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.
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.
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!
I m Going All The WayRev. Maceo Woods & Christian Tabernacle Good News Broadcast Choir5:52
Last night as I drove home from JVOI rehearsal, this song came on and it knocked my socks off. Why hadn’t I heard this before?? Whatever the reason, I had to share it with you all. It’s my new “favorite song”!
The first version is by Ms. Le’Andria Johnson who, not surprisingly, won BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel singer competition. This woman can SING and her album “The Experience” is beautifully produced.
If Jesus Can't Fix ItLe'Andria Johnson5:59
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The second version, the original as it were, is by The venerable Mississippi Mass Choir from an album they recorded live with James Moore at Jackson State University in 1995. Also a remarkable recording!
Absolutely classic James Cleveland. Everything about this song is soooo James Cleveland…his solo voice, the somewhat strident sound of the choir, the piano part, the format of the song. This is “The King of Gospel Music” at his very best.
Right Now Let The Savior Bless YouJames Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir5:02
ANY song from Walter Hawkins and The Hawkins Family is good…by definition. Walter was one of the very best at writing contemporary gospel songs that could pull at your heartstrings and make you weep. To wit: “What Is This” from 1980.
What Is ThisWalter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family6:12
“Young people, there’s nothin’ wrong with dancin’ for Jesus
But we can’t forget where we come from…
So if you don’t mind
Let’s have a little o’ church right now
Thank you, Jesus. Listen”
Classic Kirk Franklin reaching out his young followers to remind them not to favorite traditional gospel from back in the day.
I THOUGHT I’d posted this song before…but I don’t think I actually did, so here is a treat. Kirk Franklin did a version of Something About The Name Jesus and looked up an over the hill, quasi-forgotten gospel singer named Rance Allen. Rance’s style is unique in all the world, full of grunts, squeals, and high falsetto notes. The one song, featuring Rance Allen, revived his career and put him in a prominent place on the gospel map once again. This song is one of my favorites.
And notice the wonderful stereo effects throughout the song as voices come from the left and right, but mostly at the start of the song when the clavinet or Wurlitzer piano plays…the sound bounces back and forth from side to side beautifully.
Frank Williams sing lead on this wonderful song from The Mississippi Mass Choir. This is one of those songs you MUST let develop and listen to the whole way through because the ending vamp (starting at 5:00 and going on for almost another 5 minutes!!) is spectacular…promise!
Everyday is a good day to thank the Lord, and Sunday is an especially good day for it. Here is Frank Williams’ fabulous Mississippi Mass Choir with a classic from 1989. Give the song time to develop; after the nice opening solo the song builds as the full choir gets involved leading to wonderful crescendo as the song goes heads to the end. Not to be missed.