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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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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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#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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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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