Archive for the ‘Gospel’ Category
Alright family!!! I got some “big mama running down the aisle at church” music for you!! Inspired by the familiar 70’s hit, “Nothing From Nothing”, the Ohio-based gospel group Half Mile Home gives Billy Preston’s gospel chords new life with their rendition of “So Good” from their upcoming CD, Church Muzik & Inspiration scheduled for release Election Day, November 6th. If you want to get to know this talented trio, be sure to catch them on their promo tour at the follow stops below. Also say tuned to our upcoming interview with the guys from GFM’s Soul Sista coming soon. But until then, get your day going with their latest video, “So Good” and for additional information, please visit, www.halfmilehome.com.
Half Mile Home Promo Tour
Monday, October 29, 2012
Detroit, MI and Flint, MI
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD
Friday, November 2, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Columbus, OH and Louisville, KY
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Cleveland, OH and Akron, OH
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA and Youngstown, OH
While Brian Courtney Wilson’s first CD, Just Love seemed to the lead listeners into the worship experience with tracks like “Already Here”, “All I Need” and “Almighty God”, his new album So Proud is a collection of songs to encourage the listener in God. Songs like “Closer”, “Grab And Hold” and “He Still Cares” send clear messages of hope and inspiration over R&B-styled tracks, but there is never any uncertainty of the subject matter about which Wilson is singing. It’s clear the songs are about God, which sometimes, even on Gospel records, that clarity is not present. Speaking of R&B, Wilson included on this CD, just as he did on the last, a song about his relationship with his wife. “One Day At Time” gives a glimpse of how Wilson might fare if he sang R&B—his raspy crooning suits that genre nicely (his voice is reminiscent of Alexander O’Neal’s)—not that he is interested in or needs to go in that direction.
Brian Courtney Wilson offers a solid sophomore album with So Proud. The album is well written, well produced and use of real instruments on the tracks is refreshing in a world full of computer-generated tracks. Musically it is pleasing to the ear and substantive in content as well. One can tell that Wilson is upholding a personal standard with this music and it is much appreciated.
Favorite tracks: “Closer”, “He Still Cares”, “One Day At A Time”, “Perfect”
Get So Proud at iTunes
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Check out the “behind the scenes” video of the making of the song “Closer” from So Proud
Photo Credit: Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Website
The city that has long been, and continues to, undeniably, serve as the fulcrum for music’s most original creators is Memphis, Tennessee. Social, political and economic circumstances and a preternaturally musically included population catalyzed a vast array of musical genres to interact and intersect, creating a distinctive sound that shook the world. For practitioners and devotees of blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, country, rockabilly, rock and roll, hip-hop and more, Memphis has been a destination, both real and metaphysical, for those who both make and appreciate the great music with which it is so rightfully identified.
This year, almost 60 years after a teen aged Elvis Presley first walked into Sun Studios to record a keepsake for his mother and almost a century since “The Father of the Blues,” W.C. Handy, penned Beale Street Blues, Memphis pays tribute to those who put it at the center of world’s musical map with the launch of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Under the leadership of Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and the administration of the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the names of the 25 inaugural Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees were announced at a press conference on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 . The reveal was held at The Warehouse at 36 East G.E. Patterson Avenue in downtown Memphis. As the name implies, the facility is a converted warehouse that has been the site of several national music video productions.
An iconic list of many of music’s top names reflects the fact that Memphis boasts one of the world’s richest musical legacies, and a plethora of world-famous music-related landmarks, including Sun Studios, Beale Street, Stax Records and Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the second most visited residence in the world. Mayor Wharton commented, “Everywhere I go, people know Memphis, Tennessee. Every country around the world recognizes Memphis as the epicenter of music. The establishment of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame will lend focus to this fact, and pay tribute to the musical pioneers and icons whose contributions to our culture and our heritage, both locally and globally, are unequalled.”
The inaugural inductees were selected earlier this year by a Nominating Committee of local and national music professionals, including studio owners, producers, authors, and historians who discussed and debated at length who would be tapped for induction based on a variety of criteria. Those inductees will be honored at the MMHOF’s first induction event that is set for Thursday, November 29 at PM at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame website, including tributes to each inductee, a showcase of new Memphis musicians, and education components, as well as Hall of Fame social media tools, also launched on October 16, 2012. Tickets for the November 29, 2012 Induction Ceremony will also go on sale that day, and will be available through www.ticketmaster.com.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is located at the corner of Third (legendary Hwy 61, “Blues Highway”) and 191 Beale Street at FedExForum, the city of Memphis’ premier sports & entertainment complex. The museum’s exhibition, “Rock ‘n’ Soul: Social Crossroads” was developed by the world famous Smithsonian Institution as part of its 150th anniversary celebration. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Additional information is available at (901) 205-2533 or at www.memphisrocknsoul.org.
2012 Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Inductees:
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jim Stewart & Estelle Axton
Bobby Blue Bland
Booker T. & The M.G.’s
Nat D. Williams
Professor William T. McDaniel
Three 6 Mafia
Sunday best winner Amber Bullock returns with her sophomore release “So In Love”. Amber was able to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk with Grown Folks Music about everything from the release “So In Love” to her upcoming appearance on the “Kings of Men” tour with Kirk Franklin to her surprising list of dream producers that she would like to collaborate with.
“So In Love” is available at Amazon.com.
Stellar and Dove Award winning recording artist, Pastor Kim Burrell, known uniquely for her jazz infused vocals in gospel music, has made a major strategic move. After her two year stance with Shanachie Records and dropping her 5th album, the Grammy nominated release The Love Album, Burrell will be making her new home with the gospel recording label, Arrow Records.
“Kim Burrell is a widely respected global brand, and we are elated to join forces with her by forming this unique partnership,” says Arrow General Manager Cappriccieo M. Scates. “We have all been huge fans of her work for many years, and having an opportunity to assist in bringing her music to the world is an amazing honor! Like most, I refer to her as the greatest voice alive, and I am so excited about working with her!”
Arrow is planning to release a debut album with Kim Burrell in May 2013.
Gospel artist VaShawn Mitchell spoke with Grown Folks Music as he gears up for his new release, “Created 4 This”. During our conversation VaShawn discusses his musical progression, the creation of “Nobody Greater”, and he discusses the time he met our Artist of the Month Ms. Whitney Houston. VaShawn is currently making appearances throughout the country, so listen in to hear when he will be in a city near you. (more…)