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

First Class Physician

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

Let The People Rejoice

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

Because Of Who You Are

Martha Munizzi is a praise and worship leader who has crossed cultural and denominational barriers with her soulful singing, much sought after songwriting (she has had her songs recorded by Beverly Crawford, Alvin Slaughter, Clint Brown and a host of others), with an ability to lead others into God’s presence. Munizzi grew up singing southern … Read more and listen Because Of Who You Are