Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: September 1, 2008

“Eyes on the Prize” Angela Spivey & the Voices of VictoryFrom the CD “Eyes on the Prize”Tecoa Records 2008 The effervescent “Princess of Gospel” Angie Spivey is in top form on “Eyes on the Prize.” Channeling alpha singer Dorothy Love Coates, an inspiration to the Chicago native, Spivey fronts the Voices of Victory ensemble on this driving-tempo, mass-choir style performance. The group does an admirable job keeping pace furlong for furlong with the Spivey ball of energy as together they remind us how exciting gospel can be. “Eyes on the Prize,” written by Steven L. Beasley and Tony Russell Spivey, ...

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Light Records Gospel Legacy: Commissioned (tbgb review)

CommissionedGospel Legacy SeriesLight Records 2008www.lightrecords.com Remember these guys? For those who came of age during the 1990s, or first embraced gospel music during this time, it may be difficult to understand just how influential Commissioned was during the 1980s. At that time, Commissioned and the Winans Family spun gospel music around and pushed it forward into the modern RnB age. Today, nearly every artist in urban contemporary gospel owes a debt of gratitude to these music pioneers. Think about some of the members of Commissioned. Fred Hammond, who came out of the Winans aggregation to organize the group. Commissioned’s co-founder ...

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James Fortune & FIYA – The Transformation (tbgb review)

James Fortune & FIYAThe TransformationWorld Wide Music, Inc. 2008www.gospeltruthmagazine.com For those unfamiliar with James Fortune and FIYA (Free In Yahweh’s Abundance) – which means you probably haven’t listened to gospel radio very much in the past two or three years – it is a predominantly female vocal group (someone on Amazon described it more aptly as a “praise team”) led by Fortune. In performance, Fortune plays the preacher role, talking, shouting and sermonizing, directing the group like a vocal traffic officer in a way popularized in part by John P. Kee, though truth be told, Jethro Bledsoe served in much ...

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Gospel Singles to Watch: Endurance

“Thank You Lord For Mama”/”I’ve Got a Home”EnduranceFrom the CD I’ve Got a Home SCCME Records 2008www.myspace.com/endurance20072007 Hailing from Houston, the Stellar-nominated gospel quartet Endurance may be relatively new on the national scene, but they are strictly old school, that tangy-sweet traditional sound indigenous to the American South. Carl Stewart, Claude Cummings, Michael Robertson and Earl Sampson make up the group, and their record company is an amalgam of their initials (Sounds of Carl, Claude, Michael and Earl) though only three members appear on the CD cover. “Thank You Lord For Mama” features the gutsy, rough-hewn, quintessentially quartet voice of ...

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VOW – Somebody Somewhere (tbgb review)

VOWSomebody SomewhereJDI Records 2008http://www.jdirecords.com/ VOW is a traditional choir with a 21st Century name and 21st Century panache. The choir’s first project for Professor James Roberson’s JDI Records of Los Angeles (label home of DeNetria Champ and Beverly Crawford) is a real gem. First of all, VOW sounds every bit like a mass choir in spirit, drive and volume. Secondly, two of its female lead vocalists, LaToya Williams and Cynthia Holly, could easily do solo projects, if they haven’t already. Williams leads the timeless title track, and it’s the tear in her voice that makes the composition breathtaking from the ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: August 26, 2008

“Stomp”Shekinah Glory MinistryFrom the 2008 Kingdom Records CD Jesuswww.kingdomrecordsinc.com Warrior worshippers stomping metaphorically on the Devil’s head and feet. That’s what Shekinah Glory Ministry’s “Stomp” is about, at least at first blush. An incessant thumping rhythm prodded by a bouncy, wordless call to battle offers an aural image of legions marching forward in lockstep, taking turns tenderizing the red hued, horned and pitchfork wielding guy’s extremities right out of circulation. Or so it seems. By the end of the seven-minute “Stomp,” however, you realize that the song is not just a metaphor but a real call for direct social action. ...

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Gospel singer Malope wins big

From The Sowetan: 25 August 2008Khanyi Nkosi Rebecca Malope once again proved to be queen of gospel when she was honoured with a life time achievers award at the SABC Gospel Music Awards held in Durban yesterday. Overwhelmed by emotion, Malope who also won the Best Gospel Artist Award said the late Vuyo Mokoena, her mother and her producer Sizwe Zako were supporting her through her music career. Malope who has released 27 albums and won more than 30 awards said it was through the grace of God hat she has come to where is today. She said her dream ...

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TBGB Chat with Canton Jones

Earlier this month, gospel hip hop phenom Canton Jones spent some time with The Black Gospel Blog to talk about his latest project, Kingdom Business. TBGB: Where did you develop your love for singing? CJ: I grew up in the Church of God in Christ, Thomas Temple COGIC in Pompano Beach, Florida. I had a Pentecostal background and went to church every Sunday. We participated in the church conferences. Later, my dad was the pastor of Showers of Blessings COGIC and my mom was the choir director. I always wanted to sing gospel. I was in the choir; mom kept ...

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“Wicked” Star Sings the Good News

Shoshana Bean is best known for her role as Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) in the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Wicked. She was praised by Brian McKnight as “one of the greatest voices I’ve ver heard.” She recently took off her black witch hat and green makeup, revealing a beautiful young woman (we knew that) and recorded Jeremy Schonfeld’s “House of Love” with able backing by the multicultural Broadway Dreams Gospel Choir. Bean does an admirable job leading “House of Love,” an inspirational song of belief in the redeeming power of love. I had heard of the ...

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Do You Think You Can Sing? Vicki Mack Lataillade Wants to Know

At the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Nashville last week, Vicki Mack Lataillade, founder of GospoCentric Records (later sold to Zomba) and known as the most powerful woman in gospel music, announced that she is officially launching the “Lilly Mack Sing-A-Long Series” in October 2008. An interactive multi-media music production, the Lilly Mack Sing-A-Long Series is, in Lataillade’s own words, “ministry where you are no longer a spectator.” The series boasts relationships with more than 100 professional gospel composers – top-shelf writers such as Kurt Carr and Myron Butler – who are penning songs that churches can learn easily. ...

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