Gospel: Spring 2023

Monarch Gospel Recommendations

Get Up

Cheryl Boggs releases a song for those with hidden pain that need to release it. The song, “Get Up,” has an anthem feel that can empower those that are brave enough to stand up, shake off the blues, and get up! With a pop-infused arrangement and a lyric structure that evokes country music, Boggs and her background vocalists urge listeners to press on, ensuring that the message of “God will get you through it” shines through. With a concise and confident delivery, the message in this song is straightforward. The co-writers on this project—Boggs, Terrance Howell, Jesse Wood, and Stuart McCloud—are all from Revival Music Company.


Making his recording debut on Blacksmoke Music Worldwide, K.T. Ellis delivers a rocking, up-tempo song drenched in deep Southern soul stylings. Accompanied by Kenneth Coleman, the two of them enter into a duet on a litany of church aphorisms that describe how God is a protector and keeper. To hammer home the point, they share snippets of personal testimonies while the musicians and background vocalists keep things silky.

I Won’t Go

Emerging from North Carolina, composer, arranger, and artist JoDavi has been the supporting act for Grammy award-winning artists such as India Arie and Anthony Hamilton. This work has prepared him to come with a powerful new single that will inspire listeners to overcome any challenge that comes their way. Titled “I Won’t Go,” the song is a powerhouse song showcasing JoDavi’s dynamic vocal range and ability to craft songs that resonate with audiences.


Since the beginning of her career, Erica Reed has exhibited amazing vocal capability. And with twenty years within the gospel industry, she has developed her production skills. The recent release, “Building – ‘What are you on waiting on?’” is a beautiful ballad with an amazing arrangement and rhythmic swagger that is designed for radio. Produced by Sanchez Harley, this is some of Erica Reed’s best work.

DA’ T.R.U.T.H.

Christian hip-hop artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H. is acknowledging, through a rebranding effort, the dignity of maturity and the wisdom gained along the way. Henceforth using his Christian name of Emanuel instead of his stage name, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. gathered an all-star crew of veteran and current gospel stars—from Fred Hammond and Yolanda Adams to Dante Bowe and Maranda Curtis—to assist on his self-titled Emanuel. The album swings through myriad sacred styles, including the CCM sensibility of “Crown” and the multicultural feel of “Kingdom.” Featuring Dante Bowe, “Kingdom” layers gospel elements onto a musical framework that sounds straight out of Mumford & Sons.