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Chicago Gospel Fest Preview Features Performances and Industry Panel

Tone Ross & Inspired performing at last night’s preview concert By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy joined forces with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events last night to host a 2014 Chicago Gospel Festival preview concert and conversation. Held at the Cultural Center, the preview featured general information on Gospel Fest and performances by Tone Ross & Inspired and Tyrone Block & LSD.  Both groups will perform during the three-day free admission festival, held at the Cultural Center on June 27 and in Ellis Park June 28 and ...

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Andrae Crouch Needs Your Words Of Encouragement

From Erma Byrd: Per Sandra Crouch, our dear father in contemporary gospel music, Pastor Andrae’ Crouch, is facing some serious health challenges and was just released from the hospital last week.   His music has encouraged us, helped many make a decision to give their lives to the Lord, opened doors that allowed countless artists to have careers in the gospel music industry, and brought a spirit of praise and worship into millions of churches across the world regardless of denomination or race.  He was there for us and now we need to be there for him with our prayers.   Although ...

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Death of soul music collector, preservationist “devastating to Chicago cultural history” | Voices

Bob Abrahamian did for soul music what “Gospel Memories” tries to do for gospel.  His life was cut tragically short, and many, many people will miss him.  He and I exchanged emails not three weeks ago about his interview with the late James Phelps.  RIP Bob Abrahamian. Death of soul music collector, preservationist “devastating to Chicago cultural history” | Voices

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Inside Hollywood Entertainment Industry BootCamp

Are you a gospel songwriter who wants to get a song into a motion picture or television program?  Are you a Christian filmmaker who wants to navigate the complex world of the motion picture or television industry?  Do you want to know more about voice-over work, acting, publishing, marketing, funding, and distribution? Bro. Steve Harris’s Inside Hollywood Entertainment Industry BootCamp will not only put you front and center with the executives and legends who have been there and done that, but are still doing it.  As Bro. Steve says, “All the facts, not the fluff!” The BootCamp will be held ...

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The 2014 Gospel Music Industry Round-Up is Here!

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog It’s not called “the bible of the gospel music industry” for nothing. Whether you are an aspiring artist or a seasoned artist seeking new opportunities, the Gospel Music Industry Round-Up has what you need to make it in the gospel music business. One of the first things I ask an independent gospel artist seeking advice is, “Do you have a copy of the Gospel Music Industry Round-Up?”  If the answer is no, I tell them they should do nothing until they get a copy.  Each year, publisher Lisa Collins of Eye On ...

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Lee Griffin, Gospel Music Promoter, Dies

TBGB is saddened to learn of the passing of Lee Griffin, CEO and Founder of DAP Music in Detroit, Michigan.  Married to gospel star LaShell Griffin, Lee was an indefatigable promoter of several gospel artists in addition to LaShell.  He died May 30 of an apparent heart attack. According to Lee’s Facebook page, the viewing will be held Thursday, June 5 at Swanson’s Funeral Home East, 806 East Grand Blvd. in Detroit.  Hours are from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.   The funeral will take place Friday, June 6 at Faith Covenant Fellowship, 17901 Collinson, Eastpointe, MI  (586) 498-9101.  The family ...

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