Christmas

Regina Belle – My Colorful Christmas

Regina Belle My Colorful Christmas Tashi3 Entertainment / Altavoz Distribution (release date: November 1, 2022) http://iamreginabelle.com/ By Robert M. Marovich My Colorful Christmas, the first yuletide album from GRAMMY Awardee Regina Belle, and issued on her own imprint, Tashi3 Entertainment, traverses mostly familiar holiday fare. Traditional carols and more recently-composed Christmas songs receive bubbly jazz and R&B arrangements tagged with improvisatory, and sometimes downright evangelistic, codas. Indeed, the spiritual codas from Belle and her background vocalists are what distinguish this album from other Christmas collections by popular singers. For example, Belle tags the Latin-flavored “Silent Night” with a sobering allusion ...

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JGM Music Hour: Christmas 2021

Christmas 2021 Playlist Go tell it – Calvin Bridges We three kings – Melody and Harmony The Christmas song – Rufus Johnson Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Kerry Douglas feat. Monica Lisa Stevenson Hope is alive – Tevis Harris & Favor Immanuel – Beverly Heath He brought joy – Bryan Andrew Wilson & the Wilsonettes Wonderful child – Matthew Donaldson Celebrate it’s Christmas time – Sounds of Imani Christmas joy – Anthony Clark This Christmas – Shawn Millz This year – Michelle-Lee Home with you – VaShawn Mitchell & Chante’ Moore Hope is here – Stefan Green No ...

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“He Brought Joy” – Bryan Andrew Wilson feat. the Wilsonettes

“He Brought Joy” Bryan Andrew Wilson feat. the Wilsonettes Bryan’s Songs / CE Music By Robert M. Marovich On the super up-tempo “He Brought Joy,” gospel stylist and Danville, Illinois, native Bryan Andrew Wilson contemporizes “I Can Tell the World,” a song first recorded about a century ago by the Taskiana Four and, as sung by Bertha Wise and the Wise Singers, is said to have inspired Roberta Martin to form the Roberta Martin Singers. Along with his wife Tiffany and mother Sheila as the Wilsonettes, Wilson injects plenty of Pentecostal fervor (and his band plenty of percussion) into this ...

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“Go Tell It on the Mountain” – Maverick City Music

“Go Tell It on the Mountain” Maverick City Music feat. Melvin Crispell III, Chandler Moore, and Mav City Gospel Choir From the Tribl Records album A Very Maverick Christmas (release date: November 30, 2021) www.maverickcitymusic.com By Robert M. Marovich Maverick City Music has taken the gospel music world by storm. Now the GRAMMY® Award-nominated and Stellar and Dove Award-winning collective tackles classic yuletide and other congregational singalong fare on A Very Maverick Christmas. Their version of the spiritual “Go Tell It on the Mountain” has the right mix of whirring organ, outsized choral harmonies, compelling contemporary rhythm, call-and-response work, and ...

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“Hope is Alive” – Tevis Harris & FaVor

“Hope is Alive”Tevis Harris & FaVorIndependent (release date: November 4, 2021)www.tevisharris.com By Robert M. Marovich Strains of Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child is Born” opens Tevis Harris & FaVor’s Christmas single, “Hope is Alive.” The song proclaims Christ’s birth as the anticipation of a more peaceful, more just, more joyous world, and a blissful life to come on the last day. The song’s intense musical conclusion exudes the conviction of the lyrics. Tevis Harris & FaVor, whose 2021 single “Begin Again” was reviewed by JGM, hails from Rocky Mount, NC. Given the number of gospel artists per capita in ...

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“Immanuel” – Beverly Heath

“Immanuel” Beverly Heath Independent (release date: October 15, 2021) www.beverlyheath.com By Robert M. Marovich Atlanta-based gospel singer Beverly Heath’s contribution to the Christmas season is “Immanuel,” a heartwarmingly-rendered carol about the newborn Christ child. Surrounded by background vocalists, Heath weaves her lyrics around the very definition of Immanuel, God with us, to express her joy over the coming of “the one true gift of love.” Keyth Lee’s orchestration, which includes a dramatic key change and sweeping crescendo entrance to the final stanza, sells the song.

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Various Artists – Kerry Douglas Gospel Mix Christmas

Various Artists Kerry Douglas Gospel Mix Christmas Blacksmoke Music Worldwide (release date: November 5, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich It’s that time again—Christmas songs and albums are hitting music reviewers’ inboxes. Among the earliest is a Kerry Douglas holiday celebration, an extension of his popular and longstanding Gospel Mix franchise into the Yuletide trade. Co-produced by Chicago’s own Gregory Gay, the project offers up new and familiar Christmas songs by artists signed to Douglas’s Blacksmoke Music Worldwide. The album’s best tracks are gospel arrangements of classic Christmas carols and songs. For example, powerhouse vocalist Monica Lisa Stevenson renders “Have Yourself ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: December 21, 2020

“Silent Night”HamiltonesFrom the Young Vintage CDA Hamiltone Christmas (release date: November 30, 2017)www.watchtheton3s.com By Robert M. Marovich Although labeled a soul and R&B group, the Hamiltones of North Carolina sound for all the world like a gospel quartet on “Silent Night.” From converting the song’s 6/8 time signature to 12/8 to the shouting vocals, gritty guitar work, adlibbing, and crackling vinyl intro, this is old school quartet, I don’t care what anybody says. Then again, the Grammy-nominated trio has been featured on albums by Anthony Hamilton, PJ Morton, Jonathan McReynolds, and Tori Kelly, so there’s that. Released in 2017, the ...

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JGM Music Hour – Christmas 2020 Mixtape

Christmas 2020 Playlist Do you believe – PJ Morton feat. Yolanda Adams What Christmas means to me – Michelle David & the Gospel Sessions Joy to the world – Robert E. Person Jesus what a wonderful child – Rhyme & Reason feat. April Hall Oh come all ye faithful – Parkes Stewart Born to die – Angela Moss Poole Holiday love – Erica Mason, Emcee N.I.C.E. & Spechouse He’s not a baby anymore – Angelo & Veronica Have yourself a merry little Christmas – Titus Showers My favorite things – Glodean and Linda Messiah (Christ was born) – Joseph Robinson ...

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Michelle David & the Gospel Sessions: It’s a Soulful Christmas

Michelle David & the Gospel SessionsIt’s a Soulful Christmas(release date: November 27, 2020)http://michelledavidandthegospelsessions.com By Robert M. Marovich Holland’s Michelle David & the Gospel Sessions lend their stripped-down small-combo Sixties soul stylings to new and classic Christmas songs on It’s a Soulful Christmas. Looking a little like a Columbia Records release from the Sixties, the album art telegraphs the retro sounds within. David channels the coquettish soprano of Diana Ross throughout the project, most especially on the nearly note-for-note cover of Stevie Wonder’s quintessentially Motown “What Christmas Means to Me.” While the perky single “This Christmas (I’ll Be By Your Side)” ...

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