Ambassador Bobby Jones - Faith Unscripted
By Peggy Oliver
An intimate evening came to pass one day in a Nashville studio commemorating a teacher, media mogul, and gospel entrepreneur. Because of Dr. Bobby Jones, gospel blew up beyond belief in the television world. Now that gospel ambassador, celebrating over 30-plus years in gospel music, is being honored by long-time friends, soloists and his backing group, The Nashville Super Choir (NSC), with Faith Unscripted.
There have been countless awards and accomplishments since this Tennessee native started as an educator. After a bachelor and master degrees from Tennessee State University, he earned his doctorate at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The world-renowned Bobby Jones Gospel TV show was actually birthed from his involvement in the 70s with Black Expo, which eventually led to regional coverage. Former BET CEO Robert Johnson then picked up the program in 1980 for national syndication, and numerous artists have been showcased since that time. From a Grammy to a Cable ACE award, to movie appearances, education lies at the heart of Dr. Jones’ ministry. Those gifts are utilized for the annual Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Industry Retreats, purposing to expand interpersonal relationships with artists and behind-the-scenes personnel furthering their growth in gospel music.
This project begins with an impassioned reading of I Can Go To God In Prayer, first made famous by Albertina Walker, featuring NSC members Everett Drake, Rev. Lawrence Thomison plus Darrel Petties (Strength In Praise).
Vanessa Bell Armstrong, a vocalist who handles both traditional and contemporary with confident phrasing and presence, shapes Thomas Whitfield's, Peace Be Still, one of her major hits. Oh How I Love Jesus, a simple, sweet hymn, bursts with firepower from an established voice in R&B-flavored gospel, Micah Stampley.
Even without her siblings, The Clark Sisters’ Karen Clark Sheard resurrects her lead vocal on the international favorite, You Brought The Sunshine, while admirably directing NSC for their backing role. Dr. Jones sets the tone for Holy Holy Holy, in which Judith Christie-McAllister exercises her vocal range and savvy, keeping this cherished church treasure in perspective.
- Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago's Best of Both Worlds
- Myron Butler's "Worship"
- Amber Bullock's "Thank You"
- Theresa Pinkney - "Me Against the World"
- Martha Munizzi - "Make It Loud"
- Donald Lawrence's "Your Righteous Mind"