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Sonically Superior: Maestro Damien Sneed Marvels In Marrying Music Genres

Posted June 2, 2016 by jmurray

He’s church-reared and classically-trained; young maestro Damien Sneed gets to marry the best of both worlds on “The Abyssinian Mass,” a musical opus recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that features Sneed alongside his mentor Wynton Marsalis and his acclaimed choir, Chorale Le Chateau. Combining elements of gospel music, classical and jazz, this […]

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Daryl Coley: Gospel Great Dead At 60

Posted March 16, 2016 by jmurray

The entertainment industry mourns the death of Grammy-nominated Gospel great, Daryl Coley. The 60-year-old vocal wonder was an innovator in Gospel Music, known for his intricate vocal riffs and jazz-like arrangements. Known as “a singer’s singer,” Coley had been off the music scene for more than a decade after years of battling diabetes, which at […]

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Sounding Off: Maysa Says The Music Business “Is Not Dying”

Posted January 12, 2016 by jmurray

Soulful jazz chanteuse Maysa Leak said she’s tired of the talk that the music business is dead. “It’s not dying. We have to reconfigure it. We have to rework it,” the vocalist explained to AlwaysAList.com. Maysa believes that because of the troubles consumers face daily and the tragedies happening all over the world; folks need […]

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Andraé Crouch: Music Legend Dead At Age 72

Posted January 8, 2015 by jmurray

Gospel music legend Andraé Crouch has died at age 72. The Grammy-winning artist was an accomplished singer, songwriter and arranger passed after being hospitalized at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, Calif. on Thursday evening. He had been hospitalized since Jan. 3 after suffering a heart attack. It was announced that Crouch would go out […]

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Maysa Leak: Talks Giving Fans Their Money’s Worth

Posted December 10, 2014 by jmurray

Grammy nominee Maysa Leak is a soulful jazz chanteuse doing music on her own terms. This former lead singer for the UK acid jazz band Incognito and background vocalist for Stevie Wonder has released 12 solo albums.  Her latest offering, “A Very Maysa Christmas,” is her first holiday record. “It was important to me, especially […]

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Oprah Winfrey: Honors Civil Rights Legends In Santa Barbara

Posted December 9, 2014 by jmurray

Oprah Winfrey loves to host parties with iconic themes and the billionaire decided to she wanted to use the promotion of her upcoming film “Selma” to celebrate the lives of some iconic civil rights pioneers. Last weekend, Winfrey presented her “Celebrating Selma & The Legends Who Paved The Way” gala at the Bacara Resort & […]

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Lil John Roberts: Remembering George Duke, Co-Parenting With Jill Scott & Making Music On His Own Terms

Posted September 5, 2014 by jmurray

He’s one of the industry’s most sought-after drummers, having worked with the likes of Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg to name a few.  Now, after 20-years of supporting the who’s who of music’s finest, Lil John Roberts is ready step out on his own. This Philadelphia-bred preacher’s kid has released […]

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Andraé Crouch: Gospel Great Facing Serious Health Challenges

Posted June 11, 2014 by jmurray

Grammy-winning gospel legend Andraé Crouch is facing some “serious health challenges.” The 71-year-old’s twin sister Sandra Crouch has reached out to family, friends and fans of the iconic singer/songwriter soliciting prayers for her brother. Andraé, who is the Senior Pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, Calif., was hospitalized recently and […]

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