With the full-throated Biblical People choir supporting him with bursts of staccato lyrics, Weaver reminds the church that when times are toughest, like when loved ones pass away, just let go and let God do his job.
Elohin El3vate CF Entertainment (release date: September 12, 2023) By Robert M. Marovich “I hope you all ready for this one.” That’s how Elohin (pronounced EL-oh-in) introduces his album, El3vate. And it’s no idle threat, because the Detroit-based Christian rapper (aka Lon Harris) has a great deal to say. [...]
Nineteen years ago, Suzanne Mallare Acton, music director and conductor of Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, was in a real jam. Her pianist, Detroit jazz legend Harold McKinney, pulled out of the jazz-gospel interpretation of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah just days before opening night. Needing a musician who could read a score and improvise, she picked up the phone and called the one pianist she knew could fill both bills: Alvin Waddles.
“Brought Me Out” Kymon Smith & God Sons and Daughter Independent (release date: August 6, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich “Brought Me Out” is a family affair. The Detroit-based independent gospel group Kymon Smith & God Sons and Daughter brings a contemporary flair and a touch of modern quartet to [...]
“Some Day We’ll Meet” Bill Moss Jr. & the B.M. & E. State Choir ft. Carolyn Jacobs From the Salathiel Records album His Majesty (album release: 2020) http://www.salathielrecords.com/ By Robert M. Marovich The B. M. & E. State Choir punctuates “Some Day We’ll Meet,” a gleeful evocation of the great [...]
Ellen Hayes We Owe It All to You Songs & Melodies Records, LLC (release date: February 6, 2022) www.meetellenhayes.com By Robert M. Marovich Any new album featuring A. Jeffrey LaValley is going to grab my attention. LaValley, the veteran gospel musician whose “Revelations 19:1” was famously sampled on Kanye West’s [...]
“Truth” Charles Martin Chuck’s Room (release date: September 2020) By Robert M. Marovich A singer, songwriter, actor, and former member of Deitrick Haddon’s Stellar Award-winning group Voices of Unity, Charles Martin flexes his melodious tenor voice on “Truth,” an atmospheric ballad he co-wrote with Rachard “Chardyroc” Williams. The song is [...]
(DETROIT, MI, Nov. 30, 2021) On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights and against segregation when she refused to give up her seat and move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This bold move from Ms. Parks helped spark the Civil Rights [...]
“Tell Me Where” Darius Twyman & Destiny My-Zeal Productions/ Character Music Group LLC (release date: September 3, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich The Detroit choir Darius Twyman & Destiny telegraphs the meaning of its new single, “Tell Me Where,” when Twyman states up front that it is an old school [...]
“I Will Call Upon the Lord” Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver II & the Hallelujah Singers (release date: September 1, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich Whenever I hear “I Will Call Upon the Lord,” the latest single from Detroit choir Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver & the Hallelujah Singers, I am reminded [...]