Gospel Music

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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CeCe Winans Returns to Church Roots with Thy Kingdom Come

From a press release. Great to see Chicago’s Percy Bady involved in the project! Eighth career release is the follow-up to 2005’s chart-topping, GRAMMY®-winning Purified. Pre-Orders are being accepted on-line. LOS ANGELES, CA–March 3, 2008 – Seven-time GRAMMY® winner CeCe Winans is set to once again share with the world her passion, praise-and-worship with her long-awaited eighth career album, Thy Kingdom Come, due April 1 on Winans’ own PureSprings Gospel label. Produced by award-winning hit-makers Tommy Sims, Luther “Mano” Hanes, Percy Bady, Cedric & Victor Caldwell (along with CeCe’s son Alvin Love III as co-producer) and new comers Christopher Capehart ...

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Governor: Pilgrim to Receive $1 Million Promised; Atheist: No it Won’t

The story continues..Hang in there, Pilgrim Baptist! From the website of WGN-AM 720 Chicago:Governor Rod Blagojevich is giving $1 million to the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church on Chicago’s South Side, because the initial $1 million grant he pledged to the burned out church mistakenly went somewhere else. Blagojevich says the first $1 million went to a school that had been using space at the church before it was destroyed in the 2006 fire. Blagojevich says that money went to “the wrong place.” His latest grant comes from available capital money he doesn’t think has been earmarked for other purposes. Blagojevich ...

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Happy Birthday, DeLois Barrett Campbell

Check out Chicago Tribune Jazz Critic Howard Reich’s superb story on DeLois Barrett Campbell’s annual birthday celebration and tribute, held today at Chicago’s historic First Church of Deliverance. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-0309_barrettsmar09,1,3089690.story

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TBGB Pick of the Week: March 10, 2008

“I Will Sing”Gerald Scott & CompanyFrom the CD INTROhttp://cdbaby.com/cd/gescott A native of Washington, DC and product of a musical family, Gerald Scott – affectionally known as “G” – is a musician, arranger, producer, and songwriter. In late 2006, while working on his first solo recording, Scott decided to assemble a group of singers of friends and family members to help out. The group finished the recording, called INTRO, and stayed together as Gerald Scott & Company. The group now tours with some of the top names in the business. “I Will Sing,” the current single from INTRO, is a lithe ...

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TBGB Reviews…Bishop Simon Gordon and Triedstone Church

Fall On MeBishop Simon Gordon & Triedstone ChurchTehillah Church/Light Records 2008 Listening to Fall On Me, you will think the choir of Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church on Chicago’s southwest side is comprised of 100 voices, but it’s not. It’s actually a moderately sized choir, but with big voices and an explosive yet finely tuned sound. Fall On Me is an impressive project. The choir’s staccato and incessantly aggressive attack on the beat (true Chicago school) is punctuated by the leadership of the singing pastor, Bishop Simon Gordon. With the intimidating presence of a linebacker but a charisma that charms ...

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