Gospel Music

Gospel Stars Fix More than Music on “Fix My Choir”

“Fix My Choir” With Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams Premiere: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 10 p.m. ET/PT Oxygen www.oxygen.com By Bob Marovich At last: a reality television program suitable for those of us who avoid reality television. “Fix My Choir” is about struggling church and community choirs who receive mentoring from the program’s stars, gospel singers Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child).  Each episode features Deitrick and Michelle responding to one particular choir’s SOS call. On the premiere episode, which airs this evening, Deitrick and Michelle travel to New Orleans to rescue Josh Kagler and HPC (Harmonistic ...

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AAAMC “Why We Sing” Gospel Music Conference Footage Now Online

The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University reports that it is offering online access to interviews and panel discussions videotaped as part of the conference, “Why We Sing: Indianapolis Gospel Music in Church, Community, and Industry,” which took place on the IU Bloomington campus in November 2011. Also included are interviews with Carla Poindexter (audio), Kenneth Woods Jr. (audio), and Rev. Melvin B. Girton (video) conducted before and after the conference. To gain online access to the interviews and panel discussions, click here: http://bit.ly/1qnZicL. Established in 1991, the AAAMC is a repository of materials covering ...

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“Here I Am” – Team David

“Here I Am” Team David From the Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel album Here I Am (August 2014) www.malaco.com Employing Boys II Men harmonies and balladry, the modern gospel group Team David delivers the finger-popping “Here I Am,” a cleverly penned song about turning one’s life over to Jesus. Rather than use the phrases typically used to describe the conversion process, Team David instead employs the metaphor of turning oneself in for a crime committed. After acknowledging that “I am guilty, filthy of sin” and “I did the crime, now I must do the time,” the group asks God to “Sentence me to ...

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Hillsong UNITED Earns Five Dove Awards

By Bob Marovich Hillsong UNITED was a big winner at the 45th Annual Dove Awards, held in Nashville, Tennessee, yesterday evening. The group took home Artist of the Year and its song, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fall),” scored four Dove Awards, including Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. Tamela Mann took home the Gospel Performance of the Year for her cover of MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine.” Hezekiah Walker scored Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the year for “Every Praise,” and Tye Tribbett’s Greater Than received Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year. Erica Campbell’s “A Little More Jesus” was ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: August 19, 2014

“So Easy to Love” Calvin Bridges Bringing It Back Home Music (2013) www.calvinbridges.org Chicago’s talented singer, songwriter, and choir director Calvin Bridges (“I Can Go To God In Prayer”) pens and sings a love ballad—to Jesus, to a significant other, to a parent, whatever fits the situation. The mood is sufficiently majestic and Winans-like, however, and Bridges’ singing so unassumingly genuine, that it’s not hard to identify it as primarily about the Most High. JGM posted the video of this song last fall, but it’s so lovely, we’re “bringing it back home” as a Pick of the Week.

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45th Annual GMA Dove Awards – Nominees

Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. The GMA Dove Awards ceremony will be held at Allen Arena of Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Here are some of the nominees (from the GMA website): Gospel Performance of the Year “Every Praise” – Hezekiah Walker, RCA Inspiration, (producer) Donald Lawrence “Help” – Erica Campbell (ft. Lecrae), My Block Inc., (producer) Warryn Campbell “I Can Only Imagine” – Tamela Mann, TillyMann Music Group, (producer) Myron Butler “I Love The Lord” – Natalie Grant, Curb Records, (producer) Bernie Herms “If He ...

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