Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: March 30, 2009

“The Love of God”Soul StirrersFrom the Malaco Records CD A Soul Stirring Reunion 2008www.malaco.com In the early 1950s, Sam Cooke transformed the Soul Stirrers’ sound from hypnotic harmonies and dueling lead singers to a youthful vibe fronted by a singer with pop sensibilities. That’s a mouthful, but legions of Stirrers leads after Cooke, including Johnnie Taylor, Leroy Crume, Martin Jacox and Willie Rogers, adopted the effortless singing and trademark yodel that Cooke introduced to the group. On Malaco’s A Soul Stirring Reunion, the quartet reprises this sophisticated sound more than fifty years after the transformation. Floyd Taylor performs “The Love ...

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“God is Able” – Joe Leavell & St. Stephen Temple Choir

“God is Able”Joe Leavell & St. Stephen Temple ChoirFrom the CD God is Able (Emtro Gospel 2009)www.emtro.com Recordings by big choirs may not be as popular on the radio as they once were, but several are making noise on the Radio & Records gospel national airplay chart right now. Among the charters are the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir, the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, and Joe Leavell & St. Stephen Temple Choir. The latter’s “God is Able,” from the album of the same name, is moving steadily up the rankings, no doubt propelled by its simple and timely message of ...

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“I Almost Blew It” – LaShell Griffin

“I Almost Blew It”LaShell GriffinFrom the CD Dreams Are Possible (DAP Music 2008)www.lashellgriffin.org LaShell Griffin, champion of Oprah’s 2004 Pop Star Challenge, has really been working it. Whether singing the National Anthem on the campaign trail for Barack Obama, appearing in several national magazines, or appearing this June at the Gracies Awards ceremony for women in television and radio, Griffin is establishing herself as a formidable contender in the gospel music field. Given her full-court press, the title of the latest single, “I Almost Blew It,” either sounds ironic or is refreshingly candid. Sassy like Mary J. Blige and strewing ...

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Daniel Weatherspoon – Official

OfficialDaniel WeatherspoonLonglife Music 2008www.longlifeentertainment.com You may not think you know who Daniel Weatherspoon is, but you do. A veritable Quincy Jones of gospel music, “DW” has served as music director for all the current biggies: Donald Lawrence, the Clark Sisters, the Murrills, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Fred Hammond; and has produced hit-makers such as Shekinah Glory Ministry, Darwin Hobbs, Phil Tarver, and the Tri-City Singers. TBGB reported recently that he played keyboards, back in the day, on Rev. Walter “The Big Man” Butts’ 1991 Get High on Jesus. Now DW has decided to do something special on his own, something semi-autobiographical, ...

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Surrender – Daniel Young Music Ministry

SurrenderDaniel Young Music MinistryYoung Entertainment 2008www.myspace.com/danielyoungmusicministry Detroit’s Daniel Young may be an independent artist today, but he’s most assuredly a major label talent. Surrender, the sophomore release by the Daniel Young Music Ministry, is well nigh flawless. This fresh, young singer/songwriter and his combo of well-honed musicians deliver one energetic song after another, each crackling with crisp arrangements, strong pacing, expressive singing and skilled musicianship. I can’t say enough good things about this project. From “Praise,” which opens with a quick-step interlude that riffs on the congregational rouser, “Praise Him,” to “Don’t Leave,” a lovely praise and worship ballad about ...

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Poet Keith Ferguson: Christian Spoken Word Artist

On his Christian spoken word track, “A New Creature,” Poet Keith Ferguson announces, “The Bible says, ‘Let everything that have breath praise ye the Lord.’ We must be able to express ourselves, so if it takes rapping, poetry, making beats, whatever it takes to get your feelings out, just pray.” TBGB first met Poet Keith Ferguson at the Gospel Music Workshop of America last summer and this month spoke to him by telephone from his home in Fort Worth, Texas. Tell us a little about yourself. KF: I am married with three kids, and serve as minister of music and ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: March 23, 2009

“He Didn’t Give Up On Me”Curtis BransonFrom the Stew Records CD I Still Have a Praise (2008)http://cdbaby.com/cd/curtisbranson “He Didn’t Give Up on Me” is a gratefully rendered acknowledgement of God’s commitment to, and faith in, His people when they face tribulation and even after they “mess up, gave up the right for the wrong.” Chicagoan Curtis Branson delivers this lovely and inspirational gospel ballad with a humble cry lodged somewhere in the back of his throat. The simple and honest message, and its presentation by Branson, whose voice combines the huskiness of Michael McDonald and the plaintive shout of Marvin ...

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TBGB Talks with Pastor Donnie McClurkin About New CD Release

TBGB had a chance to speak with Pastor Donnie McClurkin, whose new project, We All Are One (Live in Detroit), is scheduled for release March 31, 2009. The first single, “Wait on the Lord,” was TBGB’s March 9 Pick of the Week. TBGB: Let’s talk about your new album for Verity Records, We All Are One (Live in Detroit). Given your earlier ministry at Detroit’s Perfecting Church, this live album must have felt like a homecoming for you. DM: It really was like coming home. Straight Gate Church, the host church for the recording, was filled to capacity. People were ...

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Gospel Legacy: Walter Hawkins (Light Records 2008)

Gospel Legacy: Walter HawkinsLight Records 2008www.lightrecords.com Released in February 2008, this volume in Light Records’ ten-CD “Gospel Legacy” series is essentially a sampler of high points in the Hawkins Family’s first three celebrated Love Alive recordings. Thus, it includes the Hawkins’s moody, intoxicating “Changed” and their smash hit “Going Up Yonder,” one of the most influential gospel recordings of all time. Incidentally, “Going Up Yonder” is, for all purposes, a two-parter: the first section contains the motif and the second features an extemporaneous and explosive solo by Tramaine Hawkins. By the end of the performance, Tramaine Davis Hawkins has transitioned ...

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Glenda TaylorLord I Wanna Thank YouGlenda Taylor Ministries 2008www.myspace.com/glendastaylor Born in Fort Worth, Texas and now living in Houston, Psalmist Glenda Taylor has one foot in traditional and the other in contemporary gospel. Her vocal resume reflects this: she has been a featured soloist for the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses and the National Baptist Convention, but has also worked with contemporary stars such as fellow Houstonian Yolanda Adams. While Glenda is no stranger to recording – she has participated in several recordings by Houston’s JOY Baptist Tabernacle, where she is Minister of Music – Lord I Wanna ...

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