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Gospel Community Mourns Loss of Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

By Bob Marovich On Tuesday, July 29, members of the Gospel Announcers Guild of the Gospel Music Workshop of America saluted their longtime friend and leader, Al “The Bishop” Hobbs, with a special musical program at the GWMA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Among the performers were Rev. Milton Biggham, Dottie Peoples, and Dorothy Norwood.  Two of his children were present for the tribute. It was the first year Hobbs, struggling with cancer, was unable to attend the annual Gospel Announcers Guild convention, for which he has served as chairman for many years.  Nevertheless, he called in frequently from his home in ...

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Phyllis Brown of Chicago’s Brown Sisters Dies

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music learned today from Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild President Yvonne Wesley-Seabrooks that Phyllis Brown of Chicago’s beloved Brown Sisters has passed away. According to the Brown Sisters website, Phyllis was the group’s bookkeeper.  It was a fitting responsibility, since she had worked in accounting for TransAmerica for more than two decades.  In addition to singing with the group, Phyllis attended the Pillar of Truth COGIC, led by her father, Pastor Ben Brown. The Stellar-nominated Brown Sisters of Chicago made the Billboard charts with “Awesome God,” a single from their 2009 Live in Chicago album on ...

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Hanq Neal’s Last Solo Bittersweet for Church

By Bob Marovich In 2012, the Wheeler Avenue Mass Choir recorded a CD in honor of the Houston, Texas church’s fiftieth anniversary. The full-length album, Oh To Be Kept by Jesus, brought together the church’s music department and two longtime collaborators, Wheeler Avenue music minister Henry “Hanq” Neal and Leon C. Lewis, who produced the CD. Lewis wrote a song called “I Believe” for Neal, who sang lead on it. Almost immediately, the church recognized the song would become the album’s main selection. But no one could have anticipated that “I Believe” would be Neal’s last solo. The Grammy-nominated vocalist, ...

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The Black Gospel Blog becomes the Journal of Gospel Music

I am pleased to announce on its tenth anniversary that The Black Gospel Blog is now the Journal of Gospel Music. The name change reflects the proper title of the genre and the changes you will see.  JGM will be more than a blog–it will be an ever-growing repository of news and information about gospel music.  Our goal is to become for gospel music what the Huffington Post is to news. How will JGM be different than The Black Gospel Blog?   First, the Journal of Gospel Music will be easier to navigate.  The Black Gospel Blog collected more than 3,000 posts ...

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Veronica Petrucci Seeks New Marketing and Distribution

Veronica Petrucci (Angelo & Veronica) Seeking New Marketing and Distribution for “Made It Out Alive”Nashville, TN (July 24th, 2014)–Latin Soul songstress, Veronica Petrucci, announces a split from former marketing and distribution arrangement.  Latin Soul Entertainment says the split is amicable and mutual and is currently seeking new representation for marketing, promotion and distribution of the album, “Made It Out Alive” and future projects.“Made It Out Alive”, produced by Angelo Petrucci, features Fred Hammondand Canton Jones (“Come On”), John P. Kee (“Expecting Great Things“),Shirley Murdock (“A Voice For Women”), The Mississippi Mass Choir (“Made It Out Alive“), and Will Champlin from the NBC hit show, “The Voice”.  Veronica also duets with ...

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Oakland, CA Catholic Church seeks Gospel Music Director

From Donna Stoering Anderson:We are seeking all experienced African-American Gospel Music directors to apply to fill the shoes of our wonderful, nationally-renowned Rawn Harbor who needs, for family reasons, to move cross country just as soon as we can find his replacement!  The role of Music Director at our church requires an experienced, musical organist/pianist, choral conductor (30 person Gospel choir), arranger and organizer/administrator who will work together with the liturgist and faith coordinators at our African American Catholic church of St. Columba in the diocese of Oakland, California. Your PT position would include playing piano/organ for three services/Masses each ...

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Stellar Awards Telecast Taping Moves to Las Vegas for 2015

2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Marks 30th Anniversary Milestone with New Date and Location In Las Vegas, Nevada Telecast Taping Moves West to Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015; Travel and Ticket Packages On Sale Beginning July 26 FP/PR — Chicago, IL — The biggest night in Gospel music, The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, is moving to a new venue and taping date in celebration of its 30th Anniversary milestone.   The show’s producer announced today that the telecast will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with ...

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Georgia Louis: Singer, Pioneer Gospel Television Host, Dies July 3

TBGB thanks Dwayne Lightsey for alerting us to the passing of Georgia Louis.  Georgia was one of the first gospel artists I had the opportunity to speak with, and she was simply a lovely human being. Here is her complete obituary, as posted on the Dignity Memorial – Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home website:Georgia May LouisBorn on June 20, 1932 passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 3, 2014. Born to Samuel and Anna Branch of Delmopolous, Alabama. She was preceded by her parents, 11 siblings and her only child Joseph W. Louis. She moved to Connecticut in the late 1950s and ...

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