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Gospel - Released March 16, 2018 | All The Time Entertainment

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The planets have aligned, Snoop Dogg is back. Following the 2013 reggae episode titled Reincarnated, released under the alias Snoop Lion, the Californian rapper grants another wish: a gospel album. A double album in fact! Throughout the 32 tracks, Snoop Dogg strings together countless featurings. Faith Evans, the Clark Sisters, Mary Mary, B Slade, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, to name only a few. Between hints of 90s RnB (Sunshine Fell Good, Sunrise), smooth and passionate touches (Bible Of Love), soul with kitsch brass (One More Day or On Time with B Slade) and seventies synthesisers (Come as You Are), gospel and a hint of hip-hop (Changed with Jazze Pha or Chizzle featuring Daz Dillinger), Snoop simmers his recipe in the best of pots. And as it’s made with love, it can only smell delicious! Cherry on top, you can enjoy the King’s legendary nonchalance in Change The World featuring pastor John P. Kee. A highly anticipated release. Brilliant! © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Gospel - Released January 23, 2015 | Essential Records

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Gospel - Released August 28, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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Gospel - Released September 14, 2018 | Schoolboy Records & Capitol Records

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On her third full-length album, 2018's Kirk Franklin-produced Hiding Place, singer Tori Kelly pivots away from the secular pop of her platinum-selling 2015 album, Unbreakable Smile, and delivers a joyful set of faith-based songs that balance contemporary gospel soulfulness with warm R&B hooks. Given Kelly's move to a sleek contemporary gospel vibe, her fans who came on board with previous singles like "Dear No One" and "Could've Been Us" might worry that she has sacrificed some of her own personality and acoustic guitar-based style in service of fitting into a specific genre box. Thankfully, while there is an overall tonal shift here, the results feel organic and true to who Kelly, a practicing Christian, seems to be. One of the pleasing aspects of Hiding Place is the organic soundscape Franklin and Kelly achieve, deftly combining Stevie Wonder-esque '70s instrumentation with an ear for the ringing, sleek gospel productions Franklin is known for. Tracks like the opening "Masterpiece," featuring rapper Lecrae, and the buoyant "Sunday" find Franklin framing Kelly's highly resonant voice with vibrant gospel backing vocalists, organ, and crisp bass grooves. Elsewhere, Kelly is joined by Anthony Hamilton's vocal trio, the Hamiltones, on the passionate "Help Us to Love," and displays her knack for earnest, emotive balladry on the thoughtful "Psalm 42." Franklin himself joins her on the uplifting "Never Alone," as does singer Jonathan McReynolds for the laid-back acoustic guitar number "Just as Sure." Certainly, taken as a shift from the world of pop to gospel, there's a sense of genre exploration and discovery here, and Hiding Place is as much a Kirk Franklin production as a Tori Kelly solo album. That said, even when she is singing a song written by Franklin, as with the searching "Questions," in which she ruminates on the challenges of keeping one's faith in the face of tragedy and despair, the sentiments always feel genuine. Ultimately, while the gospel nature of the album will certainly cater to fans of Christian-based pop, the religious messages shouldn't stop Kelly's secular fans from enjoying what she's achieved here. ~ Matt Collar
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Gospel - Released June 15, 2018 | Band Geek Music Group

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Gospel - Released June 8, 2018 | Motown Gospel (EGS)

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Gospel - Released October 14, 2016 | Alpha

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In 1817, two years after the restoration of the monarchy by Louis XVIII, the French court attended a performance of Cherubini’s Requiem in memory of Louis XVI; a few years later, in 1823, the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Marie-Antoinette provided the occasion for giving Charles-Henri Plantade’s Messe des morts in her memory. Berlioz had just arrived in Paris, and Napoleon had recently died in exile on the island of Saint Helena. In 2015, the two works were presented in a single concert at Versailles Palace. While Cherubini’s Requiem, scored for mixed choir and orchestra, but without soloists, is well known, Charles-Henri Plantade’s setting, which shares the same formal characteristics, is a complete discovery. It provides a striking transitional stage between the models of the Ancien Régime and early Romanticism, and displays a wealth of invention reminiscent of Méhul, Cherubini and even Rossini. This is the first recording of the work, which was revived on the initiative of the Palazzetto Bru Zane. A noted specialist in French music and large-scale sacred forms, Hervé Niquet brings out the full strength of these two works, recorded in the Chapelle Royale at Versailles, which further enrich the Alpha/Château de Versailles collection.
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Gospel - Released September 22, 1987 | Columbia

Whether or not you like sacred vocal music, one cannot help but be moved by the power and passion with which Mahalia Jackson sings "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" and the spiritual "Go Tell it on the Mountain." Her rendition of "Silent Night, Holy Night" is simply inspirational. ~ Dennis MacDonald
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Gospel - Released December 2, 2013 | Vogue

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Gospel - Released March 23, 1956 | Verve Records

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Gospel - Released April 3, 2007 | RCA - Legacy

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Gospel - Released May 13, 2016 | Omnivore Recordings

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From start to finish this album defies categorical classification. It employs the best of R&B, Afro-beat, folk, and blues while remaining true to the Blind Boys' gospel roots. And with a tasteful selection of material by Tom Waits, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and Ben Harper, in addition to their usual array of traditional gospel hymns and folk tunes, it will appeal to generations of listeners. Though varied in its stylings, the album works as a whole due to the high-quality production, arrangements, and musicianship throughout. The traditional "No More," in a slow and soulful arrangement, starts off with a plaintive slide guitar sampling of "Amazing Grace" and sits comfortably beside "Run for a Long Time," which features George Scott rapping over a percussive, groove-filled (à la Danny Thompson on double bass) and harmony- laden reworking of this classic. And the Stones' "Just Wanna See His Face," which is given a jubilee-like treatment that rivals the original, follows up a somber "Motherless Child" with grace and acuity. Other guests include Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, John Hammond on guitar and Dobro, and David Lindley on oud and electric slide. ~ Travis Drageset
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Gospel - Released September 1, 2007 | Ligia

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Gospel - Released January 1, 1980 | Columbia - Legacy

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Gospel - Released September 16, 2016 | Reunion Records

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Acclaimed Christian rock act Casting Crowns celebrate the power of moving forward on The Very Next Thing, their eighth studio album. Since debuting in 2003, the Atlanta-based group have been a dominant presence in CCM music, selling millions of records and netting both Grammy and Dove awards. The Very Next Thing follows 2015's concert set, A Live Worship Experience, and is their first studio release since 2014's massively successful Thrive. ~ Timothy Monger
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Gospel - Released October 9, 2006 | Sony Urban Music - Columbia

A Mary Mary Christmas is filled with plenty of joy and excitement. Erica and Tina Campbell and their producers keep proceedings light and funky on a set that's split between originals and covers of classic holiday tunes. Most Christmas albums that showcase original compositions find them overshadowed by the chestnuts; here the opposite occurs. The R&B-based songs like "Only One," "'Tis the Season," and the sunshiny "California Christmas" are so filled with fun and sweetness, the gospel songs (the tender "Still the Lamb," the rollicking "Call Him Jesus") so filled with passion, they make the classics they cover faithfully ("Merry Little Christmas," "Carol of the Bells") sound stodgy. When they do take chances with the arrangements (the seemingly Lion King-influenced "O Come All Ye Faithful," a modern update on "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"), the results are decidedly mixed. While A Mary Mary Christmas is a solid addition to the holiday CD blizzard, a few more originals and fewer "classics" would have made it even more enjoyable. ~ Tim Sendra
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Gospel - Released March 23, 2018 | Capitol Christian Music Group

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Gospel - Released November 16, 2018 | Reunion Records

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Florida-based CCM giants Casting Crowns return with their tenth studio outing, 2018's Only Jesus. Featuring the rousing single "Nobody," which sees them collaborating with Dove-winning singer/songwriter Matthew West, the album follows the group's 2017 holiday outing, It's Finally Christmas. Over its 12 tracks, Only Jesus offers the uplifting faith-based messages and warmly detailed folk-rock the band has become known for. ~ Timothy Monger
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Gospel - Released October 20, 2017 | Elevation Worship Records

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Gospel - Released April 27, 2018 | Tyscot

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