Author Archives: Bob Marovich

Ben Tankard Launches “Sunday’s Best Musician” Contest

Nashville, TN — He is known as The Godfather of Gospel Jazz. He is also known as an airplane pilot and mentor, a former NBA player, a television star, a pastor of a thriving church, and dedicated a father and loving patriarch to a large family (Oh yes..and husband to Jewel). He is Ben Tankard. Noted as the producer who discovered Yolanda Adams, Tankard has almost 30 years of award-winning, platinum-selling, chart-topping albums, and radio hits. He has 16 Stellar Awards, is a Stellar Award Honors Hall of Fame inductee, was nominated for a 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding ...

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RIP: Chuck Adams, Central South Distribution Co-Founder

NASHVILLE, TN – Central South Distribution (CSD) mourns the death of President and Co-Founder Charles Henry Adams, known by the Gospel Music Industry as Chuck Adams. Chuck passed away on May 27th at his home in Franklin, TN. In the 60’s Chuck moved to Nashville and worked for Southern Records. He and two of his colleagues decided to venture out on their own and founded Central South Music Sales, Inc. in 1970. They went on to open over 50 retail music stores called Sound Shop and Music 4 Less, soon after Central South Distribution was founded. “It was my pleasure ...

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RIP: Rose Marie Rimson Brown, “Songbird of Michigan”

By Bob Marovich The gospel music community mourns the loss of Rose Marie Rimson Brown. Detroit gospel music historian Marcel West informed JGM of the passing of the beloved soloist of the Southwest Michigan State Choir of the Church of God in Christ, the choir directed by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Known as “The Songbird of Michigan,” Mrs. Rimson Brown was lead vocalist on some of the Southwest Michigan State Choir’s most popular songs, most notably “I Thank You Lord” and “I’ll Never Turn Back” (both with Ora Watkins) and “Write My Name Above.” She was also a member of ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 1, 2020

“A Charge”Desmond Roberson & the Roberson BunchFrom the 3 Sonz Records Here’s the Story(release date: May 22, 2020) By Bob Marovich Don’t let the amusing Brady Bunch-like cover fool you. There’s some serious singing on “A Charge,” from Desmond Roberson & the Roberson Bunch. It is an exhilarating Pentecostal-meets-quartet take on the hymn “A Charge to Keep I Have,” arranged by husband-and-wife team Desmond and Tammy Roberson. The piece, which serves as the finale of a live recording by the family band from Valdosta, Georgia, allows the congregation a chance to get their last long praise on. Desmond leads with ...

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“Everything Will Be Alright” – Geneatha Wright

“Everything Will Be Alright”Geneatha WrightGodfather Records (original release: 2013; re-release 2020) By Bob Marovich “Everything Will Be Alright” is a soulful gospel song of hope and encouragement, released originally in 2013, by a family that has known more than its share of tragedy. Pastor David Wright wrote this song for his wife, Geneatha “Gee” Wright, for her 2013 solo debut album, Just as I Am. The song’s genesis was family tragedy. In the space of two years, Gee lost her father, Elder Horace Daughtry Sr., and David lost both his parents, Pastor Timothy and First Lady Betty Wright, to automobile ...

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Look to the Hills – Rev. Luther Barnes & the Restoration Worship Center Choir

Rev. Luther Barnes & the Restoration Worship Center Choir Look to the Hills Shanachie Entertainment / SRT Entertainment (release date: May 29, 2020) www.shanachie.com By Bob Marovich Listening to the title track and lead single of Reverend Luther Barnes’ latest album, I revisited a thought I’ve had for some time: Barnes has emerged as today’s most important representative of traditional-flavored gospel music. The heartwarming and optimistic “Look to the Hills,” made all the more heartbreaking by the recent passing of its co-writer, Derrick Adams, is the latest in a string of hits crafted in the southern choir-tet sound, pioneered by ...

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RIP: Prof. Irvin Brockington Jr.

By Bob Marovich The Reverend Joe Williams informed JGM that Professor Irvin Brockington has passed away. He was 83. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1936, to Elizabeth and Irvin Brockington Sr., Irvin Jr. was raised with seven brothers, one sister, and a family whose life revolved around music and the Church of God. Young Irvin Jr. began playing piano at age eight and by his teenage years, he was playing for the Church of God. He later moved to Ebenezer Church of God in Christ. The first ensemble Brockington assembled was called the Fairmount Gospel Singers. It consisted ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: May 25, 2020

“I’ll Serve Him” Ken Heath & the True Disciples Keep Hope Music (release date: March 20, 2020) By Bob Marovich The latest single by the Richmond, Virginia-based quartet Ken Heath & the True Disciples rolls along on a simple message about discipleship and the blood of Jesus that has kept him and his family safe. Like 2019’s “Moving Forward,” the group’s new song has that quintessential quartet strut rhythm and a classic call-and-response vamp. “I’ll Serve Him” is a sure-enough hand clapper that the group no doubt extends on live programs for maximum spiritual impact.

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 144

Episode 144 Playlist Leap of faith – YimikaSoul Man from Galilee – DK Dru feat. Rance Allen, Paul Porter, and Chris Byrd and True Victory In his hands – Zion Messengers Sorry – Erica Reed We are family, we are friends – Darius Twyman & Destiny A perfect heart – Reba Rambo While traveling through – Shonda English feat. Lemmie Battles Steal away – Calvin Bridges Turn it over – The Loving Sisters Free to worship – Min. James Willis & Nu Praze It’s on the way – Chozen Believers Never fail – Da T.R.U.T.H. feat. Greg Cox Heal our ...

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“Meet Me Where I’m At” – Trampolines

“Meet Me Where I’m At” Trampolines (release date: April 22, 2020) By Bob Marovich Bristling with hip hop beats and bubbly blasts of EDM, “Meet Me Where I’m At” is a pleading prayer from a troubled disciple who seeks God’s guidance and love, only to discover that both are anywhere and everywhere. Musician/Stuntman/Dancer/Global raconteur Lane Terzieff (Lancifer) and his wife, Cary Terzieff (OhFrikk), aka Trampolines, wrote the song together while in Cambodia doing mission work among victims of sex trafficking. The accompanying video was filmed in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Trampolines are a Christian Pop/EDM/Hip-Hop worship band based in Los Angeles. ...

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