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
Here is an appropriate song for today since the “Walk For Music” is being held in East Boston this afternoon. This is from the album “The Gospel According to Ike and Tina” (Who knew, right??), one of the last albums the duo recorded in 1974 before their divorce. Tina always said they never ever did … Read more and listen Walk With Me Lord
I can’t find ANYTHING about Maggie Bell anywhere online other than about two songs, so I haven’t much to say other than I like this traditional slow song from 1970.
Rev. Charles Nicks has always been one of my favorite gospel artists. His music is always fresh and original and powerful. This song grabbed me because it isn’t your average gospel song; it has some neat chords and progressions you don’t usually find in gospel that make it sound wonderful. The mix of the B3, … Read more and listen He’s Alright With Me
A nice uptempo version of an old song of the church. Good old, down home tarheel gospel from Charlotte North Carolina! I love the backbone that the strident, straight on drum beat gives to the song.
I stumbled across this song and really like the style and the sound. Not your every day run-of-the-mill gospel song and it’s refreshing.
Richard Smallwood’s mini masterpiece, Holy Thou Art God. Just one of 15 great songs on his “Healing – Live in Detroit” album. At his peak there was no one like Richard Smallwood and his gospel music legacy lives on today. One of the things that makes Smallwood’s music so beautiful is the incredible dynamics his … Read more and listen Holy Thou Art God
Always one of my favorites, Rev. Clay Evans had a way of finding great singers to work with him. Here is the late Rev. Oris L. Mays singing “HalleluYah Anyhow” with Rev. Clay Evan’s AARC (African American Religious Connection) Mass Choir.
Here is a great resource for you gospel music lovers that I stumbled on this morning; The Gospel Funk Music Blog. This site has 77 pages of links to YouTube videos of great, fairly arcane, unknown gospel songs…a wonderful collection. More than that, the “Links” page has several other neat sites, and the “Artists” page … Read more and listen Check Out This Great Gospel Music Blog (no, not mine…someone else’s!)
I cant’ find out much about this great youth choir other than they are from Greater Fairview church in Jackson Mississippi and were very popular in the 70’s and 80’s, touring the US and abroad and recording several albums. This cut is from 1986.
Gladys McFadden & The Loving Sisters began recording in 1962 and continued to record until 1978. They embraced the new sounds of the emerging ’60 music like wah-wah guitar and funky tempos, early on. They are known for their gospel songs that sound like secular soul recordings. In this case they breathe some new … Read more and listen I Can’t Feel At Home