TBGB Pick of the Week: May 21, 2007

“Call Jesus”
Bruce Parham
From the upcoming Emtro Gospel CD Dwell Together
Street Date: June 5, 2007

Bishop Bruce V. Parham, Sr., founder and pastor of Wilmington, Delaware’s Oasis of Refreshing Ministries, possesses the closed-eyes vocal intensity of James Cleveland when he posits the opening question on his new radio single, “Call Jesus”: “Have you ever been disappointed by people who call themselves your friends?”

The spectacular Elder Toneisha Harris of Salisbury, MD coils her voice around Parham’s on what becomes a simmering duet with choral background singing. The song is contemporary enough for radio but sufficiently traditional to get the saints to shouting.

And for those of you who, like me, were wondering: no, Bishop Parham is not a blood relative to Kitty Parham of the Ward Singers and Stars of Faith.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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