Nearer and Nearer To My Home

A wonderful song from Pastor W.A. Treadwell & The United Faith Tabernacle Choir.  Great guitar accompaniment, and a nice surprise at 2:25

William “Willie” Treadwell was born in Anniston, AL. on February 28, 1931, to the late David and Limmer-Jane Treadwell. Bishop Treadwell was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 where we fought in the Korean War. He passed away in May of this year.  The following is from his obituary.

 

  1. Nearer and Nearer To My Home Pastor W.A. Treadwell & The United Faith Tabernacle Choir 5:53

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The Treadwell Community Singers was the first chorale group to be presented on the award-winning Jubilee Showcase telecast. The choir went on to record their first album in 1958 entitled God’s Crowd and won several awards leading them to be signed to Checker Records (Universal Records). The Treadwell Community Singers directly influenced gospel music in Chicago and touched the lives of hundreds of people throughout the Midwest. In 2010, Bishop Treadwell was honored with a Living Legend Award by Gospel Music According to Chicago.

During Bishop Treadwell’s life, he was very active in the NAACP, founded a number of community organizations, such as I Am Brotherhood and The Treadwell Foundation. He actively organized community feedings and toy giveaways in his community.

I Shall Wear A Crown – Revisited yet again!

Here is a 9 minute treat for all of you I found on YouTube this morning.  This is a fantastic recording of an unknown choir doing an amazing job on Thomas Whitfield’s classic song, “I Shall Wear A Crown”.  The wonderful soprano sax featured prominently in the intro is played by a young woman…the whole band is great. If you enjoy this audio version, take time to watch the video on YouTube; it can easily reduce you to tears when you see the emotions of the choir members.  Enjoy.

 

  1. I Shall Wear A Crown Unknown 9:00

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He Brought Me Out

They called Freeman Wilson Jr. the “Teddy Pendergrass of gospel music.” They also called him a “miracle,” because when he was born in 1941, he weighed just 2.5 pounds and there was considerable doubt that he’d survive. But survive he did, and he became an important force in the world of gospel music in Philadelphia and around the country.

 

  1. He Brought Me Out Philadelphia Mass Choir 3:08

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In 1967, he and James Ford founded Philadelphia Mass Choir, part of the national Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA). It was the first chapter of the GMWA and was hailed in a review in 1999 as a “renowned voice in gospel music.” “The Philadelphia Mass Choir has become pioneers for mass choirs all over the country,” wrote a reviewer.

The choir made a number of award-winning recordings. Its album “Everything Has Worked Out All Right” won a Gospel Stellar Award as best album of the year in 1987, and its “Never Gonna Give Up” received best gospel recording by the Philadelphia Music Foundation in 1989.

O Lord I Just Want To Thank You

Happy Monday morning! Here is a song GUARANTEED to get your motor running before you head out on the highway today looking for adventure in whatever comes your way.

There are uptempo songs and then there are UPTEMPO songs. This is one of the later.  Speaking for myself, I’m exhausted after just listening to snippets of this song.  The drummer must be absolutely spent, the bass player’s fingers must be ready to fall off, and I love the high pitched sopranos who let it go every now and then.

If you stand and move along with this song, I’ll excuse you from having to go to exercise class today.  Enjoy.

 

  1. O Lord I Just Want To Thank You The Sixth Jurisdiction of Illinois State Choir COGIC 6:01

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He Keeps On Blessing Me

Rev. Gerald Thompson & The Chicago Combined Choir never seem to fail to grab my attention. I just love their music.  This is a good Sunday morning gospel church song; the first four and a half minutes is the song itself, the remaining four minutes is one big Praise Break.  So get your dancin’ shoes on and have yourself some sanctified church.

 

  1. He Keeps On Blessing Me Rev. Gerald Thompson & The Chicago Combined Choir 8:37

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Total Praise – Instrumental

You know a song is great when it moves you no matter how it is performed.  I recently stumbled across this instrumental of Richard Smallwood’s Total Praise being performed at a Homecoming service in a small church.  I LOVE IT.  What do you think??

  1. Total Praise - Instrumental Elder Eric Brice (guitar) and Evan Brice (Keyboard) and the Experience Band 7:14

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I’m Going All The Way

I stumbled on a great song for today, an oldie from Rev. Maceo Wood titled “I’m Going All The Way”.  The song isn’t your basic gospel song; it has a jazzier swing to it.  Actually it reminds me, both in tune, style and vocal, of a Geoff Hicks song (I’ll post a few of those in the coming days). 

Enjoy this beautiful Sunday!!

 

  1. I'm Going All The Way Rev. Maceo Wood & The Christian Tabernacle Good News Broadcast Choir 5:52

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Hold On

There are so many songs about holding on to God’s unchanging hand (I think this is the third song I’ve posted with this title), and rightly so…it’s easy to find yourself in a place where you are discouraged, downhearted and about to throw in the towel. But the race is not given to the swift or the strong, but to those who hold on and can endure to the end.  Keep the faith and keep on holding on.

 

  1. Hold On Amos Davis & The Angelic Choraleers 6:41

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Don’t Last

One of the major recurrent themes in gospel music is that “things will get better” and “trouble don’t last always” so just “keep the faith”.  So here’s a song simply called, “Don’t Last”.

“I have a message just for you,
It’s in His word, I know it’s true.
It doesn’t matter what you’re going through,
I know the Lord will see you through…
Trouble don’t last
Trouble don’t last always”

 

  1. Don't Last Bishop Larry Trotter 5:20

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So Good

A nice piece of contemporary R&B gospel from Karen Clark-Sheard’s 2nd album released in 2002. Karen was of the members of the FABULOUS Clark Sisters from Detroit Michigan.

In 2001 Karen was faced with a life-threatening crisis when a blood vessel burst during a scheduled hernia surgery. Her doctors only gave her a 2% chance of survival due to her complications. After the blood clot was surgically removed, Karen fell into a coma. The coma lasted three and a half weeks, but she made a miraculous recovery. Despite citing hernia surgery, fans continue to speculate that she had undergone a gastric bypass operation which led to the complications of hernia and brain aneurysm because after the ordeal Sheard returned in 2001 looking 1/3 of her size.

Though the release performed well on the charts and Karen’s vocals were in excellent form, the slick contemporary R&B production was not openly embraced by her core audience of traditional gospel music listeners.

 

  1. So Good Karen Clark-Sheard 4:06

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