We Worship Christ

Ricky Dillard and The New Generation Chorale…they never disappoint and they are always examples of the very finest in vocal execution.  In this song they are also masters of Dillard’s great syncopations.  “Clap your……hands,  stomp your…..feet, raise your….hands, leap for…..joy!”  And it all winds up with a great traditional vamp.

 

  1. We Worship Christ Ricky Dillard & The New Generation Chorale 6:44

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Give It To Me

As I look for songs I’ve yet to post, I’m amazed at how I’ve missed some of the great classic songs. Case in point; Rev. James Cleveland’s 1976 recording of his composition, “Give It To Me”.  For those who were with Joyful Voices when the choir first formed in 1999, this song was one of the first songs we learned and was part of our repertiore for several years…and with good reason.  It’s a GREAT song.

 

  1. Give It To Me Rev. James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir 4:06

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Fear Not

Another of my favorites. I always get encouragement when I hear this song; it’s so powerful.  The song sort of peters out at the end, and I’m curious to know how much longer it went on because I KNOW that the choir got louder and the lead resumed his exhortation again.  Would have loved to hear the WHOLE recording before it was edited.

 

  1. Fear Not The Florida Mass Choir 6:24

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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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Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is

A wonderful contemporary song from a choir started by Rev. John P. Kee in 1996. Kee was adjusting to his new role as pastor in Durham North Carolina and introduced the group as the extension of an outreach initiative of his church.

 

  1. Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is Inner City Mass Choir 5:48

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If I didn’t know better I’d think the song was by Ricky Dillard and New G because the diction, dynamics and execution of the song are perfect. But Kee has always been know as a VERY exactly task master, so it is really no surprise this song is so well done.

Kirk Franklin Tribute to Rev. Timothy Wright

Ya never know what you might stumble across on the web!  This morning I found a great tribute to the late Rev. Timothy Wright (Trouble Don’t Last Always) by Kirk Franklin and some wonderful backup choir…I don’t thing it is his “Family” or “God’s Property”, but no matter, they’re great.

 

  1. Kirk Franklin Salute To The Godfather Rev. Timothy Wright" Kirk Franklin 3:24

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This is a mash up of both Franklin songs and Wright songs (I edited it a bit)…it really doesn’t matter whose song is which; it makes for a great audio track. Oh…just so ya know, they mix in some of Rev. Wright’s vocals from time to time, as in the beginning where he sings “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”.

Witness

From the great Myrna Summers (An Uncloudy Day), a great uptempo song from the early 70’s.  The album this song is from is titled “Tell It Like It Is”…a hip 60’s-70’s phrase that also was the title of a single by Aaron Neville released in 1966.

If you are into great hand clapping, listen closely at 1:11…fantastic.

 

  1. Witness Myrna Summers and The Interdenominational Singers 1:49

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Forgive Me

It isn’t that I could care less, it’s that I’m careless with managing my time to make sure I make a post to the blog every day.  I’m making a commitment to be more diligent.  In the meantime, as the song says:

       Forgive me
       Renew me
       Lord, I’m sorry…

This is a beautiful, powerful, song from the great Rev. Timothy Wright and his Concert Choir, released in 1989.

Tragically, on July 4, 2008, Wright was critically injured in a car crash on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania; a crash which killed his wife and grandson as well as the driver of the oncoming car. He died April 24, 2009 as a result of these injuries, at the age of 61.  Bless his soul.

 

  1. Forgive Me Rev. Timothy Wright 5:54

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Lord We Give You The Praise

Heard this song while driving in my car yesterday and it caught me in a way I didn’t recall.  Maybe I was feeling humbled and grateful that Joyful Voices had been asked to sing with Barry Manilow this evening; maybe it was for all the other many wonderful ways my life has been blessed.  Whatever it was, I found myself singing, “For everything, Lord I thank you.  For Everything, Lord I give you the praise.” with renewed meaning and gratitude.

 

  1. Lord We Give You The Praise Dr. Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church Of Prayer Choir 5:02

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Another Day’s Journey

I love the sheer, raw power of LaShun Pace’s voice,  and this old traditional song showcases it perfectly. The simple dominant bass drum beat, the solo voice and the choir grab you at the start and suck you right in.  Other than the opening piano riff, the song is acapella all the way through until about 2:00 when the choir and the band come in for a brief vamp at the end.

 

  1. Another Day's Journey LaShun Pace-Rhodes 2:34

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