Gospel Music

TBGB Reviews…The Reunion: Live In Chicago – Side A

Darius Brooks Presents…The Reunion: Live in Chicago – Side AJMG 2007http://www.journeymusicgroup.com/ When Milton Brunson organized the Thompson Community Singers in 1948 while attending Chicago’s McKinley High School, he could hardly have imagined how his community gospel choir would inspire the establishment of similar organizations throughout the country, much less that members of his group would still be captivating audiences sixty years later. Yet the Thompson Community Singers – named for Brunson’s pastor in ’48, the Rev. Eugene Thompson, and now affectionately known as the “Tommies” – was the first community gospel choir in the country. Beginning in 1963, the choir ...

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TBGB Reviews…The Big DooWopper

Feel the Spirit – A Tribute to MahaliaThe Big DooWopperDelmark Records 2002www.delmark.com As Opal Louis Nations counsels in the liner notes to Feel the Spirit, don’t let Cornell H. Williams’s nickname throw you. Williams earned the moniker as a young man for his habit of humming and singing along with the vocal harmony songs he loved. But Williams grew up in the church – Chicago’s historic Greater Harvest Baptist Church – and loves traditional gospel music. He renders gospel songs in a voice that puts the listener in mind of 1920s guitar evangelist Blind Willie Johnson had Willie been a ...

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Gospel Memories – Highlights of the February 3 Broadcast

Start Black History Month on the right note by tuning into 88.7 WLUW in Chicago this Sunday morning, February 3, from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. CDT for the 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 February 3 Broadcast: Benediction: “The Lord’s Prayer” – Liz Dargan and the Gospelettes Words and Music: An Interview with Cleve Graham of the Pilgrim Jubilees In Loving Memory: Freeman Wilson (Victory Choral Union, Gabriel Hardeman ...

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WILLIAM CARSON, 1952 – 2008

From TBGB friend Elder Mack C. Mason. It is so sad to lose such a young and talented man as Billy Carson: We regretfully announce the passing of our good friend, William “Billy” Carson. Billy was host of Gospel City Videos telecast and producer of many church telecasts which aired Saturdays and Sundays during the Broadcast Ministers Alliance programming on Channel 25. Billy’s spiritual nurture and career in gospel music began at St. Lawrence COGIC, where he later organized the Billy Carson Singers. This young group traveled with the late Anna Broy Crockett Ford to many COGIC conventions throughout the ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: January 28, 2008

“Move!!! (Right Now!)”The Jimmy Hicks ProjectFrom the Worldwide Music CD The Jimmy Hicks Project 2007www.gospeltruthmagazine.com Elder Jimmy Hicks and Diana Hicks Hay are together again on “Move!!! (Right Now!).” Just as they demonstrated on the Jimmy Hicks and Voices of Integrity hit, “Born Blessed,” the duo oozes with charisma and chemistry as they trade leads on what amounts to a gospel novella. Even though the performance is steeped in traditional gospel, what the team brings to it in terms of lyrical banter is fresh and inventive. The three punctuation marks notwithstanding (one is sufficient, thank you), “Move!!!” is likely to ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 145

“I Can Go to God in Prayer”Albertina Walker and the Evangelical Choir of the Lighthouse Baptist ChurchFrom the Savoy LP I Can Go to God in PrayerSavoy SL-14600, 1981 You can’t get much more Chicago than “I Can Go to God in Prayer,” a song written by Chicago’s Calvin Bridges that features Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker (“Miss Caravan”) with an energetically clapping gospel choir from the Lighthouse Baptist Church, founded by former First Church of Deliverance member Rev. Jerry Goodloe. The performance was recorded live in Goodloe’s south side church. Even the album liner notes have Chicago provenance, penned ...

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Heavenly Gospel Singer Beatty Nominated for Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum

TBGB caught this on the WSPA Channel 7 (South Carolina) website. The Heavenly Gospel Singers were the first to record Thomas A. Dorsey’s classic “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” They recorded it on February 16, 1937 in Charlotte, NC for Victor’s Bluebird subsidiary, a year before Arthur “Bob” Beatty joined the quartet. Friday, Jan 25, 2008 – 03:17 PM A Spartanburg great-grandfather is nominated for the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Bob Beatty dreamed of becoming a professional boxer but another talent led him out of the ring and onto a stage. He started singing professionally at ...

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TBGB Reviews…Bishop Gregory M. Davis, Sr. & the Tabernacle Cathedral Choir

Today Is Your Day For a MiracleBishop Gregory M. Davis, Sr. & the Tabernacle Cathedral ChoirGreg Davis Ministries International 2007http://www.gregdavisministries.org/ While Today Is Your Day For a Miracle is the project of Bishop Gregory M. Davis, who pastors two Full Gospel Baptist churches (in Pennsylvania and Delaware), it belongs just as much to guest artist Minister Stephanie Pride. Pride is chief worship leader and music media and arts director for House of Prayer & Praise in Detroit, and was featured on Brenda Jefferson’s 2007 A Time of Refreshing. Pride’s lovely and powerful voice captivates throughout the first half of the ...

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TBGB Reviews…William Warfield with Bill Carter’s Jazz Band

Bill Carter’s Jazz Band Presents William WarfieldSomething Within Me Delmark 2004http://www.delmark.com/ Jazz and black sacred music have been dallying for many decades. Ignoring for the moment how gospel music was breathed into life by jazz, there have been many examples of the two together. The teams of Bunk Johnson and Ernestine Washington, Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson, Chris Barber and Alex Bradford, Chris Barber and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the Dukes of Dixieland with Clara Ward come immediately to mind. I’m certain I’m forgetting many more examples. All things considered, it made sense that when seeking a headliner for a ...

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Smithsonian Folkways Releases Classic African American Gospel

Ethnomusicologist and noted quartet historian Kip Lornell helped Smithsonian Folkways select the tracks for the new Classic African American Gospel, a 24-track audio-history of black gospel music. Offering original recordings of jubilee singing to authentic “shout bands,” the collection is reported to give an overview of gospel music as it evolved into one of America’s truly great art forms. Listen to a discussion about the project from NPR’s Weekend Edition:Classic African American Gospel

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