Here is a praise and worship song with a nice reggae/Caribbean vibe to it from Boston’s own Freda Battle. It was written by Herb Jones, a well known gospel music figure in the Boston area. I believe Herb is Minister of Music at Sharon Molden’s church in Brockton. Many years ago when JVOI was between permanent directors, Herb came to be a “guest director” for an rehearsal and it was a most memorable evening. He is a great musician, teacher, writer/composer and a wonderful person. I believe JVOI might have sung this under James Early’s direction; it sounds soooo familiar.
As I’ve told you many times before, I’m a sucker for children’s choirs, and this is a great example why. This is an offering for the Church of God in Christ (GOGIC) International Children’s Choir, and, for those that don’t know by now, COGIC takes their gospel music very seriously. This might be a “childrens” choir, but they are perfectly rehearsed and all-pro in every way.
The Highest PraiseChurch of God in Christ International Children's Choir4:42
A familiar contemporary praise and worship song with a great Caribbean/island beat. Wonderfully simple and straight forward…throw in a little Spanish for variety and modulate a few times and that’s all you need!
The Heritage Christian Center is a christian “mega-church” in Aurora Colorado. (Complete with valet parking and a Starbuck’s Cafe in the “lobby” of the church!)
Te Alabamos (Oh, Lord We Praise You)Bishop Leonard and The Heritage Christian Center Mass Choir4:33
This song features Dr. Judith Christie Mcallister, often referred to as “The First Lady of Praise and Worship”. (As previously noted, Byron Cage is the “Prince of Praise”. I love these titles!!) This is a classic Praise & Worship song that has a total of about 13 lyrics…”I’m gonna praise Him; Been so good to me, set my spirit free”, and Judith is a master at delivering these kinds of otherwise “simple” songs.
I'm Gonna Praise HimWest Angeles COGIC Mass Choir4:15
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Born and raised in Harlem, her father was from Jamaica and her mother from Barbados. Her mother was a church pianist and taught her daughter to play at an early age. She attended Oral Roberts University and in 1992 she became Music Director at West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC). In 2009, she was appointed the President of the International Music Department (COGIC), the position first established by the late, great, Mattie Moss Clark.
This particular song was recorded in 2007 with Judith fronting her West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir.
Sing along time! This is a cut from the old “Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir”, (predecessor to Joyful Voices of Inspiration) back in the day…well, 2000. It’s perfect for just singing a long and having a little “church” for fun.
Praise HimGeoff Hicks Inspirational Choir4:11
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For those of you who might not know the song, or who want a quick refresher, the lyrics are about as simple as they get:
CHORUS Praise Him, Praise Him Praise Him, Praise Him My Lord, blessed savior [you can substitute “Jesus” for “My Lord” if you care to] He’s worthy to be praised (2x)
REFRAIN From the rising of the sun Until the going down of the same He’s worthy, Jesus is worthy He’s worthy to be praised…. (Back to top)
CHORUS Glory, Glory Glory, Glory My Lord, blessed savior He’s worthy to be praised (2x)
REFRAIN (omitted from this cut, but normally part of the song) God’s is our rock Hope of salvation A strong de-liverer In Him will I always trust…
CHORUS Praise Him, Praise Him Praise Him, Praise Him My Lord, blessed savior He’s worthy to be praised
Newer praise and worship songs like this aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I LOVE ’em. I love the soaring guitar solo that picks up around 3:03 goes right to the end. The voices of the individual parts on the vamp are great too (love the audience feedback too!)
This song from 2001 was a huge hit for the Shekinah Glory Ministry choir, based almost solely on the exhortation/lead provided by William Murphy. It is songs exactly like this where William Murphy is incomparable. He can’t sing all that well, but he has these exhortation parts down pat.
I just recently learned that it is this same William Murphy who sings the exhortation on the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Mass Choir’s song “He Is Here“, a song JVOI did way back in 2002 or so.
Sorry for the late posting; the power went out at 5:15AM and just came back on about 10 minutes ago (8:15AM)
This song is so simple, but, like many great gospel songs, just sort of sucks you in. The singers include not only Donnie McClurkin, but Queenie Lennox, Sheila Carpenter, Vincent Freeman, and Duawan Starling, with each singer putting their own spin on the melody.
Since Tony seemed to feel slighted by the meager 1 minute 46 second song I posted earlier today, I thought I’d post a REAL gospel song, all 13 minutes and 42 seconds of it. This is another track from Boston’s own Melvin Murphy with the Boston Chapter of The Gospel Music Workshop of America choir.
Praise You For What You've DoneMinister Melvin Murphy & The GMWA Boston Chapter Choir13:42
Now that my power has been restored from Friday’s storm, I can continue my daily posts.
This song slowly sucks you into it until you’re totally immersed. The vocalist doing the fill, William Murphy, is a natural for leading this type of simple praise and worship song that builds and builds until the choir reaches a glorious crescendo at the end.
He Is HereFull Gospel Baptist Fellowship Mass Choir4:18