Gospel Music

CD Single Review: “Magnify” – Pastor Rudolph McKissick, Jr. and the Word & Worship Mass Choir

“Magnify”Pastor Rudolph McKissick, Jr.and the Word & Worship Mass Choirfrom the forthcoming CD Intimate WorshipEmtro Gospelwww.emtro.com “Magnify,” the first single from Pastor McKissick and the Word & Worship Mass Choir’s new release, Intimate Worship (due out August 28, 2007), has plenty of mid-tempo vocal and instrumental energy, but the composition and arrangement are formulaic and indistinguishable from the thousands of high-octane praise songs already recorded by leader/vocalist-and-choir combos. “Magnify” could have outshined the competition had the instrumentation dropped out two-thirds of the way through so the choir could do an a cappella minute, but it was not to be. Perhaps ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 143

“I Stretch My Hands to Thee”The Trumpet-lettsBilesse 00061960s Bill Moss may be gone, but his legacy remains strong. In addition to his own work with wife Essie as innovative gospel group Bill Moss and the Celestials, Bill ran a record label (also with Essie) called Bilesse, an obvious elision of their first names. Bilesse’s main claim to fame is being one of the first to capture on vinyl some of the second generation Moss/Clark Family members, all (or most all) who have become household names in gospel. For example, J Moss’ first record, recorded when he was five years old, ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: July 23, 2007

“No Limit”From the CD With Praises from the HeartDana MackeyDDM Music, LLC 2007www.danamackey.com I know that “With Praises” is the radio single, but to my ears, “No Limit” is the finest track on Dana Mackey’s ultra-modern debut CD, With Praises from the Heart. Polyrhythmic and with rich, multi-layered vocals, “No Limit” is infectious and gospel dance-club ready. The combination of Mackey’s pleasant mid-range voice and the exuberant energy of her musicians blends to perfection here. Dana Mackey serves in the music ministry of Grace World Outreach Center in Brooksville, Florida, under the leadership of Pastors David and Nellie Garcia.

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CD Reviews….G. Mayes & Nu Era

Diary of a Strong SouljahG. Mayes & Nu EraLight 2007www.lightrecords.com I continue to be impressed by the tough hip-hop gospel sounds pouring forth from Light Records these days. Another such selection hits the streets next week: Diary of a Strong Souljah, Houston-based Gary Mayes and Nu Era’s third project. There’s so much music packed on Diary that it takes two CDs to contain it all. And you have to love CDs bedecked in camouflage, and a press packet that includes a dog tag, but it makes sense, because the project turns time and again to the “I’m a Soldier in ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 142

“In A City Where Sun Will Never Go Down”Bishop P.H. Passon and the Evening Light SingersLance 1026ca. 1950 “In a City Where Sun Will Never Go Down” (sic) is enthusiastic female group singing, hand clapping, and delightful barrelhouse piano that guides the singers while throwing its own holy shapes in the way Thomas Dorsey and Arizona Dranes intended. The performance is simple, infectious and timeless. A Pentecostal lost treasure. The flipside of the 78 is an impassioned sermon by Bishop Passon (spelled ‘Passion’ on the label): “Living in an Insane World.” And getting more insane by the minute, it seems. ...

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CD Review: Evangelist Robin Smith

“Praise Him”Evangelist Robin SmithFrom the CD Emmanuel LiveSpiritual City Music 2007www.spiritualcitymusic.com It’s amazing to listen to Evangelist Robin Smith, with her auditorium-filling voice, and realize she’s a throat cancer survivor. Her soaring Aretha-like hollers on “Praise Him” are huge and powerful. The track’s up-tempo instrumental and choral backing bounces it along with a rousing cadence that sets the perfect tone for the rest of Emmanuel Live. “Oh, How He Loves You and Me,” a fast-paced, churchy track from the live project, gives “Praise Him” a solid run for its money, but the latter’s more effective exposition of Smith’s larger-than-life voice ...

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Homegoing for Bill Moss, Sr.

TBGB thanks Sheilah Belle and The Belle Report for providing the following list of homegoing services for William “Bill” Moss Sr. Viewing: 11 AM – 7 PMFriday, June 29thNew Saint Paul Church , Southfield Rd. & Grand RiverDetroit , MI Family Viewing:6 PM – 7 PMFriday, June 29thNew Saint Paul Church , Southfield Rd. & Grand RiverDetroit , MI Family Hour:10:30 AM Saturday, June 30thGreater Emanuel Church , 7 Mile Rd. & SchaeferDetroit , MI Homegoing Service:11:00 AMSaturday, June 30thGreater Emanuel Church , 7 Mile Rd. & SchaeferDetroit , MI

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Gospel Legend Bill Moss Passes Away

TBGB learned from The Belle Report that Bill Moss, Sr., member of Detroit’s Moss/Clark gospel music dynasty, went on to be with the Lord today. He died in a Detroit hospital. Moss’s sister, Mattie Moss Clark, almost needs no introduction, but for those who don’t know, she was the leader of the Southwest Michigan State Choir of the COGIC and gave birth (literally) to the Clark Sisters. Bill Moss is perhaps best known for founding the gospel group Bill Moss and the Celestials. A songwriter, Moss also started a record company, Bilesse, that recorded his group as well as other ...

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Sarah McKissick Birthday Party!

Special thanks to Joseph Middleton for alerting TBGB about this notice, found on the Atlanta Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America website. Monday, June 25th, 2007. The Atlanta Chapter of the GMWA, Inc. Mass Choir will be the guest of our own Sis. Sarah McKissick in her 87th Birthday Celebration to be held at the Mt. Patmos Baptist Church 2207 Candler Road, Decatur, Georgia 30032 where the Pastor is Rev. Raleigh Rucker. Service begins at 7:00 p.m. * * * * * Sarah McKissick was a member, along with Gladys Beamon and Catherine Campbell, of Chicago’s Little Lucy ...

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CD Single Review: “Oh Clap Your Hands” – Pastor Brenda Jefferson

“Oh Clap Your Hands” Brenda Jefferson from A Time of Refreshing Scripture Music Group 2007 www.myspace.com/brendajeffersononline “Oh Clap Your Hands” is the radio single from Brenda Jefferson’s recently released collection of “Scripture songs,” A Time of Refreshing. Pastor Jefferson and her husband, Bishop M.B. Jefferson, lead the congregation at Deeper Life Christian Church in Tampa, Florida. “Oh Clap Your Hands,” featuring Lisa Page Brooks, is a mid-tempo foot-tapper that showcases the background singers (who chant a catchy motif) as much as the shouting interplay between Jefferson and Brooks. The song is sure to complement contemporary gospel radio playlists nicely. For ...

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