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.
Love this song too…time to get your praise on!! The section of the song they call the “Praise Rock” (2:13) has a riff right out of the 1968 Top 40 and R&B #1 hit, “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell and the Drells from Houston Texas. (“We don’t only sing but we dance just as good … Read more and listen The Lord Is Great
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
The ensemble was founded in 1988 by James C. Chambers, who was also the founder of the Ecclesiastes Community Choir. Their debut album was issued in 1991; that year they were named Best New Artist at the Gospel Music Excellence Awards. The following year they won the award for Song of the Year for “I … Read more and listen You Can Call On The Lord Any Time
Scientists say that the icecaps in the arctic are beginning to melt, and they blame it on holes in the ozone layer. If they ever listen to the Alaska Mass Choir, they may want to quickly adjust their theories. With enough heat to melt icecaps on both poles, Alaska Mass comes through with Right Now … Read more and listen Great Joy
Okay, this isn’t gospel, but the Glide Ensemble IS a gospel choir…and more. I love this because I love the essence of the work. The poetry is by Janice Mirikitani (see below) presenting her two works “Who Is Singing This Song” and “Bad Women”. I LOVE “Bad Women”…worth a second (or third) listen. Back to … Read more and listen Who Is Singing This Song?
Sinikithemba Choir is an all-female HIV-positive South African choir. The only available CD is “Living Hope” released 2003. I had the privilege to hear them perform at Harvard’s Memorial Church when the group was on tour many years ago; a very moving event. I love African music and this song just grabs me when I … Read more and listen Who Is the Real Father?