I Won’t Complain

A few of the the fabulous Clark Sisters..at least Twinkie and Karen, traveled to Florida in 1996 to have a concert with The Florida A&M University Choir. The event was taped and recorded and it was quite something.

This is the classic song “I Won’t Complain” that was first popularized by the late Rev. Paul Jones. Karen Clark-Sheard is singing the lead vocal, and her vocal “olympics” are always quite something. This version is uptempo when the choir cuts in which is a nice contrast to Karen’s voice.

  1. I Won't Complain Twinkie Clark and Florida A&M University 4:37

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It’s Another Day’s Journey

Here’s a classic from James Bignon’s Georgia Mass Choir. I’ve posted the version of this song recorded by LaShun Pace Rhodes, but that was released in 1998, 11 years after this recording was made.

  1. It's Another Days Journey Georgia Mass Choir 3:28

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Something About God’s Grace

So here we have the same song from two choirs both brought to America’s attention by Rev. James Cleveland; The Charles Fold Singers and The Donald Vail Choraleers.

So, the question for today is, how far into the song do you have to go until you figure out the tune or song that THIS song was based on. You’ll know when you hear it…the riff/chord structure just makes you think…”I KNOW that…it’s from….uh…________!!!! (You fill in the blank.) So, two versions of the same song, each given their own unique treatment by the artist.

  1. Something About God's Grace James Cleveland Presents The Donald Vails Choraleers 4:20
  2. Something About God's Grace Rev. James Cleveland & The Charles Fold Singers 5:17

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Lord Give Me A Patient Spirit

Here is a real oldie from on of Rev. James Cleveland’s early choirs, The Southern California Community Choir. This is real deal gospel, from the roots of old school mass choir recordings.

  1. Lord Give Me A Patient Spirit Rev. James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir 4:19

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Glad About It

I had this song in my iTunes library, but it had no info as to artist and album…so I did a bit of research. It’s by Joe Pace and The Colorado Mass Choir and it features great vocals by Alicia Williamson & Maurice Carter. Another version of this song was a huge hit for LaShun Pace Rhodes

  1. Glad About It Joe Pace & The Colorado Mass Choir 4:19

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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

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Walk With Me Lord

A while ago I posted a version of Tina Turner singing this song, but this might be even better. It features Bishop G. E. Patterson.

Growing up on Orleans street in the Lauderdale Sub neighborhood of Memphis, he was saved at 11 years old at a revival held in Holy Temple COGIC. Holy Temple COGIC was founded by his father. Later he moved with his family to Detroit, where his father pastored a second church New Jerusalem COGIC. At the age of 16, he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and answered his call to ministry in 1956 while he was only 16 years old at New Jerusalem. On November 14, 2000, Patterson was elected as Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ and he served until his death in 2007…a year after this recording was released.


  1. Walk With Me Lord Bishop G. E. Patterson 5:57

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Can’t Give Up Now

Mary Mary are actually sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina Atkins-Campbell. Formed in 1998, Mary Mary was launched into mainstream recognition following the release of their best-selling debut album, Thankful, which contained not only this track but the hit single “Shackles (Praise You)”. Their followup album Incredible (2002), reached number one on the Top Gospel Albums chart. Their third album, Mary Mary (2005), contains the worldwide hits “Heaven”, and “Yesterday”. The group’s name is inspired by two famous Marys from the Bible: Mary, mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene.


  1. Can't Give Up Now Mary Mary 4:59

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When The Battle Is Over

This is a classic Georgia Mass song; not sure why I haven’t posted it until now.  Just too many good gospel songs to be had I guess!!


  1. When The Battle Is Over Georgia Mass Choir 5:43

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I’m Going All The Way

Oh my!!  I have a NEW favorite song I just stumbled across a few days ago and I can’t stop listening to it!!  It is a bit of a mash up of several genres and gospel styles and it all works soooo well. AND, every now and again, pay attention to the bassline…it’s awesome as well.  I’d love to hear some comments as to what YOU think of the song; my taste in music can be a bit….how do you say….different!

ENJOY!!!

  1. I m Going All The Way Rev. Maceo Woods & Christian Tabernacle Good News Broadcast Choir 5:52

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