Videos

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers Preview New Song and Video

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers premiere their video of “Lay Down Low,” a new song recorded in a historic nineteenth-century Episcopal church in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. The song is from the group’s forthcoming album, No Glory. “‘Lay Down Low’ started with a simple little melody for the verses. I wrote what I thought could be a concise telling of the story of Jesus using that melody as a springboard. I wanted something bittersweet for the chorus that had some teeth and gave the story an arc. I used a melody that could be percussively barked and had no home ...

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Brian Nhira Premiers Video for “Back Where You Belong”

Today, Oklahoman gospel artist Brian Nhira premieres the video for “Back Where You Belong,” a song about the impact of fatherlessness on a child as he or she grows to adulthood. Nhira hopes the song and video will stimulate a conversation about fatherlessness and the need for reconciliation. The song is from Nhira’s debut album, Hope’s Stand, available on iTunes. For more information, visit www.briannhira.com.

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Historic Gospel TV Program Jubilee Showcase Needs Your Help

By Bob Marovich From 1963 to 1984, the Emmy Award-winning television program Jubilee Showcase brought the nation’s greatest gospel singers and groups into living rooms throughout Chicagoland. Every Sunday morning, host Sid Ordower treated viewers to performances by such stalwarts as the Caravans, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Norfleet Brothers, Andrae’ Crouch, Jessy Dixon, the Staple Singers, and the Barrett Sisters. The show featured pioneering gospel performers such as Roberta Martin and Thomas Dorsey. There were many gospel greats whose taped appearance on Jubilee Showcase represents the only video footage of their live performances. Jubilee Showcase was the longest-running ...

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Purpose of Ministry, Fate of Detroit Subjects of “Preachers of Detroit”

“Preachers of Detroit” Friday, February 20, 2015 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Oxygen By Bob Marovich Pastor David Bullock is my new hero. God’s gadfly, Bullock evokes the brusque, in-your-face, unfiltered honesty of Deitrick Haddon as he calls out the complacency of prosperity pastors who he feels are more interested in collecting wealth than serving the city’s neediest. An activist at heart, Bullock steals the show on the first episode of Oxygen’s new “Preachers of Detroit.” This unscripted drama follows the “Preachers of L.A.” formula of chronicling the comings and goings of church leaders who represent varying points of view and lifestyles. ...

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“Thicker Than Water” Season Two Opens with More Life than Lifestyle

“Thicker than Water” Season Two begins Sunday, January 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Bravo Media www.nbcunv.com/bravo By Bob Marovich If last season’s premiere of the Tankard Family’s reality television show, “Thicker Than Water,” was about lifestyle, the opener of the second season is about life. The opening episode, to air this evening, opens with the wealthy extended family of gospel jazz artist Ben Tankard preparing for daughter Cyrene’s high school graduation party at the self-proclaimed Tankard Palace in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (although I think I heard son Benji refer to it, with tongue in cheek, as “Bentown”). Several Tankard children rue, ...

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“Fix My Choir” Helps Gospel Group Find Its Soul

“Fix My Choir” With Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 10 p.m. ET/PT Oxygen www.nbcunv.com By Bob Marovich To borrow the main conceit from The Wizard of Oz, Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams helped the Harmonistic Praise Crusade of New Orleans find its courage on the premiere episode of “Fix My Choir.” On the series’s latest episode, to air on Oxygen this evening, the choir-mending duo visit the beautiful oceanside community of Hermosa Beach, California, to help the Coast Music Gospel Choir find its soul. Directed by singer and voice teacher Raffia Ford, the Coast Music Gospel Choir is mostly Caucasian—“white people who live ...

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Preachers of L.A.: New Season, Same Drama

“Preachers of L.A.” Oxygen New Season Starts Wednesday, August 20 10/9C By Bob Marovich “Preachers of L.A.,” the reality series featuring six successful Los Angeles-based pastors and their families, enters its second season today on Oxygen. Bishop Noel Jones, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney, and Bishop Ron Gibson are back with more drama. The opening episode centers on the newly-married Deitrick and Dominique Haddon’s “sip and see,” a house party to introduce their new baby daughter, Denver Monroe, to close friends. Innocent enough, yes, but contentious conversations and strained friendships cast a shadow ...

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