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.
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.
ChangeBrother Henderson's FABULOUS Watts Community Choir2:15
It turns out, as I search the internet, that this is a forgotten song. There are MILLIONS of entries for songs (MANY different versions) like “I Go To The Rock” or “Jesus Is A Rock”, or “Jesus Is The Rock”…but nothing for just “The Rock” but one YouTube posting of the song from the 1989 Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention recording.
I’ve always loved it and I love the lyric, “in times like these, I go to The Rock.” Enjoy.
Some people have a problem with gospel because it goes into religious subjects many of us may not fully embrace…like the 2nd Coming. I don’t care at all about lyrics being challenging; I find them all informative at the least and inspiring at best. Case in point, this song from Dottie Peoples. I love it even though I’m not fully sold on the concept that “when prophecy has been fulfilled and the final trumpets sounds, there is one thing you can count on, every knee will hit the ground.” Just enjoy it for what it is; a very powerful song.
Byron Cage, although not one of my favorite gospel singers, did make some good music, thanks in part to a very close association with Kurt Carr who wrote many of Cage’s hit songs. Cage was dubbed the dubious name of “Prince of Praise”. This is one of his better songs.
A fairly appropriate song for Easter morning. I remember listening to this song a lot back in the ’90s and until today, I NEVER could fully make out what the lyric was that goes “if you don’t know by now, Jesus ____”???? NOW I get it…”if you don’t know by now, Jesus rose, and He lives”. Makes sense given the title of the song…duh.
Jesus RoseMilton Brunson and The Thompson Community Choir3:23
From the master, Richard Smallwood, a lovely, topical song, “Calvery”. Hang on, this is the LIVE version that goes on for 17 minutes including a HUGE praise break/holy dance session at the end. (You should SEE it…go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kTiJC1izuE)
As we enter Easter Week I thought it only appropriate to post some Easter related songs. Even if you’re not Christian and the Easter story means nothing to you, you can still appreciate some really great music. To begin with, an incredible live performance from the Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir from outside Philly. DO listen to the whole song…the ending will give you chills.
Vanessa Bell Armstrong has one of the more amazing voices in gospel. Powerful, controlled, always wonderful. This is one of her signature songs, “Nobody But Jesus”. Sometimes people publish the short version of the song, but one misses a lot, so here is the full 7 minute version.