Glory, Hallelujah He Lifted Me (aka I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me)

From Fuquay Varina, North Carolina (a bit southwest of Raleigh/Durham), I present the Providence Baptist Church Gospel Choir. Their mission: “To sing inspirational songs of praise and worship with the anointing to heal, set captives free and bring sinners to repentance.” One of my favorite songs and one of the first songs James Early taught Joyful Voices when he became director (although the arrangement is a bit different).  This is a great version. Only criticism I have is that it’s not long enough…it leaves me wanting more.

 

  1. Glory, Hallelujah He Lifted Me Providence Baptist Church Gospel Choir 4:04

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All Night, All Day

 

  1. All Night, All Day The Florida Mass Choir 9:23

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A great, slow, traditional gospel song from my favorite choir, The Florida Mass Choir. This was recorded in 1992 at the Victory Church in Lakeland Florida. (A simple country church as evidenced by the photo below of the sanctuary! I’ve been there!!!)

 

 

If you want another take on the theme of “All night and all day, angels watching over me”, be sure to listen to “Angels” by Richard Smallwood and Vision.

 

  1. Angels Richard Smallwood 6:52

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I’ll Make It Home Someday (We Are Climbing Higher and Higher)

A nice performance of the old song “I’ll Make It Home One Day”.

Have a good Sunday and a fun rest of the long weekend!

 

  1. I'll Get Home Someday (We Are Climbing Higher and Higher) Dynamic Praise 5:36

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Look Where God Has Brought Us

A wonderful song from the choir of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.  Put your hands together this morning and sing along…especially when you pick up the vamp.

Look where God has brought us
Look how far we’ve come
We’re not what we ought to be
We’re not what we used to be
Thank you Lord for what you’ve done

 

  1. Look Where God Has Brought Us Trinity United Church of Christ 5:21

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Count It All Joy

  1. Count It All Joy The New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir 5:45

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This song is drawn from John 1:2 that says, “Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds”, and Romans 8:28 that says “all things work together for those who love the Lord”.  I marvel at how resilient and indomitable Black America has been/is in the face of so much adversity, suffering and oppression through so many years.  How does one deal with all that?? 
“Just count it all joy!”??  That’s a tall order that requires such a deep faith that it is hard to fathom. But this is the power and the message of gospel music.

When you’ve been down and out;
You can’t find your way
You’re burdens get so heavy
You don’t want to face another day
Count it all joy, count it all joy,
Count it ALL joy,
All things can happen to you
For we all know that all things work together
For those who love the Lord

Mary Don’t You Weep

A great old traditional song performed by Ms. Inez Andrews, one of the great ladies of gospel and a member of the original Caravans.

 

  1. Mary Don't You Weep Inez Andrews 5:04

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Great Judgement Day

A great rendition of an old traditional song. It starts off with a wonderful acapella verse after which the whole choir comes in strong with instrumentation, including a great bass line. The end is a lot of fun too, as the lead singer and the audience keep it going for almost another minute after the song ends.

Happy Blizzard!!

 

  1. Great Judgement Day Tyrone Dickerson and the Christian Fellowship Choir 3:43

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I’ll Be Satisfied

Timothy Wright with the BJ Mass Choir, featuring Ms. Myrna Summers.

Rev. Dr. James Cleveland used to always tell me, “Timothy, you don’t need a whole lot of words to make a song. Two or three word, that will do; as long as they get the message.”

 

  1. I'll Be Satisfied Rev. Timothy Wright, B/J Mass Choir 3:37

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Weather The Storm

Some good time southern gospel for you. Hoping you all stay safe and warm and weather the storm well.

 

  1. Weather The Storm Bishop J.D. Means Sr. 4:18

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It’s A Highway To Heaven

I’ve posted a couple of versions of this song already, but make no never-mind, it’s a great song that deserves attention. On this cut, a group of various gospel greats sing “Highway To Heaven” (formally titled “Walking Up The Kings Highway” and composed by Thomas A. Dorsey) at a meeting of over 100 “Gospel Legends” at Bill and Gloria Gaither’s studios in Alexandria, Indiana.

 

  1. Highway To Heaven Gospel Legends 5:00

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Personnel:
1st piano player/director – the late Rev. Donald Vails
2nd piano player – Elder A. Jeffrey LaValley of Flint, Michigan
Organist – the late Billy Preston

Singers include Dr. Margaret Douroux, Richard Smallwood, Jesse Dixon, Al Hobbs, Danniebelle Hall, The Barrett Sisters, The Caravans, Debbie Austin, Richard “Mr. Clean” White, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Jennifer Holiday and many, many more.