Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm.
How do I begin this… Well ummm, so Donald Lawrence & Co. have a new CD coming out round about May or so… (In the music business, with a release date that far off, nothing is ever “final” so that’s why I say “round about/or so.”) And there’s an official single out right now, one that I played here called “YRM: Your Righteous Mind.” And we LOVE IT. And so umm yeah allegedly, there are some other songs on the CD and I’ve heard a few (allegedly) as some tracks have “mysteriously” found me… allegedly. (Go with it, OK?) Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm.
Sup folks.What would we do without social networks? I’m serious, I feel like there has been so much that I’ve found out via twitter, facebook, etc. that I may have never heard or known about otherwise. Today’s post is an example. I kept hearing buzz about this new artist Justin Savage who had released a single called “Encourage” that folks were loving and many wanted to know what I thought of it.
I’ll be honest and tell you why they wanted to know what I thought of it. Most of you know that I’m not always a fan of what I like to call “Pretty Jesus” music. (I’ll tell the story one day of how that name came to be.) But in case you don’t remember what it means, I tend to label Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and Praise & Worship (as a genre) pretty Jesus music, because it’s well sometimes a little overly….. pretty. I hope I’m making sense, it’s a matter of taste so don’t go going off on me! Well, anyway a lot of my gospel folks were falling in love with this song and wanted to know what I thought about it because the song kind of rides the fence of Gospel and “Pretty Jesus.”
But the verdict is in and the song is GREAT! Yes, the song is overwhelmingly “pretty” but it’s really a BEAUTIFUL song. Justin’s voice is one we don’t get to hear in gospel too often, it’s pure. During the Sunday Best Season, I touched on the need for more voices that just sounded good with nothing extra. Tricks, runs, growls, screams etc. are great in their proper place and he does a few but it all starts with the voice! Add to that, lyrics that aren’t typical but are genuinely….encouraging? I can dig it!
Justin’s story is interesting because he’s been known in the industry for years mainly as a musician/producer/songwriter for some pretty big names. (Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Donald Lawrence and Richard Smallwood, Israel & New Breed (the reigning CEO of Pretty Jesus Incorporated) and quite a few others.) The artist role is new for him and is a big step but after listening to this first single I think he’s doing the right thing and I’m looking forward to what’s next from him. Long live the pretty, beautiful Jesus music! Ha!
Listen to “Encouraged” by Justin Savage, tell me what you think and if you like it go grab it from iTunes. (I’m back on my BUY gospel music so you’ll have gospel music campaign HARD!) Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm.
Sup folks! Recently I sat with the co-hosts of Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” choir competition Donald Lawrence and Cece Winans. We talked about how the show has grown, the importance of choirs, the differences between choirs in different cities (Donald broke down the difference between NYC and Chicago vibrato!) and a lot more. Watch! Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm.
Not sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve been a bit “quiet” lately. If you follow me on twitter or are friends of mine on Facebook, you’ll probably notice the last substantial status message I left went a little something like “UGH!!!!!!!!!!! bye y’all!” and that was it. After that I may have posted some links to some blog posts (new Donald Lawrence music, Malinda Sapp’s passing, etc.) and that was that.
Yes; crazy, funny, wacky, outgoing etc. “Torrence G” (as everyone calls me now due to my twitter name typo that stuck) sometimes hits a rough patch and has to navigate through some things. Had I stayed on the various social networks I’m pretty sure I would have snapped on someone and said something I couldn’t take back. As a matter of fact I’m pretty sure I did go off on a few buddies. It just gets that way sometimes as we can all testify to. So yeah, I took a little break from “people” to “heal” and deal with ME! It happens! Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm.
Hey y’all. Exciting stuff! Just when I thought I was able to begin taking Donald Lawrence and Company’s “The Law Of Confession Part 1″ out of constant rotation (I try and make room for new stuff) he’s already hitting us up with some hot new music! KABOOM! If you follow Donald and some of his singers on Twitter or Facebook, we know they’ve been cooking up some things recently in the studio but I didn’t realize we’d get something this soon.
It seems that Donald is continuing to try to instruct and elevate our living in this new track similarly to the way he did on “The Law of Confession Part 1.” (Be honest, where else have you heard the terms “homologeo” used in a lyric!) Well, in “Your Righteous Mind” we’ve got yet another “sermon in a song” and at first listen I’m already digging it. Donald just has a way of making gospel “catchy” but complex all at the same time. Just the tag of “Let go of your natural thinking, EMBRACE YOUR RIGHTEOUS MIND” got me together! And then the way Dorinda Clark-Cole just comes in at the end and seals it? MY GOODNESS!!!!!
But enough about me, listen and tell me what you think? I know what I’ll be humming all day. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm.
We’ve spend the week honoring the life and music of Bishop Walter Hawkins but today I’m taking a bit of a different approach. I reached out to a bunch of folks in the gospel industry and gospel radio to share their thoughts on Walter’s passing but one story stuck out to me and I wanted to give it it’s own space.
One of the reasons this stuck out to me because many times in gospel, inside and outside of the industry, we tend to get a little jaded or even sometimes forget what makes this music and ministry so important. We sometimes forget about the power of gospel music to change people’s lives. Kurt Carr’s reflections on Walter Hawkins brought it all back and I wanted to share it with you.
***passes mic to Kurt Carr*** Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm.
More details are coming in for the funeral/homegoing celebration of Walter Hawkins. Some of gospel and even r&b’s most talented and influential artists are coming to salute and pay tribute to Hawkins.
“The Man, The Music, The Ministry: A Musical Salute to Bishop Walter Hawkins” – Tuesday July, 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Masters Of Ceremonies: Bebe Winans, Marvin Winans, & Dr. Bobby Jones Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm.
Not too long ago, I told you that there was talk of a possible Brat Pack Reunion Concert at this year’s GMWA Conference in Cincinnati, well Ladies & Gentlemen, it turns out I was right. (hehehe) Donald Lawrence & Co., Ricky Dillard & New G, and Hezekiah Walker & LFC are joining forces for a concert that I know will be a highlight of the convention. See the official flier below for the Brat Pack Reunion Concert present by Verizon’s “How Sweet The Sound.”
Now I’m warning you right now. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm.
Hey folks. This one will be short but if you didn’t go to the Gospel Music Workshop Of America (GMWA) last year, then you may want to get a plane ticket to Cincinnati, OH this summer. Now this post will be what I call “good gossip.” It’s technically all hearsay and I don’t know if it’s completely true and the information is changing as we speak but I got it on good enough authority that I thought it was worth sharing. So if ANY of this changes, don’t go around saying I got the story wrong, ok? Thanks! Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm.
Finally, my recap on the Sunday Best 3 finale. I don’t know if you remember from last year, but I always get a little “emo” at the last episode of Sunday Best. We know it’s going to end but we still miss it and wish it wouldn’t. Well, here we go! Read the rest of this entry »