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REV. J.C. JENKINS & COMPANY
By Bob Marovich
The Sounds of Joy, featuring the hard-singing lead vocals of Rev. J. C. Jenkins, is a nod to the deep southern soul quartet sound of the 1970s and 1980s.
The major seventh Northern Soul harmonies combined with Jenkins’ pulpit-hued raspy lead vocals are most evident on “He’s Done It All for Me,” the opening track on the group’s Sharp Records album, Don’t You Forget to Remember. The song’s recounting of biblical miracles establishes the premise that if He did it then, He will do it now. Or, as Jenkins declares, “God never done nobody wrong.”
Leaving one’s troubles at the doorstep of Jesus is also the theme of “Straighten it Out” and of a funky remake of the classic gospel quartet handclapper, “Let Me Lean on You.” The title track is decent, although the more than one minute introduction leaves the listener wondering at first whether it will be an instrumental track.
The production quality suffers a bit from background hiss, and the simple, stripped down CD info provides no information on the group other than its national booking contact info and ReverbNation website. What we learn at ReverbNation is that the quartet hails from Gadsden, Alabama, and that 50 percent of the sales of the album will go to the charity Keep a Child Alive.
One thing is for sure: these guys can sing. Don’t You Forget to Remember is reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s DIY projects that gave quartets like the Sounds of Joy an aural business card to promote their live programs and radio appearances.
Three of Five Stars
Pick: “He’s Done It All For Me”
REV. BOB LITTLE & SOULFULAIRES
Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little has been promoted to President of Sharper Brothers Records Inc. USA /Gospel Division.
Rev. Dr. Little, come to Sharper Brothers Record, as a versatile visionary, Pastor, Leader, Musician, songwriter, Preacher, and Teacher. As a Pastor, President Little, has Pastored, The Galilee Baptist Church, one of the 9 Churches burned by arsonist in February 2006, in rural Alabama, and also oversee another rural Church , New Fellowship Baptist Church in Tisheebee, AL, As a leader President Little has served as Vice Moderator of the Northbound Bethlehem District, and secretary for the New Era Progressive Baptist State Conversation of Alabama, President Little, has led his Church to be the only dual alliance church
In the Pickens Baptist Association in rural west Alabama
Where President Little on race relationships, ministering in the Federal Women Prison, Church Planting, and many evangelism outreaches, and missions venture. President Little is a native of Sumter County, (Panola, AL). He attended ASU, where he was a part of the Mighty Marching Hornets Band, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Sigma Inc., SGA, F & A Masons. President Little has attended, Seminary at Samford, Hamilton and American Baptist Theological Seminary. President Little , is a Conference speaker, revivalist, and article writer, he is married to Sis. Barbara and the father of Jasmine.