Gospel Music

Sam Adebanjo and DTWG – The Mission/The Vision

Sam Adebanjo & DTWG The Mission/The Vision (2013) www.dtwg.co.uk By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog A new double CD set, The Mission/The Vision, showcases two sides of UK gospel ensemble, Sam Adebanjo and DTWG (Desire to Worship God). On The Mission, the group channels its African roots.  The songs—some in English, others in Yoruba—possess bright beats that pulse with the mesmerizing ostinato characteristic of the music of many African countries, and African gospel in particular.  The lyrics of praise, worship, and commitment to faith also follow the African gospel tradition, concluding with Sam worshiping in Yoruba.  The single ...

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Joint Heirs – The Solution

Joint Heirs The Solution (2013) www.jointheirs1.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Nashville’s Moiba Mustapha and Darcey Stewart are Joint Heirs, a modern-day version of the ’60s Chambers Brothers or Joe and Eddie.  They stitch inspirational and spiritual messages into a quilt of contemporary music. While Joint Heirs embraces the hard-hitting sounds of hip hop, they, like other hip hop artists, are also enchanted by retro music.  That’s because they grew up on old school, and their tributes to these timeless grooves on The Solution add depth and texture to the songs.  Witness the ‘70s Marvin Gaye/Isaac Hayes funk on “All ...

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Shadrach – Grace Instead

Shadrach Grace Instead Crooked Thumbs Music (2013) www.shadrach.net By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That axiom fits Shadrach.  He is the youngest son of prodigious gospel recording artists Rev. Cleophus and Bertha Robinson.  On Grace Instead, Shadrach tends the family business for a new generation. Although there is more than a trace of traditional gospel in his vocals—he can sing hard when hard singing is most effective—Shadrach paints a different musical portrait than his famous parents.  Whereas the Robinsons were 100 percent traditional, Shadrach’s is a modern-day palette, evocative of ...

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I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983

Various Artists I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983 Tompkins Square (release date: December 10, 2013) www.tompkinssquare.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog When it came to recording post-war gospel quartets, Ernie Young’s Nashboro Records of Nashville gave Don Robey’s Peacock Records a run for its money.  A major among the independents, Nashboro captured (and thereby preserved) gospel singing from some of the leading quartets, groups, and soloists of the golden age and beyond. Although a few Nashboro artists have been anthologized commercially on CD— Maggie Ingram, the Hightower Brothers, and Madame ...

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Pastor Maceo Woods to Receive Ambassador Bobby Jones Legends Award

Maceo Woods Singers, ca. 1952 – Woods is front, center By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Rev. Maceo L. Woods, founder and pastor of Christian Tabernacle Church in Chicago and gospel recording artist for more than sixty years, will be honored at the 2014 Stellar Awards with the Ambassador Bobby Jones Legends Award. Hailing from Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood, Woods has a long and storied history in the gospel music industry.  His organ instrumental version of “Amazing Grace” remains one of the best selling gospel instrumental records of all time.  The Maceo Woods Singers’ “Never Grow Old,” featuring ...

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Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir – In the Sanctuary

Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir – Live In the Sanctuary Habakkuk Music (2013) www.habakkukmusic.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog With a chorus of 200+ women and a parade of top female soloists, In the Sanctuary is a veritable injection of high-octane estrogen that engulfs the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee, with a traditional/contemporary blend of gospel music. Women have been at the forefront of gospel from the beginning.  Since most denominations, including COGIC, did not (do not) allow women to pastor, they had to find other ...

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Rev. Stef and Jubilation – A Jubilation Christmas

Rev. Stef and Jubilation A Jubilation Christmas (2013) www.RevStefandJubilation.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog A Jubilation Christmas is the New Jersey-based Jubilation’s first-ever holiday CD.  Under the direction of Rev. Dr. Stefanie Minatee, the group offers a collection of mostly familiar carols and Christmas songs sung in the full-voiced gospel choir style. What’s most appealing about the album is that Jubilation respects the songs’ original arrangements while making them their own.  The result is satisfying listening for anyone who enjoys traditional Christmas music. The album’s apex is when Jubilation takes James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir’s 1968 ...

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