I Will Sing Praises

I’ve edited this song from none other than the master, Richard Smallwood, to contain only the ending vamp creating the world’s simplest, most infectious, most singable, praise and worship song ever. The song just says “I will sing praises, praises unto you.” That’s it. Add in a whole bunch of modulations, and viola! What more does one need in a song? Betcha can’t listen without joining in singing…just pick a part, or try them all.

Happy Sunday morning!

  1. I Will Sing Praises Richard Smallwood and Vision 3:37

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I Will Celebrate

Maranatha Music is christian praise music that started to appear in the 1970s.  By 1990 megachurches with large music programs were sprouting all over the U.S. and much of their musical liturgy was this newly coined christian music. (Not a bad thing, by the by.)

The song “I Will Celebrate” was written in 1990 and covered by the Marantha Singers in 1991.  I consider the Marantha Singers to be the Singers Unlimited of christian pop music.  Great catchy a capella arrangement and harmonies and great voices…and nice bass line!

  1. I Will Celebrate The Maranatha Singers 2:57

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Your Glory

The simplest of simple praise and worship songs…beautifully executed by Ms. Dottie Peoples.

“As Your glory fills this house and Your presence floods my soul, even now and forever more, Your name be praised.”

That’s it.

  1. Your Glory Dottie Peoples 6:09

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Yet Praise Him

Okay, up on your feet…time for a little praise dancing!!

Founded by Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr., the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Mass Choir numbered some 1, 500-plus members drawn from the each of the denomination’s regional bishops. Debuting in 1996 with “A New Thing, Experience the Fullness”, the choir returned two years later in 1998 with “Bow Down and Worship Him”. This track is from the “Bow Down and Worship Him” CD.   [Source: www.allmusic.com]

Yes, it’s very contemporary and very hip-hop, but the choir is outstanding and the vamp (starting at 3:42) is infectious as each part sings the “Yet Praise Him” refrain and then finally all join together as one [notice that, as is the case with most gospel choirs, that there are only three parts; sopranos, altos and tenors]  until the rather abrupt end (where one can’t help continue to keep on singing “Yet Praise Him”…which is fine because the audio loops right back to the beginning of the song!)

  1. Yet Praise Him Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Mass Choir 5:14

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Worthy To Be Praised

Angela Spivey (born November 9, 1959), is an American gospel musician and artist. She started her music career, in 1995, with the release of Victorious Praise. This this cut is taken from her 2000 album Glory, Honor and Praise.

This song grabs me every time I hear it. For one, it seems marvelously simple. It starts off quietly enough with wonderful dynamics, but then slowly rises and modulates, verse by verse, to a crescendo…only to have it drop back down to build back up again into a wonderful final exhortation and vamp…twice!!!

Magnify your name…we magnify your name, for you’re worthy to be praised
Glorify your name…we glorify your name, for you’re worthy to be praised
We adore your name…we adore your name, for you’re worthy to be praised
We exalt your name…we exalt your name, for you’re worthy to be praised
We lift high your name…we lift high your name, for you’re worthy to be praised

  1. Worthy To Be Praised Angela Spivey and the Voices of Victory 7:14

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My Help

This song was written by a rather obscure singer/songwriter named Jackie Gouche Farris. In an interview she said the song, although it is straight from scripture, came to her in about 10 minutes. THAT’S Divine inspiration.

Here are two versions; both are great. The first is by Bam Crawford and Bam Crawford’s Purpose recorded in 1997 and the other was recorded by Ronald Winans and Family and Friends (on this cut that would be Ron’s younger brother and sister, Bebe and Cece Winans) live at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit in 2005. Either version is guaranteed to bring a little tear to your eye…it’s a deceivingly simple, yet powerful song.

 

  1. My Help Bam Crawford's Purpose 7:44

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  1. My Help Ron Winans with Friends and Family 9:12

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Psalm 121

1  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5  The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7  The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

King James Version (KJV)

P.S.  Elder Ronald Winans (June 30, 1956 – June 17, 2005) – The 2nd eldest of gospel’s first family and member of Grammy, Dove, & Stellar Award winning gospel group, The Winans. Ron was also co-owner of Gladys Knight and Ron Winans Chicken and Waffles restaurant in Atlanta, GA.

I Came to Magnify the Lord

What is there to say??….I L-O-V-E everything about this song! This song has become a staple praise and worship song for congregations, church choirs and youth choirs. Wonderfully simple lyrics, great tune…takes about a minute to get it!

  1. I Came to Magnify the Lord Bishop Clarence E. McClendon 3:39

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Then there is an African children’s choir version I like better…I can’t find the original this clip came from ANYWHERE

  1. I Came To Magnify The Lord Misc 2:13

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Then there is a guy teaching the song on his Hammond!

  1. I Came To Magnify The Lord - B3 Misc 1:06

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I came to magnify the Lord, praise his holy name
Lift Jesus higher, lift Jesus higher
I just came to magnify; I just came to glorify; I just came to praise the Lord!

For He is worthy of all my praise….worthy of all my praise
Never will a rock cry out in my place, He’s worthy of all my praise!
I just came to magnify; I just came to glorify; I just came to praise the Lord!!

Thanksgiving Week – Day 6

  1. Thank You Rev. Marvin Yancy 5:49

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Melvin Yancy began his music career in 1971, with The Independents, who were an American R&B vocal group.[5] 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,[6] and this placed at No. 4 on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums.

(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Yancy)

Thanksgiving Week – Day 1

There are SO many songs about giving thanks that it is hard to whittle them down to fourteen or twenty-one so I can post two or three each day this week, but I think I have some real gems here. Some of these songs the choir has sung in years past, some might be new to folks, all are great songs.

  1. O Give Thanks Charles Nicks and The St. James Baptist Church Choir 4:02

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To kick things off I’m introducing my new favorite gospel song. The only problem is I don’t know who sings it. Can’t find the lyrics online, can’t Shazam it, it’s not on iTunes. What the heck..so what.

Clearly not your typical gospel song, the intro starts out with an intro of organ and HARP..a REAL harp I think (not electronic) with the choir falling in with some ooooh’s. That’s different.

This gives way to the verse and chorus that has a sort of Duke Ellington “Come Sunday” vibe married with a Broadway show tune…think “A Chorus Line”. All that is followed be a lyrically simple bridge of “Loo Loo Loo Loo Loo’s, but the bridge tune isn’t’ simple. It goes a couple of places you don’t think it will, and then the song returns and repeats the verse/chorus/bridge a couple of times. Finally the bridge gives way to a build that starts with the men and that runs into the final vamp.  The song ends with an outro similar to the intro, but ends with just a simple piano instead of a heavy organ.  BRILLIANT!

  1. Oh Give Thanks T.D. Jakes 5:04

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Because I have so many songs I want to share with you, I’m adding one more to this post. This is also titled “Oh Give Thanks”, but this is a simple praise and worship song lead by Judith Christie McAllister, often referred to as “The First Lady of Praise and Worship.” The group of only 12 intrepid JVOI singers who traveled to Holland in the summer of 2004 sang this song, beautifully!