Posts Tagged ‘Gospel Music’

Week in Review

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

NYS Fair-Gospel Sunday

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Big Brother & Sydni Eure, live from the Van Robinson Pan African Village.

Who, What, Wear (Jazz in the City)

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
The #jazzinthecity series by @cnyjazz_org has expanded to five shows this summer and the August 24th edition, which will be held at @byrnedairy on Cortland Ave, features @kingsolomonhicks and the Bells of Harmony. Sure it will be a spirited combination. This is Bells founder and lead vocalist, Charles Cannon. He introduced us to gospel legend #joeligon back in the day. #gospellegends #summermusicfestivals #dapperleaders #cnyjazz

This year’s Jazz in the City series has expanded to five shows this summer and the August 24th edition features King Solomon Hicks and the Bells of Harmony.  The show will be held at Byrne Dairy on Cortland Avenue. Bells lead singer Charles Cannon always fits the role of the dapper lead man.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Celebrating Gospel in Central New York from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

See if you can recognize the lead voice from this 2011 performance by the Gospel Music Workshop of America (Syracuse section). They performed at the Southside Jazz in the City concert. The guitar licks are courtesy of Gator.

Week in Review

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Earlier in the week we were pleased hear, for the first time, Starlett Brown. She performed as one of the acts for the Women in Music event at the Community Folk Art Center.

Brown has sang background for many national-acts. In this clip she shows her range and takes a secular song and folds it into the sacred realm. Listen and let it take you to church…

Avalanche of Praise

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
The Ramp Experience (from a Syracuse concert)

The Ramp Experience 

Congratulations to the Ramp Church International on the release of their live recording,  Bishop S.Y. Younger presents The Ramp Church Choir: Sounds of the Ramp. Bishop Younger (pictured above on the left) and a portion of his choir visited Syracuse for a concert last summer.

One Source, Many Members

Monday, June 17th, 2013
Burnell Reid leads United Praise

Burnell Reid urges call and response at Juneteenth.

Burnell Reid & United Praise opened up for the headliner (Frank McComb) at Juneteenth on Saturday and took the crowd to church.  The group is made up of members for more than a dozen Syracuse-area churches. Reid also gave a shout out to Record Store SoundGarden and Councilor Khalid Bey (who helped negotiate saving the Syracuse location).


Guitarist Jeff Houston dances while sitting in for the United Praise set

Guitarist Jeff Houston dances while sitting in with United Praise.

Singers, United Praise

Singers, United Praise

Can You Stand to be Blessed?

Monday, March 1st, 2010
Cora Thomas Gospel Extravaganza with Guest Richard Smallwood

5th Annual Cora Thomas Gospel Extravaganza with guest Richard Smallwood

A Son of the South Shines in Syracuse

Monday, July 6th, 2009
  A Brief Conversation with Charles Cannon: Lead singer/Founder (Bells of Harmony), Radio Host (Charles Cannon Gospel Hour, 1540 WSIV-AM)

Charles Cannon, gospel singer, radio host

 When did you come to Syracuse: August 1966 from Cuthbert, GA. I left when Georgia had “colored” restrooms and I picked cotton. When I got to Syracuse, I realized there was a better life. There were job opportunities, I could provide for my family without struggling. I worked for GM. The move from Georgia at age 18 was wonderful for me. I have no intentions of moving back. I go to visit or perform.

On Singing: I’m 62 years old, I’ll be 63 in June. Singing used to be so much fun, but now it has turned out to be a job. I don’t like the travel, but I go because I love singing. That’s what I do. I never get tired of singing.

How many concerts have you done: In 43 years…thousands.

When did you start in radio: I started in 1978; I started the C&O Gospel Hour [with my cousin who is now deceased]. Now [the show is called] Charles Cannon Gospel Hour. This is a great experience. I do it every Friday.

At studio of 1540 WSIV-AM

At studio of 1540 WSIV-AM

Who is your favorite artist: The Mighty Clouds of Joy. I’ve done concerts with them. They are my favorite because they do traditional gospel. I’m a traditional gospel singer. [Traditional gospel] speaks about your daily living, where you’ve come from, what you’ve been through and how the Lord has blessed you to persevere. I’m the kind of person when I listen to a song, it has to have a message, otherwise there’s no need to listen.

What is your favorite song (to sing): The Lord Will Make a Way. I always believe whatever the circumstance, whatever the situation, He’ll make a way for you. I wrote that song and it’s on our latest CD.

What are you listening to now: In my car I’m listening to a CD by the Texas Boyz. They sing a song that says Only the Strong Survive. I always have gospel on in my car.

If you could have everyone in the region listen to one song what would it be: If Jesus Can’t Fix it, Nobody Can, by the Mighty Clouds of Joy. If [people] would listen to the worlds, they would be spiritually uplifted.

I’m a Christian, I don’t deny that. I tell it everywhere I go.

Who has been your biggest influence: My mom. There was a song my mom loved to sing: Wont It be Grand.  When I was growing up we used to go into the garden, we grew all our vegetables in Georgia, and she would sing Won’t It be Grand. I re-did it and I had a chance to play it for her before she passed in 2002. Where ever I am, where ever I go, I always talk about my mom.


Bells of Harmony fans at Juneteenth

Closing thoughts: There’s no need for me to be here [at the studio] playing only what I want to hear. I do that when I get in my car or when I’m home. When I get to the studio, what ever [the listeners request], that’s what I play.

My listening audience and fans have [supported us] all these years and whenever I  perform on stage they are there. [The audience] has never let me down and I’m thankful. I don’t take it for granted.