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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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Black History Month: Calvin Bridges Honors His Heroes

A lovely tribute from gospel singer-songwriter Calvin Bridges: Black History Month – My Tribute IV I am blessed and elated to express my gratitude and veneration of several people who have made an indelible impartation in and have had significant impact on my life… my Heroes! Today…   I Celebrate the men responsible for my recording career! First, Pastor Walter Veal, Just Faith Full Gospel Church, Harvey, IL, a friend and brother for 40 years… and host for many years on WYCA Radio. It was he who first approached me and the pastor of Spirit of Love Baptist Church, encouraging ...

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RIP: Jodi Litmon, Independent Gospel Artist

By Bob Marovich The gospel music world mourns the passing of Mrs. Jodi Litmon, an independent gospel artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, who recently racked up six nominations for the 2016 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, including New Artist of the Year. Mrs. Litmon was Founder and CEO of Jodi Litmon Heart of Worship Ministries and director of music at Overflow Ministries Covenant Church.  Earlier this year, she published My Experience…For His Glory, a book chronicling the power of a positive outlook in the midst of her cancer diagnosis and recovery. She also wrote a song in response to her illness.  Listen to “Soar ...

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Journal of Gospel Music’s Best of 2015

By Bob Marovich As is our custom for this time of year, the Journal of Gospel Music presents its “best of” lists in the category of CDs, songs, and historical releases. The recordings were not chosen as “best of” based on sales, chart status, promotion, voting, fan popularity, number of likes or retweets, committee decisions, throwing darts, reading tea leaves, arm twisting, or anything other than 1) JGM was serviced with the music for review and 2) JGM believes they best represented gospel music in 2015 in terms of overall music quality. Artists whose music does not appear here: please don’t despair.  These lists were ...

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Nominations for the 58th GRAMMY Awards

The nominations in the Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music categories (#36-40) for the 58th GRAMMY Awards were announced, and they are as follows: 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song Worth [Live] – Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy Wanna Be Happy? – Kirk Franklin Intentional – Travis Greene How Awesome is Our God [Live] – Israel & Newbreed feat. Yolanda Adams Worth Fighting For [Live] – Brian Courtney Wilson   37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) – Crowder Because He Lives (Amen) – Matt Maher Soul On Fire – Third Day feat. ...

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Chicago Gospel History with Radio Great Milt Rosenberg

Journal of Gospel Music Editor-in-Chief Bob Marovich (pictured, left), discussed his book, A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois Press), with radio legend Milt Rosenberg (center) on The Milt Rosenberg Show.  The program aired live Friday, November 6, 2015, on WCGO 1590 AM, Chicago. Iconic gospel choir conductor, arranger, and Mahalia Jackson accompanist Dr. Charles Clency (right) joined us for a lively and informative discussion of gospel music as it was birthed from, and prospered in, Chicago.  Musical highlights included selections from many of Chicago’s golden greats! So grateful for the opportunity to be a guest of Milt Rosenberg, ...

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Tye Tribbett’s iHOPE Concert In Memory of Slain Cousin Corey Jones

From a press release: Grammy Award winner Tye Tribbett’s cousin Corey Jones, a drummer, was on his way home from a concert gig when he experienced SUV trouble in the early morning of October 18th. While he was awaiting roadside assistance on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, an undercover officer approached Jones’ stranded vehicle and, while there are differing accounts of what happened next – less than an hour later Jones was dead, felled by at least three bullets after he began to run away from the policeman. The death of Tribbett’s cousin has moved him once again ...

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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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