A two-fer today. This simple song is from Rev. Clay Evans, one of my favorite gospel artists. He doesn’t have a lovely voice, it’s rough and gravely, but he always picks great songs and the choirs that back him up are always top notch.
Happy Friday! Even if you’re not a big believer in salvation or being saved, you can’t help getting pulled into this song. Real deal traditional gospel. The soloist’s voice is a bit strident and shrill at times, but that doesn’t detract from the overall impact of the song. I love these older less than perfect … Read more and listen Now I’m Saved By His Grace
Some choirs just have IT. It’s not high production value or incredible voices, it’s the spirit that is so immediately evident. Here’s another classic gem from Chicago’s famous Lighthouse Baptist Church Evangelical Choir recorded in 1983.
A remake of Bob Dylan’s 1979 classic, featured in the 2001 movie “Boycott”. LOTS of funk here, including a complete horn section and a funky Stevie Wonderesque Clavinet.
This song has long been a staple of the Boston Community Choir and JVOI has had the opportunity to sing it jointly with a couple of choirs we have sung with. Unfortunately it has never become a bone fide part of our repertoire. I think it’s time to revisit that. To me, this song has … Read more and listen Psalm 27 – The Lord Is My Light
Back to some more roots gospel from the Smithsonian Folkways collection. This is as raw, basic, and good as it gets. This isn’t an old recording; it just sounds that way. The female lead singer is Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock and now curator of the Community Life Division of … Read more and listen Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
This song by Yvette Flunder just keeps going and going and for good reason; you can’t get enough of it. She is such a powerful singer and her City of Refuge choir is terrific. Rev. Dr. Yvette A. Flunder (born July 29, 1955 in San Francisco, California) is an American preacher, singer, and senior bishop … Read more and listen There’s Power in His Name (Pts 1 & 2)
This song is a little sappy and a little preachy about being saved by God’s love, but I love it anyway.
In case you’re wondering why so many posts recently, the snow storm is cranking up, Tucker is on the Cape reuning with old friends and Jack and I are holding the fort for the weekend…and posting to the blog. Born and raised in Mississippi, Lillian Lily has been singing in the church her whole life. … Read more and listen Pressing My Way
Melvin Murphy is a gifted Boston gospel musician. In 2006 he pulled together a group of great singers who called themselves The Boston Chapter of The Gospel Music Workshop of America to be “the choir” on a CD Melvin wanted to put together. (The group was never heard from again to my knowledge…too bad, they … Read more and listen Witness