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
There is a reason why Donald Lawrence is revered in the gospel music world and that’s because he makes GREAT contemporary music. As one reviewer put it, “Those with an ear for high-powered choir music will thoroughly enjoy this one. “ I was first introduced to this song during the first and only season I … Read more and listen The Best Is Yet To Come
Sometimes you just stumble across a song you’ve never heard before that you just love. This is just that kind of a song for me.
Here’s an original composition from Geoffrey Dana Hicks, the “Father of JVOI” as it were. The first time I heard this song was one gorgeous summer afternoon at our hotel in Todi Italy during the choir’s first summer trip. A soloist and the sopranos and altos (on the oooooh’s & aaaaah’s) were rehearsing with … Read more and listen Thank You For Today
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”, 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
A great slow traditional song taken straight from the blues. Gospel music and secular black music has always moved in lockstep as genres morph and develop, and this is gospel “blues” at it’s best from my one of my favorite traditional singers/producers, Rev. Clay Evans. The song simply says, “If you make it in glory … Read more and listen Save a Seat For Me
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
It was fun going back and hearing The Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir yesterday. Let’s try one more. For those who have traveled with GHIC or Joyful Voices, you know that some of the most unforgettable moments and performances happen while on tour. Many of us who traveled with the choir to France in the summer … Read more and listen All in the Worship
Sing along time! This is a cut from the old “Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir”, (predecessor to Joyful Voices of Inspiration) back in the day…well, 2000. It’s perfect for just singing a long and having a little “church” for fun. For those of you who might not know the song, or who want a quick … Read more and listen Praise Him