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At the beginning of 2005, I decided I wanted to write a column about what to expect from the Detroit Gospel music community in 2005. With almost ½ the year over, I’m finally sitting down to write the column that I’ve been thinking about since January (thanks to my friend Keith Crosby for reminding me to get this done!).
Detroit has been known for being the birthplace of great gospel artists. The 50’s and 60’s were the eras of James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle, Mattie Moss Clark and the Southwest Michigan State Choir, Harold Smith and the Majestic, and Elma Parham and CYE (even the Gospel Music Workshop of America was born in Detroit). The 70’s gave way to Charles Nicks and the St. James Adult Choir, the Donald Vails Choraleers and Donald Vails’ Voices of Deliverance, the Thomas Whitfield Company and Tessie Hill. In the 80’s and 90’s the world fell in love with the Winans, the Clark Sisters, Commissioned, Fred Hammond, Witness, BeBe & CeCe, and we can’t forget the Ron Winans Family and Friends projects and Michael Brooks Young Artists for Christ.
The following I believe will keep Detroit Gospel Music alive in 2005:
Majestic Records, founded by Detroit gospel artists Herman Harris and Michael Mindingall, currently has the legendary Craig Brothers in the market place. Soon to be released on Majestic an instrumental project by label co-founder Michael Mindingall.
Greg Pierson (co-founder of Inner Court Music Group), Brandon Holland (of the Stuntmen), Shawn Lewis and Tim Dye during the PAB Singers Recording Session
Musicians, Songwriters and Producers
Pastor Tolan J. Morgan is both the Pastor of New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and a songwriter and singer extraordinaire. He first came to the attention of the Detroit market place with his composition, “When You Pray,” from Flint’s Bethlehem Temple Youth Choir. James Moore and Darius Twyman have featured him on projects. He’s a featured soloist and arranger on Michael Fletcher’s and Derrick Milan’s latest recordings which are to be released later this year
Darius Twyman and Destiny's next release is entitled, "Just One Word"
Choir and Ensembles
Urban Hip Hop
Sonnie Day and Eric Deon
Other Up-N-Coming artists to watch for:
Other Detroit artists who have released strong independent recordings include Sonnie Day, and David Miller.
DG.com's Carl B. with Lexi
Established Artists With New or Upcoming Releases:
C.J., Manager for God’s World Music Store, says to watch out for Lexi, Deitrick Haddon, J Moss, and the Michael Fletcher Chorale.
Detroit Gospel.com's, Keith Crosby, says to expect great things from local artists The Whitfield Music Group, Sonnie Day, and David Miller.
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