Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: February 13, 2006

“You Held On Even When I Let Go” Eddie Ruth BradfordFrom her forthcoming CD Saved by GraceJuana Records 2006www.malaco.com Eddie Ruth Bradford, with her resonant, relaxed alto voice, sounds like a cross between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. Bradford’s latest single, “You Held On Even When I Let Go,” is as soulful, bluesy, and down-home as it gets. You can almost feel the oppressive mid-day heat of Bradford’s native Mississippi thickening the air and cascading its weight down upon the music and vocals like a steam iron. This American roots single is sure to make noise at radio stations south ...

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CD Review: Jerry Warren – Never Let You Go

Jerry WarrenNever Let You GoNivla Records 2005 Jerry Warren sounds like the lead singer in a traditional gospel quartet. His husky voice travels the vocal spectrum from Al Green’s pinched tenor to the rough growl of the finest, earthiest singing ministers. On Never Let You Go, however, Warren doesn’t front a quartet but sings with fine backup from the West Tennessee Southern Mass and Detroit Family and Friends Choirs. These two ensembles steal the show. Their rendition of “Canaan Land” is brilliantly executed and is the album’s highlight, though it suffers from tinny production; it’s a magnificent piece of rich ...

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CD Review: Ami Rushes – Covering

Ami RushesCoveringAmi Rushes Ministries 2005www.amirushes.com At the 2005 GMWA, where she performed on an artist showcase, Ami Rushes described the concept – and hence the title – of Covering as her “cover” versions of traditional, or traditional-influenced, gospel songs she loves. Indeed, Ami flexes her muscular, rock-star tough voice around a veritable hymnbook of gospel chestnuts on this Kurt Carr-produced album. Think Bonnie Raitt singing gospel and you have a good sense of Ami Rushes’ sound. The songs are mostly in the Pentecostal mode, but given Ami’s membership in West Angeles COGIC, this makes perfect sense. The standout performances on ...

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CD Review: Relationship – The Eric Carrington Project

The Eric Carrington ProjectRelationshipDivine Line Records/Worldwide Music Group 2005www.ericcarrington.com Some gospel musicians are appreciated for the quality of their voice, such as Vickie Winans or Mahalia Jackson. Others, such as Billy Preston or Arizona Dranes, are lauded for their instrumental prowess. Still other musicians are best enjoyed for the overall musicality of their recordings and performances. Eric Carrington, a.k.a. The Eric Carrington Project (T.E.C.P.), falls into the latter category. He’s one of those artists who is easy on the ears and appealing even to those who just aren’t that into gospel music. Back after several years’ recording hiatus, in April ...

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CD Review — Excelsior: The Promise

ExcelsiorThe PromiseCentral South Distribution 2005www.excelsiorsings.com Since I’m a little late in reviewing this project, let me get right to the point: The Promise is one of the best gospel choral ensemble CDs I’ve heard in some time, certainly since last year’s release of the Cosmpolitan Church of Prayer Warriors’ famed The Remix. It is no surprise that this Minnesota-based choral ensemble of nineteen super singers is Stellar Award-winning and Grammy-nominated. It has an impeccable sense of timing, melody, and dynamic range. While retaining the raw energy of the gospel chorus, Excelsior displays a remarkable palette of vocal color through its ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: February 5, 2006

“Mighty Long Way”Joe PaceFrom the CD: Mighty Long Way – The Vision Comes AliveIntegrity Gospel 2006 In 1997, Joe Pace and the Colorado Mass Choir earned a Stellar Award for Best New Artist of the Year. Nearly ten years and stacks of award nominations, performances and recordings later, Pace and his gospel music ministry show no signs of slowing down. His latest single “Mighty Long Way,” riffs on the classic gospel message, “Lord, you brought me from a mighty long way.” The ensemble sings this mantra, building in heart-pounding intensity with each of several key changes while Pace moans, shouts, ...

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Dolores Barrett Campell Health Update and 80th Birthday Musical

From Effie Rolfe of the Chicago Defender (Jan. 13, 2006): Our prayers go to the legendary Delores Barrett Campbell of the world renowned Barrett Sisters who has been hospitalized for several weeks. The gospel music icon has been on bed rest since September and is about to enter rehab at Lincoln Park Hospital, 550 W. Webster. Campbell, who has been singing for over 65 years and began her career with the Roberta Martin Singers, is inviting all to her 80th birthday musical scheduled for March 12 at Trinity United Church of Christ where Dr. Jeremiah Wright is pastor. “The Queen ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 130

“Heavenly Father”Crescent City Gospel SingersArcadia 1091956 Available on New Orleans Gospel Quartets: 1947-1956 (504 Music) and on Quartet Collection, Volume 10 (Pewburner 572) From the opening bars of the song – a passionate supplication sung by lead singer Charles Taylor and bathed in studio echo – to the intensely recited prayer – this is an aural treat for gospel quartet and vocal group fans alike. Mind you, it’s not Edna McGriff’s 1951 song of the same title and bears no resemblance to the Patterson Singers’ “Heavenly Father” from 1962, but it has the same plaintive, doo-woppy feel of both recordings. ...

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The Williams Brothers Speak Out

From D.A. Johnson of Malaco Music Group: ***Official Statement*** Blackberry Records, Inc. (which is solely owned & operated by DougWilliams, Melvin Williams & Henry Green a/k/a The Williams Brothers) hasmoved its entire operations from McComb, MS to Jackson, MS. They soldtheir office building in McComb and are currently in the process ofpurchasing an office building in Jackson that already houses their recordingstudio, Terminal Recording Studios, which they purchased over two (2) yearsago. The new building is three (3) times the size of the one they sold. Doug Williams, who is President & CEO of the company says, “Therehas been so ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: January 30, 2006

“Turn it Around” Israel and New BreedFrom Alive from South AfricaIntegrity Gospel 2006 When I first heard Israel Houghton a couple of years ago, I was struck by how intelligent was his mix of gospel, Christian, rock, and pop styles with lovely melodies and muscular production. My admiration only strengthens with his latest single, “Turn it Around,” from the Alive from South Africa CD. First of all, you can’t sing in South Africa – known for producing some of the most breathtakingly beautiful choral sounds and harmonies on the planet – and not bring good music: it would be as ...

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