Gospel | ROUTES by Ronald Bunn

Founders Benny Diggs and Wiley Hicks and the New York Community Choir (NYCC) Express Themselves

Routes interviews founders Benny Diggs and Wiley Hicks talk about New York Community Choir – Let Jesus Fix It (1982)—The New Contemporary Gospel Sound. It looks as if NYCC was disbanded sometime after 1982. However, there is a 2013 Youtube interview … Read More

Free For All – BAM R&B Festival Summer Concert – The Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade, Sr., Daniel Lanois, Brian and Brady Blade Jr., and more

Called “the most imaginatively supple drummer in jazz” (The New York Times), drummer Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell), began playing at Shreveport’s Zion Baptist Church, where his father — the spine-shaking Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. — has presided for … Read More

Gospel All Stars! – “Mary Don’t You Weep”

Here we have Cissy Houston, Edwin Hawkins, The Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Marvin Winans, Saundra Crouch, Andre Crouch, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Shirley Caesar, The Williams Brothers, Doug Williams and Tramaine Hawkins! Whew! Give a listen to them tell the … Read More

Aretha Franklin’s Performance At The White House 2015

Aretha takes the White House to the “Old Fashioned” Baptist Church! The air conditioning is broken, Aretha falls to her knees and couldn’t get up alone. I was reminded me of my youngster church going years,  seeing someone getting “Happy” given some assistance from … Read More

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