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Bob Marovich of The Journal of Gospel Music

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

#MusicReview: “The Glory Album” by Christon Gray | @ChristonGray

Music Review of The Glory Album by Christon Gray // Bob Marvich of The Journal Of Gospel Music

Christian hip hop artist Christon Gray announces that he’s “spittin’ the real, not the auto tune” on The Glory Album, the major label follow-up to his solo independent release and Billboard-charting School of Roses.  He’s right, and he has a lot of real to spit. As Gray shared with JGM, The Glory Album takes up where …

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#MusicReview: “Fearless” by Virtue | @VirtueGirls

Virtue - Fearless

VirtueFearlessMixed Bag/eOne New York (release date: February 26, 2016)www.virtuegirls3.com By Bob Marovich Norma Desmond declared in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard: “I hate that word [comeback]. It’s a return.” With Trin-i-tee 5:7 in suspend mode and Mary Mary doing solo projects, it’s a good time for the sister trio Virtue to return …

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

Ricky Grundy - Make Way For Jesus

Mr. 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 …

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

Richard Smallwood with Vision - Anthology Live

  By Bob Marovich for the Journal of Gospel Music If 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 …

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“Gospel Queen of Richmond” Maggie Ingram Dies

Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes - Live In Richmond

  Gospel 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 radio hit and propelled Ingram …

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

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.com By Bob Marovich The next best thing to a live gospel music program is listening to a live gospel music program on a recording. …

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

The Mississippi Mass Choir - Declaration of Dependence

Mississippi Mass ChoirDeclaration of DependenceMalaco Records (2014) www.malaco.com By Bob Marovich 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 could not wait for the latest Tommies …

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

Andrae Crouch

Andraé 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. Andraé’s accolades include 7 Grammy …

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

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise - I See Victory

JJ 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 …

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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 …

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