Gospel Music

JGM’s Bob Marovich Interviewed for Kennedy Center Podcast

JGM Editor-in-Chief Bob Marovich was interviewed for this podcast on gospel music and the Civil Rights movement. Professor Robert Darden of Baylor University, Dwandalyn Reese of the Smithsonian Institution, and Professor Birgitta Johnson of the University of South Carolina School of Music are also interviewed for this podcast, part of the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge education program.  Richard Paul produced. Click on the image at left to hear or download a free copy of the audio podcast (episode 3).  

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JGM Pick of the Week: February 23, 2015

“Never Forget It” God’s Chosen From the CD 1 & 6 www.gc3music.com Promising to remember all the things God has brought them through, God’s Chosen brings to “Never Forget” the cheerful harmonies and bubbly tempos of the Clark Sisters, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Virtue, and Mary Mary. Also known as GC3, God’s Chosen—Zebrina Anderson, Nikeisha Whittier, and Sarah Stephens—hails from St. Louis, Missouri. Meeting in high school, the ladies received their first public confirmation as a gospel trio in 2002 when they won the Six Flags Gospel Day Competition and earned a spot as opening act for Yolanda Adams. “Never Forget” is from their independently ...

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Murk – Still Murkin

Murk Still Murkin Dedicated Music Group (2015) www.murkp31.com By Bob Marovich The Still Murkin mixtape serves as both an introduction to Murk, a young female Christian rapper whose professional name serves handily as a verb; and an extended promo for her forthcoming sophomore project, P31, which arrives March 31, 2015, as we are informed several times during the thirty-minute release. With her record company owner Mr. Del as host, Murk goes street-level with her rhymes, raging against damaging actions by the police, the media, and even the church on “Welcome Back,” and insincere artists on “Real 22” (“I won’t lie to ...

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The 57th GRAMMY Results for Gospel Music

Congratulations to the following 57th GRAMMY Award recipients: Best Gospel Performance/Song: “No Greater Love” – Smokie Norful Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “Messengers” – Lecrae feat. For King & Country Best Gospel Album: Help – Erica Campbell Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Run Wild. Live Free. Live Strong. – For King & Country Best Roots Gospel Album: Shine For All the People – Mike Farris For more information, visit www.grammy.com.

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Washington, DC Area Gospel Radio Announcer Marsha D. Sumner Dead at 69

WASHINGTON, DC: Marsha D. Sumner, a native Washingtonian and celebrated local gospel radio announcer for two decades, died on Saturday, January 24, after a brief illness. She was 69. Sumner, who was born on April 20, 1945, attended DC public schools and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, where she excelled in sports and received an athletic scholarship to Tennessee A&I State University. Marsha declined the offer saying: “All they wanted me to do was run track and that rubbed me the wrong way.” Alternatively, she started a career in government service, working at HUD and FEMA for 30 ...

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BMI Honors Houghton, Pace Sisters, at 16th Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

ATLANTA, January 18, 2015 – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, brought legends and contemporary stars together to celebrate the careers of gospel giants Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards yesterday in Atlanta. The event, held at the Rialto Center for the Arts, also recognized BMI’s Most-Performed Gospel Song of the Year: “The Gift,” written and performed by Donald Lawrence. The song, featured on Lawrence’s album Best For Last, topped the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and achieved wide-spread success. BMI also recognized five ...

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Journal of Gospel Music’s Best of 2014

Happy New Year! Below are the Journal of Gospel Music‘s picks for best recorded songs, CDs, historic reissues, and special event CD of 2014. The lists were not compiled based on record sales, radio play, digital downloads, published charts, or anything of the sort. They simply reflect what JGM believes to be quality representations of gospel music as an art form. Click on the Music Hour image to hear the “Best of Recorded Songs” and one “Best of CDs” track (see playlist below).           Best of 2014 Playlist “All of My Help” – North Carolina Community Choir ...

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Whosoever South – Come On In

Whosoever South Come On In Elevate Entertainment (released October 7, 2014) www.whosoeversouth.com By Bob Marovich Whosoever South is one of the most innovative Christian groups of the decade. The trio’s self-proclaimed “country crunk” style blends elements of rootsy Americana and country with deep groove bass, gospel, and hip hop. Think Mumford and Sons meets Arrested Development. Whosoever South is husband-and-wife team Rowdy and Sarah Eunice, and Mike Mitchell; all hail from Georgia. Vocally, Rowdy delivers the country feel, Sarah raps, and Mike sounds like Darius Rucker.  The group’s sophomore effort, Come On In, is equal parts evocation of southern country ...

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