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
Ricky Dillard and The New Generation Chorale…they never disappoint and they are always examples of the very finest in vocal execution. In this song they are also masters of Dillard’s great syncopations. “Clap your……hands, stomp your…..feet, raise your….hands, leap for…..joy!” And it all winds up with a great traditional vamp.
As I look for songs I’ve yet to post, I’m amazed at how I’ve missed some of the great classic songs. Case in point; Rev. James Cleveland’s 1976 recording of his composition, “Give It To Me”. For those who were with Joyful Voices when the choir first formed in 1999, this song was one of … Read more and listen Give It To Me
Another of my favorites. I always get encouragement when I hear this song; it’s so powerful. The song sort of peters out at the end, and I’m curious to know how much longer it went on because I KNOW that the choir got louder and the lead resumed his exhortation again. Would have loved to … Read more and listen Fear Not
Okay, the O’Jay’s “Love Train” isn’t a true gospel song, BUT, it’s been covered by plenty of gospel groups including James Cleveland and The Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir. Additionally it was covered by The Boston Community Choir the year I sang with them at First Night. It was our last song and … Read more and listen Love Train
A wonderful contemporary song from a choir started by Rev. John P. Kee in 1996. Kee was adjusting to his new role as pastor in Durham North Carolina and introduced the group as the extension of an outreach initiative of his church. If I didn’t know better I’d think the song was by … Read more and listen Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is
A wonderful classic from the 1993 GMWA Convention held in Chicago Illinois. Great honky-tonk piano on the intro and, as to be expected, a powerful choir. Put on your dancin’ shoes and get ready for some rockin,’ reelin’, hand-clappin’, raise the roof and praise the Lord gospel!
Here’s a somewhat version of this song that skips a long, drawn out solo intro that isn’t half as good as the rest of the song…so here’s the rest of the song.
Ya never know what you might stumble across on the web! This morning I found a great tribute to the late Rev. Timothy Wright (Trouble Don’t Last Always) by Kirk Franklin and some wonderful backup choir…I don’t thing it is his “Family” or “God’s Property”, but no matter, they’re great. This is a … Read more and listen Kirk Franklin Tribute to Rev. Timothy Wright
From the great Myrna Summers (An Uncloudy Day), a great uptempo song from the early 70’s. The album this song is from is titled “Tell It Like It Is”…a hip 60’s-70’s phrase that also was the title of a single by Aaron Neville released in 1966. If you are into great hand clapping, listen closely … Read more and listen Witness
Great song with great harmonies written by two of the best known gospel singers in the world; Miss Albertina Walker and Pastor Shirley Caesar.