Climbing Higher Mountains

The Queen of Soul herself, the great Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin, showing off her gospel roots. She sang at the Detroit church of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, with her sisters Carolyn and Erma while growing up in the 1950s and she made her first recordings as a gospel artist at the age of 14. … Read more and listen Climbing Higher Mountains

At the Gate

A wonderful traditional song from The Georgia Mass Choir. The choir is so strong, their entries are always spot on, and their clapping (1:56) is always perfectly synchronized..it almost sounds like a clap generator. I love the great blues-ed/gospelized chords in the intro. A classic.  

Heaven

“Heaven”, another offering from Erica and Tina Campbell, better known as Mary Mary. As I was reviewing this post and listening to the song again, I was SURE I’d heard that exact same opening guitar riff before.  My encyclopedic brain immediately flashed on a song from 1970 called “Want Ads” by The Honey Cone.  I … Read more and listen Heaven

All My Trials

The story of spirituals and their role in the history of gospel music is rich and deep and continues to be a topic that is the subject of books, articles, websites and blogs. Spirituals were broadly introduced to the American public starting in the late 1800’s when The Fisk University Jubilee Singers began performing, first … Read more and listen All My Trials