Gospel Music

Gospel Memories – 7th Anniversary Show Sunday, May 4

Tune to 88.7 WLUW Chicago Sunday morning, May 4, 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 May 4 Broadcast: “Gospel Memories” celebrates its seventh anniversary on the air with no theme other than great gospel music all morning long! Benediction: “The Lord’s Prayer” – Voices of Victory of Los Angeles (directed by gospel choir legend, the late Thurston Frazier) Preacher Feature: ...

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Light’s Gospel Legacy Series: Blind Boys of Alabama and the Christianaires

Light Records launched their Gospel Legacy reissue series this January with compilations by the Winans Family, Vickie Winans, and Commissioned. The series continues the label’s commitment to introducing classic gospel music tracks from the past three decades to a new generation of listeners, and satisfying announcers and enthusiasts who want a sampling of an artist’s back catalog on one CD. In both respects, Gospel Legacy functions like Universal Music’s Twentieth Century Masters – The Millenium Collection series: quick and dirty one-stop nostalgia. The latest installments, scheduled to hit record racks this week (April 29, 2008), spotlight the quartet sound of ...

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Liz McComb – The Spirit of New Orleans (review)

The Spirit of New Orleans Liz McComb GVE 2008 (Available in the US on April 22, 2008 by Sunnyside/Ryko Distribution) www.sunnysiderecords.com Much has been made of the symbiotic relationship between blues and gospel music, but as Liz McComb’s The Spirit of New Orleans demonstrates, there’s an equally strong lineage between jazz and gospel. After all, Dorsey’s vaudeville blues resembled jazz more than country blues, his piano work was fundamentally steeped in jazz, and gospel’s greatest vocalist, New Orleans-born Mahalia Jackson, was a musical embodiment of her hometown’s jazz legacy. Further, Alex Bradford and Sister Rosetta Tharpe worked with Chris Barber’s ...

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Musicians, Scholars Gather for “Blues and the Spirit” Symposium May 22-24

The article below appeared in the Pioneer Press, April 16, 2008. NOTE: On Saturday, May 24, TBGB Founder and Radio Host Bob Marovich will present some of his research findings on the history of gospel music in Chicago at the Blues and the Spirit symposium: Saturday, May 24, 2008:11:45 am-12:45pm (Lunch Break and Brown Bag presentations): “The History of Gospel Music in Chicago”(Parmer Hall Room 107) – Bob Marovich To register for the conference, go to www.dom.edu/bluesandthespirit. ******* Three days of singing, talking about the bluesBy ROBERT LOERZEL Contributor For most people, two of the least exciting words imaginable are ...

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GRAMMY Salute to Gospel Music Honors Winans, Edwin & Walter Hawkins, Sandi Patty

From www.businesswire.com:SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GRAMMY®-winning artists Edwin and Walter Hawkins, five-time GRAMMY winner Sandi Patty, and five-time GRAMMY-winning group the Winans will be recipients of the President’s Merit Award at the 2008 GRAMMY Salute To Gospel Music® event in Washington, D.C., it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. In continuing with its tradition of honoring artistic excellence, The Recording Academy will spotlight the genre by celebrating members of the gospel community during the event, which will be held on Wed., June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. The event will include performances from ...

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CeCe Winans – Thy Kingdom Come (review)

Thy Kingdom ComeCeCe WinansPure Springs Gospel 2008www.cecewinans.com This has definitely been a championship season for the Winans Family. The Clarks may have swept this year’s Stellars, but fellow Detroiters the Winans have been making their own joyful noise. First, Marvin’s Alone But Not Alone debuted on Billboard’s gospel charts at #1, featuring the introspective hit, “Just Don’t Wanna Know.” Meanwhile, BeBe went Churchin’ with a two-CD set brimming with A-list guest appearances, Vickie nabbed a couple of Stellars and CeCe launched a record label, received the Chevrolet Most Notable Achievement Award at the Stellars, and just gave birth to her ...

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Chicago Gospel Fest – Great in ’08!

This year’s Chicago Gospel Fest features a strong program on all three days — Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1. Some quick tidbits from your friendly neighborhood gospel historian… Friday:“Gospel’s Next Showcase,” hosted by Percy Bady, features the soloists on Bady’s hit single “Wonderful Life.” Saturday:Valencia Lacy is the soloist who knocked gospel lovers down like dominoes with her lead on Shekinah Glory Ministry’s “Yes.” Bryant Jones is the son of two gospel legends: Rev. Billy Jones (Fellowship MB Church soloist) and Jeannette Robinson Jones (soloist with Helen Robinson Youth Chorus and also a Fellowship songster). Darius Brooks and ...

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Ozzie Cadena, Gospel and Jazz Producer, Dead at 83

The gospel and jazz worlds lost one of their most brilliant producers. Ozzie Cadena, who produced recordings for gospel artists on the Savoy and Choice imprints, died Wednesday, April 9, in Torrance, California, his family by his side. He was 83. Here is the article from LAist: Oscar “Ozzie” Cadena (September 26, 1924 – April 9, 2008) Early yesterday morning, Oscar “Ozzie” Cadena passed away peacefully at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance with his family at his side. Music producer, promoter, A&R man and jazz enthusiast, over the years Ozzie Cadena collaborated with some of the best in ...

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Regina Belle – Love Forever Shines (Review)

Love Forever ShinesRegina BellePendulum Records 2008www.myspace.com/reginab17 The first time I heard Regina Belle sing was in a duet with Peabo Bryson, but her musical resume extends well beyond that. Whether duetting with male balladeers, studying opera, or performing jazz or RnB, the Rutgers graduate and New Jersey native never really strayed from gospel. Nevertheless, Love Forever Shines represents her first full-length album dedicated to the music with which she grew up. And a fine project it is. It reminds me of RnB singer Kelly Price’s equally compelling CD, This Is Who I Am from 2006. On Love Forever Shines, Regina, ...

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