Here is a beautiful rendition of this classic spiritual performed by an octet; all the voices this song really needs when you can sing like they do. It’s a wonderful thing when the bass voice comes in on the end of “sures you born” (:42). And to stay spot on pitch through the whole song is no easy feat either!!
One of the posts on this blog that garnered the most comments was a song by the Davis Sisters. People loved them. So, here are two more from The Davis Sisters. “Plant My Feet On Higher Ground” and a bonus cut just because I like all of you, “Oh, I Want To See Him”. Enjoy, have a super Super Sunday and GO PATS.
Plant My Feet On Higher GroundThe Davis Sisters2:34
This song grew on me…I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but the more listened, the more I liked it. Performed by The Canton Spirituals from Canton Mississippi, the song features a cameo from Ms. Albertina Walker, “The Queen of Gospel Music”. (Albertina died in 2010 at age 79). The Canton Spirituals sing in a slightly updated version of the old quartet style that just repeats and repeats and repeats the same phrase over and over, in this case, “I made it”.
This is a little hip-hop/R&B inspirational song from Sounds of Blackness, the same group that sang “Hold On (Change Is Comin’)”, a song that was in our repertoire a couple of years ago when we went to Argentina. (As a matter of fact, the travel choir sang “Hold On (Change Is Comin’)” as one of their numbers the Buenos Aires Gospel Festival, with Norris doing the solo, and the crowd LOVED IT!). But I digress.
I'm Going All The Way4:52
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Sounds Of Blackness have explored all forms of African American music since forming in Minneapolis in the early 1970s. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis signed Sounds Of Blackness to their Perspective imprint in 1991 and granted the group complete stylistic freedom. “I’m Going All The Way” was the first single released from the group’s third album, “Africa To America: The Journey Of The Drum.” that came out in 1993.
As an inspirational song, this one is right on. Here are the lyrics to accompany the audio.
Whatever it takes to make it… (uh –huh)
I’m going all the way! (yeah yeah)
I may be down sometimes… (uh –huh)
But I won’t be down always! (no no!)
I’ve had some problems
Heartache and pain
Tryin’ to find the answers
‘been rackin’ my brain
Oh but as I thought about it
Began to come clear…
To get myself together
Go on from HERE…
Now I know better
It’s time to move on
Is what keeps me strong!
Oh I believe in myself
Like never before!
Faith is the key…
To unlock the Door!
Whatever it takes to make it…
I’m going all the way (Yeaaaaaahhhh!)
I may be down sometimes (Sometimes…)
But I won’t be down always! (Not Everyday…Some days…oh but not Always!)
Whatever it takes to make it (whatever it takes…)
I’m going all the way (All the way! Wherever all the way is…that’s where I’m going!)
I may be down sometimes (down down sometimes…)
I won’t be down always (I won’t be down always! Always always)
Whatever it will take…to help you reach that goal!
Don’t give up HOPE!…I KNOW YOU CAN COPE!
Just move on don’t ever stop – just keep marching on! (and on and on and on)
Sing it sing it sing it!
Don’t you give up
Don’t you give up don’t you give in
Don’t you give in hold to your goal!
This is a song from a female trio from Fort Worth TX named “Perfect Praise” that was formed in 1993 by singer Shonna Stallworth. Shonna at 16, Shonna wanted to start a gospel group and originally found 11 other singers to sing with, but the group ultimately pared its self down to three voices; Shonna, her sister Trina, and her cousin Lolita Sheriow.
Trouble In My Way (Unplugged)2:15
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In 1999 they released their only album titled “Sanctified Soul” They received some recognition, spending two weeks on BillBoard’s Gospel Albums chart, topping out at #14. This is one of the “unplugged” cuts on the album where the singers reminise about some songs they know. I love how real they are while speaking about this song. The vocals, backed only by a keyboard, speak for themselves.
Over the past 13 months I have posted almost 700 gospel songs to the Blog and the streaming audio player. iTunes tells me I have 1,531 gospel songs in total, but many of them are snippets, rehearsal tracks, not so great tracks that only I might appreciate, etc….unusable songs…so, in actually I might have only about 1,200 good, post-able songs in at most.
Soooo…I might exhaust my supply sometime in 2017 if I keep posting at the same rate I have been. I could reach the end sometime in the coming year.
I KNOW what you’re thinking and feeling as a result of this shocking news, so I’m including a special bonus track that certainly will speak directly to your sense of impending loss. (If you’re not familiar with this rock gem from 1967, wait at least until the vocals start at 0:33…then you can turn it off! (Hey man, that intro is far out man, like pschyodelic, ya know??? )