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
At the January 4, 2016 JVOI choir rehearsal, (last night) our director Donnell Patterson introduced a new song to the choir titled “Great Is Your Name”. I hadn’t heard it before, so I Googled it and found it is by a South African group named “Joyous Celebration”. When I got home from rehearsal I did … Read more and listen I Love The Lord (Live In Cape Town)
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
One of the Clark Sisters, Dorinda Clark, singing her mother’s, Mattie Moss Clark, compostion. Mattie Moss Clark founded the music department in the Christ of God in Christ and help put COGIC firmly on the gospel music map.
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
Happy New Year!! Here’s a fun ditty from Drea Randle. Drea Randle has sung with the greatest and performed before the multitudes. Please, do not find it a surprise to hear that she is back and gearing up for her return to the music industry at-large . With nothing to lose, but everything to gain … Read more and listen Difference
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
This is one of the more clever gospel songs I know. Dottie Peoples has been around for a long time, but has never really gained first tier notoriety among the top female gospel singers. I’m not sure why; she has a great voice and the songs she chooses to sing are well written and well … Read more and listen First Class Physician
I’m back having had the most fun Christmas ever with my kids in Portland OR. Now it’s back to real work and to the fun task of adding more posts to the Song of the Day Blog. Today’s entry is from one of my most favorite choirs (favoritest???), the Florida Mass Choir. I’m not sure … Read more and listen Let The People Rejoice
As the last couple of days can attest, I’m taking some time off from posting new Songs of the Day until after we return from Portland on December 29th. Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. R.L.