Gospel Music

More Losses: Sarah McKissick, Dr. Robert Wooten

Rev. Lawrence Roberts informed TBGB that Sarah McKissick passed away March 25. Sarah was a member of the Little Lucy Smith Singers and Dorothy Norwood Singers. Last year, she celebrated her 87th birthday in the company of members of the Atlanta chapter of the Gospel Announcers Guild. From Regina: HOMEGOING SERVICES FOR MOTHER SARAH ROEBUCK MCKISSICK WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2008 @11AM AT MT. PATMOS BAPTIST CHURCH 2207 CANDLER RD. IN DECATUR,GA 30032,REV. RALEIGH RUCKER, PASTOR OFFICIATING. A MUSICAL CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD IN HER HONOR ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH FROM 6PM TO 8PM AT THE SAME ...

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Junious “Bud” Norfleet Dead at 82

Courtesy of Barbara Allen of Middle Passage Productions From a press release by:Bernicola Productions, Inc. (312) 320-7988or contact Victoria Reed, (773) 398-4726 JUBILEE SHOWCASE GOSPEL SINGER, JUNIOUS ‘BUD’ NORFLEET, LEAD SINGER OF THE FAMED GOSPEL SINGERS, THE NORFLEET BROTHERS, DEAD AT 82 Junious Norfleet died on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 while in the care of Integrated Health Services of Chicago at Brentwood in Burbank, Illinois. Mr. Norfleet died of complications after a stroke he suffered in February 2008. The Norfleet Brothers were best known as the headlining act of Chicago’s “Jubilee Showcase,” a gospel television program that showcased the best ...

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More Praise for the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

Baylor project seeks to preserve old African-American gospel By GROMER JEFFERS JR./The Dallas Morning News gjeffers@dallasnews.com WACO – Deep in the basement of Baylor University’s Moody Library, a slightly worn 45 nestled around a high-tech turntable starts to spin, producing a mysterious voice from the past. At Baylor University’s Moody library, audio engineer Tony Tadey works in a sound room to make a digital recording of an old gospel record. The Mighty Wonders and lead crooner John Stewart Jr. deliver a moving version of the gospel standard “Old Ship of Zion.” He exhorts listeners to “get on board if you ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: March 24, 2008

“God is Good”Regina BelleFrom the forthcoming CD Love Forever ShinesPendulum Records 2008http://www.pendulumrecords.biz/ From classical to soul to show tunes to jazz, Regina Belle has sung it all. Now she’s gone back to her roots to record some gospel. The first single to be released from her forthcoming CD Love Forever Shines is “God is Good.” “God is Good” has that church-in-the-country sound, with a steady floor-thumping rhythm, hand clapping and congregational harmony. Behind the singing is an intriguing audio bed of shouting preachers and assenting congregants, as if the radio were tuned to several church broadcasts at once. It’s instantly ...

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Soul Stirrer Dillard Crume Resting Easy

From D.A. Johnson of Malaco Records: Jackson, MS. March 24, 2008– On Friday, March 21, 2008, Gospel music lost another legend. Dillard Crume, producer, guitarist and lead singer of the legendary Soul Stirrers passed away after an extended illness. Dillard was born in a small town in Missouri but due to economics the familyof 10, eight boys and two girls, migrated to Chicago. Dillard and the otherCrume brothers would later be introduced to Gospel music through theireldest brother A.C. Crume. Dillard quickly found out that this is what hewanted to do for the rest of his life and the brothers ...

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LeAnne Palmore: Interpretations of Grace (a review)

Interpretations of GraceLeAnne PalmorePassion Parts Entertainment 2008www.leannepalmore.com It’s hard not to fall madly in love with this CD. And this comes from a reviewer who prefers the extremes, the traditional and the ultra-urban gospel sounds, in all of their gutsy rhythm and soul. But one inspirational ballad after another on Interpretations of Grace is breathtakingly beautiful and heartrending, with some ranking among the best songs I’ve heard thus far this year, in any genre. Two inspirational ballads in particular took my breath away: “Restore My Soul” and “Love Never Fades Away.” “Take My Chances,” with its African-infused vocal percussion and ...

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Multiple Grammy® Award Winner Regina Belle Releases Debut Gospel Album

Love Forever Shines in Stores May 13 First Single “God Is Good” #1 Most Added at Gospel Radio MegaChurch Tour Scheduled for Spring and Summer From a press release by: Gwendolyn QuinnRobyn Ryland-SandersGQ Media & Public Relations, Inc.(212) 765-7910GwendolynQuinn@aol.comgqmediapr@yahoo.com (New York, NY – March 10, 2008) – Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist REGINA BELLE will release her debut Gospel album LOVE FOREVER SHINES in-stores May 13 on the re-launch of Ruben Rodriguez’ Pendulum Records in association with Walker Davis Entertainment, distributed by Fontana. The CD is executive produced by Ruben Rodriguez, Ray J. Davis and Chris Walker. LOVE FOREVER SHINES features ...

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TBGB Reviews…Miz T, Gospel Comedienne

Back At ‘Ya, Lord!Miz TEverybreath Productions 2008http://www.miztgospelcomedienne.com/ Tranea’ (known as Miz T) is a very funny lady. She has a comfortable and intimate rapport with her audience, which enjoys listening to her and laughing at the day-to-day situations that, in retrospect, really are pretty darned hilarious. Miz T demonstrates that even something as serious as religion can be funny, and is full of wickedly humorous stories about preachers who mispronounce words and names in the Bible. And being a self-proclaimed “quartet girl” (her father sang in a quartet called the Soul Savers), Miz T earns plenty of cred with the ...

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“If You Don’t Know Me By Now”: The Gospel of Teddy Pendergrass

Attending the world premiere of the Chicago Black Ensemble Theater’s “I Am Who I Am” (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass) last night, I learned that the man whose music and stage persona crowned him the Adonis of soul music had a background steeped in the music of the church. Soul music is, by definition, an amalgam of gospel and RnB, but the Teddy Pendergrass story shows just how this amalgam was created one artist at a time. Pendergrass’ mother, Ida, was a God-fearing woman who allowed only gospel music in her house. Thus, the young Teddy (born March 1950) grew ...

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Single Review: Albert Jamison & the New York State Mass Choir

“Show Yourself Mighty”Albert Jamison Presents the New York State Mass ChoirFrom the Light Records CD Show Yourself Mighty 2007http://www.light-street.com/ Chairman of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and former leader of the Grammy-nominated Triboro Mass Choir, Bishop Albert Jamison is back on the gospel charts with “Show Yourself Mighty.” The title track of Jamison’s CD, “Show Yourself Mighty” is a light, mid-tempo inspirational piece that features a sweet-and-sour combination of leads via the husky voice of Jamison and sweet tenor of Darrell Cunningham. The melody and lyrics are simple, and the choir does an effective job backing the two singers ...

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