Gospel Music

William Luck Spins Gospel Classics in Bridgeport

DJ William Luck, gospel and soul music collector, spun gospel 45s for five hours at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar in Chicago’s South Side Bridgeport neighborhood this past Wednesday evening.   Despite outside temperatures that dipped to one solitary degree, the heat was on inside Maria’s, thanks to Luck and a playlist that included the Sensational Nightingales, Staple Singers, Norfleet Brothers, and two boxes full of independent gospel quartets and groups on seven-inch discs. Luck will be reprising his “The Burying Ground Gospel Showcase” from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at Maria’s on the fourth Wednesday of February and ...

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Damion Murrill of The Murrills Goes Solo: A TBGB Interview

“Kingdom Come” Damion Murrill & Siloam Divinity Music Group, LLC (2013) www.DamionMurrill.com Damion Murrill’s music apprenticeship as a member of Donald Lawrence’s Tri-City Singers is evident on “Kingdom Come,” a walk-tempo ballad that interprets the line from The Lord’s Prayer as our empowerment, as heirs of the Kingdom, to realize the bounties of heaven on earth.  Siloam member Sasha Stackhouse does a marvelous job delivering the verses while Damion’s brother, Pastor Darwin Murrill, raises the temperature with a fiery declaration at the conclusion.  TBGB spoke with Damion about his work with Lawrence, The Murrills, this single, and what lies ahead ...

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Greg Kot’s “I’ll Take You There” Chronicles Life and Times of the Staple Singers

I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway Greg Kot Scribner (308 pages, illustrations) Release date: January 21, 2014 By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Given the Staple Singers’ immeasurable impact on American popular music, it’s surprising a book-length examination of their career wasn’t completed twenty years ago.  Perhaps it’s for the best, because Greg Kot’s I’ll Take You There has the present day advantage of a comprehensive perspective on the family’s career ascendance, brief decline, and Pops and Mavis’s resurgence as soloists and American music icons. Music critic for the ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: January 20, 2014

“Bigger Than All”Signature Birmingham Entertainment/Epic Entity Music Group Available on iTunes and other digital media outlets  Birmingham, Alabama gave us Denita Gibbs and now delivers Signature, a sister trio whose “Bigger Than All” is a lovely pop gospel ballad with impeccable timing, a memorable melody, and infectious chorus. From the opening lines, “Bigger Than All” declares that no matter what people say or do, God will make all things right because he is “stronger than the enemy.”  The song was written and produced by Fred Jerkins III and Alvin Garrett, and is a marvelous debut for the ladies, who received ...

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Father of Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs Dies

Gospel Music Fever’s Libra Nicole Boyd reports that Bishop Fritz Cobbs, father of Stellar Award-winning Tasha Cobbs, passed away.  A sad ending to Tasha’s celebratory Stellar Awards weekend.  Keep the family uplifted in prayer. Read the story here:  Bishop Fritz Cobbs

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Quick Recaps of Stellar Awards Weekend

Kirk Franklin’s composition “Take Me to the King” took singer Tamela Mann to the podium to receive the Artist of the Year accolade during yesterday evening’s Stellar Awards show in Nashville, Tennessee. Best Artist of the Year was just one of several Stellars that Mann, whose “Take Me to the King” was a smash hit in 2013, carried home this weekend. Fred Willis of Examiner.com provides a recap of the Stellar Awards Pre-Show Friday, January 17. Dave Paulson of The Tennessean offers highlights of the live television Big Show, Saturday, January 18.

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Marcia Nurse of Brand X Media Garners First Stellar Award

We at TBGB congratulate Jacksonville, Florida’s Marcia Nurse of Brand X Media, on winning her first Stellar Award.  She won “Music Video of the Year” for producing Anthony Brown & group therAPy’s “Testimony,” and received her honor at Friday’s Stellar Awards Pre-Show.  It is always a treat to see talented, dedicated individuals get public acknowledgement for their work.  Way to go, Marcia!

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Byron Cage Signs with Inspired People

Chicago, IL – January 17, 2014 – This time last year Pastor Charles Jenkins and his choir, Fellowship Chicago, were heading into Stellar Awards weekend with an incredible eight nominations. It was an exciting time as they ultimately walked away with five wins including Song of the Year, CD of the Year and Choir of the Year. One year later, the journey to Stellar Awards weekend brings another jubilant moment for Pastor Jenkins.  Jenkins, who will appear as a presenter on this year’s telecast, today announced a major signing to his innovative boutique label Inspired People, as award winning artist ...

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