Tag Archives: Journal of Gospel Music

JGM Pick of the Week: January 8, 2018

“God is in Control” Kerri Gordon Independent Release (release date: July 27, 2017) www.kerrigordon.com By Bob Marovich Kerri Gordon’s debut single, “God is in Control,” is a let-go-and-let-God ballad sung from the point of view of someone who has realized this personally—as a single parent raising three children, one with special needs. “I tried it on my own,” Gordon sings, but “I made up my mind, whatever comes. . .He has it all in control.” She and her background vocalists then repeat the message to benefit listeners feeling the same impatience and disappointment. The musicians give the song a laid back but ...

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JGM’s Best CDs, Singles, and Historic Reissues of 2017

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music presents its Best of 2017 list in the categories of CDs, songs, and historical releases. The recordings were not chosen 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 JGM: 1) was serviced with the music for review and 2) believes they best represent gospel/Christian/sacred music in 2017 in terms of overall quality of music, message, and presentation. Artists whose music does not appear here: do not despair. These lists were compiled from many hundreds of releases ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 120

              Playlist for Episode 120: Come too far – New Golden Crowns of Louisville, Kentucky Not alone – Minister Tim White (from Eric Maurice Clark EP) Sweet Beulah land – Eddie Ruth Bradford I’m saved – Dexter Walker & Zion Movement Fill this place – Geneatha Wright Wood and nails – Josh Garrels and Audrey Assad Triumphant – Michelle Brooks-Thompson Here I am – Teresa Perea of Family Bonded Fighters – Cheryl Fortune Breathe again – Swingin’ Hammers Thank you Lord – Melody & Harmony Give me Jesus – Dr. Clarence Eggleton & the ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 27, 2017

“I Am Triumphant” Michelle Brooks-Thompson (2017) www.michellebrooksthompsonmusic.com By Bob Marovich On her new single, “I Am Triumphant,” gospel songstress Michelle Brooks-Thompson and her background singers console those who feel defeated by letting them know they are already winners.  Their victory is already in the bag, through Christ Jesus. After the collective establishes the song’s premise, the BGVs maintain the mantra while Michelle breaks loose to weave a vocal tapestry of evangelistic passion, which includes a stave-soaring high note just before the song enters its cool down mode. Speaking of triumphant, Michelle, who was a finalist on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, recently won the top ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 119

          Click on the image above to begin streaming the program. Episode 119 Playlist: God is making a change – Endurance Just fine – Mama Sheila feat. Bryan Andrew Wilson Amazing Grace party – Tim Bowman feat. Tim Bowman Jr. Just like you – Free Will Trust in God – G.I. Without love – Chris Jasper Grateful – Ted Winn I’ve got to win – Tonya Lewis Taylor Changed – Endurance feat. Joe Ligon We cry holy – Higher Vision Be thou my vision – Camille Nelson feat. Alex Sharpe Benediction – Paula Boggs Band I’m ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 14, 2017

“Sweet Beulah Land” Eddie Ruth Bradford (release date: September 25, 2017) https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/eddieruthbradford3 By Bob Marovich The gospel songbird of Clarksdale, Mississippi, is at it again, this time with a mournful hymn about the eternal home. Backed by minimal instrumentation and the producer’s voice multi-tracked to simulate a male quartet (and a good one, too), “Sweet Beulah Land” finds Eddie Ruth Bradford singing longingly about that place “across the river” where there will be no more goodbyes or sadness. The lonely, weary melody and ERB’s bluesy vocals express the fatigue of the soul living in an unforgiving earth, but the lyrics look ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: October 30, 2017

“God is Making a Change” Endurance From the SCCME CD Changed (release date: September 29, 2017) www.musicbyendurance.com By Bob Marovich Infrequently in Journal of Gospel Music‘s 13-year history has an artist charted two successive Picks of the Week. Houston’s Endurance has done it this time. Last week, we featured the quartet’s “Changed,” featuring a lead vocal cameo by the late Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy. Endurance’s new single, “God is Making a Change,” is equally effective for its enthusiasm over the change that God has made in the lives of the members. Although the chorus follows the traditional ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: October 16, 2017

“Just Like You” Freewill Available October 20, 2017 http://hyperurl.co/f07w9w By Bob Marovich Will Robinson, aka Freewill, teams up with producer Jor’Dan Armstrong on “Just Like You,” an inspirational song about the importance of moving beyond the cultural divide, “past the drama and the issues,” to the realization that we are, deep down, all the same. A schoolteacher from Atlanta, Georgia (and a Chicago White Sox fan, apparently), Freewill explains the song’s concept: “I believe we have a lot more in common than we think, but our differences sometimes stop the opportunity for us to have an open dialogue.” He gets this ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: October 10, 2017

“I’ve Got to Win” Tonya Lewis-Taylor From the EARS Entertainment Group I’ve Got to Win 2.0 (EP, released August 24, 2017) www.tonyalewistaylor.com By Bob Marovich “I’ve Got to Win” is Tonya Lewis-Taylor at her most expressive. This slow burner of a title track is a modified and more radio-ready version of the title track and emotional highpoint of her 2014 live album, Delayed but Not Denied. Like its predecessor, the inspirational “I’ve Got to Win” benefits from delicate musical accompaniment that provides Lewis-Taylor ample room to emote about how she has persisted in her journey despite almost insurmountable odds. A ...

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JGM Named #9 Among Gospel Music Blogs and Websites: Feedspot

More love from Feedspot, which just named the Journal of Gospel Music #9 of the Top 50 blogs and websites dedicated to Gospel Music. Thanks so much to all of JGM‘s fans for your support, because the ranking is based on Twitter and Facebook followers and readership! God bless! https://blog.feedspot.com/gospel_music_blogs/  

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