August 25, 2013 |
Anyone paying attention to this summer's local gospel music scene knows that gospel, nationally and in this city, is on the upswing. The Spirit of Philadelphia has been hosting packed Gospel Lunch Cruises on selected Saturdays, with local gospel singers the Disciples and the Pearls serenading passengers. One sails this weekend, and there are additional dates in the fall. Last week, the Crazy Praise Dance Showcase at Baptist Worship Center on James Street welcomed Mary Mary, one of gospel's premier duos, who sang to 2,000 attendees.
July 13, 2013 |
Brother Edward Davis, 84, a retired La Salle University religion professor, died Saturday, June 29, of liver cancer at De La Salle Hall, a nursing facility for the Christian Brothers in Lincroft, N.J. Brother Edward was remembered as a gifted and popular teacher who showed the Bible to be compelling reading. "His classes were always in demand, because he knew how to use his wit and broad knowledge to make Scripture come alive in the classroom for students," said La Salle president Brother Michael J. McGinniss.
March 28, 2013 |
NASHVILLE, TENN. - Gordon Stoker, a member of the Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday. He was 88. His son Alan told the Associated Press that Stoker died at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness. Stoker, who was born in Gleason, Tenn., got his start playing the piano on WSM radio and its signature show, the Grand Ole Opry. Alan Stoker said his father was just 15 when he started playing professionally. He joined the Jordanaires as a piano player, but then became tenor vocalist.
March 6, 2013 |
It's that time of the boys' basketball season when only select teams are still playing. Chester, Lower Merion, Neumann-Goretti, Upper Moreland, Gospel of Grace Christian, Imhotep Charter . . . Never heard of Gospel of Grace Christian? Join the club. "No one knows us," coach Mario Berrios said. Gospel of Grace is the surprise entry in the PIAA state tournament, which will begin this weekend. The Cheltenham school qualified in just its second season as a PIAA member. The Saints made the field by advancing to the District 1 Class A final last week and will open against Math, Civics & Sciences at 6 p.m. Friday at Bonner-Prendergast.
March 6, 2013 |
It's that time of the boys' basketball season when only select teams are still playing. Chester, Lower Merion, Neumann-Goretti, Upper Moreland, Gospel of Grace Christian, Imhotep Charter . . . Never heard of Gospel of Grace Christian? Join the club. "No one knows us," coach Mario Berrios said. Gospel of Grace is the surprise entry in the PIAA state tournament, which will begin this weekend. The Cheltenham school qualified in just its second season as a PIAA member.
March 3, 2013 |
Playing for Church Farm coach Marc Turner requires sacrificing yourself for your teammates, your coaches, and your program. Saturday at Villanova, yet another class of Griffins did just that, winning their third straight District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship, 52-33, over Gospel of Grace Christian. "This team once again has shown that you cease to exist as an individual," Turner said. "You need to turn into a team before you can win. " Juniors Aondofa Anyam and Jan Bohm broke out as team leaders this season and scored 12 points apiece in the title game.
February 26, 2013
Cleotha Staples, 78, the eldest sibling in the influential gospel group the Staple Singers, died Thursday at her Chicago home after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter. The family's music career had its roots with Roebuck "Pops" Staples, a manual laborer who strummed a $10 guitar while teaching his children gospel songs to keep them entertained. They sang in church one Sunday morning in 1948, and the response convinced Pops that music was in the family's future.
January 18, 2013 |
'Sometimes things just fall out of the sky; sometimes you're tugging on it pretty hard," says Iris DeMent. She's talking from her Iowa City home about the songwriting process of Sing the Delta , her first album of original songs in 16 years and the impetus for the short tour that brings her to Wilmington's World Cafe Live at the Queen on Tuesday. "There's one song on there that there's a line that I literally, I'm not exaggerating, sat on the floor six or eight hours a day for three or four days in a row just to get that one line.
October 9, 2012 |
God's work, it seems, is never done. That's why, rather than resting on the seventh day, he called upon Live Nation to put together a gospel music tour, "The King's Men," and unite the top-selling salesman of the Word. On Sunday, four formidable headliners - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and Israel Houghton - laid bare their souls and their most impassioned voices at the Liacouras Center. And it was good - the three-hour-plus showing of holy music's Traveling Wilburys, to devotees of God and to his performers.
October 5, 2012
MUSIC Boogie in the park While the Philly-baked Disco Biscuits aligned first with the jam band scene, the group has evolved into the harder-edged, electronica-charged space rage. And for their latest festival City Bisco - the first in Philly proper - the Disco Biscuits have surrounded themselves with lots of like minds to keep you dancing. First day includes well-known spinners Diplo and R2DJ (both homegrown products, too), plus Aeroplane, Cinnamon Chasers, The Manhattan Project and Wyllys.