Interviews

Bob Marovich on Tanya Dallas-Lewis’s “The Music Box”

You don’t want to miss my second special guest, Black Gospel Music Expert Bob Marovich–oh, and by the way: HE’S WHITE! I thot this was super-duper cool and can’t wait to talk to him this week! He’s a gospel radio announcer, music historian and reviewer–and you are going to want to hear what this man has to say! Check him out on www.blackgospelblog.com“

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Todd Dulaney: From Minor League Baseball to Major League Gospel

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The odds are less than 100 to 1 that a high school baseball player will go pro. That didn’t deter Todd Dulaney. “For years, my parents and I, we traveled from city to city, playing travel league baseball,” Dulaney told TBGB. “That’s all I wanted to do. When I got drafted at 18, I was locked and loaded! That was my passion!” Today, Dulaney is a Stellar-nominated gospel singer. But in 2001, the Maywood, Illinois native beat the odds and was drafted by the New York Mets. He moved to St. Lucie, ...

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Myron Butler: It’s About Songs for Sunday Morning

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog. Myron Butler is an award-winning singer, songwriter, worship leader and producer.  He spent time with TBGB recently to talk about his latest CD, Worship, released last month on EMI Gospel. Born in Bradenton, Florida, the Baptist-bred Butler’s first taste of gospel music came, naturally, in church. “Before I ever had a song recorded,” he said, “I played for Sunday School.” He also directed the church’s youth Sunshine Band. From the start, Butler was inspired by the music of the late Thomas Whitfield. “Thomas Whitfield was where it began,” he said. “From his harmonic structure to the ...

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Yolanda Adams: “Becoming” in Sound and Style

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog. Yolanda Adams is one of gospel music’s most effective multitaskers.  She’s a singer, songwriter, author, mother, syndicated radio host and recording artist. Now — and it makes sense — one of the best dressed gospel singers has become a clothes designer. The four-time GRAMMY-winning artist spent time with TBGB to discuss her new CD, Becoming, and Yolanda Adams Collection. TBGB: When you were singing with the Southeast Inspirational Choir, did you harbor a hope that someday you would be where you are today, or was it a “never in my wildest dreams” kind of thing? YA: This is definitely ...

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Jonathan DuBose, Jr.: The “Prophesying Guitarist” with a C.A.U.S.

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog. Scan the liner notes of a gospel CD and chances are you will see the name of Jonathan DuBose, Jr. listed among the musicians. Not surprising: DuBose has been an in-demand guitarist in the sacred and secular music arenas for many years. DuBose recently spoke with TBGB about his beginnings, where his career has taken him thus far, and his passion for “C.A.U.S.” Beginnings in Bridgeport Born December 12, 1960, DuBose first picked up the guitar at age four when his mother and father, quartetter Jonathan DuBose Sr. of the Sensational Starlights of Bridgeport, ...

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Andrae’ Crouch: Making New Music, Wants to Hear Yours

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog. Multi award-winning Andrae’ Crouch is moving into his sixth decade in gospel music, but he’s not slowing down. The singer-songwriter who, along with the Hawkins Family and the Rance Allen Group, helped birth the contemporary gospel movement in the 1960s, is promoting a new single, a new album, and a choir competition. The Journey, available May 15, will be Crouch’s first CD since 2006’s Mighty Wind. The album’s first single, “The Promise,” will be available as a digital download on Tuesday, February 15 exclusively at Walmart.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com, and all other online retail ...

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Q & A with Lecrae

Christian hip hop artist Lecrae Moore of Houston, Texas is one of the first – if not THE first – Christian rap artists to reach the number one position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart with two consecutive projects. TBGB had a chance to catch up with Lecrae last week. We talked about his influences, his latest releases, and whether Christian rap and hip hop is making inroads in churches. TBGB: How did you get started in Christian rap? L: I got started when I was volunteering at a juvenile detention center and doing music for them on a regular ...

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Kevin LeVar: Crossing Destiny Bridge

by Bob Marovich, The Black Gospel Blog Growing up in Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ just outside Washington, DC, gospel singer Kevin LeVar was surrounded by top gospel music talent. HOB recording artists the Refreshingettes hailed from Refreshing Spring. The church’s Minister of Music was none other than Evangelist Myrna Summers. Her 1970“God Gave Me a Song” with the Interdenominational Youth Choir of Maryland and DC earned the songstress a Grammy nomination. LeVar’s mother and father sang with Summers, and Kevin called her “godmother.” Despite this, the self-proclaimed “mischievous kid” was not known for singing. Not, that is, ...

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