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
From Kirk Frankin’s 2002 Platinum album, “The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin comes this bright, snappy, gospel, hip hop, praise song (whew). This cut was recorded live in Houston TX in 2001. Great horns, and great harmonic build up by choir, as the dynamics of the song gather momentum. The sharp strummed guitar at the beginning … Read more and listen Brighter Day
If you’re like me, you never get tired of this song. This is a version I don’t think I’ve posted yet…nice female quartet singing; not sure who the male singing lead is, but he’s wonderful too.
Whatever you want…God’s Got It! Whatever you need…He Will Supply! A classic from Chicago’s own Milton Brunson & The Thompson Community Choir. (Great popping bassline too!)
I’m taking us back to 2005. Pastor Alvin Darling and his group, Celebration released an album titled “You Deserve My Worship.” The name of this down-home, toe-tappin’ song is “All Night”. Alvin Darling grew up in Newark, NJ and is currently pastor at Greater Mt. Zion Holy Church and Old Ship of Zion Church in … Read more and listen All Night
Sorry for not posting much recently…a bit too busy recently. I heard this song on my walk this morning. I’ve heard it before, but today I really GOT IT and understood the power and beauty of it. (I’m pretty sure The New England Gospel Ensemble sang this too.) Anyway, I think in the past I’ve … Read more and listen Center Of My Joy
This Gospel Academy Award-winning 55-voice interfaith, multiracial choir represents the best Oakland has to offer in gospel music – Traditional contemporary and Spirituals. If I’m not mistaken, Suzanne Buell who sang with JVOI sang with OIGC for a while. Founded in 1986, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization, was … Read more and listen God’s Grace
A gem from the golden days of James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America. This was from the 1976 Convention that was held in New York City. Soloist: Geraldine Carter. The song was written by Warren D. Hickman.
From the ever talented Jeffrey LaValley and his New Jerusalem Young Adult Choir. Very refreshing and different kind of contemporary gospel sound. One reason I like the cut is because it is so raw. The choir is not the greatest; they sound a bit “pitchy” (as American Idol judges might say) in places, but the … Read more and listen Praises
A different sort of contemporary gospel sound from Greg Kelly. I like it!
Edwin Hawkins died Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the age of 74. Most everyone knows “O Happy Day”, but not many people know the depths of the wonderful music Edwin Hawkins (and his brother Walter) brought to the world. Some of my favorite gospel songs, notably “Love Paid The Price” and “To My Father’s House”, … Read more and listen A Brief Musical Tribute To Edwin Hawkins