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Brew Music: Kirk Franklin + Friends – “Are You Listening”

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Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in brew music, Haiti, Haiti help, kirk franklin | Posted on 04-02-2010

We told you Kirk Franklin was amassing a team of gospel’s finest to record a song for Haiti relief… and here it is!  The project is called “Are You Listening” by Artists United For Haiti.

Beautiful! He had me at Clark Sisters though. I kinda stan for them.

Click here to learn more about the “Are You Listening” campaign and how you can help donate to the effort.

Thanks, Kirk, for not talking through the song too. #justsayin

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Brew Music: Kirk Franklin + Friends – “Are You Listening”

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Posted by admin | Posted in brew music, Haiti, Haiti help, kirk franklin | Posted on 04-02-2010

We told you Kirk Franklin was amassing a team of gospel’s finest to record a song for Haiti relief… and here it is!  The project is called “Are You Listening” by Artists United For Haiti.

Beautiful! He had me at Clark Sisters though. I kinda stan for them.

Click here to learn more about the “Are You Listening” campaign and how you can help donate to the effort.

Thanks, Kirk, for not talking through the song too. #justsayin

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Kirk Franklin Pens Song For Haiti

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Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Haiti, Haiti help, kirk franklin, Rihanna | Posted on 20-01-2010

Kirk Franklin is in on the Haiti relief. He gathered some of gospel’s elite to record a “We Are The World”-like track. Proceeds from the song will go to a fund that supports the survivors of last week’s earthquake.

Among the list lending their voices: Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, Tamela and David Mann, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, J. Moss, Smokey Norful, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kiera “KiKi” Sheard, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans and Marvin Winans.

Of course, don’t forget… Kirk will be on the track…talkin’. The song was recorded over the weekend and it’s expected to drop on iTunes later this week. So look for “A Song For Pain” the next time you’re on iTunes and don’t be a weasel and try download it for free.

In other Haiti relief news… this song right here actually caused me a little pain. OUCH! I’m sorry Bob.

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Kirk Franklin Pens Song For Haiti

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Posted by admin | Posted in Haiti, Haiti help, kirk franklin, Rihanna | Posted on 20-01-2010

Kirk Franklin is in on the Haiti relief. He gathered some of gospel’s elite to record a “We Are The World”-like track. Proceeds from the song will go to a fund that supports the survivors of last week’s earthquake.

Among the list lending their voices: Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, Tamela and David Mann, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, J. Moss, Smokey Norful, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kiera “KiKi” Sheard, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans and Marvin Winans.

Of course, don’t forget… Kirk will be on the track…talkin’. The song was recorded over the weekend and it’s expected to drop on iTunes later this week. So look for “A Song For Pain” the next time you’re on iTunes and don’t be a weasel and try download it for free.

In other Haiti relief news… this song right here actually caused me a little pain. OUCH! I’m sorry Bob.

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Is "Rospel" (R&B & Gospel) Here To Stay????

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Posted by Piper from the Brew | Posted in god in me, gospel music, is gospel music going too far, kirk franklin, mary mary | Posted on 28-09-2009

Because I always catch myself dancing a waist gyrating jig to Mary Mary’s “God in Me” ,it got me to wondering if this song and others like it have officially crossed the “R & B, bump-n-grind” line. I can’t help but to think that deep down inside they have dreams of mainstream appeal but disguise it with gospel music. The only way to describe the vibe I get from Mary Mary is that it feels like they wanna be down, like real bad……….I don’t personally have a problem with God music that makes you wanna stomp ya feet, I just wonder if it crosses lines. Once Kirk Franklin came on the scene and got everybody amped with “Stomp” it slowly but surely became harder and harder to decipher between what was gospel and what was R&B, these days it’s even worse. He even started the song with:

“For those of you that think gospel music has gone to far.
You think we got too radical with our message.
Well I got news for you , you ain’t heard nothin yet,
and if you don’t know now you know. Glory, Glory!!

I totally felt the need to bathe in holy water after I caught myself “shakin it like a salt shaker” to “God in Me“, but is that my fault? Maybe gospel needs to definitively be gospel, no hippity hop beat, no gettin airplay on the local urban stations, no gettin the crowd hype at award shows, none of that! Of course singing anything over a dope beat will appeal to the masses but somehow I thought the focus was the message and not the many ways you can ‘bust a move’ to a God tune.

I don’t know, I remember going to church with my great granny as a lil girl and looking forward to the choir and the feeling it would give me inside. I didn’t understand what that feeling was but it sure felt good! Gospel artists are not volunteers, they get paid just like a anyone else, so again it makes me question motive and intent.

In the end, I guess they submit to a “whatever it takes” stance to spreading the christian word but they are really tittering on a fine line……..

What do you think??? Is ‘Rospel’ taking it too far or is it simply a sign of the times changing??

Oh don’t get it twisted though, I’m still doin my MJ crotch grab as I jam to this joint…….. it’s just fiyah like that!

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