Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: January 27, 2014

“Faith to Believe” Sheri Jones-Moffett From Power and Authority: Live in Memphis  (album release date: April 1, 2014) Motown Gospel (2013) www.motowngospel.com Sheri Jones-Moffett takes a conventional gospel song about the power of faith and delivers it with such earnestness that it reaches lofty heights. An alumna of Donald Lawrence’s Tri-City Singers, Jones-Moffett was also one-half of the duo Ted and Sheri.  The Memphian went solo in 2009 and continues to generate steam.  Her duet with Micah Stampley on “Love Never Fails” helped make the record one of TBGB’s “Best of 2013” songs.  “Faith to Believe” promises to be a ...

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Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobbs Take Home Grammys

Tye Tribbett took home two awards at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Best Gospel Album (Greater Than [Live]) and Best Gospel Song (“If He Did It Before…Same God” [Live] – Motown Gospel). Tasha Cobbs also garnered a GRAMMY for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for “Break Every Chain” (Motown Gospel). Congratulations to Motown Gospel for this sweep! Congratulations to all the nominees, and special kudos to Chicago’s own Donald Lawrence and Percy Bady for their GRAMMY nominations: Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song, respectively.

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Roy and Revelation – Thank You

Roy and Revelation Thank You 4 Winds Records www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog While listening to the contagious title track of Roy and Revelation’s latest album, Thank You, I couldn’t help but think that if Philly singer Dee Dee Sharp was in the audience, she would have thought the group just gospelized her mashed potato.  Or the twist, because towards the end of the song, the quartet bursts into the Beatles’ cascading harmonies from “Twist and Shout.” “Thank You” is one of two songs on the album with a distinctly ‘60s pop sensibility.  A rollicking folk ...

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PAJAM Music Group Signs Exclusive Label Deal With Central South Distribution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 22, 2014) – The multi-faceted music production company and label, PAJAM Music Group (PMG), has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with the #1 independent Gospel music distributor, Central South Distribution (CSD).  Pictured: Standing: Claude Lataillade, Vicki Mack Lataillade, Greg Davidson, and Charles Adams, Jr. Seated: Walter Kearney, Paul Allen, and Randy Davidson. The PAJAM team comprised of industry leaders Paul “pda” Allen, Walter “Stone” Kearney and J. Moss, will spearhead the label from artist development to creative marketing direction and will give artists an array of avenues and breakout opportunities to promote their music. “It’s time for something new and fresh ...

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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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