I’ll Trust

This is a funky, urban gospel song that is really fun. It’s written by VaShawn Mitchell who many Joyful Voices of Inspiration singers know also wrote “Good God“. I really like the bridge when the the song becomes a bit more joyful and less hip-hop with the lyric, “For He can do anything but fail, my God can!”…it’s very Hezekiah Walker-ish. Time to get your groove on!

 

  1. I'll Trust Bishop Larry Trotter 6:30

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Brighter Day

From Kirk Frankin’s 2002 Platinum album, “The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin comes this bright, snappy, gospel, hip hop, praise song (whew). This cut was recorded live in Houston TX in 2001. Great horns, and great harmonic build up by choir, as the dynamics of the song gather momentum. The sharp strummed guitar at the beginning sets the whole song up and the strident/blaring horns are really effective. Love the sassy sound of the female group that opens the song and then a fantastic deep bass kicks in.  Wonderful syncopations on the “Brighter Day” vamp with modulations.  I love it all.

 

  1. Brighter Day Kirk Franklin 5:40

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Kirk Franklin Tribute to Rev. Timothy Wright

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.

 

  1. Kirk Franklin Salute To The Godfather Rev. Timothy Wright" Kirk Franklin 3:24

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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”.

Lord Send Your Anointing

Rev. Marvin Sapp was one of the members of a unique group from Detroit Michigan named “Commissioned”. Formed by Fred Hammond in the late 1980s, “Commissioned” brought a new, fresh approach to urban contemporary gospel and were hugely popular. Although Commissioned as a group continued for many years, the geniuses behind the group, Hammond and Sapp, left the group in 1994 to pursue solo careers. This cut, “Lord Send Your Anointing” is from Rev. Sapp’s second album “Grace and Mercy” released in 1997 that charted to #10 on the gospel charts. Rev. Sapp continues to record to this day, his last porject was released in June of 2015.

 

  1. Lord Send Your Annointing Marvin Sapp 6:46

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The Best Is Yet To Come

There is a reason why Donald Lawrence is revered in the gospel music world and that’s because he makes GREAT contemporary music. As one reviewer put it, “Those with an ear for high-powered choir music will thoroughly enjoy this one. “

I was first introduced to this song during the first and only season I sang with The Boston Community Choir many years ago. I find the song to be infectious, and I love the way Donald Lawrence does the fills and the exhortation, beginning with “Come on, lets ROCK!” as the choir first comes in. The lyrics are fun too. For example “God’s gonna really blow your mind, He’s gonna make it worth your time”.  Great song from 2002 directed right at urban youth. 

 

  1. The Best is Yet to Come Donald Lawrence and The Tri City Singers 8:54

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Shackles (Praise You)

I don’t know, just feelin’ a little hip hop this morning.

Here’s an offering from Mary Mary (Tina Campbell and Erica Campbell). (I’ve also included the karaoke track and lyrics in case you get inspired to try it on your own; it’s pretty infectious.  Great fuzz guitar and big bass on the karaoke track.)

  1. Shackles Mary Mary 3:17
  2. Shackles w_o BGVs 3:13

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Mary Mary broke onto the music scene in 2000 with their popular song “Shackles (Praise You)”, which is considered one of the pioneering songs of urban contemporary gospel music. “Shackles” became a crossover hit, being popular with gospel, R&B, and pop audiences. It was a Top 5 R&B and Top 10 pop hit. It became the first gospel song in five years to crack the R&B top ten and gained wide exposure on the MTV video cable channel. The album was a huge success because it offered a younger, hipper version of gospel that audiences could relate to.

Shackles

Whoo!
It sure is hot out here
Ya know?
I don’t mind thought
Just glad to be free
Know what I’m saying, uh!

Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
I just wanna praise you
(What’cha wanna do?)
I just wanna praise you
(Yeah, yeah)
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
(Uh feel me?)
And I’m gonna praise you
(What’cha gonna do?)
I’m gonna praise you

In the corners of mind
I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe
That I can break free
Cause you see I have been down for so long
Feel like the hope is gone
But as I lift my hands, I understand
That I should praise you through my circumstance

Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
I just wanna praise you
I just wanna praise you
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
And I’m gonna praise you
I’m gonna praise you

Everything that could go wrong
All went wrong at one time
So much pressure fell on me
I thought I was gonna lose my mind
But I know you wanna see
If I will hold on through these trials
But I need you to lift this load
Cause I can’t take it anymore

Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
I just wanna praise you
I just wanna praise you
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
And I’m gonna praise you
I’m gonna praise you

Been through the fire and the rain
Bound in every kind of way
But God has broken every chain
So let me go right now

Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
I just wanna praise you
I just wanna praise you
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
And I’m gonna praise you
I’m gonna praise you
[repeat x3]

Take them off
What’cha gonna do, yeah

Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
I just wanna praise you
I just wanna praise you
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
And I’m gonna praise you
I’m gonna praise you

Lord

Trin-i-tee 5:7 was a gospel trio from New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 1990’s. The group, who sold over 2.5 million albums, was marketed as a gospel alternative to R&B girl groups such as Destiny’s Child and TLC. The 1990’s saw the emergence of this type of “Urban Gospel” sound aimed directly at inner city youth in major black markets.

  1. Lord 4:26

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The group’s self titled debut album was released in 1998. The project debuted at No. 3 on the gospel charts and eventually stepped up to the top slot. It also reached the R&B Top 20 charts and was eventually certified gold. The album created three gospel radio hits in “You Can Always Call His Name,” “Mary Don’t You Weep” and “God’s Grace.” The CD would go on to spend 7 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart, over 30 weeks in the Top on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian chart, and almost 50 weeks on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.

In mid-1999, as they were about to finish recording their second album, Terri Brown left the group to focus more on her family, and was quickly replaced by the group’s make up artist Adrian Anderson.  (You take talent wherever you can find it! – RLS)  [Source: Wikipedia]