Tag Archives: Donald Lawrence

35TH ANNIVERSARY STELLAR AWARDS VIRTUAL SPECIAL PREMIERING ON BET & BET HER THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 6 PM ET

RENOWNED ANNUAL SALUTE TO GOSPEL MUSIC CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE BY HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE LATE CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS VIRTUAL PRODUCTION ENCORES AT 9PM ET AND AIRS IN SYNDICATION NATIONWIDE AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 27 (CHICAGO, IL) August 21, 2020 – This Sunday, music fans, Gospel enthusiasts and anyone looking for a little inspiration can tune into the highly-anticipated 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards premiering on BET and BET Her as a two-hour virtual special on Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. ET/5C (with an encore at 9 p.m. ET). The award show will also run in national ...

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RIP: Morris Chapman, gospel and CCM singer-songwriter

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music has learned that gospel and CCM singer-songwriter and worship leader Morris Chapman passed away on May 2, 2020, at age 82. Born February 26, 1938, in Camden, Arkansas, Chapman moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1957 and married in 1959. He didn’t start his music ministry until the 1970s, at age 40, while working as a janitor for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. Known for his smooth vocal style, piano proclivities, and for writing songs sung by the likes of Sandi Patty, Bill Gaither, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and ...

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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’s Best of 2019 – Streaming

Playlist: He Loves Me – Yael Hilton Grace Brought Me Back – Love Lifted Me – Kurt Carr feat. Le’Andria Johnson and Lorraine Stancil Haven’t Seen it Yet – Danny Gokey Reach – DOE Born for This – BeBe Winans Now More Than Ever – Out of the Dust Into the West – Camille Nelson feat. Alex Sharpe Amazing Grace – Rachel Hawkes All In His Plan – PJ Morton feat. Le’Andria Johnson and Mary Mary Stay – William McDowell Jehovah Sabaoth (God of Angel Armies) – Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers

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62nd GRAMMY Award Nominations Announced

Congratulations to the nominees in the Gospel and Christian categories for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, to be held at L. A.’s Staples Center and televised Sunday, January 26. I am honored to be part of this list for the first time (see Category 67). 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song LOVE THEORY Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter TALKIN’ ‘BOUT JESUS Gloria Gaynor Featuring Yolanda Adams; Bryan Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens, songwriters SEE THE LIGHT Travis Greene Featuring Jekalyn Carr SPEAK THE NAME Koryn Hawthorne Featuring Natalie Grant THIS IS A MOVE (LIVE) Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha ...

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Sir the Baptist: Everyday Music from a Sunday Knight

By Bob Marovich The sacred-secular divide in music is a uniquely modern conception, and it misses the point. In West Africa, where most enslaved Africans came from, all music was sacred and all music was secular. There was no distinction…until the music came to America during the African Diaspora and distinctions based on intent were forced upon it. This Saturday night-Sunday morning dialogue about what makes gospel gospel arises whenever a new generation of music makers blurs the applied distinctions to communicate a modern message to a contemporary community of believers and non-believers. Perhaps no artist today better represents the ...

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BeBe Winans – Need You

BeBe Winans Need You Malaco Music Group / Regimen Records (release date: August 30, 2019) www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich The gospel voice is not homogeneous. It is as varied in texture as the genre itself. While the paradigm of the gospel sound is the shouting or melismatic voice, smooth balladeers have been around since the beginning. Homer Quincy Smith of the Southernaires quartet and one of the first male African American gospel singers to record as a soloist, delivered his songs of Zion with operatic sonority. From there sprang the soothing sacredness of Robert Anderson, Bishop Charles Watkins and, in ...

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Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers: Goshen

Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers Goshen RCA Inspiration (release date: February 1, 2019) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich Using Old and New Testament stories to reinforce the need for a spiritual exodus from modern-day anxieties, Goshen, the latest album by Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, is the first big gospel release of 2019 and could well take its place among the best gospel albums of the year. Goshen, taken from references in Exodus of “God’s promised place” where one can find joy in the midst of troubled times, is a compendium of worship songs, declarations of personal empowerment, rages ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: January 28, 2019

“Deliver Me (This is My Exodus)” Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers feat. Le’Andria Johnson From the forthcoming RCA Inspiration album Goshen (release date: February 1, 2019) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich Le’Andria Johnson has one of the most searing voices in gospel music today. But like any singer, or actor for that matter, the material (song, film) makes the difference. Le’Andria is at her best when presented with good gospel material. Like “Deliver Me (This is My Exodus),” her feature turn with Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. From the troupe’s thematic album Goshen, this reflection on spiritual release from ...

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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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