Tag Archives: Journal of Gospel Music

JGM’s Pick of the Week: October 6, 2014

“The Greater” J. Grant Thompson Available on iTunes and other digital outlets on October 7, 2014 “The Greater” is the debut single from Washington, DC singer, songwriter, producer, and PK J. Grant Thompson. A notable debut it is. It is the gorgeous arrangement that imbues this lyrically and musically uncomplicated P&W anthem with its distinctive character. Thompson establishes an effective call and response with the background vocalists. I can imagine “The Greater” becoming just as popular with praise teams as songs by William McDowell and VaShawn Mitchell.

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Minister C.L. Johnson – Favor

Minister C.L. Johnson Favor Doowgam Records (2011) http://wreg.weebly.com/index.html By Bob Marovich Given Minister Craig L. Johnson’s career as a member of several gospel quartets, most notably the Pilgrim Wonders of Toledo, the Revelations of Cincinnati and, most recently, his reformation of the Flint Cavaliers, it’s not surprising his solo album, Favor, sounds more like a quartet album. Johnson’s background vocalists are male and female, but they support him like a male quartet. Favor’s strongest selection is “Havin’ Church,” a clever song that is also the title track of the Flint Cavaliers 2013 album for Low Rush/Grammercy. Here, Johnson joins forces with ...

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The Journal’s Pick of the Week: September 15, 2014

“The Blood Medley” Kathy Taylor From the forthcoming CD Spirit of a Grateful People www.kathytaylorlive.com A medley of blood songs and the multi-hued voice of Kathy Taylor go together like bacon and eggs. Taylor sings the notes off the staff on this slow burner, which demonstrates the singer’s vibrant interplay with the live audience. She croons, shouts, and squalls to accompaniment that includes a warmly warbling B3 and drum crashes like lightning strikes. Taylor’s interpolation of Andrae Crouch’s “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power” is a preaching moment. The medley could have gone on even longer. Kathy Taylor currently ...

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Interview and Music with Miles D. Mealing

Bob Marovich of the Journal of Gospel Music interviews Miles D. Mealing, leader of the Rhythm of Gospel Award winning Miles D. Mealing & Nu’ Movement. Hear the group’s new single, “I’m a Survivor,” immediately following the interview.

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JGM Editor to Present at Baylor University

Journal of Gospel Music Editor-in-Chief is honored to present “I Can’t Make This Journey By Myself: Gospel Music and the Pursuit of Community and Modernity” at the 2014 Pruit Symposium at Baylor University.  See below for more details on the program.

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EPISODE – 8/18/2014

Check out some of the music you have read about on the Journal of Gospel Music the past couple of months: Playlist for August 18: Praise Him in the dance – Mark Yandris Amazing worth – Charles Butler & Trinity It’s gonna happen – Jekalyn Carr God can – Andrea McClurkin Mellini Sunglasses – Rod G. Newman & Mr. Del Beautiful – Wincey I believe – Dr. Marcus Cosby & Wheeler Avenue B.C. Mass Choir Worthy God – M. Roger Holland I gotta do better – Jon Plair Forever mine Lord – New Gospel Saints It’s all about (Jesus) – ...

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The Heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson

Nancey Jackson Johnson The Heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson Camdon Music 2014 www.CamdonMusic.com By Bob Marovich I have enjoyed listening to Nancey Jackson Johnson solo on several projects over the past few years, beginning with “Lead Me to the Rock,” from Rev. Stef & Jubilation’s 2006 The Launch Out Project.   Nancey’s powerfully expressive voice adds luster to just about any song. Naturally, therefore, I was quite eager to hear her debut solo CD, The Heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson, released on Donnie McClurkin’s Camdon Music imprint. The album, released last month, contains songs with worship lyrics set to contemporary gospel with ...

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Hanq Neal’s Last Solo Bittersweet for Church

By Bob Marovich In 2012, the Wheeler Avenue Mass Choir recorded a CD in honor of the Houston, Texas church’s fiftieth anniversary. The full-length album, Oh To Be Kept by Jesus, brought together the church’s music department and two longtime collaborators, Wheeler Avenue music minister Henry “Hanq” Neal and Leon C. Lewis, who produced the CD. Lewis wrote a song called “I Believe” for Neal, who sang lead on it. Almost immediately, the church recognized the song would become the album’s main selection. But no one could have anticipated that “I Believe” would be Neal’s last solo. The Grammy-nominated vocalist, ...

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The Black Gospel Blog becomes the Journal of Gospel Music

I am pleased to announce on its tenth anniversary that The Black Gospel Blog is now the Journal of Gospel Music. The name change reflects the proper title of the genre and the changes you will see.  JGM will be more than a blog–it will be an ever-growing repository of news and information about gospel music.  Our goal is to become for gospel music what the Huffington Post is to news. How will JGM be different than The Black Gospel Blog?   First, the Journal of Gospel Music will be easier to navigate.  The Black Gospel Blog collected more than 3,000 posts ...

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