Thanksgiving Week – Last Day

Every time I hear this song I say to myself, “the choir should learn this. It would be a great song to take with us when we travel out of the country.” The lyrics feature “thank you” in six different languages.  I did edit out two verses at the beginning because they don’t add much … Read more and listen Thanksgiving Week – Last Day

Thanksgiving Week – Day 6

Melvin Yancy began his music career in 1971, with The Independents, who were an American R&B vocal group.[5] The band disbanded in 1975, and he focused more on helping his spouse Natalie Cole, with recording and writing songs as her record producer. This was a powerful musical union because she won Grammy Awards for two … Read more and listen Thanksgiving Week – Day 6

Thanksgiving Week – Day 5

How can one celebrate Thanksgiving without this song?? For those who don’t know the story, the choir was singing at The Boston Home, a 96-bed nursing-care facility for adults with physical disabilities, primarily multiple sclerosis and other progressive neurological diseases. As the concert wound down, there came a small voice from the audience could barely … Read more and listen Thanksgiving Week – Day 5

Thanksgiving Week – Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving! The MASTER again, Richard Smallwood with his song of Thanks. This almost nine minute masterpiece, like “Total Praise”, leaves one drained and full of emotion. A beautiful, powerful song. Walter Hawkins, the Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor of Oakland’s Love Center Church, died July 11, 2010,at the age of 61. He … Read more and listen Thanksgiving Week – Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Week – Day 3

Evangelist Myrna Summers is the Minister of Music at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Glendale, Maryland. Myrna is the leader of the church’s five choirs, orchestra and is the Director of Reid Temple’s Mass Choir. Prior to joining and assuming her duties at Reid Temple A.M.E Church in 1999, Myrna was Minister of Music at … Read more and listen Thanksgiving Week – Day 3

Thanksgiving Week – Day 2

A little Thanksgiving sampling from Detroit Michigan, home of some of the best gospel in the world. Charles Nicks, Jr. [Charlie] (July 18, 1941 – July 28, 1988) was an American gospel musician and former pastor, organist, and accompanist of St. James Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Rev. Nicks released his first musical project in … Read more and listen Thanksgiving Week – Day 2

Thanksgiving Week – Day 1

There are SO many songs about giving thanks that it is hard to whittle them down to fourteen or twenty-one so I can post two or three each day this week, but I think I have some real gems here. Some of these songs the choir has sung in years past, some might be new … Read more and listen Thanksgiving Week – Day 1

Jesus on the Mainline

JESUS ON THE MAINLINE Another Alan Lomax recording from 1960. Raw, simple harmonies, with that wonderful downhome “quartet” sound. No over production here; this is good old unadulterated gospel at its best. From Quartet singing dates back to before the turn of the century, and some of the earliest recorded music features quartets. Early … Read more and listen Jesus on the Mainline