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“My Life Has Been Changed” – Virginia Aires

“My Life Has Been Changed” Virginia Aires Dove Records (2017) www.virginiaaires.com The latest single by the Virginia Aires features lead singer Charles Stanley evoking the vocal playfulness of Rance Allen by shifting abruptly from falsetto to bass and from legato to staccato. “My Life Has Been Changed” describes the mental, physical, and spiritual changes brought about by salvation. It benefits from a traditional rocking chair tempo, Roberta Martin-esque transitions, and a live audience. Stanley really rustles the audience when he shouts, “I’m so glad God gives second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth chances!”

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The Rance Allen Group – Live from San Francisco

The Rance Allen Group Live from San Francisco Tyscot Records (release date: October 28, 2016) www.tyscot.com By Bob Marovich “I’m loving me some of y’all,” gushed an obviously pleased Bishop Rance Allen to the audience gathered to hear the Rance Allen Group at the Second Annual Charles Reid Gospel Festival in Richmond, California, north of San Francisco. From the response of the audience, the love was mutual. The Bay Area program was recorded live by Tyscot Records and released as Live from San Francisco, the Rance Allen Group’s 25th album and third live project. They return for this live album ...

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The Gospel Sensations: Trendsetting With Old School Harmonies

By Bob Marovich To carve out a niche in a quartet community crowded with local and national artists, the Gospel Sensations are employing a time-honored principle that has been all but abandoned in gospel music. A cappella harmony singing. That’s right: trendsetting by going back to the way gospel quartets sang prior to the 1950s: without musical instruments. And people like it. “Sometimes music takes a more commercial turn, and I get that,” said Robert C. Marion Jr., member of the Gospel Sensations. “It takes money to finance a ministry, but the a cappella sound, when it is done right, ...

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Feeling Good: Dr. Leonard Scott Reflects on 40 Years at Tyscot Records

By Bob Marovich As a young person growing up in Central Indiana, Leonard Scott had an inkling of what he wanted to be when he grew up. He wanted to be a rock star. “I wasn’t into gospel music [at that time],” Dr. Leonard Scott told the Journal of Gospel Music. “I was into rock and R&B. But I had an experience with my Maker. And at that experience, I learned that music had been my God.” Rather than transition from secular to sacred music, howeve,r Scott’s religious conversion kept him away from music altogether. “I didn’t want anything to draw ...

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Deitrick Haddon: “We Are All God’s Masterpieces”

Last week, Deitrick Haddon spoke with Bob Marovich of the Journal of Gospel Music about his new album, Masterpiece, which Entertainment One will release this Friday, November 6. JGM: Masterpiece, the album, is being described as sort of a musical maturation on your part. Is that a fair assumption? DH: Absolutely. It definitely reflects where I am in my life right now. That’s how I create records: I’m inspired by my life. What I have experienced in my life tends to show up in my music. JGM: On Preachers of LA and in performance, you come across as very real, ...

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Andrae’ Crouch Hospitalized; Celebration Tour for December Postponed

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Legendary Gospel artist Andraé Crouch was admitted to the hospital on Monday, December 1. As a result of Andraé’s sudden and unexpected hospitalization, Riverphlo Entertainment has decided to postpone this month’s Let the Church Say Amen Celebration Tour. Ticket holders can contact the venues for information on rescheduled dates. Andraé is talking and alert and resting comfortably, reports his sister, Sandra Crouch. On behalf of Andraé and the Crouch Family, we appreciate your prayers for a quick and speedy recovery. The all-star concert tour was scheduled to kick off in Philadelphia on December 6th, paying tribute to ...

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