Gospel Music

The Rahming Brothers – Acappella Gospel Quartet from the Bahamas

What Will I Leave Behind &Keep On WaitingThe Rahming Brotherswww.RahmingBrothers.com Located 325 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, Cat Island, Bahamas is a 150 square mile patch of beautiful sand beaches and lush tropical greenery. The sixth largest island in the Bahamas takes great pride in having that “undiscovered” feeling. Cat Island also has an acappella gospel quartet that sounds “undiscovered,” whose sincere harmonies will break your heart, bring a tear to your eye, and transport you back to the days “when we used to have church.” The Rahming Brothers (William, Christopher, James, Clarence Jr., Bennett and Prince) are from a ...

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“No Other Name (Holy)” – Phil Tarver

“No Other Name (Holy)”Phil TarverFrom the CD Draw NearerKingdom Records 2008www.kingdomrecordsinc.com It’s hard not to picture in your mind the colorful, swirling banners; the lithe, leaping praise dancers; and animated chorus of Shekinah Glory Ministry when hearing “No Other Name (Holy)” from Phil Tarver’s debut solo CD, Draw Nearer. The psalmist and worship leader for Shekinah Glory Ministry brings the group’s best-selling sound – power Praise & Worship borne by majestic, marching polyrhythms and complex jazz chord progressions – to bear on his muscular vocals. “No Other Name (Holy)” is full-bodied and multi-faceted, in complete contrast to its very simple ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: September 15, 2008

“Do It” Dottie PeoplesFrom the CD Do ItDP Muzik Group 2008www.dottiepeoples.com Like last week’s Pick of the Week, “Do It” is a traditional performance, demonstrating that there will always be room on playlists for good old-fashioned gospel singing. Fact is, the song has already inched its way onto the Radio & Records Top 30 Gospel National Airplay list. Not surprising. “Do It” is an uptempo quartet-style song with a strong backbeat that supports Ms. Peoples’ exhortations on the Biblical evidence of God’s abilities. She then enumerates some of the modern ills that need God’s intervention, everything from a broken home ...

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LaShell Griffin – Dreams Are Possible (DAP Music 2008)

LaShell GriffinDreams Are PossibleDAP Music 2008www.lashellgriffin.org She won Oprah’s Pop Star Challenge in 2004. Her first single, the inspirational anthem “Free,” debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Gospel Charts and even climbed as high as #11 on Radio & Records’ Urban AC charts. Her performance of “Free” at the Gospel Music Workshop of America that year was breathtaking. TBGB thought it to be one of the best songs of the year in any classification. She’s since traveled the world and recently sang the National Anthem for Barack Obama in her native Michigan. She will be singing for another Obama rally in ...

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Gospel Truth Magazine Presents Gospel Mix ’08

Various ArtistsGospel Truth Magazine Presents Gospel Mix ‘08World Wide Records 2008www.gospeltruthmagazine.com If WOW Gospel is the World Series of black gospel music, Gospel Truth Magazine founder Kerry Douglas’ new Gospel Mix ’08 is the All-Star Game, a mid-season summary of the music charts. True, many of the artists on Gospel Mix ’08 hail from Douglas’ World Wide Gospel roster – it’s a producer’s prerogative – and just a few of the current gospel superstars are on it, but it is nevertheless a fine package for fans who don’t want to wait until early 2009 for WOW. It’s also a decent ...

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Online Stellar Awards First Ballot Re-voting

From Central City Productions: First Stellar Awards Ballot Due to a number of discrepancies, the Nominating Committee is revising the FIRST Stellar Awards Ballot. SAGMA members will be allowed to re-vote on the revised categories only. The voting will be online only and will be available from September 10, 2008 to September 16, 2008. Members will be restricted to voting the ballot one-time using their SAGMA membership number. The results of this re-voting will determine which entries move forward to the final ballot to become Stellar Awards Nominees. Categories unaffected will be counted according to previously defined rules. The Committee ...

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Elma Opal Moore, First Church of Deliverance Musician, At Rest

TBGB reader and gospel music historian David Jones informed us that Elma Opal Moore, longtime member of Chicago’s First Church of Deliverance Radio Choir, passed away just after Labor Day. Moore had been a member of the church’s storied music department since at least 1950, and accompanied the group on piano for some of its earliest recordings on the F.C.D. label (the church’s house record label).

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Sneak Peek at Marion Williams Documentary

Marion Williams, dubbed “one of the greatest American singers of the 20th century,” had a voice that launched a thousand others, from gospel to RnB to rock and roll. Hear an elongated “high whoo” in someone’s voice after 1950, and you can pretty much attribute it to the influnce of Marion Williams. Searchlight Films is in the process of putting together a documentary film, Packin’ Up, on the woman who, before her death in 1994, had become a star with the Ward Singers; formed her own group, the Stars of Faith, out of members of the Ward Singers; participated in ...

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Shirley Caesar – Revisited (Calvin Records)

Shirley CaesarRevisitedCalvin Records 2008 In 1967, Shirley Caesar stepped out of the Caravans lineup to release her debut solo album, I’ll Go, for Hob Records, a company founded in Detroit by salon owner Carmen Murphy and later purchased by Scepter Records. With tracks featuring the Young People’s Choir of the Institutional Church of God in Christ (the Brooklyn group rendered the first recorded version of their signature song, “Stretch Out,” on this LP), I’ll Go was an auspicious start for the Caesar-Hob partnership, which would, in ensuing years, give the world some of Caesar’s finest and most fiery recordings, including ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: September 8, 2008

“What Did you Do” Paul PorterFrom the CD A New DayLight Records 2008www.lightrecords.com “What did you do when the Lord saved you?” Paul Porter sings. “Did you…dance?” If the newly converted were listening to Porter’s “What Did You Do,” the first radio single off the former Christianaires’ debut solo album A New Day, the answer would be a resounding yes. Like a preacher walking the aisles of a tent revival, Paul Porter exhorts his congregation to remember when they were first saved. Was it in church? In school? At the mall? “You can get saved at the mall,” Porter retorts. ...

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