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RIP Zadella “Mama” Curtis, Gospel Quartet Promoter

By Robert M. Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn of the passing of Zadella “Mama” Curtis. She transitioned from earthly labor to heavenly reward yesterday, August 28, at age 73. Although Mama Curtis was best known for helping gospel quartets promote their music to radio, she started her gospel music career as a choir director. Born and raised in Chicago, Curtis attended Rayfield Missionary Baptist Church, where her grandparents were founding members. She sang her first solo at age three and began directing choirs at age twelve. Curtis graduated from Hyde Park High School and for ...

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37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards Announced

Pastor Mike Jr., CeCe Winans, Jonathan McReynolds, and Mali Music Among Top Honorees during the Greatest Night in Gospel Music The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards Premieres Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, and BET International (CHICAGO) July 19, 2022 — The Stellar Gospel Music Awards celebrated its 37th year honoring excellence in Gospel music during an uplifting weekend of events, concluding with the live-taped ceremony on Saturday, July 16, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by Stellar Award-winning artists Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard, this year’s celebration will premiere Sunday, ...

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Jekalyn Carr Presented Key to the City

JULY 15, 2022 (Atlanta, GA) — Top-selling, popular Gospel star Jekalyn Carr was presented with the Key to the City, by City Commissioner, Natalie Hall last night, July 14, 2022, also proclaiming it “Jekalyn Carr Appreciation Day.” The event kicked off the exciting, events filled Stellar Awards Weekend in Atlanta. Last night, at the Bear Tag Entertainment celebrity basketball at the Riverside Epicenter, Carr was presented with a proclamation and the Key to The City in recognition of her success as a Gospel artist and her contributions to the arts and entertainment community in Atlanta and her continued efforts in ...

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William Murphy – Worship & Justice

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? Answers vary from artist to artist. For his part, Bishop William Murphy embraces the responsibility of social leadership through music ministry on Worship & Justice, his seventh album and first since 2019’s GRAMMYⓇ-nominated Settle Here. Recorded live in December 2021, at dReam Center Church in Atlanta, the album finds Murphy ...

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The 2022 Quartet Music Awards Winners List

The Quartet Music Awards Announce Winners and 2023 Show Date Atlanta, GA — History was made on June 18, 2022, in Atlanta, GA, when the Inaugural Quartet Music Awards took place with a packed audience in the Center Stage Theater. Quartet fans, artists, and groups from around the country enjoyed an exciting night of music that ignited an atmosphere of praise. A new generation of singers and musicians gave electrifying performances, and legendary artists proved again why they have achieved their legendary status in the genre of Gospel Quartet. QMA Chief Executive Officer D. Chubbs Morton created the QMAs to ...

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“Thank You” – David Walker and High Praise

“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 he transitions into a preacher’s ferociousness, offering praise and thanksgiving for, well, everything. The single, written by James Ziegler, features conventional lyrics that explode with youthful vitality that bounces off the walls of the speakers. Though the choir hails from Atlanta, it has the intensity of East Coast choirs like ...

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RCA Inspiration Celebrates Multiple Nominations for the 37TH Annual Stellar Awards 

Nashville, TN (May 12, 2022) – RCA Inspiration celebrates multiple nominations for the upcoming 37th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, with multiple artists nominated for their album and song projects over the past year in 17 categories. Eighteen Stellar Award nominations for hit artists Mali Music, Kelontae Gavin, Travis Greene, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, and Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) include the major categories of Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Choir of the Year, along with nominations in Contemporary, Traditional, Urban/Inspirational, and Praise and Worship ...

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“Never Lost” – Tribl

“Never Lost” Tribl featuring Joe L. Barnes, Lizzie Morgan & Melvin Crispell III Tribl Music (album release date: November 11, 2021) www.tribl.com By Robert M. Marovich If you follow gospel music, you are aware of the rise of worship collectives like Elevation Worship, Nashville Life Music, and the recent Grammy Award-winning Maverick City Music. Worship collectives, which are often multicultural in composition, possess a style that falls somewhere between CCM and gospel. Sometimes this blend, designed to appeal to an increasingly multicultural megachurch environment, lands the groups’ music on the CCM and gospel charts at the same time. Tribl is ...

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RIP LaShun Pace: Soloist, Member of Anointed Pace Sisters

By Robert M. Marovich JGM was saddened to learn of the passing of LaShun Pace. Her sister Lydia reported that LaShun passed from organ failure on March 21, 2022, in a Metro Atlanta hospital. She had been on kidney dialysis for five years. Homegoing arrangements will be reported when announced. Here is a bio I wrote for the Malaco Music Group website: Born September 7, 1961, to Murphy and Bettie Ann Pace in Atlanta, Georgia, and brought up in the Church of God in Christ, Tarrian LaShun Pace began singing in church as well as with her eight sisters in ...

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First Quartet Music Awards Slated for June 18

Atlanta, GA — The stage is being set for the biggest night in Gospel Quartet music. The inaugural Quartet Music Awards (The QMAs) will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA. The ceremony will be a history-making night of electrifying performances and memorable moments. The QMAs will showcase the rich legacy the genre of Quartet has contributed to the landscape of Gospel, Soul, Blues, Rock, and R&B music. The award show will be hosted by ‘the hottest host on the east coast’ Justin Rufus and Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones. The ...

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