Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: February 3, 2014

“There Remaineth a Rest” Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers From 20 Year Celebration, Volume 1: Best for Last QuietWater Entertainment/Entertainment One Music (2013) www.donaldlawrence.com While “The Gift” is the current single from Donald Lawrence’s masterful 20th anniversary album, “There Remaineth a Rest” was the song everyone was singing on the way home from the live recording last year. Drawing its inspiration from Hebrews 4:9, the hard-driving mid-tempo song focuses on the rest, “the finished work,” that Jesus provided for his people upon his crucifixion. Lawrence teaches the listener to walk in the faith and knowledge that there is no ...

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Jolie Rocke Brown – Rock of Ages: Hymns for the Soul

Jolie Rocke Brown Rock of Ages: Hymns for the Soul (2013)Album available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, or www.JolieRockeBrown.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Dorothy Norwood famously commented that contemporary gospel has its merits, but when people are really hurting, they turn to traditional gospels and hymns for comfort. Jolie Rocke Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, can attest to this.  After the coloratura soprano was diagnosed with, and recovered from, breast cancer, she gathered four talented jazz musicians and recorded a handful of hymns.  The product is Rock of Ages: Hymns for the Soul. Rock of Ages has ...

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“Pray For Me” – T’Juan

“Pray For Me” T’Juan Emtro Records www.emtro.com In 2009, when TBGB first caught up with T’Juan, he was a Christian hip hop artist recording for the No Compromise label.  He was best known for his single, “Crank Dat Church Boy,” and for delivering what he referred to as “urban kingdom” music. Now that No Compromise and Emtro have joined forces, T’Juan is a melodic gospel crooner like Emtro’s Troy Sneed.  “Pray For Me,” featuring Sneed and a chorus of background vocalists, is a rhythmic ballad and T’Juan’s latest single, following on the heels of the equally smooth groove, “Made.”  T’Juan sounds totally different ...

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Wife of Elder Goldwire McLendon Passed

ugospel.com reported that Ruth McLendon, wife of Elder Goldwire McLendon, BET Sunday Best finalist in Season 3, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Ruth and Goldwire were members of Philadelphia’s famed Savettes choral group.  Read more below: http://ugospel.com/wife-of-sundays-best-season-3-finalist-elder-goldwire-mclendon-passed/

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Ethan Kent – Work in Progress

Ethan Kent Work in Progress Tonic Blueprint/Central South Distribution (released January 21, 2014) www.ethankentonline.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog TBGB’s first five star gospel project of 2014 is, of all things, a debut CD: Ethan Kent’s Work in Progress. From Dallas, Ethan Kent loves an array of music styles—from gospel to jazz to hip hop, rock, and classical.  It’s not surprising that he injects his album with a kaleidoscope of sounds that emerge as edgy electronica, freshly-popped melodies, and playful arrangements in the mode of Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile.” The songs are as bright and optimistic as ...

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Central South Distribution Signs Exclusive Distribution Deal with Jessica Reedy’s Purity Records

Central South Distribution is on fire this month, signing yet another exclusive distribution deal, this time with Purity Records, gospel singer Jessica Reedy’s brand new imprint.  Read the story: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 27, 2014) – Kicking off 2014 with appearances and a listening party during Stellar Awards week, Jessica Reedy announced the launch of her independent music label Purity Records and an exclusive distribution deal with the #1 independent Gospel music distributor, Central South Distribution. Reedy’s forthcoming CD is set for release in spring 2014. “During my short time in the industry, I have learned a lot about the business ...

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Win a DVD Copy of “Dreams”

Win a copy of the Lionsgate Home Entertainment release of DREAMS on DVD. Tweet a special link of the trailer (below) and a small note of one of your dreams with the hashtag #DREAMSDVD.  The first three to do so from The Black Gospel Blog will win a copy of the film on DVD. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1nB4EegOTY The moving and inspirational urban drama Dreams makes its debut, arriving on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View January 28th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.   Featuring a stellar urban cast and starring members of the GRAMMY® award-winning Winans family, Dreams ...

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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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