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#MusicReview: Motown Christmas by Various Artists

Motown Christmas 2014 - Various Artists

“Christ, the Savior is born.” Those powerful words, excerpted from “Silent Night” exemplify the meaning of Christmas.  Truly, Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year,” as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Sure the fruitcakes, decorations, and gifts play a role in the jubilance of Christmas, but …

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MUSIC REVIEW: Smokie Norful – Forever Yours

One of gospel music’s smoothest, yet dynamic voices belongs to no other than Grammy-winner, Smokie Norful.  A true soldier for the lord and nothing short of tremendous beacon within gospel music, Smokie Norful’s albums always deliver.  The highly anticipated Forever Yours proves no different from the rest – it’s “Um …

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MUSIC REVIEW: Kierra Sheard – Graceland

Kierra Sheard - Graceland

Contemporary gospel artist Kierra “KiKi” Sheard returns following a three-year hiatus with her latest studio album Graceland.  Throughout Graceland, the production matches the sound of modern pop, including cues from contemporary R&B, hip-hop, and electronic.  Why stylistically the youthful Sheard is progressive, vocally, she retains the description of a powerhouse …

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MUSIC REVIEW: Erica Campbell – Help

Erica Campbell - Help

Tina and Erica Campbell have been best associated as the popular contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary.  While Mary Mary’s primary style is gospel, the duo has been able to crossover to urban audiences given its modern sound appealing to more youthful audiences.  On 2014 LP Help however, Erica Campbell makes …

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MUSIC REVIEW: Donnie McClurkin – Duets

Donnie McClurkin - Duets

Gospel vet Donnie McClurkin releases his latest album, Duets, nearly six years following previous effort, We Are All One (Live In Detroit). Working with some of gospel’s brightest voices, McClurkin adds another uplifting LP to his discography. Duets isn’t innovative, never buying into contemporary gospel’s ‘radicalness’, but it’s a balanced …

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