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JGM Music Hour: Episode 137

Episode 137 Playlist: He’s coming back – Rev. Lawrence Thomison I’ll be alright – Larry Hill Don’t judge me – Kierra Sheard In my name – Ruth La’Ontra While I wait – Shara J Bless somebody else – Kurt Carr & Kurt Carr Singers I got Jesus – Keyondra Lockett God can do anything – VaShawn Mitchell I’m trying to be like Jesus – Camille Nelson feat. Kimberly Knighton & Britney Holman Way maker – Tonya Ware Give Him glory – Dr. LaTonya Earl The way I go – Vessel Mommy’s medley – Zak Williams & 1Akord

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JGM Pick of the Week: August 20, 2019

“In My Name” Ruth La’Ontra ALJR Music Group/Tyscot Records, LLC Available on all digital outlets By Bob Marovich Ruth La’Ontra, the Stellar Award-nominated artist from Aberdeen, North Carolina, is going after radio play with her new single, “In My Name.” From her 2017 album I Got You, Ruth’s marvelous cover of the Thompson Community Singers’ 1992 hit evokes Kim McFarland’s original solo nearly note for note as the background vocalists update the song without taking away one ounce of the original flavor. It’s refreshing to hear a classic redone with as much fidelity as forward-looking fashion. Music and ministry run ...

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“Safe” – Ruth La’Ontra

“Safe” Ruth La’Ontra Tyscot Records www.tyscot.com By Bob Marovich Gospel songstress Ruth La’Ontra gushes over the protection available in God’s arms during “Safe,” a boldly arranged worship song that beats with the heart of a modern hymn. Ruth waits for the vamp to let loose with a string of melismatic runs and intense call-and-response with her BGVs. Penned by Anthony Brown (leader of Group TherAPy) and Justin L. Savage, “Safe” debuted on Ruth’s 2017 Tyscot album, I Got You (Live). The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. Ruth is the daughter of veteran radio announcer Pastor Arvetra Jones Jr. and the ...

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Ruth La’Ontra – I Got You

Ruth La’Ontra I Got You ALJR Music Group/Tyscot Records (release date: September 22, 2017) www.tyscot.com By Bob Marovich To the best of my recollection, the last time a Ruth Jones was in gospel music, she was a teenager singing with Sallie Martin. Finding it difficult to keep boy-crazy Ruth in check, Sallie returned her to her mother. Ruth later resurfaced as a solo artist, better known as the Queen of the Blues Dinah Washington. The new Ruth Jones goes by Ruth La’Ontra. On I Got You, the live follow-up to her debut release, So Good, Ruth showcases an instantly appealing gospel voice that ...

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Montel Dorsey & MUniversity – Love Over Hate

Montel Dorsey & MUniversity Love Over Hate MUniversity Records / eOne (release date: March 17, 2017) www.MUCampusLife.com By Bob Marovich The gospel group Montel Dorsey & MUniversity sets the thematic tone of its Love Over Hate CD by opening with a montage of radio and TV newscasts covering last year’s deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida. Overdubbing his anguished declarations that nobody has the right to decide who lives or dies, that we are not God, that God is love, and that love conquers hate, Dorsey expresses his extreme distress over today’s violent world. But don’t expect an album-long head shake ...

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Ruth La’Ontra – So Good

Ruth La’Ontra So Good Tyscot Records (2013) www.tyscot.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Ruth La’Ontra (Jones), whose debut solo album, So Good, was released on Tyscot last month, comes from solid musical stock. The twenty-one-year-old singer’s father and manager, Bishop Arvetra Jones Jr., is a popular gospel announcer on Fayetteville, North Carolina’s WFSS-FM and leader of the North Carolina Gospel Announcers Guild.  Her grandfather, Rev. Arvetra Jones Sr., recorded singles and albums for Savoy and HSE.  “Count It All Joy,” the album’s sole traditional-flavored track, pays tribute to the family’s pastoral and musical heritage.  Its bluesy riffs, ...

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