Mary Mary are actually sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina Atkins-Campbell. Formed in 1998, Mary Mary was launched into mainstream recognition following the release of their best-selling debut album, Thankful, which contained not only this track but the hit single “Shackles (Praise You)”. Their followup album Incredible (2002), reached number one on the Top Gospel Albums chart. Their third album, Mary Mary (2005), contains the worldwide hits “Heaven”, and “Yesterday”. The group’s name is inspired by two famous Marys from the Bible: Mary, mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene.
This is a great song, albeit a tad long at just over 9 minutes. If the first 4 minutes and 42 seconds don’t quite do it for you (I LIKE it…especially the echo/reverb effect on “money’s gone”), then head right for 4 minute+ vamp. I love it; nothing special or gimmicky, just good out call and response gospel. Enjoy
His Name Is JesusRev. Gerald Thompson & The Hi-Prayz Crusade Choir9:30
Oh my!! I have a NEW favorite song I just stumbled across a few days ago and I can’t stop listening to it!! It is a bit of a mash up of several genres and gospel styles and it all works soooo well. AND, every now and again, pay attention to the bassline…it’s awesome as well. I’d love to hear some comments as to what YOU think of the song; my taste in music can be a bit….how do you say….different!
I m Going All The WayRev. Maceo Woods & Christian Tabernacle Good News Broadcast Choir5:52
This is a great old school sounding song going back to 1978 when traditional gospel was still very much in style, but you can hear the jazz/blues/contemporary influence.. Nice B3 and piano and the high wailing sopranos are classic.
I Don't Know What I'd Do Without The LordPool of Bethesda CLGI Choir3:52
Thought this song might be appropriate since yet ANOTHER rainy day is in the forecast!
Holy Spirit, Rain on me! Pour on me!
Rain On MeUnited Voices Of Worship4:35
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Jessie Obanner started this group in 1994 and recorded the album titled “Rain On Me”. It was a great start of a powerhouse unit of young people and musicians ready to take on the world. The choir would rehearse all day and later go to a studio in High Point, NC. On the night of the CD Release, Hezekiah Walker was the featured guest along with his choir.
There are SO many songs about giving thanks that it is hard to whittle them down so I can post two or three each day this week, but I think I have some real gems here.
To kick things off I’m introducing my new favorite gospel song. I can’t find the lyrics online, can’t Shazam it, it’s not on iTunes. What the heck..so what.
O Give ThanksCharles Nicks and The St. James Baptist Church Choir4:02
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Clearly not your typical gospel song, the intro starts out with an intro of organ and HARP..a REAL harp I think (not electronic) with the choir falling in with some ooooh’s. That’s different.
This gives way to the verse and chorus that has a sort of Duke Ellington “Come Sunday” vibe married with a Broadway show tune…think “A Chorus Line”. All that is followed be a lyrically simple bridge of “Loo Loo Loo Loo Loo’s, but the bridge tune isn’t’ simple. It goes a couple of places you don’t think it will, and then the song returns and repeats the verse/chorus/bridge a couple of times. Finally the bridge gives way to a build that starts with the men and that runs into the final vamp. The song ends with an outro similar to the intro, but ends with just a simple piano instead of a heavy organ. BRILLIANT!
Because I have so many songs I want to share with you, I’m adding one more to this post. This is also titled “Oh Give Thanks”, but this is a simple praise and worship song lead by Judith Christie McAllister, often referred to as “The First Lady of Praise and Worship.” The group of only 12 intrepid JVOI singers who traveled to Holland in the summer of 2004 sang this song, beautifully!
ANY song from Walter Hawkins and The Hawkins Family is good…by definition. Walter was one of the very best at writing contemporary gospel songs that could pull at your heartstrings and make you weep. To wit: “What Is This” from 1980.
What Is ThisWalter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family6:12
“Young people, there’s nothin’ wrong with dancin’ for Jesus
But we can’t forget where we come from…
So if you don’t mind
Let’s have a little o’ church right now
Thank you, Jesus. Listen”
Classic Kirk Franklin reaching out his young followers to remind them not to favorite traditional gospel from back in the day.
I THOUGHT I’d posted this song before…but I don’t think I actually did, so here is a treat. Kirk Franklin did a version of Something About The Name Jesus and looked up an over the hill, quasi-forgotten gospel singer named Rance Allen. Rance’s style is unique in all the world, full of grunts, squeals, and high falsetto notes. The one song, featuring Rance Allen, revived his career and put him in a prominent place on the gospel map once again. This song is one of my favorites.
And notice the wonderful stereo effects throughout the song as voices come from the left and right, but mostly at the start of the song when the clavinet or Wurlitzer piano plays…the sound bounces back and forth from side to side beautifully.