There is such a rich treasury of gospel music, from the “traditional” songs written in the 1930s – 1950’s, to the mass choir sound pioneered by James Cleveland in the late-60’s, and on through the soul, funk, hip-hop and rap gospel that defines “contemporary” gospel. We want to share some of this music with our … Read more and listen Welcome Note
A nice and different variation on the old song “If WE Ever Needed The Lord Before”. I love the music of Rev. Charles Nicks and The St. James Choir. Nicks and James Cleveland set the standard for gospel choirs in the 80’s and 90’s.
There are soooo many great recordings out “there”; YouTube is a huge treasurer trove. I have an app on my MAC that lets me automatically download just the audio from any YouTube video…it has made maintaining this blog easy. Here is a great song I found a little while ago. Starts off quietly, but by … Read more and listen Are You Willing
There are hundreds of versions of this song…different styles and tunes but all with the same lyric.. How to reach the masses, men of every birth? For and answer, Jesus gave the key He said if I be lifted up from the earth I’ll draw all men to Thee. This is a great uptempo song … Read more and listen Lift Him Up
Good uptempo Chicago gospel “I Won’t Give Up! NEVER!!! “I Won’t Turn Back! NEVER!!!”
This is a funky, urban gospel song that is really fun. It’s written by VaShawn Mitchell who many Joyful Voices of Inspiration singers know also wrote “Good God“. I really like the bridge when the the song becomes a bit more joyful and less hip-hop with the lyric, “For He can do anything but fail, … Read more and listen I’ll Trust
James Dewitt Johnson hails from Nashville and appeared often on Bobby Jones Gospel in the 80’s and 90’s. I LOVE this song…”Things, they’ve GOT to get better, for they can’t stay this way always.”
I’m back at my posting and I’m on a Charles Fold kick. This man was one of the very best of the best and made some wonderful music. In the comments section on YouTube there is one comment that sums it all up perfectly: “Lawwwd have mercy!!!! Sing it Charles! Can’t you see him carrying … Read more and listen (On The) Battlefield For My Lord
Formerly Voices of Binghampton, the revamped Kevin Davidson & the Voices were a contemporary gospel choir based in Memphis, Tennessee. They issued their first album under the moniker, Celebrate, in 1998. Language of the Millennium (the album this cut is from) followed in 2000, and their third album, 2001’s Soultown USA, continued to incorporate elements … Read more and listen None Like You
From the liner notes of the 1970 album titled “Bro. Henderson’s FABULOUS Watts Community Choir – We Need More Love”: “Bro. Henderson’s Watts Community Choir was organized in September 1969 by Brother Henderson in hopes that the so called “Generation Gap” could be closed through the media of “Gospel Music.” The choir has been featured … Read more and listen Change
Some good old James Cleveland music. Here he is singing with The Philadelphia chapter of the GMWA in 1983.