Jesus Is The Best Thing (That Ever Happened To Me)

So, as promised, I’m continuing on with the theme of secular songs that crossed over to gospel. On the heels of Gladys Knights huge hit of ,”You’re The Best Thing (That Ever Happened to Me)” in 1974,  James Cleveland and The Charles Fold Singers from Cincinnati Ohio changed up the song a bit and recorded … Read more and listen Jesus Is The Best Thing (That Ever Happened To Me)

Something about this song…

When I first heard this song something in my head starting going “I’ve heard some of these riffs and chord progressions before…but why do I know them?” Well, eventually it came to me, and I think it will come to you too as you listen. If not, I’ve added a BIG hint to the song … Read more and listen Something about this song…

Safe In His Arms/Long As I Got King Jesus

A twofer today from Vickie Winans. The seventh of twelve children, Vickie was born in Detroit, Michigan to Mattie A. Bowman, a housewife, and Aaron Bowman, a father who worked at various times as a laborer, contractor, carpenter and mason. She began singing in church – the International Gospel Center – at the age of … Read more and listen Safe In His Arms/Long As I Got King Jesus


Again, there’s ALWAYS a story! In the early 1960s, during the height of Motown influence on pop culture, Robert Lumzy began to teach his daughters all about Rock n’ Roll. In a small five-room house in Columbia, Mississippi, his daughters would croon, harmonize, and snap their fingers to the beat as guitar player Lumzy mapped … Read more and listen Precious

He Is Preparing Me

Many of us are familiar with this song as performed by gospel legend Daryl Coley, but here is a version sung by a soloist in the Wilmington-Chester (PA) Mass Choir that deserves props as well. For those of you who might be new to JVOI, the choir sang this song several years ago and it … Read more and listen He Is Preparing Me

The Blood…

Not always the most pleasant subject, theme of the precious blood of Jesus has always been a part of gospel music. Rather than ignore the subject because it might not still well with some people, I just want to say that some of my favorite songs, musically, revolve around the subject. So… I’m going to … Read more and listen The Blood…

I Will Sing Praises

I’ve edited this song from none other than the master, Richard Smallwood, to contain only the ending vamp creating the world’s simplest, most infectious, most singable, praise and worship song ever. The song just says “I will sing praises, praises unto you.” That’s it. Add in a whole bunch of modulations, and viola! What more … Read more and listen I Will Sing Praises

Now I’m Saved By His Grace

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