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*BeBe & CeCe Put An 'Amen' To It. Or Do They?
Siblings and gospel giants together, BeBe and CeCe Winans are putting an "Amen" to BeBe & CeCe. Following a week of shows that started April 1 in Detroit (their first hometown appearance in 15 years) and wound up at New York's Madison Square Garden, the duo is going out on a high note. But other projects are in the works to honor the duo’s history, and speculation persists that this may not be the duo’s final, final farewell.
*Twinkie Clark Looks Back With Humility
By Bob Marovich
Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark’s new solo CD, With Humility, looks back and testifies about more than four decades in gospel music as a member of one of gospel music's most important families.
*Gospel giant Sherman Washington of the Zion Harmonizers dies; the rebuilt of PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH is ‘on again’; Daughter’s Iilness takes Gold City’s BRENT MITCHELL off the road; DAN KEETON named group’s new tenor.
SHOW ME THE WAY, Terry Myrick--Gospel artist and off-Broadway talent Terry Myrick's sophomore solo release on his own imprint, Sweet Melody Records.
RELEASING THE SPIRIT, Jonathan DuBose, Jr.-- Jonathan DuBose, Jr. is the Hal Blaine of gospel music. Known as "The Prophesying Guitarist," DuBose has played a supporting role, supplying the guitar parts for dozens of recordings you hear on the radio and on CD. For Releasing the Spirit, DuBose takes his turn on center stage. His solo album is an instrumental collection of beloved gospel hymns and songs, where the guitar is the lead voice. It's a relaxed jam session on church classics where the jazzing does not obliterate but adds flavor to the melodies.
SONGS FROM MY HEART, Tim Spady & Inspiration-- Songs From My Heart is a fine introduction to Tim Spady's sacred songwriting. One can only hope that he will continue pursuing his craft with diligence in the years to come.
MY SONGBOOK, Vashawn Mitchell-- Following in the wake of triple-threat Vashawn Mitchell's GRAMMY nominations and critically-acclaimed CD Triumphant (EMI Gospel), Tyscot Records mined its catalog to present the Chicagoan's best early recordings and performances as a CD/DVD combination called My Songbook. The selections on My Songbook are culled from projects such as Mitchell's Believe in Your Dreams (2005) and Promises (2007). It will introduce newer fans to the artist's early material that, they'll discover, is just as fresh as his current work.