Gospel Music

Gospel Memories — Eighth Annual Gospel Christmas Caravan

Tune to 88.7 WLUW Chicago this Sunday morning, December 7, 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. Go to http://www.wluw.org/, click the Listen Live button, and enjoy “Gospel Memories” from wherever you are! Highlights of the December 7 Broadcast: The Eighth Annual “Gospel Memories” Christmas Caravanfeaturing classic recordings of Christmas carols, spirituals and hymns by:Davis SistersHarmonizing FourWings over Jordan ChoirGospel KeynotesBishop Charles WatkinsWard SingersSister Rosetta TharpeAngelic Gospel SingersMahalia JacksonPilgrim TravelersStaple SingersPaul Breckenridge First Church of Deliverance Choir w/Earl “Fatha” ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: December 1, 2008

“Cry Your Last Tear”Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass ChoirFrom Bishop Paul S. Morton Presents the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir Tehillah Music Group/Light Records CD 2008www.lightrecords.com In the capable hands of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir, VaShawn Mitchell’s superb composition, “Cry Your Last Tear,” is splendid. The simple lyrics and message, wrapped in a “choirtet” arrangement, strike a chord among the attendees of the recording session, as I’m sure it will among gospel music radio listeners. Along with V.O.W.’s “Somebody Somewhere,” “Cry Your Last Tear” ranks among the finest gospel recordings I’ve heard in ...

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Update on Tommy Ellison’s Health

TBGB has had a number of inquiries recently regarding the health status of Tommy Ellison. We asked Sam Williams, Tommy’s manager, to let us know how things are going. Sam sent us this update: Good Evening, We really appreciate the love and concern from all of Tommy’s friends, we don’t consider them fans they are our many friends. The latest information regarding Tommy, he’s progressing slowly and that is of good news, please continue to keep Tommy in your prayers. God Bless, Sam WilliamsManager of Tommy Ellison & The Five Singing Stars NOTE: On January 3, 2009, a little more ...

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Ride With Jesus – The Holy Sons (Quartet Boyz Records 2008)

Ride With JesusThe Holy SonsQuartet Boyz Records 2008http://www.myspace.com/theexcitingholysons Hailing from Chicago’s west side, where the group was formed twenty years ago as the New Garden Messengers, the award-winning Exciting Holy Sons have slowly but surely made their mark on the national quartet scene. The group may not be as well-known outside of the tight-knit quartet community as the Mighty Clouds of Joy or the Pilgrim Jubilees, but they have shared the stage with these leading quartets. Moreover, they have made appearances in highly-visible venues, such as at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, various Gospel Announcers Guild programs, the American ...

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“Get Your Praise On” – Dr. Yvonne Cole (C&W Records 2008)

“Get Your Praise On”Dr. Yvonne ColeFrom a forthcoming April 2009 full-length CDC&W Records 2008www.myspace.com/drycole Even before Edwin Hawkins and the Northern California State Youth Choir took the music world by storm – and by surprise – the Bay Area had a vibrant gospel music scene. Dr. Yvonne Cole of Oakland is yet another member of a rich Bay Area gospel music community. Adopted mother of Platinum RnB artist and reality television star Keyshia (“Heaven Sent”) Cole, Dr. Cole takes her turn at the microphone, delivering “Get Your Praise On” like a singing evangelist raised on a steady diet of Aretha ...

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Sista “O” & D’Vine Praize – Meditation (Divine Records/Koch Distribution 2008)

MeditationSista “O” & D’Vine PraizeDivine Records/Koch Distribution 2008www.sistao.com It is fitting that a colorful butterfly adorns the front and back covers of Meditation, the debut full length CD by Sacramento’s newest gospel group, Sista “O” & D’Vine Praize. Much of the music between the covers has the light touch, breeziness, and free-form creativity of the lovely winged creature. Think neo-soul song styling with a relaxing smooth jazz soundtrack. Also like a butterfly, the ensemble demonstrates its ability to morph into another, completely different, form. It’s when the group performs as this other persona – an RnB and hip hop flavored ...

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Mississippi Mass Choir – The First Twenty Years (Malaco 2008)

Mississippi Mass ChoirThe First Twenty YearsMalaco 2008www.malaco.com On the seventh day, Frank Williams created the Mississippi Mass Choir. And it was good. Loud. But really good. If the Chicago Mass Choir is known for its vocal propulsion and the Georgia Mass Choir for its ability to leave you weeping, the Mississippi Mass Choir can knock you off your feet with its sonic power. And now MMC is XX. Time flies when you’re in the rapture. And to mark the occasion, Malaco Records has released The First Twenty Years, a wonderful compilation of some of the group’s finest moments over the ...

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Looking for Some ‘Good News,’ Crowds Drawn to New Pittsburgh Gospel Choir

From a press release, courtesy of www.marketwatch.com: PITTSBURGH, Nov 25, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — A new constellation has joined the universe of Pittsburgh’s cultural scene, the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir (PGC). The word “gospel” means literally “good news,” which may be exactly what people are looking for in this economic climate. A capacity crowd of over 1,200 people filled the pews and balcony of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh on a Saturday afternoon in November for the debut. They swayed, sang along, clapped, and rose to their feet for classics like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and the rousing ...

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Praise the Lord – The Gospel Collection (Meltone 2008)

Various ArtistsPraise the Lord – The Gospel CollectionMeltone Entertainment Group 2008www.MeltoneEntertainmentGroup.com Imagine driving in your car on a Sunday afternoon in the American South, the AM radio tuned into a low-power local gospel music station. Yep, Meltone’s three-CD collection Praise the Lord is like that. This budget-priced set of previously (and fairly recently) issued recordings offers a marvelous shuffle of gospel artists and styles, and not exclusively Meltone-signed artists, either. The lineup includes recent iterations of classic quartets such as the Mississippi Blind Boys, Soul Stirrers, Violinaires, Brooklyn Allstars and Supreme Angels; Chicago choirs such as Rev. Clay Evans & ...

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Ed Stephens, Jr. to Manage 24/7 Gospel & Christian Internet Radio Station

Once again, from the good people at www.EURweb.com: Heavens Gateway, a 24-hour Internet radio station offering all Christian and Gospel Music, church ministries of all denominations, as well as positive and inspirational live talk, is now available. President/Founder Dewayne L. Loving has chosen Mr. Ed Stephens Jr., President of the Virginia Gospel Announcers Guild, as his station operations manager and personal consultant. Mr. Stephens’ experience spans more than 25 years in the Gospel and radio industry Along with his expertise in special event promotion, Stephens promises to be a company asset. “This radio (station) is my means of connecting to ...

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