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Dr. E. Dewey Smith Launches Solo Singing Career

“If God gave me the gift to sing, why not use it?” By Robert M. Marovich There’s almost nothing that Dr. E. Dewey Smith hasn’t accomplished. A graduate of Morehouse College who went on to earn masters and doctorate degrees, Smith is an author, media and film producer, community leader, co-host of the first daytime faith-based panel talk show, and Senior Pastor of House of Hope Georgia, which touts no less than three locations. He is now adding vocal soloist to his resume. Released in March 2021, “Your Presence is a Gift” is Smith’s debut single. Late last month, JGM ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 29, 2021

“Your Presence is a Gift” E. Dewey Smith Pebble Street Records (release date: March 5, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich If Dr. E. Dewey Smith, senior pastor of the House of Hope in Georgia, wanted to come out of the chute with just the right solo debut single, he could do no better than “Your Presence is a Gift.” Produced by John Webb and featuring Zaviel Janae and BET Sunday Best finalist Zebulon Ellis in the team of background vocalists, the song finds Smith delivering what amounts to his testimony in the silkiest vocals this side of Brian Courtney Wilson. ...

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“Never Shakes, Never Will” – The Wood Drake Sessions

“Never Shakes, Never Will” The Wood Drake Sessions (Independent; release date: January 19, 2021) https://thewooddrakesessions.com/ By Robert M. Marovich Taking their text from Psalm 121 (“I lift my eyes to the hills”), the Wood Drake Sessions offers a word of personal encouragement in “Never Shakes, Never Will.” The song is bathed in an acoustic, laidback Levon Helm-meets-Southern-Gospel vibe. Crisp production makes for a peaceful, easy listening experience. Paul Ranheim and Kirk Sauers, aka The Wood Drake Sessions, are friends who met initially in Nashville. Today, Paul is a minister and songwriter in Colorado, and Kirk is a worship leader in ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 23, 2020

“Dr. Jesus” The Swanee Quintet From the Ruff Boyz Music Group LLC / Overboard Records CD Made in Augusta: Live at the Bell Auditorium (release date: June 20, 2020) By Robert M. Marovich “Dr. Jesus” is a Swanee Quintet perennial, a song they cannot eliminate from their repertory no matter how many years they are on the road or how many radio singles they accumulate. Nor should they: it’s a surefire way to lift congregations from their seats and start them to clapping and waving their hands. The Augusta, Georgia, quartet’s most recent recording of “Dr. Jesus” comes from a ...

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James C. Birdsong, Jr. Honored with the Shining Star Award by Preach the Word Worldwide Network

Atlanta, Aug 8, 2020 (Issuewire.com) – James C. Birdsong, Jr., a member of the renowned Birdsong family, will receive the Shining Star Award on Friday, August 28th, 2020, at 7 p.m. via pay-per-view live stream. The Shining Star Award is presented every year by Preach the Word Worldwide Network TV, an international Christian TV network in Roswell, Georgia, that reaches 50 million homes and devices around the world. Birdsong, 40, is being honored for his contributions to the Gospel music industry, leadership abilities in the community, and being a mentor for today’s youth throughout the United States. The author of ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 1, 2020

“A Charge”Desmond Roberson & the Roberson BunchFrom the 3 Sonz Records Here’s the Story(release date: May 22, 2020) By Bob Marovich Don’t let the amusing Brady Bunch-like cover fool you. There’s some serious singing on “A Charge,” from Desmond Roberson & the Roberson Bunch. It is an exhilarating Pentecostal-meets-quartet take on the hymn “A Charge to Keep I Have,” arranged by husband-and-wife team Desmond and Tammy Roberson. The piece, which serves as the finale of a live recording by the family band from Valdosta, Georgia, allows the congregation a chance to get their last long praise on. Desmond leads with ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: October 28, 2019

“I’ve Decided to Make Jesus My Choice” Marcel McManus Sr. Independent (release date: September 4, 2018) By Bob Marovich Sometimes you just need to hear gospel done the old fashioned way, like they used to do in church: solo voice and piano. A young man with an old soul, Marcel McManus Sr. accompanies himself on piano on a cover of Harrison Johnson’s testimonial, “I’ve Decided to Make Jesus My Choice.” The singer takes what was originally arranged for choir and turns it into a solo spotlight, offering up a host of vocal flowers and frills while staying true to the ...

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Teenaged Daughter of Gospel Singer Micah Stampley Passes Away

(ATLANTA, GA) October 22, 2019 – It is with a heavy heart that the Stampley family would like to announce the passing of their 15 year old daughter, Mary Stampley, from complications with a seizure. Please keep their family in your prayers and respect their privacy as they deal with this traumatic event. #    # The Journal of Gospel Music sends its heartfelt sympathies to the Stampley family on the loss of Mary. Parents should never have to bury their children. Our heart breaks for you.

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RIP: Sister Lucille Pope

By Bob Marovich Malaco Music Group announced that Sister Lucille Pope passed away Thursday, September 26. Home going arrangements are as follows: Saturday, October 5, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: The Covenant Church 1700 Corey Blvd. Decatur, GA 30032 Funeral Home: McDowell Funeral Home 305 N. Hill St. Griffin, GA 30223 From her Malaco Music Group bio, which I created for their website: Born Lucille Hall on January 12, 1936, to a Concord, Georgia, sharecropping family, Pope sang while she plowed the fields. She also sang at church and at school, and wrote lyrics and songs whenever the spirit led ...

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RIP: Tessie Hill, Gospel Singer

Marcel West of Detroit, Michigan, informed the Journal of Gospel Music that gospel singer Tessie Hill-Ackey passed away on July 28, 2019. Born October 9, 1934, in Monroe, Georgia, Madame Hill migrated at a young age to Detroit, Michigan. She later became lead vocalist of the choir at the church shepherded by her husband, the late Pastor Lonnie Hill. The Original Church of God in Christ Choir, which for a time included a young Rance Allen on guitar, made albums for Savoy Records during the 1960s. Hill’s vivacious, expressive voice led many of the choir’s selections. Hill had a solo ...

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