Volume II, Issue 4
March 22, 2005
Malaco Records Celebrates Quartet Accomplishments
A recent independent gospel chart shows the placement for the top fifteen traditional gospel quartets and in the list, seven artists are either signed to Malaco proper, are distributed by them or were once signed to Malaco or one of its affiliate labels. These artists are: Margaret Allison and The Angelic Gospel Singers (Malaco Records), The Pilgrim Jubilees ( Malaco Records), Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs (MCG Records), Slim and the Supreme Angels (MCG Records), The Christianaires (Marxan Records), The Williams Brothers (Blackberry Records), and The Canton Spirituals (formerly Blackberry Records).
The above-mentioned artists have been recognized by many awards groups including the Grammies, Stellars, Doves, and Billboard Awards, as well as industry professionals in the GMWA (Gospel Music Workshop of America). Their careers have taken them throughout the United States and for some, overseas. They have appeared on major television networks and programs such as The Bobby Jones Gospel Hour, The Dream Network, BET, TV 1 and others, sharing the stage with many other legends of gospel music.
Quartet music is one of the cornerstones of the gospel music tradition and Malaco is proud to recognize the artists on their roster and in their catalog as some of the finest the industry has to offer.
NEWCOMER HINTON GAINING MOMENTUM
Jackson, MS-Gerald Hinton and The New Redeemers, a group that hails from North Carolina, was honored with the Favorite Video and Favorite CD of the Year Awards at the 2005 American Gospel Quartet Convention in Birmingham, AL. George Stewart, Founder and Director of the American Gospel Quartet Convention stated, “Every now and then there comes a fresh and unique gospel music presentation. Gerald Hinton and The New Redeemers represented that during the 13th Annual American Gospel Quartet Convention. Our eyes and ears are open to his success.
The single, Meet Me in the Middle, is currently airing on Walt Baby Love’s syndicated radio show which is heard in 125 markets nationwide.
Plans are also in the works to launch a Beach Music Campaign on radio throughout the Carolinas, using the unique R & B quartet sound of Hinton’s group as one that harkens back to the flavor of Motown days.
Hot cuts: “Go the Distance”, “I Owe,” and “You Don’t Know How Blessed You Are.”
MALACO GOLD: Margaret Allison & The Angelic Gospel Singers
Best known for their classic “Touch Me Lord Jesus,” Margaret Allison & The Angelic Gospel singers have been active in the Gospel community for over sixty years. The long standing traditions of the group have created an excellent consistency of being the longest selling female gospel group in history and they are still going strong. Go On, their latest release on Malaco Records is recognized as one of the top quartet records of 2005.
The group started out singing in and around the Philadelphia area in 1944 after being organized by Margaret Allison. Word quickly spread about their music and they signed to Gotham Records in 1947, moving to Nashboro Records in 1955 and finally to Malaco in 1983. The Angelics have worked with such greats as the late Mahalia Jackson, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Soul Stirrers, The Jackson Southernaires, Willie Banks and the Messengers, The Brooklyn Allstars, Slim and the Supreme Angels, The Swanee Quintets, The Davis Sisters, Shirley Caesar, The CBS Trumpeters and The Sensational Nightingales.
The spirited and legendary Allison currently makes appearances at gospel events and award ceremonies and tours with her group in the states.
Jackson, MS-Malaco Music Group has been home to many artists in the last fifty years, launching careers that have spanned as many decades and carrying the torch for artists whose careers launched on other labels, many of which are no longer in existence today.
The Malaco Music Group is proud to announce the debut concert of Anderson Sanctuary Choir on Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 6:00pm, at Anderson United Methodist Church located at 6205 Hanging Moss Road, Jackson, MS 39206.
You have heard their voices on numerous recordings including Dorothy Norwood's Grammy nominated release, "Hattie B's Daughter." But now you can experience them singing songs from their own release "Joyful Praise" which includes one of the hottest songs on Gospel radio, "Lord I Thank You."
Special Guests include: Lillian Lilly, Henry Rhodes, Eric Watson, and Benjamin Cone III and Worship.
Admission is free!
For more information, call 601-982-3997 or 601-968-8079.
FEBRUARY 11, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MALACO CHRISTIAN AND NEW DAY
STRIKE ALLIANCE FOR CBA MARKET
Nashville, TN. February 11, 2005-Managing Director for Malaco Christian Distribution, Tony Goodwin, Tommy Couch, Jr., Director of Malaco Music Group, Stewart Madison, CFO, Malaco Music Group, Ed Leonard, VP of New Day Distribution, Lisa West, Sr. Music Buyer, New Day Distribution, Diane Bell, Director of National Accounts at New Day, and Jere Miller, Sales Manager at New Day, recently met to discuss plans for revamping their sales and marketing approach with an eye toward gaining a greater share of the CBA market for gospel music.
“We are excited about this new opportunity to join forces with New Day’s sales staff and reach deeper into the CBA marketplace,” states Tony Goodwin. “With increased advertising and working more closely with New Day, we should be able to encourage CBA retailers to stock popular traditional gospel music they may not be familiar with,” Goodwin adds.
Traditional gospel music has statistically seen 80% or more of its sales in the mainstream market and industry veterans believe that a focused partnership with CBA stores toward the gospel consumer will result in higher store traffic and a greater share of gospel sales being realized by the CBA stores. Using a strategy that will employ methods to educate retailers about the product by informing sales staff through the use of newsletters and other communications, as well as by increasing visibility in advertising campaigns with various marketing groups, CBA stores will be able to make a more educated decision in terms of selecting product and placing orders. Both New Day and Malaco see informative communications as an important key to helping CBA stores understand how and what to market to their consumer base. Leonard also adds that, "CBA stores have an opportunity to bring in the business of the large percentage of consumers who are purchasing their gospel music through mainstream outlets by offering breadth of selection in the gospel category that their mainstream competitors cannot."
The first Malaco release to enter the system in this new structure will be the Mississippi Mass Choir’s 16th anniversary CD, Not by Might Nor by Power, due out this month.
For more information contact:
Tony Goodwin, Malaco Christian Distribution: (877) 462-3623 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa West, New Day Distribution: (800) 251-3633 or email: email@example.com
For 23 years, New Day Christian Distributors has distributed all styles of Gospel music to the retail marketplace as a “one stop” distribution company. With effective marketing tools and outstanding customer service New Day Christian Distributors, founded by Dottie Leonard Miller, has increased the quantity and quality of distribution, keeping Gospel music on the cutting edge of the retail industry.
Malaco Christian Distribution, based in Franklin, TN, has been servicing Christian retailers with all genres of gospel music since 1998. With a rich heritage in gospel music that dates back to its roots in the early1940s and 50s through Savoy records, Malaco’s catalog includes legendary artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar, Thomas Dorsey, The Canton Spirtuals, Dorothy Norwood and more. Many hard-to-find, sought after titles are available to retailers at special request.
RALEIGH, NC: The pendulum continues to swing in favor of Gerald Hinton and The New Redeemers. In addition to signing a contract with Savoy/Malaco Records last year, the group was honored with the Favorite Video and Favorite CD of the Year Award at the 2005 American Gospel Quartet Convention in Birmingham, Alabama held January 18-22. The group showcased at Thursday's luncheon and took quartet to the next level with a video presentation accompaniment.
George Stewart, Founder and Director of the American Gospel Quartet Convention stated, "Every now and then there comes a fresh and unique gospel music presentation. Gerald Hinton and The New Redeemers represented that during the 13th Annual 2005 American Gospel Quartet Convention. Our eyes and ears are open to his success."
2005 promises to be a busy year for Hinton and The New Redeemers. Savoy/Malaco Records is scheduling release of their next single, Meet Me In The Middle, which is sure to be another first in the industry. Hinton teams up with good friend and beach music phenom, Craig Woolard. Woolard was lead singer for the Embers for 27 years and now leads The Craig Woolard Band. This duet celebrates their third collaboration but the first release on a Hinton project. Prior releases featured Hinton in the background vocals in Love Don't Come No Stronger, which garnered Woolard a Cammy Award.
Meet Me In The Middle is already playing on Gospel Traxx, a syndicated radio show produced by Walt Baby Love Productions, which is heard on over 125 affiliated radio stations around the world. An exclusive interview with Gerald Hinton will be aired on an upcoming show.
Gerald Hinton and The New Redeemers are currently accepting bookings for the You Don't Know How Blessed You Are Tour. For booking information, contact Jerusha Smith at Star Rise Entertainment (336) 449-4089 or visit the website at www.geraldhinton.com.
For more information contact:
181-104 Wind Chime Court
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 676-0263 (office)
(919) 796-4724 (cell)
1938 - 2005
Suave, smooth singer who gave voice to Chicago soul
By Greg Kot
Tribune music critic
February 10, 2005
Like many Southerners who came to postwar Chicago in the 1950s seeking a steady paycheck, the teenage Tyrone Davis did whatever it took to make his mark.
Davis, who died Wednesday at the age of 66, worked at a South Side factory by day to support his young family, but by night he was trolling West Side blues clubs. There, he insinuated himself into Freddy King's entourage and soon found himself the valet for the legendary guitarist on his cross-country tours.
A few years later, Davis attended a Bobby "Blue" Bland concert dressed to the nines and planted himself next to the stage.
The blues star offered him a microphone.
"Wanna sing, son?" Bland asked.
Davis did, and then got some life-changing advice from the hit-making singer. "Be you, don't be me," Bland told his new charge.
"The best thing that ever happened to me," Davis once told the Tribune.
"It is really hard to find yourself. Most people that come out today sound like somebody else."
Whether they know it or not, many of today's soul crooners take their cues from Davis, who forged one of the more distinctive personas in rhythm and blues during the last five decades.
He was a suave smoothie who sang about relationships with a mixture of wisdom and regret.
He not only helped define the sound of Chicago soul in the 1960s and '70s in the wake of Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler, he continued to record and tour until he suffered a stroke last September.
He was taken to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and never regained consciousness, said his longtime manager and collaborator, Leo Graham.
Davis' hits, including "Turn Back the Hands of Time," "Can I Change My Mind" and "Turning Point," reflected a dark, nearly whispered perspective on relationships that endeared him to the black working-class community for decades.
By 1971, Davis was a star, riding a couple of top 10 hits.
"He was like Mr. Chicago," singer Willie Clayton once told the Tribune.
"It was a thrill to be around and see the fancy cars; you name it, he had it."
Val Kashimura, an R&B singer and executive at Davis' Mississippi-based label, Malaco Records, called Davis "one of the big dogs in our line of work."
"They used to call Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. the `Rat Pack,'" Kashimura said. "Well, I used to call Tyrone Davis, Bobby Bland, Johnny Taylor and Little Milton the `Four Pack,' because they were the godfathers of R&B and blues for a couple generations of artists."
Davis was born in Greenville, Miss. But by age 19, he was in Chicago and forged relationships with such contemporaries as Otis Clay, Mighty Joe Young and Otis Rush.
After taking Bland's career advice to heart, he began perfecting a unique style that bridged bluesy grit and soul smoothness and became known as "Tyrone the Wonder Boy."
His relaxed, intimate approach and confessional lyrics finally clicked on the 1968 single "Can I Change My Mind," a No. 5 pop hit, recorded for Carl Davis' Dakar label.
Clay once told the Tribune that the song was offered to him, but "in the midst of our talking in the way we normally do, I forgot it. Well, the rest of it is history. It was a million-seller. I forgot a million-seller. Tyrone never let me forget that."
Davis in the role of the penitent gentleman in a brightly colored tuxedo established a sound that distinguished him from more strident soul contemporaries such as Clay and Taylor.
"He was the ladies' man," said Graham, who also worked as Davis' producer, songwriter and guitarist.
"He tried to put messages in his songs, and he found a niche that no else had."
As popular taste changed, Davis adapted by recording songs such as "Get on Up (Disco)," but he never veered from his becalmed yet sensual perspective.
By the time he started recording for Malaco in the 1990s, he had become a respected elder statesman on the blues and R&B circuit.
"We used to call him `Daddy' because he was the wise one, someone who all the other artists on the label looked up to," Kashimura said.
His records continued to sell to black audiences, and he was regularly booked for weekend concerts until the stroke silenced him.
Davis is survived by his wife, Ann, and numerous children and grandchildren. Funeral services are pending.
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