Gospel Music

TBGB Reviews….”Trouble” by Willie Cleveland

CD Single Review: “Trouble”Willie Cleveland2006(662) 455-9653 Greenwood, Mississippi’s Willie Cleveland, who incidentally bears a striking resemblance to a certain square-jawed gospel music legend whose surname he shares, waxes retro on “Trouble.” The single is an alchemy of 80s arrangement and 70s beat that will please southern radio listeners and leave gospel funk collectors thinking they’ve stumbled on long-forgotten vinyl.

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TBGB Reviews….Rev. Stefanie R. Minatee & Jubilation

CD Review:The Launch Out ProjectRev. Stefanie R. Minatee & Jubilation2006http://www.justjubilation.com/ New Jersey’s Rev. Stefanie R. Minatee has been ministering through music professionally for more than 20 years. Her accomplishments shine through on her latest release, The Launch Out Project, with the critically-acclaimed choir Jubilation. Jubilation is a culturally-mixed choir of volunteers and professional singers that was organized in 1998 under the auspices of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Since then, Jubilation has performed live, on television, and even sang for the funeral of the great band leader and vibraphone genius Lionel Hampton. Several components combine to make The Launch ...

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CD Review – The Caravans: Paved the Way

Paved the WayThe CaravansMalaco 2006http://www.thecaravans.net/ A reunion CD from the Caravans was inevitable. Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews and Delores Washington have been sighted singing together on several occasions in the past couple of years, delighting audiences and wrecking churches, just as they did for five decades. Recorded in Chicago at West Point Baptist Church, Walker’s home church, Paved the Way brings the Caravans’ reunion right to your living room. The project will please traditional fans as well as newcomers to the Caravans’ sound, though anyone who loves gospel music and is unfamiliar with the Caravans ain’t been paying ...

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Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio on YouTube

Watch the late Bob Washington and the Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio perform an eight-minute live version of their classic 1961 hit, “Ride This Train,” to a 1960s-era festival crowd. At one point, Washington tosses off his jacket and works an awed crowd, shaking hands, throwing shapes, confounding the camerapeople, and generally raising the temperature as the rest of the Gospelaires chant and provide electric guitar accompaniment. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4XMlexD_RE Thanks to Kevin Nutt for providing the link. FYI – there are more vintage gospel videos on YouTube. Watch the Gospelaires and follow related links for more classic footage.

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CD Review: Bishop Yvette Flunder & the Fellowship Mass Choir

CD Review:We Won’t Be Silent AnymoreBishop Yvette Flunder & the Fellowship Mass ChoirCommitted Records 2006http://www.radicallyinclusive.com/ Bishop Yvette Flunder teamed up with five Bay Area churches’ worth of strong voices for her first recording, We Won’t Be Silent Anymore. And if the mass choir by itself wasn’t enough to raise the church roof, Bishop Flunder called upon gospel stars such as Gene Viale and Charlene Moore to ensure a truly remarkable performance. The result is a superb gospel album that offers up traditional, contemporary, and praise and worship choral styles in fairly equal measure. Throughout the project, the choir stretches out ...

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Gospel Memories Broadcast for Sunday, November 5, 2006

Hello, gospel mavens — the next broadcast of “Gospel Memories” will be Sunday, November 5 from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time on Chicago’s 88.7 WLUW (live webcast on www.wluw.org). Highlights of the November 5 Broadcast: — They sang gospel before they sang RnB: in the 1980s, K-Ci and JoJo were members of Little Cedric and the Hailey Singers; and in the 1970s Glenn Jones was a member of the Modulations, singing duets with James Cleveland. Hear it for yourself! — The Caravans have reunited and have a CD to prove it! We’ll hear samples of their new project, Paved ...

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CD Review: Norris Garner – He’s Blessing Me

CD Review:He’s Blessing MeNorris Garner(Private press 2006)http://www.norrisgarner.com/ Some independent productions ought to remain independent. Others, however, are deserving of major label attention and wider distribution. Norris Garner’s He’s Blessing Me belongs in the latter category. He’s Blessing Me is a superb project. The title track not only has hit potential, but the composition was featured on the PBS documentary American Roots Music. In the documentary, Garner is teaching his song to the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses in New Orleans. “Magnify Him” is a workout that introduces us to the project’s surprise treat, the magnificent Nikita Sutton. The ...

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Homegoing for Paul Arnold, Member of the Gospelaires of Dayton, OH

The following obituary was shared with TBGB by Eric LeBlanc. Another soldier gone. ARNOLD, Mr. Paul A. “Easy”, age 74, of Dayton, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2006 at his residence. A native Daytonian, he attended Roosevelt High School and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Paul accepted God at an early age. This was shown by his soulful & heartfelt singing. He was the lead singer of the Gospelairs of Dayton, who attained fame worldwide. With his deep love of God & music, he unselfishly devoted his time to help form numerous gospel & pop groups that ...

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Clark Sisters Reunion – from AOL Black Voices

THE CLARK SISTERS:Reunited And It Feels So GoodBy Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices The legendary gospel group Clark Sisters is getting back into the swing of things, with the recent announcement of an exclusive recording deal which will reunite all four powerhouse vocalists. EMI Gospel announced the signing of the pioneering sibling outfit (who topped the charts in 1981 with the genre-transcending song “You Brought The Sunshine”) for an untitled reunion album, slated for release next March. Detroit’s native daughters Jacky, Twinkie, Dorinda and Karen recorded the project live at Houston’s renowned George Brown Convention Center earlier this year. ...

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CD Review: Dr. Lou Della Evans-Reid and The Ship

Celebrating the Life, Legacy and Love of Dr. Lou Della Evans-ReidVarious Artists, featuring Rev. Dr. Clay Evans & Fellowship M.B. Church Reunion ChoirPrivate production of Fellowship M.B. Church 2006(773) 924-3232www.fellowshipmbchurch.org This recording doesn’t just belong in your gospel collection, it belongs in the Smithsonian. Say “Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church,” and traditional gospel music comes immediately to mind. Among a handful of Chicago churches that have secured their place in history with a stack of critically-acclaimed recordings and shelves full of well-deserved accolades, Fellowship – known simply as “The Ship” – has been The Old Landmark for many gospel and popular ...

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