Gospel Music

Another Soldier Gone Home: Robert Turner (Silver Hearts)

TBGB: Special thanks to Sheilah Belle, whose The Belle Report is the source of this information: Robert Turner Succumbs Indianapolis, IN — On behalf of The Belle Report, we ask that all of our readers remember the family of Robert Turner in prayer. According to our sources Robert Turner passed early yesterday morning. He was a great artist and Morning Drive Announcer for 1310, The Light in Indianapolis, IN. Robert Turner and the Silver Heart Gospel Singers had a music ministry of 44 years plus. He was beloved within the Gospel Announcers Guild as well as the Gospel Music Workshop ...

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Mother Ruby Lee Summerville-Dickson

This comes to TBGB from Humilitee via D.A. Johnson of Malaco Records…. On the behalf of the Summerville family I have been asked to inform you of the passing of Mother Ruby Lee Summerville-Dickson. Mother Ruby as we all affectionately referred to her passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, November 21, 2005. She was 65. Mother Ruby was a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and will be greatly missed. Prophet Rodney D. Summerville has provided contact information for those of you that would like to correspond with the family: (email:ldsummer@comcast.net) Phone Contact: Steven U. Summerville ...

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CD Review: I Dreamt I Dwelt in Harlem — The Delta Rhythm Boys

I Dreamt I Dwelt in HarlemThe Delta Rhythm BoysAcrobat Music 2005www.acrobatmusic.net While not as well-known as their brothers in harmony the Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, and Charioteers, the Delta Rhythm Boys nevertheless appeared in many motion pictures and Broadway shows during the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s, hosted a regular radio program on CBS, and sang with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Mildred Bailey, and Fred Astaire for Decca Records. Their only hit as a quartet came for RCA Victor, however: the 1947 classic “Dry Bones,” with its series of half-step modulations, a singing technique that the quartet had ...

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Gospel Without Words: Two New CDs Highlight Gospel’s Instrumental Side

Heavenly KeysLeonard Maddox, Rev. Dwayne Mason, Willie Jones, with Curtis FondrenThe Sirens Records 2005 & The Willams Brothers presents The Jazz Album: Songs from the Brothers’ RepertoireBlackberry Records 2005 Recordings of gospel music instrumentals have been a subgenre pretty much since 1954, when Maceo Woods made a hit record out of his interpretation of “Amazing Grace,” performed on the Hammond organ and originally intended as theme music for Vee Jay Records owner Vivian Carter Bracken’s radio program. Since then, Woods as well as Alfred Bolden, Billy Preston, and a host of other organ giants have released instrumental interpretations of gospel ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: “Yes” – Shekinah Glory Ministry (Kingdom Records) 2005

I am pleased that “Yes” is still on the gospel charts. I have wanted to write about this Stellar-nominated song since its release. The emotion-soaked praise and worship performance by Valley Kingdom Ministries’ Shekinah Glory reminds me of the Tommies’ 1986 “Safe in His Arms” in Min. Valencia Lacy’s gentle and nurturing but nonetheless powerful vocal drama. The intensity of “Yes” ebbs and flows with the unpredictable cadence of waves of joyous weeping, and lingers in your mind’s ear long after the recording is over. ”Yes” helped me to understand that Shekinah Glory Ministry’s core competence was not just its ...

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Kirk Franklin’s Comments on Rance Allen Project “Religiously Haughty”

“Something About the Name Jesus” The Rance Allen Group featuring Kirk Franklin.From the Tyscot LP The Live ExperienceTyscot Records 2004 First of all, don’t get me wrong: I admire and respect the ministries of the Rance Allen Group and Kirk Franklin, and particularly these artists’ musical innovations that took gospel to new heights in the 1970s and 1990s respectively. Both artists have made, and continue to make, compelling gospel music. What I’m not pleased about is Kirk Franklin’s heartfelt but seemingly inappropriate spoken introduction to the live recorded performance of “Something about the Name Jesus” on the Rance Allen Group’s ...

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CD Review — The Bells of Joy: The Collection

The Bells of Joy: The Collection (1951-1954)Acrobat Records 2005www.acrobatmusic.net While the Bells of Joy did not possess superstar lead vocalists as did Peacock labelmates the Sensational Nightingales (June Cheeks), Spirit of Memphis (“Little Axe” Broadnax) and the Dixie Hummingbirds (Ira Tucker), leads A.C. Littlefield and Robert Dawkins were more than capable shouters. And like the Radio Four, the Bells of Joy stayed true to its country quartet roots – despite personnel changes – producing hand-clapping, muscle-twitching, steering wheel-pounding quartet gospel for four different record labels. On Acrobat Records’ reissue of the quartet’s 1951-54 sessions for Peacock Records, you’ll find six ...

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CD Review — Alvin Slaughter: The Faith Life

Alvin Slaughter – The Faith LifeIntegrity Gospel 2005www.integritymusic.com Worship leader Alvin Slaughter possesses a handsome baritone voice reminiscent of crooner James Ingram but sings with the command of a leading man in a Broadway musical. His seventh project, The Faith Life, is a mixture of contemporary Christian music, praise and worship, and gospel, performed with a racially-diverse mass choir before a live audience at the Covenant Love Family Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. One of the better moments on the CD is Slaughter’s solo performance of “This I Know”/”I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” A lovely piano accompaniment (by Roger ...

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A Great Day in Chicago: Living Legends Honor Dolores “Honey” Sykes

It reminded me of the famous photograph, “A Great Day in Harlem.” This time, however, the venue wasn’t the entranceway of an apartment building but the Monument of Faith Church on Chicago’s South Side, and the artists weren’t jazz performers but living legends of gospel music. On October 22, 2005, at a luncheon honoring the life and work of Dolores “Honey” Sykes, a member of the famed Duncanaires and Thompson Community Singers, a group of pioneering gospel artists gathered to witness Honey receive an honorary doctorate of divinity. The photo capturing the auspicious moment – with Honey in full academic ...

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CD Review: Danny Brooks – Rock This House

Danny Brooks – Rock This House His House Records 2005www.dannybrooksmusic.com Danny Brooks holds claim to the title of Blue-Eyed Soul Man of Canada. He has a true love and deep respect for African-American roots music and the vocal chops to do it justice. Imagine a saved Springsteen and you have an idea of Danny Brooks’ sound. His latest release is called Rock This House, the second installment of his “Soulsville” series. The inspirational lyrics are drawn from the font of his personal struggles, but rather than offer a litany of tribulations for the listener to ponder, Brooks endows his songs ...

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