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Kirk Franklin | LONG LIVE LOVE


 
Kirk Franklin | LONG LIVE LOVE
Fo Yo Soul / RCA
by Peggy Oliver
 
Kirk Franklin boldly proclaims Long Live Love, his first solo CD in four years
 
Kirk Franklin certainly knows the pulse of the gospel industry for over two decades. As one of the architects that have defined contemporary gospel’s current direction, the producer/musician/songwriter clearly zones in to what many listeners are seeking for in music that moves scripturally and inspirationally.

Amazing Grace: Aretha Brings The Mountaintop Down to South Central L.A.


 
Amazing Grace is Aretha Franklin’s Regally Rousing Cinematic Hallelujah
 
A Film Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
There’s something powerfully unique about seeing footage of music you’ve only been able to listen to for decades. The first example that comes to mind is the black and white video of Les McCann & Eddie Harris’ 1969 set at the Montreux Jazz Festival that, for years, was only heard as their Atlantic Records album Swiss Movement.

CeCe Winans | Let Them Fall in Love


 
CeCe Winans | Let Them Fall in Love
by Peggy Oliver
 
Imagine a multi-award winning gospel artist in the studio, one half of a well-respected brother/sister duo and a member of an extremely famous musical family, with her son mapping the direction of the latest recording session. This is a recent true life scenario between CeCe Winans and her son Alvin Love III, whose conceptual words of wisdom was effectively a beneficial move for this praise and worship icon who has blazed the contemporary urban gospel charts with her brother, BeBe Winans, and with her own solo career.

Musical McCrary Family Offers Excellent Contemporary Christmas CD For Charity


 
A Very McCrary Christmas
The McCrary Foundation Choir
(Indi-Genius Music Group)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
With the goal being to create a Christmas album for all the generation within your household, the world famous McCrary family of vocalists, musicians, songwriters, arrangers and record producers (Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Chaka Khan) glowingly succeed in their mission with a richly inspired and diversified 12-song collection of original and traditional offerings.

William Murphy | Demonstrate

William Murphy - Demonstrate
 
William Murphy | Demonstrate
by Peggy Oliver
 
When the most respected praise and worship leaders finds themselves in troublesome times or finds an inspirational thought that sincerely affects them personally, their wherewithal to reach for their pen to birth special songs is meant to overflow in a positive direction.

Shirley Caesar | Fill This House

Shirley Caesar- Fill This House - smaller
 
Shirley Caesar | Fill This House
by Peggy Oliver
 
Advance Review – Album Coming June 3rd, 2016
 
When one has traveled the long hard road towards an effective music and pulpit ministry, there needs to be the accompanying tribulations behind the scenes so they can share their testimonies to their audiences. Celebrating fifty years in focusing her singing talents solely for the Lord, Shirley Caesar has sang many a song on top of preaching many a sermon while battling and praying through the personal spiritual wars.

Kirk Franklin | Losing My Religion

Kirk Franklin - Losing My Religion
 
Kirk Franklin | Losing My Religion
FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA RECORDS
by Peggy Oliver
 
If there is one specific that separates Kirk Franklin from the rest of the gospel pack, it is about crafting the perfect theater scenario for his mini motivational platform. There is almost no way anyone who has followed Franklin’s magnetic career would deny that his musical passion and production fully accent the intended messages.

Kim Burrell | A Different Place

Kim Burrell - A Different Place
 
Kim Burrell | A Different Place
Shanachie Records
by Brent Faulkner
 
Some of the best vocalists across all of music hail from gospel music. Gospel singers tend to have madd pipes that are clearly anointed by the spirit. Sure, not everyone is a believer and gospel music appeals to particular a niche, but what’s indisputable is the skill set of that the gospel musician possesses. Veteran, Grammy award-nominated gospel vocalist Kim Burrell exemplifies the prodigiously talented musician, period.

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