God Made Something Beautiful

Some good old James Cleveland music. Here he is singing with The Philadelphia chapter of the GMWA in 1983.

 

  1. God Made Something Beautiful Rev. James Cleveland & the Philadelphia Mass Choir 4:41

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The Rock

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.

 

  1. The Rock GMWA Mass Choir 3:16

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Meet Me There

I’m SOOOOO excited.  I’ve been looking for this song for so long…a couple of decades, really  I’ve Googled the lyrics a zillion times (“If you miss me from singing down here; come on up to heaven, I’ll be waiting up there.”) and NEVER found the song, until today.

 

  1. Meet Me There James Cleveland and The GMWA Mass Choir 3:22

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This song was one one of the very first gospel albums I bought in 1985, James Cleveland and The Gospel Workshop of America – Live in Atlanta, 1984.  (I just stumbled on the song list this afternoon after all these years) All of the songs on that double album were dear to me, but this one always stayed with me. Written by a young Donald Lawrence, and complimented by the beautiful lead by Robin Rowe, I present to you, “Meet Me There”.

A Song In The Midst Of The Storm

You can always count on James Cleveland and The GMWA Mass Choir to offer up a great song.  Looks like I’m a day late posting this song, but it’s still great, storm or no storm.  This cut is from the 1985 Live recording from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

  1. A Song In The Midst Of The Storm James Cleveland and The GMWA Mass Choir 5:34

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Thank You For The Holy Ghost

A gem from the golden days of James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America.  This was from the 1976 Convention that was held in New York City. Soloist: Geraldine Carter. The song was written by Warren D. Hickman.

 

  1. Thank You For The Holy Ghost GMWA Mass Choir (New York) 4:47

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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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My God Is Wonderful

A gem of a song from James Cleveland and his California choirs from the late 80’s.  I love this song, it just kinda grabs me…it’s so “singable”.  I always marvel at how much great music there still is to be posted…after almost 900 songs I still seem to uncover something of interest every day.

 

  1. My God is Wonderful Rev. James Cleveland and the Northern & Southern California Choirs of the G.M.W.A. 6:15

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My God Is Wonderful
Words and Music by Rev. Quincy Fielding, Jr.

Chorus
My God is wonderful…
My God is wonderful
He saved my soul from sin…
He gave me life within
He made my joy complete
With Him eternally
My God is wonderful to me

Verse 1
He’s so loving
He’s so kind
He’s my Savior
And I’m glad He’s mine
When I was lost
Couldn’t find my way
He opened my eyes
Now I can say
My God is wonderful to me

Verse II
He healed the sick,
Raised the dead
Five thousand souls He led
When I was down to my last dime
The God I serve stepped in on time
My God is wonderful

Special chorus
My God is wonderful…
My God is wonderful
He saved my soul from sin
He saved my soul from sin
He saved my soul from sin
He saved my soul from sin
Saved (Saved)
Saved (Saved)
Saved (Saved)
Saved (Saved from sin)

He saved my soul from sin
He saved my soul from sin
He saved my soul from sin
He gave me peace within
He made my joy complete
With Him eternally
My God is wonderful to me

(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me

Okay, so I watched a YouTube video last night of The Trinity UCC of Chicago choir singing “(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me”.  That led to a serious case of earworm and that lead to this post; THREE (3) versions of the song, each of which I love.  For the version from the Trinity UCC, I spliced in a solo intro from another recording because I love that too…you can hear the change in quality, if not a bit in pitch, but it works..IMHO.   The version from the GMWA Youth Choir has the best fidelity, and the last version is good old time music.  Have a wonderful day.  And NEVER forget all the wonderful things He’s done for you.

 

  1. Never Shall Forget What He's Done For Me Trinity UCC of Chicago Gospel Choir 8:57

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  1. (Never Shall Forget) What He's Done for Me Gospel Music Workshop of America Youth Choir 6:36

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  1. (Never Can Forget) What He's Done For Me Eddie Robinson & Mount Olive Fort Lauderdale Mass Choir 5:56

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I Want To Be Used

From the days of the big mass choirs, the 1980’s, I bring you a selection from the Louisiana Chapter of The Gospel Music Workshop of America.  Often times these choirs are pulled together from local or statewide talent just to make and album and then they disperse.  But while they are together, they make big, beautiful music.

 

  1. I Want To Be Used Louisiana Mass Choir of GMWA 4:41

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Take It To God In Prayer

From 1977, a cut from the annual Gospel Music Workshop of America convention held in Kansas City, MO. Great traditional gospel.

 

  1. Take It To God In Prayer GMWA Mass Choir (Kansas City) 6:07

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