founding members, twenty-year-old Thomas Gatling, in response to everything that’s happening in the country. The Harlem Gospel Travelers, under the mentorship of recording artist Eli “Paperboy” Reed, recorded “Fight On” almost immediately after Gatling penned it. All proceeds from the sales of the song on Bandcamp go to The Movement for Black Lives. Check it out. It’s like a twenty-first manifestation of the ’70s group the Voices of East Harlem….the message is still relevant fifty years later. Copies of the song are available here: ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 22, 2020

“On and On” Darius Paulk feat. Janae Slack-Smith From the AIR / Malaco CD Strong (release date: February 20, 2020) www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich Although the uncomplicated worship ballad “On and On” has a decided pop flavor, the harmonica and pedal steel give it a contemporary country vibe. The single features fine singing from Darius Paulk and flights of lithe-to-muscular soprano from Janae Slack-Smith, all of it held together by the melodic background vocalists. Paulk is perhaps best known for penning “Nobody Greater,” the career-making single for VaShawn Mitchell. Listen closely, and you’ll hear that “On and On” has shades ...

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RIP: Henry Dunn, Recording Artist and Gospel Announcer

By Bob Marovich Another radio angel has earned his eternal wings. Zadella “Mama” Curtis informed us of the passing of Henry Dunn of Akron, Ohio. Dunn was a gospel recording artist, longtime radio announcer, and member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America’s Gospel Announcers Guild (now the Alliance). It is at the GMWA where I met Bro. Dunn on several occasions. He was friendly and full of wisdom, and in spite of his many accomplishments, humble in spirit. Our prayers to the family, friends, and many fans of Henry Dunn. Read Bro. Dunn’s entire obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/amp/obituaries/ohio/196352020 This segment ...

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My Tribute is Myron Butler’s Tribute to Andrae’ Crouch

By Bob Marovich Where are the musical tributes to the one who wrote “My Tribute?” Who is remembering the man who taught the world to “Always Remember” Jesus? Myron Butler wanted to know. Then he took matters into his own hands. Butler, a multiple Grammy and Stellar-Award winning gospel artist, is releasing a multi-artist collection called My Tribute (Fair Trade / Columbia / Red Alliance Media) to pay homage to Andrae’ Crouch, one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the past fifty years. This exploration of the Crouch songbook is scheduled for release on Friday, June 26, five days before ...

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The Chosen Wonders – I Know a Man

The Chosen Wonders I Know a Man Independent (release date: October 15, 2019) By Bob Marovich The Chosen Wonders, a gospel quartet from Central California, refashions a few gospel chestnuts for their seven-selection mini-album, I Know a Man. For example, the title track is a contemporary harmony version of Brother Joe May’s 1950 hit, “Do You Know Him.” Likewise, “Main Line” is the old standard, “Jesus is on the Main Line,” also rendered in a steady-moving modern quartet vibe (I wonder how many remember when there was a “main line!”). Opening with classic quartet guitar flourishes before settling into a ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 15, 2020

“Be Alright”Dexter Walker & Zion MovementIntersound (release date: May 29, 2020) By Bob Marovich It’s hard to believe, but on “Be Alright,” the award-winning Chicago gospel choir Dexter Walker & Zion Movement moved the needle on its effervescence-o-meter, already at fever pitch, further to the right. The song’s message is appropriate for all times, but especially for this time: keep the faith, trust in God, and everything will be all right. Lead vocalist Jazmine Jones shouts, squalls, and otherwise wrecks the church on this frenetic and relentless musical cousin of a praise break. The choir responds with full-throated section work ...

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