Walk With Me Lord

A while ago I posted a version of Tina Turner singing this song, but this might be even better. It features Bishop G. E. Patterson.

Growing up on Orleans street in the Lauderdale Sub neighborhood of Memphis, he was saved at 11 years old at a revival held in Holy Temple COGIC. Holy Temple COGIC was founded by his father. Later he moved with his family to Detroit, where his father pastored a second church New Jerusalem COGIC. At the age of 16, he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and answered his call to ministry in 1956 while he was only 16 years old at New Jerusalem. On November 14, 2000, Patterson was elected as Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ and he served until his death in 2007…a year after this recording was released.


  1. Walk With Me Lord Bishop G. E. Patterson 5:57

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I’ll Fly Away

Another great version of a timeless old song to add to the two I’ve published in the past.  The song never gets old and it always makes me think of the kind of life people have, whether incarcerated or imprisoned by life’s hardships, that makes them long to fly away to a better place.


  1. I ll Fly Away Rev. Larry Roberts & The Trinity All Nations Mass Choir 4:52

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Some bright morning when this life is over, I’ll fly away
To that home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away

When the shadows of this life have gone, I’ll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I’ll fly, I’ll fly away

Oh, how glad and happy when we meet, I’ll fly away
No more cold iron shackles on my feet, I’ll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away
To a land where joys will never end, I’ll fly away

I’m Going All The Way

Oh my!!  I have a NEW favorite song I just stumbled across a few days ago and I can’t stop listening to it!!  It is a bit of a mash up of several genres and gospel styles and it all works soooo well. AND, every now and again, pay attention to the bassline…it’s awesome as well.  I’d love to hear some comments as to what YOU think of the song; my taste in music can be a bit….how do you say….different!

ENJOY!!!

  1. I m Going All The Way Rev. Maceo Woods & Christian Tabernacle Good News Broadcast Choir 5:52

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I Don’t Know What I’d Do Without The Lord

This is a great old school sounding song going back to 1978 when traditional gospel was still very much in style, but you can hear the jazz/blues/contemporary influence.. Nice B3 and piano and the high wailing sopranos are classic.

 

  1. I Don't Know What I'd Do Without The Lord Pool of Bethesda CLGI Choir 3:52

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Thanksgiving Week 2018 – Saturday

A little Thanksgiving sampling from Detroit Michigan, home of some of the best gospel in the world.

 

  1. Oh Give Thanks Rev. Charles Nicks & The Saint James Baptist Church Choir 6:27

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Charles Nicks, Jr. [Charlie] (July 18, 1941 – July 28, 1988) was an American gospel musician and former pastor, organist, and accompanist of St. James Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Rev. Nicks released his first musical project in 1985, Come Unto Jesus with Sound of Gospel. He would release some albums while he was still alive, and others posthumously that would chart on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart. In the late 80’s, Rev. Nicks collaborated with many other gospel performers and composers and he became a close friend of James Cleveland.

 

  1. I Thank You Lord The Southwest Michigan State Choir 2:47

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In 1979 when this song was released, The Southwest Michigan State Choir of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) was under the direction of Mattie Moss Clark.

Juliet “Mattie” Moss was born the seventh of nine children to ministers Fred and Mattie J.Moss in Selma, Alabama. Moss began playing piano at six. By twelve, she had become the musician for her mother’s services at the Holiness Temple Church of Christ in Prayer and traveled with her mother to play at mission services, a trend she passed on to daughter Twinkie. After high school, she attended Selma University and received training in classical music and choral singing. Moss moved to Detroit in her early twenties to be with her sister Sybil Burke and became a member of Greater Love Tabernacle Church of God in Christ.

While with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, Mattie Moss Clark become the first person to separate vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor. She received three gold albums with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, and went on to write and arrange hundreds of songs and recorded over 50 albums.

Thanksgiving Week 2018 – Friday

There are SO many songs about giving thanks that it is hard to whittle them down so I can post two or three each day this week, but I think I have some real gems here.

To kick things off I’m introducing my new favorite gospel song. I can’t find the lyrics online, can’t Shazam it, it’s not on iTunes. What the heck..so what.

 

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

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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!

 

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!

 

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

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If Jesus Can’t Fix It

Last night as I drove home from JVOI rehearsal, this song came on and it knocked my socks off.  Why hadn’t I heard this before??  Whatever the reason, I had to share it with you all. It’s my new “favorite song”!

The first version is by Ms. Le’Andria Johnson who, not surprisingly, won BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel singer competition.  This woman can SING and her album “The Experience” is beautifully produced.

 

  1. If Jesus Can't Fix It Le'Andria Johnson 5:59

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The second version, the original as it were, is by The venerable Mississippi Mass Choir from an album they recorded live with James Moore at Jackson State University in 1995.  Also a remarkable recording! 

  1. If Jesus Can't Fix It Mississippi Mass Choir 6:04

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Just As Soon

It’s amazing what I come across stored in the inner recesses of my computer.  Here is a wonderful recording from The Geoff Hicks Inspirational Choir from 2000, just after the choir was first formed.  LOTS of energy, LOTS of great piano work from Geoffrey Dana Hicks and LOTS of great drumming from Ken White!  One of the fun things about this cut is that the person singing the lead hadn’t had much time to rehearse and sings the alto part she knows rather than the usual melody. I kind of like the switch up. The lead gets a little pitchy on some of the notes (glorrr-ray), but it gives it an authentic touch.  It’s a great song.

 

  1. Just As Soon Geoff Hicks Inspirational Singers 3:08

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Right Now Let The Savior Bless You

Absolutely classic James Cleveland.  Everything about this song is soooo James Cleveland…his solo voice, the somewhat strident sound of the choir, the piano part, the format of the song. This is “The King of Gospel Music” at his very best.

 

  1. Right Now Let The Savior Bless You James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir 5:02

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Near The Cross

Frank Williams sing lead on this wonderful song from The Mississippi Mass Choir. This is one of those songs you MUST let develop and listen to the whole way through because the ending vamp (starting at 5:00 and going on for almost another 5 minutes!!) is spectacular…promise! 

 

  1. Near The Cross Mississippi Mass Choir 9:33

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