Author Archives: Bob Marovich

The Zion Messengers – I’m Ready

The Zion Messengers I’m Ready 1500 GOSPEL (release date: September 1, 2015) By Bob Marovich If you’ve heard Snoop Dogg’s gospel album, Bible of Love, you’ve heard the Zion Messengers. They are the young quartet from Los Angeles that sings on Bible of Love‘s “Going Home.” But you don’t get to appear on Bible of Love without gospel music experience. Indeed, the Zion Messengers released their own album, I’m Ready, back in 2015. The quartet sounds just as confident on this earlier album as they do on Snoop Dogg’s. Although endeavoring to make I’m Ready as contemporary as possible, the ...

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Brittani Scott – Fight for Us (EP)

Brittani Scott Fight For Us (EP) (Release date: April 6, 2018) http://brittaniscott.com By Bob Marovich Fight For Us is a fistful of power praise from Seattle-based singer-songwriter and worship leader Brittani Scott. Recording previously with the Finley United Pentecostal Church, Scott debuts as a solo recording artist with this four-track EP.  The songs are balls of energy that feature driving drums, enthusiastic singing by Scott and the background vocalists, and megachurch-sized musical largesse. On “Come Move,” Scott shares the mic with Cortt Chavis, pastor of Truth Chapel in Loganville, Georgia, who adds beefy vocals to this invitation for the spirit ...

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Kendrick Evans – Live Therapy Session

Kendrick Evans Live Therapy Session Rock the Cause Records (release date: September 29, 2017) By Bob Marovich Appearing on the CW docu-drama My Last Days, award-winning gospel singer Kendrick Evans of Quincy, Florida, opened up about his acute sleep apnea that doctors said would give him about three more years to live. Eschewing the surgery that would probably have ruined his voice, Evans chose to find other remedies so he could sing. And sing he does. Evans uses his Live Therapy Session as a musical variant of the mental health counseling the title suggests. He puts all of his stuff out ...

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Various Artists: JDI Classics – Gospel Music for All Occasions

Various Artists JDI Classics: Gospel Music for All Occasions JDI Records (release date: April 6, 2018) By Bob Marovich JDI Records founder and CEO James Roberson has been doing some spring cleaning. In the case of The Essential Beverly Crawford, Vol. 2 as well as with this new JDI Classics release, Robertson has been reissuing items from the company’s estimable catalog. JDI Classics: Gospel Music for All Occasions is a clever repackaging conceit and something of a greatest hits collection for the Los Angeles-based label. Some of the songs are older. For example, Norman Hutchins’ “Emmanuel” (the Christmas choice) is ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 123

              Episode 123 Playlist: Your blessing is on its way – God’s Posse Thank you Jesus – New Stars of Faith Stand by me – Pastor Terrell Rogers & Men of Destiny Come on let’s go – Paul Thorn Oh Mary Oh Martha, (rockin’ Jerusalem) – Dr. Tonya Armstrong Prayer room – Jarell Smalls & Co. Pray for me – Derek Dunn feat. Min. Earl Bynum We welcome you Lord – Keith Reed & NSW I am the redeemed – Kimberly Kent A greater love – Jennifer Shaw Abandoned – Sweeteverafter Lament – Nine ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: April 16, 2018

“Just That Kind of God” Monica Lisa Stevenson feat. Keisha McFarland and Bishop Neal Roberson From the album KAINOS (The Acoustic Documentary) eOne Music / Puretonez Productions www.monicalisastevenson.com By Bob Marovich For “Just That Kind of God,” gospel songstress Monica Lisa Stevenson gathers like-minded traditional singers Keisha McFarland and Bishop Neal Roberson. Together, this powerhouse trio sings and shouts about the greatness of God. The single moves from delicate to evangelical without losing its bouncy, flirty beat. MLS’s 2016 release KAINOS proves that big things come in small packages. Up to now, a full half of the eight tracks on this EP ...

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The Essential Beverly Crawford, Volume 2

Beverly Crawford The Essential – Vol. 2 JDI Records (release date: February 2, 2018) By Bob Marovich Gainesville, Florida, gospel singer Beverly Crawford is a steadfast traditionalist, and God bless her for it. She is among the most popular of those singers who perpetuate the audience-rousing squalling and shouting characteristic of old time evangelism, and who still sings songs packed with church aphorisms and mother wit. As was the case with the first volume of The Essential Beverly Crawford (2005), neither “It’s About Time for a Miracle” nor “Sweeping Through the City” are included on The Essential – Volume 2, despite ...

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The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down

The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down Put Together Music (release date: February 16, 2018) www.shawnamos.com By Bob Marovich The Reverend Shawn Amos might just be the most righteous preacher who’s not a preacher. Amos, whose mother was nightclub singer Shirl-ee May and whose father was a William Morris Agency executive and founder of Famous Amos cookies, is not a licensed ordained minister. Nevertheless, he uses his platform to speak truth to power, and pulls on a lifetime spent in the music business to accentuate the urgency of his message with fistfuls of biting blues guitar and harmonica. “21st Century Freedom ...

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Genesis of a Gospel Song: “You Deserve It”

By Bob Marovich This year’s Stellar Awards Song of the Year went to “You Deserve It.” Written by David Bloom and co-authored by Bishop Cortez Vaughn, Demond Reed, and JJ Hairston, the song also received a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song. Bloom explained to the Journal of Gospel Music how the song was birthed. *      *      * I was first exposed to gospel music as a child. My parents were pastors, so as soon as I was born and we left the hospital, we went straight to church! My mom was a musician and a praise and worship singer. ...

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Yvonne Staples of the Staple Singers Passes Away

By Bob Marovich Bill Carpenter, co-founder of Capital Entertainment in Washington, DC, and a longtime friend of and spokesperson for the Staples Family, informed JGM of the passing of Yvonne Staples. She died at her home in Chicago today, Tuesday, April 10, at age 80. Born in Chicago on October 23, 1937, Yvonne was initially a reluctant singer. She didn’t join her family’s group until some years after its founding. While not a lead singer, Yvonne’s baritone contributed greatly to the Staples’ distinctive harmonies. She is present for the Staple Singers’ late 1950s selections on Vee Jay Records, their songs of social significance for ...

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