VaShawn Mitchell Knows What He Was ‘Created 4’

By Bob Marovich One of gospel’s “triple threats,” VaShawn Mitchell could barely contain his excitement during a phone interview about his new album, Created 4 This, his fourth long player. Mitchell developed C...

The Wait is Over for Alvin Darling

Stellar and Dove Award nominee ALVIN DARLING showcases the singer-songwriter's Pentecostal church roots and years spent on the gospel highway as a quartet singer. In our interview, he discusses his new album, WAITING RIGHT HERE.


Gerald Scott’s ‘Edgy Sunday Morning’ Testimony in Song

By Bob Marovich A month before his senior class graduated from high school, Gerald Scott penned a song for the choir to sing at the commencement ceremony. “It was 2003, I was eighteen years old, and I wrote a song called ‘D...

Artist of the Violin: Chatting Up Brooke Alford

It's not a full-blown trend yet, but the violin is becoming more prevalent in gospel music. One of the leading practitioners of gospel violin, BROOKE ALFORD, has a new album, VIOSOCALIST, that also spotlights her affecting sing...


‘Put God First and Just Keep Moving’

As acclaim for their work grows, and a new album promises to be of breakout proportions, the men of Soul Tempo stay focused on the eternal verities By Bob Marovich Talk with Jeremiah “Jerry” Brunson of Soul Tempo fo...

Brian Martin & Worship 4 Life: One Love, One Cause

A new live album is stirring things up for native Trinidadian BRIAN MARTIN and his contemporary praise gospel ensemble: an interview


Of The Word, Dark Secrets and Inconvenient Truths

A review of gospel authority ANTHONY HEILBUT's new book of incisive, informed essays, The Fan Who Knew Too Much, which includes a lengthy examination of the gay subculture within the gospel world. Also: an interview with Mr. He...

First Creation: One Loss but Many Gains

ONE LOSS, MANY GAINS: death claimed one of FIRST CREATION's key members earlier this year, but the group has been blessed in other ways.


‘I’m a Servant at Heart’: Anthony Brown’s Gospel Music Journey

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY have released their debut CD and the gospel world is taking note. Bob Marovich interviews Brown in a Deep Roots exclusive.

‘It Is the Sho’ ‘Nuff Truth’

JUDY CHEEKS, daughter of gospel giant REV. JULIUS CHEEKS of the Sensational Nightingales, has emigrated from the secular world to gospel with a powerful debut album. An exclusive interview follows.


‘Human Hands Getting Real Close to the Word of God’

An interview with Michele Clark Jenkins, co-editor of the Sisters In Faith Holy Bible, a new resource for African American women, 'a sister-to-sister guide through the Word of God,' as Ms. Jenkins says.

TBGB Music Hour Special–Christmas Gospel Songs

At his Black Gospel Blog, BOB MAROVICH, Gospel Editor of Deep Roots, has launched his annual online Music Hour Christmas Special. One click and you're transported...