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Last night, we taped our 11th installment of BET’s Celebration Of Gospel and even as I type this I’m still “IN.” It probably sounds like we say it every year but it’s true, it was one of the best ever! The night was full of highlights and moments and the Celebration Of Gospel veterans and newcomers all tore it down. Here’s the rundown. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
It’s been a little while. My apologies, lots going on, some of which you’ll be glad to see in the near future.
But anyway, Israel Houghton has released yet another solo CD called “Love God. Love People” and I figured you might want to hear it.
Sup folks. This past week episode of Sunday Best 3 was epic! Brian Courtney Wilson helped to make it that way with his performance of “All I Need.” Like I said in my recap, Brian is a simple singer with a whole lot of power. He doesn’t do a lot of the extra we’ve come to expect or sometimes “require” (self included.) Well, I asked Brian to stop by and talk to us for a few about his experience Sunday night. And after you read his guest blog, check out the album version of the “All I Need” from his latest CD “Just Love.”
Let’s just hit it!!!!
Israel Houghton opens the show with “Moving Forward.” Read the rest of this entry »
Before I begin, I just have to say, this episode of Sunday Best was SICK! *whoosh* on full blast! Alright, let’s get to it. Read the rest of this entry »
So, it’s a new year and I’m trying some new things! I want to introduce and welcome Latayla Andrews to the “The Gospel According To Torrence” family. It’s no secret that I’m a gospel lover and I try to cover all things gospel on the blog, but although “gospel” is a message, sometimes the lines get a little crossed when it comes to the STYLE that the message is presented in. So yeah, I love Gospel the message, and the style I “prefer” is gospel too. Just is. Now I’ve studied music, have an appreciation for quite a few styles of music and have worked in various music genres that may surprise you, so shut it down with the “open your mind” comments that I’m sure to come. I like what I like and that’s just that. There are no rules to this whole “taste” thing, so with that, I realized that I didn’t do my best with covering music on the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) front. Well, that’s where Latalya comes in. Read the rest of this entry »
Sup folks, gonna jump right into it, you already know what this is. 2009’s Yes, No, Maybe? Part 2. If you missed Part 1, click here! NOTE: I realized after I posted part 1 that I somehow left out 3 albums from my “Yes” category yesterday so th is one may be a tad bit long, but I trust you’ll stick with me….RIIIIIIGHT?
So, Part Deux starts NOW.. Read the rest of this entry »
Click HERE to get a full listen to Israel’s new album, “The Power Of One.” In store’s today.
And tell me what you think.