God Made Something Beautiful

Some good old James Cleveland music. Here he is singing with The Philadelphia chapter of the GMWA in 1983.

 

  1. God Made Something Beautiful Rev. James Cleveland & the Philadelphia Mass Choir 4:41

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You Bring Me Joy

Originally this song was published in two parts on the 1989 two disk album “Hold On, Help Is On The Way” by The Georgia Mass Choir.  I took the liberty of putting the two parts into one 13 minute piece of great joy. The founder/director of The Georgia Mass choir was Milton Biggham, and on this track he invites in singers and performers from all over to take a verse..Frank Williams of The Mississippi Mass Choir, Reverend James Moore and many, many others.  I love this cut, I hope you do to.

 

  1. You Bring Me Joy Georgia Mass Choir 12:54

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May The Lord Bless You Real Good

One of the best concerts the Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir (the forerunner of Joyful Voices of Inspiration) ever had was at 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury, MA.  The choir and the audience were rocking!   Here is a cut from that concert back in 2000, an old James Cleveland song, “May The Lord Bless You Real Good”.

 

  1. May The Lord Bless You Real Good The Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir 2:53

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By The Grace Of God

From one of James Cleveland’s early albums with the Southern California Community Choir.  This is classic Cleveland all the way.

 

  1. By The Grace of God Rev. James Cleveland & the Southern California Community Choir 2:56

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Learning To Lean

Donald Vails is one of the gospel greats.  His choirs and “Choraleers” sang some wonderful music in the 70’s – 90’s.  This is a wonderful song feature a female trio of Millicent Nalley, Claudette Manners and Eleanor Butler.

 

  1. Learning To Lean The Donald Vails Choraleers 3:42

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(From Wikipedia) Donald Vails was born on December 25, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia as Donald Raymond Vails, Jr., whose parents sent him to a nursery school at Gospel Choral Union, and this instilled in him a love of gospel music and the piano. He was reared in the church in his hometown at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was leading a choir by age twelve, and after high school, as an eighteen-year-old relocated to Detroit, Michigan to pursue a degree in engineering at Detroit Institute of Technology. While he was doing this, he formed The Choraleers in 1969. Vails relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1985 in order to attain a Master’s Degree in Music at Howard University. During this time, he became a member of Ebenezer AME Church located in Fort Washington, Maryland, and this caused the churches choir to grow from 40 to 175 participants in the span of a couple months time. He established, Salvation Corporation, during his time in D.C., which was an 80-member interdenominational choir.

He began his recording music career in 1977, with the release of Donald Vails Choraleers with Savoy Records.His sixteen albums made the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart, for five of those releases.[Those releases are the following; He Promised a New Life in 1984 with Savoy Records at No. 32, No. 17 for Yesterday, Today and Forever with Sound of Gospel in 1986, 1987’s Until the Rapture at No. 11 with Sound of Gospel, In Jesus Christ I Have Everything I Need again with Sound of Gospel in 1990 peaking at No. 26, and 1994’s A Sunday Morning Songbook at No. 33 with Savoy Records. They would achieve a gold album certification by the RIAA and a Grammy Award-nomination for their 1990 album, He Decided To Die, with Savoy Records.

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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God Has Smile On Me

One of my favorite songs.  This song has been recorded by a whole lot of choirs and groups over the years since Isaiah Jones, Jr. wrote it in 1974.  For many years I thought James Cleveland wrote it since it is considered to be one of his signature songs.  It IS one of his signature songs; he just didn’t write it.  Here is Jefferey LaValley’s New Jerusalem Young Adult Choir singing their rendition of the song.

 

  1. God Has Smiled On Me New Jerusalem Young Adult Choir 5:49

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Hold On To God’s Unchanging Hand – Revisited

I’ve posted this old song of the church before, but here are two previously upoosted versions of the song.  The first is from one of the original “Caravans”, Shirley Caesar, and the other is from The Chicago Mass Choir; same song, different treatments, both great in their own right.

 

  1. Hold On To God's Unchanging Hand Shirley Caesar 2:56
  2. Hold to God's Unchanging Hand The Chicago Mass Choir 5:44

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A Man Called Jesus

Before I lose power AGAIN, I’m going to slip in today’s post, a great song from The Mt. Pasgah A.M.E Church in Jersey City, NJ from back in the 70’s. Not the finest recording, but good, real deal gospel.

 

  1. A Man Called Jesus The Celestial Choir of Mt Pasgah A.M.E. Church, Jersey City, N.J. 3:31

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“Got Spirit?” 2018 Gospel Workshop Choir in Concert

Recorded live March 3, 2018 in Gunnison Chapel at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.  This talented choir is the product of a four day gospel music workshop held under the direction and leadership of Shawn Whitehead, the school’s Associate Chaplain.  The amazing band is under the direction of Dr. Mario Vaughn, with percussion by Cedrick Throw. Shawn was ably assisted by associate directors, Catherine “Tricey” Gardner and Cheryl Ivy.  What a marvelous sound they made.

 

  1. Prayer 2:26
  2. Give You Glory Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 4:53
  3. Ride On King Jesus Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 5:14
  4. Better Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 4:03
  5. I Love You Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 4:45
  6. Our God Is Standing By Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 3:20
  7. It's Your Season Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 6:29
  8. Any Day Now Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 5:02
  9. Jesus Promise Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 4:24
  10. O Happy Day Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 5:00
  11. Hold Out Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 9:44
  12. All Night, All Day Got Spirit 2018 Gospel Workshop Gospel Choir 2:25

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