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JGM Pick of the Week:  October 31, 2022

“Do You Know the Man” Harlem Gospel Travelers Colemine Records (release date: October 18, 2022) www.harlemgospeltravelers.com By Robert M. Marovich Covering the Virginia-based Crusader Gospel Singers’ “Do You Know the Man,” the Harlem Gospel Travelers evoke the soulful Seventies in their Northern Soul harmonies, George Marage’s falsetto lead, Eli Paperboy Reed’s wah-wah guitar and billowy major seventh chords, and the overall breezy tempo. The trio sings it better than the originals, too. Organized and produced by Reed, the Harlem Gospel Travelers is a troupe of young men dedicated to a particular time in gospel when the soul music the genre ...

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“Arise” – Strong Tower Church feat. Richard T. Davis

“Arise” Strong Tower Church feat. Richard T. Davis From the album Fresh Wind – New Waves www.strongtowerlive.com By Robert M. Marovich Last year, Strong Tower Church dropped “Waves,” featuring Maurette Brown Clark. The Virginia music ministry is back with another song with a single word title: “Arise.” From the 2021 album, Fresh Wind – New Waves, “Arise” is conventional in melody but packs plenty of punch in the rhythm section and the vocals. Its lyric is inspired by Isaiah 60 (“Arise, shine; for your light has come.”). The song was written and is led by Richard T. Davis, Creative Director ...

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JGM Pick of the Week:  April 18, 2022

“Grateful” Earnest Pugh Blacksmoke Music Worldwide (2022) By Robert M. Marovich Earnest Pugh’s current single, “Grateful,” is a gently swaying ballad of thanksgiving for Christ’s love, expressed most ardently in his sacrifice for all humanity. Pugh and his background vocalists riff on the “you didn’t have to do it but you did” trope. The song’s high point comes toward the end, when Pugh lofts a few high notes into the atmosphere, close to Prince territory. Written by Gary Mayes, “Grateful” is the third single from Pugh’s 2020 album, The Outpour Experience, recorded live in Richmond, Virginia, and produced by Michael ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: November 22, 2021

“Waves” Strong Tower Church feat. Maurette Brown Clark From the album Fresh Wind – New Waves (release date: October 22, 2021) www.strongtowerlive.com By Robert M. Marovich Strong Tower Church went big on their debut album, recruiting veteran musicians and the likes of Maurette Brown Clark and Charlin Neal as featured vocalists on its live project. The current single, “Waves,” features the effervescent Maurette waxing on the elements as symbols of God’s blessings, miracles, wonders, and new beginnings. “When a fresh wind blows, the unusual begins to happen,” she sings. It’s an expansive P&W piece with CCM and gospel ingredients, and ...

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“Help Me” – Jerrell Golden (ft. Romane Scott)

“Help Me” Jerrell Golden (ft. Romane Scott) From Imago Dei Records CD Jerrell Golden (release date: July 30, 2017) By Robert M. Marovich Tappahannock, Virginia, holy hip hop artist Jerrell Golden preaches through his rhymes on “Help Me.” When people suffer from compassion fatigue in a world so cold that “July can be December,” giving up is a tempting option. Others want to help but they cannot. That’s because, Golden reminds the listener, “first we have to learn to follow before we can lead.” There‘s a teaching moment. Between Golden’s stanzas is Romane Scott’s pleading tenor, amplifying the feelings of ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: June 14, 2021

“Thank You”Rufus JohnsonMiddle Boy Media (release date: July 19, 2020) By Robert M. Marovich Rufus Johnson, a native of Richmond, Virginia, expresses his gratitude to God on “Thank You” with a pocketful of shoulder-shaking beats and an R&B melody that is as fresh as right now. Johnson’s gratefulness for making it through the rough patches serves as the backdrop of this compelling, memorable, and expertly-produced song. Simple and effective in delivering its message. A Stellar-nominated singer-songwriter and music educator, Rufus Johnson was once a member of the male gospel group G.I. He co-wrote and sang on two of the group’s ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: February 15, 2021

“Pick You Back Up” Michael David Harrison feat. Beverly Crawford Independent (release date: January 31, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich If the jaunty piano opening doesn’t wake the dead from their slumber, Beverly Crawford’s characteristic evangelistic vocalizing will do the trick. Pick You Back Up” was produced by Linton Weems and penned by up-and-coming songwriter Michael David Harrison. Originally from Virginia but now living in Houston, Harrison mines that churchy traditional vibe to provide this unsubtle reminder that when you stumble and fall into the arms of the devil, the Lord is there to pick you up. If you are ...

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RCA Inspiration to Release New Music from the Voices of Fire Choir

  RCA INSPIRATION TO RELEASE NEW MUSICFROM THE VOICES OF FIRE CHOIR, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PHARRELL WILLIAMS’ I AM OTHER (Nashville, TN) – November 23, 2020 – RCA Inspiration, one of the premiere labels in Gospel and inspirational music, announces a record deal with Voices of Fire, to release new music from the new choir, in partnership with Pharrell Williams’ company i am OTHER. The newly-formed choir stars on the Netflix docuseries “Voices of Fire,” led by Williams’ uncle Bishop Ezekiel Williams. The docuseries debuted on the streamer Friday November 20th and Williams serves as an executive producer on the ...

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JGM Pick of the Week: May 25, 2020

“I’ll Serve Him” Ken Heath & the True Disciples Keep Hope Music (release date: March 20, 2020) By Bob Marovich The latest single by the Richmond, Virginia-based quartet Ken Heath & the True Disciples rolls along on a simple message about discipleship and the blood of Jesus that has kept him and his family safe. Like 2019’s “Moving Forward,” the group’s new song has that quintessential quartet strut rhythm and a classic call-and-response vamp. “I’ll Serve Him” is a sure-enough hand clapper that the group no doubt extends on live programs for maximum spiritual impact.

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2nd Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards Submissions Open

Washington, DC — The Independent Gospel Artists Alliance, Inc. (IGAA) has announced the 2nd Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards celebrating independent Gospel, Christian, and Inspirational artists and their music. Artists can submit entries for award consideration starting January 1, 2020. The Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards recognizes the best recordings and performances of the past year in 10 different categories. Artists who are nominated for these awards are distinguished artists and musicians in their local communities and around the country. The 2nd Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Awards will be held on July 10, 2020, at The Mount in ...

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