I’m Going All The Way

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.

 

  1. I'm Going All The Way 4:52

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

 

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.

Chorus:
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…

Repeat Chorus

Now I know better
It’s time to move on
My determination…
Is what keeps me strong!
Oh I believe in myself
Like never before!
Faith is the key…
To unlock the Door!

Chorus
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!

Keep on….keep on…keep on movin!

Vamp to end

Trouble In My Way (Unplugged)

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.

 

  1. Trouble In My Way (Unplugged) 2:15

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

 

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.

Could 2017 Be The End??

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??? )

 

  1. Baby Please Don't Go 5:39

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

He Shall Hide Me

Today’s offering is from the remarkably talented and energetic, Ricky Dillard and his New Generation Chorale.

 

  1. He Shall Hide Me Ricky Dillard and The New Generation Chorale 6:49

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Twinkie’s Organ Prelude (High Place)/Endow Me

I LOVE The Clark Sisters. And I REALLY love it when Twinkie just plays her B3.

 

  1. Twinkie's Organ Prelude (High Place)/Endow Me The Clark Sisters 10:06

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Today’s post is a two song mash up I made that starts off with Twinkie on the B3 playing a riff she calls “High Place”…a piece of B3 organ music that really does take me to a very high place. I love the chord progressions starting around 2:05.  This is followed by the entire group of Clark Sisters performing their song “Endow Me” live in Charlotte North Carolina (Yup, props to NC DP and Dana!).

Have a blessed day.

Shabach!

SHABACH – To commend or praise something or someone with a loud exuberant voice.  Song is based on 7 Hebrew words of praise.

Intro:
“Train up a child in the way that he should go
So that when he is old he won’t depart from it.
For out of the mouths of babes comes perfected praise”

Shabach, hallelujah.
Barak, praise the Lord.
Yadah, extend your hands.
Towdah, lift up your hands.
Taquah, means to clap your hands
Tehilah, means to sing.
Halal, means to celebrate.
Kara, means to dance

 

  1. Shabach! Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Mass Choir 5:11

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Amen

Adam McKnight is featured soloist for the finale of one of Atlanta’s favorite holiday classic events with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra called “Gospel Christmas”. This particular performance was the 25th anniversary of the event and featured special guest The Pointer Sisters.

 

  1. Amen Adam McKnight, The Pointer Sisters and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 4:04

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Go Tell It On The Mountain

‘Tis the season after all and time seems to be fleeting away, so it seems only right to throw a few holiday songs into the mix. This is a very nice, blues-ed up, old school arrangement of this spiritual from Kirk Franklin.

 

  1. Go Tell It On The Mountain Kirk Franklin & The Family 5:53

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Jesus Is His Name

This song is just the thing you need for a good post-Thanksgiving “I need a workout to get rid of that extra piece of pie” dance. Come on and join in on this one; clap your hands, tap your toe, stomp your feet, move your body,  and sing along and groove with Chicago’s own Ricky Dillard and The New Generation Chorale!  Somebody say “Amen”!

 

  1. Jesus Is His Name Ricky Dillard & The New Generation Chorale 6:35

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

Trouble of This World

A follower of this blog emailed me and told me of a group she knew of named “The McCrary Sisters”. (I LOVE it when people comment and get involved with the blog and the music…hint, hint.) I hadn’t heard of them before so I watched/listened a few of their videos on YouTube and loved them. She brought one song in particular to my attention; a slow blues-ed up version of the spiritual “Soon-Ah Will Be Done (Wid Da Troubles ob da Worl’)”. It IS great song and I am pleased to post it as today’s “Gospel Song of the Day”. (Take note of the great guitar work by Mike Farris.)

 

  1. Trouble of This World The McCrary Sisters 5:38

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

The McCrary Sisters are a gospel music sister quartet from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2010, with members Beverly Ann McCrary, Deborah Dianne McCrary, Regina Avonette McCrary, and Alfreda Antionette McCrary. They have released three studio albums, Our Journey (2010), All the Way (2013), and Let’s Go (2015), all on McC Records.

The four are all daughters of a former Baptist preacher, Reverend Samuel H. “Sam” McCrary (1913-1991), who was a founding member of The Fairfield Four. The four members are Beverly Ann McCrary, Deborah Dianne McCrary, Regina Avonette McCrary, and Alfreda Antionette McCrary. Ann McCrary is a former session musician for many gospel music artists, and Regina toured with Bob Dylan from 1979 until 1985.