Love this song too…time to get your praise on!! The section of the song they call the “Praise Rock” (2:13) has a riff right out of the 1968 Top 40 and R&B #1 hit, “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell and the Drells from Houston Texas. (“We don’t only sing but we dance just as good as we walk.”) If you know the song, you’ll recognize it immediately.
The longtime principal vocalist for the Mississippi Mass Choir, Lillian Lilly was born in Wesson, MS, where she began singing at age six; with twin sister Carolyn, as a teen she performed as one half of the Two Star Juniors, which later expanded its line-up and became the Traveling Stars. After the group disbanded in the early 1970s, Lilly returned to Mississippi to work in a local lawnmower factory; she continued singing gospel in her spare time, however, opening for the likes of the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Jackson Southernaires. In 1988 she was tapped to join the Mississippi Mass Choir, appearing on hit LPs including 1991’s God Gets the Glory and 1995’s New Creation. Lilly’s debut solo album, Gotta Have Faith, followed in 1997, and Other Part of Me appeared in 1999.
Melvin Yancy began his music career in 1971, with The Independents, who were an American R&B vocal group. The band disbanded in 1975, and he focused more on helping his spouse Natalie Cole, with recording and writing songs as her record producer.
This was a powerful musical union because she won Grammy Awards for two songs, and they were in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 18th Annual Awards in 1976 for the song, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”, and the following year in 1977 at the 19th Annual Awards for the song, “Sophisticated Lady (She’s a Different Lady)”.
His only solo release, Heavy Load, was released on January 1, 1985 by Nashboro Records, and this placed at No. 4 on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums.
Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972). Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel”. She became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers.
“I sing God’s music because it makes me feel free”, Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, “It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.” [Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahalia_Jackson ]
This is a “mix “of five songs from the two CD set “Essential Mahalia”; all recordings are live performances.
0:00 How I Got Over
6:03 Walk All Over God’s Heaven
8:38 My God is Real
12:14 I Can Put My Trust in Jesus
15:30 Elisha Rock