Gospel Music

TBGB Reviews…Katie Sankey

My Best to YouKatie SankeyMeltone Records 2007www.meltonerevue.com Katie Sankey’s voice is so large it can hardly be contained within the borders of her home state of Alabama, where she is a Jefferson County native. It’s no surprise Katie won the Dorothy Love Coates Life Achievement Award at the 2006 American Gospel Quartet Convention: she reminds me of singers like Dot Coates and Ernestine Washington who didn’t need a stage full of instrumentation to turn a church out. The finest tracks on Katie’s CD, My Best to You, released earlier this year on Melvin Couch’s Meltone Records, focus on her God-given ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: April 9, 2007

“Fisher of Men”BatisteFrom the DaMil Records CD Love is Your Greatest Gift 2006www.batistemusic.com DeLois Barrett Campbell believes that the Barrett Sisters blend harmonies so well because they are blood-related sisters. If kinship breeds quality harmony, it’s no wonder brothers Lionel (Ray) and Lyndon Batiste create such a heavenly sound together. Not steeped in the African American gospel experience – they grew up in the Roman Catholic Church – the brothers Batiste nevertheless call upon their RnB influences to soulfully render “Fisher of Men,” a beautiful, meditative song with a lullaby-like melody. It’s the kind of song that is likely to ...

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TBGB Reviews…Tramaine Hawkins

Tramaine TreasuryTramaine HawkinsLight Records 2004www.lightrecords.com Edwin and Walter Hawkins may have smoothed the edges of gospel music with jazz chords and soft-rock arrangements to render it more appealing to the masses, but Tramaine’s churchy shouting was a constant reminder of its raising. A product of the Church of God in Christ, Tramaine Hawkins (nee Davis) recorded her first single at the age of ten as a member of the Heavenly Tones. She later sang with the Northern California State Choir, where she was in the right place at the right time: the magical moment in 1968 when Hawkins’ “O Happy ...

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TBGB Reviews…Mavis Staples

We’ll Never Turn BackMavis StaplesAnti- 2007www.mavisstaples.com “It’s the 21st Century – it feels like it’s 1960!” Mavis Staples’ lament in “99 and ½,” a track on her new project, We’ll Never Turn Back, pretty much sums up the album’s theme. A revisiting of the Civil Rights Movement’s musical lexicon, We’ll Never Turn Back is Mavis’ chance to tell it like it was and is (“I wouldn’t lie to you; I’ll leave that to the politicians”), and to encourage people to again stand up for their rights. Over the years, Mavis has developed an effective, gritty gospel cry-shout, perfectly suited to ...

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TBGB Reviews…Gospel Dream

Gospel DreamVarious ArtistsVerity 2007www.verityrecords.com Gospel Dream is the debut compilation of performances by the Christian and Gospel finalists from the popular Gospel Music Channel program based on you-know-what ubiquitous television sensation (unnecessary hint: one judge wears a black t-shirt). The project demonstrates aurally what we already know intuitively: that any Gospel Dream finalist could single-handedly take on the sum total of the American Idol finalists in a sing-off (except for stone singers Ruben Studdard and Jennifer Hudson) and come out the clear winner. In other words, the devil may possess the good beats, but God still has the good singers. ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: April 2, 2007

“You Can Make It”Terrence Mackey & Nu RestorationFrom the CD Nu Restoration – Vol. 1 (Spiritual City Music 2007)www.spiritualcitymusic.com While “Crossover,” with its fresh hip hop beats, is the signature single from Dallas native Terrence Mackey and Nu Restoration’s debut project Nu Restoration – Vol. 1, I’m partial to the traditional flavored “You Can Make It.” The 29 year-old Mackey is gospel-singer-turned-preacher on this track, with Nu Restoration supporting him resplendently throughout the song’s slow, incremental rise in intensity. “Crossover” may get bodies swaying, but “You Can Make It” will get the shouting started.

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Chicago’s Historic Roberts Temple COGIC Receives Landmark Status

From a press release on the City of Chicago website, 3/30/07: Mayor Richard M. Daley today applauded the Chicago City Council for passing an ordinance giving official landmark status to the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ building, the site of the 1955 visitation for Emmett Till. For four days in September 1955, Roberts Temple, 4021 S. State St., was the center of the civil-rights movement. Till, a Chicago teenager, was lynched that August while visiting relatives in Mississippi. His murder and his mother’s decision on an open-casket funeral called national attention to the plight of African-Americans in shockingly ...

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TBGB Reviews…V2 by J Moss

J MossV2Zomba Gospel 2007www.insidejmoss.com J Moss’ forthcoming project V2 is an adrenaline rush of hip hop sound and beats, especially during the first third of the album. And yet while it is out of the box aurally, V2 stays true to the gospel lyric tradition of seeking deliverance from today’s struggles and temptations through faith and prayer. For example, “I’m Not Perfect” is a musical head-shaking about having to shoehorn moments of prayer into frenetic days filled with conference calls and other responsibilities. “Let It Go” is an affirmation to keep an arm’s length from anyone who can make you ...

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Bishop G.E. Patterson Homegoing Services

Posted by Candace Walker, Gospel Editor for www.bellaonline.com: The memorial services and funeral arrangements for Church of God In Christ Presiding Bishop G. E. Patterson will be held at Temple of Deliverance Church of God In Christ at 369 G. E. Patterson in Memphis, Tennessee. Three services are planned for Bishop Patterson’s home going. Services for the Temple of Deliverance Family and the local Memphis community will take place Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. The Jurisdictional service will be held on Friday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. The Official National Church of God In Christ funeral service will be ...

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Dead: Walter Turnbull, 62; founded the Boys Choir of Harlem

From the Los Angeles Times Staff and Wire ReportsMarch 24, 2007 Walter Turnbull, who founded the Boys Choir of Harlem in a church basement and led the organization to international acclaim that included performances at the White House and the Vatican, has died. He was 62. Turnbull died Friday at a New York City hospital, said his brother, Horace Turnbull. He said Turnbull had a stroke months ago. “He was a genius of a man who managed to take his talents in bringing out song in young people who had no training,” said Rep Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who helped raise ...

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