Hold Out

There aren’t many songs that bring me to tears, but this one does. Although it came out in 2012, I only learned of it recently and this version which I found on YouTube is as good as it gets. It is soooooo powerful. If you like the song, you’ll LOVE the video of the North Park University Gospel Choir singing the song in concert. (Link is below) Wow. Hallelujah and Amen.

 

  1. Hold Out North Park University Gospel Choir 6:27

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Song says:

So many nights, I cried.
For better days, I prayed for.
But through it all, I KNOW.
The sun is going to shine…
If I hold out.

 

Better

  1. Better Hezekiah Walker 4:31

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So, today finds me in update New York while I attend a 4 day gospel music workshop with my great niece who goes to St. Lawrence University here in Canton NY and who sings in the school’s gospel choir. Last night was the first of 4 rehearsals which will culminate in a concert Saturday evening in the performing arts center at St. Lawrence. There will be over 100 voices, a 7/8 piece band and the directors are remarkable. The school’s Asst. Chaplin directs the choir and the band leader and co-director and one of THREE keyboardists is one Mario Vaughn a musician with The Chicago Mass Choir.

At any rate, this is one of the songs from the repertoire, Hezekiah Walker’s latest, hugely popular song, “Better” (Think “Every Praise“). Like almost all Hezekiah songs, its remarkably simple and HIGHLY infectious…I’ll give you an earworm warning right now.

How Majestic

At first I thought the synthesized horns were a bit corny, but by the end of the song I came to like them and felt they fit nicely with the majestic feel of the song. Catchy song!

 

  1. How Majestic Malcolm Williams & The Voices of Great Faith 4:22

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It’s In The Air

Another great song from the late Thomas Whitfield’s choir, Thomas Whitfield and Company. The more I learn of his work, the more amazed I am at how many wonderful songs he wrote.

This song is based on the old traditional song “Over My Head”, the title being taken from the lyric, “…I hear music in the air”.  At 8 minutes long, the song isn’t short, but more than half the song is the vamp (with a super female lead doing the fills) that goes on and on and on and…

 

  1. It's In The Air Thomas Whitfield and Company 7:59

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My Liberty

The song that launched Yolanda Adam’s career from 1982.

  1. My Liberty Southeast Inspirational Choir 5:41

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Jesus Brought Me Out

While surfing YouTube yesterday, I stumbled across some wonderful music. There is a large black mega church in Landover Maryland named the First Baptist Church of Glenarden or, as it is fondly refered to, FBCG. This church has choirs galore and each is wonderful. Today’s offering is from the Young Adult Choir at FBCG.

 

  1. Jesus Brought Me Out First Baptist Church of Glenarden Young Adult Choir

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I’ve never heard the song before and it is different than most gospel songs…different in the way that say, “My Liberty” by The Southeast Inspirational Choir is different. (Ooops, I noticed I’ve never posted “My Liberty” on the blog. I’ll do it right after this.) Anyway, I love this song. You can be sure I’ll be posting more songs from FBCG…they have a LOT available on YouTube

Oops #2. Just found out that the REAL title of this song “Now I’m On My Way”.

Lord, You’re Holy

To make a long story…long. Last night after watching a few junky movies and part of a re-run of the Super Bowl, I started to channel surf, when I saw a show simply called “FWC Music”. Having NO idea what it was I tuned it in. FWC I found out stands for “Family Worship Center”, and this was a music show from the FWC which is the home mega church of Jimmy Swaggart Ministies out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

There was a group of about 8 featured singers back by a choir of HUNDREDS..really!! and they were just getting started on a song called “Lord You’re Holy”. WELL…I was absolutely blown away, and immediately started doing some research. The song was written in 2001 by one Eddie James, who, I found out is a black man who runs Eddie James Ministries. The song has become a very well known torchy anthem for both large choirs and litergical dancers. But I’ve NEVER heard it before.

 

  1. Lord You're Holy Prestonwood Baptist Church Choir 5:49
  2. Lord, You're Holy Mississippi Mass Choir 7:45

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Well, I’m HOOKED on it now. The part where the choir comes in after about 3 minutes is amazing.

I’ve included two versions I found on YouTube. One from the choir of the HUGE megachurch, Prestonwood Baptist Church (40,000 members attend chruch on their 140 acre CAMPUS!!!) and the other from the venerable Mississippi Mass Choir.

IF you want to WATCH, here are links to YOUTUBE videos of FWC, Prestonwood and Mississippi Mass performing the song.

Oh…and if you want to learn the song here are the lyrics.

 

Lord You’re holy
Lord You’re holy
And we lift You up
And magnify Your name
Lord, You’re holy
Lord, You’re holy
And we lift You up
And magnify Your name

As I look around and I see
All the works that Your hands have made
The awesomeness of You
And how Your love will never fail
Mere words cannot express what I feel inside
I can’t describe Your glory divine
But as a token of my love
This is what I’ll do
I lift my hands and cry…holy

Lord, You’re holy
Lord, You’re holy
And we lift You up
And magnify Your name
Lord, You’re holy
Lord, You’re holy
And we lift You up
And magnify Your name

There’s not enough words that I can say
To tell You how much I appreciate
All the wonderful things You’ve given me
Your loving kindness
Your tender mercies
It’s my desire to praise You
And tell You how much I love You
You’re worthy of all the honor
Lord You’re worthy of all the praise

I don’t know how
You can love me
How You could give me
So much mercy
You didn’t have to suffer and die for me
Way back on Calvary
But I just wanna thank You

I thank You
I thank You
I thank You

Wonderful, glorious, holy, and righteous
Victorious, conqueror, triumphant and mighty
Healer, deliverer, shield and defense
Strong tower and my best friend
Omnipotent, omnipresent, Soon coming king
Alpha, omega, lord of everything
Holy, holy, holy is Your name

The Lord Is A Wonder

Here is something from Ms. Dorothy Norwood, “The World’s Greatest Gospel Story Teller”. Released in 1999, this song has a little Caribbean beat to it and features The Wilmington Chester Mass Choir on backup vocals. The song was recorded live and released in two parts which I have edited together into one seven minute musical experience. Enjoy.

 

  1. The Lord Is A Wonder Parts 1 & 2 Dorothy Norwood 7:31

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When The Praises Go Up

A nice contemporary rendition of a song that has been given several different settings over the years. This is from The St. James Adult Choir from Detroit’s St. James Missionary Baptist Church. (Okay, yes, I love the B3 in the song too.)

 

  1. When Praises Go Up St. James Adult Choir 3:09

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Step Aside (Revisited)

I don’t know exactly why I love this song so much, I just do. In August I published a version from Shara McKee. Pastor Rob and Shara McKee are Senior Pastors of The Pentecostals – One Church, in Katy Texas just west of Houston.

Today I’m publishing Yolanda Adam’s original song, just to give her and the song some airplay

 

  1. Step Aside Yolanda Adams 4:06

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