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Chosen Vessel – Marvin Sapp

Marvin Sapp Chosen Vessel RCA Inspiration / Verity (release date: October 9, 2020) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich Every successive Marvin Sapp solo album release after 2007’s Gold-certified Thirsty, with its blockbuster hit, “Never Would Have Made It,” has assumed something of Major Event status. Here I Am (2010), with its hit “The Best In Me;” I Win (2012); You Shall Live (2015); and Close (2017) received widespread attention and each ultimately hit number one. So no pressure on Chosen Vessel, Sapp’s twelfth solo release, dropped last Friday. Produced by Aaron Lindsey and Myron Butler, Chosen Vessel was recorded at Sapp’s ...

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Dawn Thomas Wallace – Live in Luxembourg

Dawn Thomas Wallace Live in Luxembourg Zoe Records (release date: 2020) By Bob Marovich UK Christian singer Dawn Thomas Wallace deserves major props for pulling on classics from the contemporary gospel canon for Live in Luxembourg. Recorded before a polite but appreciative audience at Luxembourg’s Oasis Church of God (Pastor Pietro Colaci), Wallace’s release contains material from top-shelf songwriters such as Richard Smallwood, Andrae Crouch, Walter Hawkins, James Cleveland, Travis Greene, and William McDowell. It’s a refreshing change from the current trend of writing and recording sound-alike vertical praise anthems. At the same time, the lyrical content of vertical praise, ...

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Richard Smallwood Discusses his Autobiography, “Total Praise”

By Bob Marovich Richard Smallwood, the multi-award-winning composer, keyboardist, arranger, and Gospel Hall of Fame inductee, talked with the Journal of Gospel Music about his autobiography, Total Praise, released last month. JGM: What inspired you to write your autobiography? RS: I started off with the idea of writing a book about music. People had asked me where certain songs that I wrote came from, and I also wanted to talk about the industry. That was my original premise. Then my manager Roger Holmes and I were sitting at Verity Records in New York. I hadn’t told him about my depression ...

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Braxton D. Shelley & Testimony – Sermons in Song

Braxton D. Shelley & Testimony Sermons in Song Independent (release date: August 16, 2018) Available on Amazon and CD Baby By Bob Marovich On Sermons in Song, Braxton D. Shelley & Testimony blend the austerity of a concert choir with the swagger of a gospel choir.  The result is a five-star project that deserves major label attention. As musician, songwriter, musicologist, and the album’s narrator, Dr. Shelley puts in practice the techniques of such top-shelf artists as Kurt Carr, Richard Smallwood, and Patrick Lundy to create a lushly textured choir project. Reminiscent of the annual Gospel Music Workshop of America ...

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Robert E. Person – Classic Covers (EP)

Robert E. Person Classic Covers (EP) REP Music (release date: June 1, 2018) www.roberteperson.com By Bob Marovich Washington DC singer Robert E. Person has peppered his previous projects with songs representing a variety of genres. His latest release, Classic Covers, is more of a jazz than a sacred EP, though it includes his very fine recent single, a collaboration with Richard Smallwood on the latter’s 1989 “I Give You Praise.” Among the classic covers Person offers are the Stylistics’ social commentary piece “People Make the World Go Round,” and “My Favorite Things,” from The Sound of Music. Both benefit from deft ...

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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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JGM Music Hour: Episode 116

          Click on the image above to begin streaming the program. Playlist for Episode 116: It pays to serve Jesus – LaVarnga Hubbard Bigger than me – Le’Andria Serve – Jermaine Dolly Because of you – Sherwin Gardner If it wasn’t for your love – Meg Elliott Simply because – Dana Fields feat. Adam Brock The call – Personal Praise Worth fighting for – CASS I still do – Doc Pearson feat. Al Johnson & Kathy Horry You are holy – William E. Johnson III Wings – Natasha Owens Where are u? – CL Carr I ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: July 24, 2017

“I Give You Praise” Robert E. Person feat. Richard Smallwood From the forthcoming REP album Classic Covers www.roberteperson.com By Bob Marovich Covering Richard Smallwood’s composition “I Give You Praise” is commendable. Having the maestro himself accompany on piano is inspired. Originally released by Smallwood on his 1989 album Portrait (Word Entertainment), “I Give You Praise” combines the drama of high theater with the passion of high church in offering plaudits to the Most High. Vocalist Robert E. Person’s classical training is in evidence on this version from the quiet opening to the expansive coda. Roderick Giles & Grace, who accompanied Bryan Andrew Wilson ...

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RCA Inspiration, Provident Music Group Announce Relaunch of Verity Records

Nashville, TN – July 5, 2017 – RCA Inspiration and Provident Music Group celebrate the relaunch of Verity Records, reviving the iconic label that has been a modern standard-bearer in Gospel for almost two decades! Reintroducing Verity, kicked off by the newly-launched single “Close” from Gospel icon Marvin Sapp, excitement is buzzing high among artists, the industry, and fans about the return of the beloved brand. Verity Records will be operated under Provident Music Group. Continuing to shine a spotlight on the timeless inspirational music that’s impacted countless millions worldwide, Verity is home to a vast catalog that shaped a ...

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Various Artists: WOW GOSPEL 2017

Various Artists WOW GOSPEL 2017 RCA Inspiration (release date: January 27, 2017) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the annual WOW GOSPEL collection was my personal tutor for learning about the gospel scene. Back in those days, I was focused exclusively on vintage gospel music, and particularly the contributions of quartets. I looked forward with great anticipation to the next WOW GOSPEL project so I could take another lesson in modern gospel. I often purchased the two-CD set the day it was released. It was through WOW GOSPEL that I first encountered Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise,” Mary ...

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