Gospel Music

No Grammy for Marvin Sapp?

From EURweb.com: Grammy Awards official explains the reason ‘Never Would Have Made It’ wasn’t nominated. By Mona Austin/mediamindedpro@yahoo.com (December 31, 2008) A Brooklyn street vendor is standing in 30 degree weather peddling Hip Hop mix tapes and DVDs from a six-foot table. Encircled by a variety of CDs of Black motivational speakers and President-elect Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, there are some CDs bearing a guy on the cover wearing what resembles a zoot suit. Referring to the music coming from his speakers the vendor hollers in a New York drawl, almost yawning the vowels: “Got that ‘Maaavin Saaapp!'” Translation: “Marvin ...

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Rogina Thomas of Mississippi Mass Choir Passes Away

From D.A. Johnson of Malaco Records: The Mississippi Mass Choir Family regretfully announces the passing of our beloved singer – Rogina Thomas – on Saturday, December 27, 2008. Her homegoing service will take place: Saturday, January 3, 11:00AM Greater Tree of Life M.B. Church3102 Monticello Drive, Jackson, MS, 39212, Rev./Dr. F.L. Blount, Pastor. Although her signature song was “He Can Fix What is Broke,” Rogina also was lead singer on “He’s Coming Back,” “By Grace,” “You Brought Me,” and “Wise Men Still Seek Him.” She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her loving husband Bobby Thomas, and daughters, Ronita Thomas ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 147 & 148

“Call Him Up” & “When All God’s Children Get Together”Min. Keith Pringle & the Pentecostal Community ChoirSavoy Records, 1980 and 1981 Min. Keith Pringle was an important figure in the 1980s gospel choir community. Even though he may be better known in the gospel music industry as a soloist, Pringle established a reputation for choral excellence when he organized the Pentecostal Community Choir in Los Angeles. The choir delivered the no-holds-barred, open-throated, gymnastic power vocals that had become the signature sound of late 20th Century gospel choruses. Originally from Detroit and raised in the COGIC church, Pringle cites Rev. James ...

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New Year, New YOU, More Gospel Memories!

Tune to 88.7 WLUW Chicago this Sunday morning, January 4, from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time… for the monthly live broadcast of “Gospel Memories” – the soundtrack to That Old Time Religion. Not in Chicago? No problem. Visit www.wluw.org, click the Listen Live button, and enjoy “Gospel Memories” from wherever you are! Highlights of the January 4 Broadcast: Benediction: “The Lord’s Prayer”: Historic 1925 recording of Prof. J. Wesley Jones and the Metropolitan Community Chorus, the classical music stars of pre-gospel black Chicago, featuring a recitation by the church’s founder, Rev. W.D. Cook. Gospel choir pioneer Magnolia Lewis Butts is ...

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Kevin LeVar & One Sound – Let’s Come Together (Habakkuk Music 2008)

Let’s Come TogetherKevin LeVar & One SoundHabakkuk Music/Universal Music Christian Group 2008www.habakkukmusic.com Lyrically, musically and philosophically, singer/songwriter Kevin LeVar is about breaking down barriers. Just listen to his national debut CD, Let’s Come Together, on April Washington-Essex’s Habakkuk Music imprint. Embracing cultural diversity is evident in the lyrics of the title track, but it’s in the grooves, too, particularly on the reggae-flavored “Heaven Have Your Way” and “Hiding Place” (“King J.C. will take care of me” sounds like a Jamaican folk lyric). “My Everything” has a pronounced Latin feel. And by blending CCM’s characteristic power-pop melodies with soulful gospel vocals, ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: December 29, 2008

“Back II Eden”Donald Lawrence & Co.From the forthcoming Verity/Zomba Gospel album The Law of Confession, Part I (available January 20, 2009)www.zombagospel.com “An Eden mindset is a Kingdom mindset,” exclaims gospel music mensch Donald Lawrence, reminding us in his new single, “Back II Eden,” that before the “tempter” made a mess of everything, we were all children of Eden and worthy of riches untold. With their characteristic “coming-atcha” music style, Lawrence & Co. encourage everyone to adopt the Eden mindset and things will be alright – finances, mind, spirit, the works. To reinforce the message, the singers chant out an infectiously ...

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TBGB’s Top Ten Gospel Records of 2008

TBGB presents its pick of the top ten gospel records of 2008. Not scientific, not based on radio spins, downloads or ringtone sales. These are TBGB’s opinion of the best singles of the year by simple gospel music aesthetics. 1. “Never Would Have Made It” – Marvin Sapp (Zomba/Verity)Former member of Commissioned, Pastor Marvin Sapp of Grand Rapids, Michigan delivers a plaintive acknowledgement of the saving power of God’s grace in a masterpiece written and sung spontaneously as part of a sermon he delivered the Sunday after his father’s death. Not only does the song deserve top position for 2008, ...

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Shekinah Glory Ministry – Jesus (Kingdom Records 2007)

Shekinah Glory MinistryJesusKingdom Records 2007www.kingdomrecordsinc.com Praise (and worship) is what Shekinah Glory Ministry does. On record and video, and in live performance, they are praise and worship’s current gold standard. Visual as well as aural, the troupe from Valley Kingdom Ministries International in south suburban Chicago contains a cast of exalters, standard bearers, minstrels, kingdom horn players, karar dancers, the talented Daniel Weatherspoon as music director, psalmist Phil Tarver and Senior Pastor Apostle H. Daniel Wilson as master of ceremonies. The group’s auspicious debut, Praise Is What I Do (2001), was followed by a succession of single-title hits, namely the ...

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God Will Take Care of His Own – Pleasant Green MB Church Choir (JR Murray Group 2005)

God Will Take Care of His OwnPastor Walter W. Matthews, Sr. presents The Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church ChoirJR Murray Group 2005www.pleasantgreenmbc.info What better time than Christmas to talk about gospel choirs? This CD, created in 2005, comes from one of the city’s older African American churches, the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, founded in 1918 toward the beginning of the Great Migration. Located at 7545 South Vincennes since 1972 – a cool four miles south of Ebenezer MB Church and gospel choir Ground Zero – Pleasant Green is alive and well, with Pastor Walter W. Matthews, Sr. the angel ...

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Gabriel Hardeman to Undergo Single-Lung Transplant

From Bill Carpenter: Atlanta: Gospel singer-songwriter Gabriel S. Hardeman is best-known for co-writing Stephanie Mills’ “I Feel Good All Over” which was a #1 R&B smash for three weeks in 1987 and also for penning Mikki Howard’s #2 1990 R&B hit “Love Under New Management” which was originally a gospel song (recorded later on by Kurt Carr). He’s also a respected pastor at the Bellview Circuit AME Churches outside of Atlanta, GA. Now, Hardeman is in the fight for his life. Hardeman is scheduled to have a single-lung transplant on January 12, 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in ...

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