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
There aren’t many songs that bring me to tears, but this one does. Although it came out in 2012, I only learned of it recently and this version which I found on YouTube is as good as it gets. It is soooooo powerful. If you like the song, you’ll LOVE the video of the North … Read more and listen Hold Out
Here is a beautiful rendition of this classic spiritual performed by an octet; all the voices this song really needs when you can sing like they do. It’s a wonderful thing when the bass voice comes in on the end of “sures you born” (:42). And to stay spot on pitch through the whole song … Read more and listen I’ve Been ‘Buked
From Fuquay Varina, North Carolina (a bit southwest of Raleigh/Durham), I present the Providence Baptist Church Gospel Choir. Their mission: “To sing inspirational songs of praise and worship with the anointing to heal, set captives free and bring sinners to repentance.” One of my favorite songs and one of the first songs James Early taught … Read more and listen Glory, Hallelujah He Lifted Me (aka I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me)
So, today finds me in update New York while I attend a 4 day gospel music workshop with my great niece who goes to St. Lawrence University here in Canton NY and who sings in the school’s gospel choir. Last night was the first of 4 rehearsals which will culminate in a concert Saturday … Read more and listen Better
A great, slow, traditional gospel song from my favorite choir, The Florida Mass Choir. This was recorded in 1992 at the Victory Church in Lakeland Florida. (A simple country church as evidenced by the photo below of the sanctuary! I’ve been there!!!) If you want another take on the theme of “All … Read more and listen All Night, All Day
At first I thought the synthesized horns were a bit corny, but by the end of the song I came to like them and felt they fit nicely with the majestic feel of the song. Catchy song!
A nice performance of the old song “I’ll Make It Home One Day”. Have a good Sunday and a fun rest of the long weekend!
A wonderful song from the choir of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Put your hands together this morning and sing along…especially when you pick up the vamp. Look where God has brought us Look how far we’ve come We’re not what we ought to be We’re not what we used to be Thank you … Read more and listen Look Where God Has Brought Us
This song is drawn from John 1:2 that says, “Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds”, and Romans 8:28 that says “all things work together for those who love the Lord”. I marvel at how resilient and indomitable Black America has been/is in the face of so much adversity, suffering … Read more and listen Count It All Joy
Another great song from the late Thomas Whitfield’s choir, Thomas Whitfield and Company. The more I learn of his work, the more amazed I am at how many wonderful songs he wrote. This song is based on the old traditional song “Over My Head”, the title being taken from the lyric, “…I hear music in … Read more and listen It’s In The Air