Tag Archives: Journal of Gospel Music

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’s Best of 2018 Lists

Best Gospel CDs, Singles and Historic Reissues of 2018 By Bob Marovich As is our custom for this time of year, the Journal of Gospel Music presents its “best of” lists in the category of CDs, songs, and historical releases. The recordings were not chosen as “best of” based on sales, chart status, promotion, voting, fan popularity, number of likes or retweets, committee decisions, throwing darts, reading tea leaves, arm twisting, or anything other than 1) JGM was serviced with the music for review and 2) JGM believes they best represented gospel/sacred music in 2018 in terms of overall music ...

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JGM Music Hour: Episode 130

Episode 130 Playlist: On time – Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Choir I’ve got joy – Reggie Campbell feat. Celia King Murray Bless the Lord – GMWA Detroit Chapter Choir Working for my good – Brandon Mitchell & S.W.A.P. feat. Lisa Knowles Smith Waiting on Jesus – True Believers He worked it out – Tommies Reunion Choir The great I am – Shree Isabell Open your mouth and say something – Brent Jones We’re ready – God’s Chosen Cycles – Jonathan McReynolds feat. DOE Into your heart – Jessica Dalla Torre In your presence – Puchi Colon When ...

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JGM Music Hour – Christmas 2018 Mixtape

Merry Christmas!  Here is the playlist for the Journal of Gospel Music’s special Christmas 2018 Mixtape: Something’s happening – CeCe Winans It must be Christmas time – Courtney Franklin & Sierra Ward-Pope Tis the season – Tony & the Essential Band That time of year – Lee Walker & Spirit Merry Christmas – Prez Blackmon Joy – Bishop J.D. Means Sr. This time of year – Anthony Faulkner It’s Christmas – CeCe Winans O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Audrey DuBois Harris Greatest gift – Shonda English Have yourself a merry little Christmas – Herb Middleton feat. E.L. Williams Christ ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: October 22, 2018

“Blue” Juliana Schnee (release date: October 5, 2018) Available on iTunes By Bob Marovich With her soaring tones accented by endearing yodels, twenty-two-year-old singer Juliana Schnee sounds like a young LeAnn Rimes. Her inspirational song “Blue” is made all the more effective by the understated small jazz combo and strings that accompany her winsome urging to not let life get you down.  “Blue” blends jazz and inspirational lyrics in a way that dignifies both. A self-described lover of “Jesus and Jazz,” Schnee is from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. As a child, she taught herself to play piano and ukulele and wrote ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 128

              Playlist for Episode 128: I’ll make it – Alfonzo Udell & Chosen Chorale feat. Lorraine Anderson Put your trust – Apostle James Alston & Fellowship Laughter (just like medicine) – BeBe Winans feat. KS He’s never failed me yet – St. Mark Sanctuary Choir Unto the lamb – Kim Stratton He won’t leave me alone – Shunice Hill-Sullivan Changed me – Vonnie Blackshear We made it through – Dave Bass & the DBGs Holy medley – Cameron Ross Right now’s the right time for Jesus – Steve Cermele Please don’t forgive me – ...

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Prof. Harold Boggs (and Lula Reed): Lord Give Me Strength

Prof. Harold Boggs (and Lula Reed) Lord Give Me Strength: Early Recordings 1952-1964 Gospel Friend Records (release date: September 21, 2018) www.gospelfriend.com By Bob Marovich Perhaps one reason Professor Harold Boggs is not as well remembered, or as appreciated, as his golden era contemporaries is his penchant for copying their sound. Seemingly bereft of a distinctive style of his own, Boggs, a blind singer, emulated the prevailing sound of gospel music. In other words, listening to Boggs on Per Notini’s superb compilation of the blind singer’s initial recordings is a gospel music history lesson in audio. You hear the influence of the expansive-voiced ...

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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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