Quartet

Pastor Dewayne Charleston – Don’t Wait

Pastor Dewayne Charleston Don’t Wait JJ Music Media (release date: April 1, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich Although Pastor Dewayne Charleston’s Don’t Wait is a solo project, the soulful singing, the quartet harmonies, the wooden church spirituality, and the traditional-leaning arrangements endow it with the spirit of a quartet CD. In this case, the quartet harmonies supporting Charleston are handled by a duo, Jerome Larkin and Dion Bell. Assisting the singers is a team of steady-handed musicians led by Jerald “JJ” Griffin, who manages multiple duties on bass guitar, keys, horns, and strings. The album’s current single is the easy-loping ...

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“God Said It” – The Canton Spirituals ft. Doug Williams and Darrel Petties

“God Said It”The Canton Spirituals ft. Doug Williams and Pastor Darrel PettiesFrom the Malaco Music Group album Hallelujah Anyhow(release date: January 28, 2022)www.malaco.com By Robert M. Marovich It’s a Mississippi singers reunion as the Canton Spirituals, Doug Williams of the Williams Brothers, and Pastor Darrel Petties of Olive Branch, Mississippi, assemble to sing that if God said it, “you can count it all done.” To hammer home the point, Harvey Watkins Jr. and Company provide listeners with a few examples from the Old and New Testaments when God did just what He said. I think it’s Doug Williams who interjects ...

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JGM Pick of the Week – April 13, 2022

“Highest Praise” Terry Fuller Project ft. Justin Mickens Independent (release date: June 24, 2021) https://www.tjmusicgroup.com/ By Robert M. Marovich Accented by rhythmic foot thumps, Terry Fuller Project’s “Highest Praise” is a joyful selection that will set listeners to handclapping and foot tapping. Lead singer Justin Mickens handles vocals like the effervescent quartet lead he is while the background vocalists support with great enthusiasm. The extended vamp—it might even be considered two vamps back-to-back—allow Fuller to engage in tuneful preaching on the subject of the praiseworthiness of God. By the end of the nearly six-minute single, Mickens growls and shouts while ...

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JGM Pick of the Week – March 28, 2022

“All of My Help” The Dedicated Souls Elite and Creative Music Productions By Robert M. Marovich If “All of My Help” by the Ohio-based Dedicated Souls sounds like a Canton Spirituals track, it’s because it was written, produced, and is led by the Canton Spirituals’ own Antoine Porter. The message is clear: when you try to do right and your family and friends still scandalize your name, don’t fret. Just remember who has your back. The drive-tempo track chugs along to a hypnotic vamp, thanks to percussive guitar work that fronts a riveting rhythm section. It’s the kind of vibrant ...

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First Quartet Music Awards Slated for June 18

Atlanta, GA — The stage is being set for the biggest night in Gospel Quartet music. The inaugural Quartet Music Awards (The QMAs) will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA. The ceremony will be a history-making night of electrifying performances and memorable moments. The QMAs will showcase the rich legacy the genre of Quartet has contributed to the landscape of Gospel, Soul, Blues, Rock, and R&B music. The award show will be hosted by ‘the hottest host on the east coast’ Justin Rufus and Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones. The ...

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“I Still Got Joy” – Roy & Revelation

“I Still Got Joy” Roy & Revelation From the Malaco / 4 Winds Records album The Book of Revelation (release date: January 28, 2022) www.malaco.com By Robert M. Marovich South Carolina-based Roy & Revelation keeps the soul-stirring gospel quartet sound relevant with “I Still Got Joy.” Complete with call-and-response and vamp, the song swaggers in the knowledge that joy cometh despite today’s troubles. Not only is forsaking the devil’s deceitfulness to follow the Lord the way to “make it in,” but it’s also the way to get a healing touch on this side of the Jordan River. If you have ...

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Dedicated Men of Zion – The Devil Don’t Like It

Dedicated Men of Zion The Devil Don’t Like It https://fatpossum.com/collections/bible-tire-recording-co (release date: March 3, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich On The Devil Don’t Like It, their follow-up to 2020’s Can’t Turn Me Around, the Dedicated Men of Zion quartet breathes new life into a handful of gospel classics by fitting them with arrangements that sound straight out of the soulful early 1970s. It’s been a heady time for the Eastern North Carolina quartet. In addition to Can’t Turn Me Around, their second album and debut for Bruce Watson’s Bible & Tire imprint, the group was featured on the critically-acclaimed 2021 ...

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“He’s Alright” – Frierson Brothers

“He’s Alright” Frierson Brothers From the JEF Records album Breakthrough (release date: October 18, 2021) www.friersonbrothers.com By Robert M. Marovich The Frierson Brothers hail from New Jersey, but on “He’s Alright,” they continue to sound like they are not a duo from the North but a quartet from the South. It’s because the brothers’ musical conversation about the goodness of Jesus features their meaty vocals atop a funky Memphis Sound-style rhythm section, aggressive blasts of brass, and cheery background vocalists who echo their earnest plaudits. It’s a feel-good gospel appropriate for the theme of hallelujah gratitude. “He’s Alright” is produced ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: January 17, 2022

“Well Done” Timothy “T.J.” Bouknight Higher Praise Records (2021) By Robert M. Marovich Elder Timothy “T.J.” Bouknight renders the pew-walker “Well Done” like the quartet veteran he is. The song is about the effort it takes to enter the gates of paradise. Bouknight opens “Well Done” with the classic couplet, “One of these days, won’t be very long…” Later, he sings about how he’s faithfully sending up his timber to get inside those gates. “When my so-called friends stabbed me in my back,” he offers, “I didn’t worry about nothing, I just stayed on track.” Bouknight’s staid-to-shouting lead vocal, especially ...

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Gemstone Records Presents the Celestial Stars

Sponsored Post: Gemstone Records Presents the Celestial Stars Traditional gospel at its best The Celestial Stars:Organized in 1995, the original members were Lawrence Preston, mother Gwendolyn Williams, and father Lawrence Williams. Gwendolyn passed in 2009 and the group reorganized in October 2011. The group now consists of Lawrence Preston (also the bass player), his father Lawrence Williams, and cousins Barry Franklin and Richard Kinney. The Celestial Stars are a group with a sound that bridges the richness and tradition of traditional gospel quartet music with contemporary gospel music. The blend is the product of songwriter and producer Lawrence Preston, inclusive ...

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