“I Know a Man”
Charles Jones
Estone Music (release date: April 27, 2024)

By Robert M. Marovich

“I Know a Man” by Macon, Georgia, singer-songwriter Charles Jones contains lyrical echoes of Brother Joe May’s 1950 hit “Do You Know Him,” but the melody is wholly different. As for the arrangement, instead of oozing with May’s carefree buoyance, is as dramatic and emotional as the conversion experience. Jones sings his personal testimony with passion as a team of treble singers answers his calls. Engineer Zach Berry’s stinging guitar licks flash like lightning.

Since his first solo single for the local La’Don label in 1981, Charles Jones (formerly known as Charles the Artist) has released several singles and albums, and appeared on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel. In 2019, Jones opened for Lenny Kravitz at the invite-only Spookstock, an annual event that raises money for the families of fallen spies and soldiers. “I Know a Man” brings him back into the gospel spotlight again.

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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.