heard this a couple weeks ago while flipping thru radio on a sunday morning, have had it in my head off and on since
― goole, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:04 (five years ago) Permalink
VA  Say Amen!: Gospel Funk From Jewel Records
― bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 20 June 2014 22:26 (four years ago) Permalink
― bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 20 June 2014 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink
I need to see what Youtube videos have been added for The Original Soul Invaders, of Industry, Texas, since I raved about them upthread in 2008
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 June 2014 15:04 (four years ago) Permalink
His song "Total Praise" that has been covered by Destiny's Child, other gospel singers, and synagogue choirs as well, continues to get covered. The article focusses on his rebound from depression.
Still, he has watched RCA Inspiration’s younger artists, such as Donnie McClurkin and Fred Hammond, register platinum sales, while he has yet to have a single album sell more than 500,000 copies to reach gold status. Smallwood says that before his diagnosis, he felt his depression was brought on by comparing his success to others’. “I have always been very insecure about my gift,” he says.
But longtime gospel publicist Bil Carpenter says: “Richard is not for the masses. He’s for a more sophisticated, smaller group of people. He’s a thinking man’s gospel. It’s the chitlin’ circuit versus the Kennedy Center. Richard is the Kennedy Center.”
Some gospel artists, such as multiplatinum Kirk Franklin, have achieved wider commercial success by mixing in hip-hop. But Smallwood has remained with his classical sound. Jacquie Gales Webb, who for more than 20 years has hosted a popular gospel segment on Washington’s WHUR radio, says Smallwood’s songs are distinctive because of the importance of the piano — not electric piano or keyboard playing, but a grand-piano style. “No matter what genre he’s playing, in his music the piano is the prominent feature,” Webb says. “That’s how you know it’s a Richard Smallwood song.” Valerie Simpson, who helped create the Motown sound as part of the husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, likens Smallwood to Stevie Wonder, because his lyrics, she says, “transcend a moment” and capture a sound of a generation that lasts for decades.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 July 2015 13:11 (three years ago) Permalink
http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0002/782/MI0002782133.jpg?partner=allrovi.comThis Mahalia comp from '91 has some awesome songs on it, fuck me - such a voice.
― calzino, Friday, 22 January 2016 15:15 (three years ago) Permalink
Saw a 10 act classic gospel marathon show Saturday. Blind Boys of Mississippi and Swanee Quintet were great. Spencer Taylor and the Highway QCs were good, as were many of the other acts.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 4 December 2017 15:51 (one year ago) Permalink
This 2017 Film doc “How I Got Over” about pioneering gospel acts including Highway QCs and others looks good.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 9 February 2018 23:51 (one year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:56 (four months ago) Permalink