As I’ve told you many times before, I’m a sucker for children’s choirs, and this is a great example why. This is an offering for the Church of God in Christ (GOGIC) International Children’s Choir, and, for those that don’t know by now, COGIC takes their gospel music very seriously. This might be a “childrens” choir, but they are perfectly rehearsed and all-pro in every way.
The Highest PraiseChurch of God in Christ International Children's Choir4:42
James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir sang the processional song for the service that was recorded for Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” album.
This song, other than being way to short, has it all; a nice B3 intro, great vocals, great clean double clapping and one soaring high solo soprano note near the end. Textbook traditional gospel at it’s best.
We Are On Our WayRev. James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir1:59
Some good old traditional gospel for Sunday morning from Cleophus Robinson. Born March 18, 1932, in Canton, Mississippi Robinson he was an American gospel singer and preacher and hosted a gospel The Reverend Cleophus Robinson (March 18, 1932, Canton, Mississippi – July 2, 1998, Saint Louis, Missouri) was an American gospel singer and preacher. He hosted a gospel television series which ran for over 20 years. He was often referred to as “The World’s Greatest Gospel Singer” He died in 1998, Saint Louis, Missouri.
Soon I Will Be Done With the Troubles of the WorldRev. Cleophus Robinson4:53
One of the more unsung fathers of modern gospel is Thomas Whitfield. Although his songs are widely recognized (“I Shall Wear a Crown”, etc.), not many people know of Thomas Whitfield or his contributions to gospel music. Here’s a quote from his Wikipedia biography.
“Whitfield’s musical brilliance and influence has left a tremendous impact on today’s leading contemporary gospel artists; musicians such as protégé’ Rudolph Stanfield, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Byron Cage, Ricky Dillard, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Walter Hawkins, Richard Smallwood, Big Jim Wright, Edward Dawson and many others. He is still highly regarded for his numerous innovations during the eighties and early nineties and being one of the pioneers to master the usage of the MIDI-sequencing and synthesizers in gospel music; all helping to earn him his own style: the “Whitfield” sound.”
I'm Going All the Way With the LordThe Thomas Whitfield Company1:55
I kinda like the concept of being so committed to something that one feels like fighting for a cause, whether it’s the Lord, defeating Mr. Trump, or some other noble goal.
In my very liberal church we can’t song any songs that might have the word “soldier” in it…way too bellicose for our peace-loving folks. I don’t take song lyrics all THAT seriously, so it doesn’t bother me in the least.
So…all you soldiers out there (all 18 of you who subscribe!) put on your full armor of god, your helmet of salvation, your breastplate of righteousness, your shield of faith and take up your sword of the spirit and go “Fight the Good Fight, With All of Thy Might”. Amen.
I'm A SoldierRev. Dryfus Smith and the Wings of Faith Mass Choir4:46
The unique voice of the late, great, Rev. James Moore. I love this song; it slowly sucks you right in and then culminates with the choir coming in on the vamp while James does his “thing” at the end for a powerful ending.
For all of you who might be hankering for a shot of good old traditional gospel, I have just the song for you. Here is “He’ll Understand And Say Well Done” by Philadelphia’s renowned Davis Sisters recorded in 1955.
He'll Understand And Say Well DoneThe Davis Sisters3:20