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Nominations for the 58th GRAMMY Awards

The nominations in the Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music categories (#36-40) for the 58th GRAMMY Awards were announced, and they are as follows: 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song Worth [Live] – Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy Wanna Be Happy? – Kirk Franklin Intentional – Travis Greene How Awesome is Our God [Live] – Israel & Newbreed feat. Yolanda Adams Worth Fighting For [Live] – Brian Courtney Wilson   37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) – Crowder Because He Lives (Amen) – Matt Maher Soul On Fire – Third Day feat. ...

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RIP Eddie Williams, Gospel Pianist and Songwriter

By Bob Marovich JGM heard from Anthony Heilbut (“The Gospel Sound,” “The Fan Who Knew Too Much”) and gospel singers Ron Barrett and Darryl Reed that gospel songwriter and pianist Eddie Williams passed away. Williams, an accompanist for the Caravans, authored the famous Chicago group’s big hit, “Lord Keep Me Day by Day.” Later, Williams organized the Crusaders, a New York-based group that recorded for Savoy Records. Heilbut reported that Williams was raised in Robbins, Illinois, also the home of singer Delores Washington, whom he introduced to the Caravans. Williams’ piano style, Heilbut added, was “rollicking but subtler…and less heavy-handed” ...

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RIP Rev. Johnny “Hurricane” Jones

From Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital: Rev. Johnny L. ‘Hurricane’ Jones: 1936-2015 Sad news to report: early Monday morning we lost a gospel music legend. Rev. Johnny L. Jones succumbed to what his family believes was a brain aneurysm. It was one of our greatest honors to work with Rev. Jones on his 2009 album Jesus Christ from A to Z and the 2010 double-album The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta, which the New York Times described in the following way: “Some of these tapes are woolly, with errant screams from the congregation, feedback from the church amplifiers and rough edits, but ...

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Tye Tribbett’s iHOPE Concert In Memory of Slain Cousin Corey Jones

From a press release: Grammy Award winner Tye Tribbett’s cousin Corey Jones, a drummer, was on his way home from a concert gig when he experienced SUV trouble in the early morning of October 18th. While he was awaiting roadside assistance on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, an undercover officer approached Jones’ stranded vehicle and, while there are differing accounts of what happened next – less than an hour later Jones was dead, felled by at least three bullets after he began to run away from the policeman. The death of Tribbett’s cousin has moved him once again ...

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RIP Percy Griffin – Member of the Swanee Quintet

By Bob Marovich JGM learned today that Percy Griffin, longtime member of the Swanee Quintet of Augusta, Georgia, has transitioned from labor to reward. Mr. Griffin sang with the Swanee Quintet for many years. He attended the United House of Prayer for All People in Augusta, the denomination founded by Daddy Grace, and was a longtime friend of the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown. For a spell, the Swanee Quintet opened for Brown.   FROM MALACO RECORDS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Percy Griffin Lead Singer of the Legendary Swanee Quintet It is with heavy hearts that the Malaco Music ...

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RIP Nathan Murphy: Sang with James Herndon, Had Own Group

By Bob Marovich Dwayne Lightsey informed JGM this morning that Nathan Murphy, a gospel singer formerly with the James Herndon Singers and organizer of his own Nathan Murphy Singers, passed away August 17, 2015. The James Herndon Singers were organized in the late 1960s by Caravans accompanist James Herndon.  Members of the group besides Murphy included, at one time or another, Caravans alumnae Josephine Howard and Delores Washington, Luella Hunt, and the Helen Robinson Youth Choir’s Roxie Bibbs.  The Herndon Singers’ hit, “Oh Lord Have Mercy,” was reported to have been one of the best selling gospel records of 1969. In a ...

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Chicago Mourns Passing of Bishop Jerry D. Goodloe

By Bob Marovich President Yvonne Seabrooks of the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild informed JGM that Bishop Jerry D. Goodloe, pastor and overseer of Lighthouse Baptist Church of Chicago, has passed away. Born January 17, 1923, in Nashville, Tennessee, Bishop Goodloe moved at age four to Detroit, and then to Chicago in 1946. In Chicago, he attended Liberty Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. D. Z. Jackson, and was part of First Church of Deliverance in the 1950s, where he sang in its famous radio choir. Goodloe entered the ministry and with seven members, started Lighthouse Baptist Church on ...

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Nominees for 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Announced

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (August 12, 2015) — The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 41 categories for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The theme of this year’s award show is “Better Together,” which focuses on the strength in unity. The conference was also streamed live on CMM MAGAZINE and YES Lord Radio. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, ...

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