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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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uGospel Radio and Look Up Radio Partner

Internet radio stations continue to be birthed, grow, and thrive, especially those focused on gospel and inspirational music.  How many of you now tune into gospel music via your smartphone?   I know I do. TBGB received this notice today: Stellar Radio Award-nominee and Rhythm of Gospel Award-winner, uGospel Radio, announces its upcoming partnership with Philadelphia based Christian internet radio station, Look Up Radio.  The two award winning internet radio stations are joining forces to provide the Faith-Based community with an unparalleled listening experience, featuring a wider range of music and inspirational programming than before. uGospel Radio and Look Up Radio are scheduled ...

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Bishop Harold Ivory Williams Sr., Husband of Shirley Caesar, Dies

Libra Boyd of Gospel Music Fever reported today that Bishop Harold Ivory Williams Sr., husband of gospel star Shirley Caesar and Senior Bishop Emeritus of the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America (MCHCA), died July 4, 2014.Read more at Gospel Music Fever:  Bishop Harold Ivory Williams Sr. TBGB extends its condolences to Pastor Caesar and their family and friends.

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