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

JGM Pick of the Week:  July 25, 2022

July 26th, 2022|Pick of the Week, Quartet, Singles|

“Jesus Knows” Lisa Knowles-Smith and the Brown Singers EvoWorld Music (release date: May 13, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich For their new single, Lisa Knowles-Smith and the Brown Singers draw on key lyrics from the folk spiritual, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.” But that’s where the comparison ends. Whereas [...]

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church Celebration Choir – I’m In His Plans

July 21st, 2022|5 Stars, CDs, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews|

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church Celebration Choir I‘m In His Plans Bison Disc (release date: February 23, 2021) https://hoodmemorialamez.com/ By Robert M. Marovich Time was, you would have looked long and hard in the AME Zion church writ large and found neither gospel music nor gospel singers anywhere within the [...]

JGM Pick of the Week – July 18, 2022

July 19th, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Proud of Me” Treva Chezmusique (release date: June 18, 2022) www.trevajones.com By Robert M. Marovich Treva Jones is no stranger to gospel music or to the Journal of Gospel Music. Written by the premier songwriter V. Michael McKay, “Proud of Me” is Jones’s latest single. Her warm, resonant alto curls [...]

William Murphy – Worship & Justice

July 16th, 2022|5 Stars, CDs, Gospel Music, Praise & Worship, Reviews|

William Murphy Worship & Justice RCA Inspiration (release date: July 15, 2022) www.rcainspiration.com By Robert M. Marovich Do gospel artists have a responsibility to speak truth to power through their songs? Isn’t all gospel music message music, or should it be more explicit when it comes to the social gospel? [...]

JGM Pick of the Week – July 12, 2022

July 12th, 2022|Contemporary Christian Music, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Grace Over Me” Mike Geo Independent (release date: July 8, 2022) www.MikeGeoMusic.com By Robert M. Marovich What Staten Island CCM artist Michael Giordano, aka Mike Geo, offers in “Grace Over Me” is a fizzy, energetic outpouring of gratitude for salvation. When the walls are closing in, Geo closes his eyes [...]

JGM Pick of the Week – July 5, 2022

July 6th, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Take Me to the River” VAA’DAM KJ Productions (release date: March 8, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich The last time JGM heard from Dallas, Texas-based female duo VAA’DAM, they were featured on Kisha Grandy’s 2021 album Epitome. Trina and Quita are back with “Take Me to the River,” a laidback [...]

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – Lady Redneck

July 4th, 2022|Contemporary Christian Music, Reviews, Singles|

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Lady Redneck Independent (2022) www.ladyredneckmusic.com By Robert M. Marovich Lady Redneck (aka country singer Stephanie Lee) renders the eighteenth-century hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” with lockstep fidelity to the original and a delicacy ideally suited to the lovely melody. Lee’s tender vocal, [...]

“Did It Again” – Ruth La’Ontra ft. Thomas and the Situation

July 3rd, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews, Singles|

“Did It Again" Ruth La’Ontra ft. Thomas and the Situation Tyscot Music and Entertainment (release date: July 8, 2022) www.tyscot.com By Robert M. Marovich Ruth La’Ontra’s new single, “Did It Again,” makes plain its premise in the lyrics: a “simple song to say thank you” for making “a way for [...]

Maverick City x Kirk Franklin – Kingdom Book One

June 30th, 2022|5 Stars, CDs, Gospel Music, Praise & Worship, Reviews|

Maverick City x Kirk Franklin Kingdom Book One Tribl Records / Fo Yo Soul / RCA Inspiration (release date: June 17, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich Maverick City Music, gospel’s current “it” group, joined with the venerable Kirk Franklin, no stranger to special event gospel projects, to bring music and [...]

JGM Pick of the Week:  June 27, 2022

June 28th, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“That Name Is Jesus” Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church Independent (2022) www.BelovedStJohn.org By Robert M. Marovich As long as Pastor Clement M. Lumpton III and the Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, keep on singing, the church choir will remain relevant. On its latest single, “That Name is [...]

Gospel, Vol. 6: Female Gospel Groups 1940 – 1962

June 25th, 2022|5 Stars, CDs, Gospel Music, Reviews, Traditional Gospel|

Various Artists Gospel, Vol. 6: Female Gospel Groups 1940-1962 Fremeaux & Associes (2022) http://www.fremeaux.com By Robert M. Marovich If it weren’t for women, there might not be gospel music as we know it today. A gutsy statement, but accurate. For every Thomas Dorsey, Theodore Frye, and James Cleveland, there were [...]

JGM Pick of the Week – June 13, 2022

June 14th, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Nothing Else Matters (Instead of Complaining, Praise Him)” Brent Jones JDI Records By Robert M. Marovich Brent Jones’ latest single, “Nothing Else Matters,” is a four-minute festival of praise set to a bouncy mid-tempo arrangement featuring Jones and the full-throated choir in call-and-response. “I don’t care who’s looking at me,” [...]

“Thank You” – David Walker and High Praise

June 13th, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Reviews, Singles|

“Thank You” David Walker and High Praise ENON / The Key of David Music Group (release date: April 29, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich After a frenetic prog fusion intro, David Walker’s fulsomely-rendered “Thank You” settles into a contemporary male-led choir groove. High Praise offers full-throated support for Walker as [...]

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