Journal Of Gospel Music

March 30, 2018
JGM Pick of the Week:  June 18, 2018

JGM Pick of the Week: June 18, 2018

“Are You Ready”Jason ChampionMy Block Records (release date: October 27, 2017) By Bob Marovich To a mid-tempo boogie-woogie rhythm, gospel singer Jason Champion asks the ultimate salvation question: are you ready for Jesus when He comes? He then lets loose with a couple of Sam Cooke yodels and...

Bemeche’: I’m Determined – Live

Bemeche’: I’m Determined – Live

Bemeche’I’m Determined – LiveBGMN Recordswww.Bemeche.com By Bob Marovich It’s rare these days for gospel artists to give over most of their full album to old-time songs, but that’s what Bemeche’ Hicks has done on his I’m Determined – Live. The Virginia-based music minister even invited a bonafide...

Damon Williams on #WeAreVerity: “Everyone has a Verity Story”

Damon Williams on #WeAreVerity: “Everyone has a Verity Story”

By Bob Marovich RCA Inspiration and Verity Records are going all out to promote Verity’s twenty-four-year legacy, and it’s starting with the #WeAreVerity campaign. The June campaign coincides with Black Music Month. Damon Williams “We want to honor one of the richest and most legacy-filled catalogs...

JGM Pick of the Week:  June 11, 2018

JGM Pick of the Week: June 11, 2018

“If God”Casey JFrom the forthcoming Tyscot album The Gathering(single release date: June 25, 2018)www.tyscot.com Bob Marovich As a schoolteacher, Casey J has had to ask lots of hard questions. So it’s not surprising that on her new single, “If God,” she wonders aloud why there is still cancer,...

The Wardlaw Brothers – Stand There

The Wardlaw Brothers – Stand There

The Wardlaw BrothersStand ThereTWB Records / New Day Christian Distributors(release date: June 1, 2018)http://www.twb5.com/ By Bob Marovich There are traditional quartets and contemporary quartets. On their new album, Stand There, the Wardlaw Brothers fall within the contemporary category while...

Firma Collective – Songs for Every Soul

Firma Collective – Songs for Every Soul

Firma CollectiveSongs for Every SoulFirma Music Group (release date: May 4, 2018)www.firmacollective.com By Bob Marovich Songs for Every Soul introduces the public to the Firma Music Group, a new Christian label organized by Hollywood execs Joel Weldon and Tom Mgrdichian. The project, which falls...

RIP: Clarence Fountain, Last Original Member of the Blind Boys of Alabama

RIP: Clarence Fountain, Last Original Member of the Blind Boys of Alabama

By Bob Marovich Clarence Fountain, the longtime lead singer and an original member of the Grammy Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama, passed away this morning. He was the last of the original members of the group that was organized in 1944. Six sightless pupils, including Clarence Fountain, left...

Bruce Parham – Your Presence

Bruce Parham – Your Presence

Bruce ParhamYour PresenceWe Here Now Music Group (release date: June 15, 2018) By Bob Marovich An early impetus for Bruce Parham’s solo career came from his grandmother, who instructed her grandson in no uncertain terms to “Open up your mouth and sing!” Sing he did, before church congregations and...

JGM Pick of the Week: May 29, 2018

JGM Pick of the Week: May 29, 2018

“Prayer Changes Things”Adriann Lewis-FreemanD.A.F. Entertainment Group (release date: May 12, 2017) By Bob Marovich The former lead singer of the female gospel group RiZen takes us to church with her solo debut, “Prayer Changes Things.” Produced by her brother, Ay’Ron Lewis, and supported by...

Various Artists – Worth of Souls

Various Artists – Worth of Souls

Various ArtistsWorth of SoulsStone Angel Music (release date: April 27, 2018)www.worthofsoulsproject.com By Bob Marovich On “Come as you Are,” the opening selection of the Worth of Souls project, former American Idol contestant Kenz Hall quotes Thomas Moore: “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot...

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