Gospel Music

Another Soldier Gone Home: Mother Emily Bram-Bibby

Gospel discographer Bob Laughton reported to TBGB this morning that Mother Emily Bram-Bibby, National Evangelist and member of the National Advisory Board of the Women’s Department, Church of God in Christ, died yesterday, October 23, at the age of 91. Bram-Bibby was a recording artist for Savoy Records in the 1950s. Her powerfully piercing vocals were reminiscent of fellow COGIC members Madame Ernestine Washington and Juanita “Arizona” Dranes. Bram-Bibby was a member of Redemption COGIC, Kansas City and was singing at churches and programs as late as last November. More details will be posted as they become available.

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Twenty-Third Annual Stellar Award Nominees Announced

From GOSPELflava.com, the official media partner of the 23rd Annual Stellar Awards, below are the nominees for this year’s Stellars. The finalists will be announced at the Stellar Awards gala at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville January 12, 2008. Congratulations to all the nominees and best wishes in January! Artist of the Year Fred Hammond; Free To Worship; Verity J Moss; V2… ; PAJAM/ Gospo Centric/ Zomba Smokie Norful; Life Changing ; EMI Gospel The Clark Sisters; Live – One Last Time; EMI Gospel Kelly Price; This Is Who I Am; EcclectiSounds Entertainment/ Gospo Centric/ Zomba Song of ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: October 22, 2007

“Created 2 Worship”Cedric Ford & the WorshippersFrom the CD: Created 2 Worship GetRight Records 2007http://www.myspace.com/cedricfordandtheworshippers Based in Houston but with roots deeply planted in Chicago’s west side and south suburbs, Elder Cedric Ford has been singing since he could talk, blending first with his family’s group, the Ford Singers, and later with Shekinah Glory Ministries. “Created 2 Worship” is the title track of Cedric Ford & the Worshippers’ new project. Recorded live at New Community Baptist Church in Houston, the single features a soothing melody and smooth ensemble harmonizing, while Elder Ford’s hard-edged singing/preaching delivery hammers home the message. Clocking ...

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TBGB Reviews…BeBe Winans

CherchBeBe WinansTMG Records 2006www.bebewinans.net BeBe Winans’ new two-disc project, Cherch, scheduled for release Tuesday, October 30, is one of the most joyful projects since the late Bishop G.E. Patterson’s Singing the Old Time Way collections on Podium Records. The title is a dialectical, tongue-in-cheek reference to the old-time African American worship service. True to its title, Cherch has a traditional worship feel, even though it was recorded at Dr. Jim Reeve’s well-appointed Faith Community Church in West Covina, California. BeBe has a friendly, easy-going rapport with the congregation, telling jokes, relating stories about growing up in a singing family, and ...

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TBGB Reviews…Mississippi Mass Choir Christmas

We Have Seen His StarMississippi Mass ChoirMalaco Records 2007www.malaco.com Gospel artists have been recording Christmas carols since Sister Rosetta Tharpe hit one out of the park in 1949 with her double-sided disc for Decca, “White Christmas”/“Silent Night.” As expected, other labels leapt into the fray the following year to capture their own share of holiday cheer. In 1950, Mahalia Jackson waxed “Silent Night” for Apollo Records, and Gotham Records released odes to Christmas from several of its most popular gospel stars, including the Davis Sisters, the Harmonizing Four, and the Angelic Gospel Singers (the Angelic’s “Glory, Glory to the New ...

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Gone Home on the Wings of a Dove: Leon Lumpkins

Thanks to Bob Laughton and Revs. Stefanie Minatee and Lawrence Roberts for alerting TBGB about this sad news: Writes Rev. Minatee: Just wanted to inform you that Gospel Music Legend, Leon Lumpkins, founder of The Gospel Clefs, passed away. His wake is tomorrow (10/17) from 1-9pm at the Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. His funeral will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 11 am, at Greater Abyssinian.——————————————————————————– Here is Professor Lumpkins’ obituary from the October 16, 2007 Star-Ledger: LUMPKINS Leon Funeral home musical director, 73 Prof. Leon Lumpkins, 73, of East Orange died on Oct. 14, 2007. ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: October 15, 2007

“Every Time I Think About”Jimmy Russell and BOC (Because of Christ)From the CD “Live” (self-released) 2007Available at CD Baby: cdbaby.com/cd/jrussellboc Jimmy Russell and BOC tore up an early session of the Gospel Announcers Guild gathering at this year’s GMWA with “Every Time I Think About.” The recorded version, featuring the straightforward vocals of Dr. Betty Minus, does not pack quite the same wallop as it did live — recordings seldom do — but nevertheless, it’s a fine traditional-flavored pick-me-up worth hearing in any format.

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CD Single Review — Bishop Nathaniel Bond and The Ensemble

“Over In Zion”Bishop Nathaniel Bond & The EnsembleFrom the CD A Message of Faith4 Life Miracle Records 2006 From Joe Horn’s quartet-centric 4 Life Miracle Records and produced by the Christianaires’ Paul Porter with Terrell “Midge” Gatlin, “Over In Zion” is one hundred percent uptempo, hand-clapping quartet sound from a subset of Bishop Bond’s DHP Mass Choir, aptly dubbed The Ensemble, despite a perplexing but age-old avoidance of that particular term in gospel music. The lyrics, which interpolate lines from traditional hymns, communicate the joyful anticipation of going to the other side of the river. If dying is this joyful, ...

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TBGB Reviews…Jerard Woods

I WaitedJerard WoodsFound Sound Music 2007 www.jerardwoods.com No doubt about it: Jerard Woods can sang! A coloratura gospel tenor in the style of Smokie Norful, Nashville-based Jerard Woods is a gifted vocalist who can worry notes without simultaneously distracting the listener from the song’s message. After singing behind many of today’s top-shelf gospel artists, Woods has finally come front and center. On I Waited, Woods’ debut project and the first release on his and brother Terry’s Found Sound Music, the singer is accompanied by a polished vocal group and musicians who give some cuts an urban contemporary feeling and others ...

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TBGB Reviews…Marvin Winans

Alone But Not AloneMarvin WinansPure Springs Gospel 2007www.purespringsgospel.com One of the smoothest male voices in gospel today, Marvin Winans recently released Alone But Not Alone, a collection of what sound like personal testimonies tinted with cool RnB. The project is among the first to be released on sister CeCe’s Pure Springs Gospel label. The dozen songs deal with the struggle of maintaining one’s faith in the wake of life’s various vicissitudes, such as divorce, disease, and war (without and within). The soundtrack to this inner tension is constructed on melodies and arrangements that borrow liberally from smooth jazz and brassy-sweet ...

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