Formerly Voices of Binghampton, the revamped Kevin Davidson & the Voices were a contemporary gospel choir based in Memphis, Tennessee. They issued their first album under the moniker, Celebrate, in 1998. Language of the Millennium (the album this cut is from) followed in 2000, and their third album, 2001’s Soultown USA, continued to incorporate elements of funk and urban contemporary into their exuberant sound. The albums Full Circle and Overflow followed suit in 2003 and 2006, respectively.
Byron Cage, although not one of my favorite gospel singers, did make some good music, thanks in part to a very close association with Kurt Carr who wrote many of Cage’s hit songs. Cage was dubbed the dubious name of “Prince of Praise”. This is one of his better songs.
From the master, Richard Smallwood, a lovely, topical song, “Calvery”. Hang on, this is the LIVE version that goes on for 17 minutes including a HUGE praise break/holy dance session at the end. (You should SEE it…go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kTiJC1izuE)
Sorry about not posting more recently, but I’m still without cable or internet at my house; I’m using my iPhone as a hotspot to connect my iMac to the internet to make this post.
This is a fun song only because I’m not sure I know of any other Doo-Wop gospel group. This sounds like it’s right off a doorstep somewhere in Passaic New Jersey in the late 50’s, early 60’s. Actually, this group may have been from Memphis Tennessee and an offshoot of Booker T and The MGs. What-ever, its a different kind of gospel song for sure.
A wonderfully simple ballad like song from Ricky Dillard and New G (The New Generation Chorale). Dillard is know for his faster, uptempo songs and the big sound New G can produce. (Jesus Is His Name, Every Knee Shall Bow, etc). This is a much mellow song that just seems to get into you and stay with you. This is a “keeper”. Bebe Winans helps out the verse as well.
Any Day Now (feat. BeBe Winans) [Live]Ricky Dillard & New G4:04
From Kirk Frankin’s 2002 Platinum album, “The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin comes this bright, snappy, gospel, hip hop, praise song (whew). This cut was recorded live in Houston TX in 2001. Great horns, and great harmonic build up by choir, as the dynamics of the song gather momentum. The sharp strummed guitar at the beginning sets the whole song up and the strident/blaring horns are really effective. Love the sassy sound of the female group that opens the song and then a fantastic deep bass kicks in. Wonderful syncopations on the “Brighter Day” vamp with modulations. I love it all.
Sorry for not posting much recently…a bit too busy recently.
I heard this song on my walk this morning. I’ve heard it before, but today I really GOT IT and understood the power and beauty of it. (I’m pretty sure The New England Gospel Ensemble sang this too.) Anyway, I think in the past I’ve often pushed the “NEXT/FORWARD” button when this song has come on and I’m not sure why. I listened to it three times back to back today…the ending vamp/chorus is great…typical, strong Smallwood music. I am a bit ashamed I haven’t posted this song before…it deserves exposure even though it is already a gospel classic in its own right. Enjoy.
Not EVERY song from a genius is an absolute winner. Case in point, “All I Have Is Yours” written by Richard Smallwood in 1982. Although clearly “contemporary gospel”, it seems Smallwood was trying his hand at trying to crossover into either the pop or disco market…or both, with this song. Not necessarily one of my favorites, but worth posting for what it is.