Praises

From the ever talented Jeffrey LaValley and his New Jerusalem Young Adult Choir.  Very refreshing and different kind of contemporary gospel sound.  One reason I like the cut is because it is so raw.  The choir is not the greatest; they sound a bit “pitchy” (as American Idol judges might say) in places, but the song works nonetheless.

 

  1. Praises New Jersusalem Young Adult Choir 4:42

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You Saved Me From Myself

A different sort of contemporary gospel sound from Greg Kelly.  I like it!

 

  1. You Saved Me From Myself Greg Kelly & The Miracle Temple Mass Choir 5:24

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A Brief Musical Tribute To Edwin Hawkins

Edwin Hawkins died Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the age of 74. Most everyone knows “O Happy Day”, but not many people know the depths of the wonderful music Edwin Hawkins (and his brother Walter) brought to the world.  Some of my favorite gospel songs, notably “Love Paid The Price” and “To My Father’s House”, are gifts from Edwin Hawkins.  Here’s a small collection of Edwin Hawkin’s music. Rest in Peace.

 

  1. Early In The Morning Edwin Hawkins Singers 3:11
  2. To My Father's House Edwin Hawkins Singers 5:41
  3. Love Paid The Price Edwin Hawkins 8:02
  4. O Happy Day Edwin Hawkins 5:11

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All I Have I Yours

Not EVERY song from a genius is an absolute winner.  Case in point, “All I Have Is Yours” written by Richard Smallwood in 1982.  Although clearly “contemporary gospel”, it seems Smallwood was trying his hand at trying to crossover into either the pop or disco market…or both, with this song.  Not necessarily one of my favorites, but worth posting for what it is.

 

  1. All I Have Is Yours Richard Smallwood Singers 3:08

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I’ve Got To Reach My Goal

An “oldie” from the Gospel Music Workshop of America’s 1982 Convention.  It sounds a bit like an old Davis Sister’s song until the whole choir comes in, then it’s a whole different song.  I love it.

 

  1. I've Got To Reach My Goal GMWA Mass Choir 5:26

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Glorious

Anyone who traveled to Brazil with Joyful Voices of Inspiration in 2006 will never forget this song.  The choir sang it in concert as a combined number with a fantastic youth choir in Salvador de Bahia; it was an amazing experience.

 

  1. Glorious Martha Munizzi 5:59

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The song was written by Israel Houghton and Martha Munizzi and has as wonderful latin feel to it.  I can’t believe that after all this time I have yet to post this song on the blog!  Enjoy

Let Jesus Fix It For You

Gospel, arguably, has often been the “R” in R&B. A long list of soul icons, from Aretha Franklin to Gladys Knight to Otis Redding to Teddy Pendergrass…they all  have come from gospel roots. In the ’70’s and ’80s, The New York Community Choir was one of the more influential groups of gospel, bringing a more secular R&B sound to gospel music.  This is a terribly over-produced track with schmaltzy strings, but it turns into a good song with a strong lead vocal and a nice soprano showcase at around 4:00.

 

  1. Let Jesus Fix It New York Community Choir 5:54

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The New York Community Choir began in the first 1970s as an offshoot from the Isaac Douglas Performers, initially including some 100 members beneath the direction of Benny Diggs. Certainly a gospel ensemble, NYCC created a method that also offered secular R&B, spirit, and pop tracks a spiritual sizing, bridging Saturday night time and Sunday morning hours. In 1977, NYCC released a self-titled debut record, made by Warren Schatz, including the long lasting dance strike “Express Yourself.” A follow-up record, Make EACH DAY Count, was released in 1978. The band included Paul Shaffer and Richard Tee on keyboards, Jeff Mironov and John Tropea on guitars,

Jesus, That’s My King

Jonathan Greer was born and raised in Chicago, where as a child he ministered along his father; he later served as the church’s organist and choir director, eventually recording for the Nashboro label. Greer turned away from music as he accepted a pastorship in Nashville after which he took the position of pastor at  the Cathedral of Faith church in Atlanta. After a 12-year hiatus from recording, he signed with Malaco to release He’s Worthy in 1990, followed three years later by Just Jesus, the album this cut is from.

 

  1. Jesus, That's My King Dr. Jonathan Greer and the Cathedral Of Faith Choir 7:11

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Know It Won’t Be This Way Always

A classic Keith Pringle song from back in his heyday in 1981.  This song has a little Caribbean/Reggae feel to it, probably influenced by the new reggae sound pioneered by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton’s group The Melodians with their 1970 recording of “By The Rivers of Babylon” that was featured in the 1972 movie “The Harder They Come”.  Boney M. had a huge hit in Europe with a 1979 cover of “By The Rivers of Babylon”.

 

  1. Know It Won't Be This Way Always Keith Pringle 3:50

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This Is Another Day

Another great acapella gem from none other than Take 6.  These guys are untouchable; there harmonies and execution are amazing.

 

  1. This Is Another Day Take 6 3:24

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