#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 goodness and mercy. On […]

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 the music came first, and Anthology […]

#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. That’s why it was smart […]

#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 album to discover new songs […]

#MusicReview: Forever Jones – Musical Prayer Project…Prayer Tools, Vol. 1

forever JONES

 The third and most thought-provoking album to date entitled – Musical Prayer Project…Prayer Tools, Vol. 1 – by the Christian music recording kin known as Forever Jones is a decidedly different direction in tone and tempo from recent releases, Get Ready and Musical Revival.     The Louisianian lineage present a more introspective, more personalized […]

#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 none of those things supplant […]

#MusicReview: Fred Hammond – I Will Trust

Fred Hammond - I WIll Trust

Fred is back! And with a festival of praise, thanksgiving and worship!  The album is his most recent solo contribution since the January 2012 release of  “God, Love and Romance“.     In this album, listeners will be able to experience a Fred Hammond of depth and color whether they are new to the Fred Hammond ministry […]

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 known for the gospel hit, […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Nick Hill – Clear Direction


One of the latest CD projects to earn my attention and approval is the recent release by Independent recording artist and music  minister, Nick Hill.   The album is called, Clear Direction.  This ambitious debut album from the Flint, Michigan native is a carefully crafted collection of songs made with the modern Christian in mind. It’s contemporary, it’s […]