“When trouble come and block my way, He’ll be right there.
No matter how dark the day, He’ll be right there.
When I”m down He’ll pick me up, when I’m low He’ll fill my cup…”
Be Right ThereTimothy Wright & The New York Fellowship Mass Choir3:53
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A wonderful uptempo song from Rev. Timothy Wright and his New York Fellowship Mass Choir. I love the fat, popping, slap bass line at the start…let’s you know what kinda song you’re getting into. Because of the refrain, many people call this song “Hallelujah Anyhow”.
One of the MANY almost “lost” songs from Rev. James Cleveland. I just discovered that there are well over albums by James Cleveland and the various groups he sang with from his first album ” The Voices Of Tabernacle Starring James Cleveland – Today” released in 1959 though to the last album before his death in 1991, “Rev. James Cleveland And The LA Gospel Messengers”. This album is from 1979.
When I Get HomeRev. James Cleveland and The Cleveland Singers3:04
A Song In The Midst Of The StormJames Cleveland and The GMWA Mass Choir5:34
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THIS is why I love gospel music so much.
I often capture songs off YouTube or the internet without listening to them…sort of trolling to find songs that might be of interest to me. I keep the songs in a folder and then load them into an audio player where I can listen to a snippet of each song.
This morning I noticed this song, “A Song In The Midst Of The Storm”, a title I didn’t recognize. I took a quick listen, then jumped around in the track to see where it went and immediately got hooked on it. I wanted to know more about this song, so I began to look around the internet. Here’s what I learned.
This is track 7 from the 1985 album “The Gospel Music Workshop of America Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden”. The lead was sung by the late Robin Rowe-Stewart and the song was written by Donald Lawrence, founder and leader of fabulous The Tri-City Singers. Who knew?? I then wanted to know who Robin Rowe Stewart was. Here is an excerpt from a 2002 interview with Donald Lawrence I found on gospelflava.com
Donald Lawrence then went on to honor noted Tri-City Singer vocalist Robin Rowe-Stewart, who recently went home to glory, succumbing to breast cancer in February, 2002.
“That was and still is a very painful wound. She was really like my blood sister, we go back to the first grade, through to sixth grade and high school. She’s always been a part of everything I did musically, in GMWA workshop albums, PTL, etc. I worked real hard with her to posture her for her own solo career, which was one of the next projects on my plate.”
“Everyone always felt that Robin and I were destined to have successful ministries; we would sit and dream about everything I’m doing now. I still shed a tear when I think about how much destiny was in her and how the world will never experience it. She was the funniest person and know and a phenomenal singer…she will be missed!!”
This song by Douglas Miller is performed by Mattie Moss Clark, mother of the fabulous Clark Sisters from Detroit and served as head of the music ministry for The Church of God in Christ for years.
Douglas Miller was born on December 31, 1949 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was reared in the church singing in the choir. He went to the University of Akron, and while he was there Mattie Moss Clark trained him how to hone his craft, and presented him at Midnight Musicals put on by The Church of God in Christ.
Douglas Miller also wrote a song some of you may know, “Unspeakable Joy”…I’ll post that song tomorrow!!
How Long Has It Been Since You PrayedMattie Moss Clark5:12
As the world awaits the testimony of James Comey this morning, several songs came to mind for today’s Song of the Day:
I’ve Got A Testimony
Great Judgement Day
Trouble In My Way
All My (Upcoming??) Trials
Everybody Ought To Know
Give It Up
Let Us Go Into The House (or the Senate, as the case may be)
My Story Continues
One Thing I Know
We’re Glad You’re Here
What He’s Done
When He Speaks
but the one I chose is this real country gospel song from The Georgia Mass Choir, “They Got The Word”, with Mamma Mosie Burks singing lead.
Here is a magnificent, powerful duet with Myrna Summers starting off the song and then Rev. Timothy Wright joining in, followed later by whole the BJ Mass Choir. One of my favorite songs.
From a review by Michael Lyttle of the “Been There, Done That” album that this cut is from :
“Why can’t every Sunday worship service sound like this? Recorded live at James Temple in Cincinnati, Reverend Timothy Wright leads the B/J Mass Choir through a rollicking and rolling hour of gospel glory. When Wright isn’t lifting the roof off the house with testimonials like “You Are My Everything” and “Give You the Glory,” he’s moving you off those church pews with the funky grooves of “Been There Done That” and “Don’t Believe He Brought Me This Far.” With powerhouse vocals and a spirited backing cast, Wright continues to find new ways to use a gospel choir with his unique arrangements. The Brooklyn, New York, native is etching a mark among the genre’s finest talents with releases like this.“
You Are My EverythingRev. Timothy Wright & The B-J Mass Choir Feat. Myrna Summers5:49
Here are two very different versions of the old song “Trouble In My Way”. The first is from Castro Coleman who grew up making “quartet style” gospel music this version is presented in. Castro started out playing the gospel with The Legendary Williams Brothers, The Canton Spirituals and The Pilgrim Jubilees (all famous gospel quartets). He later started his own group The True Believers which launched them in the gospel industry with their album “In This Place”.
The second version is a perfect example of what comes from a sanctified church like The Church of God in Christ. Rip roaring, fully animated with hand clapping and lead by gospel great Myrna Summer, the song is filled with the Holy Spirit. Each song is great in it’s own right, but my heart lies with the COGIC version.
Trouble In My WayCastro Coleman & Andre Tate4:39
Trouble In My WayMyrna Summer and The Refreshing Spring COGIC Choir3:35