Gospel Music

“Closer” – Corey Weaver

“Closer” Corey Weaver www.reverbnation.com/rpk/bio/3343728 The lead voice on “Closer” sounds like that of a female.  But gospel vocalist Corey Weaver is a male tenor who can hit sassy Dorinda Clark Cole notes as effortlessly as Hank Aaron could catch a fly ball.   Backed by a full-throated group, Weaver lofts notes well over the stave as he seeks a more intimate relationship with God From Oklahoma City, Corey Weaver developed his musical appetite on a steady diet of gospel, jazz, and R&B.  Among his influences are Twinkie Clark, VaShawn Mitchell, and the Truthettes.

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TBGB Pick of the Week: April 1, 2014

“Help” Erica Campbell feat. Lecrae My Block Inc./eOne Music http://us.eonemusic.com/genres/light-records/artists/erica-campbell Erica Campbell, one-half of the best-selling gospel duo Mary Mary, extends her successful solo career with “Help.”  Whereas her heavenly appeal for “A Little More Jesus” was upbeat and bouncy, “Help” is leisurely, dramatic, and soulful. Christian hip hop artist Lecrae opens the single and offers a rap prayer as Campbell pleads for assistance when “family used to be first / Things getting worse, in my home / My brother is hurt, we need a word / He’s too far gone.”  She stretches out her throaty calls for help as ...

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Canton Jones – Lust, Drugs & Gospel

Canton Jones Lust, Drugs & Gospel Cajo Records (2014) www.cantonjones.net By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog From its title, Canton Jones’ newest mixtape sounds controversial, but it’s not, unless one considers reconciliation and forgiveness controversial themes.  That’s because the thematically unifying element of the eighteen-track project, available for free download, is the return of Prodigal Sons and Daughters.  Two explicit examples of this are “Tell Momma” and “Prodigal Daughter.”  The former is a humble acknowledgement to a praying mother of one’s return to church.  The latter (featuring Enlitement) is a plea from a father to an wayward daughter to leave those ...

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Brooklyn All Stars – Just Look At Me Now

Brooklyn All Stars Just Look At Me Now 4 Winds Records (2011) www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Founded in the late 1950s, the Brooklyn All Stars are still traveling the gospel highway, spreading the old time religion that is the bread and butter of gospel quartets.  Their 2011 album, Just Look At Me Now, offers new and old songs in the All Stars’ style. Perhaps the most endearing aspect of this CD is the presence of longtime member Thomas Spann.  His rich bass underpins the harmonies with the resonance reminiscent of the quartet’s Hardie Clifton era. ...

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The Woods Brothers – Wake Up in the Morning

The Woods Brothers Wake Up in the Morning Sharp Records (2014) www.reverbnation.com/thewoodsbrothers By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog If I had not seen the front cover of the Woods Brothers’ new CD, Wake Up in the Morning, I would have thought I was listening to a much older quartet.  The traditional style in which the group sings suggests an ensemble that honed its harmonies in the 1960s and 1970s. But lo and behold, the Woods Brothers from Atlanta, Georgia, are young men with old souls.  The seven-selection CD for Tony Sharper’s Sharp Records imprint demonstrates the Woods Brothers’ ...

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“2 Words” – Kaleb Starr

“2 Words” Kaleb Starr www.reverbnation.com/kalebstarr There’s no elation quite like that of the born again.  On “2 Words,” the self-proclaimed “dope slinger turned rhyme slinger” Kaleb Starr expresses how he will offer his unfettered gratitude to God when he gets to the heavenly gates.  To an electronic thousand-voice gothic backdrop, Cincinnati’s Christian rapper spits that “They say I was off the path, but you showed me the way….while I was counted out, I was counting on you.” The “2 Words:” thank you.  Brief, raw, honest.

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Media: Plan to Cover the Rhythm of Gospel Awards

The Sixth Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards are quickly approaching! This four-day event, Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27, 2014, will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.  Artist showcases and nightly musicals featuring dozens of independent gospel artists, an informative industry summit, career fair/vendor day, pre-show musical, Media Awards celebration, Ms. Rhythm of Gospel Christian Pageant, star-studded Main Awards Show, and more promise to make this year’s Rhythm of Gospel Awards the best ever! TV, radio, print, and Internet media outlets should plan to cover all or parts of the program.  Call the Rhythm of Gospel ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: March 24, 2014

“Sweeping Through the City” Beverly Crawford From the forthcoming EchoPark JDI CD Thank You For All You’ve Done (street date: May 20, 2014) Who but Beverly Crawford could rip through the classic church rouser, “Sweeping Through the City,” like Shirley Caesar leading the Caravans?  First recorded in 1951 by a pre-teen Caesar with one of her early mentors, Evangelist Thelma Bumpess, “Sweeping” (also known as “I Won’t Be Back”) gets a pulse-raising treatment from Crawford and her backing choir.  It closes her forthcoming album, which promises additional churchy moments.  As good as, if not better than, her big hit, “It’s ...

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