Author Archives: Bob Marovich

Dawn Turner – God’s Thoughts

Dawn Turner God’s Thoughts (EP) Story Book Music, Inc. (2016) www.cdbaby.com/cd/dawnturner By Bob Marovich Buffalo, New York, native Dawn Turner is a fine church singer. She’s not a shouter, squaller, or melismatic artisan but, as she demonstrates on “God’s Name,” one of the five cuts on her God’s Thoughts EP, she can sure enough deliver blue notes while singing flatfooted. Turner is also a songwriter, and all but one of the tracks on God’s Thoughts are her own compositions. One, “Giving is a Ministry,” is an ode to the importance of tithing and the blessings that come from grateful giving. It ...

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Charles Jenkins – Think About These Things

Charles Jenkins Think About These Things Inspired People LLC / EMPIRE (release date: September 2, 2016) http://inspiredpeoplemusic.com By Bob Marovich I have followed Pastor Charles Jenkins since his Fellowship Chicago debut and Stellar Award-winning The Best of Both Worlds, which offered pew-burning odes to the church’s traditional gospel legacy and gave us the gospel smash and spiritual earworm, “Awesome.” The follow-up, Any Given Sunday, tamped down the high-charged gospel of Worlds with more helpings of P&W, save for the single, “War,” but it still contained songs to teach the church choir. So trust me when I tell you that Pastor Jenkins’s solo ...

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Trisha Alicia – Pieces

Trisha Alicia Pieces New Day Christian Distributors (2016) www.trishalicia.com By Bob Marovich Martrisha Atkins (aka Trisha Alicia) is a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist whose album, Pieces, is a string of selections designed to tell a story—her story—not so much to achieve personal catharsis, though I’m sure it does, but more so to help others better understand their own story. With the notable exception of the title track, one of the album’s lyrical high points, don’t expect Trisha to hand her story to you on a silver platter. Instead, she offers droplets of truths throughout the album, which on its ...

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Nate Bean & 4Given – Hymns & Devotionals Unplugged

Nate Bean & 4Given Hymns & Devotionals Unplugged G.Favored Entertainment Group/DREAM Gospel (release date: July 1, 2016) www.TheGFavored.com By Bob Marovich It’s heartening to witness the increased interest in hymns. These songs of the church, with their timeless messages and poignant melodies, brought generations through some of the hardest trials of humankind. Despite a plethora of religious songwriters providing new soundtracks to today’s sacred spaces, songs such as “It Is Well,” “Oh How I Love Jesus,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” still heal and offer hope many decades after they were introduced. On Hymns & Devotionals Unplugged, ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: October 10, 2016

“Walking in Victory” Angela “Missy” Billups E’Mazin Entertainment (2016) www.cdbaby.com/cd/angelamissybillups6 New York-based singer Missy Billups returns to her traditional roots on her latest single, “Walking in Victory.” This uptempo call-and-response piece, which Billups introduced at gospel conventions this summer, contains a calypso-sounding chorus that offers a vivid image of Billups strutting across the platform in a victory walk. Traditional soul notwithstanding, the song wears a contemporary vibe as Billups exuberantly celebrates spiritual release and declares victory over her family and her future.  I personally enjoy when Missy puts the P&W aside and gets her old school on, as she does ...

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Mahalia Jackson – Moving On Up a Little Higher

Mahalia Jackson Moving On Up a Little Higher Shanachie / Spirit Feel (release date: September 30, 2016) www.shanachie.com By Bob Marovich Moving On Up a Little Higher may well be the finest collection of Mahalia Jackson selections ever released, and ranks among Anthony Heilbut’s best produced music projects to date. It’s certainly the most historic gathering of Mahalia’s work. When I say this CD of 22 previously unreleased tracks covers 1946 to 1957, hardcore traditional gospel music fans will know what I mean. This is the Queen of Gospel Music in her prime—no Mitch Miller, no Percy Faith. Better yet, the ...

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eOne Music Nashville Appoints Gina Miller to VP/GM of Urban Inspirational

NASHVILLE, TN (October 5, 2016) – Entertainment One Music Nashville (eOne Music Nashville) announces the appointment of Gina Miller to VP/General Manager of Urban Inspirational, promoting the veteran music executive from her previous role as VP National Promotions and Label Relations for eOne Music Nashville. Joining the Nashville-based division 12 years ago beginning with an unconventional internship at Light Records then serving in various roles from radio and retail to marketing, sales and more, Miller will helm an award-winning roster of hit artists that span a wide range across the genre, from traditional and contemporary gospel, to praise and worship, ...

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Attention Songwriters: Ami Rushes is Looking for You

LOS ANGELES, CA (Tuesday, October 4, 2016) – Gospel recording artist Ami Rushes is gearing up for her sixth album and she wants to make you part of the process. As Rushes continues to uplift and inspire with her Sunday morning classics, praise and worship anthems and foot-stomping, hand-clapping Gospel Music; she’s seeking songwriters to contribute music for her not-yet-titled 2017 release that will be produced by the award-winning Kurt Carr. “I love ‘Standing Up For Jesus’ and spreading His message through Gospel Music and I’m looking to work with some fresh, new songwriters on music that will encourage God’s ...

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