If You Ever Needed The Lord

A nice and different variation on the old song “If WE Ever Needed The Lord Before”.  I love the music of Rev. Charles Nicks and The St. James Choir.  Nicks and James Cleveland set the standard for gospel choirs in the 80’s and 90’s.

 

  1. If You Ever Needed The Lord Rev. Charles Nicks & The St. James Choir 4:15

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Are You Willing

There are soooo many great recordings out “there”; YouTube is a huge treasurer trove.  I have an app on my MAC that lets me automatically download just the audio from any YouTube video…it has made maintaining this blog easy.

Here is a great song I found a little while ago.  Starts off quietly, but by the end the soloist has really wound things up. It sounds like the song is over after about 6 minutes, but nooooo…it’s just getting started, and as it tails off at the end, I wonder how long the original recording went on!

 

  1. Are You Willing Trinity All Nations 9:31

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Lift Him Up

There are hundreds of versions of this song…different styles and tunes but all with the same lyric..

How to reach the masses, men of every birth?
For and answer, Jesus gave the key
He said if I be lifted up from the earth
I’ll draw all men to Thee.

This is a great uptempo song with an interesting slower bridge and then a pretty wonderful 2 minute (about half the song!) modulating vamp.

 

  1. Lift Him Up Gerald Thompson & Company 4:42

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Never

Good uptempo Chicago gospel

“I Won’t Give Up!  NEVER!!!
“I Won’t Turn Back!  NEVER!!!”

 

  1. Never Luvonia Whittley & Corinthian Temple COGIC Radio Choir 5:20

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I’ll Trust

This is a funky, urban gospel song that is really fun. It’s written by VaShawn Mitchell who many Joyful Voices of Inspiration singers know also wrote “Good God“. I really like the bridge when the the song becomes a bit more joyful and less hip-hop with the lyric, “For He can do anything but fail, my God can!”…it’s very Hezekiah Walker-ish. Time to get your groove on!

 

  1. I'll Trust Bishop Larry Trotter 6:30

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Things Have Got To Get Better

James Dewitt Johnson hails from Nashville and appeared often on Bobby Jones Gospel in the 80’s and 90’s.  I LOVE this song…”Things,  they’ve GOT to get better, for they can’t stay this way always.”

  1. Things Have Got To Get Better Dewitt Johnson 5:13

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(On The) Battlefield For My Lord

I’m back at my posting and I’m on a Charles Fold kick.  This man was one of the very best of the best and made some wonderful music.

In the comments section on YouTube there is one comment that sums it all up perfectly: “Lawwwd have mercy!!!! Sing it Charles! Can’t you see him carrying his armor and marching in? Siiiiinnnngggg Charles, I said siiiinnnggg it!”

 

  1. (On The) Battlefield For My Lord James Cleveland and The Charles Fold Singers 8:28

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None Like You

Formerly Voices of Binghampton, the revamped Kevin Davidson & the Voices were a contemporary gospel choir based in Memphis, Tennessee. They issued their first album under the moniker, Celebrate, in 1998. Language of the Millennium (the album this cut is from) followed in 2000, and their third album, 2001’s Soultown USA, continued to incorporate elements of funk and urban contemporary into their exuberant sound. The albums Full Circle and Overflow followed suit in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

 

 

  1. None Like You Kevin Davidson & The Voices 6:39

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Change

From the liner notes of the 1970 album titled “Bro. Henderson’s FABULOUS Watts Community Choir – We Need More Love”:

“Bro. Henderson’s Watts Community Choir was organized in September 1969 by Brother Henderson in hopes that the so called “Generation Gap” could be closed through the media of “Gospel Music.” The choir has been featured on national television on the Jimmie Durante and Lennon Sisters Shoes – ABC Network. Federal Prison at San Pedro, Valley State College, Loyola University, International Ballroom and many churches and auditoriums are among the places the choir has performed. Brother Henderson picked a talented, Christian young man as the choir director, namely – Dee Jae Rodgers. He writes all the songs for the choir and is only 22 years old. We’re expecting much more from our own Dee Jae Rodgers. 

 

  1. Change Brother Henderson's FABULOUS Watts Community Choir 2:15

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God Made Something Beautiful

Some good old James Cleveland music. Here he is singing with The Philadelphia chapter of the GMWA in 1983.

 

  1. God Made Something Beautiful Rev. James Cleveland & the Philadelphia Mass Choir 4:41

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