Gospel Music

April 6 “Gospel Memories” – Tribute to Dr. King

Tune to 88.7 WLUW Chicago Sunday morning, April 6, 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 http://www.wluw.org/, click the Listen Live button, and enjoy “Gospel Memories” from wherever you are! Highlights of the April 6 Broadcast: Benediction:“The Lord’s Prayer” – Greater Harvest Baptist Church Choir, Chicago(director of music, Dr. Robert E. Wooten, Sr.) Tributes to a Fallen Hero: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.April 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther ...

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Single Pick of the Week: March 31, 2008

“Waging War”CeCe WinansFrom the CD Thy Kingdom ComePure Springs Gospel 2008http://www.cecewinans.com/ Battle drums thump and strings swirl as if from the soundtrack of an epic film, providing an appropriately dramatic backdrop to CeCe Winans’ “Waging War,” the first single drawn from her new CD, Thy Kingdom Come. Winans sings the enemy off her territory with deliberation while the choir charges ahead like a musical battalion. All in all, the five-minute track offers up great imagery and metaphor, and demonstrates how the experimentation of COGIC-raised artists continues to lead gospel music into new directions. Hear “Waging War” here: http://www.spotlightgrooves.com/WagingWarcece.m4a

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Chicago’s Living Legends Honored at Press Reception

A red carpet led to the door of Bishop Larry D. Trotter’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church on Chicago’s southeast side Friday night, March 28. The living legends walking along the red carpet, bathed in the glow of rotating searchlights, represented some of the finest and most significant artists in gospel music history. Behind the celebration was the newly formed Gospel Music According to Chicago (GMAC), which hosted the press reception to formally announce the GMAC Hall of Legends Induction Ceremony, to be held Monday, September 8, 2008 at Christ Universal Temple. Members of the first Induction Class (2008) present for ...

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Arrangements for Dr. Robert E. Wooten Homegoing Services

From Dennis Cole: The Gospel Music According to Chicago (“GMAC”) announces the passing of one of its Board Members, Dr. Robert E. Wooten, Sr. (Thursday morning, March 27, 2008). GMAC extends it’s love to Robert E. “Bobby” Wooten, Jr. (Executive Board Member & Music Committee Member), Carol “Wooten (GMAC Mass Choir Member) and especially to Dr. Wooten’s wife, Mrs. Frances Wooten. Your prayers are desired. Arrangements:Tuesday, April 1, 2008Trinity United Church of Christ400 W. 95th Street (773-962-5650) 9:00 A. M. Viewing begins5:00-8:00 PM Tribute Musical8:00 PM Funeral Service TBGB: In 1949, Dr. Wooten founded the second community choir in Chicago, ...

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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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