Singles

JGM Pick of the Week: September 20, 2022

“My Worship (Amapiano)” Kingdmusic feat. P-Tempo Independent (release date: July 15, 2022) www.kingdmusic.com By Robert M. Marovich Kingdmusic has been a busy bee this summer, pumping several new songs into the gospel bloodstream. One, “My Worship (Amapiano),” expresses how hard it can be to keep the faith in tough times, but keep worshipping anyhow. Bathed in atmospheric electronica, “My Worship (Amapiano)” is hypnotic and electrifying, ready-made for a return of 12” gospel singles (yes, that once was a thing). It possesses the chillness of a summer evening, one of the hallmarks of amapiano, a form of house music popular in ...

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“Brought Me Out” – Kymon Smith & God Sons and Daughter

“Brought Me Out” Kymon Smith & God Sons and Daughter Independent (release date: August 6, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich “Brought Me Out” is a family affair. The Detroit-based independent gospel group Kymon Smith & God Sons and Daughter brings a contemporary flair and a touch of modern quartet to the time-honored declaration of God’s mercy and goodness as “how I got over.” The unadorned melody is marked by Mario Smith’s stinging guitar work, occasional pearls from Emory Smith’s keys, and a rhythm section that echoes the joyousness of the lyrics. Ticking lots of boxes musically and lyrically, it’s decent ...

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JGM Pick of the Week:  September 13, 2022

“I’ve Saved It All” K-Anthony Independent (release date: July 8, 2022) www.kanthonylive.com By Robert M. Marovich I hear a Coldplay influence on K-Anthony’s “I’ve Saved It All,” from the melody to the mix of instruments to the atmospheric vibe. One difference: it doesn’t explode into a million colorful pieces at the conclusion like a Chris Martin arrangement but instead remains quiet, whispery, solemn, introspective. K-Anthony’s smooth singing is suspended in space, his praises to God for grace bestowed and their musical accompaniment echoing in the cosmic vastness surrounding him. K-Anthony is Kevin Anthony Fowler, a Jamaican artist who grew up ...

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JGM Pick of the Week – September 5, 2022

“Wait On Jesus” Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir with Pastor DeAndre Patterson (release date: August 16, 2022) https://www.thechristiantabernaclechurch.com/ By Robert M. Marovich Renowned during the 1960s – 1990s, the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir of Chicago has returned after a twenty-year recording hiatus with “Wait On Jesus.” It has that boisterous Chicago gospel choir sound, complete with handclaps, tambourine, playful guitar riffs, and repetition in the vamp. Pastor DeAndre Patterson, a talented musician, radio announcer, and emcee, has taken the position of senior pastor at Christian Tabernacle. He has mighty shoes to fill in the church’s late founder and pastor, Rev. Maceo ...

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“Our Hearts Belong to You” – Shawn Everette

“Our Hearts Belong to You” Shawn Everette From the Soul Levite Music album Changing Me (release date: July 31, 2020) By Robert M. Marovich With prominent acoustic guitar, “Our Hearts Belong to You” is a worship song by Baltimore indie gospel artist Shawn Everette. It opens gently and builds in intensity to a meaty gospel vamp with a rhythm section that includes a warmly purring organ. A sweet melody energetically sung envelopes a message of love to Jesus for saving the world by sacrificing his life. Talented songwriter and well-constructed song.

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“Liar” – Keyondra Lockett

“Liar” Keyondra Lockett IndieBlu Music (release date: July 22, 2022) www.keyondralockett.com By Robert M. Marovich With a touch of a Jamaican patois, Keyondra Lockett gleefully disrespects the devil on “Liar.” Put on the armor of God and the “Holy Ghost fire,” Lockett sings, and nothing the devil can throw at you will hit its target. These include shots fired, lying haters, and general stress. The penetrating electronica that surrounds Lockett all but leaps out of the speakers. It’s an attention-grabbing single from an original member of Zie’l, whom JGM first heard singing a cappella at the 2006 Gospel Music Workshop ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: August 30, 2022

“My Faith & My Fight” (unplugged) Tina Nelms Boson Independent (release date: February 4, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich Of the orchestrated and unplugged versions of “My Faith & My Fight” by Tina Nelms Boson, my money is on the unplugged, piano-only version. It’s here that Ms. Boson shows herself as a triple threat—songwriter, singer, and pianist. The song’s message is that to make it through requires more than just a passive reliance on faith but also on one’s own determination, or grit. To deliver this declaration, Boson shifts from melodic singing to bluesy growling, especially during the vamp, in ...

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“Arise” – Strong Tower Church feat. Richard T. Davis

“Arise” Strong Tower Church feat. Richard T. Davis From the album Fresh Wind – New Waves www.strongtowerlive.com By Robert M. Marovich Last year, Strong Tower Church dropped “Waves,” featuring Maurette Brown Clark. The Virginia music ministry is back with another song with a single word title: “Arise.” From the 2021 album, Fresh Wind – New Waves, “Arise” is conventional in melody but packs plenty of punch in the rhythm section and the vocals. Its lyric is inspired by Isaiah 60 (“Arise, shine; for your light has come.”). The song was written and is led by Richard T. Davis, Creative Director ...

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JGM Pick of the Week:  August 22, 2022

“God Bless the World” Siobhan Maher Kennedy (release date: May 6, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich While not a gospel or religious song per se, “God Bless the World” is nonetheless a prayer for unity in a world where people have separated from each another on account of race and ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, sex and sexual orientation, economic status—just about every way imaginable. The tender ballad, and especially the heartwarming way that Ms. Kennedy sings it, remind us that underneath it all, we’re sisters and brothers just trying to live life the best way we know how. “God Bless ...

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“Name On It” – Titus Showers

“Name On It” Titus Showers A&P Records (release date: April 22, 2022) www.AP-Records.net By Robert M. Marovich For “Name On It,” Titus Showers, member of The Showers family band and now a popular solo artist since 2019, takes a lyrical cue from Norman Hutchins’ 1999 hit for JDI Records, “God’s Got a Blessing.” Showers wraps his muscular baritone around this relaxed but insistent selection that decrees a blessing is coming “with my name on it.” Sweetly-singing background vocalists contrast Showers’ meaty delivery while the rhythm section thump out an optimistic beat. Soul refreshing. “Name On It” is one of the ...

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