Gospel Music

Anita Myles – “R U Willing?” (tbgb review)

R U Willing?Anita MylesYA Pro Productions 2007www.anitamyles.com Singer/songwriter Anita Myles has more than a touch of jazz and RnB in her voice. She brings these musical sensibilities, and COGIC influences (including work with the Edwin Hawkins Youth and Young Adult Mass Choir), to bear on R U Willing?, her debut CD. The project, named a finalist in the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs) for “Best Gospel Album” (as was Rev. Clay Evans), benefits greatly from the talented Bill Moss Jr. who doubles as producer and outstanding piano accompanist. Myles wrote all but one of the songs on the ten ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: June 9, 2008

“Mujje” (“The Invitation”)Omega Bugembe OkelloFrom the CD Kiwomera EmmeemeComin Atcha Distribution Group 2008www.omegaworldmusic.com An African Children’s Choir alumna who has since earned her masters degree at Sarah Lawrence College and started her own record label, AlexOm Productions LLC, Ugandan singer Omega Bugembe Okello has produced Kiwomera Emmeeme (trans. “It is Sweet to the Soul”), a world music album that pulses with polyrhythmic energy and muscular harmonies. Her voice reminds me of Angelique Kidjo and Natalie Merchant. The album is underpinned by a swirl of African and Western instrumentation. An outstanding track on the album is “Mujje,” which is “an invitation ...

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Trying to Get Ready: Wings over Jordan (tbgb review)

Trying to Get ReadyWings over JordanGospel Friend 2008www.gospelfriend.com As a radio announcer who programs vintage gospel music, I can say from experience that I get more requests for the Swan Silvertones, Gospel Clefs and the Wings Over Jordan Choir than any other gospel groups. Fortunately, the Swans’ King, Specialty and Vee Jay catalogues have been well anthologized. The lack of interest in reissuing the Clefs Savoy recordings is a pity and a shame (and an enigma), and what of Wings Over Jordan? The choir’s nationally syndicated radio program was compulsory listening when it debuted in the late 1930s. Many African ...

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Family Prayer – The Murrills (tbgb review)

Family PrayerThe MurrillsQuietWater Entertainment/Verity/Zomba Gospel 2008www.zombalabelgroup.com Speaking of singing families, here’s another: the Murrills of North Carolina, fresh from their tenure in Donald Lawrence’s multi-talented Tri-City Singers. Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre, Roger and Arnetta dropped their first single as a solo group, “Family (There’s a Healing)” to gospel radio last December (TBGB reviewed it), and released their debut album, Family Prayer, last Tuesday (June 3). Based on hearing the intimate, prayerful “Family,” I had anticipated a Praise and Worship sound from the Murrills, but they are equally comfortable with uptempo arrangements, of which the album has plenty. Arnetta – a ...

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WCHB trades its talk shows for gospel music

BY JOHN SMYNTEK • DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • June 7, 2008 WCHB-AM (1200) announced a format change, effective Monday, that eliminates its news and sports talk lineup except for its well-rated morning show, helmed by outspoken political commentator Mildred Gaddis. Among the weekday casualties are syndicated shows by Warren Ballentine and Rev. Al Sharpton and local chat fests featuring Detroit-based talkers Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Angelo Henderson, who may be retained for a Sunday-only show, according to station marketing director Kathie Stonehouse. She said the station retained Gaddis — the only nonmusic show ...

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Vicki Mack Lataillade “Most Powerful Woman in Gospel”

She brought the world Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr and Trin-i-tee 5:7. Yolanda Adams, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Tramaine Hawkins have tapped into her keen marketing skills, and even before the sale of her label – GospoCentric Records – to Zomba two years ago, Vicki Mack Lataillade was considered the most powerful woman in the Gospel music industry. After a little more than a year out of the spotlight, she is back with a new venture and innovation partnership with EMI Gospel, the Lillie Mack Singalong Series. Singer/songwriter Carnell Murrell is the first featured writer of the Lillie Mack Singalong ...

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The Barnes Family Reunion II (review)

The Barnes Family Reunion IIThe Barnes FamilyAIR Records/Malaco Records 2008http://www.malaco.com/ Who springs immediately to mind when thinking about gospel singing families are Motor City dynasties the Moss/Clarks and the Winans Families, and the Bay Area’s famed Hawkins Family. But let us not forget about another popular singing family, the Barnes of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The Barnes Family first exploded on the national gospel scene in 1983 when Bishop F.C. Barnes, pastor and founder of Red Budd Holy Church, teamed up with Sister Janice Brown on a song he wrote, “Rough Side of the Mountain,” as laid back and infectious ...

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In Our Own Words—The Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers

In Our Own Words — The Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers: Celebrate the Completion of Oakland’s First Negro Spirituals Oral Histories By Lily Kharrazi, Living Cultures Grants Manager, Alliance for California Traditional Arts Sent to TBGB by Lyvonne Chrisman “What they did not know was that a people who could not write their own name in any language were now writing for all time, one of the grandest pages in the history of the whole world of music.” These are the words of Hall Johnson, who is described as a tenacious preserver of Negro Spirituals from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. ...

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Gospel Memories – Live Broadcast Sunday, June 1

Tune to 88.7 WLUW Chicago Sunday morning, June 1, 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! In town for Chicago’s Gospel Fest? Tune in Sunday morning and get your dose of traditional gospel before the day’s events get started! Highlights of the June 1 Broadcast: Interview with Pastor Shirley Caesar on the release of After Forty Years – Still Sweeping Through the City ...

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