Welcome Note

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

Detroit Mass Choir – Elma Hendrix Parham & Community Youth Ensemble Medley

There were three powerful women in Detroit’s gospel music history known throughout the 1960s and 1970s as The Big Three: Mattie Moss Clark, Elma Hendrix, and Lucylle Lemon. Elma Lois Hendrix Parham founded the Community Youth Ensemble, established her own music publishing company, and owned Elma and Carl’s House of Music on Owen Street in … Read more and listen Detroit Mass Choir – Elma Hendrix Parham & Community Youth Ensemble Medley

Just Want To Thank You

The Nor Cal Mass Choir combines the fire and excitement of the best of Black Gospel and the warm, singable melodies of Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir with Nor Cals unique mixture of Hispanic, African-American and Caucasian singers and musicians to create a unique, memorable experience of worship and praise. The soloist on this song is a … Read more and listen Just Want To Thank You

We’ve Come To Praise Him

Some of my friends from Joyful Voices of Inspiration will know this song; Geoff Hicks taught it to us a couple of years ago. I never knew that it was first performed by The Donald Vail Choraleers or that it was written by Richard Smallwood.  I love this slower version with Donald Vails on lead … Read more and listen We’ve Come To Praise Him

Oh To Be Kept By Jesus

The Shirley Wahls Singers distinguish themselves by their close and magnificent harmonies and their songs are arranged with great art and refinement. All singers are talented soloists, who express themselves in a variety of styles, and possess a wide array of beautiful and contrasting voices. Shirley Wahls comes from a rich family background of musicians, … Read more and listen Oh To Be Kept By Jesus

I’m Saved

Another gem from James Cleveland’s Southern California Community Choir, “I’m Saved” from their 1990 album “Having Church”. The intro to this song is a bit unique; most songs don’t have spoken intros, and the wonderful string of adverbs that Ms. Annette May Thomas lays down to describe just how “saved” she is, is just magnificent. … Read more and listen I’m Saved

We Shall Walk Through The Valley In Peace

As many of you know, The Reverend James Cleveland (December 5, 1931 – February 9, 1991) was a gospel singer, arranger, composer and, most significantly, THE driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound, bringing the stylistic daring of hard gospel and jazz and pop music influences to arrangements for mass choirs. He … Read more and listen We Shall Walk Through The Valley In Peace

Hold On God Is Standing By

LaShun Pace and her eight sisters preached the good news in song for years as The Anointed Pace Sisters.  LaShun decided to step out on her own in 1991 and with her first album, He Lives, she experienced a great deal of success winning many accolades.  He Lives is listed as the #56 of the … Read more and listen Hold On God Is Standing By