Archive for the ‘Back in the Day’ Category

The Works Of Melvin Crispell Celebrated

Friday, May 30th, 2014

We are at WARWhile remembered for his work with A-list artists such as James Hall, Tye Tribbett and Hezekiah Walker, Melvin Crispell was involved in dozens of independent projects, many of which we have reviewed and listed below:

Tunesha Crispell, Just As I Am

United Voices in Praise, Abide With Me

Cheryl James & Voices of Worship, Live

Lorraine Stancil, Holy Is the LambJust as I am

Tony Moore & Jehovah’s Chosen

Jason Hendrickson, Let Your Mercies

Bishop Andrew J. Ford II and The Anointed Voices of Ford Memorial Temple,
Live At Ford Memorial

James Hall & Worship and Praise, We Are At War
Rev. Timothy Wright & The NY Fellowship Reunion Choir II,
Live in New York

James Hall & Worship and Praise, Live at Foxwoods

 

Tye Tribbett & G.A., StandOUT

Hezekiah Walker & The LFCC, Family Affair

Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir, Family Affair II – Live at Radio City Music Hall

Lou Della Evans Reid Traditional Gospel Choir Live Recording in Chicago

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

LERinflightMany will remember getting ready for church on Saturday nights and waiting for the 9 o clock hour when the telecast of Reverend Clay Evans and the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago would hit the airwaves. The What A Fellowship Hour featured the church’s dynamic 200 voice choir under the direction of Reverend Evans’ sister, Dr. LouDella Evans Reid. When the choir struck up The Lord’s Prayer, you knew you unequivocally THIS WAS CHURCH.

Prepare to relive those memories as the Fellowship Reunion Choir (now known as the Lou Della Evans Reid Traditional Gospel Choir) prepares for their live recording on Sunday, April 27th. “The truth is, we have never stopped singing together”, says octegenarian Dr. Reed. There was such a great outpour and overflow from the 50 years in music ministry and 75th birthday celebration (that resulted in a CD and DVD), then we were together as we celebrated Reverend’s 85th and my 80th birthday that we decided to keep on running as the Lord gives us the strength to do so. Producer Bryant Jones added, “By no means is God finished with Mama Lou and the choir. We’re gonna go back and hit some of the old and add a little bit of the new as well.”

You can read our review of the CD/DVD here, and enjoy the traditional GOSPEL experience here

Bishop Marvin Winans and Perfecting Church Celebrate 25 Years

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

marvin_winansAnswering a Divine appointment, Gospel singer/songwriter and  traveling evangelist Marvin L Winans gathered 8 members in the basement of his home for what would be the organization and founding of the Perfecting Church.  A modest total of 13 people would gather for the first service held on May 27, 1989.  Some 25 years later, Perfecting Church stands as a house of worship serving over 5,000 members with its 30 ministries that address the needs of the total man, including the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, the Perfecting Community Care Center, the Amelia Agnes Transitional Home for Women, and the Jenesta McCraw Youth Activity Center.  Bishop Winans and the Perfecting Church family are gearing up for a weekend celebration during the month of May.  Perfecting Church’s global outreach is felt via its Perfecting Fellowship International with churches in the US as well as in London and South Africa.

And what would a church be without music?????? The music ministry of Perfecting Church was celebrated in two CD’s, Marvin Winans and the Perfected Praise Choir Introducing Perfected Praise (1992) and Marvin Winans and Perfected Praise Choir Friends (2001).

The Solo Debut of Tony Wilkins

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

HesgreatTony Wilkins is considered by most as an architect of the choir sound from the late 80s well into the 90s.  As a composer and musician, Wilkins gave life and breath to LA Mass Choir working with the likes of Donald Taylor and Laythan Armour to create hits as Love Lifted Me, That’s When You Blessed Me and Grace.  Grace would find new life some ten years later being covered by Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Potter’s House Mass Choir and winning two Stellar awards.

Today, the California native finds himself leading the saints in praise at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Full Gospel Baptist Church in Compton, CA.  With a career that spans 30 years, Wilkins shows no signs of slowing down and has just released his debut solo project He’s Great, which is available digitally.

Keith Pringle And The Pentecostal Community Choir 35th Year Reunion Concert

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Minister Keith Pringle was inspired to form and organize a community choir in the Los Angeles area while sitting in a nightly musical at the Gospel Music Workshop of America .  The choir would bear PCCthe name, the Pentecostal Community Choir and would record their first album at Reverend James Cleveland’s  Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church.  That first album would yield such hits as True Victory, Trees and the ever popular Call Him Up (If You Confess the Lord).  With 7 recordings, multiple award nominations,  numerous concerts and appearances across the United States, the Pentecostal Community Choir now prepares to celebrate their 35th Year with a reunion concert scheduled for May 24, 2014 at the West Angeles Church of God In Christ.

I’ll Take You There Tells Mavis Staples Story

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

TakeyouthereChicago Tribune music authority Greg Kot grants us insider access behind the music and into the lives of one of the premiere family groups in Gospel music as told through the lens and perspective of music icon Mavis Staples.    I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway tells the story of Roebuck Staples, his life in Mississippi and relocation to Chicago, the birth of his children and their use of singing as a daily family activity after Pops returned home from a long day of work.  Kot takes us on an open ended journey covering 60 years of music, beginning with Mavis’ recollections of their first performance as a group in their aunt’s church (where they had only prepared one song and sang it again as the encore) to their first recording session arranged by Evelyn Gay.  Pops bluesy guitar  coupled with their carefully woven harmonies would land them a deal with the Vee Jay label and take the group on to various travels on the Gospel highway as they are introduced to the music giants of the day including Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls,  Reverend CL Franklin and daughter Aretha,  Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan and many more.  Pops and the Staple Singers would befriend and have close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and their music would instill messages of hope and ignite passion and kindle the fire of the civil rights movement.

I’ll Take You There lives up to its title, taking us through the life changes and adjustments as the group grew in popularity, through the Gospel music years, transitioning into message music and the catapult into the heyday of the Stax and Muscle Shoals jubilee. We get to experience Pervis’ coming of age and leaving the group to pursue other interests including the management of the Hutchinson Sunbeams (who would go on to great success as the Emotions),  Mavis’ marriage proposal from Bob Dylan and her collaborations with Prince and Wilco’s Jeff Tweety, Pops’ Grammy win and BeBe and CeCe Winans pay homage to the group with the cover of I’ll Take You There.  Reading I’ll Take You There will engender a greater appreciation for the Staples and their sizable contributions to music and society as a whole.

Gospel Music Finds Its Way To The New Smithsonian Museum

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Little Lucy SmithFor a number of years, Baylor University’s Robert Darden has led the charge on preserving music from Gospel’s Golden Era via the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project.  Baylor and his team have sought to identify, record and catalog both well known and obscure recordings that make up the gospel music tradition.  To date,more than 8,000 tracks have been digitized.  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announced via social media that the collection will be a part of the museum’s Musical Crossroad’s exhibition.

Read more about the exhibit and project here: NMAAHC Welcomes Gospel Recordings from Baylor University

New Music From Kristle Murden

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

KristleIn the 80s, Andrae Crouch gave us I’ll Be Thinking of You and introduced the world to the song stylings of Kristle Murden. AND THE WORLD HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE. Kristle would go on to record I Can’t Let Go,  her solo debut for Light Records and continue a long association with the Andrae Crouch Singers (Just a Matter of Time, Jesus, Come Lay Your Head on Me, Come Closer to Me, He’s the Light) .  While we were consumed with the unexpected release of another female phenom, Howard Smith (another Andrae Crouch alum) informed us that Kristle has new music in the marketplace.  Turn it Over is the new single and it is available via digital outlets.  Especially for the GOSPELflava family, here’s a snippet:

 

Jubilee Showcase 50th Anniversary Celebrated on PBS

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Jubilee ShowcaseLong before the days of Bobby Jones Gospel, Sid Ordower hosted a groundbreaking gospel music television program that aired from 1963 to 1984 on WLS Channel 7 in Chicago featuring some of the biggest names in gospel called Jubilee Showcase. The Emmy Award winning weekly show will celebrate its 50th anniversary during a Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Pledge special on WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate, on October 10, 2013 at 9 P.M. CST, then began to air nationally on PBS stations throughout the United States beginning in December 2013.

The pledge program, hosted by Clifton Davis will present historic footage of The Staple Singers, The Soul Stirrers and The Caravans and others.  “I love gospel music,” Davis says of his decision to host the program. “I love historic gospel music. Every time we review this on television, a new generation has a chance to be introduced to something that inspired us back then.”