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

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 [...]

JGM Pick of the Week – June 6, 2022

June 7th, 2022|Contemporary Christian Music, Gospel Music, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles|

“Majestic One” Katy Weirich Independent (release date: January 14, 2022) https://katyweirich.com/ By Robert M. Marovich A life filled with ups and downs, joys and sorrows, depression and happiness informs the songs and singing of Katy Weirich. A young vocalist and worship leader who evokes Lauren Daigle and Hillsong’s Brooke Fraser, [...]

Pastor Dewayne Charleston – Don’t Wait

June 4th, 2022|CDs, Gospel Music, Quartet, Reviews|

Pastor Dewayne Charleston Don’t Wait JJ Music Media (release date: April 1, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich Although Pastor Dewayne Charleston’s Don’t Wait is a solo project, the soulful singing, the quartet harmonies, the wooden church spirituality, and the traditional-leaning arrangements endow it with the spirit of a quartet CD. [...]

“My Everything” – Min. Golanda Walton-Blackwell

June 1st, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews, Singles|

“My Everything” Min. Golanda Walton-Blackwell SG&E Records (release date: April 16, 2022) By Robert M. Marovich Georgia gospel singer Min. Golanda Walton-Blackwell pulls out all the stops for her debut single, “My Everything.” The song’s message of praise and gratitude are set to a contemporary gospel slow-burner that resolves in [...]

JGM Pick of the Week:  May 30, 2022

May 30th, 2022|Pick of the Week, Singles, Urban AC Gospel|

“Never Give Up” Del Harrison Independent (release date: March 1, 2022) www.iamdelharrison.com By Robert M. Marovich In achingly soulful tones, Del Harrison wants you to never forget that sunshine comes after the rain. Even if your prayers don’t seem to be getting through, “the Holy Spirit heard you / It’s [...]

“Power in the Blood” – Dr. Prince Yelder & the Disciples for Christ

May 28th, 2022|Contemporary Gospel, Reviews, Singles|

“Power in the Blood” Dr. Prince Yelder & the Disciples for Christ Tyscot Records (release date: April 1, 2022) www.tyscot.com By Robert M. Marovich With a nod to the song’s composer, Bishop Leonard Scott, Dr. Prince Yelder & the Disciples for Christ offer a resounding and high-energy version of “Power [...]

Angelo & Veronica: The Original Recordings, 1990-1991

May 26th, 2022|CDs, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel Music, Reviews|

Angelo & Veronica The Original Recordings, 1990-1991 A&V Music (release date: April 25, 2022) www.angeloandveronica.com By Robert M. Marovich Christian music duo Angelo & Veronica’s recent release, The Original Recordings: 1990-1991, could easily have been titled (with deference to Dylan) The Basement Tapes. The twelve-track collection was recorded in Angelo [...]

JGM Pick of the Week – May 23, 2022

May 24th, 2022|Gospel Music, Pick of the Week, Reviews, Singles, Traditional Gospel|

“I Can’t Forget” David Daughtry Independent (single release date: February 18, 2022) www.daviddaughtrymusic.com By Robert M. Marovich Vocalist David Daughtry lets his COGIC roots show on “I Can’t Forget,” an up-tempo, handclapping gush of gratitude to God that incorporates the congregational favorite, “Oh What He’s Done For Me” and snippets [...]

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