Gospel Music

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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Keyboardist Billy Preston Recovering from Infection

A USA Today report noted that Scottsdale, Arizona resident Billy Preston, 59, is “recovering from a serious infection of the sac encasing his heart.” He “remains seriously ill and cannot speak because he has a tracheotomy.” Preston had a kidney transplant some years ago but the kidney failed, placing him on dialysis. I’m sure Preston could use all our prayers at this challenging time. The brief article mentions Preston’s organ work on the Beatles’ hit “Get Back.” I first heard of Preston in the early 70s from his hit singles “Will It Go Round in Circles,” “Space Race,” and “Nothing ...

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“Steal Away to Jesus” – R.I.P. Hulah Gene Dunklin Hurley

On a very sad note: Madame Hulah Gene Dunklin Hurley of Detroit, Michigan passed away Wednesday, January 25. Gospel scholar David Jones told TBGB that she was in the hospital for a routine operation, experienced some post-op complications that may not have been diagnosed properly, and suffered a massive heart attack. Hulah Gene was a member of Rev. James Lofton’s Church of Our Prayer Choir (“Great Day,” Prosperity and Vee Jay, 1954) and a regular soloist with Rev. Charles Craig’s great Voices of Tabernacle Choir. Her high soprano voice could be heard soaring above the choir. The song she is ...

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CD Single Review: “Dance” – Chris Jones featuring Word of Praise

“Dance”Chris Jones featuring Word of Praisefrom the Forthcoming CD, Chris Jones Featuring Word of PraiseTyscot 2006www.tyscot.com As I was previewing “Dance,” the first single to be released from Detroiter Chris Jones’ upcoming new project, Chris Jones Featuring Word of Praise, I could almost hear it being dropped into radio rotation with the recordings of dozens of other similar-sounding male vocalist-led ensembles singing praises with a high-energy musical backdrop. “Dance” is not the world’s most creative track, but it will do well on gospel radio as well as for gospel DJs and on skate nights because it has that shout-for-joy enthusiasm ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: January 22, 2006

“Looking for You”Kirk FranklinFrom the Gospocentric CD Hero2005 Gospel disco? The sacred lyric has been embraced by blues, jazz, soul, funk, RnB, doo-wop, so why not disco? So must have thought baseball-capped gospel superstar Kirk Franklin, as he all but hangs a mirror ball and lights the dance floor on “Looking for You.” The song features a metronomic thumping beat and syncopated whistles reminiscent of the days of big ‘dos and bell bottoms. Yet as frightening as this might sound, Kirk pulls it off in his signature creative way by mixing in a healthy dose of urban gospel testimony. “Looking ...

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CD Single Review: Martha Munizzi — “No Limits”

Martha Munizzi“No Limits”From the CD, No LimitsIntegrity Gospel 2005 Having heard golden-haired and silky-voiced Martha’s spectacular talent on display both live and on her CD package of marvelously-interpreted holiday songs, I know of and respect her vocal talent. Her upcoming single, “No Limits,” however, is an ironic title for a track that is simply not her best work, or at least not deserving of single status. It opens with buzzing and groaning guitars arranged more like a fanfare for the opening sequence of a sports talk program than a gospel song. A background ensemble provides the song’s melodic and lyric ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 129

“Rough Side of the Mountain”Rev. F.C Barnes & Rev. Janice BrownConsolating Sound (AIR) 1983 “Rough Side of the Mountain” was an early home run for then-fledgling, now major indie Atlanta International Records (AIR), when the company was doing business under the Consolating Sound imprint. The recording’s irresistible sing-along chorus and windshield-wiper tempo accompany Reverend F.C. Barnes and Rev. Janice Brown of the Red Budd Holy Church in Rocky Mount, NC. The two ministers harmonize like a hip version of the Consolers. The overall groove of “Rough Side” gives the listener the feeling that the Reverends have not only made it ...

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