Jesus Be a Fence

Today’s Song of the Day is an updated version of an old James Cleveland classic, “Jesus Be a Fence (All Around Me Everyday Day)”. This version is by Fred Hammond and his group “Radical for Christ”. and if you want MORE, here is a great YouTube video of Fred performing the song live. Fred Hammond … Read more and listen Jesus Be a Fence

You Don’t Know What The Lord Told Me To Do

Many/most of you know Fontella Bass’ 1965 smash hit, “Rescue Me”…a HUGE hit from Chicago (oh, did I ever mention Chicago is home to some of the BEST gospel in the world??…but I digress…for now.) According to writer Robert Pruter in his book Chicago Soul, the song “Rescue Me” emerged from a songwriting and rehearsal, … Read more and listen You Don’t Know What The Lord Told Me To Do

Labor in Vain

This is real deal traditional gospel.  The soloist/lead singer is Reverend Jesse G. Bell, Vanessa’s father who is pastor of the Greater Mt. Everett Church of God in Christ in Detroit Michigan. After more than four decades on the gospel music scene, the legendary Vanessa Bell Armstrong still has the energy and contemporary R&B style … Read more and listen Labor in Vain

Better Days Ahead

My New Year’s wish to all of you…for “Better Days Ahead”. Dorothy Norwood is one of the venerable women of gospel and was a member of The Caravans in the early ’60s, a legendary group of female singers who all became gospel superstars in their own right in the years to come. The Caravans included … Read more and listen Better Days Ahead