Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: October 6, 2008

“Vengeance is Mine”TonyaFrom the Kingdom Records CD Special Friendwww.kingdomrecordsinc.com On “Vengeance is Mine,” singer-songwriter Tonya Baker of Dayton, Ohio exhorts listeners to not take matters into their own hands when things get bad. God will take care of the matter, Baker asserts confidently over a laidback, RnB-infused, finger-popping groove and conversational lyrics that ooze with the comfort and assurance of sisterly advice. Baker’s lovely and expressive vocal frankness are given perfect support by the background instrumentation. Top notch production puts the vocals where they belong, up front and center, where the message can be heard clearly. “Vengeance is Mine” is ...

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He Changed Me – Dr. Bobby Jones Presents Renee Spearman and Prez (JDI Records)

He Changed MeDr. Bobby Jones presents Renee Spearman and PrezJDI Records 2008www.jdirecords.com Gospel Music Workshop of America Duo of the Year Renee Spearman and Eugene “Prez” Blackmon II enjoyed a very strong presence on the Billboard gospel album chart with their 2004 Celebrate, and are back with He Changed Me. This latest release is a one-size-fits-all project that demonstrates the musical versatility of a duo that has worked together since the mid-1990s. On He Changed Me, Spearman and Prez present a mutual fund of sacred music varieties, running the gamut from traditional (the pulse-pounding hit single and title track) to ...

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DeLeon – “Here in Me” (CD Single)

“Here in Me”DeLeonFrom the CD Here in MeDemari Entertainment/Arrow Records 2008www.deleonmusic.com The Grammy and Stellar-nominated singer, songwriter and actress DeLeon Richards Sheffield is back in the spotlight with a gospel CD titled Here in Me, released on her new Demari Entertainment imprint and distributed by Arrow Records. The title track is an introspective inspirational ballad with a prominent Spanish guitar giving the performance a touch of Latin flavor. With a smooth yet soulful voice reminiscent of Toni Braxton (the entire production sounds like vintage Braxton), DeLeon sings about the need for personal strength despite all odds. Not surprising. The Chicago ...

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RIP ‘Godfather of gospel music’ Rev. Eddie Templeton

From the Longview (TX) News-Journal’s website, www.news-journal.com: Friends remember Templeton as mentor to area musicians By CHRISTINA LANE The Longview chapter of the Texas Mass Choir has postponed a concert indefinitely as friends and family mourn the death of the chapter president, the Rev. Eddie Templeton. “He was a Godly, loving man,” said his wife, Jo Ann Templeton. “He was a great husband, a great father, a friend to all mankind, a humble servant of God. There’s just so much that I could say — so many things that he was.” Templeton, 61, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. He ...

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Tommy Cotton of the Cotton Brothers on “Gospel Memories” October 5

Tune to 88.7 WLUW Chicago Sunday morning, October 5, from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time for this month’s live broadcast of “Gospel Memories” – the Soundtrack to That Old Time Religion. Not in Chicago? No problem. Go to www.wluw.org, click the Listen Live button, and enjoy “Gospel Memories” from wherever you are! Highlights of the October 5 Broadcast: Interview: Tommy Cotton, original member of the Cotton Brothers (Song Bird). Tune in to hear what internationally famous soul singer was instrumental in the quartet’s early success! Preacher Feature: Rev. H.E. Walden, Pastor – Grant Memorial AME Church, Chicago (early 1950s) ...

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Dwight & the Sweet Singing Souls – Music Is My Way of Life (Quartet Boyz 2008)

Music Is My Way of LifeDwight & the Sweet Singing SoulsQuartet Boyz Records 2008 Dwight Gordon is a quartet singer and guitarist who in the past three decades has worked with the likes of the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Williams Brothers, and with his own group, the Racy Brothers. He is now the owner and CEO of a new record label called Quartet Boyz Records. The Texas-based label sports groups such as Lil’ Blair and the Violinaires, The Concert Supremes, Gifted, Chuck and the Guiding Clouds, The Holy Sons, and a new aggregation out of Dallas called Brotherly Luv. ...

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Flashback: Brenda Lowe – Somebody Somewhere Was Praying for Me (Alpha 7 Ministries 2002)

Brenda LoweSomebody Somewhere was Praying for MeAlpha 7 Ministries 2002www.alpha7ministries.com After the recent release of the heartwarming “Somebody Somewhere” by V.O.W. (JDI Records) and our review of the choir’s single and full album, Minister Randall Ogans of the Alpha 7 Ministries label in Fairfield, California contacted TBGB. Had I known about an earlier version of the Andrew Gouche-penned composition as rendered by gospel songstress Brenda Lowe? Back in 2002? Hat in hand, I admitted I had not. So Minister Ogans kindly sent it to me. I wish I hadn’t missed this album the first time around. Lowe’s project is exceptional, ...

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“A New Day” — More Than an Album Title to Paul Porter

Talk about a testimony. From 1996 to 2006, former Christianaires member Paul Porter fought the battle of his life. Developing a blood clot on his brain at age 34, the singer lost much of his physical functioning. “I lost my vision, I couldn’t walk,” Porter told The Black Gospel Blog. “I lost my speech and memory. I was paralyzed and in a wheelchair for three years.” Five surgeries and plenty of prayer later, Porter went “from the wheelchair to a walker to a cane.” This past June, he walked lighthearted and unassisted into a recording studio to begin work on ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: September 29, 2008

“Serve Nobody But You”Nathaniel & NecyFrom Truly Anointed (WOGG Records 2008)http://cdbaby.com/cd/nathanielnecy From Denver via Chicago, Minister Nathaniel and Evangelist Lucille “Necy” Drinkard are a singing couple known simply as Nathaniel & Necy. Their single, “Serve Nobody But You” from Truly Anointed, the duo’s debut CD on WOGG Records, sounds like it was recorded for Philadelphia International in the late 1970s and unfairly forgotten in a tape box until now. The song features wall-to-wall lush strings and a playful bass riff that support Nathaniel & Necy’s smiling vocals. Refreshing and fun in its retro take on the praise song. Necy, by ...

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Jai Reed – Anointed for Purpose (TLR/Fontana)

Anointed for PurposeJai ReedTLR/Fontana 2007www.myspace.com/jaireedtheartist It takes a really gusty artist to start a solo project with an acappella track. It’s the aural equivalent of the dreaded Hollywood close-up, exposing every imperfection. But Jai (Jabial) Reed has nothing to worry about. There are no imperfections on his exceptional album, Anointed for Purpose. And not only does “Sanctuary” showcase his expressive voice, but it also sets a marvelous tone for the remainder of the album. In fact, there’s not a weak track among the eleven on Anointed for Purpose, seven of which the Pensacola, Florida-based Reed had a hand in writing ...

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