I Know A Man

Rance Allen is has never been your typical gospel performer. He has a totally unique style and voice; it is a crossover mix of soul/r&b/gospel and a bit of pop. But it works for what it is…very different contemporary gospel.



  1. I Know A Man The Rance Allen Group 2:49

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Give Him Praise

This is a great FUNKY contemporary gospel song with a terrific sax part and great, simple vocals with great harmonies. The tag line “Give Him Praise” can stay with you long after the song is over! And the part where they exhort, “Praise him with the horns, praise him with the horns, praise him with the horns” and then the sax cuts in is fantastic.

I’m not always very partial to using saxes in gospel songs (with apologies to Willie Sordillo), but it works perfectly on this song. I know VERY little about Voices of Atlanta other than they make great music and have been around since 2001.


  1. Give Him Praise Voices of Atlanta 4:28

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

I’ll Wear A Crown

If you’re like me, you never get tired of this song. This is a version I don’t think I’ve posted yet…nice female quartet singing; not sure who the male singing lead is, but he’s wonderful too.

 

  1. I'll Wear A Crown Inspired Catholic Voices 4:59

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

In its Entirety – A Soulful Celebration/Handel’s Messiah

My annual re-post of a wonderful holiday treat for all of you. The complete album of the gospel version of Handel’s Messiah that culminates in the Soulful Hallelujah. What better music to listen to while puttering around the kitchen cooking and baking and getting ready for gatherings of family and friends. (Seems I re-post this every year, but it’s the best…and it’s really the only version of The Messiah I know!  Ooops…I know, I’m a cultural troglodyte! Oh well )

Have a wonderful day!!

P.S.  I’m off to Quebec City for the holidays today, so I’m “pre-posting” about a weeks worth of posts so I don’t have to remember to do it every day while I’m away.  I’ll resume LIVE postings on the 29th.  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!  R.L.

  1. Comfort Ye My People 5:47
  2. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted 3:43
  3. And The Glory Of The Lord 3:57
  4. But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming 6:41
  5. And He Shall Purify 4:36
  6. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion 3:53
  7. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive 3:58
  8. For Unto Us A Child Is Born 3:53
  9. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion 5:10
  10. Glory To God 4:54
  11. Behold The Lamb Of God (Instrumental) 4:35
  12. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates 5:14
  13. Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage_ 2:39
  14. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth 6:00
  15. Hallelujah 5:54

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

To Be Like Jesus

Great song with great harmonies written by two of the best known gospel singers in the world; Miss Albertina Walker and Pastor Shirley Caesar.

 

  1. To Be Like Jesus Evelyn Turrentine-Agee 5:21

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

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

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

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

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Magnify The Lord

  1. Magnify The Lord Vernard Johnson and the Central California Mass Choir 4:07

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

To my knowledge, there have only been a few solo gospel sax players that really got much notoriety; Angella Christie and Kirk Whalum come to mind.

Vernard Johnson can play for sure and over his career that went from 1973-1992 he recorded 11 albums of gospel soul-jazz-funk.  (His accompanist on piano is singing the solo harmony.)

In 1978 he release an album with the awesome title “Soul Metamorphosis: Rare & Unreissued Gospel Funk 1968-1978”