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Bobby Jones Gospel records in Washington

Bobby Jones Gospel Show is a mainstay on BET, having been on the cable network for 28 years.

I recently spoke with Jones about his show at BET Studio 2 in Washington, where he taped 13 shows over the last two weekends. In that time, gospel artists such as Rance Allen, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Vickie Winans, Baltimore's Jonathan Nelson, Kirk Franklin and many others came through town for the tapings.

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Each hourlong show takes about two hours to record, with all the stopping and restarting to make sure each show is flawless, which only happens with the magic of good editing.

Artists sing under the bright stage lights to an enthusiastic audience that attends the tapings for free. Each act waits its turn backstage or in dressing rooms.

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There's a hairstyling salon with stylists for those needing to primp before they go on camera. And there's plenty of food (sandwiches, chips, water soda) for those needing to satisfy their hunger.

Jones had just taped his second show of the day on Saturday when we talked in his dressing room about the BET show, his Bobby Jones Next Generation show on Gospel Music Channel, and his trip to Beijing, China for the Olympics.

But Jones' name is fastly becoming a brand in the gospel industry.

Off camera, Jones is quite fiunny. Before diving into a fried fish dinner with bread, he talked about what else he has in store for 2008.

In the fall, expect to see his new cook book "Cooking In the Spirit,'' which includes some of his own (or family) recipes and those of other contributors. Amistad is the publisher, he said..

He's also planning a Las Vegas retreat in November where he will have various artists, including Donald Lawrence and Deitrick Haddon, for a new show called Talking Church, a talk show formated show that will include stage performances. He'll also video tape part of the retreat for the Word Network, a religious cable station.

Jones has more in store for the year, but none of it could be published at this time because the ink has yet to meet paper on those other ventures.

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