Gospel Music

TBGB Reviews…GMWA Live in Milwaukee 2005

GMWA – Live in Milwaukee 2005GMWA Mass ChoirLight 2006www.lightrecords.com Every year, the Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir showcases a stack of new songs, often penned by up-and-coming composers, for convention participants to take back home and teach to their church choirs. Since the early years, the GMWA has also released the Mass Choir performance as a recording to ensure an even wider audience for the new compositions. The recording also provides convention-goers with a nifty souvenir of their GMWA experience. Another hallmark of the GMWA Mass Choir is its adherence to Rev. Cleveland’s admonition that at the convention, ...

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Websites to Remember: “The Soul of Gospel, The Gospel of Soul”

The Ramada Singers Check out the new website, developed by Karl Tsigdinos & John Glassburner, for 20 gospelized versions of secular songs by artists known and unknown (including a quartet called “The Mighty Unknowns”). Awesome photos, label shots, high quality mp3s. Future chapters will continue exploring the musical interrelationship between the sacred and secular, the sounds of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, made particularly explicit during the Soul Era. The page is part of the Sir Shambling Deep Soul Heaven site that features plenty of aural and visual goodies. So get your ’70s on! Throw on that checkered leisure suit, ...

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James Brown, “Godfather of Soul,” Dies on Christmas Day

James Brown, “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, died early Christmas Day at the age of 73. Although reports say Brown died “of unknown causes,” he had been hospitalized for pneumonia. Brown’s incendiary mix of gospel and RnB for Federal Records, introduced to the world on the hit “Please, Please, Please,” helped to spawn the soul genre.

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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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