As I look for songs I’ve yet to post, I’m amazed at how I’ve missed some of the great classic songs. Case in point; Rev. James Cleveland’s 1976 recording of his composition, “Give It To Me”. For those who were with Joyful Voices when the choir first formed in 1999, this song was one of the first songs we learned and was part of our repertiore for several years…and with good reason. It’s a GREAT song.
Give It To MeRev. James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir4:06
Ya never know what you might stumble across on the web! This morning I found a great tribute to the late Rev. Timothy Wright (Trouble Don’t Last Always) by Kirk Franklin and some wonderful backup choir…I don’t thing it is his “Family” or “God’s Property”, but no matter, they’re great.
Kirk Franklin Salute To The Godfather Rev. Timothy Wright"Kirk Franklin3:24
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This is a mash up of both Franklin songs and Wright songs (I edited it a bit)…it really doesn’t matter whose song is which; it makes for a great audio track. Oh…just so ya know, they mix in some of Rev. Wright’s vocals from time to time, as in the beginning where he sings “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”.
I love the sheer, raw power of LaShun Pace’s voice, and this old traditional song showcases it perfectly. The simple dominant bass drum beat, the solo voice and the choir grab you at the start and suck you right in. Other than the opening piano riff, the song is acapella all the way through until about 2:00 when the choir and the band come in for a brief vamp at the end.
This is arguablely one of the best gospel recordings ever. Not only is the choir off the hook, but the lead/soloist is just an amazing, truly gifted, anointed gospel singer. Although this is a cover of The Edwin Hawkins Singer’s version, it deserves serious attention.
*(N.B. I hope you realize that the write up above is pure fiction. The only truth is that the song is a great song. For those how might not know, The Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir was the pre-cursor to Joyful Voices of Inspiration. This song was recorded in 2000, the group’s 2nd year.)
(Come and Go With Me To) My Father's HouseGeoff Hicks Inspirational Choir3:51