Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: February 20, 2006

“How, Why, When” KhristianFrom the Nahor Music CD This Year2005www.KhristianMusic.com I had the same sensation listening to This Year by Christian Dentley (aka Khristian) that I had the first time I heard Israel Houghton: the sound is different, edgy, well-produced, muscle-twitching, joyful, and smart. It is as much an indicator of the direction of gospel music as any top ten gospel CD. Given Khristian’s experience in a rock band, as a substitute singer in Take 6 and a student at a performing arts school, it’s no surprise his first album is an amalgam of many different musical styles. In other, ...

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R.I.P. Reverend Charlie Jackson

From Kevin Nutt of CaseQuarter Records: It is with great sadness that we here at CaseQuarter Records must convey the news that Bishop Charlie Jackson of Baker, Louisiana has passed away. Bishop Jackson, known to many blues, gospel and music lovers in the wider world as the Reverend Charlie Jackson, died in his sleep at a local Baker, Louisiana nursing home early Monday morning Febuary 13th. Reverend Jackson had been confined to the 24 hour care facility since the spring of 2005 after suffering the latest in a series of lifelong strokes. His wife, Laura Davis Jackson, said that Reverend ...

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MISSISSIPPI MASS HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

From Media Jenny (February 14, 2006): Jackson, MS– On February 7, in Jackson, Mississippi, the Mississippi Mass Choir joined with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Girlchoir and the Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) Dancers in a tribute concert to renowned civil rights’ leader and martyr Medgar Evers. Evers was a native of Jackson, Mississippi. The concert spectacular was narrated by CBS Evening News Correspondent Randall Pinkston, also a native of Mississippi who grew up during the height of the civil rights movement, graduating from Lanier High School in 1968. Sponsored by Bank Plus, the event volunteers included ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 131

“Try Me Father”Rev. Willingham and His SwaneesFederal 125421966 “Try Me Father” is an obvious variation on James Brown’s classic 1958 proto-soul “Try Me” (also on Federal Records). But turnaround is fair play, because The Godfather of Soul – who produced this recording – owed much of his early stage histrionics from the sound and style of gospel music performance. After the introduction – a Famous Flames-esque flourish of instruments and voices that combine to deliver a tidal wave of sound – the incomparable Johnny Jones emotes “Try Me Father” in his best JB voice as his fellow Swanee Quintet members ...

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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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