Brighter Day

From Kirk Frankin’s 2002 Platinum album, “The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin comes this bright, snappy, gospel, hip hop, praise song (whew). This cut was recorded live in Houston TX in 2001. Great horns, and great harmonic build up by choir, as the dynamics of the song gather momentum. The sharp strummed guitar at the beginning sets the whole song up and the strident/blaring horns are really effective. Love the sassy sound of the female group that opens the song and then a fantastic deep bass kicks in.  Wonderful syncopations on the “Brighter Day” vamp with modulations.  I love it all.

 

  1. Brighter Day Kirk Franklin 5:40

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I’ll Wear A Crown

If you’re like me, you never get tired of this song. This is a version I don’t think I’ve posted yet…nice female quartet singing; not sure who the male singing lead is, but he’s wonderful too.

 

  1. I'll Wear A Crown Inspired Catholic Voices 4:59

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God’s Got It

Whatever you want…God’s Got It!
Whatever you need…He Will Supply!

A classic from Chicago’s own Milton Brunson & The Thompson Community Choir. (Great popping bassline too!)

 

  1. God's Got It Rev. Milton Brunson & The Thompson Community Choir 3:47

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All Night

I’m taking us back to 2005. Pastor Alvin Darling and his group, Celebration released an album titled “You Deserve My Worship.” The name of this down-home, toe-tappin’  song is “All Night”.  Alvin Darling grew up in Newark, NJ and is currently pastor at Greater Mt. Zion Holy Church and Old Ship of Zion Church in New Jersey. This song has a very Southern feel that would make you feel like you was at your grandmother’s church in South Carolina. But nope, he’s from Jersey.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

 

  1. All Night Alvin Darling and Celebration 4:38

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Center Of My Joy

Sorry for not posting much recently…a bit too busy recently.

I heard this song on my walk this morning.  I’ve heard it before, but today I really GOT IT and understood the power and beauty of it.  (I’m pretty sure The New England Gospel Ensemble sang this too.)  Anyway, I think in the past I’ve often pushed the “NEXT/FORWARD” button when this song has come on and I’m not sure why. I listened to it three times back to back today…the ending vamp/chorus is great…typical, strong Smallwood music. I am a bit ashamed I haven’t posted this song before…it deserves exposure even though it is already a gospel classic in its own right.  Enjoy. 

 

  1. Center of My Joy Richard Smallwood 5:20

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