Gospel Music

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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Darwin Hobbs – Free (a tbgb review)

Darwin HobbsFreeTyscot Records (release date: August 26, 2008)http://www.tyscot.com/ Darwin Hobbs is referred to as the Luther Vandross of gospel, but to my ears, his husky, muscular voice is more akin to the blue-eyed soulster Michael McDonald, with whom the forty year-old singer once worked. Regardless, the Darwin Hobbs sound is what one might label “power praise music”: a marriage of CCM melodies, praise and worship lyrics, black gospel vocal technique and speaker-blowing, gutsy soul accompaniment. On Free, Hobbs pushes the sacred subgenre a notch higher, delivering a high-octane, almost symphonic listening experience in its complexity, his wall of sound blistering ...

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Gospel Music According to Chicago Choir Closes GMWA

The Gospel Music According to Chicago (GMAC) Choir put the finishing touches on the 41st Gospel Music Workshop of America, which closed Friday, August 15. The week-long event was held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. During the concluding musical Friday evening, on which they were the final act, the GMAC Choir performed several traditional gospel songs, such as “Come On Children Let’s Sing,” “God is Still on the Throne,” “Perfect Praise,” and “I’ve Got a Testimony.” They sang and clapped to the warble of a Hammond Organ and even incorporated a washboard into the rhythmic mix. GMAC ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: August 18, 2008

“Joy”NiyokiFrom the D2G Records CD RestRelease Date: August 19, 2008www.niyoki.com Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and former backup singer for Prince with one hit gospel CD already under her belt, Niyoki is back with her sophomore disc, Rest. “Joy,” the album’s advance single, hits the listener like a bracing wind. It dresses its lyrics of praise and gratitude in breezy jazz chords and a beat straight out of the bellbottom disco era, making this the for-sure single of gospel cafes and clubs. Most importantly, “Joy” showcases Niyoki’s confident command of her craft, which befits her African name, which means “serious ...

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Rev. John P. Kee to Help Rev. Timothy Wright with Church Mortgage

From EURweb.com: The Rev. John P. Kee, Pastor of the New Life Fellowship Center, is known for bringing us the best in Gospel music, but he is also known for helping communities throughout the world with a generous heart. Two weeks ago, Pastor Kee announced that he will be supporting Rev. Wright and the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of Brooklyn by paying the mortgage on Rev. Timothy Wright’s church until he returns. This is to relieve some of the financial stress on the family and the church during the healing of their father and pastor, Rev. Timothy Wright. On ...

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The Gospel Music Trust Fund

Now here’s a great idea, in the tradition of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, HART (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for blues musicians, and others… The Gospel Music Trust Fund (GMTF) was established “to supply to those who have made lasting contributions to gospel music, emergency assistance in times of financial need.” With headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, the GMTF “was founded by the late Herman Harper, former member of the Oak Ridge Boys and President of The Harper Agency, a major booking agency for gospel artists.” How are the funds distributed? “A ...

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TBGB Chat with Pastor Debra B. Morton

Dr. Debra B. Morton, Pastor of The Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Co-Pastor of the church’s Atlanta location with her husband, Bishop Paul S. Morton, took time from her many responsibilities to talk with The Black Gospel Blog about her church upbringing and latest music project, My Better Half, reviewed by TBGB. TBGB: How long have you been a member of Greater St. Stephen? DM: All of my life! Actually, I have been at Greater St. Stephen since I was six years old. My grandmother, head of the usher board, was one of the ...

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Tracy Worth: Gospel Singer on Sunday, Librarian on Monday

Stellar-nominated gospel singer Tracy Worth of South Suburban Chicago has an alter ego. On Sundays (and other days) you can catch her singing the glory down, and on Monday, she can help you find the information you need at the public library. Read more about Tracy’s dual careers, and a hint of what she is working on currently as a gospel artist, in the “On the Job” column from the SouthtownStar: http://www.southtownstar.com/business/1063170,072008onthejob.article

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