So the other day all the Phaedra Parksâ€™ of gospel music fandom (Fix It Jesus!) decided to get their doilies in a bunch about the â€śstate of gospel music.â€ť It usually happens about four times a year. Itâ€™s usually around a conference, awards show or TV special where thereâ€™s a panel or workshop and we decide we want to wax poetic and lament all the things that are wrong with gospel music, the gospel industry and then we convince ourselves that â€śsomething must be doneâ€ť to â€śsave it.” I myself have sat on some of these panels or participated in these conversations where we sit back, weep, moan and complain about the future of gospel music and whether itâ€™s going to be here in a few years because â€śthe people wonâ€™t buy itâ€ť or â€śweâ€™ve tainted the messageâ€ť or whatever other issues those participating in the conversation have decided are most important at the time. Â You can almost quote whatâ€™s going to be said by whom and usually everyone agrees to disagree and you walk away from it with no answer, but lo and behold another year goes by and by the grace of God gospel music is still being made, albums are still being released and thankfully the illuminati didnâ€™t have its way. (Donâ€™t front, a lot of yâ€™all believe that foolery.) Read the rest of this entry »
Yeahâ€¦ I couldnâ€™t do it. Sorry. What do you mean you couldnâ€™t do it Torrence? Let me explain. As most of you know, for the last few years at the end of each calendar year I would recap gospel music released within that year and give it a Yes, No or Maybe designation so in case you were Christmas shopping or maybe just didnâ€™t know whether you missed a release that year and needed that extra push to pick it up or worse that confirmation that it was just as bad as you thought it was. Last year I almost didnâ€™t do it but so many people asked me where my list was that I gave in and did it even though I had a hard time with it. This year? Itâ€™s come up again and this time, as much as I love yâ€™all I really canâ€™t and hereâ€™s why? Read the rest of this entry »
Today is a good day! A “holiday” even… (See what I did there?) I got my hands on some awesome new music that I just had to share. J. Moss is setting us up for the release of his new album Grown Folks Gospel which drops on Tuesday, Â November 25. I’ve always been of the opinion that J. Moss’ music always had a bit of a “make you almost wanna bust into a 90’s R&B Â Jodeci bodyroll but you kinda can’t because he’s singing about Jesus and you hope it won’t send you to Hell” twinge to it and I guess he decided to just embrace it on this project. Ha!
So even though I was already looking forward to what he’d bring on this record I got extra hyped once I found out that he had a song with whom you all know is my all time favorite – the oracle and voice of heaven and the angles herself – Faith Evans. The song is called “You Make Me Feel (Holiday.)” If this track is any indication I think I like where J. is going. Take a listen and in the comments let’s me know what you think! Read the rest of this entry »
Recently I sat down with gospel girl group Zie’l to talk about their new CD Pronounced Zy-El, working with Tonex and a lot more. It’s pretty funny, you have to watch! Read the rest of this entry »
We could all use a little more music right? Well instead of making you wait until the full length CD Unstoppable drops this fall, VaShawn Mitchell decided to give fans a preview of what’s to come by releasing the EP, God My God. It includes the single by the same name as well as three brand new tracks “Amaze Me,” “This To You” and “Your Name…The Moment.” God My God can be purchased online anywhere you like to buy your musical digitally. Now I will say, if you’re smart you’ll get it on iTunes because if I know iTunes I’m sure they’ll put your EP purchase towards the full CD and you’ll save a few dollars, but what do I know? Ha!
Take a listen to God My God below! Read the rest of this entry »
On Thursday, May 29, 2014 gospel music and truthfully music at large, lost one of the most prolific musicians and composers of our time. Professor Melvin Crispell has died. Read the rest of this entry »
I don’t like to take pictures. Maybe that’s the wrong word. I’m afraid of taking pictures. Ok, maybe that’s the wrong word too. I’m somewhat uncomfortable with taking pictures with people or asking them to… Maybe that’s it. It’s hard to find the words for the reason that I’m somewhat picture averse, but there’s a point here. Because I can’t explain it to you, you’ll probably never understand. (Now, don’t get me wrong, if you ask to take a photo I’ll never say no or be shady or anything like that. Lol) Words are important and as much as I hate when they’re overused, I acknowledge and realize how necessary and powerful they are and can be. Â On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Â Dr. Maya Angelou who taught me… us… Â the strength and profound impact of words died at 86 years old. Read the rest of this entry »
What’s up folks?
It’s so fun to watch a gospel group’s progress like The Walls Group. Read the rest of this entry »
Move over white dress and make room for that face! Erica Campbell recently released the cover art for her debut solo CD Help. It was shot by the uber popular Derek Blanks. With no clothing as a distraction in cover artwork past, the always beautiful Ms. Campbell decided to give us something simple and to the point. You can pre-order Help starting on Monday, February 10 and before actual CD release which is March 25.
Check out the tracklisting: Read the rest of this entry »
Or maybe Pluto, Jupiter? I don’t know. What, you thought I was really gonna go there again? How about not. It looks like it’s becoming a weekly issue where the “social saints” decide that anything on TV that isn’t gospel is sin and anybody watching it regardless of their relationship with God is a sinner. Nope, not gonna do it, but for all those who need a refresher, let’s go back HERE. Why? Because my position remains the same. So if you or someone you know had a deep spiritual issue with watching Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl halftime show? Read this!