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Cole, Squire to Lead National Gospel Announcers Guild

From a press release: Following the recent death of the much loved and respected National Gospel Announcers Guild (GAG) Chairman, Al “The Bishop” Hobbs, Bishop Albert Jamison and the Board of Directors of the GMWA announce the appointment of a new GAG administration and leadership team. The newly appointed officers, along with the GAG Committee, will oversee the operation of the National Gospel Announcers Guild. Dennis Cole (Chicago, IL) has been named Committee Leader and Chris Squire (Philadelphia, PA) appointed Assistant Committee Leader. “Proverbs 18 says that your gifts will make room for you. This committee is full of gifted ...

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Pianist Edward Robinson Dies; Accompanied Mahalia Jackson, Caravans

Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava.com informed the Journal of Gospel Music of the passing of Edward “Eddie” Robinson. Robinson was a gospel piano accompanist for such leading lights as Robert Anderson and Mahalia Jackson.  He played on the Caravans’ April 1952 recording debut and toured Europe with Mahalia Jackson.  In 2011, Robinson recorded his first solo album for The Sirens Records: This Is My Story, This Is My Song. You can read more about Robinson’s life here:  www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/edward-robinson-39 On Saturday, November 15, WLUW-FM’s “Gospel Memories” will feature a long set of Eddie Robinson classics (www.gospelmemories.com). JGM will share more details on Robinson’s ...

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RIP LeRoy Crume of Crume Brothers, Soul Stirrers

The Journal of Gospel Music is saddened to learn of the passing of LeRoy Crume. LeRoy was a member of Chicago’s Crume Brothers and the Soul Stirrers.  The Crume Brothers are credited for introducing the electric guitar into quartet music and many were members of the Soul Stirrers at one time or another. We will post information on homegoing services as it becomes available.  

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J Moss Involved in House Fire

(DETROIT, MI – October 15, 2014) Grammy Award-winning producer and Stellar Award-winning artist J Moss was home alone on Tuesday evening, October 14, when fire broke out. The fire quickly spread though out the house, but Moss was able to escape. The cause of fire is yet to be determined. J Moss, best known for hit songs, “We Must Praise”, “Praise on the Inside”, “Psalm 150,” and collaborations with Kirk Franklin (“Could’ve Been Me”) and Byron Cage (“We Love You”) is requesting that everyone keep him, his wife, and two sons in prayer. PAJAM encourages Moss supporters to send their ...

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Showers Family Record Label Inks Distribution Deal with Habakkuk Records

From a Press Release: The newly established independent label, A&P Records (Aquila & Priscilla), home to Louisiana based family group, The Showers, has signed an exclusive national distribution partnership with Habakkuk Music/INgrooves Fontana. Marketing and publicity efforts are powered by The J. Hardy Agency, LLC. “A & P Records are excited about this new ordained union with Habukkuk Music. We’re looking forward to this partnership sharing great music with God’s people!” says family member Regina Showers. The Showers first gained national visibility aboard the regional success of their 2009 independent debut album, Hear My Prayer, which sold several thousand copies. Going ...

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Hillsong UNITED Earns Five Dove Awards

By Bob Marovich Hillsong UNITED was a big winner at the 45th Annual Dove Awards, held in Nashville, Tennessee, yesterday evening. The group took home Artist of the Year and its song, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fall),” scored four Dove Awards, including Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. Tamela Mann took home the Gospel Performance of the Year for her cover of MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine.” Hezekiah Walker scored Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the year for “Every Praise,” and Tye Tribbett’s Greater Than received Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year. Erica Campbell’s “A Little More Jesus” was ...

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Coming April 2015: A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music

Journal of Gospel Music Editor-in-Chief Bob Marovich has written the definitive history of gospel music from Chicago, the genre’s birthplace.  Available from the University of Illinois Press starting in April 2015. Read more here: UI Press | Robert Marovich | A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music.

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R.I.P. Gospel Quartet Singer Charles Johnson

Rev. Joe Williams informed the Journal of Gospel Music yesterday of the passing of Charles Johnson. Johnson was a gospel quartet singer and recording artist who worked with the Sensational Nightingales and Gospel Consolators, and fronted his own group, Charles Johnson & the Revivers. Johnson died of a massive heart attack in Durham, North Carolina. Read more at Gospel Music Fever by clicking here.

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