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Various Artists – Jesus Rocked the Jukebox

2017-10-15T21:05:12-05:00October 15th, 2017|

Various Artists Jesus Rocked the Jukebox Craft Records / Concord Music Group (2017) By Bob Marovich In addition to its estimable contributions to the religious, social, and political life of African Americans, the church has also been an effective music training school. Untold numbers of men and women have [...]

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 [...]

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