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August 02, 2017 04:37 PM PDT

By Bob Marovich
Don’t let the flagrant typo on the cover and CD scare you away. This is a case when the book should not be judged by its cover.
As they demonstrate on their new Sharp Records CD, Come Too Far, The Golden Crowns of Louisville, Kentucky, are as good as any of the popular recording quartets on the road today. Their harmonies are tight, the lead singing crackles with emotion, the band is strong, though the use of synth in this and any gospel quartet, regardless of the talent of the player, results in a polyester sound that pulls from, rather than enhances, the music’s authenticity.
Nevertheless, the seven-track EP opens powerfully with the title cut, a crowd-grabbing drive selection led by the shouting vocals of lead singer Howard McFadden Jr. Riffing on the “come too far” motive, “Come a Long Way” is sung with plaintive passion. Other selections traverse similarly traditional quartet territory, interjecting classic gospel clauses and phrases in songs about gratitude (“Everything I Have”), mother gone home (“Waiting and Watching”), and the day of one’s salvation (“Since I Met Jesus”).
The Golden Crowns give the chestnut, “Where Shall I Be” (aka “Where Shall I Be When the Last Trumpet Sounds”) a smooth reading, suggesting the calm confidence of those who are spiritually prepared for the end of days.
The group’s professionalism is explained during the introduction to a multi-song retrospective simply called “The Medley.” Here we learn that the Golden Crowns go back 77 years, first organized in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the Shanklin Brothers.
According to the latest edition of The Gospel Discography, the Golden Crowns made one 45 each for the Wonderful and BJ labels. Seventy-seven years is a long time to be on the gospel highway, but here’s hoping that the group’s new CD attracts the attention of those who can take them the next mile of the way.

August 02, 2017 04:26 PM PDT

Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little has been promoted to President of Sharper Brothers Records Inc. USA /Gospel Division.
Rev. Dr. Little, come to Sharper Brothers Record, as a versatile visionary, Pastor, Leader, Musician, songwriter, Preacher, and Teacher. As a Pastor, President Little, has Pastored, The Galilee Baptist Church, one of the 9 Churches burned by arsonist in February 2006, in rural Alabama, and also oversee another rural Church , New Fellowship Baptist Church in Tisheebee, AL, As a leader President Little has served as Vice Moderator of the Northbound Bethlehem District, and secretary for the New Era Progressive Baptist State Conversation of Alabama, President Little, has led his Church to be the only dual alliance church
In the Pickens Baptist Association in rural west Alabama
Where President Little on race relationships, ministering in the Federal Women Prison, Church Planting, and many evangelism outreaches, and missions venture. President Little is a native of Sumter County, (Panola, AL). He attended ASU, where he was a part of the Mighty Marching Hornets Band, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Sigma Inc., SGA, F & A Masons. President Little has attended, Seminary at Samford, Hamilton and American Baptist Theological Seminary. President Little , is a Conference speaker, revivalist, and article writer, he is married to Sis. Barbara and the father of Jasmine.

August 02, 2017 04:20 PM PDT

Brother Calvin Woods & Company

August 02, 2017 04:11 PM PDT
August 02, 2017 04:01 PM PDT

Rev. Roy Reed & the Zion Jubilees
Jesus Is All I Need
Sharp Records (2016)
www.sharprecordsusa.com
By Bob Marovich
The Zion Jubilees remain the flagship artist for Sharp Records. The quartet’s new CD, Jesus Is All I Need, recorded live in the group’s hometown of Bryan, Texas, proves there is still power in the traditional gospel quartet sound.
Since its founding as the Reed Brothers in the late 1950s, the Zion Jubilees has dished out wooden church wisdom steeped in sweet harmonies and hard gospel lead singing. Making records for Stan Lewis’s Shreveport-based Jewel Records in the 1970s, the group released albums on its own until signing with Sharp several years ago.
The inevitability of death and life in the hereafter are recurrent themes in gospel music, and they are on this CD, no doubt because members such as the Reverend Roy Reed are looking this fact square in the face, as are the quartet’s more senior enthusiasts. For example, on “Going Up Yonder,” an album highlight (but not the Hawkins classic), Reed admits he doesn’t know how long he’ll be singing down here, but no matter when he leaves, he wants to go where Jesus is. The song is rendered in the congregational singalong style “like the old folks used to sing.” “Mother’s Request,” a story song in the Pilgrim Jubilees’ tradition, is about a mother who is not concerned about where she will be buried but whether she died in Jesus.
Notwithstanding these more somber subjects, the album contains plenty of optimistic messages. On “You Can’t Stop Me,” the leader reminds the listener that he’s come too far and “I ain’t gonna stop now.” “It Must Be a Change” implores for universal brotherhood and love as ways to solve the world’s problems. “Jesus Lifted Me” is an energetic quartet version of Chicago’s First Church of Deliverance Radio Choir classic, “I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me.” The lead vocal shouting on this exceptional track is reminiscent of the Clarence Fountain-Jimmy Carter exchanges on Blind Boys of Alabama programs.
Behind the Zion Jubilees’ hard singing are sweet quartet harmonies, none sweeter than on the title track. Add guitar curlicues, chirping organ, and movable lyric couplets, and Jesus Is All I Need has the goods for fans of traditional gospel quartet singing.
Four of Five Stars
Picks: “Going Up Yonder,” “Jesus Lifted Me”

August 02, 2017 03:52 PM PDT

By Bob Marovich
As they demonstrate on their new Sharp Records CD, Come Too Far, The Golden Crowns of Louisville, Kentucky, are as good as any of the popular recording quartets on the road today. Their harmonies are tight, the lead singing crackles with emotion, the band is strong, though the use of synth in this and any gospel quartet, regardless of the talent of the player, results in a polyester sound that pulls from, rather than enhances, the music’s authenticity.
Nevertheless, the seven-track EP opens powerfully with the title cut, a crowd-grabbing drive selection led by the shouting vocals of lead singer Howard McFadden Jr. Riffing on the “come too far” motive, “Come a Long Way” is sung with plaintive passion. Other selections traverse similarly traditional quartet territory, interjecting classic gospel clauses and phrases in songs about gratitude (“Everything I Have”), mother gone home (“Waiting and Watching”), and the day of one’s salvation (“Since I Met Jesus”).
The Golden Crowns give the chestnut, “Where Shall I Be” (aka “Where Shall I Be When the Last Trumpet Sounds”) a smooth reading, suggesting the calm confidence of those who are spiritually prepared for the end of days.
The group’s professionalism is explained during the introduction to a multi-song retrospective simply called “The Medley.” Here we learn that the Golden Crowns go back 77 years, first organized in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the Shanklin Brothers.
According to the latest edition of The Gospel Discography, the Golden Crowns made one 45 each for the Wonderful and BJ labels. Seventy-seven years is a long time to be on the gospel highway, but here’s hoping that the group’s new CD attracts the attention of those who can take them the next mile of the way.

August 02, 2017 03:36 PM PDT
July 26, 2017 12:05 PM PDT

Pam Davis: born and raised in Indianapolis,Indiana, began her
professional singing career at age 17 she joined a nine-piece band and
recorded two album produced by Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders.
Along a well-traveled road - such as the one that Rosa herself
might have traveled-Pam became tired of living out of living out of a suitcase.
She began to sing only now and then, when she wanted to. With this play,
Pam makes her acting debut. As she makes preparations to land an agent,
she admits: I Kind of like this acting thing."
Hank Jacobs: studies at both the Berkeley School of Music in Boston
and the New England Conservatory, along with being under the watchful
eye of concert pianist Joseph Taylor, helped shape Hank's jazz/ blues
background. In his early years as a musician, the organ became his
Instrument of choice and it has served him and his listeners well
throughout the San Diego and Boston areas. Now the keyboards take
him musically to the places he wants to go. After "Travis," two other
projects are in the works
including a seven-character, three-act blues piece "Ella Mae's Blues
Room",written by Michael Darrell. The Jacobs-Darrell
duo will also team up for an
upcoming album for Sharp records out of Atlanta, GA
All music was recorded and mixed at NSP Studios in Lynwood, CA
recording, mixing and mastering chores were handled by,
Arthur G. Wright,
who also served as sound engineer and consultant for live performances
of the show.

https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Days-Pam-Davis/dp/B00GPY4QRI/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1488453955&sr=1-2&keywords=Pam+Davis

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ancient-of-days/id1076750032

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