Gospel Music

Violin Victorious! Jazz and gospel fusion by Kersten Stevens

The sophomore debut by jazz violinist Kersten Stevens, currently completing her higher education studies at Yale University with a dual degree in music and African-American studies, is called Walks of Faith. On this new project, Kersten uses the voice of contemporary jazz — and specifically her supple violin technique — to sing gospel standards such as “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “Walk with me, Lord.” Kersten makes her violin sound like a gospel singer, complete with moans, trills, and melismatic runs. Check out snippets of tracks from this and Kersten’s debut CD at her website.

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TBGB Pick of the Week: September 4, 2005

“Yes I Will”Bingo KenolyNGMR Records 2005Distributed by Taseis Media Group The son of singer Ron Kenoly and a member of the Kenoly Brothers, the 28 year-old Bingo Kenoly is giving it a try as a solo artist with his debut CD, My Pleasure. While the title track, with its crisp beats, hip-hop infusion, and less-than-three-minutes length, is clearly the radio-friendly track, TBGB’s preference is the more laid-back “Yes I Will”. Reminiscent of 1970s Stevie Wonder, this song, co-written by Kenoly, has a slow, easy groove that suits Kenoly’s vocals perfectly and demonstrates his wide variety of musical influences. Named Bingo ...

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How You Can Help Churches Impacted by the Hurricane and Levee Break

Pastor Jerry Q. Parries of Tehillah Music Group shares with TBGB how you can help New Orleans churches that were victims of Hurricane Katrina and the levee break. When a church finds itself in a tough time it relies on the people of God and its community to help it to get through with strength and togetherness. Even those who are not from the local area could help through companies similar to Tithe.ly to give aid to a church in need. **************************** September 1, 2005 Dear Friends, I greet you in divine love! I am Pastor Jerry Q. Parries, President ...

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Hurricane Katrina impact on gospel music community, community’s response

The following, from The Belle Report, highlights the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast gospel music and church community, and ways the industry is helping those who need resources. ****************** Now we are getting reports that Bishop Paul Morton’s church, Greater Saint Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church, Beacon Light Cathedral and Life Center Cathedral and many other church locations are all under water or are having major flooding problems. To that end, Pastor Jerry Q. Parries, Max Siegel, Sheilah Belle, Gospel Today Magazine, The Belle Report and Verity Records are initiating efforts for our communities to pull together ...

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Gospel Memories – Highlights of the September 4, 2005 Broadcast

Hello, connossieurs of gospel music! The next broadcast of “Gospel Memories” will be this Sunday morning, September 4, from 2:00 to 6:30 a.m. Central Time US on Chicago’s 88.7 WLUW or via live webcast at www.wluw.org. Highlights of the September 4 Broadcast: — Gospel from the 50 states…or at least as many states from which we have vintage gospel recordings! While black gospel music originated in Chicago and spread quickly to other major cities throughout the U.S., it wasn’t long before most states had their own roster of gospel choirs, quartets, soloists, ensembles, and the like. Today, every state and ...

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The Dixie Hummingbirds’ 77th Anniversary Program

Another post from “The Gospel Train’s” David April. TBGB appreciates you! — TBGB The Dixie Hummingbirds celebrated their 77th Anniversary on Saturday, August 20th and Sunday. August 21st at the World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA. The program was called “Still Keepin It Real: The Dixie Hummingbirds’ 77th Anniversary with Special Guests.” Keepin’ It Real is the title of The Birds’ forthcoming CD. I attended the Sunday gospel brunch and thought I would share with you the highlights. In selecting the venue, The Birds went back to their roots, not church roots, but rather the Café Society in New York ...

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David April of “The Gospel Train” reports on John Jefferson’s Homegoing

The following is from David April, Host of “The Gospel Train,” which airs Tuesdays, 7-10 PM on WRDV-FM & WLBS-FM (89.3 Warminster/107.3 Philadelphia and 107.9 Bensalem/91.9 Levittown. Jefferson is best known for his bass singing with the Sensational Nightingales. — TBGB ****** I attended John Jefferson’s Going Home Service and thought I would share with you his obituary. It was an honor and privilege for me to be able to pay my respects to one of the great basses of gospel. John Jefferson’s Obituary John Jefferson known as “Jeff” was born March 30, 1926 in Madison, Georgia to the late ...

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Wedding of the Century: GospoCentric and Verity with Zomba – from The Belle Report

While TBGB was fast asleep after attending a pioneer-studded GMWA Quartet Gala on August 17, Sheilah Belle of The Belle Report was still on task getting the story below. The article is from The Belle Report. Thanks, Sheilah, for reporting on this exciting moment at GMWA. I heard the music — at 4:30 a.m. — and was SURE it was someone’s CD player down the hall from my hotel room. Little did I know it was the live sound of Kirk Franklin resounding throughout the Milwaukee Hyatt! If you haven’t signed up for The Belle Report yet, you should — ...

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