By Bob Marovich
If you think the story of music in Detroit begins and ends with Motown, think again.
Detroit’s gospel music legacy goes back many decades, way before Berry Gordy started Hitsville, USA. The contributions that Detroiters have made to gospel music continue to enrich the genre today.
The story of gospel music in Detroit was just waiting to be told by the right person. That right person is Marcel West. With great passion and diligence, West spent years mining archival photos, videos, and other rare ephemera, and interviewing the living legends who took gospel music around the world.
The result is a documentary DVD called Detroit: The Gospel Journey.
The DVD will be available for purchase soon. In the meantime, check out the trailer to the film by clicking on the photo above. Congratulations to Marcel West and his team for the vision and determination to bring this story to life.
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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.
This will be a living reminder of what Gospel music really is. This also pays tribute to those who paved the way for the artist today. I am excited to know that gospel history is being preserved. Blessings and Favor to you Marcel West