Author Archives: Bob Marovich

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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“Lift the Savior” – AJ Collier & the Band of Believers

“Lift the Savior” AJ Collier and the Band of Believers Believers Band Music Group https://www.ajcbob.com/ By Bob Marovich Here’s some Sunday morning old-school church music from AJ Collier and the Band of Believers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Lift the Savior” raises its praise with hand clapping, full-throttle musicianship, open-throated choral chords, and dense harmonies. Though there is a main musical motif, all told, “Lift the Savior” is more a moment of joyous exuberance, created to move the spirit of the church, than a through-composed song. AJ Collier organized the Band of Believers in 2016. In addition to serving in multiple roles ...

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“Everyday” – K-Anthony

“Everyday” K-Anthony K-Anthony Music (release date: May 15, 2020) www.kanthonylive.com By Bob Marovich Expressions of worship come in many forms. Some are clothed in hymnody, others in straight-outta-church gospel, and yet others in flourishes of pop. “Everyday” is the latter. Christian singer K-Anthony coats this explosion of joy in a sugary-sweet melody with bright beats, buzzing electronica, and breezy chord changes. The earnest lyrics, sung with barely-contained enthusiasm, is in the language of someone whose life has just changed for the better. And there’s “no going back, I’ll not be the same.” From Falmouth, Jamaica, K-Anthony is a classically-trained musician ...

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Provident Music Group Becomes Provident Entertainment

NASHVILLE, TENN. (JUNE 09, 2020) Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, announced today that it has re-branded as Provident Entertainment to showcase the company’s wide spectrum of industry-leading faith based entertainment. Provident Entertainment, which operates under the umbrella of Sony Music Nashville, includes Provident Label Group, RCA Inspiration, Essential Worship, Essential Music Publishing, Provident Films, and Essential Artist Services. As a faith-based entertainment industry leader, Provident Entertainment and each of its entities strives to produce products that engage faith-minded audiences with positive messages. Terry Hemmings, CEO and President, Provident Entertainment, says, “The name change to Provident Entertainment ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 9, 2020

“Stand On His Promises” Tamika Patton feat. Pastor Korey Mickie (release date: May 22, 2020) www.TamikaPattonMusic.com By Bob Marovich Philadelphia native and fiery gospel singer Tamika Patton sings the stuffing out of this double-time church wrecker that encourages those who “stumble and fall” to keep going, “lean on the Lord,” and “stand on His promises.” Pastor Korey Mickie interjects with impassioned evangelism. The single, written by Patton and the late Eric B. Franks, also of the City of Brotherly Love, was produced and arranged by Ramon Shelton. It moves with the motive force of praise break music, which, for many, ...

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Ricky Dillard – Choirmaster

Ricky Dillard Choirmaster Motown Gospel (release date: May 1, 2020) www.motowngospel.com By Bob Marovich Ricky Dillard and New G went back to their roots to celebrate their debut on Motown Gospel as well as the thirtieth anniversary of The Promise, the album that introduced them (and their megahit “More Abundantly”) to the general public. Choirmaster, released last month, was recorded in the same church, Chicago’s Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist, where The Promise was made. The church, perfectly-sized for the 1990 outing, could barely hold a fragment of those who turned out for this live recording. By returning not only ...

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Dawn Thomas Wallace – Live in Luxembourg

Dawn Thomas Wallace Live in Luxembourg Zoe Records (release date: 2020) By Bob Marovich UK Christian singer Dawn Thomas Wallace deserves major props for pulling on classics from the contemporary gospel canon for Live in Luxembourg. Recorded before a polite but appreciative audience at Luxembourg’s Oasis Church of God (Pastor Pietro Colaci), Wallace’s release contains material from top-shelf songwriters such as Richard Smallwood, Andrae Crouch, Walter Hawkins, James Cleveland, Travis Greene, and William McDowell. It’s a refreshing change from the current trend of writing and recording sound-alike vertical praise anthems. At the same time, the lyrical content of vertical praise, ...

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