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
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
The recording and texts of Martin Luther King are closely controlled by his family, and are hard to come by. Here is one that many people down’t know…a short peace about Dr. King’s wishes for his funeral. I couldn’t find any transcription of the audio track otherwise I’d include to text here as well.
I had a huge urge to listen to this song this morning and so you get not 1, not 2, but 3 versions of the song!!! Let me know which you like best. “He may not come when you want him, but He’ll be there right on time!”
Not EVERY song from a genius is an absolute winner. Case in point, “All I Have Is Yours” written by Richard Smallwood in 1982. Although clearly “contemporary gospel”, it seems Smallwood was trying his hand at trying to crossover into either the pop or disco market…or both, with this song. Not necessarily one of my … Read more and listen All I Have I Yours
An “oldie” from the Gospel Music Workshop of America’s 1982 Convention. It sounds a bit like an old Davis Sister’s song until the whole choir comes in, then it’s a whole different song. I love it.
Anyone who traveled to Brazil with Joyful Voices of Inspiration in 2006 will never forget this song. The choir sang it in concert as a combined number with a fantastic youth choir in Salvador de Bahia; it was an amazing experience. The song was written by Israel Houghton and Martha Munizzi and has … Read more and listen Glorious
Gospel, arguably, has often been the “R” in R&B. A long list of soul icons, from Aretha Franklin to Gladys Knight to Otis Redding to Teddy Pendergrass…they all have come from gospel roots. In the ’70’s and ’80s, The New York Community Choir was one of the more influential groups of gospel, bringing a more … Read more and listen Let Jesus Fix It For You