Make a Joyful Noise! is a welcome addition to a relatively small number of published books on gospel music. As a popular source of information, the book makes the subject matter approachable to readers of all backgrounds. I recommend it to both scholars and lay persons alike who want to learn more about black gospel music.
Janet Harper Librarian Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago April 3, 2015
What makes Make A Joyful Noise particularly important is author Kathryn Kemp’s extensive portrait of the genre’s most significant organization, the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Not since Dr. Charles F. Reese’s brief tome has someone offered as much detail on the GMWA, including interviews with legends, as Kemp. Anyone preparing to attend GMWA for the first time, or the twentieth, will benefit from reviewing Make A Joyful Noise before making the journey.
Robert M. Marovich, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gospel Music and author, “A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music.”
Your book Make A Joyful Noise is quite a scholarly, prolific and informative addition to the GMWA body of knowledge…as relates to Gospel Music. It is a wonderful piece of work and interesting reading from the forward to the index. Thank you for this very special genre.
Eugene M. Morgan GMWA Mobile Chapter Representative and Faculty Advisor
[Kemp’s] level of research and preparation makes “Joyful Noise” a book that will go down in history as a standard compendium of reliable information about the subject of gospel music.
Dr. Carl Bentley: Pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodford, VA