Tag Archives: Donnie McClurkin

“Speak” – Angel Taylor

“Speak” Angel Taylor Awspire Records (release date: August 5, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich On “Speak,” Angel Taylor revisits the easy urban contemporary swing of Trin-i-tee 5:7, the award-winning female vocal group of which she was once part. Whispery vocals, finger popping, and playful beats adorn Travis Finley’s silky love song to Jesus, whose holy presence Taylor feels in her life every day, every way. As a wink to her generation, Taylor incorporates the four-note title line of Donnie McClurkin and the New York Restoration Choir’s 1990 “Speak to My Heart.” Angel Taylor and Chanelle (Chanel) Haynes, original members of ...

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JGM Pick of the Week:  September 26, 2022

“The Prayer” Whitney April feat. Rodrick Dixon Arete Records (release date: September 23, 2022) https://music.empi.re/theprayer By Robert M. Marovich “The Prayer” is a pop song, not a sacred song per se, but it IS a prayer, and hearing it rendered by the angelic-voiced Whitney April teamed with the operatic power of Rodrick Dixon of Three Mo’ Tenors, is a refreshing alternative to the more common versions. Interestingly, it was the 2003 cover by Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams that caught Whitney’s fancy. In any event, “The Prayer,” produced by Adams’s music director, Rodney East, and released last Friday, is a ...

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BMI Celebrates the Best in Gospel Music at the 2022 Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

Right: BMI Gospel Songwriter of the Year honorees Kierra and J Drew Sheard II at the 2022 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards. Photo Credit: Steve Lowry for BMI. “Speak To Me” Named BMI’s Gospel Song of the Year Aaron Lindsey, J Drew Sheard II, Kierra Sheard and Jeshua “TedyP” Williams tied for Songwriter of the Year Be Essential Songs Honored as Publisher of the Year (March 31, 2022- NASHVILLE, TN)– Today BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) celebrated the best and brightest in gospel music at the 2022 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards held at the National Museum of African ...

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Various Artists – Malaco 50th Celebration

Various Artists Malaco 50th Celebration Malaco Music Group (release date: February 25, 2022) www.malaco.com By Robert M. Marovich The nearly two-hour Malaco 50th Celebration two CD set (and companion DVD) is one of the best releases thus far this year. Recorded live on July 12, 2018, at the record company’s golden anniversary gala at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi, the package pairs current gospel stars with classic songs from Malaco’s gospel archives. Since the label owns the licensing rights to gospel music from such iconic labels as Apollo, Savoy, Atlanta International Records, Muscle Shoals Sound, GosPearl, and Onyx, it ...

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EJ Gaines Promoted to SVP Marketing / Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel

(Nashville, TN) – February 9, 2022 – Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) has promoted EJ Gaines to SVP Marketing/Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel. Gaines has served as Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel and Vice President of Marketing at CCMG since 2018, prior to his position as Motown Gospel’s Vice President of Marketing. Gaines reports to Capitol Christian Music Group Co-President Hudson Plachy. “I’m thrilled for EJ and this well-deserved promotion,” commented Plachy. “EJ is an important part of the senior leadership team at CCMG and he has taken on increased responsibility to serve our artists across the company. He brings ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 140

Episode 140 Playlist Do you know him – Fantastic Bibletones Rain down on me – Vetrea Slack Ruffin Saved – April Hall Not yet – Donnie McClurkin Leave it alone – Alvin Darling Yes God is real – Ray Holland & New Boyz of Triumph Stop by here – Elain Thomas Happy – Edward Busta Fields & Friends Okay – Rahdyah Renee Worthy – New Heart Band You deserve – Angela Moss Poole Everlasting Covenant – Don Rutherford We all one people – Whosoever South feat. KJ-52

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Donnie McClurkin – A Different Song

Donnie McClurkin A Different Song RCA Inspiration / CamDon Music (release date: November 15, 2019) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich On the heels of the 20th anniversary celebration of the release of Live in London and More…, which contained the smash hit “We Fall Down,” multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Donnie McClurkin has dropped his eighth solo album, A Different Song. The mostly live recording contains eight McClurkin originals. While some songs are straightforward P&W fare, a few are decidedly different, in keeping with the album’s promise. One is the opener, “I Will Call Upon the Lord.” It’s an antiphonal Praise & Worship piece ...

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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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Damon Williams on #WeAreVerity: “Everyone has a Verity Story”

By Bob Marovich RCA Inspiration and Verity Records are going all out to promote Verity’s twenty-four-year legacy, and it’s starting with the #WeAreVerity campaign. The June campaign coincides with Black Music Month. “We want to honor one of the richest and most legacy-filled catalogs in gospel music,” Damon Williams, RCA Inspiration and Verity Records VP of Marketing, told the Journal of Gospel Music. “We also want to celebrate the place and position gospel music holds in people’s lives.” Williams, who joined RCA Inspiration at the end of last year, said the celebration will not only include artists, executives, and industry personnel, ...

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Various Artists: WOW GOSPEL 2017

Various Artists WOW GOSPEL 2017 RCA Inspiration (release date: January 27, 2017) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the annual WOW GOSPEL collection was my personal tutor for learning about the gospel scene. Back in those days, I was focused exclusively on vintage gospel music, and particularly the contributions of quartets. I looked forward with great anticipation to the next WOW GOSPEL project so I could take another lesson in modern gospel. I often purchased the two-CD set the day it was released. It was through WOW GOSPEL that I first encountered Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise,” Mary ...

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