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#MusicReview: Greatest Life Ever by Janice Gaines | @janicegaines

Janice Gaines - Greatest Life Ever

Who ever said that gospel music can’t be adventurous, contemporary, and genre bending? – No one ever. Today, like so many genres of music, gospel has spawned beyond the traditional, embracing eclecticism and experimentation. Standout gospel newcomer Janice Gaines proves she’s aboard the progressive gospel train on her high-flying, powerfully …

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#MusicReview: Level Next by John P. Kee | @Keetwit

John P. Kee - Level Next

John P. Kee – Level Next (Motown Gospel)  by Brent Faulkner There’s something to be said about a veteran gospel musician at work, particularly John P. Kee. That said there’s even more to be said about something uplifting the spirit to the loftiest height, praising the Most High for his …

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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: Kevin LeVar & One Sound – Destiny: Live at the Dream Center & More

Kevin Levar & One Sound : Destiny! Live at the Dream Center & More

Talented musician Kevin LeVar isn’t your average gospel artist by any means.  On his second album, Destiny! Live at the Dream Center and More, LeVar & One Voice deliver an inspirational effort that transcends gospel in its truest sense, incorporating elements of various musical genres.  LeVar’s adventurousness pays off big, …

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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: Sheri Jones-Moffett – Power & Authority (Live In Memphis)

Sheri Jones-Moffett - Power & Authority - Live In Memphis

On her latest album Power & Authority (Live in Memphis),  gospel powerhouse Sheri Jones-Moffett delivers an uplifting live album.  The songs from the album focus on God’s ‘wonderworking power’ in addition to the importance and power of faith itself.  Regardless of which of the eleven tracks one listens to, each …

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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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