JGM Pick of the Week: September 7, 2020

“Alright”
Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Choir
From the forthcoming album Restored

By Bob Marovich

Bishop Larry Trotter and the choir of his Sweet Holy Spirit Church on Chicago’s Southeast side offer encouragement in the full-throated, hand-clapping, church-wrecking style emblematic of the Windy City gospel choir sound.

In a sandpaper-rough baritone, Trotter sings about “heartaches and pains,” as the choir answers him with a reassuring “alright, it’s gonna be alright.” But it’s the fiery vocalist Betty Lott who sells the song. She works the audience and duets with Trotter as, with the choir, they interpolate a bit of Dianne Williams’ famous vamp on “Jesus Can Work it Out” at the end.

Having contracted and recovered from COVID-19, as well as from bouts with cancer, Trotter knows a thing or two about victory. So does Betty Lott, I’m sure. Everyone has a testimony.

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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