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
Today’s feature song comes from my deep bag full of arcane/moldy/lost gospel songs. As I previewed this song this morning looking for a song to post, something about the song seemed familiar. Then it dawn on me. The notes, not the lyrics, sounded a lot like a song thought I remembered. As the song went … Read more and listen Feel The Spirit
Gospel comes to Motown…or Motown comes to Gospel…or better yet: Gospel IS Motown and Motown IS Gospel. Jerry Wexler, the famous producer for Atlantic records, helped bring soul and R&B music to the world. Early on in his career Wexler coined the term R&B. He later said, I shouldn’t have called it “Rhythm and Blues”, … Read more and listen Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
“When trouble come and block my way, He’ll be right there. No matter how dark the day, He’ll be right there. When I”m down He’ll pick me up, when I’m low He’ll fill my cup…” A wonderful uptempo song from Rev. Timothy Wright and his New York Fellowship Mass Choir. I love the … Read more and listen Be Right There
Although clearly inspired by the old Baptist hymn, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, this song is an original composition from the 1970’s. It’s old school gospel with great vocals and wonderful blues/gospel piano chords throughout; listen closely to the piano, the musician does a wonderful job. Great song!
One of the MANY almost “lost” songs from Rev. James Cleveland. I just discovered that there are well over albums by James Cleveland and the various groups he sang with from his first album ” The Voices Of Tabernacle Starring James Cleveland – Today” released in 1959 though to the last album before his death … Read more and listen When I Get Home
Another song from the Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir recorded in Salt Lake City in 1992. The song was written by Elder Roger Hairston, pastor of the Temple of Faith C.L.G. (Church of the Loving God) in Columbus OH. He also directed the choir on this recording. Elder Hairston is one … Read more and listen All Is Well
THIS is why I love gospel music so much. I often capture songs off YouTube or the internet without listening to them…sort of trolling to find songs that might be of interest to me. I keep the songs in a folder and then load them into an audio player where I can listen to a … Read more and listen A Song In The Midst Of The Storm
New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir of Chicago was founded in 1894. Reverend General S. Coleman came to Chicago in 1894 from Fairfax, West Virginia, accompanied by his wife, three daughters, Sadie, Mary and Frances and his mother. He met the Reverend Harry W. Knight and from that initial meeting, a beautiful Christian relationship developed … Read more and listen Anybody Here
As promised yesterday, here is Joyful Voices of Inspiration singing one of Douglas Miller’s compositions, “Unspeakable Joy”. I love this song because is it fresh and original and pushes out the bounds of the contemporary gospel sound…and James Early on keyboard, the second keyboard/organ and the band sound great.
This song by Douglas Miller is performed by Mattie Moss Clark, mother of the fabulous Clark Sisters from Detroit and served as head of the music ministry for The Church of God in Christ for years. Douglas Miller was born on December 31, 1949 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was reared in the church singing in … Read more and listen How Long Has It Been Since You Prayed