Gospel Music

Norman Hutchins – Hosanna

Norman Hutchins Hosanna IR Music Group (2013) www.normanhutchins.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The choir deserves equal billing on Norman Hutchins’ new album, Hosanna.  Whether singing full-throttle or with nuance, in response to Hutchins’ calls or on its own, the choir doesn’t as much support as serve as an alternate voice. Singer-songwriter Hutchins made his mark during the 2000s on JDI Records.  Songs such as “God’s Got A Blessing (With My Name On It)” and “Get Ready For Your Miracle” contained lyrics that drew from, and contributed to, the catalog of church catchphrases.  Hosanna’s contribution to the ...

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Vernon Hill – Songs From His Presence

Vernon Hill Songs From His Presence (2013) Available on iTunes nonrevmusicpub@gmail.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The mini-album Songs From His Presence is the CD debut of Vernon Hill, a worship leader who defers the singing of the sacred compositions he wrote or co-wrote to a team of capable artists.   From Owings Mills, Maryland, the conservatory-trained Hill pens songs that walk a fine line between CCM and gospel, but with enough dexterity that the two styles work together like bacon and eggs.  The result is a selection of delicate and contemplative but melodically arresting songs. “In Your ...

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TBGB Music Hour Special – Christmas Gospel Songs

Tired of the same old Christmas songs on the radio?  Try these on for size – new Christmas songs and favorites from the past!  Enjoy and Merry Christmas from Bob Marovich and The Black Gospel Blog. Click Here: The Black Gospel Blog Music Hour Christmas Special Christmas 2013 Playlist Christmas is here – Danetra Moore This time of year – Necie B. This Christmas – Zie’l Jesus, what a wonderful child – Mississippi Mass Choir The first Noel – Andrea McClurkin-Mellini Oh come all ye faithful – Yummy Bingham Drummer boy – Euclid Gray Favorite things – William Myles & ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: December 9, 2013

“Conversations”Gerard Porter (2013) Available on iTunes www.prayzeswag.com Macon, Georgia-born singer-songwriter Gerard Porter (“G”) dropped beats on “Prayze S.W.A.G. (Saved With A Gift),” a contemporary gospel line dancer, but his new single, “Conversations,” is a mellow, introspective conversation with God.  To a mid-tempo beat, Porter finds soul consolation from his prayer, discovering that despite all of his problems, “joy comes in the morning light.”  The lyric-heavy lines, especially the hook-laden chorus, dance to their own infectious rhythm.

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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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