Gospel Music

New Book Explores Life and Legacy of Rev. C.L. Franklin

This notice comes to TBGB courtesy of Elder Mack C. Mason and his always-informative Gospel Trade E-Zine: The life and times of the late Pastor C. L. Franklin (father of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin) is examined in a new book “Singing in a Strange Land: C. L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America” By Nick Salvatore. Salvatore, an award winning author with several books, begins the Franklin story in the Mississippi Delta, through Memphis and finally to the Detroit church and neighborhood, where the Reverend both effected change and found controversy as well, such as ...

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Southeast Inspirational Choir loses Waters, Preacher

From GOSPELflava.com — the Southeast Inspirational Choir, an aggregation that once counted gospel superstar Yolanda Adams among its ranks, has lost two of its pioneering members in the past two months: Passing of Carl Preacher — GOSPELflava.com mourns the recent passing of Carl Preacher, known for his work with the Southeast Inspirational Choir, a member of the B,C & S Trio (together with Shirley Joiner and the late Brenda Waters). Preacher, an organist and vocalist, as well as a songwriter, had his own solo album on Savoy Records from the mid 1970’s, and recorded with The GMWA Mass Choir. (April ...

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TBGB Single Pick of the Week: April 25, 2005

“Somewhere Listening” The Soul Seekers GospoCentric/Zomba Gospel 2005 The latest quartet to take the name The Soul Seekers is a group of young men whose classic style belies their age. Although organized less than five years ago by a cadre of pastors’ sons, the Soul Seekers sound as if they have traversed the gospel highway for many decades. This seems surprising until you learn that the ensemble actually came together during an impromptu tribute performance celebrating Golden Age quartets. Clearly, in their live recording of “Somewhere Listening” from their forthcoming CD, the Soul Seekers continue to honor their gospel music ...

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Wings Over Jordan, Hall Johnson Choir Member John Patton Dead at 75

From Sam Edwards of Friends of Negro Spirituals: John Patton, Lyric TenorFebruary 18, 1930 – April 21, 2005 Lyric tenor John Patton, one of the foremost authorities on the Negro Spirituals heritage, died on Thursday, April 21, 2005, at an unknown time, apparently in his apartment in Richmond, California. Patton, who was born on February 18, 1930 in Garland City, Arkansas on a sharecropper farm, had been a long time resident of Richmond, California in which he attended high school and played football while a student. He was a member of Oakland, California’s Down Memorial United Methodist Church. He was ...

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CD Review: And the Spirit Moved… Jonathan Blanchard

CD Review: And the Spirit Moved… Jonathan Blanchard (private pressing)Available at www.jonathanblanchard.com A bass singer and a spiritual is a match made in vocal Heaven. Likely because the lower register is a sonic metaphor for gravity, dignity, and wisdom, it fits nicely with the spirituals’ lyricism and thematic content. In truth, one can hardly think of spirituals such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Deep River,” or “Steal Away” without also imagining a deep, resonant bass voice interpreting them. This brings us to the artistry of Jonathan Blanchard. Twenty-seven year old Memphian Jonathan Blanchard is an exceptionally gifted basso. With continued ...

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The Mighty Clouds of Joy — In a Category All Their Own

The following article on The Mighty Clouds of Joy comes from a Black Gospel Promo release, courtesy of EMI Gospel. — TBGB ****** It’s not hard to divide the world of Gospel quartet music into categories. In fact, there are really only two. There’s the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and then there’s everybody else. After 44 years and 35 albums, three Grammys and trophy-case full of almost every award imaginable; shows that have run a gamut from the church-house to the White House, and top-billings with a dazzling roster of superstar artists from nearly every genre of popular music (the ...

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Cassietta George – Hear Her Live Again

Thanks to Cozy Productions, those of us who did not have the good fortune to hear the late Cassietta George perform in person can now experience the next best thing. Cozy recently re-issued the 1979 Audio Arts two-LP set, Cassietta in Concert on CD as Cassietta George Live in Concert at the Coconut Grove. The 1979 program in Los Angeles, with Reginald Utley as master of ceremonies, featured a lineup of solid background musicians and vocalists, including Ricky Grundy on organ, Charles Barnette providing a stellar piano accompaniment, and the voices of the Pentecostal Outreach Choir under Barnette’s direction. Like ...

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The Latest Member of the Clark Family Gospel Dynasty

This message comes to TBGB from Tammy Taylor of Nashville, TN: To Mark and Maurette Clark on the arrival of Jasmine Daniel Clark! Born March 31, 2005 at 6:45 pm. Weighing 6 lbs and 10 oz and 19 inches long! Mother and baby are doing great. Look for Maurette’s new project this summer on AIR Records! For the latest news on Maurette, go to www.MauretteBrownClark.com

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CD Review: Isaiah Owens – You Without Sin Cast the First Stone (CaseQuarter CD CASE102, 2004)

In much the same way as did Moe Asch of Folkways and Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records, Kevin Nutt is traveling the road less taken with his CaseQuarters imprint. CaseQuarter’s first CD release – God’s Got It, a reissue of the impossible-to-find Booker and Jackson 45s by Reverend Charlie Jackson – was a superb debut, with equally impressive liner notes. Nutt, host of the vintage gospel music radio program Sinner’s Crossroads on WFMU, has followed up the Jackson CD with the work of guitarist/vocalist Isaiah Owens: You Without Sin Cast the First Stone. If we didn’t know that Owens was ...

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PBS “Independent Lens”: Let the Church Say Amen

An early notice from TBGB that PBS affiliates will be broadcasting Let the Church Say Amen, a documentary on storefront churches throughout the U.S. There promises to be some good gospel music in this documentary, so check the website below to find out when the show is airing in your community. Happy Easter, everyone! Let the Church Say Amen Website

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