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JGM Music Hour: Episode 153

Episode 153 Playlist Thank you Lord – The Cross Family Fighter – Patreka Wortham Highway to Heaven – Pastor David Wright Way Maker – Patrick Lundy & the Ministers of Music It was the blood – Min. James Willis & Nu Praze Chorale It won’t be long – Dr. Waverly Bumbrey & Refuge Temple Cathedral Still gon’ trust – Joshua Rogers Holy – Mark Hubbard & the Voices feat. Pastor Don Clark Never lost – CeCe Winans Tender and mighty – The Wood Drake Sessions Saved and sanctified – Highway QCs The one – Jewell & Converted First love – ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: March 30, 2021

“Saved and Sanctified” The Highway QCs feat. Spencer Taylor Jr. From Live at the 2021 Gospel Inaugural Celebration (release date: March 6, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich On the heels of his autobiography, A General Becomes a Legend, Godfather of Quartet Music Spencer Taylor Jr.  joins his fellow Highway QCs deliver an energetic old-school quartet number to a modern arrangement. The QCs are saved and sanctified, and the harmonies are smooth. The rhythm section is relentless, supporting the men with an insistent and quick quartet strut beat. The call-and-response between lead and quartet turns up the temperature during the QCs’ ...

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“Thank You Lord” – The Cross Family

“Thank You Lord” The Cross Family By Robert M. Marovich The Cross Family of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, pays homage to their father, the late Gene Cross, by keeping the family group going strong. Their new single, “Thank You Lord,” is a rhythmic affirmation of gratitude steeped in call-and-response, a good old fashioned quartet vamp, and that you-know-it-when-you-hear-it quartet rhythm. In 2016, upon retiring as manager and lead singer of former Song Bird recording artists the Smiling Jubilaires, Gene Cross assembled his family into a singing aggregation. Gene passed in 2018, but the group, now under the tutelage of “Lil Gene” ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 150

Episode 150 Playlist He picked me up – Highway QCs feat. Spencer Taylor Jr. Trust in the Lord – Danielle Sunny Bryant He’s here – Darrell McFadden & the Disciples Lord do it again – Dr. F. James Clark Presents Shalom Church & Friends In the room – Geneatha Wright Going home – Bishop Bobby Ingram & Legendary Trenton All Stars Freedom – a new Jerusalem – Jon Scott On high places – Sandra McCracken My time of worship – Avis Marie Bickham Come praise the Lord – Sounds of Imani Blessing me – San Franklin feat. Chrystal Rucker

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“He Picked Me Up” – The Highway QCs featuring Spencer Taylor Jr.

“He Picked Me Up” The Highway QCs featuring Spencer Taylor Jr. Ruffboyzmusic Group, LLC / Overboard Records 2020 By Robert M. Marovich The Highway QCs under “The Godfather” Spencer Taylor Jr. have not only entered their eighth decade of spreading the good news through quartet harmony, they show no signs of slowing down. Taylor assumes the second lead on the effervescent single, “He Picked Me Up.” It’s full of energy, optimism, and zest—just what we need to get through the tough times. The single is another example of the noise Jontee Ruffin’s Ruffboyzmusic Group and Darrell Jay Jones’ Overboard Records ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 131

Episode 131 Playlist: He picked me up – Spencer Taylor Jr. & the Highway QCs Working in my favor – Bishop Leonard Scott Take care of you – C. J. Taylor & Men of Fellowship Changed – Will Downing Redeemed – Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis This song is for you – Min. Earl Bynum Go – Trin-i-tee 5:7 I wanna know you – Intimate Praise The epilogue (for me), feat. Phil J. – Da’ T.R.U.T.H. Turn right and go straight – Roscoe Robinson Going – Christina Bell It’s like fire – Lady Bartee Resting place – Casey J

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JGM Pick of the Week: December 24, 2018

“He Picked Me Up” The Highway Q.C.s feat. Spencer Taylor Jr. Ruff Boyz Records (release date: December 14, 2018) By Bob Marovich On the road in one iteration or other since 1945, the Highway QCs continue to traverse the gospel highway, led by the Godfather of Gospel, Spencer Taylor Jr., who has been with the group since Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States. “He Picked Me Up,” the quartet’s latest single, is a bundle of sanctified energy. The quartet strings together beloved lyric lines from classic gospels and hymns to celebrate of God’s power to save one ...

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The Zion Messengers – I’m Ready

The Zion Messengers I’m Ready 1500 GOSPEL (release date: September 1, 2015) By Bob Marovich If you’ve heard Snoop Dogg’s gospel album, Bible of Love, you’ve heard the Zion Messengers. They are the young quartet from Los Angeles that sings on Bible of Love‘s “Going Home.” But you don’t get to appear on Bible of Love without gospel music experience. Indeed, the Zion Messengers released their own album, I’m Ready, back in 2015. The quartet sounds just as confident on this earlier album as they do on Snoop Dogg’s. Although endeavoring to make I’m Ready as contemporary as possible, the ...

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On Jesus’ Program – The Gospel Soul of O.V. Wright

By Opal Louis Nations Overton Vertis Wright was perhaps one of the finest gospel and soul-blues singers to emerge from out of the Volunteer State. He was born to Emanuel and Helen Wright on October 9, 1939, in Lens, some thirty miles west of Memphis, Tennessee. His first public appearance was made atop a soap box in 1945 at the Temple of Eads. Even then Wright seemed to possess perfect pitch and total control over his voice. By the age of twelve Wright was singing in the choir of the Golden Leaf Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Hamblin who recognized ...

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The Rise of Chicago’s Highway Q.C.s During Gospel’s Golden Era (1947-1964)

The Rise of Chicago’s Highway Q.C.s During Gospel’s Golden Era (1947-1964) by Opal Louis Nations When the Famous Blue Jay Singers of Birmingham, Alabama and Soul Stirrers of Houston came to Chicago during and after World War II, both the dynamic, hard-singing Silas Steele of the Jays and the yodeling, melismatic Rebert H. Harris of the Stirrers changed the course of church-going gospel quartet in ways that helped transform the Windy City into a principal hub of gospel activity. As Horace Clarence Boyer put it, Chicago became the center for the development of gospel. Many a young, aspiring quartet singer ...

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