Gospel Music

Caravans Honored with Soul Train, Grammy Nominations

From a Malaco Records Press Release: Jackson, MS. February 9, 2007 – On February 6, 2007, Soul Train announced nominees for their 21st annual prestigious music awards among whom is found The Caravans, for their 2006 release Paved The Way, in the category of Best Gospel Album. The event takes place on March 17th at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California and will then be broadcast through syndicated networks between March 17th and March 24th. Check local listings for dates and times. Paved The Way is also in the running for a Grammy Award; winners will be announced at ...

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Ernestine Rundless of the Meditation Singers Passes Away in Detroit

TBGB is saddened to report that Sister Ernestine Rundless, leader of The Meditation Singers, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Born May 4, 1914, Ernestine was one of the mightiest singers on the gospel highway. Her Meditation Singers once included Della Reese as a member and worked with James Cleveland for a time. Sister Ernestine’s impact on gospel music is incalculable. Condolences may be sent to her daughter, Laura Lee, care of:Swanson’s Funeral Home806 E. Grand BoulevardDetroit, MI (1-313-923-1122) Viewing – Friday Feb. 16thSwanson’s Funeral Home806 E. Grand Blvd.Detroit, MI Memorial Musical – Friday Feb. ...

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TBGB Reviews…Zie’l

CD Review: GenesisZie’lLight Records 2006www.myspace.com/officialziel Recall my blog entry from December 2005… http://blackgospel.blogspot.com/2005_12_01_blackgospel_archive.html…when I predicted that Zie’l would be a group to watch in 2006. Having heard the five women from Shreveport, Louisiana sing at the 2005 Gospel Music Workshop of America, I knew Zie’l exuded talent. They could present traditional and urban gospel with equal zest. For me, their live appearance was one of the finest surprise moments of the convention. Genesis, Zie’l’s 2006 release for Light Records in association with Gospel Warehouse Records, was clearly crafted to showcase the group’s urban gospel side. Producer Derek Clark of Hitland ...

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D’Vine, TBGB Host Bob Marovich, Author Jerry Zolten at Beloit College Feb. 14

From the Beloit Daily NewsPosted: Friday, Feb 02, 2007 – 10:58:14 am CST Excerpted from an article by Hillary WundrowDaily News staff writer At Beloit College, music will spill out of Beloit College’s Eaton Chapel when the D’Vine gospel trio brings its soulful music to Beloit College for a concert on Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $12 ($8 for senior citizens and $4 for students) and may be ordered through the Beloit College box office at (608)363-2755. D’Vine consists of two sisters, Pamela McGuire Deas and Paula McGuire Saunders, along with their friend, Sheryl Pollard. ...

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Gospel Memories: Sunday, February 4

Hello, gospel music mavens — the next live broadcast of “Gospel Memories” will be this Sunday, February 4 from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time US on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7. Listen live anywhere in the world via the real-time webcast at www.wluw.org. Highlights of the February 4 Broadcast: — February 2007 marks the 100th birthday of Roberta Evelyn Martin (photo above). Roberta organized the original Roberta Martin Singers from a group of teenagers in Ebenezer MB Church’s junior chorus. Her songwriting, arranging and piano genius created a graceful, dignified ensemble sound that literally transformed the genre. Each of the Roberta ...

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TBGB Reviews Old Time Camp Meeting Songs – Volume III

Old Time Camp Meeting Songs – Volume IIIRev. Timothy Flemming, Sr.God’s Strength Records 2007 Buoyed by the success of Volumes I and II, the prolific Rev. Timothy Flemming, Sr. has released yet a third volume of Old Time Camp Meeting Songs. Recorded live at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia, Old Time Camp Meeting Songs – Volume III reminds us that there was a soul-stirring sound in the church long before gospel music took hold. Rev. Flemming takes the listener way, way, way back, leading old fashioned, largely unaccompanied call-and-response congregational hymn and spiritual singing. Think Alan Lomax’s Library ...

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Allen & Allen & Allen & Allen & Allen & Allen

CD Review:Mega 3 CollectionsLight Recordswww.lightrecords.com Box sets have been a music industry staple for some time now. Not to be left out, Light Records added their own variation on the multi-disc set to the mix a few years ago by launching a series called the Mega 3 Collection. The 3-CD packs are reissues of three gospel or Christian rock albums from a Light Records artist’s back catalog. It’s an economical way to update your CD collection with items that may have eluded you. The liner notes are all but nonexistent, basically a track list with photos of the CDs reissued, ...

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Fire Destroys Home of Gospel Singer Ricky Dillard

by Sheilah Belle of The Belle Report (www.thebellereport.net): Fire early Tuesday, January 16, 2007 destroyed a home belonging to gospel singer Ricky Dillard, who was out of town. The six-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot house was “completely burned to the ground, from my understanding,” said Dillard’s manager, William Bogle. “It was certainly unfortunate but, more importantly, I’m glad he wasn’t in it.” Firefighters were called to the home around 3 a.m. and found the house already fully engulfed, said DeKalb County Fire Department Capt. Eric Jackson. No one was in the home and there were no injuries, he said. Bogle said Dillard was ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: January 22, 2007

“The Lord’s Prayer”First Church of Deliverance Choirand Bishop Otto T. Houston, IIIOn the CD God CanF.C.D. 2006 Former First Church of Deliverance Minister of Music Julia Mae Kennedy’s dramatic arrangement of Albert Hay Malotte’s “The Lord’s Prayer” finally gets the audio engineering it deserves. “The Lord’s Prayer” closes First Church’s latest project, God Can, in a triumphant explosion of sound. A lullaby of synthesized strings opens the song, but is soon clobbered by a bone-chilling tonic chord played on the Hammond organ. Since First Church pioneered the Hammond organ as accompaniment to gospel music in 1939, it’s no wonder the ...

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First-Ever Sister Rosetta Tharpe Biography Now Available

Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta TharpeGayle F. Wald Beacon Press 2007www.shoutsistershout.net Despite Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s celebrated position as a gospel music pioneer, no author has taken on the role of her biographer until now. Thanks to Gayle Wald, Professor of English at George Washington University, the world can now read about the “swinger of spirituals” in greater detail than ever before. Shout, Sister, Shout! is the definitive portrait of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a woman who emerged from rural poverty and the Pentecostal church to alter the sound and venue options of African American sacred ...

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