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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Do You Know The Way To Jesus

The Allegro Workshop Chorale is an offshoot of the Gospel Music Workshop of Amrerica’s youth program…it’s a “kids” choir”, but there is nothing amateur about this choir.  They are well rehearsed and sound great, but then again, you’d expect nothing less from the GMWA.  This song was recorded in 1980.

 

  1. Do You Know The Way To Jesus The Allegro Workshop Chorale 3:19

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Praises

From the ever talented Jeffrey LaValley and his New Jerusalem Young Adult Choir.  Very refreshing and different kind of contemporary gospel sound.  One reason I like the cut is because it is so raw.  The choir is not the greatest; they sound a bit “pitchy” (as American Idol judges might say) in places, but the song works nonetheless.

 

  1. Praises New Jersusalem Young Adult Choir 4:42

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(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me

Okay, so I watched a YouTube video last night of The Trinity UCC of Chicago choir singing “(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me”.  That led to a serious case of earworm and that lead to this post; THREE (3) versions of the song, each of which I love.  For the version from the Trinity UCC, I spliced in a solo intro from another recording because I love that too…you can hear the change in quality, if not a bit in pitch, but it works..IMHO.   The version from the GMWA Youth Choir has the best fidelity, and the last version is good old time music.  Have a wonderful day.  And NEVER forget all the wonderful things He’s done for you.

 

  1. Never Shall Forget What He's Done For Me Trinity UCC of Chicago Gospel Choir 8:57

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  1. (Never Shall Forget) What He's Done for Me Gospel Music Workshop of America Youth Choir 6:36

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  1. (Never Can Forget) What He's Done For Me Eddie Robinson & Mount Olive Fort Lauderdale Mass Choir 5:56

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Trust Him

One of the sad things about gospel music is that it has never gotten the recognition it deserves.  Not that people sing gospel for recognition, that’s different, but the music itself should be recognized for what it is; inspiring, powerful, soul stirring, healing music.

 

  1. Trust Him Newark New Jersey Youth Mass Choir 6:44

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Today’s song is from an unknown youth choir from Newark N.J.  I can find NOTHING at all about them on the internet (other than a few of their songs on YouTube).  But they make a great sound and the song, “Trust Him” is a great song.  Had Ty Pearson, Pastor at Faith Builders International in Holy Springs, N.C. , not taken the time to post this (and soooooooooo many others) on his Gospel Nostalgia You Tube page, no one would have known about this great group of kids, their music and this song.

New Jerusalem

A great contemporary gospel song from the CLC Youth Choir.  Wait until 1:19 when the intro ends and the beat picks up…a great walking bass. And these “kids” can sing!! 

CLC stands for Christian Life Center, a large (primarily black) congregation in Hagerstown just west of Baltimore MD.  CLC is know for its great music programs and both their adult and youth choirs have recorded several albums and gained due recognition.

 

  1. New Jerusalem CLC Youth Choir 6:14

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The 27th Psalm

Some of you might know of my love of youth choirs, and The Soul Children of Chicago are one of the  very best.  This song is yet another adaptation of the 27th Psalm. The execution of this VERY tricky version is unmatched…ever entry, cutoff, crescendo, diminuendo, whatever it is, it’s spot on.

 

  1. The 27th Psalm Walt Whitman and The Soul Children of Chicago 5:11

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This is not a typical piece either.  It’s true call and response.  But be sure to give it a chance and listen to the whole piece, right through to the Amen.  Just so you know, at 3:00 the leader says:

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

What the children respond with is that same phrase, going at about 100 mpg so it’s virtually unintelligible, but still with PERFECT diction and precision. WOW!!! (I took me a long time to figure this out…duh.)

He Shall Reign

  1. He Shall Reign The Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church Cathedral Mass Choir 5:02

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Feel The Spirit

Today’s feature song comes from my deep bag full of arcane/moldy/lost gospel songs.

As I previewed this song this morning looking for a song to post, something about the song seemed familiar.  Then it dawn on me. The notes, not the lyrics, sounded a lot like a song thought I remembered.  As the song went on, I knew right away it was a gospel remake of Peabo Bryson’s 1978 hit , “Feel The Fire”…and then I understood why the song title was “Feel The SPIRIT”.

Makes sense to me.   It’s 1980, gospel isn’t the ubiquitous thing it is today, and so to attract high school kids in Trenton N.J. to sing in a gospel choir, why not rework a kewl R&B slow jam??

So, I’m posting both songs for your listening pleasure.  The “Peabo” album was one of my favorites and I almost wore the groove out on it.  Enjoy.

 

  1. Feel The Spirit The Trenton High School Gospel Choir 7:39

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  1. Feel The Fire Peabo Bryson 4:30

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He Can Fix What Is Broke

  1. He Can Fix What Is Broke Mississippi Children's Choir 7:21

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This “children’s” choir sounds better than many “adult” choirs! The Mississippi Children’s Choir was formed in 1990 comprised by some 200 members from across the state.  The assembled ranks — all aged 7 to 17 — were originally brought together as an opening act for The Mississippi Mass Choir, but they were such an immediate hit with audiences that they soon proceeded to record their own LP, 1992’s “Children of the King”. With 1994’s “‘A New Creation”, (the album this song is from) the Mississippi Children’s Choir introduced featured vocalist Bryan Wilson, who soon after recorded his debut solo album “Bryan’s Songs”. The MCC album “When God’s Children Get Together” followed in 1998.