Gospel Music

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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Blogging from the GMWA in Milwaukee

Just to let TBGB readers know that I’ll be blogging live from the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Milwaukee next week, Monday through Thursday, August 15 – 18. I’ll try to capture as many highlights of each day as I can. If it’s anything like last year, and I have every confidence that it will be, each day brings more memorable moments: whether it’s hearing Rizen do “View the City” live; hearing the Williams Brothers, Christianaires, and Joe Ligon all singing together ad hoc during the quartet banquet; or witnessing newcomers like LaShell Griffin and stars such as Israel ...

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Essential Gospel — Classic Recordings: No. 126

“Heavenly Father” – Patterson Singers1963Vee Jay From VJ LP 5046: Songs of Faith[also available on CD: The Best of Vee Jay Gospel: Volume 3 – Collectables Records: www.oldies.com] Not to be confused with Edna McGriff’s 1952 secular hit of the same name, in which a young but mature sounding McGriff prays to the Almighty for the love of a man, this “Heavenly Father” is a straight-up love song about God. Where the two songs are similar are in their simple, lovely melodies and plaintive female lead vocals. “Heavenly Father” by the Patterson Singers is charming, a cross between the religious ...

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Victory for Traditional Gospel Music

What does Marion Williams have in common with the White Stripes, Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, and Coldplay? She’s in the top 50 of Amazon.com’s top music sellers as of August 6, 2005! Producer Anthony Heilbut’s recent interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” provided some extra octane for Remember Me, a compilation of Williams’ later material, to rise to the top 50 on Amazon.com’s best selling music CD list. Better yet, it is the number one selling black gospel CD on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble’s on-line portal. Congratulations to Anthony and, posthumously, to Marion Williams. Would that she could witness ...

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“Gospel Memories” — Next Broadcast: Sunday, August 7

Hello, everyone! Just a reminder that “Gospel Memories” will be broadcast on Sunday, August 7 from 2:00 – 6:30 a.m. Central Time US on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7 FM. As always, it will be webcast live on www.wluw.org. Highlights of the August 7 Broadcast: — Words and Music with Anthony Heilbut, gospel music historian, author of the seminal work The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times, and producer of several gospel music compilations. Anthony, who was interviewed recently by NPR on “All Things Considered,” will talk with “Gospel Memories” at 4:00 a.m. about his involvement in gospel music and his ...

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Young Men Sent – The Real Deal!

I had the opportunity to hear the vocal group Young Men Sent perform en vivo at a recent meeting of the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild. To me, the litmus test of any vocal group is its ability to harmonize without help from the endless number of levers, switches, and knobs on the recording board. And I am pleased to write that these four young men — who go by their first names or nicknames Stefano, Alfonz, J me, and Big L and are decent, good guys — blended together very well, guided only by a soundtrack tape. Young Men ...

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