Gospel Music

“Lov Madiba” – King Charles feat. Katie Melua & Shingai Shoniwa

“Lov Madiba” King Charles feat. Katie Melua and Shingai Shoniwa The Cherry Party (2013) Currently available on Amazon and iTunes By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog While attending a presentation by South African President Nelson Mandela in Durban in 1996, I was overwhelmed by the wonderfully joyous harmony singing that broke out spontaneously from the crowd just prior to the president’s arrival.  It was clear from that introduction that Mandela wasn’t just the people’s president: he was the savior of a people oppressed for decades, a modern Moses. Just as Madiba was feted in life, so should he ...

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James Fortune & FIYA – Snapshot

James Fortune & FIYA Snapshot World Wide Music, Inc./Red Distribution(released December 17, 2013) www.MrKerryDouglas.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Snapshot is a ten-track collection of hits and rarities by James Fortune & FIYA, the orator-choir combo that is successful because its recordings and performances evoke a spirit-filled church service. Indeed, many of Fortune’s finest songs, “I Trust You,” “I Wouldn’t Know You,” and “I Believe” (the latter is arguably his best), are mini-sermons turned into inspirational ballads.  While Snapshot includes these selections, the prize jewel of the collection is William Murphy’s majestic, church-wrecking version of “I Need ...

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Endurance – Right On Time

Endurance Right On Time SCCME Records (2012) www.musicbyendurance.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog In a music industry that has all but snubbed the time-honored gospel quartet community, Houston’s Endurance has garnered six Stellar Award nominations for its smooth but meaty harmonies, hard-singing lead work, and memorable songs.   Right On Time, the quartet’s latest album, finds the men working squarely in their trademark style.  Endurance songwriters, including group member Prathan “Spanky” Williams, borrow liberally from the thematic lexicon of gospel quartet singing to construct the album’s lyric content.  For example, the group harmonizes on the hereafter (“Few ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: January 6, 2014

“But God”Isaac Carree From the Door 6 Entertainment album Reset http://officialisaaccarree.com 2014 Stellar Artist of the Year nominee Isaac Carree delivers a bouncy, melismatic reminder of how bad things could were it not for God’s assistance.   With rhythmic lyrics that sound cribbed from a the high point of a sermon, “But God” offers a litany of specific situations to prove its point.  “You were about to lose everything / When the doctor said any day / And the devil tried to tempt your fate…but God.”  The chorus offers an ideal call-and-response moment for Carree and his audience.

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TBGB’s Best of 2013: Songs, CDs, and Historic Reissue

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog For music aficionados, and especially those like me who are critics, the end of the year triggers an unshakable impulse to post a best-of list. It’s in our DNA.  We can’t help it.  Honestly.  There’s no twelve-step plan for recovery, and if there were, we’d post the best-of twelve-step programs around the country. The albums, songs, and historic reissue on The Black Gospel Blog’s Best of 2013 list are not necessarily chosen for their sales or popularity, but for their musical quality, as determined by TBGB.  Only music serviced to TBGB qualify ...

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Judy Cheeks – True Love Is Free

Judy Cheeks True Love is Free Mozan Music (2013)www.judycheeks.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The title describes the message behind former dance diva Judy Cheeks’ debut inspirational project.  The daughter of gospel singer nonpareil, the late Rev. Julius Cheeks, Judy believes that love conquers all, and no love is more powerful, or more embracing, than God’s love. The music soundtrack to True Love is Free captures Judy’s successful tenure in the electronic dance scene, while the lyrics signal her return to her religious roots.  The insistent disco beat of the title track and “Without Love We’re Lost” are ...

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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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