Author Archives: Bob Marovich

JGM Music Hour – Episode 107

          Click on the image above to begin the streaming Music Hour. Playlist: And we’re going on! – Shonda English So grateful – Dayna Caddell feat. Israel Houghton Your life’s about to change – Canton Spirituals feat. Pastor Tim Rogers Even me – Howard Gospel Choir Arise (you are good) – William Murphy He chose me – Chadwick Your will – Bill Moss Jr feat. J Moss and Demetrius Nabors He’ll do it again – Eloho feat. FLOROCKA I’m good – Ryan Rutley feat. Erica Lancaster and Jason Rutley The master’s calling – Deborah Joy Winans ...

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“Favor of God” – K’metris Hunt

“Favor of God” K’metris Hunt Available from digital media outlets www.kmetrishuntmusic.com The debut single of Chicago’s K’metris Hunt showcases a controlled, confident voice delivering a lovely and melodic P&W ballad with deliberation but without unnecessary embellishment. Her sound has that unimpeachable genuineness that you hear in singers such as Janice Gaines and Dominique Jones. Reminiscent of a JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise piece but with soft BGVs in place of a thundering choir, “Favor of God” will appeal particularly to P&W enthusiasts and is likely to be covered by other singers. Drawn to singing at an early age and a ...

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Gretchen Keskeys – Walking in the Spirit

Gretchen Keskeys Walking in the Spirit Creative Soul Records (released June 27, 2016) www.gretchenkeskeys.com By Bob Marovich For singer-songwriter Gretchen Keskeys, her debut album Walking in the Spirit is not only a vehicle for sharing her religious commitment, it is also a vehicle for personal catharsis. As a teen, Keskeys, the daughter of a famous psychiatrist, was suffering from anxiety, fear, and depression. A rededication to Christ was the way she relieved her insecurities. Seeking to share her good fortune with others, Keskeys began serving as a worship leader in Northern California churches. Her reputation for singing and songwriting spread outward ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: August 22, 2016

“I Am Blessed” Kevan Peabody and Dayanna Griffin Twinkem Productions www.twinkemp.com Leave it to veteran Bay Area gospel artist Kevan Peabody to keep the traditional style alive. Teaming with Lady Dayanna Griffin, Peabody extols the wonderfulness of being blessed and highly favored with a cornucopia of blue notes, while Griffin follows suit with melismatic runs that evoke Kim Burrell or a Clark Sister. The BGVs and musicians, especially the tinkling piano and chortling organ, hold down the rocking chair rhythm, confirming the song’s trad cred even further. Still, the ensemble doesn’t overdo it, giving the single an intimacy that recalls ...

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Pastor Van D. Roberson Passes Away

Zadella “Mama” Curtis informed JGM that Pastor Van D. Roberson has passed away. In addition to pastoring the Shiloh Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas, Roberson was a gospel singer in the traditional-quartet style, honed, no doubt, from his years as a member of the Roberson Brothers, which started out prior to 1961 as the Israelite Voices of Peace.  He was also part of the Pastors Chorus of Bryan/College Station, Texas; they recorded the single, “Good to Me,” in 2012. Roberson also sang with the Mighty Clouds of Joy’s Joe Ligon on the 2012 Mother’s Day single, “Momma Remembered.” Below is ...

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LaVarnga Hubbard Calls On Her Chicago Mass Choir Family for “Worthy”

By Bob Marovich Lady LaVarnga Hubbard, known as the Duchess of Gospel Music, has been a member of the Chicago Mass Choir since it was the Ecclesiastes Community Choir, under the leadership of the late James C. Chambers. Her lead on Chicago Mass’s “Call Him Up” has ensured the song a place in the choir’s repertory. So when it was time for her to release solo music, all Hubbard had to do was call up her extended Chicago Mass Choir family. That’s what she did for her latest single, “Worthy.” “Worthy” was written especially for her by Grover Lafayette Simmons, whose ...

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Dayna Caddell – Push

Dayna Caddell Push Forty Entertainment / eOne www.daynacaddell.com By Bob Marovich Without knowing Dayna Caddell’s story, a listener can pick up some truisms just from listening to her debut full-length album, Push. First, the music has such a sunny, breezy disposition, it must have been crafted in Southern California. Indeed, Push, produced by the talented Warryn Campbell and Vann Clayton, was made and recorded in Los Angeles. The songs ooze with exuberance as they extol the greatness of God from a personal perspective: as friend (“You Got a Friend”), as true love (“Crazy,” “My One”), and as waymaker (“What He’s Done”). Second, ...

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Entertainment Industry Veterans Secure Major Label Distribution Deal

August 18, 2016 – Nashville, TN – Michelle Duffie and her brothers, twins Kelvis (Clyde) and Kendall, have been mainstays in the faith-based entertainment industry for more than two decades. Collectively, the dynamic sibling trio boasts superior experience and accomplishments in management, marketing, radio promotions, A&R, and music production. In 2006, after spending the prior 10 years building credibility, experience, and relationships working in house at record labels including Light Records, PureSprings Gospel and the historically #1 Verity Gospel Music Group (now RCA Inspiration), the trio established D3 Entertainment as a specialized marketing and promotions agency that connects the African American faith ...

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Esther Ford, Last Living Member of the Original Stars of Faith, Passes Away

By Bob Marovich Dwayne Lightsey Jr. reported to the Journal of Gospel Music that Lady Esther Ford, the last surviving member of the original Stars of Faith, passed away yesterday evening, August 17. Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, but reared in Washington, DC., Ford learned the hymns of the church from her mother, who sang selections to her daughter from the Gospel Pearls hymnbook. Ford attended the Mt. Airy Baptist Church, at the time the biggest Baptist church in Washington. She sang in the junior choir and was frequently called upon to solo. As a teen, she organized the Esther Ford ...

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