RIP: Professor Melvin Crispell

Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm.

Professor Melvin Crispell

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 »

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RIP: Dr. Maya Angelou

Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm.

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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.  On Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Dr. Maya Angelou who taught me… us…  the strength and profound impact of words died at 86 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Music: The Walls Group “Satisfied”

Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm.

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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 »

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Erica Campbell Debuts “Help” CD Cover

Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm.

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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 »

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Bruno Is From Mars, Deep Saints Are from Venus?

Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm.

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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!

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Turn Off Your TV and Call Your Pastor

Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm.

Firstly, I want to shout out and congratulate the winners in the gospel Grammy categories.

tashagrammyBEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Break Every Chain [Live]

Tasha Cobbs

BEST GOSPEL SONG

If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]

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BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

Greater Than [Live]

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Ok, now that that’s out of the way let’s get to “the issue.” Disclaimer: I didn’t watch the entire telecast of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards because I had a service to sing at and attend and got in a little bit past the midway point. I went back and looked at a few moments for context via my DVR but eh, the Grammy’s haven’t been that good in many years so I wasn’t all that pressed to do it anyway. However, I noticed something very odd during this year’s show. More so than in year’s past I noticed the “social media saints” going IN about every and anything they saw on the show almost to the point of being offended and I wondered “How did this happen?”

Here’s a quick recap of some of what got some of your/their doilies in a bunch: Read the rest of this entry »

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New Music: G Mayes and NE

Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm.

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Gary Mayes and Nu Era burst onto the gospel music scene with tracks I STILL PLAY today like “We Made It” ( And I taught it to every choir I directed in that era….), “New Creature,” “Don’t Forget The Baby” and “He’ll Come Through.” (I taught this one a lot too.) Since that time Gary Mayes and Nu Era have been working behind the scenes with other artists as well as developing into G Mayes and NE and now they’re ready to share it with the world and I’m so glad because I’ve been patiently waiting. Check out two (2!) new singles #AtmosphereSetter and #TheBloodStillFoundMe. Read the rest of this entry »

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RECAP: BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon 2014

Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm.

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Every year during what has become known as Stellar Awards Weekend, BMI hosts it’s annual Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon. The event is lauded as the “hot ticket” event of the weekend and this year was no different. Each year, BMI honors two gospel trailblazers who have influenced and impacted gospel music in a profound way. This year’s honorees were the unmatched vocalist Daryl Coley and one of the most prolific “pens” to ever live Richard Smallwood. Needless to say I was definitely “here for all of this.”  Here’s how it all went down. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Music: James Murphy

Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

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2014 is getting off to quite a start. The Stellar Awards and all it’s subsequent events just wrapped; Sunday Best 7 is gearing up for auditions in Atlanta, Memphis, DC and Houston; and there are plenty of new releases on the horizons from established and new gospel acts. One of these “new” gospel acts is James Murphy. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Reason Why We Stomp

Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:05 am.

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The gospel internets went crazy on New Year’s Day when Kirk Franklin took to his facebook page to hint at a possible God’s Property reunion in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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