Sorry for the late posting; the power went out at 5:15AM and just came back on about 10 minutes ago (8:15AM) This song is so simple, but, like many great gospel songs, just sort of sucks you in. The singers include not only Donnie McClurkin, but Queenie Lennox, Sheila Carpenter, Vincent Freeman, and Duawan Starling, … Read more and listen Great Is Your Mercy
Some more good old time gospel, this time from Chester D.T. Baldwin. Although a relatively new recording, this song has all the feel of a classic traditional gospel song.
So, I don’t know if this qualifies as gospel or not, but I had to post it anyway. Yesterday on her Facebook page, Suzanne Buell, a new JVOI member, shared a video of this song and since then I haven’t been able to get the song and its rhythms out of my head. After looking … Read more and listen Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie
Ever been somewhere listening an incredibly moving song and seen people silently raise their hand in the air and just slowly wave it back and forth? The first time I saw it happen I didn’t quite get it, but one day while I visiting a black church I was listening to the choir sing the … Read more and listen If I Can’t Say A Word
Since Tony seemed to feel slighted by the meager 1 minute 46 second song I posted earlier today, I thought I’d post a REAL gospel song, all 13 minutes and 42 seconds of it. This is another track from Boston’s own Melvin Murphy with the Boston Chapter of The Gospel Music Workshop of America choir.
Here’s another version of Thomas Dorsey’s “Highway to Heaven” performed here by Rev. Donald Vails and The Celebration Delegation. This version was being performed as the processional at a church service. I love the intro on the Hammond B3 laying down these wonderful gospel chords with the Leslie unit screaming. The only problem with this … Read more and listen It’s a Highway to Heaven
Happy Friday. Get your woollies out for the weekend, it’s gonna be brutally cold! Another wonderful song from Richard Smallwood. He really does have a way with creating great orchestral arrangements to go along with his songs. It’s great how this opens with just percussion and voices and then builds from there.
Okay, some good old traditional call and response gospel to send you on your way today. So, put your hands together, crank up the volume (assuming the others in the house are already up!) and join in with the Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church Mass Choir. If you did have any doubt when you rose this … Read more and listen When I Rose This Morning
This cut, “Love Paid the Price”, based on John 3:16, was recorded live at the 1997 Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar held in Dallas Texas. If the first part of the song isn’t quite to your liking (although I do), go to the lead in to the three minute vamp starting at 4:00. Don’t … Read more and listen Love Paid the Price
A bit of L.A. progressive urban contemporary gospel with definite R&B roots from Detroit born, Deitdrick Haddon.