Posts Tagged ‘Richard Gibbs’

The Chicago Gospel Sound Celebrated On New Disc

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Sirens Records Lift Me UpThe Sirens Records, whose catalog includes memorable recordings from Gospel Legends Geraldine and Rev. Donald Gay, Rev. Dwayne Mason and Edward Robinson continues its delve into the revered Chicago Gospel sound with its latest release, Lift Me Up.

The CD pulls together some of Chicago’s finest keyboard masters including Richard Gibbs (son of Inez Andrews and accompanist for Aretha Franklin), Elsa Harris (longtime member of the Jessy Dixon Singers), Rev. Bryant Jones, Lavelle Lacy, Terry Moore, and Rev. Eric Thomas with master drummer Curtis Fondren for a nostalgic yet spirited encounter with Sunday church music.  Lending vocal assistance to the project are Rev. Donald Gay, Rev. DeAndrae Patterson and Dorothy Robertson.

Lift Me Up is a continuation of the label’s efforts  to preserve authentic Chicago Blues, Boogie Woogie, Gospel, and Jazz piano music. The disc hits retail outlets during the month of August.

Chicago’s Tommies Reunite For Live Recording and DVD

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

through-god-s-eyesTCSIn a year that gave utterance to the reunions of Tye Tribbett and GA and Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, the Divine has sanctioned the reunion of one of America’s most beloved choir’s, Reverend Milton Brunson’s Tommies.  The Chicago based ensemble dominated Gospel music with soul stirring and heartfelt performances introducing the world to Tina Watson, Kim McFarland, Leanne Fainne, Percy Bady, Tyrone Block, Tommy Stewart, Ethel Holloway and many others.  Their albums became the new hymnbook with such masterpieces as Lord, Im Available To You, There Is No Way, Cleansed By The Blood, He’s Still Good, He Cares, If I Be Lifted, My Mind’s Made Up, Over and Over and the list goes on.

On August 29th, all roads will lead to the New Faith Baptist Church outside of Chicago for the Tommies Reunion Live CD and DVD Recording.  The momentous occasion pairs singers some old and new with the Tommies’ unique Dream Team  of Darius Brooks, Percy Bady, Steve Huff, Kevin Brunson, Tyrone Block, Al Willis and Richard Gibbs for a night of healing through the power of anointed music.

Check out the Tommies Reunion website for ticket, hotel info and other details.

Joey Woolfolk and Friends Live Recording December 1st

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Joey Woolfolk’s guitar has been a fixture on the records of countless artists both in and out of gospel over the past 20 years.  On Saturday, December 1st, Joey Woolfolk and Friends will gather at the New Faith Church in Matteson, a Chicago suburb for a live recording session. Special highlights of this recording will be a reunion of the Woolfolk singers, a quartet tribute and special guest Pastor Kimberly Ray.  Musicians for the evening will include Calvin Rodgers, Varro Johnson, Khari Parker, Lil Rodney Jones,Mike Manson, Richard Gibbs, Montage Pheloan, Isaiah Sharkey Lil Lawrence Jones and Greg Landfair all masterfully produced by Chicago’s own Percy Bady.