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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Love Train

Okay, the O’Jay’s “Love Train” isn’t a true gospel song, BUT, it’s been covered by plenty of gospel groups including James Cleveland and The Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir. Additionally it was covered by The Boston Community Choir the year I sang with them at First Night. It was our last song and we kept singing as we processed out of the Tremont Temple…with the crowd going wild, singing and clapping and dancing. It was great fun!

So, here’s a tribute to a great song, LOVE TRAIN. For FREE I am throwing in a slower R&B version by a guy named Bunny Sigler, an R&B singer/producer from the ’70s. Enjoy.

 

  1. Love Train Rev. James Cleveland and The GMWA Mass Choir 4:41
  2. Love Train Bunny Sigler 7:01

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You’re Worthy Of The Praise

A wonderful classic from the 1993 GMWA Convention held in Chicago Illinois.  Great honky-tonk piano on the intro and, as to be expected, a powerful choir.

Put on your dancin’ shoes and get ready for some rockin,’ reelin’, hand-clappin’, raise the roof and praise the Lord gospel!

 

  1. You're Worthy Of The Praise GMWA National Mass Choir 4:04

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Jesus, He Never Fails

  1. Jesus, He Never Fails Rev. James Cleveland & the Metro Chicago Mass Choir of the GMWA 5:16

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One More Chance

  1. One More Chance The Gospel Music Workshop of America 6:13

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