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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None Like You

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.

 

 

  1. None Like You Kevin Davidson & The Voices 6:39

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Jesus Will Fix It

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.

 

  1. Jesus Will Fix It Byron Cage & Purpose 4:29

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Calvary

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)

 

  1. Calvary Richard Smallwood and Vision 17:47

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My Redeemer Lives

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.

 

  1. My Redeemer Lives The Triumphs 2:22

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Any Day Now

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.

 

  1. Any Day Now (feat. BeBe Winans) [Live] Ricky Dillard & New G 4:04

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