Gospel Music

Websites to Remember: Black Grooves

Check out Black Grooves for some well-written, thoughtful reviews on gospel music releases. Below is a brief description of the site and its origin, in Black Grooves’ own words. “Black Grooves is a music review site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University. Our goal is to promote black music by providing our readers and subscribers with monthly updates on interesting new releases and quality reissues in all genres─including gospel, blues, jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop-as well as classical music composed or performed by black artists. “We feature reviews of some of the ...

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TBGB Reviews….Dave Hollister

The Book of David: Vol. 1 The TransitionDave HollisterGospocentric 2006www.davehollistervol1.com The influence of R. Kelly is omnipresent on Dave Hollister’s autobiographical sinner-to-saved sacred hip-hopera. Indeed, Hollister, who has been a mainstay in the RnB world for some time, working with top shelf stars such as Tupac and Mary J. Blige, acknowledges Kelly as a close pal in the liner notes. Gospel has been slow to adopt the concept album, long a staple of folk and rock music, but Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet – although parodied by the media – may pave the way for more projects (in all genres) ...

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The Twelve Classic Gospel Songs of Christmas

The Twelve Classic Gospel Songs of Christmas Looking for an alternative from the standard Yule music fare? Try these twelve classic gospel songs on for size. Use your favorite search engine to find reissue CDs, or maybe even the original vinyl, on which these songs can be found. Happy Holidays, everyone! 1. “Glory, Glory to the New Born King” – Angelic Gospel Singers (Gotham, 1950) Philadelphia’s Angelic Gospel Singers, featuring Margaret Allison, hit it big in 1949 on their very first 78 rpm single, “Touch Me, Lord Jesus.” Riding high on their newfound popularity, they recorded the Christmas song “Glory, ...

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Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records Founder, Dies

Ahmet Ertegun, the son of a Turkish diplomat who, with his brother Nesuhi and friend Herb Abramson, turned a $10,000 loan from his dentist into Atlantic Records, one of the world’s most successful record and entertainment companies, died Thursday, December 14. Ertegun, 83, was backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in October when he slipped and suffered a fall that put him into a coma. He never recovered. While gospel was only a small segment of the company’s overall record catalog, gospel artists who were on Atlantic included early stars the Mary Johnson Davis Gospel Singers, featuring future Ward Singers ...

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Siegel Leaves Verity Records for Dale Earnhardt Enterprises

Reported today by Sheilah Belle & The Belle Report: New York, NY — In one of the biggest moves ever made by any Gospel Music Executive, Max Siegel leaving Verity Records has got to be one of the biggest! The announcement came on Friday, when Max Siegel, President of Zomba Gospel and Senior Vice President of the Zomba Label Group informed his staff, and some of the label roster members like Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee and others that he would be leaving the company and heading to Charlotte, NC to head up Dale Earnhardt Enterprises, one of ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: December 11, 2006

“Go Tell It on the Mountain”Rev. Timothy Flemming, Sr.From the CD Go Tell it on the MountainGod’s Strength Records 20061-866-683-5388 In the 1960s, Timothy Flemming was known throughout his home state of Georgia as “The Boy Preacher.” Today he is Rev. Timothy Flemming, the venerable Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Atlanta, a post he has held for 29 years. Although lauded for his oratory skills, which are laced with a healthy dose of mother wit, Rev. Flemming also sings. He sings very well, too, as demonstrated most recently on his Christmas release, Go Tell It on the ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 140

“Come Ye Disconsolate”Dixie HummingbirdsPeacock 30121964[also on Peacock single 3402 and Peacock LP PLP 115 “Prayer for Peace,” Song Bird SBLP240, and ABC D-4013] Think about the music of the Dixie Hummingbirds and what comes to mind is energetic, post-jubilee singing with a strong bass line and Howard Carroll’s guitar as lead vehicle of a quartet pulsing at the speed of Kenyan runners. The Birds were equally capable, however, of slowing it down to perform breathtaking gospel ballads with thick, lush harmonies, such as their 1964 recording of the 19th century hymn, “Come Ye Disconsolate.” In my experience, gospel arrangements of ...

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Gospel Music Cares about HIV/AIDS

U2’s Bono and a host of famous musicians and actors, along with prominent private foundations headed by Bill and Melinda Gates and former President Bill Clinton, are working passionately to eradicate HIV and AIDS, particularly in Africa. This is a laudable and historic accomplishment, one that deserves our deepest gratitude and selfless support. At the same time, many African Americans suffer from HIV/AIDS, and in numbers disproportionate to the rest of the country. We also need to care for our brothers and sisters right here in the United States. Gospel Music Cares aims to do just that. Founded this year ...

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49th Annual Grammy Nominations for Gospel Recordings, Compositions

Nominations were announced today for the 49th annual Grammy Awards. Below are some of the gospel artists, songs, and recordings up for nomination. The Recording Academy will award the Grammys on Sunday, February 11, 2007. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated! Best Gospel Performance(For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.) “Victory” – Yolanda Adams Track from: The Gospel — Soundtrack [Verity Records] “Not Forgotten” – Israel & New Breed Track from: Alive In South Africa [Integrity Gospel] “The Blessing Of Abraham” – Donald Lawrence & ...

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