Gospel Music

“A Little Longer” – Nancey Jackson Johnson

“A Little Longer” Nancey Jackson Johnson From the Camdon CD The Heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson(2014) I have been enamored of Nancey Jackson Johnson’s voice and dramatic take on a song ever since hearing her sing “Lead Me to the Rock” on Rev. Stef & Jubilation’s 2006 The Launch Out Project.  Since then, Nancey has recorded with Donnie McClurkin and Judith Christie McAllister, and now she is on her own. “A Little Longer” is a prayer/soliloquy of thanksgiving.  Its recitative enables Nancey to explore a range of emotions, from simple beseeching to heart-wrenching intensity.  When she sings God’s response, it’s ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: April 15, 2014

“Whatever I Expect” Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs From the Utopia Music Group album Praise Revisited (2013) “Trials and tribulations, we have overcome,” sings the choir, in response to Bishop Larry Trotter’s reminder that if you “expect little, you’re going to get little.  But if you expect great, you’re gonna get great.”  The churchy Chicago style is in full force as the choir members sing of their overcoming and achieving the great—from the frenetic praise-break tempo to the throaty vocals of the chorus and praise team leader (and now First Lady) Mildred Trotter’s raw and unbridled ...

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James “Wonder Boy” Smith, Quartet Singer, Dies

Quartetter James Smith, the “Wonder Boy” who sang with Rev. Richard Campbell in the 1950s, died April 10, 2014, in Waterloo, South Carolina. Smith was also a member of the Golden Stars, lead singer with the Southern Wonders, and sang with the Gospel lmperials. Read the obituary here: James Smith Thanks to John Glassburner for informing TBGB of  Bro. Smith’s passing.

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Chicago a cappella’s “Birth of Gospel” educates, entertains

“The Birth of Gospel” Chicago a cappella Saturday, April 12, 2014 Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The historic Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston was packed to the rafters to hear Chicago a cappella perform “The Birth of Gospel” yesterday evening. The mostly Caucasian crowd didn’t need the ghost of Mahalia Jackson to teach them how to clap on the gospel beat.  They did just fine whenever the eight-member ensemble—four men and four women—delivered a hand-clapper selection in its two-hour program of songs ranging from spirituals and lining hymns to traditional and contemporary ...

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Palm Sunday Special – A Musical Journey Through Chicago’s Historic Churches

Enjoy this one-hour episode of Gospel Memories, which features vintage moments from some of Chicago’s African American church choirs.  It’s Part II of our “Musical Journey Through Chicago’s Historic Churches.” For the playlist, visit www.gospelmemories.com and click on Playlist and Previews. http://gospelmemories.podomatic.com/entry/2014-04-12T14_26_29-07_00

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“Love Me Through” – Lateefah

“Love Me Through” LateefahLateko Records (release date: April 18) www.facebook.com/thereallateefah    To a balmy, keyboard-led neo-soul groove, Lateefah sings that no matter what happens on the outside, she has love inside.  She also has complete trust in the Lord that He will make everything on the outside better, too.  Her breezy, relaxed voice fits the song like a pair of comfortable denims. Born in London, where she studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, inspirational singer-songwriter Lateefah Elcock, aka Lateefah, has roots in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where the water is blue, the plants are tropical green, and ...

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Bobby Jones – Rejoice With Me!

Bobby Jones Rejoice With Me! EchoPark JDI Entertainment (2014) www.echoparkjdi.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog While he is the undisputed king of gospel television—Bobby Jones Gospel is the longest-running cable television program, period— Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones has not always fared as well on radio. That just changed with Rejoice With Me.  Produced by Michael Bereal and Professor James Roberson for EchoPark JDI, the album showcases the work of Jones’ Nashville Super Choir, a team of capable musicians, and several soloists.  Functioning basically as narrator, Jones gives the album over to NSC and top-shelf gospel singers such ...

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Chicago Area Gospel Singer Todd Dulaney Signs with Entertainment One Music

NASHVILLE, TN (April 8, 2014) – Entertainment One Music has signed celebrated artist, songwriter and worshipper Todd Dulaney to its award-winning Gospel roster.  Joining eOne Music in a new recording deal, the Stellar Award-nominated singer will record and release multiple albums, with the first single slated for release in late Summer this year, off his upcoming new album slated for a first-quarter release in 2015.  He’ll also be appearing on The Word Network, live on Wednesday April 9th, at 8 pm EST.  Currently in-studio recording the finishing touches for his upcoming new album, Dulaney says of joining eOne Music: “My family ...

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