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Another R.I.P. – Psalmist Erica Bratton-McCollough

By Bob Marovich The year 2016 is not even two months old and is already looking like it will go down in history as The Year the Music Died. One more gospel artist, and a young person, no less, has left this earth for her eternal reward. Erica Bratton-McCollough, 43, a North Carolina native, was an early member of Donald Lawrence’s Tri-City Singers.  Many remember her work in particular on the ensemble’s “When the Saints Go to Worship.”  She died February 11, 2016, after an extended illness. According to Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava, Bratton-McCollough was also a stage actress and ...

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Bishop Andrew J. Ford II & the Anointed Voices – EP

Bishop Andrew J. Ford II & The Anointed Voices EP from the forthcoming CD We Still Serve a Mighty God www.fordmemorial.com By Bob Marovich By means of an EP and the current radio single, “A Mighty Good God,” Bishop Andrew J. Ford II & The Anointed Voices of Ford Memorial Temple are giving gospel music enthusiasts a taste of their forthcoming CD, We Still Serve A Mighty God. A choir director since his teenage years, Ford parlayed his fondness for gospel choral singing into the founding of Sweet Rain Records. The label recorded such artists as the Wilmington Chester Mass ...

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Bertha Burley Melson, Former Member of Lux Singers, Dies

By Bob Marovich JGM learned from Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava.com the sad news that Ms. Bertha Burley Melson, one of the stalwarts of the Chicago gospel music community, passed away.  She was 82. Born in Chicago on March 4, 1933, Melson was a member of the famed Lux Singers, a gospel group founded by Beatrice Lux that at one time or another included a young Rev. James Cleveland and his sister, Iris; Rev. Dr. Clay Evans; Imogene Greene; Ida Mae Davis; James Whitehurst; and Jerome Burks. The Lux Singers were “unorthodox,” Melson said.  “Back then, folks sang real nice and smooth and ...

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Pianist Edward Robinson Dies; Accompanied Mahalia Jackson, Caravans

Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava.com informed the Journal of Gospel Music of the passing of Edward “Eddie” Robinson. Robinson was a gospel piano accompanist for such leading lights as Robert Anderson and Mahalia Jackson.  He played on the Caravans’ April 1952 recording debut and toured Europe with Mahalia Jackson.  In 2011, Robinson recorded his first solo album for The Sirens Records: This Is My Story, This Is My Song. You can read more about Robinson’s life here:  www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/edward-robinson-39 On Saturday, November 15, WLUW-FM’s “Gospel Memories” will feature a long set of Eddie Robinson classics (www.gospelmemories.com). JGM will share more details on Robinson’s ...

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