Gospel Music

CD Review: Various Artists – Gospel Favorites

Various ArtistsGospel FavoritesSound of New Orleans 2006www.soundofneworleans.com New Orleans author Lynn Abbott writes in the liner notes to this exquisite compilation: “On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans, and the levee system gave way. The floodwaters quickly reached Gary’s Sound of New Orleans studio on Canal Boulevard, and took it under.” Such was also the fate of many New Orleans churches. Sound of New Orleans’s Gary J. Edwards decided to support the churches’ rebuilding efforts financially by doing what he does best: CD production. The result is Gospel Favorites, a compilation of 20 gospel tracks previously released ...

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Billy Preston, “Fifth Beatle” and Gospel Organist, Dies at 59

TBGB received this note from Tammy Taylor, who asked us to keep GMWA board member Rodena Preston and the rest of the family in our prayers at this time. Billy Preston was a talented gospel and soul organist who could just about make the Hammond Organ sing in tongues. Billy came from strong gospel stock: his mother, Robbie Preston Williams, was a well-known singer of gospel and spirituals on the West Coast. And let us not forget Billy’s early hits on Vee Jay: “Billy’s Bag” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.” The great singer-songwriter and performer Billy Preston, ...

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CD Single Review: Linton Phillips and Hearts of Worship Ministries

“Come On Let’s Praise”Linton Phillips and Hearts of Worship Ministries 2006(708) 307-5483 At the moment, the only way to hear this performance by Linton Phillips and the Hearts of Worship Ministries is to catch the ensemble live or to tune into gospel radio, as I do not believe Phillips’s project is officially for sale yet. Nevertheless, “Come On Let’s Praise” is a pleasing though standard uptempo gospel with a pulsating beat and plenty of energy, courtesy of the Hearts of Worship team. “Come On Let’s Praise” is the radio friendly track, but I found the ensemble’s slower-paced “All Praises” to ...

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Amazing disgrace?

Ed. Note: TBGB agrees 100 percent that a gospel museum belongs in Chicago, the city in which the music was given its voice. Republished courtesy of the Chicago Sun-TimesMay 28, 2006 BY DAVE HOEKSTRA Staff Reporter Chicago Sun-Times The world’s first gospel museum, hall of fame and educational center is being planned for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That’s like having a surfing museum in Chicago. Chicago is the birthplace of gospel music. Mahalia Jackson came of age in Chicago. The Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey lived his adult life in Chicago after being born in Villa Rica, Ga. As the “Father of ...

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Chicago Gospel Music Fest Schedule: June 2 – 4, 2006

TBGB invites you to attend the Chicago Gospel Fest. This year’s roster is one of the best ever! And if you are in town for the Fest, be sure to tune into “Gospel Memories” Sunday morning from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. for classic gospel to get you started! “Gospel Memories,” hosted by yours truly, Bob Marovich, is on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7 FM, with a real-time webstream at www.wluw.org. ******************************************************************************** 22nd Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival June 2 – 4, 2006 * Millennium Park Gospel Youth Tent operates Friday 4-5:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 – Jay ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 135

“Pray On My Child”Missionary TravelersSensational 1823ca. late 1960s/early 1970s The name of the record label best describes the recording it carries by Chicago’s Missionary Travelers, led by Rev. D. Hardiman: sensational. While the story of The Dying Mother has been sung so often on gospel recordings as to be cliché today, the Missionary Travelers treat their variation on the theme with elegiac dignity and reverence. In fact, most of the song focuses on Rev. Hardiman’s reminiscences of the life lessons that Mother taught. It is only in the last minute that we learn this honorable woman is walking the last ...

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Gospel Festival to honor sounds and work of James Cleveland

Gospel Festival to honor sounds and work of James Cleveland By Aaron CohenSpecial to the TribunePublished May 28, 2006 When Aretha Franklin set out to make gospel history, she knew who to call. In 1972 the soul legend returned to her devotional beginnings to record what would become a landmark crossover album, “Amazing Grace” (Atlantic). Although the soaring lead voice was certainly hers, the choir director, main pianist and secondary vocalist was Franklin’s longtime friend, Rev. James Cleveland. Years later, in Franklin’s memoirs (“Aretha: From These Roots”), she calls him “a gospel genius” and adds, “no one could put together ...

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Baylor Announces $350,000 Gift to Preserve Black Gospel Heritage

TBGB thanks Eric LeBlanc for providing this article, and congratulates Bob Darden on getting the funding to begin this very important project. May 2, 2006 Media contacts: John Wilson, director of library advancement, (254) 710-3457 and Robert Darden, associate professor of journalism and author of “People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music,” (254) 710-6353 Baylor University journalism professor Robert Darden was angry. Darden, a former Gospel Music editor for Billboard Magazine and author of People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music (2004, Continuum International Publishing Group), knew that each day, a piece of the ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: May 22, 2006

“Listen to the Lambs”Cliff Go-BerFrom the Expressions from the Heart album4-Life Musick 2004 Okay, I’m a little slow to jump on this one, but if it weren’t for Numero Group Records owner Rob Sevier passing this gem on to me, I wouldn’t have heard it in the first place. And that would have unfortunate. On his Expressions from the Heart album, soul and gospel stylist Cliff Go-Ber gives the spiritual “Listen to the Lambs” a 1970s Curtis Mayfield touch to chronicle the trials and tribulations of 21st Century America. Included in Go-Ber’s litany of modern problems are violence, jobs leaving ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: May 15, 2006

“Praise On My Lips”Sonja G. Whitmore & the High Praise Chorale EnsembleFrom the Twin Diamond Springs Production album Praise On My Lips2006www.sgwhpce.com Remember Sonja Whitmore, the composer of “More Abundantly?” The gospel song that propelled Ricky Dillard and the New Generation Chorale to superstardom in the 1990s? The song that turned four-part gospel choral singing into an Olympic sport? What has Sonja been doing lately? The Texas-born and Chicago-bred singer/songwriter has a solo project and ensemble of her own now. “Praise On My Lips” is the first single release from Sonja’s eponymously titled album, featuring her High Praise Chorale Ensemble. ...

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