Tag Archives: Christina Bell

Christina Bell – Still Faithful

Christina Bell Still Faithful Malaco Music Group (release date: July 30, 2021) www.malaco.com By Robert M. Marovich There’s no place like home. So that’s just where Christina Bell went, to her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, to record a live worship service and package it as Still Faithful. Bell’s star has risen from her days in the youth choir at Shreveport’s Bright Star Baptist Church, to membership in the popular female gospel group Zie’l, to solo artist, and then actress, playing Twinkie Clark in Lifetime’s Clark Sisters biopic. Although Bell demonstrates dramatic flair on Still Faithful, it’s all about the singing. ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 156

Episode 156 Playlist America bless God – Bonita Burney Simmons It’s time – Mary Glover Jesus cares – Leporia “Hollywood” Logan I’d rather have Jesus – True Believers Be with me – Pastor Darren A. Farmer Sr. Thank you – Felica Welch Ain’t nobody like Jesus – Ron Rawls Begin again – Tevis Harris & Favor feat. Wanda Barners Survivor – Mika Morrow Still faithful – Christina Bell feat. Fred Hammond Forgiven – Lee Hawkins People of light – Ritasoul Stayed on Him – Terrian Blessed be the name – Reba Rambo

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JGM Pick of the Week: August 2, 2021

“Still Faithful” Christina Bell feat. Fred Hammond From the Malaco Music Group CD Still Faithful (release date: July 30, 2021) www.malaco.com By Robert M. Marovich With or without assistance from gospel legend Fred Hammond, “Still Faithful” is former Z’iel member Christina Bell’s best solo single yet. To a lilting melody, Bell declares on the title track of her new album that regardless of the day’s pains and tragedies, and there are many, don’t worry, God is there for you. Hammond is in full agreement, grateful that God prevented potential problems from happening in his life. In true gospel song fashion, ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 147

Episode 147 Playlist: Bow down – Christina Bell Happy in Jesus – Exciting Holy Sons Never leave you alone – Supreme Angels Joy – Philip Mercer God’s power – Minister John Taylor Jr. Alright – Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Choir Trust and believe – Mona Moore Hope – David Billingsley Psalm 33:2 – Instruments of Musick Carry us through – All Nations Music Lord forgive me – Mali Music Over and over – PJ Morton feat. Commissioned Rock my soul – Fisk Jubilee Singers feat. Fairfield Four

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“Bow Down” – Christina Bell

“Bow Down” Christina Bell From the Malaco CD For His Glory www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich It’s not easy being the psalm to follow the popular Psalm 23 (“The Lord is My Shepherd”). Nevertheless, Psalm 24 has plenty of wonderful imagery to offer and Christina Bell must agree. The former Z’iel member sets its opening lines to a bracing P&W rhythm on her new single, “Bow Down.” From Bell’s September 2019 debut album for Malaco Music Group, “Bow Down” is the kind of aerobic selection frequently employed today to open worship services. Though Bell’s contralto has plenty of depth and shading, ...

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Donald Lawrence Recreates the Clark Sisters Sound for Lifetime Biopic

By Bob Marovich Like Beatles and Bob Dylan purists, fans of gospel’s celebrated Clark Sisters know every harmony, every vocal ornamentation, and every nuance of every singer on every song by heart—almost better than the artists themselves. No pressure on Donald Lawrence, musical director of The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. The biopic premieres Saturday, April 11, on Lifetime (8 p.m./7 p.m. Central). The film is directed by Detroit native Christine Swanson (a fellow Domer from the University of Notre Dame) and stars Aunjanue Ellis as the mercurial Dr. Mattie Moss Clark; Kierra Sheard plays her own mother, Karen ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 131

Episode 131 Playlist: He picked me up – Spencer Taylor Jr. & the Highway QCs Working in my favor – Bishop Leonard Scott Take care of you – C. J. Taylor & Men of Fellowship Changed – Will Downing Redeemed – Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis This song is for you – Min. Earl Bynum Go – Trin-i-tee 5:7 I wanna know you – Intimate Praise The epilogue (for me), feat. Phil J. – Da’ T.R.U.T.H. Turn right and go straight – Roscoe Robinson Going – Christina Bell It’s like fire – Lady Bartee Resting place – Casey J

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“Going” – Christina Bell

“Going” Christina Bell Malaco Music Group (2018) www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich When I first heard the Shreveport, Louisiana, female gospel group Zie’l singing a Ward Singers classic a cappella at the 2005 Gospel Music Workshop of America, I knew then it would be a group to watch. Though Zie’l tended to favor the smooth-and-sassy style of Virtue on their Genesis and Pronounced ZY-EL albums, their finest moments came when they worked within gospel’s firm foundations, such as on “Purify Me,” “Surely God is Able,” and “Is My Living in Vain.” Nevertheless, they always sounded better live. One of the principal ...

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Javen – Grace

Javen Grace Tyscot Records (release date: June 22, 2018) www.tyscot.com By Bob Marovich It’s been five years since actor and P&W recording artist Javen released Worship in the Now – Live, but Grace is worth the wait. Rare is the album that features so many quality original songs, but Grace is one of those. Javen Campbell wrote or co-wrote all of the material, save for “Amazing Grace.” And also with one exception (again, “Amazing Grace”), each track features a strong guest vocalist, the most notable of them being Tye Tribbett, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Tim Bowman Jr., and Candy West. The album’s singular selections are ...

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Gerald “Da Gospel Truth” Jones Presents The Independent Spirit, Vol. 1

Various Artists Gerald “Da Gospel Truth” Jones Presents The Independent Spirit, Volume 1 (release date: September 4, 2015) www.ispiritmusic.com By Bob Marovich Industry insiders will tell you that some of the best gospel music is not being heard on mainstream gospel radio. It’s being produced by independent, or indie, artists. That should not surprise anyone. It is the case with most music genres. It has been that way for decades. Artists typically do their finest work during their “hungry” or “salad” days. And every artist was once an independent. James Cleveland. Kirk Franklin. Mahalia Jackson. The Caravans. The father of ...

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