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Documentary Featuring the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project Needs Your Help

By Bob Marovich When his mother passed away in 2004, filmmaker David Licata began to ponder life’s timeless questions: What is our purpose on earth? What do we want to leave as a legacy? The result is a forthcoming documentary, A Life’s Work. Licata’s first feature-length project (he has completed two short films) showcases how several individuals have answered this question–by tackling a project so immense that they will not be completed in their lifetimes. After more than a decade of interviews and filming, A Life’s Work is in its final phases of production, with completion anticipated for the first quarter of ...

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Groundbreaking Collection of One-Of-A-Kind Sacred Recordings Set for September 30 Release

CHAMPAIGN, IL & LOS ANGELES, CA (TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2016) — Archeophone Records (www.archeophone.com) today announced that its highly-anticipated book and CD compilation, Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph, 1890-1900, will be released on September 30, 2016, and made available via all major brick and mortar and online retailers. With 102 tracks—nearly four hours of audio—on three CDs housed in a beautifully illustrated 408-page hardback book, Waxing the Gospel is an unprecedented exploration of the earliest days of recording. It chronicles in words, images, and ancient sounds how tradition and technology merged in three distinct areas of recording ...

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Baylor students create album cover art inspired by black gospel music

Baylor University art professor Terry Roller and his Art 4331 students took on a special assignment: Design custom album jackets for 45 rpm discs in Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, overseen by Professor Robert Darden. The students in Art 4331 came up with some very creative concepts – arguably as good, if not better, than what the major labels came up with for sleeves in the 1950s and 1960s. So…could these students be the next Alex Steinweisses, David Stone Martins, and Harvey Williamses?  Time will tell! Read the full article here: BGMRP Art

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Pastor Shirley Caesar Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

NASHVILLE, TN (June 29, 2016) – The Reigning Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, was honored in a jubilant celebration in Hollywood on Tuesday June 28, as her trailblazing music career was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Honored in the category of recording, Shirley Caesar’s star was unveiled in front of the Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with Pastor Caesar joined by world-renowned artists Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin as guest speakers, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler as the emcee, who also declared it “Shirley Caesar Day” in Hollywood during the ceremony. Sharing ...

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2016 Rhythm of Gospel Awards – Official Awardee List

Here is the official 2016 Winner List for the 2016 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, submitted by National Independent Gospel Music Association CEO Kris Jackson. Congratulations to the following individuals and groups: Contemporary CD Of The Year Robert E. Person – “Love Divine” Special Event CD Of The Year Dr. F. James Clark & The Shalom Church Mass Choir – “Simply Amazing” Traditional CD Of The Year Walter Blocker presents St. Thomas Gospel Choir – “Jesus” Urban Contemporary/R&P CD Of The Year Darren Deac – “Christian Walk” Praise & Worship CD Of The Year Jodi Litmon – “The Live Experience” Quartet ...

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GMA Foundation Announces 2016-17 Board of Directors

Industry leaders oversee the legacy and educational aspects of Gospel and Christian music NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 11, 2016) – The GMA Foundation is proud to announce its 2016-17 Board of Directors. The GMA Foundation’s mission is to continue to educate, preserve and invest in the Gospel and Christian music industry. GMA Foundation President Jackie Patillo states, “The GMA Foundation serves our community by focusing on our history and legacy as well as investing in education for our future creative leaders. These two pieces are so important to the growth and long-term success of our industry. I’m grateful to have this ...

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Florida Gospel Announcer, Actor, & Singer Launches Blog

By Bob Marovich Janell Lancaster is a gospel announcer, singer, actor, dancer, and now a blogger. Last month, she launched Keep the Gospel Alive into the blogosphere. Its purpose, Lancaster says, is to serve as “a discussion and informational forum. . .to explore and bring awareness about the Gospel Industry and how we as artists, ministers, radio personalities and any others, can continue to keep the gospel alive through the Christian Music community.” She adds: “We must continue to keep God first in all we do in this industry, because if we don’t, many can and will be lost.” Lancaster ...

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Michael Weatherspoon’s New Book Aims to Improve Music Ministry Leadership

By Bob Marovich For the past 30 years, musician, producer, and record label executive Michael Weatherspoon has seen what works and what doesn’t in church music ministry. In particular, he’s noticed that church members are often elevated to leadership positions without the proper leadership education. A lack of training, he says, can be detrimental to both minister and ministry. His new book, The Cost of Indecision: A Plan for Music & Life (Faithwalk Publishing), is a collection of lifelong observations, lessons, and directives on music ministry, as well as action items that can be learned today and put in practice tomorrow. ...

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