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Gone but not Forgotten: Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon

The Journal of Gospel Music learned from Ron Barrett that Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon, founder of Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, died December 23. Here is a link to the church’s website: http://cutemple.org/?page_id=2457 Colemon founded Christ Universal Temple (CUT) in 1956 and expanded her New Thought Church concept into a ministerial empire called the Universal Foundation for Better Living, Inc.  At one time, CUT’s music ministry was led by Robert Mayes, a top-shelf musician and choir director who died at age 50.  One could argue that CUT was one of Chicago’s first megachurches, well before megachurches were popular. Homegoing information for Rev. Dr. Colemon ...

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Coming April 2015: A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music

Journal of Gospel Music Editor-in-Chief Bob Marovich has written the definitive history of gospel music from Chicago, the genre’s birthplace.  Available from the University of Illinois Press starting in April 2015. Read more here: UI Press | Robert Marovich | A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music.

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Pick of the Week: August 5, 2014

“Forever Mine Lord” The New Gospel Saints From the NGS Records CD Forever Mine Lord (2012) www.newgospelsaints.com On “Forever Mine Lord,” the doo-woppy title track of their 2012 CD, the New Gospel Saints of Chicago demonstrate why they are called the “Temptations of Gospel Music” Possessing a silky smoothness reminiscent of ‘70s soul vocal groups, the New Gospel Saints took home Quartet of the Year at the Rhythm of Gospel Awards. Last month, they performed “Forever Mine Lord,” a love song to Jesus, at the Awards’ main event in Birmingham, Alabama. Their choreography, harmonies, and well-timed pauses elicited more than ...

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