Gospel Music

Johnny Burroughs – DAY 1

Johnny Burroughs DAY 1 (release date: May 24, 2019) www.johnnyburroughsmusic.com By Bob Marovich The debut solo release by Johnny Burroughs, lead vocalist for Denver band The Burroughs, is not a romp through the “sweaty soul music” for which the band is known but a thrumming Christian album titled DAY 1. Though it would be unnatural for Burroughs to not channel some “sweaty soul” into DAY 1, he draws more heavily on his other life as a pastor and music minister. This self-penned, self-produced batch of lyrically and melodically uncomplicated songs of praise and worship invokes the sonic inventiveness of Bryan ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 11, 2019

“Amazing”The Davis’Heartbeatz Productions LLCwww.realdavismusic.com By Bob Marovich A family that prays together stays together, and that goes double for family groups that sing their prayers. Like the Davis Family of Inkster, Michigan. The members of this sibling act–Carl, James, Andrea and Angela (the girls are twins)—demonstrate their choir-honed harmonies and church-refined song delivery on their new single, “Amazing.” To choruses of sunny “shoo-doos” and equally cheerful musicianship, the four express admiration at all God has created. Then they call on fellow Michigander Twinkie Clark, who changes the song’s mood from contemporary to traditional by injecting into the mix a battery ...

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Faithful Connection – Personal Experience

Faithful Connection Personal Experience (release date: March 22, 2019) https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/faithfulconnection12 By Bob Marovich Rhythm of Gospel Awardee Faithful Connection of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a gospel quartet that blends elements of traditional gospel singing and lyricism with contemporary instrumentation and bass-heavy beats. They celebrate their tenth anniversary with a new EP, Personal Experience, produced by Richard Davis. As on the quartet’s 2015 album Thank You, the majority of the tracks on Personal Experience are led by group founder Jonathan Mercer, with cameos and ad-libs by TaWan Gray. The EP’s initial single and opening track, “I Made It,” is a gritty piece ...

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New York Fellowship Children’s Choir – God is the Greatest

New York Fellowship Children’s Choir God is the Greatest Godfather Records (release date: March 22, 2019) By Bob Marovich As any elementary school teacher will tell you, it can be challenging to get young people to work together for a common purpose. But the New York Fellowship Children’s Choir has accomplished this feat and recorded the results on its debut album, God is the Greatest. Directed by Jerry Williams and Marilyn Walker, the New York Fellowship Children’s Choir is an adjunct ministry to the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, organized by the late Reverend Timothy Wright and now led by ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: May 27, 2019

“One Praise Away” Kevin Davidson Infinity Music Group (release date: March 1, 2019) By Bob Marovich “One Praise Away” is a spirit-filled Sunday morning song, a call-and-response declamation of victory between the Memphis-based Kevin Davidson, Cheryl Rogers, and the Voices, their choral harmonies full-throated and thunderous. The organ chirps, the drums and bass set a solid rhythm section, and the handclapping ensues. It evokes the work of fellow Memphian, the late O’Landa Draper, as well as Ricky Dillard & New G. Kevin Davidson and the Voices (formerly the Voices of Binghamton) recorded a number of albums for New Haven Records ...

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Pastor Maceo Woods and Christian Tabernacle Celebrate 50th Anniversary of “Hello Sunshine”

Stellar Award Lifetime Honoree PASTOR MACEO WOODS Presents HELLO SUNSHINE LIVE! Pastor Maceo Woods, Stellar Award Bobby Jones Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Billboard classic, Hello Sunshine. TRACK LISTING: Hello Sunshine In Jesus Name (I Won’t Leave Here) Jesus is Keeping Me Oh Lord Deliver Me I Thank The Lord I’ll Get Home Someday (We Are Climbing) I’m So Grateful Wonderful He’s There Step To Jesus I’m Living in the Care of the Lord Revive Us Again The Life Boat I Will Give Thanks He Lifted Me Executive Producer: Pastor Maceo L. Woods 2019 Compilation: ...

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“Everytime” – Social Club Misfits

“Everytime” Social Club Misfits From the Capitol Christian Music Group EP MOOD (release date: April 12, 2019) www.socialclubmisfits.com By Bob Marovich Produced by Young Sidechain, “Everytime” by Christian hip hop duo Social Club Misfits is an autobiographical rap about their commitment to sharing the Word throughout the nation, regardless of the consequences. They proclaim what amounts to a gospel artist mission statement: “I do it for the people who got nothing left / And if I did it for the money, I would probably quit.” They also call out rappers who sell themselves short – “buyin’ chains with chains around ...

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We Are Messengers – Honest (EP)

We Are Messengers Honest (EP) Curb / Word (release date: March 29, 2019) www.wearemessengersmusic.com By Bob Marovich From the start, We Are Messengers minces no words. On the opening and title track of the new EP Honest, the Christian combo from Co. Monaghan, Ireland, expresses the age-old challenge of growing up. The transition from a childhood of innocence to an adult life brimming with grey areas is one that nobody wants to admit is personally difficult to navigate. We Are Messengers, on the other hand, instructs that transparency in this regard is not only important, it’s essential. “Raise up your ...

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Mighty Men of Faith – Undisputable is He

Mighty Men of Faith Undisputable is He N2L Records (release date: March 26, 2019) www.mightymenoffaith.com By Bob Marovich With a name that sounds like an alliance of Christian superheroes, the Mighty Men of Faith is a gospel quartet with shiny, sweet harmonies, a sacred redux of ‘90s R&B vocal groups like Boyz II Men, Shai, and Atlantic Starr. Their newest release, Undisputable is He, is chock-a-block with smooth ballads dripping with syrupy singing and chord changes plucked from modern R&B and soul. The Mighty Men of Faith are crooners, not shouters; their quiet storm vibe shifts gospel quartet into the ...

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Pastor Donald Gay – On a Glorious Day

Pastor Donald Gay On a Glorious Day The Sirens Records (release date: March 15, 2019) www.thesirensrecords.com By Bob Marovich Like amber, Pastor Donald Gay’s On a Glorious Day preserves the sounds and stories of Chicago’s traditional gospel music and church community. Pastor Gay has been in gospel music since knee pants (a photo on the back of the CD booklet depicts Donald as a tyke, sitting atop a piano and flanked by his older sisters Evelyn, Geraldine and Mildred). As the Gay Sisters, Donald’s female siblings posted a significant gospel hit in 1951 by modernizing the hymn, “God Will Take ...

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