Category Archives: Blues/Jazz

A Quiet Place: Instrumental Songs of Worship Vol. II (2010)

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Artist: David Baroni
Album: A Quiet Place: Instrumental Songs of Worship Vol. II
Release Date: July 15th, 2010
Style: Instrumental / Ambient / Jazz / R&B
Label: Kingdomsongs


David is a prolific songwriter, recording artist, producer and conference speaker. He lives with his wife Rita in Franklin, TN, just south of Nashville. A Grammy award winning songwriter, David has a passion to know Christ and make Him known. David’s songs have been recorded by Michael W. Smith,Selah, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, Debby Boone, Nick Coetzee, Natalie Grant, Phil Driscoll, Alvin Slaughter, Kent Henry, Morris Chapman and many others. Davids own CDs are loved for the depth of lyric, fresh musicality, and what can only be described as the touch of God, Who breathes His inspiration through this gifted modern day psalmist. David and Rita are not afraid to speak of the pain and struggles that they, (like most of us,) have gone through in their marriage, finances, family dynamics, etc., yet they always point to the grace and love of God Who is the Redeemer.

Album Description:

After the wonderful success of Volume I, David has recorded another collection of these timeless favorite hymns and songs of worship. David draws from the deep musical well of his decades of experience as a traveling musician, songwriter, producer and arranger and music lover to give the listener a sense of taking a different journey with every song.

From the unearthly peace of “Sweet Hour of Prayer” to the unique and stirring arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” from the liliting “As We Behold You” to the tender “He is Strong;” this is music well worth hearing. “An oasis of peace in the desert of noise.”.

From David’s listeners:

“Great CDs- They will really encourage you as you meditate, pray, relax or just listen…lots of peace.”

“David has done a great job packaging familiar songs in a fresh new way. Not only was I really blessed by how tenderly these songs touched my heart, I also found myself thinking: “Wow, this guy can really play!”

You can order the “A Quiet Place: Instrumental Hymns Volume II!” and “A Quiet Place: Songs of Worship Volume II” CDs as a package for only $25! Or you can download the mp3’s.
Track Listing:
1. Fill This Place With Praise
2. I Will Worship
3. Bow Down
4. Liquid Love
5. He Is Strong
6. As We Behold You
7. Come To You
8. To The Lamb!
9. He’s Been Good
10. Glorify The Lord
11. Blessed Be The Lord God Almighty
12. No Ways Tired



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Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone (2010)

Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone (2010)

Artist: Mavis Staples
Album: You Are Not Alone
Release Date: September 14th, 2010
Style: Gospel / Soul / Blues
Label: Anti
Location: Chicago, IL

Rick Holmstrom, Mavis Staples

White Note: First 500 copies will be autographed. Pre-sale orders will ship out no later than 9/13.


The 70-year-old soul legend teamed up with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy for this collection of gospel standards, covers and two originals. Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilco s studio The Loft, You Are Not Alone showcases the iconic singer at her most powerful and fervent. The album mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples delivers more wall-to-wall joy on her triumphant new ANTI- album, You Are Not Alone (September 14), than any other release you’re likely to hear this year.

Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilco’s studio The Loft, the intimate and textured production showcases the iconic singer at her most powerful and fervent. You Are Not Alone mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton.

The album features Mavis’s touring band of the last three years: Rick Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephn Hodges, drums; Donny Gerrard, background vocals; plus special guests Jeff Tweedy on guitars, bass, and vocals; Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, keys, vibes; Mark Greenberg, vibes, keys; with additional background vocals by frequent Neko Case collaborators Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor, and Richard Parenti.


Mavis Staples
Track Listing:
1. Don t Knock
2. You Are Not Alone
3. Downward Road
4. In Christ There Is No East Or West
5. Creep Along Moses
6. Losing You
7. I Belong To The Band Hallelujah
8. Last Train
9. Only The Lord Knows
10. Wrote A Song For Everyone
11. We re Gonna Make It
12. Wonderful Savior
13. Too Close To Heaven



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Marc James – Surrender (2010)

Marc James - Surrender (2010)

Artist: Marc James (Frontman for Verra Cruz)
Album: Surrender
Release Date: August 24th, 2010
Style: Acoustic / Blues / Rock
Label: Full Circle Records / Kingsway Music
Location: Luton, United Kingdom


Marc James is many things. A talented songwriter, an awesome guitarist, a vocalist with a voice of rough-hewn granite, and he’s a worshipper. For years he has been one of the UK Vineyards most progressive songwriters and vocalists, featured on albums `Holy’ and `Sweetly Broken’. Listening to the track, “Surrender”, the lyrics of sharing in Christ’s pain, or laying a life down at the foot of the cross, can only come from a heart that is heaven-bent. When Listening to Marc James you will hear passion, Listen out for passion, beautiful melodies and arresting lyrics, and you will hear a voice that’s as raw and honest as they come.

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Track Listing:
1. I Worship You Now
2. Great Is Your Faithfulness
3. Father Above
4. Surrender
5. Your Love Endures Forever
6. Blessed Rain
7. Jesus Your Love Is All I Need
8. Everything That I Am
9. King Of All Grace
10. He Reigns

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Israel Houghton – Love God Love People (2010)

Israel Houghton - Love God Love People (2010)

Artist: Israel Houghton
Album: Love God Love People
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Style: Pop / Jazz / Worship / Gospel
Label: Integrity / Columbia
Location: Oceanside, California

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New Album From Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar, Dove Award Winner Features Special Guest Vocalists Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Take 6


Nashville, TN (July 13, 2010) – Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Soul Train Award winner and double RIAA certified Gold-selling artist Israel Houghton highlights the greatest Gospel commandment with Love God. Love People. releasing August 31 on Integrity Music/Columbia Records.  Featuring the musically masterful energy that has become synonymous with Israel Houghton recordings, the album also reveals special guest appearances by Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Take 6’s Claude V. McKnight, III, Mark Kibble and Joey Kibble, as well as song co-writes with Meleasa Houghton, Aaron Lindsey, Tommy Sims and Michael Gungor.


As a worship leader, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Israel is also known for his work as a master collaborator, drawing out the best performances from all those around him.  Having written or co-written 11 CCLI Top 500 favorites, creating a canon of songs that have become standards in houses of faith around the globe, Love God. Love People. follows Israel’s acclaimed GRAMMY Award winning and Billboard Top 200 hit, The Power Of One, and promises to be an inspiration to all who listen.


“Love God. Love People. is a return to a simple, foundational Gospel command: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself,” says Israel.  “Virtually every song touches on this profound simplicity. It all comes down to ‘Love God, love people.’ Period.”


Israel co-produced the new album with longtime collaborator Aaron Lindsey, whose credits include Shirley Caesar, Martha Munizzi, CeCe Winans and many more, and with Tommy Sims, whose writing, recording and performing credits range from Bruce Springstein and Garth Brooks to Wynnona and Kelly Clarkson.  The trio of producers also co-wrote five of the songs, including the first Gospel single, “You Hold My World.” Three additional songs were penned by Israel and his wife Meleasa.


Love God. Love People. blends the musical genres of worship, rock, funk and power pop, and was recorded and engineered by Danny Duncan (India.Arie, Hillsong LIVE, Natalie Grant, CeCe Winans) at Abbey Road Studios in London.


“I was living out a dream come true recording at Abbey Road,” says Israel.  “The ‘stomps’ on the famous staircase for ‘Name Of Love’ were just absolutely special and unforgettable. And I wept several times while The London Session Orchestra played ‘Others’ and ‘Hosanna.’  I later spoke to some of the string players who were crying while they played… absolute presence of God was captured!”


Other album highlights include Israel singing “Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher)” with Take 6’s Claude V. McKnight, III, Joey Kibble and Mark Kibble, who arranged the track.  “Mercies” features the unmistakable voice of Kirk Franklin, while “Surprises” is augmented by the talent of Fred Hammond.


Special guest instrumentalists on the album include Akil Thompson (son of drum master Chester Thompson from Weather Report and Genesis) and Michael Gungor (who co-wrote “You Won’t Let Go” with Israel) on guitars. On drums are Dan Needham (Amy Grant, Vanessa Williams, Michael McDonald) and Teddy Campbell (Seal, Celine Dion, Smokie Norful).  Co-producers Tommy Sims and Aaron Lindsey handle the bass and keyboards respectively.  Backing vocals on select tracks are handled by Daniel Johnson, Erica King and Charlin Moore, all members of New Breed, a music ministry organization founded and led by Israel.


Writing or co-writing all but one of the songs on Love God. Love People., Israel creates music that breaks down barriers and defies categorization.  Israel uses his own multi-cultural upbringing as a reference point with a desire to draw people of all races, ages and cultures together. Israel laughingly describes himself as “black kid who grew up in a white family in a Hispanic neighborhood.”


Active as worship leader in his local church, Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, Houston, Israel has served as worship leader at Hillsong conferences, Franklin Graham crusades, and is a featured CompassionArt songwriter and artist.  Israel also ministers through concerts in the U.S. and around the world, has accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards for a performance of George Michael’s “Freedom ’90,” and has performed at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, taking part in a segment saluting Gospel music alongside the likes of Aretha Franklin and BeBe Winans.


In 1995, Israel and Meleasa Houghton founded New Breed Ministries, an organization they continue to run and that is comprised of noted musicians and singers who serve within their respective churches and together serve the Church at large.  Since then, Israel has been featured on FOX, CBS, ABC, BET, CNN, TBN and CBN, and has amassed a legion of followers that crosses generational lines with popularity across African American, Latin and Caucasian listener lines. While blasting down barriers, he has been fittingly graced with 2 Gold-selling albums, 3 GRAMMY Awards, 6 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Award.



Israel Houghton is signed to Integrity Music, distributed to Christian retail by Provident-Integrity Distribution and to the general market by Columbia Records/Sony-BMG Distribution.

Israel Houghton

Track Listing:

1. Love God Love People
2. Yahweh (The Lifter)
3. Love Rev
4. That’s Why I Love You
5. Others
6. You Hold My World
7. You Won’t Let Go
8. Our God
9. Mercies
10. Surprises
11. Name Of Love
12. Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher)

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V.A. – The Golden Bible Songs And Stories ‘1962

Artist: V.A.
Album: The Golden Bible Songs And Stories
Release Date: 1962
Style: Gospel


Track Listing:


01. Various – Creation
02. Various – Adam And Eve
03. Various – Cain And Abel
04. Various – Noah And The Ark
05. Various – The Tower Of Babel
06. Various – Jacob’s Ladder
07. Various – Joseph And His Brothers
08. Various – Moses, Little Moses
09. Various – Moses And His People
10. Various – The Ten Commandments
11.  Various – Joshua Fit The Battle (Jericho)
12.  Various – Samson, Mighty Samson
13.  Various – David And Goliath
14.  Various – The Song Of David
15.  Various – Wise King Solomon
16.  Various – Dan, Dan, Daniel



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