Did you know!
James Cleveland learned to play the piano by pretending his windowsill was a keyboard without ever playing a note, eventually becoming an accomplished performer and accompanist.
James Cleveland recorded 77 albums, four of which won grammies. In the Ghetto, Live at Carnegie Hall, Lord, Let Me Be an Instrument, an Having Church. Each of these titles were recorded on Savoy Records, part of the Malaco Music Group.
Did you know that James Cleveland had a very prolific career-most of which was spent working with Savoy Records. He has 45 records on that label.
In 1950, Cleveland signed with the Gospelaires. Through this exposure, pianist Roberta Martin invited him to compose. His earliest material fuses a blues and funk sound with traditional spirituals that put him way ahead of this time. Eventually, he joined the Caravans (Dorothy Norwood, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker), but never stayed with the group on a continual basis. As he moved from group to group, his reputation grew and during a period when gospel albums sold a mere few thousand. Cleveland made history with his third Savoy release, Peace Be Still, selling 800,000 copies without mainstream promotion.
Malaco Artists Wow Crowds at GMWA
Kansas City, MO- August 7-13, 2004. It was another big year for gospel consumers, artists, and industry professionals as thousands gathered at the convention center in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate gospel music, honor long-time contributors, and introduce newcomers.
Men of Standard ignited audiences during their performances on youth night. Kirk Franklin and Stephen Hurd also performed.
The Quartet Division Banquet honored Malaco Records Music Group artists, Dorothy Norwood (Malaco). The Williams Brothers (Blackberry). The Canton Spirituals (blackberry). Albertina Walker (formerly with Savoy Records). and The Jackson Southernaires (also formerly with Malaco Records) for their long-time outstanding contributions to gospel music. The Jackson Sisters, newly signed to Malaco Records, performed their show-stopping single. "God is in the building" during both quartet events.
The Tribut to the King concert was well attended and Dorothy Norwood ripped up the house with her vocals! Other artists on the roster includes Richard Smallwood and Dottie Peoples.
During the GMWA finals concert, Norwook took the stage again, joined by Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, and others, ending the night with high energy gospel fever.
The GMWA Convertion is an annual event occuring in August.
CURRENT CHART ACTIVITY:
WILLIAMS BROTHERS HOLIDAY STEADY at #11 with Soullink, Live!
MEN OF STANDARD is at #14 for their 11th week out with It's a New Day!
DOROTHY NORWOOD, Stand on the Word takes the #15 slot in it's 8th week
EDDIE RUTH BRADFORD jumps back on at #40, giving Too Close to the Mirror 50 weeks of chart activity1
WILLIAMS BROTHERS, Still Here, maintains it's position at #38, for 39 weeks on the charts
GMWA SEEKS JAMES CLEVELAND COMMENORATIVE STAMP
(Washington, D.C.)- Eager to see gospel legend Rev. James Cleveland in commemorated on a postal stamp, the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) launched a grassroots petition drive on December 5, 2003, on what would have been Cleveland's 71st birthday. Cleveland, founder of the GMWA, is fonly remembered as the King of Gospel music and this campaign, which presented over 61,000 signatures to the U.S. Postal Serive and lasted six months, culminated in a meeting with the Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee of the US Postal Service during July hearings in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Charles Fold, Malaco recording artist, is the Co-Chair of this national campaign beside Ron L. Margnus, Esquire. Fold recorded several gold albums with Cleveland and was a key figure in creating local GMWA chapter representatives who did the leg work collecting signatures nationwide. Results of the stamp hearings are pending.
Click here to read a print version of Malaco Headlines August 26, 2004.
Children of Israel Packs Houses on European Tour
Jackson, MS-August 16, 2004. Jerry Smith, Minister of Music to the Mississippi Mass Choir is currently with sister choir Children of Israel and playing to packed houses on a twenty-one day tour of Europe. Members of the group are also members of the Mississippi Mass Choir. Performances are part of a series of festivals being held throughout Europe including Spain, Portugal, and France.
Jerry Smith will return to Europe in December of this year as guest conductor for the San Sebastian Choral Festival in Spain.This choir festival is well-known as the most prestigious in the country.
About Jerry Smith and Children of Israel:
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Smith began playing piano for church services at the tender age of eight. He is currently the organist for his home church, the Greater Fairview Missionary Baptist Church and during his career in music, has held the following positions: Musician, director, composer/writer, clinician, teacher, singer, and producer.
Smith is also the founder of the gospel group The Children of Israel. This group is versatile in all styles of sacred music including hymns, quartet, traditional and contemporary gospel, spirituals, anthems, and musical dramas. The group has performed with many notable artists including the Canton Spirituals and the Williams Brothers.
Current Chart Activity:
Williams Brothers MOVE UP A NOTCH to #9 with SoulLink, Live!
Men of Standard is at #12 for the 9th for their 9th week out with It's a New Day!
Dorothy Norwood, Stand on the Word is at #17 and in it's 6th week
Eddie Ruth Bradford jumps back up at #28, giving Too Close to the Mirror 49 weeks of chart activity!
Williams Brothers, Still Here, clings to the #40 spot and claims 37 weeks on the charts
PACE HISTORY TRACES ROOTS TO SAVOY RECORDS/MALACO FAMILY
Jackson, MS-Sixteen years ago, LaShun Pace mader her debut with Savoy Records, recording with Dr. Jonathan Greer & The Cathedral of Faith Choir. Shortly after, Savoy signed her to a solo contract which led to five releases wtih the company: He Lives (1990), which held a position in Billboard's top twenty for over a year, peaking at #2, Shekinah Glory (1993), peaking at #5, A Wealthy Place, which rose to Billboard's top 15, Just Because God Said It (1998), hitting #16, and God is Faithful (2001). Pace is also an accomplished songwriter and actress, appearing in the movie Leap of Faith starring comedian Steve Martin and gospel plays, The Living Cross and A Fool and His Money. She has shared the stage wtih some of the best-loved artists in gospel music including: Dorothy Norwood, James Moore, the Georgia Mass Choir, Donnie McClurkin and the New York Restoration Choir, Carlton Pearson, Edwin Hawkins and Ricky Dillard.
Did you know that in 1967 Malaco opened a recording studio in a building that remains the home of Malaco Records today?
The Malaco Music Group is comprised of 11 record labels, eight distributed labels, numerous publishing interests and administered catalogs, several distribution arms and has been a truly felt presence in both the mainstream and Christian markets for nearly four decades.
Did you know that Malaco Records purchased the gospel division of Savoy Records in 1982? This acquisition made Malaco Music Group the preemininant black gospel company in North America.
The Savoy catalog includes a vast selection of classic gospel recordings dating back decades. It was 1955 when Savoy dropped their Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll artists, including Esther Philips and Charlie Parker, becoming a gospel-only label.
Click here to read a print version of Malaco Headlines August 16, 2004.
MISSISSIPPI MASS 'SINGS PRAISES' FOR NISSAN
Jackson, MS. (July 9, 2004)- The world renowned and award-winning Mississippi Mass Choir recently completed the vocals for a commercial spot launching the Full Size Nissan Titan truck, a national campaign that will run throughout July, 2004.Vocals for "Singing it's Praises," the jingle written by the creative team at TBWACHIATDAY, Los Angeles, one of the nation's largest advertising firms, was recorded on location at Malaco Records with thirty-six voices from the 200+ voice Mississippi Mass Choir and is styled in a rousing traditional gospel format.
Joe Shands, Creative Director for Nissan at TBWACHIATDAY states, "We felt that one of the best ways to showcase the impact of the Nissan Titan was to use one of the most pure forms of music, gospel." Selected to sing the Titan spot entitled "Singing it's Praises" because of their all-American image and the purity associated with gospel music, the Mississippi Mass choir is proud to represent a company that is serivng the American consumer and providing work to Americans in many U.S. locations, including Canton, Mississippi, where the choir performed for opening ceremonies in May of 2003.
Preparing now for their seventh live recording, which will take place in September in Jackson, Mississippi, the Mississippi Mass Choir is not one to rest on its laurels. They continue to tour Europe and Asia and proclaim the gospel with award-winning music and dedicated, talented volunteers who make up the body of the choir. For more information concenring the choir, contact Malaco Records at: 601-982-4522.
The ad campaign is still active at the time of this newsletter.
Williams Brothers Hits #10 on Charts, Men of Standard and Norwood Follow
Jackson, MS. (August 5, 2004)- The Williams Brothers' SoulLink Live CD broke the top 10 this week, followed by Muscle Shoals' Sound Gospel artist, Men of Standard, at the 11 spot with It's a New Day. Dorothy Norwood climbed to #13 with her 33rd career release, Stand on the Word.
Eddie Ruth Bradford Claims Coveted Jackie Award!
Jackson, MS-With scans topping 62,000 and a freshman release, Too Close to the Mirror, which was on Billboard charts for forty-eight weeks, it is no surprise that Eddie Ruth Bradford, Juana Records, brings home a Jackie Award in the category for Best Song of the Year by a Single Artist. Award ceremonies took place July 18, 2004 during the Jackson Music Awards in Jackson, Mississippi.
TBN ADDS EDDIE RUTH TO PLAY LIST
Trinity Broadcasting Network adds Bradford's video, Too Close to the Mirror to the play-list for the nationally broadcast show, JCTV (Jesus Christ Television).
Did you know? The Mississippi Mass Choir was formed by Frank Williams who was originally with the Jackson Southernaires, a gospel group of more than four decades? The choir quickly became a world-renown award-winner, paving the way for acceptance and popularity of many great gospel choirs in the years following their introduction and success.
Did you know? Curb artist Jamie Slocum enjoyed Top Ten status on the CCM AC radio charts with singles from his Freedom REcords release, Grace Changes Everything, following with Someone Like You, his sophomore release on the same label.
Did you know? The Freedom Kids label boasts an artist who formerly played with Barry Manilow during his Mandy days. Johnny Barranco gave up the New York music scene as top jingle singer and writer to pursue a music ministry for children in the Christian Market. One of his faorite gigs is working with the underprivileged chidren of West Nashville where he visits once a week. His titles include: Let's Go Fishin', He Created Me and Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus.
Click here to read a print version of Malaco Headlines August 9, 2004.
Did you know? Savoy Records began recording gospel music in 1942, securing its position in the industry? It remains the last of the early independents who helped to launch gospel music onto vinyl.
Did you know that Malaco records opened a recording studio in 1967 in Jackson, MS and has grown from a studio and booking agency to home of numerous record labels, distribution companies and a direct mail service?
Did you know that in 1973, Malaco released it's first gospel record, Gospel Train, by the Golden Nuggets? Since that time their artists have collectively won every award in the industry including: Grammies, Stellar, Doves, Billboard awards, Gospel music Workshop Awards and invitations to sing all over the world.
After signing the Jackson Southernaires in 1975, many other premium gospel artists signed to the label including: The Soul Stirrers, The Sensational Nightingales, The Williams Brothers, The Truthettes, and The Angelic Gospel Singers.
Malaco Artists Make A Nest On Billboard Charts
Jackson, MS - Malaco Music Group has been watching their newest releases climb the charts and hover in key positions in the top twenty. Men of Standard's (Muscle Shoals' Sound Gospel) It's a New Day climbed to the #11 spot and has enjoyed chart activity since its release in May. Dorothy Norwood (Malaco Records), industry veteran well-known as America's Favority Story-teller, released Stand on the Word which claims the #15 spot this week and has been on the charts for four weeks.
Distributed labels are also faring well on the Billboard Charts. The Williams Brothers' (Blackberry Records) latest live recording, SoulLink, Live, which touts the vocal prowess of Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's, The Canton Spirituals, Slim & The Supreme Angels, The Christianaires, and Hip Boot Joe, has been on othe chart for eight weeks, climbing to the top ten position at its peak. Also holding steady is The Williams Brothers, Still Here, which has been on the charts for 36 weeks and is currently at spot #33.
Newcomer Eddie Ruth Bradford has been enjoying steady radio-play for forty-eight weeks, making her freshman project with Juana Records the sleeper hit of the 2003/2004 year (see story below). Bradford's CD, Too Close to the Mirror, is at the #35 spot this week and still scans close to a thousand CDs a week.
Juana Records Wakes Up With Sleeper Hit
Jackson, MS - When Eddie Ruth sent a five song demo to Fred Knight, CEO of Juana Praise Records, he was captured by the unique quality of her voice and signed her immediately to a record deal. After the release of her first CD, Too Close to the Mirror, it wasn't long before Knight and Malaco Executives realized they had something special on their hands. With consistent radio airplay for nearly a year coupled with 61,624 scans YTD, it is safe to say that the Juana Records/Malaco Distribution team has a big hit on their hands.
Fred Knight has been in the recording industry for nearly four decades and has enjoyed several smash hits in the pop and R&B industry including, "Ring My Bell," sung by Anita Ward.