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JGM Pick of the Week: July 17, 2017

2017-07-18T01:34:29-05:00July 18th, 2017|

“Grace” Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago feat. Le’Andria Johnson Inspired People, LLC (release date: July 7, 2017) Available from digital media outlets By Bob Marovich Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s “Grace” feels like a quicker-tempo version of Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile” with its plinky piano, chirpy melody, finger-popping rhythm, [...]

The Rise of Chicago’s Highway Q.C.s During Gospel’s Golden Era (1947-1964)

2017-04-30T03:32:05-05:00April 30th, 2017|

The Rise of Chicago’s Highway Q.C.s During Gospel’s Golden Era (1947-1964) by Opal Louis Nations When the Famous Blue Jay Singers of Birmingham, Alabama and Soul Stirrers of Houston came to Chicago during and after World War II, both the dynamic, hard-singing Silas Steele of the Jays and the yodeling, [...]

Dave Bass – The Welcome Table

2017-02-17T16:24:16-06:00February 17th, 2017|

Dave Bass The Welcome Table DNB Associates (1997) By Bob Marovich Although he recorded The Welcome Table twenty years ago, gospel singer and songwriter Dave Bass is promoting his quartet-inspired album to a new generation of listeners. The eight radio-sized selections on The Welcome Table sound like nostalgic reflections [...]

The Gospel Sensations: Trendsetting With Old School Harmonies

2016-07-29T03:17:29-05:00July 29th, 2016|

By Bob Marovich To carve out a niche in a quartet community crowded with local and national artists, the Gospel Sensations are employing a time-honored principle that has been all but abandoned in gospel music. A cappella harmony singing. That’s right: trendsetting by going back to the way gospel quartets [...]

“That Dude Deon” Kipping Finds a Place Called Victory

2016-02-08T03:09:02-06:00February 8th, 2016|

By Bob Marovich The stage curtains opened on JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise as the group was about to introduce its new song and soon-to-become-hit, “Incredible God, Incredible Praise.” Holding the microphone was the song’s creator, Deon Kipping. That wasn’t the way it was supposed to go down. “I didn’t [...]

Pilgrim Travelers: Gospel Boogie – Rare Recordings 1946-1957

2015-12-11T19:22:22-06:00December 11th, 2015|

Pilgrim Travelers Gospel Boogie – Rare Recordings 1946-1957 Gospel Friend (release date: December 18, 2015) By Bob Marovich Per Notini of Gospel Friend has developed a handsome catalog of well-produced collections of classic gospel music that covers quartet, choir, and piano-led groups alike. His latest production, Gospel Boogie – [...]

The Gospel Music of Jonathan McReynolds: “Different Sound, Same Heart”

2015-09-06T20:19:43-05:00September 6th, 2015|

By Bob Marovich “I always did love music,” Jonathan McReynolds told the Journal of Gospel Music, “but I don’t think I ever envisioned a music career to come out of it.” Nevertheless, McReynolds, a rising star on the gospel music circuit, is poised to release his sophomore album, Life Music: Stage [...]

Soul Stirrers – Joy in My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings

2015-01-26T03:37:53-06:00January 26th, 2015|

Soul Stirrers Joy in My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings ABKCO Records (release date: January 27, 2015 By Bob Marovich The first ABKCO compilation of Soul Stirrers recordings on the legendary SAR Records was released more than a decade ago. With sixteen tracks, the Stirrers had the lion’s share [...]

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