Tag Archives: Journal of Gospel Music

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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JGM Pick of the Week: March 19, 2018

“Prayer Room” Jarell Smalls & Co. From the CD A New Season Southern Wave Music Group / Get Ready Music Group (release date: May 19, 2017) http://jarellsmalls.com/ By Bob Marovich By evoking Grandma at the outset, Jarell Smalls gives the appropriate old-school pedigree to “Prayer Room.” Then, to a rockabilly-guitar-meets-Pentecostal-beat, he and his group jump into the congregational classic, “Come in the Prayer Room.” The Charleston, South Carolina-born Smalls scats, vamps, chants, and shouts like a quartet singer. With about two minutes remaining on the recording, the Company moves from the back to the front. The singers shift the melody, but ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 122

              Episode 122 Playlist: 1. Lay down my burdens – Golden Bells 2. He saved me – YoLonda Lolar-Johnson 3. He promised me – BeBe Winans feat. Tobbi & Tommi and introducing Kiandra 4. If I don’t have Jesus – Steve Cermele 5. He knows my name – William H. Rainer Jr. 6. You will win – Jekalyn Carr 7. Blessed assurance – Daniel D. 8. Awaiting my king – Mrs. Inspire 9. One more chance – Morris Mingo & One Voice Ensemble 10. Carbon River – New Heart Band 11. Father be pleased ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: February 26, 2018

“Your Blessing is on its Way” God’s Posse From The Kind of God We Serve: Live in Chicago (EP) Trewworks Music Group/Denzell Music Group By Bob Marovich The Chicago-based quartet God’s Posse offers a traditional drive-tempo workout in “Your Blessing is on its Way.” The infectious backbeat, the singers’ palpable enthusiasm, the muscular music, and the live audience’s handclapping are ideal complements to the song’s message of hope and encouragement. It also points out the importance of recording gospel music in front of an audience or congregation. Gospel music recorded in the studio is fine, but there’s something magical about hearing a ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: February 19, 2018

“Awaiting My King” Mrs. Inspire Inspire Be You Beauty, LLC (release date: January 17, 2018) www.mrsinspire.com By Bob Marovich Mrs. Inspire lends her enchanting voice to “Awaiting My King,” a lovely melodic CCM ballad that exposes the singer’s own struggles and vulnerability in hopes of encouraging others similarly burdened to do what she has done: “cast your cares on Him.” The Texas-based singer-songwriter discovered her talent for singing, and her love for Christian music, around the age of five, and has been involved in music ministry her whole life. She has also worked as a model and promotes “modeling with a message,” ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: January 30, 2018

“He Saved Me” YaLonda Lolar-Johnson Thysongbird Music Group (release date: July 2017) www.thysongbird.com By Bob Marovich YaLonda Lolar-Johnson is distinctive in gospel music for hailing from two environments not particularly well known for producing many gospel artists: St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Nevertheless, gospel is her favorite genre and on “He Saved Me,” a song written by vocal instructor Dileesa Archer, Lolar-Johnson admits she was to blame for some of the problems in her life. She also had too much pride to ask for help, so she threw herself a pity party. But out of her emotional darkness, ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: January 22, 2018

“Church Medley II” Syreeta Thompson Trumpetlady From the CD Evolution of a Winner (release date: September 15, 2017) www.trumpetlady.com By Bob Marovich At one time, brass instruments in the service of God were found only in Pentecostal and Spiritual churches and, of course, in the famed shout bands of the United House of Prayer for All People. But times have changed and trumpets, saxophones, and all sorts of instruments are welcome at nearly every type of church. Still, there are few female brass players in gospel music. Syreeta Thompson is one. The Grammy Award-winning, Billboard-charting and Stellar Award-nominated Thompson pays homage to ...

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Gene Moore – The Future

Gene Moore The Future Motown Gospel (release date: July 28, 2017) www.motowngospel.com By Bob Marovich It doesn’t take hearing gospel artist Gene Moore singing “Summer Soft” to feel Stevie Wonder’s inspiration throughout Moore’s EP, The Future. “Summer Soft” is the bonus track on a project that has a Wonder feel all over it (sans harmonica), especially during its more rhythmically animated tracks. And it’s available on Motown Gospel, so there’s that connection to Wonder’s roots, also. Moore’s voice, like Wonder’s, is handsome, flexible, and melodic. Yet it is only when he is singing with a minimum of accompaniment, as on the ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: January 16, 2018

“He Rose” Brent Jones From the EchoPark JDI Entertainment album Joy Comin’ (release date: August 12, 2014) By Bob Marovich Calling “He Rose” a “good old Baptist song,” Brent Jones and his choir offer a good old Easter Sunday song that works for any time of the year. This bouncy and muscular outing finds Jones leading the big-voiced choir in collective enthusiasm about Jesus’s victory over death during the Passion and, in rising, cleansing the sins of humanity. By the conclusion, Jones has the soprano, alto, and tenor sections singing in contrapuntal harmony (it’s so good they could have reprised this ...

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JGM Music Hour – Best of 2017

  The Playlist – JGM Best of 2017: “Isaiah 40 (Intro)” – Preashea Hilliard (Daywind Records) “Jesus (What Grace Have I Found in Thee)” – Adam Everett (Polytone Records) “I Refuse” – Anthony Brown & group therAPy (Tyscot Records) “Wings” – Natasha Owens (Maharlow Records) “God’s Highway” – Sandra McCracken (independent release) “I Give You Praise” – Robert Person feat. Richard Smallwood (REP) “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” – Out of the Dust (Discovery House Music) “Enter In” – Chrystal Rucker (HBK Media) “Fighters” – Cheryl Fortune (Tyscot Records) “Anywhere We Are” – Nichole Nordeman (Sparrow / Capitol ...

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