JGM Pick of the Week: July 16, 2018

“Holy Ghost”
Frozene Lott Hayes
LotHay Music (2018)
Available on iTunes

By Bob Marovich

You can be certain that a song titled “Holy Ghost” is going to be a church burner, and Frozene Hayes delivers on this promise.

Supported by a chugging band and a choir of BGVs, Hayes sings about the exhilaration of salvation like a veteran church soloist. She has that deliciously raspy alto voice that can make “Happy Birthday to You” sound sanctified.

She sang a live version of “Holy Ghost” at last month’s Rhythm of Gospel Awards, where it was named Traditional Song of the Year. It brought the house down.

A former native of Wisconsin now living in the Nashville area, Frozene Lott Hayes was named 2018 Rhythm of Gospel Artist of the Year. She has established a scholarship foundation (www.bobcatandgoat.com) to honor her two sons who were killed in 2006, just six months apart: one to an act of violence and another to an automobile accident.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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