Author Archives: Bob Marovich

“Hope is Alive” – Tevis Harris & FaVor

“Hope is Alive”Tevis Harris & FaVorIndependent (release date: November 4, 2021)www.tevisharris.com By Robert M. Marovich Strains of Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child is Born” opens Tevis Harris & FaVor’s Christmas single, “Hope is Alive.” The song proclaims Christ’s birth as the anticipation of a more peaceful, more just, more joyous world, and a blissful life to come on the last day. The song’s intense musical conclusion exudes the conviction of the lyrics. Tevis Harris & FaVor, whose 2021 single “Begin Again” was reviewed by JGM, hails from Rocky Mount, NC. Given the number of gospel artists per capita in ...

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JGM Music Hour – Episode 159

Episode 159 Playlist I’d rather have Jesus – Quinten Simon Be alright – God’s Children Open up the windows of Heaven – Lucinda Marie Wonderful – Kim Person Waves – Strong Tower Church feat. Maurette Brown Clark Hallelujah – Gail Stewart & Prayz4 feat. Zacardi Cortez God kept me – Beau Williams Come home – Darius Droc Jackson So much to thank God for – New Macedonia M.B. Church Mass Choir feat. Betty Griffin Keller I’ll meet you – Canton Spirituals Leave it at the cross – Jenn Bostic Peace pilgrims prayer – Harriet Fraser Come Sunday – Trineice Robinson ...

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The Rosa Parks Family Foundation Endorses Dewayne Harvey’s Gospel Hit, “What The Lord Allows”

(DETROIT, MI, Nov. 30, 2021) On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights and against segregation when she refused to give up her seat and move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This bold move from Ms. Parks helped spark the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring leaders such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to take action towards helping our nation become a better society. To commemorate that historic event, this year the Rosa Parks Family Foundation, headed by Rhea McCauley – the niece of the departed Ms. Parks – announces the ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 29, 2021

“I Believe” Fred Jerkins feat. Bishop Paul S. Morton From the DarkChild Gospel album A Project of Healing By Robert M. Marovich Not the 1953 inspirational pop song nor the James Fortune composition, this “I Believe” was written by Fred Jerkins and is the fifth radio single from A Project of Healing, his 2018 various artists concept album. It is a confident anticipation of victory over life’s troubles—in the album’s specific case, the trouble is cancer. The muscular vocal timbre of Jerkins and Bishop Paul S. Morton sets a dramatic tone for what amounts to a litany of affirmations ending ...

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“El Shaddai” – Marjane’

“El Shaddai” Marjane Independent (release date: November 12, 2021) www.marjanemusic.com By Robert M. Marovich Who knew that the Hebrew words for Almighty God could sound so sinuous when lifted in a quiet storm jam? BET Sunday Best finalist Marjane’ (pron. Mar-ja-nay) proves it in her latest single, “El Shaddai.” The California-based vocalist of 2019’s similarly breezy “I Choose You” is known for combining praise and worship lyrics with chill music much closer to smooth jazz than gospel. “El Shaddai” expresses many names for God in a way that evokes calm winds and water. “I Choose You” remains Marjane’s finest single ...

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Darius Droc Jackson – The Great Commission

Darius Droc Jackson The Great Commission Independent (release date: July 17, 2020) www.youtube.com/mrdroc2010 By Robert M. Marovich I’ve heard plenty of independently-produced holy hip hop projects that leave me feeling meh. Whether it’s the hasty production, derivative beats, or humdrum rhymes, they fall short of their promise. Not so The Great Commission. Darius Droc (pron. D-Rock) Jackson and his featured vocalists and producers offer ten measured, melodic meditations on the power of global discipleship. The opening track, a hook-laden, melodic, and radio-friendly “Kingdom Business,” serves up the album’s main premise: the Great Commission to preach the word of God to ...

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2022 GRAMMY Awards: Gospel and Gospel-Related Nominations

Congratulations to the nominees in the 64th GRAMMY Awards gospel categories, and those whose projects are gospel related. The telecast will air Monday, January 31, 2022, on CBS. 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song Voice Of God Dante Bowe Featuring Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore; Dante Bowe, Tywan Mack, Jeff Schneeweis & Mitch Wong, songwriters Joyful Dante Bowe; Dante Bowe & Ben Schofield, songwriters Help Anthony Brown & Group Therapy; Anthony Brown & Darryl Woodson, songwriters Never Lost CeCe Winans Wait On You Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake & Chandler Moore, ...

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Quentin Walston – The Good Book Suite

Quentin Walston The Good Book Suite (release date: November 20, 2021) www.quentinwalston.com By Robert M. Marovich Pianist-composer Quentin Walston’s The Good Book Suite is a four-part instrumental jazz piece with a spiritual foundation. A trio of piano, drums, and bass interprets Bible passages that brought Walston and his family through the financial and emotional ebbs and flows caused by the pandemic. The first two parts of the suite borrow their text from Isaiah 41:10. The incrementally dramatic tensions that ultimately envelope the opening section, “Fear Not,” resolve and transition peacefully into the optimistic “I’m With You.” Matthew 28:30 fuels “Till ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 22, 2021

“Waves” Strong Tower Church feat. Maurette Brown Clark From the album Fresh Wind – New Waves (release date: October 22, 2021) www.strongtowerlive.com By Robert M. Marovich Strong Tower Church went big on their debut album, recruiting veteran musicians and the likes of Maurette Brown Clark and Charlin Neal as featured vocalists on its live project. The current single, “Waves,” features the effervescent Maurette waxing on the elements as symbols of God’s blessings, miracles, wonders, and new beginnings. “When a fresh wind blows, the unusual begins to happen,” she sings. It’s an expansive P&W piece with CCM and gospel ingredients, and ...

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Gene Hoskins – Homecoming (Deluxe Edition)

Download Gene HoskinsHomecoming (Deluxe Edition)Shanachie Entertainment (release date: October 29, 2021)www.shanachie.com By Robert M. Marovich Gene Hoskins, a mental health therapist and gospel singer from North Carolina, combines his passions to provide insight and encouragement on Homecoming (Deluxe Edition). Eliding seamlessly, the first two selections, “Prodigal P.O.V.” and the title track, are the physician healing himself. Hoskins meanders on an introspective electronic R&B path, a sort-of gospel recitative on his journey back to spiritual clarity. The album truly comes alive, however, with “Make It With Jesus,” an explosively churchy piece. The single, which hit #14 on Billboard’s Gospel Singles chart, ...

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