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Regina Belle – My Colorful Christmas

Regina Belle My Colorful Christmas Tashi3 Entertainment / Altavoz Distribution (release date: November 1, 2022) http://iamreginabelle.com/ By Robert M. Marovich My Colorful Christmas, the first yuletide album from GRAMMY Awardee Regina Belle, and issued on her own imprint, Tashi3 Entertainment, traverses mostly familiar holiday fare. Traditional carols and more recently-composed Christmas songs receive bubbly jazz and R&B arrangements tagged with improvisatory, and sometimes downright evangelistic, codas. Indeed, the spiritual codas from Belle and her background vocalists are what distinguish this album from other Christmas collections by popular singers. For example, Belle tags the Latin-flavored “Silent Night” with a sobering allusion ...

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JGM Music Hour: Christmas 2021

Christmas 2021 Playlist Go tell it – Calvin Bridges We three kings – Melody and Harmony The Christmas song – Rufus Johnson Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Kerry Douglas feat. Monica Lisa Stevenson Hope is alive – Tevis Harris & Favor Immanuel – Beverly Heath He brought joy – Bryan Andrew Wilson & the Wilsonettes Wonderful child – Matthew Donaldson Celebrate it’s Christmas time – Sounds of Imani Christmas joy – Anthony Clark This Christmas – Shawn Millz This year – Michelle-Lee Home with you – VaShawn Mitchell & Chante’ Moore Hope is here – Stefan Green No ...

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“Hope is Alive” – Tevis Harris & FaVor

“Hope is Alive”Tevis Harris & FaVorIndependent (release date: November 4, 2021)www.tevisharris.com By Robert M. Marovich Strains of Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child is Born” opens Tevis Harris & FaVor’s Christmas single, “Hope is Alive.” The song proclaims Christ’s birth as the anticipation of a more peaceful, more just, more joyous world, and a blissful life to come on the last day. The song’s intense musical conclusion exudes the conviction of the lyrics. Tevis Harris & FaVor, whose 2021 single “Begin Again” was reviewed by JGM, hails from Rocky Mount, NC. Given the number of gospel artists per capita in ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: December 21, 2020

“Silent Night”HamiltonesFrom the Young Vintage CDA Hamiltone Christmas (release date: November 30, 2017)www.watchtheton3s.com By Robert M. Marovich Although labeled a soul and R&B group, the Hamiltones of North Carolina sound for all the world like a gospel quartet on “Silent Night.” From converting the song’s 6/8 time signature to 12/8 to the shouting vocals, gritty guitar work, adlibbing, and crackling vinyl intro, this is old school quartet, I don’t care what anybody says. Then again, the Grammy-nominated trio has been featured on albums by Anthony Hamilton, PJ Morton, Jonathan McReynolds, and Tori Kelly, so there’s that. Released in 2017, the ...

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JGM Music Hour – Christmas 2020 Mixtape

Christmas 2020 Playlist Do you believe – PJ Morton feat. Yolanda Adams What Christmas means to me – Michelle David & the Gospel Sessions Joy to the world – Robert E. Person Jesus what a wonderful child – Rhyme & Reason feat. April Hall Oh come all ye faithful – Parkes Stewart Born to die – Angela Moss Poole Holiday love – Erica Mason, Emcee N.I.C.E. & Spechouse He’s not a baby anymore – Angelo & Veronica Have yourself a merry little Christmas – Titus Showers My favorite things – Glodean and Linda Messiah (Christ was born) – Joseph Robinson ...

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Michelle David & the Gospel Sessions: It’s a Soulful Christmas

Michelle David & the Gospel SessionsIt’s a Soulful Christmas(release date: November 27, 2020)http://michelledavidandthegospelsessions.com By Robert M. Marovich Holland’s Michelle David & the Gospel Sessions lend their stripped-down small-combo Sixties soul stylings to new and classic Christmas songs on It’s a Soulful Christmas. Looking a little like a Columbia Records release from the Sixties, the album art telegraphs the retro sounds within. David channels the coquettish soprano of Diana Ross throughout the project, most especially on the nearly note-for-note cover of Stevie Wonder’s quintessentially Motown “What Christmas Means to Me.” While the perky single “This Christmas (I’ll Be By Your Side)” ...

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Tasha Cobbs Leonard Named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist Of The Decade

Singer Wraps Whirlwind Year With Holiday Programming Alongside Dolly Parton and Ne-Yo. Nashville, TN (December 11, 2020) – GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard has been named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist of the Decade. News of the top honor came late last week, as Billboard began announcing its year-end and decade-end charts. Cobbs Leonard was also named the Top Female Gospel Artist for the 3rd consecutive year. This year alone, Tasha Cobbs Leonard earned two additional RIAA® certifications—one Platinum certification for her hit single “Break Every Chain,” and a Gold certification (her third) for the #1 radio single “You Know My ...

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“Jesus What a Wonderful Child” – Rhyme & Reason feat. April Hall

“Jesus What A Wonderful Child” Rhyme & Reason feat. April Hall From the Enon Music Group album A Reasonable Gift (release date: November 20, 2020) By Robert M. Marovich It does my heart good to know that the Angelic Gospel Singers’ “Glory, Glory to the New Born King,” once the most popular Christmas carol in the African-American community, is still being sung more than 70 years since its release. The production team of Josh Lay and Morgan Turner, known as Rhyme & Reason, covers it under its alternate title, “Jesus What a Wonderful Child.” Powerhouse singer April Hall gives the ...

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“Do You Believe” – PJ Morton feat. Yolanda Adams

“Do You Believe” PJ Morton feat. Yolanda Adams From the Morton Records CD Christmas with PJ Morton – Deluxe Edition (release date: November 20, 2020) By Robert M. Marovich Some songs sound as if you’ve heard them your whole life. “Do You Believe” is one of them. PJ Morton’s Christmas song has a buoyancy that is evocative of Donny Hathaway. Effervescent singing by Morton and Adams makes it sizzle. This is the version for others to emulate. Why it is not included among the holiday songs currently on pop radio’s Yuletide rotation is anyone’s guess. “Do You Believe” can be ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: December 7, 2020

“Born to Die” Angela Moss Poole 141st Lane Media (release date: 2014) www.AngelaMossPoole.com By Robert M. Marovich Not the Glenn Burleigh cantata, this “Born to Die” is a song written and performed by Dr. Angela Moss Poole of Miami, Florida. A bittersweet ballad, “Born to Die” reminds us of the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Poole sets the song on that “special night” in Bethlehem, but she also references Christ’s ultimate sacrifice at the cross as the true gift that keeps on giving. An exceptional production and arrangement, coupled with Poole’s lithe soprano reading, sell this holiday treat, a re-release ...

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