Rickey Grundy, Celebrated Gospel Choir Leader, Passes at 56 | #RickeyGrundy

Ricky Grundy - Make Way For JesusMr. J. Matthew Cobb of HiFi Magazine informed the Journal of Gospel Music that Rickey Grundy, leader of the Rickey Grundy Chorale; a musician; and a composer and arranger of dozens of popular gospel songs, died in Los Angeles, California, today, July 27, at the age of 56.Grundy not only recorded with his own Rickey Grundy Chorale,…

Richard Smallwood’s “Anthology Live” a Musical Autobiography | @journalofgospel @RichwoodMusik

Richard Smallwood with Vision - Anthology Live By Bob Marovich for the Journal of Gospel MusicIf Richard Smallwood had his druthers, the autobiography he is writing would have been released simultaneously with his new album, the two-CD Anthology Live.The album, recorded with his group, Vision, is essentially the “musical soundtrack” to his autobiography.  But the music came first, and Anthology Live (RCA Inspiration)…

“Gospel Queen of Richmond” Maggie Ingram Dies

Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes - Live In Richmond  Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes - Live In RichmondGospel Music Fever reports that Maggie Ingram, the “Gospel Queen of Richmond” and leader of the Ingramettes family gospel group, has died.With the Six Trumpets, Ingram made an auspicious recording debut in 1961 singing the Christmas song, “Jesus Christ the Baby.”  It was a…

#MusicReview: Casey J – The Truth by @journalofgospel | @CaseyJMusic

Casey J - The Truth Casey J - The Truth Click here to Buy or Stream "The Truth" by Casey J Casey J The Truth Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot Records (released April 21, 2015) www.tyscot.comBy Bob MarovichThe next best thing to a live gospel music program is listening to a live gospel music program on a recording.That’s why it…

#MusicReview: Mississippi Mass Choir – Declaration of Dependence by @journalofgospel | @MassMissChoir

The Mississippi Mass Choir - Declaration of DependenceMississippi Mass ChoirDeclaration of DependenceMalaco Records (2014) www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich The Mississippi Mass Choir - Declaration of Dependence Halfway through Declaration of Dependence, the Mississippi Mass Choir’s latest album, I realized that the choir has inherited the mantle once worn by the celebrated Thompson Community Singers. Just as music ministers…

Andrae’ Crouch Dead at 72; Homegoing Celebration Details Confirmed.

Andrae CrouchAndraé Crouch has died. The Grammy and Dove Award winner passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm PST at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé, 72, was hospitalized on January 3rd. Andraé’s family requests privacy at this time. Andrae Crouch Andraé’s accolades include 7…

MUSIC REVIEW: J. J. Hairston – I See Victory

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise - I See VictoryJJ Hairston & Youthful PraiseI See VictoryLight Records (October 28, 2014)www.lightrecords.com By Bob Marovich   Recorded at the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Connecticut, I See Victory is the seventh live CD for JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise and, with seventeen tracks, the group’s most ambitious release to date. The choir, perhaps best known for the gospel hit,…

MUSIC REVIEW: Deitrick Haddon’s LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers)

Deitrick Haddon's LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers)Deitrick Haddon and Tyscot Records want to bring the choir back. To make manifest their pledge, they’ve released Deitrick Haddon’sLXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers).  The album not only celebrates the youthful verve of the gospel choir but features the talent of some of today’s most acclaimed directors. The League of Xtraordinary Worshippers sounds like a team…

MUSIC REVIEW: Hezekiah Walker – Azusa: The Next Generation

Hezekiah Walker - Azusa Next GenerationHezekiah Walker Azusa: The Next Generation RCA Inspiration (released June 11, 2013) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog The big bang of Pentecostalism occurred in 1907 on Azusa Street in Los Angeles when William Seymour held multicultural services in a warehouse there.  Attendees of Seymour’s services became filled with the Holy Ghost, spoke…

The Wait is Over for Alvin Darling (@AlvinDarling)

Alvin Darling - Waiting Right Here  Waiting Right Here, the latest album release by Stellar and Dove Award nominee Alvin Darling, showcases the singer-songwriter’s Pentecostal church roots and years spent on the gospel highway as a quartet singer. TBGB talked recently with Darling about his music journey and the response to his new album, released in April on Troy and…