Gospel Music

TBGB CD Single Review…Bonafide Praisers

“Work it Out”Troy Sneed presents Bonafide PraisersFrom the upcoming CD Destined to WorshipEmtro Gospel 2007www.emtro.com Not the classic choir sendup made famous by the Warriors of Chicago’s Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer, this “Work it Out” is the product of Emtro Gospel co-owner Troy Sneed. As Sneed announces at the outset of the song, “Work it Out” was inspired by the success of his number one hit, “The Struggle is Over.” “Work it Out” is similar to Kirk Franklin’s 1993 smash “Why We Sing” in its melody and call-and-response between Sneed (speaking) and the young Bonafide Praisers (singing). Not taking anything ...

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Maurice Griffin: “Hold On” to this Gospel Treasure

A New Creature Maurice GriffinMaurice Griffin Ministries (Promo CD project)www.myspace.com/mgministries In August, GMWA Gospel Treasure finalist Maurice Griffin of Chicago wowed the judges – and then the Gospel Announcers Guild – with his vocal dexterity and heartfelt rendition of gospel songs. No surprise he won the competition: he was channeling the 75 year-old tradition of standing flat-footed and singing the “heart songs” that form the basis of gospel music. As Chicago’s GAG president Dennis Cole has said publicly, if you want to win a competition, secure a record deal, or win over a new audience, sing the classics. That’s what ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: November 5, 2007

“Watch Me Praise Him”Deitrick Haddon Presents Voices of UnityFrom the CD Together in WorshipTyscot 2007www.tyscot.com “Watch Me Praise Him,” is a full-throttle, high-octane version of the Biblical Gospel Singers’ 1960s hit, “I Come to Praise Him,” with a Bo Diddley-inspired beat (“shave-and-a-haircut-two-bits”) and a demonstrative, dynamic lead vocal by Damita Haddon. “If you don’t want to dance,” Damita sings, “Watch me dance.” With that infectious beat and all the praise in the air, how can you not dance?

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TBGB Reviews…The Virginia Aires

The Virginia Aires Live in the Country II Firstlite Records www.firstliterecords.com Reverend Kerry Smith gave the patrons gathered for the Virginia Aires’ recording session at the Chesapeake Conference Center a dose of the gospel truth. “The devil’s been on my track all week long,” Pastor Smith testified. “It took everything I had just to get here.” He could well have been speaking on behalf of the Virginia Aires, because at the start of the finished project, Live in the Country II, the quartet sounds a little tired and road-weary. Regardless, the members – Pastor Rodney “Mailman” Mills, Valry “BaBa” Spence, ...

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TBGB Reviews…46 More Hidden Treasures from the African American Heritage Hymnal

46 More Hidden Treasuresfrom the African American Heritage HymnalJames Abbington, Conductor GIA Music 2007www.giamusic.com After the grand reception GIA Publications received for its 49 Hidden Treasures from the African American Heritage Hymnal, the company organized a choir from musically-gifted students and alumni of Morgan State University to make the sequel. Like the original, the two-disc 46 More Hidden Treasures from the African American Heritage Hymnal ferrets out the unfamiliar, or just plain forgotten, songs collected in the now-classic hymnbook. It teaches congregations and choruses how to sing them and thus breathe new life into their church services and programs. Unlike ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: October 29, 2007

“Abundance of Rain”Phillip BryantDrakeWeb Music Group 2007 Fayetteville, North Carolina gospel crooner Phillip Bryant recorded his debut CD, Gracefully (left), in 2005, immediately drawing deserved comparisons to Usher. He’s back with “Abundance of Rain,” a smooth gospel single steeped in quintessentially ‘70s Earth, Wind and Fire jazz-soul fusion that fits it like a glove. Bryant’s vocals are laid-back, confident, and…well, graceful. “Abundance of Rain” is about “Heavenly favor falling like rain,” and if the young man’s next album project is as good as this single, he will certainly get his share of well-deserved favor.

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Kirk Franklin has a holy mission: save modern gospel music

From the Christian Science Monitor, October 12, 2007: By Gloria Goodale | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor STUDIO CITY, CALIF., – Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin can’t relax, even when he’s supposed to, between tapings for his latest project, BET’s “Sunday Best,” the channel’s gospel version of “American Idol.” Dressed in patent-leather pink sneakers, designer jeans, a stylish vest, and newsboy hat, the self-confessed man of God speaks backstage with passionate agitation about his current mission: wooing young, black men back into church, specifically the choir. Echoing the preshow pep talk he gave to the nervous contestants, he says ...

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Another Soldier Gone Home: Mother Emily Bram-Bibby

Gospel discographer Bob Laughton reported to TBGB this morning that Mother Emily Bram-Bibby, National Evangelist and member of the National Advisory Board of the Women’s Department, Church of God in Christ, died yesterday, October 23, at the age of 91. Bram-Bibby was a recording artist for Savoy Records in the 1950s. Her powerfully piercing vocals were reminiscent of fellow COGIC members Madame Ernestine Washington and Juanita “Arizona” Dranes. Bram-Bibby was a member of Redemption COGIC, Kansas City and was singing at churches and programs as late as last November. More details will be posted as they become available.

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Twenty-Third Annual Stellar Award Nominees Announced

From GOSPELflava.com, the official media partner of the 23rd Annual Stellar Awards, below are the nominees for this year’s Stellars. The finalists will be announced at the Stellar Awards gala at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville January 12, 2008. Congratulations to all the nominees and best wishes in January! Artist of the Year Fred Hammond; Free To Worship; Verity J Moss; V2… ; PAJAM/ Gospo Centric/ Zomba Smokie Norful; Life Changing ; EMI Gospel The Clark Sisters; Live – One Last Time; EMI Gospel Kelly Price; This Is Who I Am; EcclectiSounds Entertainment/ Gospo Centric/ Zomba Song of ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: October 22, 2007

“Created 2 Worship”Cedric Ford & the WorshippersFrom the CD: Created 2 Worship GetRight Records 2007http://www.myspace.com/cedricfordandtheworshippers Based in Houston but with roots deeply planted in Chicago’s west side and south suburbs, Elder Cedric Ford has been singing since he could talk, blending first with his family’s group, the Ford Singers, and later with Shekinah Glory Ministries. “Created 2 Worship” is the title track of Cedric Ford & the Worshippers’ new project. Recorded live at New Community Baptist Church in Houston, the single features a soothing melody and smooth ensemble harmonizing, while Elder Ford’s hard-edged singing/preaching delivery hammers home the message. Clocking ...

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