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.
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.
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.
I’m back after a short hiatus. I’ve always said that one of the very best contemporary gospel groups is Ricky Dillard and his New Generation Chorale. Their work is ALWAYS outstanding and this cut is no exception.
No Greater LoveRicky Dillard & The New Generation Chorale5:51
Ricky Dillard and “New G – his “New Generation Chorale” has always produced the finest in gospel music. He is a wild crazy director and he demands perfection…and he gets it. Here they revisit and old traditional song of the church.
Oh How PreciousRicky Dillard & The New Generation Chorale5:37
Angela Spivey, the third child of Rev. Harvey and Vernice Spivey, was born on November 9, 1959. Angie, as she is affectionately called, grew up on the West side of Chicago and attended Lucy Flowers High School. After graduating from high school, Angie launched a career in the hair business.
Before getting deep into her academic studies, Angie at the age of 14 years old started a Young People’s Choir at her then and still home church First Corinthians Missionary Baptist Church, where she has served as minister of music for 27 years.
Worthy Of PraiseAngela Spivey and the Voices of Victory4:33
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As a successful businesswoman, Angie owned and operated a hair salon for 14 years. After laying down the “Hot Irons”, she began a career in Real Estate. Angie is now a Senior Loan Officer for Refinancing and a Property Investor.
In 1997, Angie and The Voices recorded their second Live Recording “In The Church”, and released their third Live Recording “Glory,Honor And Praise” soon thereafter. In presenting these three albums, Angie was able to birth her song writing talent with songs such as “Lo I’ll Be With You Always”, “Oh Lord Fix Me” (Arrangement), “It Shouldn’t Be In The Church”, Step Out On Faith” and I Want To Be Worthy.” Angie is also the lead singer on the song “So You Would Know” which has become the national anthem of the Gospel Announcers Guild of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Angie’s anointed rendition of this song has blessed many souls worldwide.
As promised yesterday, here is Kurt Carr’s other huge classic hit song, “For Every Mountain”. A female soloist knows they have “it” when they can master this song…and I have had the pleasure to know a few in the Boston area who can really SANG this song. The song is SOOOO powerful!! Enjoy.
For Every MountainKurt Carr And The Kurt Carr Singers7:24
Just when I fear I may be running low on great songs to post, I find I’ve overlooked yet another classic. I think I have a long way to go before I exhaust the supply of great gospel songs to share with you all.
This truly is a classic…and for good reason. It’s immensely singable and the ending, if you have never heard it, will REALLY grab you. I love this song. Kurt Carr really is a master at creating these kinds of easily singable praise and worship type songs. Actually he’s a master, period. His song “For Every Mountain” is one of the very best evah! (And, as I looked for the song to link to just now, I see I haven’t posted that song either. Tomorrow!!!)
In The SanctuaryKurt Carr And The Kurt Carr Singers6:11
“I know I’ll get my help
From the power in the sky”
This great song deftly skirts the edges of gospel with lyrics as that shown above. Not hard core religion, just a great message.
This phenomonal 40 member, 10 piece band group known as Sounds of Blackness first arrived on the scene in 1969 in Minnesota, but it wasn’t until 1971 that the group was solidified. Sounds of Blackness was the first real musical group to combine traditional African music with modern day American music, such as R&B and Gospel. In 1994, they came out with the album “Africa to America: The Journey of the Drum”, one of its most successful albums to date. With now-famed singer Ann Nesby-Lee singing the solo to this song, this hip-hop/inspirational song is sure to keep you tapping your feet to the beat.