Praise & Worship

“Amazing” – Livre’

“Amazing” Livre’ Glory2Glory Records/PRODIGY Entertainment Group www.livremusic.com Taking their name from the Portugese word for “free,” Livre’ (pronounced Liv-Ray) is a young and talented vocal harmony quintet from the Bronx. JGM first learned of them in 2012 upon the release of their single, “I Will Be Alright.”  The song earned the site’s coveted Pick of the Week slot. The group’s newest single, “Amazing,” is packed with energetically sung hallelujahs to the Almighty for not giving up on evryone and, most especially, for “[taking] the fall” for our sins.  They incorporate a smidgen of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” near ...

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Fred Hammond – I Will Trust

Fred Hammond I Will Trust RCA Inspiration (release date: November 17, 2014) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich One thing’s for sure: listen to Fred Hammond and you can’t help but have a good time praising the Lord. His latest album, I Will Trust, is packed to the CD’s brim with bracing musicianship, creative melodies and arrangements, rich singing, and demonstrative lyrics. The opening selection, “Festival of Praise,” could easily have been an alternate title for the CD, as the entire album is a musical festival, a cornucopia of praise and worship, Fred Hammond style. Hammond shifts effortlessly from an appropriately Brazilian ...

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Pastor Riva Tims Presents Majestic Praise – Access Granted

Pastor Riva Tims Presents Majestic Praise Access Granted Zion Records (2014) www.majesticlifechurch.com By Bob Marovich Florida Pastor Riva Tims introduces to the general public the music ministry at her Majestic Praise Church in Orlando on the ten-selection Access Granted. It is the first CD on her new Zion Records imprint. In the album’s dramatic introduction, Tims explains the title: “When you are on purpose and on assignment, God says ‘access granted.’” The ensemble employs that access to loft vertical praises to God on high. The songs and arrangements on Access Granted are CCM-tempered praise and worship, something on the order of Shekinah Glory Ministry. ...

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Juan Santiago & Uninhibited Praise Sign with First Choice Gospel Records

by Bob Marovich Juan Santiago & Uninhibited Praise are turning their new record contract signing into a party. The group, whose Ultimate Worship Experience: Live was reviewed in 2012 by the Journal of Gospel Music (see below), will be signing with First Choice Gospel Records of Nashville, Tennessee. John Smiley is the label’s CEO. Santiago told JGM that the first release with the new label will drop January 26, 2015. The Record Contract Signing Press Party will take place at the Holiday Inn Express Ballroom, 615 East Main Street, in Hendersonville, Tennessee on Saturday, November 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 4, 2014

“Greater” Chad Brawley From the forthcoming album The We Worship Experience (Spring 2015) Available from digital music providers A melodic, energetic, and eminently radio-friendly praiser from Houston’s Chad Brawley. He and his background vocalists sing with muscle and conviction about the greatness of God. “Greater” evokes the quintessential urban P&W sound of artists such as VaShawn Mitchell and William McDowell. An experienced music minister, Brawley has worked for The Potter’s House, Heritage Christian Center, and Good Hope Baptist Church in Houston. He is currently Director of Worship Arts at The Luke Church of Humble, TX, cited as one of the fastest ...

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BMI to Honor Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace, and Anointed Pace Sisters

NEW YORK, October 16, 2014 – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is set to salute gospel leaders Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards in Atlanta. The event, which was previously held in Nashville, is slated for Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Rialto Center for the Arts (80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Ga.). Gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives will attend the invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service. BMI will also announce ...

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JGM’s Pick of the Week: October 6, 2014

“The Greater” J. Grant Thompson Available on iTunes and other digital outlets on October 7, 2014 “The Greater” is the debut single from Washington, DC singer, songwriter, producer, and PK J. Grant Thompson. A notable debut it is. It is the gorgeous arrangement that imbues this lyrically and musically uncomplicated P&W anthem with its distinctive character. Thompson establishes an effective call and response with the background vocalists. I can imagine “The Greater” becoming just as popular with praise teams as songs by William McDowell and VaShawn Mitchell.

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