JGM Pick of the Week: January 25, 2021

“Thank God for What Didn’t Happen”
Prez Blackmon
Pearl’s Son Music (release date: January 1, 2021)

By Robert M. Marovich

The title alone is a testament to the times.

But for God, Blackmon sings in his elastic tenor, it could have been me, it could have been worse, it could have been tragic.

It’s a statement Blackmon heard his pastor, Bishop Noel Jones of the City of Refuge L.A., say many times. This past year’s worrisome mix of physical and social trials, however, really put it in focus for the singer.

Blackmon sets his message of gratitude to an appropriately churchy beat. The background vocalists, serving as the congregation, shout their assent to Blackmon’s declamations. There but for the grace of God…

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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