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“Free to Worship” – Minister James Willis & Nu Praze

“Free to Worship” Minister James Willis & Nu Praze Independent (release date: February 2020) Available digitally By Bob Marovich “Free to Worship” is a vigorous and robust rhythm and praise piece from award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, and choir director Minister James A. Willis Jr. of Oklahoma City. Taking John 8:36 for his text (So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed), Willis and his longtime singing group, Nu Praze, express joy for the liberty to praise in a multitude of ways. In both lyric and arrangement, the song is about unencumbered worship. Trading melody for energy, it ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: September 18, 2017

“I Thank You Lord” Terri McConnell Royal T Records (release date: August 29, 2017) www.terrimcconnell.com By Bob Marovich From its southern-fried funky beat to Terri McConnell’s wizened alto, “I Thank You Lord” is as traditional and delicious as sweet tea. McConnell gushes with gratitude to God for creating a path for her, but her blessings are not over yet. Quoting 1 Corinthians 2:9, she sings that “eyes have not seen nor ears heard” what God has in store for her. When she moves into “makes me wanna moan sometimes,” she has us. A two-time Rhythm of Gospel Award winner, Terri ...

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Trinity Dawson – With All I Am

Trinity Dawson With All I Am New Day (2015) www.trinitydawsonmusic.com By Bob Marovich Flexibility is a critical asset for a running back. It certainly helped Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Trinity Dawson. When he was a running back for the University of Toledo, flexibility helped him to enter the school record book for rushing yards. Dawson’s beguiling tenor voice is just as flexible. It is, in fact, the ideal vehicle for the easy, ambient religious music that he has embraced and showcases on his debut album, With All I Am. Dawson’s sound falls somewhere between Jonathan McReynolds and John Legend, the latter an acknowledged ...

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“Not That Easy” – Trinity Dawson

“Not That Easy” Trinity Dawson www.trinitydawsonmusic.com Strength against adversity is the theme of Trinity Dawson’s single, “Not That Easy.” Amidst a life filled with twists and turns and problems that “look ten feet tall,” Dawson reaches within to remember that he has heavenly help. The thumping drums, sounding like an accelerated heartbeat, accentuate the intensity of his emotions. The song could well be autobiographical. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trinity Dawson earned a full scholarship to the University of Toledo, where he was a star running back. In his junior year, Dawson suffered a serious injury.  When the NFL was no ...

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Brian Nhira Premiers Video for “Back Where You Belong”

Today, Oklahoman gospel artist Brian Nhira premieres the video for “Back Where You Belong,” a song about the impact of fatherlessness on a child as he or she grows to adulthood. Nhira hopes the song and video will stimulate a conversation about fatherlessness and the need for reconciliation. The song is from Nhira’s debut album, Hope’s Stand, available on iTunes. For more information, visit www.briannhira.com.

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