Tag Archives: Journal of Gospel Music

JGM Pick of the Week: September 18, 2018

“Unto the Lamb” Kim Stratton Kingdom Records (release date: May 15, 2018) By Bob Marovich On “Unto the Lamb,” Chicago-based gospel songstress Kim Stratton sings “a brand new song.” Although she’s referencing salvation, in another sense, “Unto the Lamb” is itself a brand new song – her first in six years. After focusing  on growing her catering business, the powerhouse church singer tears into Julie Meyer’s “blood” composition with the dramatic vitality that listeners have come to expect from the powerhouse church singer. The radio edit concludes just as Stratton is getting fired up, so I’d recommend the full length version. Regardless, a new ...

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Jonathan Nelson Wants Listeners to be “Inspired, Encouraged, and Empowered” by New Album

By Bob Marovich In 1776, the Declaration of Independence freed American people from the oppression of the Royal Crown. In 2018, Jonathan Nelson’s seventh studio album, Declarations, is intended to free all people for salvation under the Holy Crown. The Stellar Award-winning singer and songwriter releases Declarations (Entertainment One) nationwide and through digital outlets today, Friday, September 14. “I want the album to leave listeners inspired, encouraged, and empowered,” Nelson told the Journal of Gospel Music. “If they sing these songs of themselves, they can see the results of what they say. If they say ‘I’m healed,’ they can be free ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: August 20, 2018

“Oh How I Love You” Zacardi Cortez Blacksmoke Music Worldwide (release date: March 8, 2018) By Bob Marovich “You see, a man ain’t supposed to cry,” Zacardi Cortez sings on “Oh How I Love You,” but the tears flow anyhow as he delivers lyrics that gush with gratitude to Jesus for, well, everything. And while Cortez admits to falling prey to the very human interest in material things, “at the end of the day,” nothing matters but Jesus. This mid-tempo song opens with a blithe piano and expands into a delicious mix of retro soul and urban AC. Cortez’s vocals ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: August 7, 2018

“I Owe God a Praise” Jimmy Hicks & ACOJ From the Blacksmoke Music Worldwide album Waterway (release date: August 4, 2017) By Bob Marovich What I like about Jimmy Hicks is how he can transform a church song into what sounds like a big number from a gospel musical. Hicks and his Voices of Integrity did that with 2006’s “Born Blessed” and “This Kind By Fasting and Prayer.” He has done it again with “I Owe God a Praise,” an effervescent hand-clapper featuring call-and-response with the Apostolic Church of Jesus (ACOJ) Choir and Hicks’s favorite singing duet partner, Diana Hicks. The ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 126

              Playlist for Episode 126: My heart is fixed – Brenda Jefferson feat. Dorinda Clark Cole You ought to testify – Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson The pain is going to end – Bonita Burney Simmons Are you ready – Jason Champion Chain breaker – Angela “Missy” Billups Enter His gates – Patrick Lundy & the Ministers of Music You still love me – Koryn Hawthorne On my way to Calvary – Ananais Montague Holy Ghost – Frozene Lott Hayes Words of Jesus: Love your enemies – Steven Chesne Another mother’s son – Phil Cook Even ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 125

              Playlist for Episode 125: I’m determined – Bemeche’ God has kept me – Wardlaw Brothers Now I’m on my way – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir If God – Casey J Forever – Jason Nelson Prayer changes things – Adriann Lewis-Freeman Keys to the kingdom – David Whitfield & Whitfield Production Your presence – Bruce Parham Beautiful name – Chrisafari Mercy’s tree – Firma Collective feat. Lexi Jones Can’t wait to see Mama – Prez Blackmon That mountain – Charles Jenkins I’m depending on you – Zion Messengers

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For Patrick Lundy, It’s About the “Whole Gamut of Sacred Music”

By Bob Marovich Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music mix traditional and classically-infused contemporary gospel into their repertory. While their current single, the unapologetically traditional “Enter His Gates,” continues to impact radio, the group has also recorded an entire album of spirituals and hymns.  This reflects Patrick Lundy’s admiration for, and experience with, the full palette of sacred music. Lundy visited with the Journal of Gospel Music while in Chicago for the annual Chorus America conference. It was almost a foregone conclusion that Patrick Lundy would go into music as a profession. First Missionary Baptist, the church he attended as a child, was blessed with ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 124

              Episode 124 Playlist: Palm of his hand – Rev. Elijah Baker Sr. Battlefield – Norman Hutchins We livin’ – Tina Campbell Just that kind of God – Monica Lisa Stevenson feat. Keisha McFarland and Bishop Neal Roberson Believe – Ese-osa No ordinary worship – Kelontae Gavin Break in – Brittani Scott (What’s so funny ’bout) Peace, love and understanding? – The Reverend Shawn Amos Name of Jesus – Zion Messengers Moving – Kendrick Evans Jesus precious king (2.0) – Beverly Crawford Aaron Blessing – Renee Austin Blessing me – Dr. F. James Clark ...

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Jason Nelson Provides The Answer May 18

By Bob Marovich May 18 marks the day Bishop Jason Nelson will release his fifth album, The Answer (RCA Inspiration). Recorded live at Greater Bethlehem Temple Church in Randallstown, Maryland, the album marks Nelson’s tenth anniversary as pastor of Greater Bethlehem Temple, the church his father, Bishop James D. Nelson Sr., once shepherded. JGM asked the Stellar Award-winning singer and songwriter about a few of the songs on The Answer. Though the hymnbook-like “Jesus Is the Answer (For the World Today)” opens the album, it was not intended to be the lead-off song. “Originally, the song fell [in sequence] after ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 123

              Episode 123 Playlist: Your blessing is on its way – God’s Posse Thank you Jesus – New Stars of Faith Stand by me – Pastor Terrell Rogers & Men of Destiny Come on let’s go – Paul Thorn Oh Mary Oh Martha, (rockin’ Jerusalem) – Dr. Tonya Armstrong Prayer room – Jarell Smalls & Co. Pray for me – Derek Dunn feat. Min. Earl Bynum We welcome you Lord – Keith Reed & NSW I am the redeemed – Kimberly Kent A greater love – Jennifer Shaw Abandoned – Sweeteverafter Lament – Nine ...

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