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Reviews2022-10-28T01:35:07-05:00

Gail Stewart & Prayz4 – s/t

November 19th, 2021|CDs, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews|

Gail Stewart & Prayz4 Self-titled Independent (release date: July 12, 2017) By Robert M. Marovich What is immediately evident about the self-titled CD by the Texas-based family gospel group Gail Stewart & Prayz4 is its emphasis on modernizing traditional hymns and gospels. For example, the group gives the nineteenth-century hymn [...]

Q&A with JGM Founder on “Peace Be Still”

November 18th, 2021|Books, Books by Bob Marovich, Traditional Gospel|

JGM founder and historian Bob Marovich talks about his new book, Peace Be Still: How James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir Created a Gospel Classic, during a Q&A hosted by the publisher, University of Illinois Press. The book is available for pre-order and will be released officially on December 14, [...]

JGM Pick of the Week November 15, 2021

November 15th, 2021|Contemporary Gospel, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Wonderful” Kim Person KLP Music Enterprise (release date: October 2021) www.kimpersontheartist.com By Robert M. Marovich Kim Person gives the Reverend F. C. Barnes’ classic “So Many Wonderful Things” a loping, shoulder-shaking treatment. Slowing the tempo ever so slightly, Person offers a litany of the many wonderful things about Jesus. Although [...]

“Immanuel” – Beverly Heath

November 11th, 2021|Christmas, Reviews, Singles|

“Immanuel” Beverly Heath Independent (release date: October 15, 2021) www.beverlyheath.com By Robert M. Marovich Atlanta-based gospel singer Beverly Heath’s contribution to the Christmas season is “Immanuel,” a heartwarmingly-rendered carol about the newborn Christ child. Surrounded by background vocalists, Heath weaves her lyrics around the very definition of Immanuel, God with [...]

Harriet Fraser – Peace

November 10th, 2021|CDs, Contemporary Christian Music, Gospel Fusion, Gospel Music, Reviews|

Harriet Fraser Peace Independent (release date: October 8, 2021) www.harrietfraser.com By Robert M. Marovich On her brief but touchingly lovely debut album Peace, soprano Harriet Frasier harmonizes with herself, two-parts unaccompanied, a touch of echo evoking the sense of being recorded in a stone-walled cathedral instead of the California studios [...]

JGM Pick of the Week: November 8, 2021

November 9th, 2021|Pick of the Week, Singles, Traditional Gospel|

“God Kept Me”Beau Williams feat. the HamiltonesFrom the album Timeless (release date: September 24, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich “God Kept Me” by longtime vocalist Beau Williams, is a joyous gospel song about the constancy of the Most High. The rhythm guitar drives a handclapping tempo while popular vocal group [...]

Various Artists – Kerry Douglas Gospel Mix Christmas

November 8th, 2021|CDs, Christmas, Reviews|

Various Artists Kerry Douglas Gospel Mix Christmas Blacksmoke Music Worldwide (release date: November 5, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich It’s that time again—Christmas songs and albums are hitting music reviewers’ inboxes. Among the earliest is a Kerry Douglas holiday celebration, an extension of his popular and longstanding Gospel Mix franchise [...]

JGM Pick of the Week November 1, 2021

November 2nd, 2021|Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles, Traditional Gospel|

“So Much to Thank God For” New Macedonia M.B. Church Mass Choir feat. Betty Griffin Keller From the CD Faithful (release date: September 4, 2020) https://mynmmbc.org/ By Robert M. Marovich “So Much to Thank God For” is more than a vibrant throwback choral piece from the New Macedonia Missionary Baptist [...]

“Leave It at the Cross” – Jenn Bostic

November 1st, 2021|Contemporary Christian Music, Reviews, Singles|

“Leave It at the Cross”Jenn Bostic(release date: October 15, 2021)www.jennbostic.com By Robert M. Marovich Singer-songwriter and musician Jenn Bostic’s atmospheric “Leave It at the Cross” instructs that all difficult problems, whether producing hurt, shame, or pain, are best dropped at the foot of Jesus. Their heaviness drags us down and [...]

God’s Children – It’s So Amazing

October 30th, 2021|CDs, Gospel Music, Quartet, Reviews|

God’s Children It’s So Amazing Independent (2018) https://www.facebook.com/godschildrenmemphis By Robert M. Marovich On It’s So Amazing, the Memphis, Tennessee-based Shirika “Re Re” Flowers and God’s Children (and also Re Re’s eldest children), run through a battery of gospel quartet-style songs, rendered with a churchy vibe and with frequent vamps for [...]

JGM Pick of the Week October 25, 2021

October 26th, 2021|Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles, Traditional Gospel|

“Open Up the Windows of Heaven” Lucinda Marie Independent (release date: August 10, 2021) www.LucindaMarieMusic.com By Robert M. Marovich Lucinda Marie, the self-described “former pastor’s wife,” puts on her stylish shouting shoes, lifts the hem of her long dress ever so slightly, and holy dances through this up-tempo piece. The [...]

“Thankful” – James Cutts

October 24th, 2021|Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews, Singles|

“Thankful”James CuttsIndependent (released April 16, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich Having recovered from the ravages of COVID-19 (his wife also contracted the virus and recovered), Pastor James Cutts sings his testimony on “Thankful,” a buoyant piece with a quiet storm R&B vibe. Though the lyrics focus mostly on generalities, the [...]

Various Artists – Sacred Soul of North Carolina

October 20th, 2021|5 Stars, CDs, Gospel Music, Quartet, Reviews|

Various ArtistsSacred Soul of North CarolinaMusic Maker Foundation / Bible & Tire (release date: October 15, 2021)https://biglegalmessrecords.com/collections/bible-tire By Robert M. Marovich Just before the pandemic shut down the world, Alice Vines of the Glorifying Vines Sisters of Farmville, North Carolina (crate diggers will know their singles on Pinewood and Sound [...]

JGM Pick of the Week: October 18, 2021

October 18th, 2021|Contemporary Christian Music, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“There Will Be a Light Again” Kali Joy From the CD Real Life (release date: September 24, 2021) www.kalijoy.com By Robert M. Marovich Christian singer Kali Joy’s “There Will Be a Light Again” may not be the single from her album Real Life, but it certainly ought to be. It’s [...]

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