Gospel Music

CD Review: Songs Mama Used to Sing – 3

Blackberry Records Presents Songs Mama Used to Sing 3Blackberry CD BBD 1646Produced by Melvin Williams and Doug Williams for Turn-Table Productions2004www.blackberryrecords.com Former Caravan Dorothy Norwood says that when troubles get you down and you need some real soul salvation, you turn to the old-time gospel songs. Apparently, the staff and musicians of Blackberry Records are in agreement, as they have released the third installment of Songs Mama Used to Sing. This compilation from some of Blackberry’s top gospel stars is all about “havin’ church.” The quartets vamp like the good old days, singers render the gospel blues like Dorsey and ...

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Chicagoans Walker, Staple Singers to Receive Honors

This is from Mack Mason’s excellent “Gospel Trade” monthly e-newsletter: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has just announced its line up of special honorees for its upcoming Grammy Awards. Among those slated to receive recognition during the week leading up to the February 13 Television event are Andrae Crouch, Bill & Gloria Gaither, and Miss Caravan – Albertina Walker. The honors will take place at GRAMMY’s Salute to Gospel Music on February 10 at West Angeles COGIC in Los Angeles. These awards are not nominations to be voted upon such as those during the Live Sunday ...

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Artist Spotlight: Lynette White

Lynette White may have been born in the Bronx and raised in Southern California, but the Caribbean sun burns brightly in her voice. While the fetching, dreadlocked Lynette — born to Caribbean parents — may be better known for her secular work, her gospel debut CD I Will Lift My Voice blends R&B sultriness and island rhythms with inspirational lyrics to create a distinctive and altogether fresh sound in gospel music. If nothing else, you have to hear this CD to experience one of the only – if not the only – reggae-flavored adaptations of Albert Hay Malotte’s “Lord’s Prayer” ...

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2005 Stellar Award Winners

From a press release supplied by JL Media Relations: The “20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards” airs in national syndication over broadcast and cable television from January 22 to February 20, 2005. Please check local listings for dates and times. 2005 Stellar Gospel Music WINNERS! Artist of the Year: Tonex & The Peculiar People – Out the Box Song of the Year: Make Me Over – A.C. Williams – (From Tonex’s Out the Box CD) Male Vocalist of the Year: Israel Houghton – Live From Another Level Female Vocalist of the Year: CeCe Winans – Throne Room Group/Duo of the ...

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Essential Gospel: Classic Recordings – Week 122

“If I Had a Hammer” – Five Blind Boys of Alabama from House of Blues CD: I Brought Him With Me (1995) Pete Seeger’s and Lee Hayes’s iconic “If I Had a Hammer” receives its best treatment ever at the hands of the Five Blind Boys of Alabama on one of the quartet’s live CDs, I Brought Him With Me. Recorded live at the House of Blues in San Francisco, January 14-16, 1995, the song is the highlight of a project with many outstanding tracks. If, however, you have had the good fortune to see the quartet do “Hammer” live ...

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Tradition, talent thriving on South Side

The following is an article by Aaron Cohen Special to the Chicago Tribune January 14, 2005 Just like gospel’s relatives in blues and soul, church music has gone through its own split between adherence to longstanding traditions and a move toward more contemporary productions. Some young gospel stars who’ve drawn on current pop trends fill large halls nationwide. But the side that features strong piano and organ soloists, spirited individual vocalists and a time-honored repertoire, remains strong in Chicago. “I know that we’re in the 21st Century and things change, and change is good,” says vocalist Sydne Evans. “But as ...

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Essential Gospel: Classic Recordings – Week 121

“He’ll Welcome Me (To My Home)” Soul Stirrers Specialty 851 1953 [also available on Specialty LPs LP2106 and SPS2137, and on www.rhapsody.com] It may have been akin to heresy for some churchgoers when in 1952 and 1953 the Soul Stirrers – beloved a cappella quartet that they were – began adding organ, piano, and drums to their recordings. Besides the fact that all the superstar gospel quartets were doing it, adding instrumentation and a stronger beat freshened up the quartet sound, made it more modern sounding, more in keeping with the youth-dominated Fifties. Also, pushing the musical envelope had been ...

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Donald McIntyre, Gospel EUR Editor, Passes 1/2/05

From Veda Brown and Black Gospel Promo (www.blackgospelpromo.com): Donald McIntyre, the editor and force behind Gospel EUR, has died. McIntyre, 45, died Sunday morning in Dallas, Texas, said his mother, Mrs. Betty Hornbuckle. In speaking with his mother, who of course is grieving, we were able to get some information. Mr. McIntyre, who lived alone, was discovered in his apartment last Friday. When taken to a local hospital, it was determined that he was in a coma and had suffered brain damage and was only able to breathe through life-support. When asked how she would like for him to be ...

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The Swanee Quintet: Still Holding On, Indeed

Like many quartets that have stood the test of time, the Swanee Quintet has consistently adapted its sound to meet the changing tastes of gospel audiences. Led by the effervescent Reverend Reuben Willingham, the quartet released dozens of remarkable singles and LPs for Nashboro and Creed throughout the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, getting funkier as gospel music adopted the style of its musical progeny, such as rhythm and blues and soul. Today, more than sixty years after its founding, the Swanee Quintet is still going strong. Under the leadership of Percy Griffin, the quartet just released a CD, Still Holding ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: Week 120

“How Long, Oh Lord, How Long” Pattersonaires 1965 Chalice C-101 Although the Pattersonaires formed in 1953, they did not make any commercial recordings until 1965, when two singles were released on Stax Records’ short-lived Chalice imprint. The quartet cut several tracks for the Memphis-based label but only four were issued until the early 1990s when Fantasy/Specialty released Free at Last, a sampling of Chalice’s eight released singles and plenty of previously unreleased material. England’s Ace Records issued this same CD in 1993 as Disturb My Soul. However, “How Long, Oh Lord, How Long,” a Rev. Brewster composition issued on Chalice ...

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