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JGM Pick of the Week: September 7, 2020

September 8th, 2020|Gospel Music, Pick of the Week, Singles, Traditional Gospel|

“Alright” Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Choir From the forthcoming album Restored By Bob Marovich Bishop Larry Trotter and the choir of his Sweet Holy Spirit Church on Chicago’s Southeast side offer encouragement in the full-throated, hand-clapping, church-wrecking style emblematic of the Windy City gospel choir sound. In [...]

Melvin Crispell III – I’ve Got a Testimony

September 2nd, 2020|Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews|

Melvin Crispell III I’ve Got a Testimony RCA Inspiration (release date: September 4, 2020) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich Having lost both his parents before his eighteenth birthday, Melvin Crispell III might be expected to render introspective songs about loss and recovery on his first full-length solo album. Au contraire. On [...]

JGM Pick of the Week: August 31, 2020

September 1st, 2020|Pick of the Week, Quartet, Singles|

“Happy in Jesus” Exciting Holy Sons From the album Finally Live in Chicago Independent (release date: August 7, 2020) By Bob Marovich If you are a fan of Chicago’s Victory Travelers, you’ll enjoy Chicago's Exciting Holy Sons. Both groups offer up meaty traditional gospel quartet fare, complete with pulpit-honed messages, [...]

David Billingsley – House of David, Volume 1

August 25th, 2020|CDs, Gospel Jazz, Reviews|

David Billingsley House of David – Volume 1 Intersound (release date: July 31, 2020) www.billingsleymusic.com By Bob Marovich Only two months after his album debut, Hymns from Grandma’s Living Room, jazz pianist David Billingsley has released his sophomore project, House of David, the first volume of self-penned instrumental jazz compositions. [...]

Fisk Jubilee Singers – Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)

August 17th, 2020|5 Stars, CDs, Gospel Music, Reviews, Traditional Gospel|

Fisk Jubilee Singers Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) Curb (release date: August 10, 2020) www.fiskjubileesingers.org By Bob Marovich On the eve of the sesquicentennial of its founding, the Fisk Jubilee Singers have released an album more musically and culturally diverse than any of its other recordings, going back more [...]

Instruments of Musick – Determination (EP)

August 14th, 2020|CDs, Contemporary Gospel, Reviews|

Instruments of Musick Determination (EP) Independent (release date: June 20, 2020) By Bob Marovich “Psalm 33:2,” a track from the Instruments of Musick’s Determination, is a rousing sacred steel-led and non-vocal interpretation of “Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.” [...]

JGM Pick of the Week: August 11, 2020

August 12th, 2020|Contemporary Gospel, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Trust and Believe”Mona MooreIndependent (release date: July 2, 2020)Available on iTunes By Bob Marovich Mona Moore’s affecting treatment of the dramatic "Trust and Believe" is what sells the single. From Houston, Texas, Moore reminds the listener that God is a “miracle worker,” so don't fret: “God will do what he [...]

JGM Pick of the Week: August 3, 2020

August 4th, 2020|Gospel Music, Pick of the Week, Quartet, Reviews, Singles|

“God’s Power” Minister John Taylor Jr. John Jr. Gospel Productions, Inc. By Bob Marovich Minister John Taylor Jr. recorded this song in 2016, but it sounds as if it was recorded 50 years earlier. “God’s Power” is a reassurance to all those who are sick, especially Taylor’s mother, whose illness [...]

Elder Arlester Washington & the Anointed Central Kentucky Mass Choir – Thank You

August 3rd, 2020|CDs, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews|

Elder Arlester Washington & The Anointed Central Kentucky Mass Choir Thank You Time Now Records (2020) By Bob Marovich On the morning of April 9, 2019, Elder Arlester Washington was involved in a two-car accident that claimed his life. The tragedy devastated Lexington, Kentucky’s Now Faith Worship Center, where Washington [...]

All Nations Music – Come Alive (EP)

July 31st, 2020|CDs, Praise & Worship, Reviews|

All Nations Music Come Alive EP RCA Inspiration (release date: July 3, 2020) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich Dr. Matthew L. Stevenson III needn’t worry about his sacred music bona fides. Stevenson's great-grandfather was the Reverend Elijah Thurston, founder of Chicago’s historic 44th Street Baptist Church, which produced many pioneering gospel [...]

JGM Pick of the Week: July 27, 2020

July 28th, 2020|Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Jesus, Let Us Be One” Roscoe Robinson Savoy Records (original release date: March 1983, reissue 2020) By Bob Marovich “Problems all around us, everyone has an answer,” Roscoe Robinson rues. Seeking the true solution, the gospel and soul singing star not only reaches back for the Word, he also reaches [...]

“Love” – Donnell Russell & Free Worship

July 27th, 2020|Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews, Singles|

“Love” Donnell Russell & Free Worship feat. Jai Reed, Tonya Boyd Cannon, Cory Ricks & Caren Green The Rite Note Ent. (release date: June 5, 2020) www.donnellrussell.com By Bob Marovich Donnell Russell & Free Worship’s “Love” is a crossover single in lyric and melody. To a quiet storm R&B arrangement, [...]

JGM Pick of the Week: July 20, 2020

July 21st, 2020|Contemporary Gospel, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Waiting On You” Dominique Johnson feat. Ernest J. Lee David's Dance Music (release date: June 16, 2020) By Bob Marovich Chicago’s Dominique Johnson is a singer, songwriter, and musician whose online videos have garnered more than four million views. Dominique’s debut single, “Waiting On You,” is her affirmation that brokenness [...]

Nashville Life Music – Here for Jesus

July 20th, 2020|5 Stars, CDs, Contemporary Christian Music, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews|

Nashville Life Music Here for Jesus Integrity Music (release date: July 17, 2020) www.nashvillelifemusic.com By Bob Marovich Nashville Life Music follows up last year’s Taylor House Sessions EP with even more delightful selections on its debut full-length album, Here for Jesus. Nashville Life Music is a young multicultural choir/group out [...]

“I Appreciate You” – Fred Perry & 2nd Generation

July 18th, 2020|Quartet, Reviews, Singles|

“I Appreciate You” Fred Perry & 2nd Generation 3sonzmanagement (release date: April 10, 2020) By Bob Marovich A color photo of the Bolivar, Tennessee, quartet Fred Perry & 2nd Generation being tucked in an envelope fits well with the theme of their single, “I Appreciate You.” It’s a thank you [...]

“God Made It Beautiful” – Jason Clayborn & the Atmosphere Changers

July 16th, 2020|Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews, Singles|

“God Made It Beautiful” Jason Clayborn & the Atmosphere Changers Feat. Daria Raymore Tyscot Records (release date: June 26, 2020) www.tyscot.com By Bob Marovich Dense harmonies and heavy production amp up the drama of “God Made It Beautiful,” but the true power of the song comes from the lead vocalists [...]

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