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RIP: Professor Alfred E. Miller – “One of the First – One of the Last”

ONE OF THE FIRST – ONE OF THE LAST Professor Alfred E. Miller (1927-2015) From Anthony Heilbut, author of The Gospel Sound and The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Excepting pioneer COGIC keyboard artists Arizona Dranes and Elder Charles Beck, Alfred E. Miller was the first pianist on records to play in the modern gospel style. In fact, since he drew his inspiration from Roberta Martin, who more or less invented things, traveling very far from where Dranes and Beck had landed, Miller has a real claim to being the first on record, since Martin herself wouldn’t record for at ...

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JGM Music Hour: The Ten Best Songs of 2015…

          …according to the Journal of Gospel Music. Click on the image above to listen to an uninterrupted mixtape of the ten songs. Playlist: Oh! – Jonathan McReynolds (eOne Music/Tehillah Music Group) Only Jesus – Alexis Spight (eOne Music/Uncle G Records) He Delivered Me – Pastor Marlon Lock (self-released) Grace – Yael Hilton (self-released) Something About That Name – Lorraine Stancil (Anointed Sounds Records) He Touched Me – Dr. LouDella Evans-Reid and the Traditional Gospel Choir (self-released) All I Need is You – AsOne (360 MusicWorx) Pieces – Rachael Mann (C2 Records/Oak Tree Productions) Abide – ...

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RIP Otis Clay: Gospel, Soul Singer

By Bob Marovich I was shocked and saddened, as many were, to hear about Otis Clay’s passing today. He granted me an interview for the forthcoming Halo Records set a couple of years ago, and I was grateful for his depth of knowledge, funny stories, and generosity of spirit. For more information, click here:  Otis Clay

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RIP: Nick Caldwell, Member of Whispers, Sang Gospel on Last CD

From a press release: Nick Caldwell, one of the founding members of the legendary R&B group The Whispers who are best known for their #1 R&B hits “Rock Steady” (1987) and “And The Beat Goes On” (1980), has died as a result of heart failure. He was 71. “The Kingdom Records Family extends our heartfelt condolences to The Whispers and the family of Nicholas Caldwell in his passing,” says Joan Sullivan, CEO/President of Kingdom Records – the last recording home for The Whispers. “We have so many fond memories of him. It was a great opportunity and experience working with ...

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Journal of Gospel Music’s Best of 2015

By Bob Marovich As is our custom for this time of year, the Journal of Gospel Music presents its “best of” lists in the category of CDs, songs, and historical releases. The recordings were not chosen as “best of” based on sales, chart status, promotion, voting, fan popularity, number of likes or retweets, committee decisions, throwing darts, reading tea leaves, arm twisting, or anything other than 1) JGM was serviced with the music for review and 2) JGM believes they best represented gospel music in 2015 in terms of overall music quality. Artists whose music does not appear here: please don’t despair.  These lists were ...

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Stellar Gospel Music Awards Announces Honorees for 31st Annual Fete

CHICAGO, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ : Central City Productions today announced that comedian, syndicated radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley (Dish Nation, Rickey Smiley For Real) and actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2, The View) will return as co-hosts of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, having hosted together in 2014. Hailed as the “biggest night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will be held at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The telecast will premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, as well as in broadcast syndication ...

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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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