Gospel Music

D’Mott – Romance in the Gray

D’Mott Romance in the Gray Sonny Camp Music Group (Released September, 2013) www.dmottmusic.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog With the build of a wide receiver and an intimidating beard to boot, De’Juaine Motley, aka D’Mott, has a steely-cool tenor voice evocative of the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald.  D’Mott’s album, Romance in the Gray, is an authentic, if modest, project of smooth jazz-fueled praise and worship, all but one of the songs written by the singer himself. According to the spoken word intro, “Romance in the Gray” is about not putting God in a box, and not making ...

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Gospel Producer Braswell to Debut Radio Show January 8

Many call him the Gospel Super Producer because of his work with groups, quartets, and choirs throughout the gospel music industry. On January 8th, Ray Braswell Jr. of Raymarkable Music will debut the Raymarkable Music Online Radio Show on Church House Radio.All gospel artists who want their project promoted during his broadcast, send it in mp3 format it to: 247gospelmusic@gmail.com.Tune in Ericka Malone’s Church House Radio at http://tunein.com/radio/Church-House-Radio-s213272/.

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Various Artists – Black Gospel Rarities (Vols. 1 – 3)

Various Artists Black Gospel Rarities, Vols. 1 – 3 Available at www.crystalballrecords.com(US) or www.bim-bam.com (UK) By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Galen Gart’s painstaking research into the 1950s rhythm & blues scene produced the valuable (though sadly out of print) First Pressing series, a Duke/Peacock discography, and other music reference materials.  Not limited to the written word, Gart is documenting some of gospel music’s Golden Era singles in his Black Gospel Rarities series of CD reissues. With Gart’s release of his fourth volume of golden goodies, TBGB looks back at the first three volumes.  Each contains 24 tracks, comprised ...

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Brooklyn All Stars – Live in Richmond, Virginia

Brooklyn All Stars Live in Richmond, Virginia Malaco Records (2013) www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Moss doesn’t grow on a rolling stone, nor on a gospel quartet like the Brooklyn All Stars.  The group has been singing for more than sixty years, recording for more than fifty of them, and shows no sign of slowing down.   On their latest album, Live in Richmond, Virginia, the quartet, including original member Thomas Spann, reprises some of its signature singles.  Lead vocalist Sonny McClary does his best to evoke Hardie Clifton’s intense tenor on the group’s 1960s-era hits “No Cross ...

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Apply Now for the DeWayne Wallace Memorial Scholarship

The National and Independent Gospel Music Association (NIGMA) is now accepting applications for the DeWayne Wallace Memorial Scholarship. The awards will be presented at the 2014 NIGMA Honors Scholarship Gala in Atlanta on March 15, 2014.Eligibility Criteria:  Applicants must…– Be completing or have completed high school successfully with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.– Be accepted as a full time student at a college, university, or trade school program for the 2014 academic semester. – Submit a 500 Word Essay.– Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from the following individuals: Academic Counselor, Pastor or Elder. and Immediate Family ...

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Lecrae – Church Clothes Vol. 2

Lecrae Church Clothes Vol. 2 Reach Records (2013) www.reachrecords.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Lecrae spits the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth on Church Clothes Vol. 2.  Hosted by Don Cannon, the follow-up to last year’s Church Clothes finds Lecrae and a crew of featured artists unveiling the disastrous ironies of fortune and fame.  Consider it an album-long exposition of Matthew 16:26 (“What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”).  From its title to its rhymes, “Devil in Disguise” outlines the temptations, particularly addiction, that lead to destruction.  “Sell Out” is ...

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Higher Authority – I’m His Favorite

Higher Authority I’m His Favorite EP reasonwhywesing@gmail.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog From San Diego, the female gospel group Higher Authority—Charity, Khristi, Vennetta, and Zimika—has been singing together for more than a decade.  The follow up to their 2008 Definition of a Remix is a self-produced EP, I’m His Favorite. When not expressing vertical praise on the EP, Higher Authority concerns itself with issues of special concern for young people.  For example, “V.I.R.G.I.N.” is a techno-fueled defense of abstinence.  While not explicitly articulating the social pitfalls of unplanned pregnancy, the ladies believe that keeping their vessels pure ...

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