Tag Archives: Bob Marovich

JGM’s Best of 2018 Lists

Best Gospel CDs, Singles and Historic Reissues of 2018 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/sacred music in 2018 in terms of overall music ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 130

Episode 130 Playlist: On time – Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Choir I’ve got joy – Reggie Campbell feat. Celia King Murray Bless the Lord – GMWA Detroit Chapter Choir Working for my good – Brandon Mitchell & S.W.A.P. feat. Lisa Knowles Smith Waiting on Jesus – True Believers He worked it out – Tommies Reunion Choir The great I am – Shree Isabell Open your mouth and say something – Brent Jones We’re ready – God’s Chosen Cycles – Jonathan McReynolds feat. DOE Into your heart – Jessica Dalla Torre In your presence – Puchi Colon When ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 128

              Playlist for Episode 128: I’ll make it – Alfonzo Udell & Chosen Chorale feat. Lorraine Anderson Put your trust – Apostle James Alston & Fellowship Laughter (just like medicine) – BeBe Winans feat. KS He’s never failed me yet – St. Mark Sanctuary Choir Unto the lamb – Kim Stratton He won’t leave me alone – Shunice Hill-Sullivan Changed me – Vonnie Blackshear We made it through – Dave Bass & the DBGs Holy medley – Cameron Ross Right now’s the right time for Jesus – Steve Cermele Please don’t forgive me – ...

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Jonathan Nelson Wants Listeners to be “Inspired, Encouraged, and Empowered” by New Album

By Bob Marovich In 1776, the Declaration of Independence freed American people from the oppression of the Royal Crown. In 2018, Jonathan Nelson’s seventh studio album, Declarations, is intended to free all people for salvation under the Holy Crown. The Stellar Award-winning singer and songwriter releases Declarations (Entertainment One) nationwide and through digital outlets today, Friday, September 14. “I want the album to leave listeners inspired, encouraged, and empowered,” Nelson told the Journal of Gospel Music. “If they sing these songs of themselves, they can see the results of what they say. If they say ‘I’m healed,’ they can be free ...

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Conversations with the Gospel Legends: Leanne Faine

Ms. Leanne Faine, Thompson Community Singers lead vocalist and a solo gospel artist in her own right joins Bob Marovich on “Conversations with the Gospel Legends.” It’s part of our continuing focus on the history of Chicago’s Thompson Community Singers. Conversations with the Gospel Legends. Host: Bob Marovich. Guest: Leanne Faine from PCC Studio on Vimeo.

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Malcolm Williams & Great Faith, Jonathan J. Wimbush, Todd Curry Among Top Honorees at 10th Rhythm of Gospel Awards

By Bob Marovich Chicago’s Malcolm Williams & Great Faith walked off with no less than four honors, including Contemporary Choir of the Year and the coveted Rhythm of Gospel CD of the Year, during the 10th annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards this past week. Held in “Yeah That Greenville,” South Carolina, from June 20 to 24, the Rhythm of Gospel Awards celebrated its tenth anniversary with music showcases, awards ceremonies, banquets, and pageants. Other top honorees at the ceremonies included the remarkable holy hip hop artist Jonathan J. Wimbush with three awards; Ms. C. Ashley Brown-Lawrence, who picked up Contemporary Song ...

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Conversations with the Gospel Legends: Elsa Harris

Our guest on the most recent episode of Conversations with the Gospel Legends was Elsa Harris, accompanist for the Thompson Community Singers and an all-around amazing musician. One of Chicago’s true jewels! On the Reverend Harold Bailey’s PCC Network, Mr. Clarence McMillon, director. Conversations with the Gospel Legends with Bob Marovich. Gospel Legend, Elsa Harris. from PCC Studio on Vimeo.

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Jason Nelson Provides The Answer May 18

By Bob Marovich May 18 marks the day Bishop Jason Nelson will release his fifth album, The Answer (RCA Inspiration). Recorded live at Greater Bethlehem Temple Church in Randallstown, Maryland, the album marks Nelson’s tenth anniversary as pastor of Greater Bethlehem Temple, the church his father, Bishop James D. Nelson Sr., once shepherded. JGM asked the Stellar Award-winning singer and songwriter about a few of the songs on The Answer. Though the hymnbook-like “Jesus Is the Answer (For the World Today)” opens the album, it was not intended to be the lead-off song. “Originally, the song fell [in sequence] after ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 122

              Episode 122 Playlist: 1. Lay down my burdens – Golden Bells 2. He saved me – YoLonda Lolar-Johnson 3. He promised me – BeBe Winans feat. Tobbi & Tommi and introducing Kiandra 4. If I don’t have Jesus – Steve Cermele 5. He knows my name – William H. Rainer Jr. 6. You will win – Jekalyn Carr 7. Blessed assurance – Daniel D. 8. Awaiting my king – Mrs. Inspire 9. One more chance – Morris Mingo & One Voice Ensemble 10. Carbon River – New Heart Band 11. Father be pleased ...

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A New Year’s Message to Gospel Artists

By Bob Marovich (I posted this initially on Facebook but had an inquiry to place it on the Journal, so here it is, verbatim). Based on what I read in the gospel section of the 2017 year-end Billboard issue, I believe the gospel music industry can be disrupted by an artist or artists who do the following: Set excess to the side – tone it down – we know what the band sounds like. We want to hear more of YOU. Focus more on the streets of gold than the red carpet. Humility and Integrity should be your motto. Never ever settle ...

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