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
The Allegro Workshop Chorale is an offshoot of the Gospel Music Workshop of Amrerica’s youth program…it’s a “kids” choir”, but there is nothing amateur about this choir. They are well rehearsed and sound great, but then again, you’d expect nothing less from the GMWA. This song was recorded in 1980.
I’ve posted this old song of the church before, but here are two previously upoosted versions of the song. The first is from one of the original “Caravans”, Shirley Caesar, and the other is from The Chicago Mass Choir; same song, different treatments, both great in their own right.
I’m SOOOOO excited. I’ve been looking for this song for so long…a couple of decades, really I’ve Googled the lyrics a zillion times (“If you miss me from singing down here; come on up to heaven, I’ll be waiting up there.”) and NEVER found the song, until today. This song was one one … Read more and listen Meet Me There
You can always count on James Cleveland and The GMWA Mass Choir to offer up a great song. Looks like I’m a day late posting this song, but it’s still great, storm or no storm. This cut is from the 1985 Live recording from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Before I lose power AGAIN, I’m going to slip in today’s post, a great song from The Mt. Pasgah A.M.E Church in Jersey City, NJ from back in the 70’s. Not the finest recording, but good, real deal gospel.
Sorry about not posting more recently, but I’m still without cable or internet at my house; I’m using my iPhone as a hotspot to connect my iMac to the internet to make this post. This is a fun song only because I’m not sure I know of any other Doo-Wop gospel group. This sounds like … Read more and listen My Redeemer Lives
A wonderfully simple ballad like song from Ricky Dillard and New G (The New Generation Chorale). Dillard is know for his faster, uptempo songs and the big sound New G can produce. (Jesus Is His Name, Every Knee Shall Bow, etc). This is a much mellow song that just seems to get into you and … Read more and listen Any Day Now
My new most favorite song; can’t get it out of my head. I love everything about it; the tenor entry, the women’s response on “Jesus promised, He’ll take care of me”, the three part bridge, the vamp…its all so….sassy.
Recorded live March 3, 2018 in Gunnison Chapel at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. This talented choir is the product of a four day gospel music workshop held under the direction and leadership of Shawn Whitehead, the school’s Associate Chaplain. The amazing band is under the direction of Dr. Mario Vaughn, with percussion … Read more and listen “Got Spirit?” 2018 Gospel Workshop Choir in Concert
Tamela Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She was a featured soloist on several tracks while with Franklin’s group, including “Don’t Take Your Joy Away”, “Now Behold the Lamb”, and “Lean on Me”, the latter of which also included Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, R. … Read more and listen Hallelujah (Live)