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Carrington Gaines: “My Music Changed When My Life Changed”

By Bob Marovich “I didn’t know I could sing until I was about fifteen,” Carrington Gaines told the Journal of Gospel Music, “which is pretty late for most gospel artists. Some of them have been singing since they were three!” But as a youngster, Gaines embraced R&B, not gospel, as his music of choice. He also spent a good part of his early life in a spiritual tug-of-war. During his late teens, he said, he could be found partying on Fridays and Saturdays and working in the church’s music department on Sundays. Today, Gaines has embraced ministry and gospel music. His ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: July 5, 2016

“Closer to You” Carrington Gaines From the EP The Process (released November, 2015) www.cdbaby.com/cd/carringtongaines Cut from the same musical mold as current gospel vocalists Jonathan McReynolds and Travis Greene, Carrington Gaines offers “Closer to You.” It’s an introspective ballad led by acoustic guitar and propelled by a delicate finger-popping beat. At one point, the song possesses the lyrical and melodic gravitas of a hymn.  At other times, it unfolds like an informal prayer closet conversation. Throughout, Gaines declares that he will seek restoration of his connection with God after a past marked by separation. A native of Buffalo, New York, ...

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JGM Music Hour: The Ten Best Songs of 2015…

          …according to the Journal of Gospel Music. Click on the image above to listen to an uninterrupted mixtape of the ten songs. Playlist: Oh! – Jonathan McReynolds (eOne Music/Tehillah Music Group) Only Jesus – Alexis Spight (eOne Music/Uncle G Records) He Delivered Me – Pastor Marlon Lock (self-released) Grace – Yael Hilton (self-released) Something About That Name – Lorraine Stancil (Anointed Sounds Records) He Touched Me – Dr. LouDella Evans-Reid and the Traditional Gospel Choir (self-released) All I Need is You – AsOne (360 MusicWorx) Pieces – Rachael Mann (C2 Records/Oak Tree Productions) Abide – ...

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Trinity Dawson – With All I Am

Trinity Dawson With All I Am New Day (2015) www.trinitydawsonmusic.com By Bob Marovich Flexibility is a critical asset for a running back. It certainly helped Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Trinity Dawson. When he was a running back for the University of Toledo, flexibility helped him to enter the school record book for rushing yards. Dawson’s beguiling tenor voice is just as flexible. It is, in fact, the ideal vehicle for the easy, ambient religious music that he has embraced and showcases on his debut album, With All I Am. Dawson’s sound falls somewhere between Jonathan McReynolds and John Legend, the latter an acknowledged ...

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Stellar Gospel Music Awards Announces Honorees for 31st Annual Fete

CHICAGO, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ : Central City Productions today announced that comedian, syndicated radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley (Dish Nation, Rickey Smiley For Real) and actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2, The View) will return as co-hosts of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, having hosted together in 2014. Hailed as the “biggest night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will be held at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The telecast will premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, as well as in broadcast syndication ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 98

Click on the image above to listen. Music Hour Episode 98 Playlist: Oh! – Jonathan McReynolds Love vs. the world – Xavier O’Connor Alright – Tony Mclendon Here I am – Zaviel Janae All the glory – Alexis Spight Not that easy – Trinity Dawson My son – Okey Sokay Restored for worship – Kevin Riley Holy is the Lord – Lorraine Stancil I’m blessed – Sue Roseberry In the room – Carla Martin Don’t you want to go too – Appointed2 You are a wonder – Joyful Gospel Delayed but not denied (live) – Tonya Lewis-Taylor

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Jonathan McReynolds – Life Music: Stage Two

Jonathan McReynolds Life Music: Stage Two eOne/Tehillah Music Group (release date: September 18, 2015) www.jonathanmcreynolds.com By Bob Marovich Life Music: Stage Two couldn’t be a better showcase for Jonathan McReynolds. The follow-up album to the 26-year-old singer-songwriter-musician’s 2012 debut, Life Music, Stage Two is the musical manifestation of his honest and spiritually grounded approach to dealing with the vicissitudes of daily life. The Chicago-born McReynolds is one of the few gospel solo artists who plays acoustic guitar. His mellow blend of acoustic neo-soul with churchy conviction may be somewhat novel today, but it mirrors the intimacy of his lyrics, which feel like ...

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The Gospel Music of Jonathan McReynolds: “Different Sound, Same Heart”

By Bob Marovich “I always did love music,” Jonathan McReynolds told the Journal of Gospel Music, “but I don’t think I ever envisioned a music career to come out of it.” Nevertheless, McReynolds, a rising star on the gospel music circuit, is poised to release his sophomore album, Life Music: Stage Two (eOne, Tehillah Music Group), on September 18, 2015. Raised on Chicago’s South Side, McReynolds attended the New Original Church of God in Christ on East 78th Street, where Thomas Jackson Jr. is Pastor. Coming from a musical family, McReynolds began playing drums, keyboards, and organ around the age of five ...

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Tye Tribbett Hosts “Hate Won’t Win” Concert to Benefit Charleston Victims

PRESS RELEASE: The June 17th Charleston Church Massacre has prompted Grammy Award winning recording artist Tye Tribbett to launch a “Hate Won’t Win” concert to benefit the families of the nine people who were shot to death in that tragic incident. The concert features some of the biggest names in Christian music such as gold-selling artist Israel Houghton, “Break Every Chain” singer Tasha Cobbs, R&B star Akon’s protégé Mali Music and Columbia, SC native Travis Greene. The concert takes place Thursday, July 23 @7 PM at The Medallion Conference Center in Columbia, SC and caps the first day of Tribbett’s ...

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Stars Serve Strong Medicine at Chicago Gospel Music Festival Preview

By Bob Marovich “The Bible says, ‘Be fruitful and multiply,'” award-winning gospel artist Tye Tribbett told a standing room only crowd gathered at the 30th Chicago Gospel Music Festival Preview event last night. “That means be fruitful before you multiply. Some artists want to multiply before they are fruitful!” Tribbett’s recommendation to get the music right before going gonzo with the promotion was one of many golden nuggets he and R&B artist KEM dished out during a discussion facilitated by gospel artist Anita Wilson. The event, which took place at the Chicago Cultural Center Monday night, May 11, was co-sponsored by the ...

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