Quartet

Legendary Gospel Recording Artist & Label Executive Doug Williams Launches DLW Music Group, Set to Release New Holiday Single

Jackson, MS – November 11, 2022 – Doug Williams is synonymous with quality traditional gospel music boasting contemporary inflections that satisfies the heart and touches the soul. Today he announces his new label, DLW Music Group, and a new holiday single featuring Grammy Award winning saxophonist Gerald Albright. “An Unusual Child” featuring Gerald Albright will be available on all music platforms in late November.  “I started to feel a tug in my spirit in 2020 during the pandemic that it was time to start my own label,” says Williams. “I had recently retired from Blackberry Records, so I was reluctant ...

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JGM Pick of the Week:  October 31, 2022

“Do You Know the Man” Harlem Gospel Travelers Colemine Records (release date: October 18, 2022) www.harlemgospeltravelers.com By Robert M. Marovich Covering the Virginia-based Crusader Gospel Singers’ “Do You Know the Man,” the Harlem Gospel Travelers evoke the soulful Seventies in their Northern Soul harmonies, George Marage’s falsetto lead, Eli Paperboy Reed’s wah-wah guitar and billowy major seventh chords, and the overall breezy tempo. The trio sings it better than the originals, too. Organized and produced by Reed, the Harlem Gospel Travelers is a troupe of young men dedicated to a particular time in gospel when the soul music the genre ...

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“I Got a Story (to Tell)” – Re-Newed of the Carolinas

“I Got a Story (to Tell)” Re-Newed of the Carolinas Independent (release date: August 8, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich “I Got a Story (to Tell)” is a rousing quartet jam on the trope of the believer telling God about his earthly troubles when he gets to heaven. To a driving tempo and conventional quartet melody, the group weaves a basket full of church and gospel music aphorisms into a joyous evocation of what it might be like in the hereafter. What’s especially interesting about the selection is that just when you think its vamp has run out of gas, ...

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“Just That Good” – Anthony Adams and Confirmation

“Just That Good” Anthony Adams and Confirmation From the VRJ Entertainment album Trouble Don’t Last Always (release date: June 10, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich The male quartet Anthony Adams and Confirmation channel their inner Spiritual QCs on this mid-tempo track, which asks the rhetorical question: “Does anybody here know God’s been just that good?” With a loping rhythm, relaxed harmonies, hearty lead, and cheerful vamp, “Just That Good” exudes a friendly feeling guaranteed to elicit a favorable audience response. Ideal for gospel radio stations that program contemporary quartet music. The three-man group hails from Tarboro, North Carolina.

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Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson Dies Suddenly at 50

September 30, 2022 – One of the current kings of gospel quartet music, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, has died suddenly at the age of 50. Johnson was found dead in his Atlanta, GA, home this morning. An autopsy is scheduled. Johnson was known for big gospel radio hits such as “Let Go and Let God Have His Way,” “Be Right,” and “Hide Behind the Mountain.” “I’m in total disbelief,” says Black Smoke Music Worldwide founder Kerry Douglas who first discovered Johnson when he was performing at the American Gospel Quartet Convention in Birmingham, AL, in the late 1990s. “I saw Keith ...

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RIP Zadella “Mama” Curtis, Gospel Quartet Promoter

By Robert M. Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn of the passing of Zadella “Mama” Curtis. She transitioned from earthly labor to heavenly reward yesterday, August 28, at age 73. Although Mama Curtis was best known for helping gospel quartets promote their music to radio, she started her gospel music career as a choir director. Born and raised in Chicago, Curtis attended Rayfield Missionary Baptist Church, where her grandparents were founding members. She sang her first solo at age three and began directing choirs at age twelve. Curtis graduated from Hyde Park High School and for ...

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RIP Roy Tyler, Gospel Quartet Singer

By Robert M. Marovich JGM learned the sad news from radio announcer Elder Lee (The Sheriff) Williams that gospel quartet singer Roy Tyler has passed away. Tyler was a member of the Gospel Hummingbirds, a Bay Area group that put out some very fine albums and singles, including “A Better Home” (Bar-Tone) and “Trouble Don’t Last” (Strickland & Son). Their album Steppin’ Out earned a GRAMMY nomination in 1993, and that same year it took home Best Gospel Album from the French Jazz Academy. Later, Tyler formed Roy Tyler & New Direction, releasing 2004’s Three Way Calling, among the first ...

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JGM Pick of the Week:  July 25, 2022

“Jesus Knows” Lisa Knowles-Smith and the Brown Singers EvoWorld Music (release date: May 13, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich For their new single, Lisa Knowles-Smith and the Brown Singers draw on key lyrics from the folk spiritual, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.” But that’s where the comparison ends. Whereas the spiritual is slow and mournful, “Jesus Knows” is rapid-tempo and optimistic. Propelled by a twangy rhythm guitar, Smith and the Brown Singers emote not from a place of sorrow but from a sense of spiritual happiness. Church aphorisms spring off their tongues with delight as they revel in the ...

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The 2022 Quartet Music Awards Winners List

The Quartet Music Awards Announce Winners and 2023 Show Date Atlanta, GA — History was made on June 18, 2022, in Atlanta, GA, when the Inaugural Quartet Music Awards took place with a packed audience in the Center Stage Theater. Quartet fans, artists, and groups from around the country enjoyed an exciting night of music that ignited an atmosphere of praise. A new generation of singers and musicians gave electrifying performances, and legendary artists proved again why they have achieved their legendary status in the genre of Gospel Quartet. QMA Chief Executive Officer D. Chubbs Morton created the QMAs to ...

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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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