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Merlon Devine debuts at Blues Alley to sold-out crowd

Many dream of having their name on the marquee of the famed Blues Alley. On Tuesday, June 20, Gospel jazz saxophonist Merlon Devine saw his dream realized when he played before a sold-out crowd at the supper club that has hosted many of the nations brightest stars.

Merlon Devine at Blues Alley

The night was filled with songs  that included “Change,” “Same Thing,” “Hidden Gems,+”War Cry,” “Heart to Heart” and “Arise.” When he launched into a worship medley that included “Yes,” “10,000 reasons,” and “the anthem” it solidified the tone that was set throughout the evening. The medley transformed the club into a sanctuary, the melodies wafting through the air as a passionate expression of praise.

Among the wonderful moments of the night was when Trombone player Mosche’ Snowden joined Devine for a soulful and powerful “Heart 2 Heart.”

A premiere saxophonist, Merlon Devine has presented a number of recordings to the music world.  His latest CD, Love Divine saw its lead single, “Same Thing”, peak at #22 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs Chart. Love Divine is comprised of songs written and inspired by the love of God. With classic interpretation and soulful execution.

It will be interesting to see what’s next for this gifted saxophonist. Devine inked a record deal with new record label Jonre Music Group in May. Lyn Johnson, CEO and Richard Davis, VP of Label Operations and Director of A&R were in attendance supporting their new signee. Also spotted in the audience was Robert E. Person.

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Photos (Credit:  ©2016 Divine Images/Sarah Hearn)

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L to R Pastor Jeffrey S. Smith and Nicola Smith, Merlon Devine, Rocquelle Devine


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Jonre’ Music VP Richard Davis, Jonre CEO Lyn Johnson and Robert E Person


Merlon Devine with friends
L to R: Lyn Johnson, Merlon Devine, Roquelle Devine, Richard Davis


Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.
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