Prayer List

Yet Another Soldier Gone: RIP Kenny Taylor of Teemade Productions

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music is saddened to hear of the passing of Kenny Taylor, one of gospel music’s finest and most professional consultants and promotional men. Kenny was someone you could trust that if he said he would do it, he would do it. Dependable, honest, and with integrity…that’s how I describe Kenny Taylor. Each year, he and his Teemade Productions of Washington, DC, would treat the Gospel Announcers Guild with a themed musical at the annual Gospel Music Workshop of America convention. He showcased the artists he was promoting but with a twist that put a ...

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Another Soldier Gone – RIP Dr. James B. Boyer of the Boyer Brothers

Gospel musician and group leader Kenji Bolden informed JGM of the passing of Dr. James B. Boyer, one half of the Boyer Brothers gospel duo. Dr. Boyer passed on May 10, 2017.  His brother, Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer, passed away July 21, 2009. Here is the information from Dr. Boyer’s obituary: The Reverend Dr. James B. Boyer was the Founding Pastor of the Fellowship Temple Church of God in Christ and Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University, both in Manhattan, Kansas. He was born April 3, 1934, in Winter Park, Florida, and was the third of eight children of Elder ...

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Bishop Willie A. Treadwell, Community Choir Founder, Passes Away

Chicago, IL, May 23, 2017: Chicago Gospel Music Legend Bishop Willie A. Treadwell, 86, transitioned from this world Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Generations at Oakton Place in Des Plaines, IL. He was born in Anniston, AL. on February 28, 1931, to the late David and Limmer-Jane Treadwell. Bishop Treadwell was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 where we fought in the Korean War. On April 9, 1955, Bishop Treadwell founded the Treadwell Community Singers with Frankie Marie Powell (Treadwell). During this time Bishop Treadwell served in ministry under the leadership of the late Pastor Governor Powell of ...

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RIP: Tommie TommyGunn1965 Gunn, Gospel Songwriter, Producer

From a press release: True aficionados of contemporary gospel will count among their favorites gospel greats like Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi, Commissioned, Darwin Hobbs, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, etc. What some fans may fail to realize is that one of the greatest sonic architects of the genre was Tommie TommyGunn1965 Walker with more than 4 million in song sales to his credit. Sadly, Tommie passed away on February 3, 2017, at 51 years of age, surrounded by family. Tommie passed away after failing to emerge from a medically induced coma brought on by ...

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RIP: Tommy Cotton, Cotton Brothers Founder and Lead Singer

By Bob Marovich Cadillac James of the Cotton Family informed JGM that Tommy Cotton, founder and lead singer for the Cotton Brothers of Macon, Georgia, passed away February 9, 2017. Tommy Cotton was born September 24, 1937, in Marshallville, Georgia, the oldest boy in a family of 16 children. The Cottons worked share and provided field labor wherever needed. Some of the sons started an a cappella quartet group in the mid-1950s. Tommy, who was eventually named the group’s manager, was friends with fellow high school basketball team member Sylvester “Vessy” Huckaby, who served as a bodyguard for Otis Redding. ...

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Jekalyn Carr Launches Support Movement for Sheila Belle of “The Belle Report”

For Immediate Release: ATLANTA, GA (Thursday, December 15, 2016) – – Recording artist Jekalyn Carr has launched a support movement for Richmond, Virginia based nationally syndicated radio personality Sheila Belle as she battles the winning fight against cancer. Carr was inspired to spearhead this support movement after attending Belle’s event last weekend in Richmond called “The Gift” – an event for cancer survivors. She was moved by hearing the winning stories from the survivors as well as Sheila Belle. Watch Jekalyn’s support movement video here: www.facebook.com/jasonmauricehardy/videos/10100700900092599/ Carr is calling a call to action to her fellow recording artists, radio announcers/PDs, ...

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Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy Passes Away: Homegoing Details Announced

By Bob Marovich (UPDATED 12/17/16) Gospel quartet legend Willie Joe Ligon passed away on Sunday, December 11. Homegoing and memorial details are at the bottom of this report. Born October 11, 1936, in Troy, Alabama, Ligon migrated to Los Angeles at age 14 and met his future mates in the Mighty Clouds of Joy in the mid-1950s while attending Jefferson High School.  Like top quartets such as the Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Gospelaires of Dayton, the Clouds incorporated the growls, shouts, and rasp of African American preachers into their singing, a style sometimes referred ...

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Eric Allen Byrd, Member of Golden Crowns, Passes Away

The Gospel Division of Sharp Records informed the Journal of Gospel Music yesterday that Eric Allen Byrd of The Golden Crowns of Louisville, Kentucky, has passed away. Allen was the quartet’s manager, lead and background vocalist, and songwriter for many years. First organized in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the Shanklin Brothers, the Golden Crowns made one 45 each for the Wonderful and BJ labels.  In 2015, the Golden Crowns signed with Sharp Gospel. See JGM‘s review of their 2015 release, Come Too Far, here. JGM extends its condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Eric Allen Byrd.

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RIP: Audrey Cher, Gospel Singer

It is with heavy heart that JGM reports the passing of Audrey Lockett LaBranche, known to the gospel music community as Audrey Cher. She recently gave birth to a son, Mathias Amir, on August 26. Click here to read an interview that JGM did with Audrey last year: Audrey Cher. Homegoing information will be provided when available.  Meanwhile, please keep the LaBranche family in your prayers.

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Pastor Van D. Roberson Passes Away

Zadella “Mama” Curtis informed JGM that Pastor Van D. Roberson has passed away. In addition to pastoring the Shiloh Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas, Roberson was a gospel singer in the traditional-quartet style, honed, no doubt, from his years as a member of the Roberson Brothers, which started out prior to 1961 as the Israelite Voices of Peace.  He was also part of the Pastors Chorus of Bryan/College Station, Texas; they recorded the single, “Good to Me,” in 2012. Roberson also sang with the Mighty Clouds of Joy’s Joe Ligon on the 2012 Mother’s Day single, “Momma Remembered.” Below is ...

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