Since today is the day that the Joyful Voices of Inspiration’s summer 2018 tour of Germany ends, I thought it only fitting to post a song titled “Going Home”. This song dates back to 1982. Traveling mercies to all of your headed back home today.!! Sichere Reisen!
Going HomeAlvin Dread & The Alvin Dread Singers5:24
The amazing Rev. James Moore. This man had the most amazing voice and he really was a soldier for the Lord, continuing to perform even after diabetes took his eye sight and put him in a wheel chair in the 90’s.
Moore’s last recording, entitled “Family and Friends, Live in Detroit”, from which this cut is taken, was recorded in the summer of 1999 in his hometown of Detroit, with some of his dearest industry friends and gospel notables, such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Rudolph Stanfield, and Darius Twyman. The album was released in early 2000, shortly before his death at the age of 44.
A great song…very down home sound. Nice sax solos and the choir sounds just soooo…SASSY as they sing. The song gets bigger and better as it goes on, crescendo-ing in the middle and pulling back for the ending.
Lord, You Been GoodAmos Davis & The Angelic Choraleers5:00
Can’t believe that I have yet to post this song. James Early taught it to Joyful Voices many years ago and we performed it at a concert at the Berklee Auditorium. I can still hear James saying “it’s blessn…not bless-ing…blessn!”
Our last post was from Tramaine Hawkins. Here’s a great song from the master himself, the late, great, Walter Hawkins. This was recorded at one of his annual “Love Alive” seminars and features soloists Shirley Miller and Yvette Flunder.
Full & CompleteWalter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir13:27
James Moore won stardom singing “You’ve Been Truly Wondrously Blessed”. He was inspired and coached by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and the Clark sisters and the Rev. James Cleveland. He began his career with the G.M.W.A in 1974, and went on to record many albums. Despite a diabetic affliction that took his sight in 1994 he still traveled preaching and singing where ever he went. He performed with such legendary gospel artist such as Lashun Pace, Rev. Cleveland, Frank Williams, Dr. Bobby Jones, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and countless others. In 1998 inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was nickname by radio announcers as the King of Gospel and was considered by many to be one of the greatest voices of our time.
You've Been Truly Wondrously BlessedRev. James Moore3:51
This is a great cover of an old song. Keith Pringle had a big hit with this in the 80’s.
Renaissance, under the direction of Dionn Maestro Owen originated in October 2001 as a mass anniversary choir that assembled at Macedonia Worship Center. After countless requests and much prayer, the choir as it is known today held their debut concert on January 19, 2002 at Middle Fork Christian Church. Renaissance is comprised of members from different churches in the Triad area. The choir ministers near and far and gains recognition wherever they travel.
A beautiful song from one of the great contemporary female gospel singers, Ms. Tramaine Hawkins. Tramaine was married to the late, great, Walter Hawkins.
She scored several hits as a solo artist in the 1980s while signed to Light Records and released now-classic albums, such as her 1979 self-titled debut, Tramaine; and its 1983 follow-up Determined. Songs such as “Changed,” “Goin Up Yonder”, “He’s That Kind Of Friend”, Jesus Christ Is The Way” and “Highway” quickly became staples and fan favorites.
Tramaine was briefly a member of the 1970s soul female singing group Honey Cone. Honey Cone later recorded the R&B hit “Want Ads” that made its way back into the gospel genre by being sampled on Mary Mary’s 2005 hit “Heaven“.
Della Reese was a founder member and the early star of this group, but by 1968 when this song was recorded she was long gone and the group was firmly based around the mighty Sister Earnestine Rundless and her daughter, Laura, who later had solo success as Laura Lee. Laura is featured on this cut which is a James Cleveland song.