Posts Tagged ‘Melvin Crispell’

The Passing of Tunesha Crispell

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

tunesha crispellGOSPELflava joins others around the country mourning the passing of Tunesha Crispell.  Crispell is known for her stellar work as lead singer with James Hall and Worship and Praise and her outstanding solo debut Just As I Am.

Crispell chronicled her cancer journey as seen in the video below.  Exhibiting great bravery, Tunesha fought hard in her ongoing battle with cancer and won many times.  While deeply saddened by her passing, we are lifting up her son Melvin Crispell III and other family members during this time.

James Hall In His Own Words

Friday, October 30th, 2015

GOSPELflava got a  chance to speak with the innovatively unique trendsetter, Professor James Hall, whose new disc WAP New Era drops on October 30th.  James HallHall spoke candidly about the choir’s 28 years and his experiences working on the new project.

Professor, tell us about the new CD

Our new CD WAP (Worship and Praise) New Era hits retail and digital outlets on October 30th, I know there are a lot of people who want to know why I gave it that title. It is a new era for us; Worship and Praise has been together for 28 years, and with that being said, I don’t have a lot of the faces that were there 28 years ago, a lot of people have retired or got too old to be doing all the travel and  being on the road,  but I am grateful to God that I do still have a good amount of people that have been with me for over 20 years. There’s a lot of new faces  in the group, but the sound is still Worship and Praise. (more…)

A Songwriter’s Tribute: David Frazier Remembers Melvin Crispell, Jr.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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I’ve often wondered where anointed people come from. How do great musicians, preachers and singers gain entrance into the earth realm? I’ve come to realize that great people are not made, great people are BORN. Melvin Crispell was not a product of a privileged childhood or pristine educational process; Melvin was just Born (more…)

Melvin Crispell Passes

Friday, May 30th, 2014

MelvinCrispellLegendary Songwriter and Charlotte-area resident Melvin Crispell has passed away unexpectedly. It is believed that Crispell passed from complications connected to his diabetes, during a minor surgery.

Melvin Crispell was most widely known for his ground-breaking and prolific skill on a church organ.   Gospel artists worldwide have taken to social media to express this enormous loss. Yolanda Adams remarked via twitter “Melvin Crispell is a legend whose music influenced choirs & musicians. His legacy will live on through the music God birthed through him.” And that music is ringing out today in celebration of the life and musical legacy. Songs like “Jesus Is My Help” recorded by Hezekiah Walker, and “Wonderful Is Your Name” recorded by Walker as well as Juanita Bynum. There are countless songs recorded by James Hall Worship & Praise, among them “Caught Up” and “He Took My Place”, from Crispell’s early days and life in New York.

BET Blogger Torrence Glenn paid tribute to the mastery and majesty of Crispell’s works here: RIP: Professor Melvin Crispell

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