A gospel celebration on CD/DVD

UP FRONT

October 07, 2007|By KARLAYNE PARKER

Before there was The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors on TVOne, one man had the gospel-music-on-TV format sewn up.

And this year that man, Bobby Jones of Bobby Jones Gospel on rival BET, is celebrating more than 30 years at the helm of a spirit-filled empire.

Sunrise Music of Nashville has released Faith Unscripted, a CD/DVD that pays tribute to Dr. Bobby Jones' gospel-music career.

Jones' show is the longest-running show on the Washington-based cable network. His show, which has featured the likes of Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Tye Tribbett and many others, started in Nashville, Tenn., in 1976. In 1980, BET picked it up and began running it nationally.

Jones presents gospel greats of yesterday and today on the CD/DVD set, which is available at retail and online stores.

"I didn't know what was going to happen," Jones says about the CD/DVD project in a news release. "That is the good thing about it. But whatever it is, it is going to be great. There was no outline; it was unscripted, so we were expecting all of these wonderful voices to join together and celebrate with me in this great environment. Our spirits were high and our pulses were beating fast."

Unscripted was filmed and recorded this year with more than 50 gospel-music stars at Ocean Way studios, which is on Nashville's famed Music Row.

Among the singers are Tribbett, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Dottie Peoples, Micah Stampley, Karen Clark-Sheard, Darwin Hobbs, A7 and the Nashville SuperChoir.

The tracks on the set include old-time and contemporary gospel songs, such as "Peace be Still" by Armstrong and "Victory" by Tribbett. Jones sings his rendition of "Call Him Up."

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