Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: February 17, 2014

“Work Your Faith” Tanya Dallas-Lewis www.tdlmusicnews.com Stellar-, Dove- and Rhythm of Gospel-nominated Tanya Dallas-Lewis takes a traditional turn on “Work Your Faith.”   The song declares that the believer must first believe if God is going to make a way.  “You show up and He’ll show out,” she shouts, and employs a basket full of melismatic runs, blue notes, growling glissandos, and an evangelistic vamp to press her point.  Powerful and engaging. Tanya Dallas-Lewis is also host of “The Music Box” on BlogTalkRadio (www.blogtalkradio.com/the-music-box).

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Thomas L. Walker & Totally Committed – Keep Me In Your Will

Rev. Thomas L. Walker & Totally Committed Keep Me In Your Will Eternal Gold Records (2009) www.cdbaby.com/Artist/THOMASLWALKERTOTALLYCOMMITTED By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog From their name alone, Rev. Thomas L. Walker & Totally Committed sounds like what I call an “&” group: a leader-small choir ensemble that specializes in P&W and contemporary gospel. In actuality, the group is a quartet, and one that may have spent more than a smidgen of time soaking up the Southern quartet scene.  Several of the songs on their album, Keep Me In Your Will, and most especially the title track, have a ...

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“I’m Still Here” – Carl Brister

“I’m Still Here”Carl Brister Agape Musicworks (2013) www.carlbrister.com The single from Carl Brister’s forthcoming CD is a testament to endurance despite going “through hell and back.”  His tough testimony of molestation as a youth is presented with a forgiving urban AC vibe, a rap assist from Steve “Chef” Walker, and an earworm of a chorus. While the arrangement’s rhythmic thrust does not let Brister flex his classical training, the message is loud and clear.  He made it through years of hiding tears “by the grace of God.”  “Depression – been there, done that.  Bought the T-shirt, ain’t going back!” he ...

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Dr. Charles G. Hayes, Founder of Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer, Dies

Dr. Charles G. Hayes (left) with Allen Cathey I am very saddened to report that Dr. Charles G. Hayes, known fondly as “Father Hayes,” has passed away. More information about his homegoing services will be forthcoming as it is made available. A native Alabaman, Dr. Hayes came to Chicago in the late 1950s and founded Universal Kingdom of Christ, later known as Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer, on the city’s South Side.  Placing the music ministry in the capable hands of such noted musicians as Dr. Charles Clency and, most recently, Chedwick Allen Cathey, Hayes built one of the most successful ...

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Various Artists – Black Gospel Rarities Vol. 4

Various Artists Black Gospel Rarities Vol. 4 www.crystalballrecords.com (US) or www.bim-bam.com (UK) By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog In December, music historian, researcher, and dedicated crate digger Galen Gart released the fourth volume in his Black Gospel Rarities CD series. Like its predecessors, Vol. 4 is a mixed assortment of sides plucked from minty gospel 45s and 78s recorded during gospel’s Golden Age. Some of the artists were well known in their day, others not, but all, save the Golden Gate Quartet, have sadly been forgotten today.  While other Black Gospel Rarities volumes focused on labels such as Revelation and J&S, the latest ...

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Rev. Dr. Morgan Babb, Gospel Singer and Radio Announcer, Dies

Photo credit: The Tennessean Our friend Gary from Dutch Radio informed TBGB this morning that Rev. Dr. Morgan Babb, member of the famed Radio Four quartet, solo artist, pastor, and radio announcer, died last Friday at age 84. Read more in the Tennessean:  Rev. Dr. Morgan Babb. WLUW’s Gospel Memories radio broadcast will salute Babb’s music legacy this Saturday.

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TBGB Pick of the Week: February 10, 2014

“Only the Grace”Lemmie Battles From the Ashro Music & Media CD Testify www.ashrorecords.com Chicago Mass Choir alumna and powerhouse vocalist Lemmie Battles shows what she’s made of, in more ways than one, on the testimony-laden “Only the Grace.”  Steeped in the churchy Chicago sound that spawned the Argo Singers and Caravans, Battles channels ‘Vans leader Albertina Walker with her downhome reading and evangelizing on this mid-tempo selection.   She sings, “When the doctor walked away from my bed, I tell you, the grace of God is how I made it this far,” then adds, “Some of you know my story, how ...

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