Gospel Music

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Mediaguide provides a weekly listing of gospel tracks on the charts. Just go to Mediaguide Gospel and check out what’s #1, #2, #3….#50! TBGB is pleased that some of its recently featured selections are currently on the gospel chart, among them the Mississippi Mass Choir’s “I’m Not Tired Yet,” the fabulous remix of “Jesus Can Work it Out” by the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Warriors, Rizen’s “View the City,” and “Take My Life” by Micah Stampley. Also featured are releases by Bridgette Campbell (“Happy”) and DeNetria “Aretha” Champ (“I Really Love You”), two lady vocalists who TBGB feels have a ...

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Ronald Winans Passes Away

From Black Gospel Promo: (Los Angeles, CA – June 2005) — The multi-award winning musical dynasty, The Winans Family, said good bye to Ronald Winans, the second eldest of the ten siblings, on the morning of June 17th. Winans endured a massive heart-attack in 1997, but because of much prayer he experienced a miraculous recovery after the doctors had given him up for dead. In recent weeks, Ronald was admitted to the hospital for observation after the doctors realized he was retaining an abnormal amount of fluid in his body. On Thursday, the doctors announced that they didn’t feel Winans ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: Week 125

“Just Over the River” Joyful TravelersAvant 053ca. 1957[also on Pewburner CD 574; www.pewburner.com] Unfortunately, all I know about the Joyful Travelers is that this male quartet made two delightful sides for Jimmie Dora’s Dallas-based Avant label. Avant’s catalog of gospel recordings — at least the few I’ve heard — are superb, fully deserving of reissue, and “Just Over the River” is no exception. “Just Over the River” is distinctive in that the Joyful Travelers’ lead sings in falsetto, or head voice, from the beginning to the end of the performance. If I didn’t know better, I’d think this group was ...

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Inspirational Souls help rock the Quartet Stage at Chicago’s Gospel Fest

On Sunday, June 5, the Inspirational Souls ascended the stairs to the day stage at Chicago’s famed Gospel Festival, and demonstrated that classic quartet singing is alive and well in the 21st Century. The quartet was founded in 1962 and today includes Johnny Woolfalk (Holy Disciples, Woolfalk Singers), Johnnie Townsel, Charles Leatherwood (Friendly Echos, Spirit of Memphis, Harmonizing Four), and Frank & Nathaniel Jones (Prophiteers). Among the variety of quartet songs they performed was a rendition of the Swan Silvertones’ “The Lord’s Prayer” that blended the drama and harmonic nuance of Rev. Jeter and company’s original with the Souls’ own ...

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Holy Rolling: The Gospel Skate Phenomenon

Gospel music has been performed in a variety of secular venues ever since Mahalia Jackson stepped foot for the first time in Carnegie Hall. Since then, gospel has been received in sports stadiums, concert halls, dance clubs, nightclubs, theme parks, restaurants, festivals…and now skating rinks! Roller skating — once a pastime linked with the 1950s and 1960s — has seen a resurgence. Perhaps it’s because of the popularity of in-line skating, the need for greater exercise options, or just another venue for clean-cut fun. Regardless of the reason, skaters used to be propelled by chirpy notes caressed out of a ...

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CD Review: Mississippi Two-Steppin’ with Bishop Keith C. Smith

Going to Church with Bishop Keith C. SmithMeek Records MR40252005www.meekrecords.com If you don’t already know that Bishop Keith C. Smith pastors a church in South Carolina or recorded this CD in Memphis, never mind: the music itself will clue you in. The listener can hear the deep, balmy Southern gospel groove, as thick and robust as Memphis air in mid-July, in Smith’s husky vocals and the band’s driving, soulful touch. While the project has the goods to satisfy fans of classic and urban gospel alike, its finest track is the uptempo “One Touch.” Bishop Smith’s periodic shouts are given an ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: June 5, 2005

“Because He Lives” Krista Alston from Golgotha CD Keep On Keepin’ On2005 www.kristaalston.com Chicagoan Krista Alston’s superbly produced debut CD Keep On Keepin’ On combines her Aretha-inspired vocals with bouncy, infectious beats and simple, singable songs. However, what captured my attention was her performance of Gloria Gaither’s “Because He Lives.” Accompanying herself on electric keyboard, Krista turns the contemporary Christian song into a church-wrecker as she stretches her vocals to the limit, demonstrating what she has learned performing with gospel greats such as Inez Andrews and Albertina Walker. Krista applies the same classic vocal/piano arrangement to “His Eye is on ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: May 15, 2005: Dr. Charles G., Courtesy of Dr. Charles T.

“Jesus Can Work It Out (Remix)” Dr. Charles G. Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir (aka “The Warriors”) From the ICEE Inspirational CD The Remix, due out this summer In 1960, during the Kennedy Administration, Chicago’s Dr. Charles G. Hayes established the quintessential gospel choir now known as the Cosmopolitian Church of Prayer Choir or, more simply and appropriately, “The Warriors.” Forty-five years later, The Warriors still command a regular presence on the gospel charts. This time around, their music is hitting the stores and airwaves with the added octane of remix, courtesy of Dr. Charles T. White ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 124

“The World is Full of Sin”Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippifrom Checker LP 10003 1960-61 This is another song brought to my attention, thanks to Brother Jason Rosenberg. The early years of the 1960s were truly magical for black music. Motown was emerging as one of Detroit’s greatest exports, second only to the automobile. Girl groups were picking up steam on the high heels of the Chantels and Shirelles. Most spectacularly, soft, delicate, sweet soul balladry was coming into popularity, and gospel was incorporating this quieter, doo-woppy sound into its sacred repertory. A superior example of this is “The World ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: May 8, 2005

“Jesus Coming Back” – DeWayne Harvey and Unrestrained Praise [from the Aleho International Records CD Tell It] Unrestrained praise, indeed! I had the good fortune to hear DeWayne Harvey’s Florida-based ensemble perform live for the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild April meeting. Among the repertory of songs the group performed from its new CD, Tell It, was “Jesus Coming Back,” a rousing, rise-from-your-seat gospel song with exciting call-and-response segments between the lead vocalist Olivia Harvey, and the ensemble. Sliding Tell It into the CD player later that afternoon, I wondered whether the recorded version of “Jesus Coming Back” would be ...

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