Gospel Music

Nominees for 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Announced

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (August 12, 2015) — The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 41 categories for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The theme of this year’s award show is “Better Together,” which focuses on the strength in unity. The conference was also streamed live on CMM MAGAZINE and YES Lord Radio. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, ...

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Swan Silvertones – Amen Amen Amen: The Essential Collection

Swan Silvertones Amen, Amen, Amen: The Essential Collection Rock Beat Records /Archives Alive www.rockbeatrecords.com By Bob Marovich Few will dispute that the Swan Silvertones are among the finest gospel quartets to gather around microphones.  From the Reverend Claude Jeter’s haunting falsetto to the Reverend Robert Crenshaw’s explosive improvisations, the Swans rivaled the Dixie Hummingbirds, Sensational Nightingales, Soul Stirrers, Fairfield Four, and Swanee Quintet for the title of baddest men on the gospel highway. Producer Michael Ochs salutes this historic group with Amen, Amen, Amen: The Essential Collection.  This reissue compilation opens with several of the group’s early 1950s Specialty sides—their ...

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Gospel Industry Execs to be Feted October 9 by Living Legends Foundation

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Vicki Mack Lataillade, Claude Lataillade, and Gwendolyn Quinn.  You rock! (New York, NY – July 15, 2015) — The Living Legends Foundation,® Inc. (LLF) announced the 2015 honorees for its 19th Living Legends Awards Celebration. The organization returns to Los Angeles for its second awards dinner and gala. The event will be held on Friday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. The Living Legends Foundation,® Inc. will honor eleven distinguished individuals and one radio broadcast company at this year’s event. Ruben Rodriguez, CEO of Ruben Rodriguez Entertainment ...

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“I Am So Grateful” – Kevan Peabody feat. Thomas Cryer II & Anndretta Lyle

“I Am So Grateful” Kevan Peabody feat. Thomas “Tasche” Cryer II &Anndretta Lyle Twinkemp Productions (2015) www.twinkemp.com Gospel music veteran Kevan Peabody presents “I Am So Grateful,” a lively mid-tempo composition with traces of the Gloria Griffin-led “I’m So Grateful” made popular by the Roberta Martin Singers. Thomas “Tasche” Cryer II gives the song a straightforward reading, allowing Anndretta Lyle to provide the vocal fireworks. Now living in the Bay Area, Peabody recalls growing up in St. Louis listening to Martha Bass render “I’m So Grateful” to appreciative congregations.  While this is essentially a new song with a thoroughly contemporary ...

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Bertha Burley Melson, Former Member of Lux Singers, Dies

By Bob Marovich JGM learned from Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava.com the sad news that Ms. Bertha Burley Melson, one of the stalwarts of the Chicago gospel music community, passed away.  She was 82. Born in Chicago on March 4, 1933, Melson was a member of the famed Lux Singers, a gospel group founded by Beatrice Lux that at one time or another included a young Rev. James Cleveland and his sister, Iris; Rev. Dr. Clay Evans; Imogene Greene; Ida Mae Davis; James Whitehurst; and Jerome Burks. The Lux Singers were “unorthodox,” Melson said.  “Back then, folks sang real nice and smooth and ...

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Richard Smallwood with Vision – Anthology Live

Richard Smallwood with Vision Anthology Live RCA Inspiration (release date: June 29, 2015) By Bob Marovich Arguably the most anticipated gospel album thus far this year is Richard Smallwood with Vision’s Anthology Live. The seminal group’s first project in four years is a double-CD live recording that offers new selections as well as an extended retrospective of Smallwood’s artistic legacy. In addition to reflecting on his own opus, Smallwood pays tribute to the Roberta Martin Singers, Edwin Hawkins, and Andrae’ Crouch—gospel legends who inspired him to play, write, and direct. The Martin Singers, and especially the ensemble’s accompanist Little Lucy ...

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Simply Amazing – The Shalom Church City of Peace Mass Choir

Sponsored Post The Shalom Church City Of Peace Mass Choir under the pastoral leadership of Dr. F. James Clark release their debut CD SIMPLY AMAZING. SIMPLY AMAZING, directed by Dello Thedford and produced by Oscar Williams, Jr., features guest performances by powerhouse vocalist Lecresia Campbell (“When I See The Blood”), Gospel music’s leading man Earnest Pugh (“Trust Me”), and songwriter and singer Rev. Quincy Fielding, Jr (“The Lord Is Blessing Me”). #SIMPLYAMAZING http://www.shalomccopchoir.com/ https://twitter.com/sccopchoir https://instagram.com/sccopchoir/

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Detroit Gospel Singer Ernis Hurskin Dies

David Jones informed the Journal of Gospel Music yesterday that Detroit gospel singer Ernis A. Hurskin has died. Hurskin was one of gospel’s celebrated male soprano singers.  He was a member and lead singer of several nationally-known aggregations, including the (James) Cleveland Singers, the Voices of Tabernacle, the Thomas Whitfield Singers, and Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver & the Hallelujah Singers. Homegoing services are as follows: Monday, May 11, 2015 Family Hour: 10:00 a.m. Funeral:  11 a.m. Goodwill Community Church 7 Mile and Woodward Detroit, Michigan Please join JGM in a salute to a mighty, mighty singer.

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