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Gospel Music News this week brings a good mix of what is going on the gospel music across the country.

The album charts are dominated by the collection everyone owns as soon as it comes out.  Wow does it again!

Top 5 Gospel Albums

#1- Wow Gospel 2011

#2- Church on The Moon- Deitrick Haddon

#3- Triumphant- Vashawn Mitchell

#4- As We Worship Love- William McDonnell

#5 – Rehab- LeCrae

Gospel Jazz

A Gospel Jazz event has kicked off the movement nicely. In places across the country “Gospel Jazz “nights are taking hold of night clubs. The Gospel Jazz night will be the perfect opportunity for jazz and gospel lovers to experience the best of both genres. The musicians on the night’s line-up are well-known in jazz circles and also to most Christians, but it is also a great experience for lovers of live music to come out and have a splendid time where God will be glorified,” says Tommy Cowan of Glory Music, organizer of the Fun In The Son festival. Member of the production team for the Gospel Jazz night, jazz aficionado Tony Munroe says the event represents a long-overdue marriage of the two genres. “Both gospel and jazz are two genres which find their origins in the American South and (at the time) jazz represented the anti-establishment of the day. So this is definitely a marriage well overdue.”

On the Road

When it’s your habit to take just about singing opportunity offered to you, you’re bound to have a few unusual gigs. But over the telephone to an audience of one? When Tammi Brown found herself in just that position, she invested into her performance every bit of the soul and passion of opening night at Carnegie Hall. On the other end of that phone call was Maya Angelou, perhaps America’s most popular living poet. The iconic writer was at home in North Carolina, feeling poorly. And Brown was offering a little bit comfort for the soul.

“She was not feeling well,” said the Santa Cruz-based singer and keyboardist. “And I got a call from a friend who was a friend of hers, saying, Get over here. I want you to sing for Maya Angelou.'”

Next week, Angelou comes to Santa Cruz, and part of the performance that precedes the great poet’s appearance before a local audience will be Tammi Brown, who may be approaching a defining moment in her still young career. The day after her March 18 opening for Angelou at the Santa Cruz Civic, Brown will be the headliner in a show at the Digital Media Factory in Santa Cruz. Both gigs come just as she is negotiating to record a career-launching album with the label Motema. Later this year, she’ll also perform at the Monterey Blues Festival.

Check out this video of the next superstar of Gospel.

The Next Gospel Star Could Be You.

Sundays Best Showed up with their best this morning. Per a tweet sent out by  Mary Mary this afternoon over  5000 people showed up to audition. Were you on line?

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