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Gospel News & Notes – December 2012


Bounce TV Readies ‘A forever JONES Holiday’ For Dec. 18

Bounce TV, the fastest growing African American network in television, will celebrate the holiday season with the world premiere of A forever JONES Holiday on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET.

A forever JONES Holiday introduces viewers to the inspiring family band that has been breaking records in the music industry. The new non-scripted original hour special features breakout Gospel group forever JONES preparing for and performing their uplifting GRAMMY®-nominated hit music–a diverse mix of Pop, Gospel, Rock, and Urban–in an intimate venue surrounding by friends and family.

Promo for A forever JONES Holiday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Bounce TV

Cameras follow the members as they prepare for the show, and interviews sprinkled throughout provide an introduction to this incredibly talented musical family. A forever JONES Holiday will encore throughout the holiday season.


Tim Bowman Jr.’s New Twist on a Yuletide Standard

Tim Bowman Jr. channels the warm and relaxed vocal style of ‘50s crooners but also vamps with gospel flourishes on his new version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the seasonal classic sung originally by Judy Garland in Vincent Minnelli’s Meet Me In St. Louis.


Tim Bowman Jr., ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’

Bowman comes from a musical family—his father is guitarist Tim Bowman and aunt is Vickie Winans—so it’s no surprise that a big band provides ample support as he delivers the ballad with both jazz and gospel inflections.

“A lot of people my age don’t like the older style of singing,” Bowman told our gospel editor Bob Marovich in an interview he posted at his Black Gospel Blog last year, “but I embrace it. I like to blend the newer, R&B hip hop style with the older style.” 


Roscoe Robinson Heads Up New Birmingham Blind Boys Group

Roscoe Robinson, who replaced Archie Brownlee in the Original Five Blind Boys and later organized the Blind Boys of Ohio, has assembled a new Blind Boys aggregation.

The Legendary Roscoe Robinson and the Birmingham Blind Boys anticipate releasing their debut CD next year, but the video for their first single, ‘Shine On Me,’ is already out. Watch this space for more information about the new album as it becomes available.

‘Shine on Me,’ Roscoe Robinson and the Birmingham Blind Boys


Black Gospel Blog Nominated For Rhythm of Gospel Award

The Black Gospel Blog has been nominated for the Fifth Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards in the category of Internet Print/Press Group of the Year. The Black Gospel Blog was launched on July 28, 2004 as the first blog about gospel music, by Bob Marovich, who also serves as the gospel editor for Deep Roots as he did for TheBluegrassSpecial.com.

The Rhythm of Gospel Awards is an annual event filled with a variety of innovative and exciting showcases, choir competitions, pageants and achievement galas, bringing in more than 6,500 excited tourists, church, social and civic groups, families and professionals throughout the entire USA, Canada, and Bahamas.

This original televised award show is one of the largest national gospel award shows, a national platform and positive collaboration that supports artists of all ethnicities in various genres of gospel music.

The Rhythm Of Gospel Award Show will spotlight 54 categories of recognition through various Churches and Religious Groups, Business/Community Leaders, and Independent Gospel Music Artists, giving them the opportunity to network formally while congratulating trailblazers from various sectors of the music industry.

“Thank you so much to the Rhythm of Gospel Awards staff and volunteers, to those who nominated us, and for those of you who vote for The Black Gospel Blog,” Marovich said.

Voting began on November 1 and continues through March 1, 2013. Follow this link to the Rhythm of Gospel Awards page where votes can be placed in all categories.

The Fifth Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards activities and ceremonies will take place July 25 – 28, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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