Every Knee Shall Bow

Some people have a problem with gospel because it goes into religious subjects many of us may not fully embrace…like the 2nd Coming.  I don’t care at all about lyrics being challenging; I find them all informative at the least and inspiring at best.  Case in point, this song from Dottie Peoples. I love it even though I’m not fully sold on the concept that “when prophecy has been fulfilled and the final trumpets sounds, there is one thing you can count on, every knee will hit the ground.” Just enjoy it for what it is; a very powerful song.

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  1. Every Knee Shall Bow Dottie Peoples 4:47

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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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Nobody But Jesus

Vanessa Bell Armstrong has one of the more amazing voices in gospel.  Powerful, controlled, always wonderful.  This is one of her signature songs, “Nobody But Jesus”.  Sometimes people publish the short version of the song, but one misses a lot, so here is the full 7 minute version.

 

  1. Nobody But Jesus Vanessa Bell Armstrong 7:03

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I Can Do All Things

One of my favorite songs.  This song was written by Elbertina “Twinkie” Clark, the daughter of Mattie Moss Clark who started the music program for COGIC (Church of God in Christ).  This version is directed by Mattie Moss Clark.

 

  1. I Can Do All Things COGIC International Mass Choir 4:50

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And, if you enjoyed the COGIC version, you’ll LOVE this one from Rev. James Moore.  His version of the song became pretty much “his” song during his long and illustrious career.

  1. I Can Do All Things Rev. James Moore 5:28

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Hallelujah (Live)

Tamela Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She was a featured soloist on several tracks while with Franklin’s group, including “Don’t Take Your Joy Away”, “Now Behold the Lamb”, and “Lean on Me”, the latter of which also included Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, R. Kelly, and Bono. She released her debut studio album in 2005. Her third studio album, Best Days was certified Gold by the RIAA, and lead single “Take Me to the King” was huge commercial success, and well as received Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance nomination.[1]

 

  1. Hallelujah (Live) Tamela Mann 4:40

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Mann is known for her role as Cora in Tyler Perry’s plays, including I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Madea’s Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and What’s Done in the Dark. Mann has appeared in movies including Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Big Happy Family. She recorded some songs on the soundtrack for Diary of a Mad Black Woman, including participating in the song “Father (Can You Hear Me)”.

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