Gospel Music

“Serve” – The Divine Souls

“Serve” The Divine Souls MCI Music Group Radio servicing: Darrell Jay Jones (darrell@darrelljayjones.com) The message on “Serve” is uncomplicated and well-trodden—the Divine Souls are so grateful for God’s unchanging hands that they are 100 percent committed to serving Him. It’s the soulful vocalizing, especially by the lead singer, Michael Bembo, which sells the single.  The song’s long drawl of an arrangement, the perpetually warbling organ, and the quartet’s dropping to a whisper by the conclusion, evoke the traditional gospel soul style of artists such as the Gospel Four and the Pilgrim Jubilees. From El Paso, Texas, the Divine Souls were ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: March 7, 2016

“In the Hands of the Carpenter” Paula and Angie Lamon Records www.paulaandangiemusic.com With bluesier guitar licks, a funky rhythm, and a more soulful choir of BGVs than you typically hear in mainstream gospel, Paula and Angie’s “In the Hands of the Carpenter” calls on the Heavenly Carpenter to “tear down the walls in our heart” and fix us good: “Let Him change you, rearrange you, do what He wants to do.” “I’m a real fixer-upper,” the mother-daughter duo sings, and the construction analogies keep going from there. Refreshingly old-school in a Muscle Shoals sort of way. Paula Greene and Angie ...

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Kalind Haynes – “One Angel Short”

Kalind Haynes “One Angel Short” www.cdbaby.com/artist/KalindHaynes At six foot, eight inches tall, Kalind Haynes of south suburban Chicago stands out physically. He also stands out vocally. An alumnus of BET Sunday Best, where he made it to the top ten in 2009, Haynes was praised by Tina Campbell of Mary Mary for his clean and smooth delivery. On “One Angel Short,” Haynes delivers Donald Smith’s pop-inspirational love ballad in that clean and smooth delivery, a silky touch reminiscent of Luther Vandross and Peabo Bryson. The song’s premise? To quote Tavares: Heaven must be missing an angel: she is here on earth, ...

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Virtue – Fearless

Virtue Fearless Mixed Bag/eOne New York (release date: February 26, 2016) www.virtuegirls3.com By Bob Marovich Norma Desmond declared in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard: “I hate that word [comeback]. It’s a return.” With Trin-i-tee 5:7 in suspend mode and Mary Mary doing solo projects, it’s a good time for the sister trio Virtue to return (thanks, Norma). After an extended hiatus, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY Award- and Stellar Award-nominated group released their seventh studio album, Fearless, on Friday. Karima Kibble, Ebony Holland, and Heather Martin augment their characteristically sunny, breezy and optimistic outlook with assertive Urban Contemporary licks, electrified harmonies, and ...

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Genesis of a Gospel Song: “Amazing” – Tiff Joy

Tiff Joy, as told to Bob Marovich: I knew I wanted to do something ministry-wise, but I didn’t know if it was going to be preaching or music. It was probably during my late years at Rich South High School in Richton Park, Illinois, when I started to connect with music and knew that it was something that I would do. I was with a group called Tony Tidwell & Uncommon Favor for a couple of years. We were going to do a record—we didn’t actually go through with it—but I wrote a song for the record called “Thank You.” ...

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Gospel Music Icon Buck Rambo Passes Away

Nashville, Tenn (February 21, 2016) – Gospel music legend Richard Fay “Buck” Rambo, beloved patriarch of the Gospel music family, The Rambos, died, February 21, 2016, at 6:02 PM in Palmetto, Florida, at the age of 84, surrounded by his loving wife Mae and family members. He was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, son of Noah Burton Rambo and Mary Irisilda Rambo. Buck was married to Mae Kutz Rambo on April 1, 1995. Survivors include his wife Mae, daughter Reba Rambo (Dony) McGuire, grandchildren Israel Anthem McGuire, Destiny Rambo McGuire, Dionne (Scott) Dismuke, Dyson Dismuke, sister Hilda Bullock, brothers Donald ...

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Christians Catch Hell: Gospel Roots 1976-79

Various Artists Christians Catch Hell: Gospel Roots 1976-79 Honest Jon’s Records http://honestjons.com/shop/artist/Christians_Catch_Hell By Bob Marovich Those of us who moved and grooved to 1970s hits by the likes of George McCrae and K.C. and the Sunshine Band on Henry Stone’s TK label had no idea the veteran record man had a subsidiary reserved for the sacred. He did.  It was called Gospel Roots and, thanks to Honest Jon’s Records, Christians Catch Hell is a top-quality retrospective of the label’s life and times. The title and front cover of the album reference the extended title track of the Reverend Edna Isaac and the ...

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Congratulations to the 58th GRAMMY Winners

Gospel winners at the 58th GRAMMY Awards: 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song “Wanna Be Happy?” – Kirk Franklin 37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song “Holy Spirit” – Francesca Battistelli 38. Best Gospel Album Covered: Alive in Asia [Live] (Deluxe) – Israel & Newbreed (RGM Newbreed/RCA Inspiration) 39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album This is Not a Test – Tobymac (ForeFront Records) 40. Best Roots Gospel Album Still Rockin’ My Soul – Fairfield Four (Fairfield Four Records) 45. Best American Roots Performance “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” – Mavis Staples (Anti) For a complete list of winners and nominees, visit ...

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Another R.I.P. – Psalmist Erica Bratton-McCollough

By Bob Marovich The year 2016 is not even two months old and is already looking like it will go down in history as The Year the Music Died. One more gospel artist, and a young person, no less, has left this earth for her eternal reward. Erica Bratton-McCollough, 43, a North Carolina native, was an early member of Donald Lawrence’s Tri-City Singers.  Many remember her work in particular on the ensemble’s “When the Saints Go to Worship.”  She died February 11, 2016, after an extended illness. According to Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava, Bratton-McCollough was also a stage actress and ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: February 8, 2016

“Wait For You” Ratu Suguturaga (2016) Available on iTunes and other digital outlets Ratu Suguturaga’s eager tenor on “Wait For You” evokes today’s leading male P&W balladeers. He revels in the song’s andante tempo and gentle melody like a refreshing spring drizzle, as he expresses earnest and prayerful yearnings to the Lord for patience. Settled in a safe place where he can feel the presence of the Lord, Suguturaga cries: “The sun needs you more than the song that I sing, or the air that I breathe.”  This single is radio ready. A PK who is Fijian by birth and ...

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