By Robert M. Marovich

Congratulations to the 65th Grammy winners in the Gospel and Contemporary Christian categories:

Best Gospel Performance/Song:

Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Jay, Chandler Moore & Jacob Poole, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:

“Fear Is Not My Future”
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Brandon Lake & Hannah Shackelford, songwriters

Best Gospel Album:

Kingdom Book One Deluxe
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

Maverick City Music

Best Roots Gospel Album:

The Urban Hymnal
Tennessee State University Marching Band

Lastly, Gary Butler Sr. informed me that jazz vocalist and now Grammy-winning Best New Artist Samara Joy is the granddaughter of Savettes’ members Ruth and Elder Goldwire McLendon. Her father toured as a bass player with Andrae’ Crouch. Once again, the church proves to be the best music school in the world.

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Written by : 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.