Gospel Music

CD Review: Tell the Angels — Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs

Tell the AngelsLee Williams and the Spiritual QCs2005MCG Records – MCG 7034 James Bullard of MCG Records knows quartet singing. After all, he was one of the members of the BOS Singers. So it’s not surprising that his record label has done a superb job capturing Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs’ on the quartet’s latest project, Tell the Angels. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong when the live recording is done in Memphis at COGIC Bishop G.E. Patterson’s Temple of Deliverance Church, the holy ground of sanctified worship. Tell the Angels is given a full-bodied production with ample use ...

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Blogging from the Gospel Music Workshop of America: Thursday, August 18

My final day at GMWA was Thursday, though the convention would not conclude until Friday evening. The morning was spent receiving updates on new music projects from record label owners and promoters. Sandra Smith from Blackberry Records told us about Henry Green’s solo project to be released in January, and the Williams Brothers’ innovative inspirational jazz CD also on its way. Lisa Wheeler, Executive Vice President of ICEE Records, updated everyone on the continued success of Father Hayes and the Warrors’ remix of “Jesus Will Work it Out” on both urban and gospel radio outlets, and that selected members of ...

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Blogging from the Gospel Music Workshop of America: Wednesday, August 17

“Tonight’s Late Night Showcase will be sponsored by EMI Gospel and if the old eyes and feet can make it, I will be there…” Famous last words. I put head to pillow for just a few moments before heading back out the door to check out the EMI Gospel showcase at 11:30 a.m. I woke up two hours later, at 1:30 a.m. The showcase was probably still going on, but my energy was gone, and I was out for the evening/morning. Wednesday was another day, Scarlett O’Hara, and with it brought more Milestone Moments on Kingdom Road. Early in the ...

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John Jefferson, former Nightingale, goes on home

From David April, host of “The Gospel Train”: John Jefferson, a former bass with the Sensational Nightengales, passed away this evening. I’ll post more information as soon as I get it. Mr. Jefferson joined the The Gales c. 1951, replacing William Henry, and can be heard on many of their early Peacock recordings. David AprilRoots of Rhythm and BluesThe Gospel TrainTuesdays, 7-10 PMWRDV-FM & WLBS-FM 89.3 Warminster/107.3 Philadelphia107.9 Bensalem/91.9 Levittown Listen Live www.wrdv.org

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Blogging from the Gospel Music Workshop of America: August 16

Yesterday’s Late Night Showcase was presented by New Haven Records, Kingdom Records and Gospel Warehouse Records. Sporting a birthday party motif to celebrate the Gospel Announcers Guild’s 35th anniversary -– a party that included ice cream, cake, and a balloon-stretching clown named Bingo — the showcase could easily have been touted as a Chicago showcase. Windy City artists were represented a-plenty, including the dynamic Leanne Faine, a powerful shouter who bears more than a passing comparison to Dot Coates; Shekinah Glory, which dazzled with its trademark multi-visual theatrics and peaceful, hypnotic version of its hit “Yes;” and Chicago Mass Choir, ...

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Good news for Kenny Taylor

From the Taseis Media Group: Indianapolis, IN – Monday, August 15, 2005: Taseis Media Group is excited to announce that Kenny Taylor (formerly of AIR Gospel) has joined the Taseis team as the new Marketing Manager. Kenny adds a wealth of knowledge in marketing of gospel records. Kenny will consult with Taseis’ labels on the development of the marketing plans for their releases, as well as overseeing Taseis’ radio promotions, publicity, and marketing personnel.

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Blogging from the Gospel Music Workshop of America: Monday, August 15

The Gospel Music Workshop of America — held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this year — is a conglomeration of many different conferences happening all at the same time. Within the GMWA are the quartet division, education division, vocal and instrumental instruction, chapter choir performances, mass choir rehearsals and performances, divisions for church volunteers, exhibitors, and the like. One of the bigger sections of the GMWA is the Gospel Announcers Guild. In its 35th year, the GAG is comprised of gospel radio announcers, record labels, artists, promoters, distributors, publications…basically anybody who helps put gospel music into the hands of the public. As ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: August 14, 2005

“Clap Your Hands” – Witnessfrom Speak to the Generations (Axiom, 2005) Stellar Award-winning female ensemble Witness has been traversing the gospel highway since the 1980s, producing several CDs for a variety of labels, most recently for the Axiom imprint. Witness’ current membership is Laeh Jones, Lou Stewart, and Lisa C. Brooks. The high point of the group’s latest project, Speak to the Generations, is the bonus track, “Clap Your Hands.” “Clap” is an energetic, infectious track with heavy beats and a dynamic rap from ROCKLYN; here, Witness sounds like a gospel version of Destiny’s Child. “Clap Your Hands” is sure ...

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Essential Gospel — Classic Recordings: No. 127

“Rock-A-Ma-Soul” Paul Breckenridge and the Four Heavenly KnightsKing 41821947[hear it on www.group-harmony.com/I_Shall.htm] Paul Breckenridge was gospel’s answer to the Ravens’ Maithe Marshall: both possessed uncannily high voices with similar coloring and timbre. Both men sang notes that soared effortlessly above their respective mortal vocal ensemble brethren. A member of the famed spiritual and gospel choir Wings Over Jordan, Breckenridge also worked as a vocalist with Lucky Millinder’s Orchestra during the late 1940’s. Denizens of late night television might even catch Breckenridge with Millinder in the 1948 musical/variety film Boarding House Blues. “Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham” is ...

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