A Brief Musical Tribute To Edwin Hawkins

Edwin Hawkins died Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the age of 74. Most everyone knows “O Happy Day”, but not many people know the depths of the wonderful music Edwin Hawkins (and his brother Walter) brought to the world.  Some of my favorite gospel songs, notably “Love Paid The Price” and “To My Father’s House”, are gifts from Edwin Hawkins.  Here’s a small collection of Edwin Hawkin’s music. Rest in Peace.

 

  1. Early In The Morning Edwin Hawkins Singers 3:11
  2. To My Father's House Edwin Hawkins Singers 5:41
  3. Love Paid The Price Edwin Hawkins 8:02
  4. O Happy Day Edwin Hawkins 5:11

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He’s An On Time God

I had a huge urge to listen to this song this morning and so you get not 1, not 2, but 3 versions of the song!!!  Let me know which you like best.  “He may not come when you want him, but He’ll be there right on time!”

 

  1. "Dottie People - He's An On Time God" Dottie Peoples 6:25

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  1. "He's an On Time God" Karen Wheaton 5:31

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  1. "He's an on Time God (Live)" International Ame Church Mass Choir 6:16

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Glorious

Anyone who traveled to Brazil with Joyful Voices of Inspiration in 2006 will never forget this song.  The choir sang it in concert as a combined number with a fantastic youth choir in Salvador de Bahia; it was an amazing experience.

 

  1. Glorious Martha Munizzi 5:59

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The song was written by Israel Houghton and Martha Munizzi and has as wonderful latin feel to it.  I can’t believe that after all this time I have yet to post this song on the blog!  Enjoy

Know It Won’t Be This Way Always

A classic Keith Pringle song from back in his heyday in 1981.  This song has a little Caribbean/Reggae feel to it, probably influenced by the new reggae sound pioneered by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton’s group The Melodians with their 1970 recording of “By The Rivers of Babylon” that was featured in the 1972 movie “The Harder They Come”.  Boney M. had a huge hit in Europe with a 1979 cover of “By The Rivers of Babylon”.

 

  1. Know It Won't Be This Way Always Keith Pringle 3:50

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Master Can You Use Me

From a unique recording of Rev. Timothy Wright (founder of The New York Fellowship Choir) singing with the fabulous Chicago Mass Choir comes today’s song, “Master, Can You Use Me?”

 

  1. Master Can You Use Me Rev. Tinothy Wrught & The Chicago Mass Choir 5:39

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Gospel director Reverend Timothy Wright has been involved with choirs on a regular basis for most of his life. Wright began playing piano at the age of 12, as he utilized his budding musical talents at the St. John’s Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God in Brooklyn, NY, eventually composing for the church’s choir. By 1969, Wright was playing piano for the late Bishop F.D. Washington, and it was from his tenure in Washington’s choir that Wright gained the attention of Rev. Isaac Douglas and the N.Y. Community Choir, for which Wright soon began playing organ for, as well as penning almost all the songs on Douglas’ 1971 album Lets Go Higher. In the mid-’70s, Wright formed his own outfit, the Timothy Wright Concert Choir, resulting in such releases as Who’s on the Lord’s Side and Do You Know the Light, and began playing with various other choirs across the United States. Wright also found the time to team up with Myrna Summers for her We’re Gonna Make It release, as well as forming the project Come Thou Almighty King, which is comprised of a 500-voice choir. Wright is the pastor and founder of the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Brooklyn, and since 1990 has been issuing albums on a regular basis, including such titles as I’m Glad About It, Moving in the Spirit, and Story to Tell; 1994’s Come Thou Almighty King was nominated for the Best Traditional Soul Gospel Grammy and hit Billboard’s Top 20 gospel chart. He remained busy into the 2000s, until July 2008, when Wright was seriously injured in a car accident that killed his wife and grandson; he died the following April at age 61. ~ Greg Prato

Christmas Gospel Medley – Jennifer Hudson

From an ABC Christmas special Jennifer did.  Enjoy.

 

  1. Christmas Gospel Medley Jennifer Hudson 4:00

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Amen

From the annual Christmas performance of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

 

  1. Amen Adam L. McKnight & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 5:07

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Speak To My Heart

So, as promised yesterday, here is Donnie McClurkin’s original release of “Speak To My Heart”.  The song was re-recorded and re-released on Donnie’s 1996 debut solo album, “Donnie McClurkin”.  The album also contained Donnie’s other big hit, “Stand

 

 

  1. Speak To My Heart New York Restoration Choir 5:48

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Come To Jesus

I usually don’t post really churchy/preachy songs along the lines of “Come To Jesus (Right Now)”, but the late Rev. James Moore is such a treasure, and the song is so good, I just couldn’t “hep mysef”.  So, without further ado, from Rev. James Moore in 1987, the height of his career before diabetes started to impact him, here is “Come To Jesus”. 

 

  1. Come To Jesus Rev. James Moore 4:15

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Heaven

The first time Boston’s own “Millennium Choir” performed in public was in the fall of 1999.  In addition to singing Kirk Franklin’s “Lean On Me” and Hezekiah Walker’s “Do You Know Him”, the group sang backup for the great Karen Clark Sheard on this song, “Heaven” when she performed at an outdoor gospel concert in Franklin Park.  I’m am honored to say I was a member of that fabulous choir.

 

  1. Heaven Karen Clark Sheard with Donald Lawrence 4:18

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