Gospel Music

Historical Marker in Philadelphia Honors the Dixie Hummingbirds

From the Reverend Joe Williams: On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia commemorated the rich heritage of the Dixie Hummingbirds with a historical marker dedication at 2435 North College Avenue, Philadelphia. This was the rehearsal hall and former home of the founder and manager of the Dixie Hummingbirds, the late Mr. James B. Davis. The Dixie Hummingbirds originally formed in 1928 under the management of Mr. Davis. They influenced popular musicians, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and the Temptations.  Their version of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock” won a Grammy Award ...

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Pastor Marlon Lock – Unleashed (EP)

Pastor Marlon Lock Unleashed (2016) www.pastormarlonlock.com By Bob Marovich “You Covered Me,” a single from Stellar Award-nominated Pastor Marlon Lock of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, made JGM’s Pick of the Week last June. It appears on his EP, Unleashed, a collection of seven cuts that showcase Lock’s urban adult contemporary approach to mostly introspective songs and stories about one’s relationship with God. While I am a proponent of hiring a group of musicians versus having the computer do it all, the electronically engineered low-key accompaniment for most of the selections seems to fit the album’s confessional vibe. The lead track and single, ...

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Chicago’s Kenny Lewis & One Voice Offer “Music Buffet” on New Album

By Bob Marovich Kenny Lewis, founder and leader of the Stellar Award-nominated gospel group One Voice, didn’t have to go any further than the current news to find inspiration for his new album. “With the way that the economy was going and with the election,” Lewis told JGM, “we really didn’t know what was going to happen. I felt like it was time for everybody to refocus back on Jesus and loving Jesus.” Refocus, Kenny Lewis & One Voice’s new (and fourth) album, is all about getting back to loving Christ. Released last Friday, May 19, the album’s single, “Love Song,” ...

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Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene Collect Billboard Music Awards

Nashville, TN (May 22, 2017) – RCA Inspiration celebrates double wins at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with two top Gospel awards for Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) and Travis Greene, winning in the categories of Top Gospel Artist and Top Gospel Song, respectively. Returning winner Kirk Franklin remains a perennial favorite, as the groundbreaking hitmaker is honored with the Top Gospel Artist award for the second consecutive year. Returning nominee Travis Greene wins his first Billboard Music Award with his chart-topping hit “Made A Way,” named Top Gospel Song. Fueled by his wide range of beloved hits on the charts ...

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Showers Family Video of New Single Recounts its March 2017 House Fire

HAMMOND, LA (Monday, May 15, 2017) – Stellar Award nominated family group The Showers released the music video for their heartfelt rising radio single “I Need You Lord,” written by group member Titus Showers, Sr. and co-written by Tasha Page Lockhart with production by Bruce Robinson, Jr. and Page-Lockhart. Watch the concept music video here: “I Need You, Lord” is the lead single from the group’s forthcoming national sophomore album set to be released this fall on their family owned A&P Records imprint and is available now on all digital providers on sale including iTunes, GooglePlay and AmazonMusic. The new ...

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Mr. Del – Love Noize

Mr. Del Love Noize DMG (release date: March 16, 2016) www.mrdel.com By Bob Marovich On Love Noize, Mr. Del the Hope Dealer traffics in the one thing we need more of: love. Following faith and hope, the greatest concept is love.  It’s the theme of the Christian rapper’s latest album.  Love Noize is the third in a trilogy of albums based on 1 Corinthians 13:13; the others are Faith Walka (2013) and Hope Dealer (2014).  Love for friends, for enemies, for God, as well as God’s love for us, all are grist for Mr. Del’s rhyme mill. Sometimes love is hard, as ...

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Delores Chandler Matthews, Charter Member of the Tommies, Passes

By Bob Marovich Yvonne Seabrooks, President of the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild, reported today that Delores Chandler Matthews, an early member of the Thompson Community Singers and one of the choir’s first musicians, passed away. Matthews was among the first members of the Reverend Milton Brunson’s famed community youth choir and was the organ accompanist, while Robert Williams was the piano accompanist.  She was also a member of the Chandlerettes gospel singers and a longtime member of the Metropolitan M.B. Church on Chicago’s West Side. Arrangements are as follows: Musical Tribute Friday, April 21 7:00 pm Homegoing Celebration Saturday ...

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Montel Dorsey & MUniversity – Love Over Hate

Montel Dorsey & MUniversity Love Over Hate MUniversity Records / eOne (release date: March 17, 2017) www.MUCampusLife.com By Bob Marovich The gospel group Montel Dorsey & MUniversity sets the thematic tone of its Love Over Hate CD by opening with a montage of radio and TV newscasts covering last year’s deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida. Overdubbing his anguished declarations that nobody has the right to decide who lives or dies, that we are not God, that God is love, and that love conquers hate, Dorsey expresses his extreme distress over today’s violent world. But don’t expect an album-long head shake ...

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“You Are” – Dr. F. James Clark Presents NextGeneration Choir

“You Are” Dr. F. James Clark Presents NextGeneration Choir From the forthcoming album Sure. Focused. Centered. (release date: summer 2017) www.nextgenchoir.com By Bob Marovich Plaudits to the Most High are lifted with nimble vocalizing, a brisk tempo, and pleasantly startling punctuations of high notes by the NextGeneration Choir of the Shalom Church (City of Peace) of Florissant, Missouri. On the song’s hook, the music fades as the choir runs rapidly through a litany of names for God.  It was such an attention grabber, they could have kept on going. NextGeneration Choir, Dr. F. James Clark’s young adult chorus, hopes to ...

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Sandra McCracken – God’s Highway

Sandra McCracken God’s Highway Independent release (release date: September 9, 2016) www.sandramccracken.com By Bob Marovich Modern day hymnist Sandra McCracken’s latest CD, God’s Highway (also available on vinyl), continues where her 2015 Psalms left off: new songs based on Biblical texts and that sound as if they came from the Primitive Baptist Church hymnbook. McCracken’s beguiling voice combines the cry of Beth Nielsen Chapman and the world-weariness of Emmylou Harris. Her lonesome singing combined with an understated combo and songs with heavy chords but bright melodies give listeners a sense of eavesdropping on the prayers of someone emerging, victorious but ...

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