Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: September 3, 2007

“He’s Done Enough”Beverly CrawfordFrom the JDI album Live from Los Angeles (2007) My stars, can Beverly Crawford sing! On the down-home bluesy “He’s Done Enough,” the Grammy-nominated Crawford tells her audience, “We’re going home, y’all,” and with a great gospel chuckle, she delivers us there. “If He doesn’t do anything else, He’s already done enough,” the singer declares, her voice calling forth the heartbroken melancholy of Gladys Knight one minute, and the next wrenching out shouts like Dot Coates. By the end of the song, the spirit was so high that you just knew the uptempo gospel instrumental rollick was ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: August 27, 2007

“Listen”Trin-i-tee 5:7From the CD T57, released September 18, 2007Spirit Rising Music 2007http://www.trin-i-tee57.com/ “Listen Here!”If Trin-i-tee 5:7’s opening exhortation doesn’t hook you, the bumping and weaving uber-cool beat – best described as bachelor pad gets hip-hop makeover – will most certainly do the trick. The popular and glamourous female gospel group (Chanelle Haynes, Angel Taylor and Adrian Anderson) puts their message over in a holy combination of electronic extravagance and lyrical simplicity that is poised to become one of the year’s top twenty gospel hits.

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CD Single Review…. Zie’l

“Open Your Mouth (Give Him a Shout)”Zie’lfrom Genesis LIVE!Light/Gospel Warehouse 2007 www.light-street.com THIS is the single from Zie’l I’ve been waiting for! The female group does just what the title says, winding their modern harmonies around a good, solid church song with a relentless backbeat underscored by hand-clapping. The single was recorded in April, 2007 before a live audience at the Church of the Redeemed of Our Lord in Baltimore. Blending traditional sounds with jazzy harmonies is what Zie’l does best. It puts them right up there with RiZen as heirs apparent to the Clark Sisters. In truth, Zie’l’s live ...

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CD Single Review: Darius Twyman

“Holy”Darius Twyman from his forthcoming project With Just One WordCharacter Music 2007www.myspace.com/DariusTwymanMusic Growing up Catholic, I used to hate “Holy Holy Holy” because it was sung like a funeral dirge, not at all like the pop music I enjoyed on 1970s radio. Thanks to the gospel community embracing this hymn, we can now experience all of the composition’s possibilities, from its capacity to be rendered by beautiful, multi-layered harmonies to its inner bounce just waiting to leap out, the latter demonstrated by Detroit mainstay Darius Twyman. Twyman, whose gospel career began with Donald Vails and the Voices of Deliverance, and ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: August 21, 2007

“I Can Go to God in Prayer”Ami RushesFrom the forthcoming album Lifting (ARM 1004)http://www.amirushes.com/ For her first CD Covering, Southern California Community Choir alumna Ami Rushes secured the production skills of Kurt Carr, dug into her file of traditional gospel favorites, and literally “covered” them. She continues to bring classic back on her new Kurt-Carr produced project, Lifting, and hits pay dirt with Albertina Walker’s 1981 hit “I Can Go to God In Prayer.” Rushes dedicates her version of the song to the Queen of Gospel, and does it “Chicago style” (i.e., all stops pulled out). The result is true ...

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Traces: a Refreshing Surprise at GMWA

Traces, a female gospel group from the Big Apple, took to the stage during the “Tribute to the King” program at the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, August 15. In an era where the instrumental accompaniment of gospel music has been moved from the background to the foreground, it was refreshing to hear some good old a cappella singing for a change. The group’s harmonies on “Trouble in My Way” can best be described by their promotional materials: “the amazing Clark sisters meets the jazz harmonies of Take 6.” Instead of complicating ...

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Cleveland Singers, Caravans Thrill at GMWA in Orlando, FL

Members of two generations of Cleveland Singers reunited in song at the Gospel Music Workshop of America’s “Tribute to the King” program on Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2007. The alumni who participated in the reunion were Eugene Bryant, Cleo Kennedy, Henry Jackson, Calvin Bernard Rhone, Gene Viale, Rodney-Wayne Finney, and Wayne Anthony, with Kurt Carr on keyboards and Bruce Carter on bass. The Cleveland Singers sounded and looked as good as ever, performing King James classics “Lord, Do It” and his reworking of the Gladys Knight hit, “Jesus is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me.” After the group’s ...

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TBGB Reviews…The Willie Harris Gospel Singers

Got a HealingThe Willie Harris Gospel SingersOphir 2007 Listening to Got a Healing by the Willie Harris Gospel Singers is an aural trip back to the 1970s and 1980s. It is reminiscent of the bass guitar-heavy male quartet recordings released by local groups on southern labels such as Hoyt Sullivan’s Su-Ann and HSE, Don Logan’s Memorial, and Stan Lewis’ Jewel and Lewis. Soulful and bluesy, laced with mother wit, the songs on Got a Healing cover an array of topics, such as religion as an antidote to substance abuse and addiction, and the eternal woes of backsliding. The quartet’s songs ...

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2007 Inductees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Evelyn Turentine-Agee, The Christianaires, Marie Knight, Bishop Kenneth Moales, Bishop G.E. Patterson, Norma Jean Pender, Ernestine Rundless & The Meditation Singers and The Staples Singers are this year’s inductees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The 2007 inductees, nominated from around the world and selected by the IGMHFM board, were announced by founder David Gough. This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum Induction Celebration and Fund Raiser. This year’s induction and awards celebration will be held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Saturday, October 27. ...

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TBGB Reviews…Joann Rosario

Joyous SalvationJoann RosarioVerity Records 2007www.myspace.com/joannrosario In early 2003, the lovely, petite Joann Rosario was hit with the granddaddy of all ailments for a vocalist: nodules on her vocal cords. Such things are so serious they are spoken of in only the most respectful and hushed of tones in music departments coast to coast. But Joann has made a remarkable recovery, because on her latest project, Joyous Salvation, her voice is flawless: lithe, soulful, and her delivery dramatic and controlled, with no indication whatsoever of career-threatening nodes. Props go out also to the powerful band backing the Chicago-based artist. Their high-energy ...

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