Gospel Music

Pilgrim Baptist Church, “Birthplace of Gospel Music,” Destroyed by Fire

The story below comes from ABC News, January 6, 2006. TBGB adds that the funeral of Thomas A. Dorsey’s wife Nettie and infant son Thomas Jr. was held at Pilgrim in 1932. Months later, Dorsey would write the now-standard gospel hymn, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” as a response to his devastating loss. This song rings in my ears as I see photos of this terrible fire. And to suspect that some of Dorsey’s artifacts were destroyed in the blaze is almost too much to bear. If there was ever a need for a permanent site for gospel music’s most ...

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Lou Rawls Dead at 72

The story below comes from the New York Times: January 7, 2006. TBGB adds that Rawls’ earliest foray into pop music came not too long after Sam Cooke’s, in 1958 with the Pilgrim Travelers, when the gospel quartet recorded as The Travelers for Andex Records. Rawls’ unmistakable cry-tinged voice leads the Travelers’ beautiful doo-wop ballad, “Why.” Lou Rawls, Singer of Pop and Gospel, Dies at 72 By BEN RATLIFF Lou Rawls, the smooth-voiced, enduring singing star whose career traced a line from gospel to jazz and pop, died early yesterday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: January 1, 2006

“Be There”The Williams BrothersFrom the CD Greatest Hits PlusBlackberry 2005www.blackberryrecords.com The Williams Brothers are among a handful of traditional gospel artists whose releases continue to make the singles chart, and “Be There” demonstrates that the quartet is still quite capable of cranking out hits. “Be There” is a Plus title from the quartet’s Greatest Hits Plus project, released in 2005. The song’s easy-going groove is pure comfort food for the ears and fits in well with the CD’s overall retrospective tone. The song’s lyrics portray a protective love between God and His creation that if not heard in context could ...

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CD Review: The Vessel – Serita Campbell

The Vessel – Serita Campbell3G Records 2005 Serita Campbell’s nickname “Versityle” fits her well. The Vessel, the fourth and latest CD from Serita Campbell, a Milwaukee-based singer, songwriter, producer, and now president of her own label, 3G Records, is all about musical versatility. Imagine Mary J. Blige or Lauryn Hill singing for the Lord, and you have a good sense of The Vessel. The project is an even-handed mix of hip hop accoutrements: heavy beats, raps, and even some Snoop Dogg slang while Campbell spits lyrics with an intensity that is fresh and never overbearing. While “Rollin’ with Christ” is ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: December 25, 2005

“The Conqueror”Leanne Faine & FavorSerenity Entertainment 2005From the Upcoming CD The Conquerorwww.leannefaine.com On “The Conqueror,” singing dynamo Leanne “Holy Ghost Power” Faine strikes again with another up-tempo traditional-sounding gospel shouter. The track is reminiscent of Faine’s energetic workouts with the Thompson Community Choir, but this time her backing ensemble is Favor, a group of men and women who respond to her calls with an almost athletic prowess. If you are listening to “The Conqueror” while operating a motor vehicle, be sure to watch your speed limit, as you will surely have quickened your pace when this one comes on the ...

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Z’iel: A Group to Watch in 2006

TBGB NOTE: I saw these ladies perform at this year’s GMWA and they were nothing less than sensational. Whether singing a cappella or “with cappella!” they are so fine they could get the devil himself to change his ways if he heard them. Definitely a group to watch in ’06! From Black Gospel Promo: BIOGRAPHY OF Z’IEL This group of young ladies has been touched from birth to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to every man, woman, boy and girl. They were all born and raised in the Bright Star Baptist Church of Shreveport, LA. These ladies have been ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: December 18, 2005

“Send the Praise Up” – Roslyn (Cherysh 2005)From the CD Yet Dreamingwww.roslynministries.com Hearing this song without knowing anything about the artist, you would be certain the voice was coming from a male tenor. The voice, however, is that of Ohio-based contralto Roslyn. A former commercial jingle singer who triumphed over personal demons and is now Praise and Worship Leader for Deliverance Christian Church in Canton, Ohio, Roslyn is a rock-bottom deep singer with plenty of soul. Among the growing accomplishments on Roslyn’s gospel CV is her portrayal of the legendary Mahalia Jackson on stage. While most reviewers have singled out ...

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International Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees for 2005

From a press release distributed by the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Detroit, MI – On Saturday, October 22, 2005 at the Detroit Marriot Renaissance Center Hotel, the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum (IGMHFM) celebrated its 9th Annual Induction and Awards Ceremony. It was another star-studded evening as international, national and local gospel artist were honored and inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The renowned Dr. Bobby Jones of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Hour was the Master of Ceremonies for the auspicious occasion. Along with mingling with gospel music legends, guests ...

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Gospel at the Grammys: 2005 Nominees

From www.grammy.com: Field 11 – GospelCategory 51 – Best Gospel Performance(For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.) • Be Blessed Yolanda Adams Track from: Day By Day [Elektra/Atlantic] • Looking For You Kirk Franklin [Fo Yo Soul Entertainment/Zomba Label Group] • I Call You Faithful Donnie McClurkin [Verity Records] • Lift Him Up Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir [Verity Records/Zomba label group] • Pray CeCe Winans Track from: Purified [Puresprings Gospel/INO/Sony Urban Music/Epic] Field 11 – GospelCategory 52 – Best Gospel Song(A Songwriter(s) Award. ...

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Single Review — “Move on Over”: Lisa McClendon (Integrity Gospel 2005)

Lisa McClendon, rising gospel star and praise and worship leader at the Potter’s House in Jacksonville, Florida, moved on over to the House of Blues in New Orleans to record a live CD that will hit store shelves on January 31. The new single from the project, “Move on Over,” features Lisa’s sassy vocals over a shuffling rhythm and brazzy jazz background, complete with trombone. The track echoes the sound of the Crescent City while it gets its inspirational message across. It’s a subtle but genuine tribute to the soul of New Orleans, a soul that has been stirred but ...

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