Gospel Music

JGM (formerly The Black Gospel Blog) is now on the iGospelMusic.com app!

You can now catch JGM (formerly The Black Gospel Blog) articles on the iGospelMusic.com app! iGospel Music is an Internet radio platform for independent gospel artists.  The app also features an event schedule, artist gallery, fan wall, YouTube videos, and more. Visit iGospelMusic.com to download the free iGospelMusic.com app for your Apple or Android phone. A big thank you to Pastor Keithron Powell and the iGospelMusic.com team for welcoming The Black Gospel Blog.  We look forward to the new partnership!

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Gospel DJ William Luck Visits Gospel Memories

William Luck, host of the “Burying Ground Gospel Showcase” at Maria’s in Bridgeport, was a guest on WLUW Chicago’s “Gospel Memories” today. William Luck (l.) with Gospel Memories’ Bob Marovich at WLUW Luck gave “Gospel Memories” listeners a taste of his monthly sets by programming all of the music for today’s show.  Artists included the Sensational Nightingales, Mary De Loatch, Staple Singers, Dorothy Glass, and a young Zella Jackson-Price. Catch the “Burying Ground Gospel Showcase” every fourth Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 West 31st Street, Chicago.  Next show is March ...

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“That’s What He’s Done For Me” – Anita Wilson

“That’s What He’s Done For Me” Anita Wilson From the CD Vintage Worship (available June 24, 2014) www.motowngospel.com Grammy-nominated Anita Wilson’s new single, “That’s What He’s Done For Me,” had me when she name checks Leanne Faine and the Thompson Community Singers, and then proceeds to deliver the final moments of the song in the Tommies’ traditional swagger. The song’s breezy arrangement aligns with Wilson’s jazzy vocals and the message about God’s goodness made manifest in daily life.  If it is any indication of the quality of Wilson’s forthcoming sophomore album, Vintage Worship, it will be worth the wait.

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James Fortune & FIYA – Live Through It

James Fortune & FIYA Live Through It FIYAWorld Music/eOne Engertainment (2014) www.jamesfortunemusic.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The two-disk Live Through It is James Fortune & FIYA’s first foray into live recording and a successful one. The title track and current single is classic James Fortune: an antiphonal ballad loaded with affirmations of encouragement and sung sweetly by FIYA while Fortune punctuates the melody with shouted exhortations.  “The Way You See Me,” about society’s cruel affronts, is another cut bearing the James Fortune “sugar-and-salt” trademark. Tasha Cobbs is one of eight gospel stars who join Fortune on ...

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Formal Announcement of the Passing of Dr. Edna Tatum, “The Voice”

From TBGB Friend Sande Rose: After a lifetime of dedicated service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to the Gospel music industry, we sadly announce the passing of “The Voice,” Dr. Edna Tatum. Dr. Tatum peacefully made her transition from labor to reward on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. Edna Tatum is widely known as a legendary commentator in the Gospel music arena. Her career began extending words of welcome, reading the Sunday morning church announcements and introducing choirs, groups and soloists at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA. Her ability to articulate ...

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Sean C. Johnson – Grateful (EP)

Sean C. Johnson Grateful EP (2014) www.seancjohnson.com/grateful By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Employing street poetry and neo-soul jams, Sean C. Johnson gives listeners a nineteen-minute dose of reality on Grateful, a five-track EP he released in gratitude for his fans’ support. Johnson is best known for his three-volume Simply a Vessel collection of “neo-soul gospel” with messages that are insightful without being preachy.  The EP’s incisive “Shepherd Me” reprises the social commentary of Volume 3’s “MCMX,” but this time the targets of Johnson’s salvo are not badly behaved kids but superficial or false preachers “convincing me that ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: March 17, 2014

“I Believe” Dr. Vera J. Goodman & Anointed Praise From the CD It’s Our Time (2014) Anointedpraise2011@yahoo.com “I Believe” is an inspirational song that sounds like an inspirational song. Anointed Praise’s dynamic phrasing and the infectious “Rise” vamp gain ample support from a melody that propels the message ever higher without changing the key. Lead vocalist Kevin Allen delivers the song’s premise: “Know that I am He / Who can change the ‘possible’ to ‘possibility’/ So Rise.”  Dr. Vera J. Goodman and Kizzy Walker add spice with their fervent solos. At nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, “I Believe” is just one skillful ...

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TBGB Goes to the NIGMA Industry Summit 2014

The Black Gospel Blog’s Bob Marovich attended the National and Independent Gospel Music Association (NIGMA) Industry Summit in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend (March 13-16).  He presented on “Establishing A Media Presence” Saturday morning. Congratulations to NIGMA President Pastor Kris Jackson, to the NIGMA Board and volunteers, to the artists and presenters, Dr. Mark Rogers and the Rhythm of Gospel Awards team, and the Village Church (host facility) for a fun and inspiring weekend uplifting independent gospel artists. Remember: every gospel artist was once an independent artist.  Next year’s Industry Summit will take place in Dallas, Texas. Some photo highlights: Coretta ...

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