No Greater Love

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.

 

  1. No Greater Love Ricky Dillard & The New Generation Chorale 5:51

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Oh How Precious

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.

 

  1. Oh How Precious Ricky Dillard & The New Generation Chorale 5:37

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Worthy of Praise

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.

 

  1. Worthy Of Praise Angela Spivey and the Voices of Victory 4:33

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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.

(Source: Wikipedia)

For Every Mountain

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.

 

  1. For Every Mountain Kurt Carr And The Kurt Carr Singers 7:24

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In The Sanctuary

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!!!)

 

  1. In The Sanctuary Kurt Carr And The Kurt Carr Singers 6:11

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I Believe

“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.

 

  1. I Believe Sounds of Blackness 4:40

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You Don’t Know (How Good God’s Been To Me)

Some really fine old school singing from Dorothy Love Coates and The Harmonettes…this cut dates to sometime in the 60’s. Love this song, and love this sound.

 

  1. You Don't Know (How Good God's Been To Me) Dorothy Love Coates and The Original Gospel Harmonettes 4:54

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Jesus Be A Fence

Della Reese was a founder member and the early star of this group, but by 1968 when this song was recorded she was long gone and the group was firmly based around the mighty Sister Earnestine Rundless and her daughter, Laura, who later had solo success as Laura Lee. Laura is featured on this cut which is a James Cleveland song.

 

  1. Jesus Be A Fence The Meditation Singers 5:19

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Oh To Be Kept By Jesus

The Shirley Wahls Singers distinguish themselves by their close and magnificent harmonies and their songs are arranged with great art and refinement. All singers are talented soloists, who express themselves in a variety of styles, and possess a wide array of beautiful and contrasting voices.

Shirley Wahls comes from a rich family background of musicians, singers. By the age of three she was already singing in children’s choirs and Sunday school shows.

At the age of thirteen, Shirley made her first professional tour with her uncle Aaron “T-Bone” Walker as an opening act. After attending Toogaloo College, and the American Conservatory of Music, she joined and performed with such famous gospel groups as the Argo Singers, the The Ward Singers, and the Dorothy Norwood Singers.

 

 

  1. Oh To Be Kept By Jesus The Shirley Wahls Singers 3:42

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In the ’60’s she decided to form her own group, the Shirley Wahls Singers, and was able to attract some of the best living Chicago singers: Tecora Rogers and Ann Bridges, two renowned soloists, and Delores Washington, originally with the Caravans.

 

Jesus Will Fix It

There are a gazillion different versions of the song “Jesus Will Fix It.” This happens to be the song “Trouble in My Way” titled “Jesus Will Fix It”, presumably because it is in the lyrics.

The Caravans, including Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar and Albertina Walker, recorded this “slow version” of the song.  They had a big hit with a faster version in 1968.

 

  1. Jesus Will Fix It The Caravans 5:26

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  1. Jesus Will Fix It Albertina Walker and The Caravans 3:06

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