Posts Tagged ‘Tommies’

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.

Edwin Hawkins Music Conference Celebrates 35 Years In Chicago

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Edwin HawkinsEdwin Hawkins, the Father of Contemporary Gospel Music celebrates the 35th anniversary of his Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music and Arts Love Fellowship Conference in the Gospel Music Capital of the world, Chicago, Illinois June 26 – July 1st.

“I love Chicago”, said Hawkins.  “There is so much Gospel Music history in the city.  Chicago was the home of the greats, the Father of Gospel Music, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey (who was with us at our first convention) Sallie Martin, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Martin, Delois Barrett Campbell, Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. Clay Evans, Pastor Maceo Woods and the list goes on.  Chicago is now home to the some of Gospel’s current music influencers like Jonathan McReynolds, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy and others.  The Lord has allowed us to be together for 35 years, and I’m ecstatic that we get a chance to have a reunion celebration in the Windy City. The key to the continuation of our genre is empowerment through education.  Its up to us to train future generations, giving them the origins and celebrated history of this great music we know as Gospel music to prepare them for whats to come”

The convention begins with a Quartet Concert followed by a Tribute concert honoring Chicago’s legendary Reverend Milton Brunson and the Tommies featuring some of Chicago’s finest community choirs including Malcolm Williams and Great Faith, Paul Turner and CMI, Dexter Walker and Zion Movement and William Smith and RVC. Classes will be offered during the week with nightly services, guest preachers and musicals.  The convention will close on Friday, July 1st as the mass choir presents new music taught by some of the nation’s upcoming songwriters and arrangers.

Chicago’s Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Team Up With Percy Bady

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Percy BadySinger/Songwriter and Master Producer Percy Bady helped to establish the iconic Choir Sound working with the legendary Thompson Community Singers aka the Tommies during the reign of the Choir years.  Today, Bady recreates a musical menagerie with God’s Got Me, the first single from How Sweet the Sound winner DexteZion Movement at SAr Walker and Zion Movement’s live recording captured during this past summer in Chicago.  God’s Got Me pairs the energetic choir with the equally energetic Minister Tim White for a rapturous reassurance of God’s abiding presence and constant care.

God’s Got Me is available on digital outlets and look for the full album to be released in 2016.