Gospel Music

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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COGIC’s Presiding Bishop Patterson in Newsweek and MSNBC

The Church of God in Christ’s Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson is featured in this MSNBC/Newsweek article (see link below). Be sure to check out the video accompanying the article, too, to see and hear Bishop Patterson and Memphis’ Temple of Deliverance in full swing, complete with the youth choir being guest directed by Donald Lawrence. Special thanks to Elder Mack C. Mason for passing this along to TBGB. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9024944/site/newsweek/

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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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