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.

Old School Gospel Medley – II

  1. Old School Gospel Medley Detroit Mass Choir & The Community Youth Ensemble 9:06

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A nice medley of old songs performed by the Mass Choir of the Detroit Chapter of The Gospel Music Workshop of America.  Good stuff.

In The Shadow

  1. In The Shadow Lannie Spann McBride & Greater Fairview Young Adult Choir 3:54

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I cant’ find out much about this great youth choir other than they are from Greater Fairview church in Jackson Mississippi and were very popular in the 70’s and 80’s, touring the US and abroad and recording several albums.  This cut is from 1986.

Psalm 27

  1. Psalm 27 GMWA Youth Mass Choir 6:53

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I made a post a little over a year ago with a couple choirs singing a song based on 27th Psalm. This is a different song with the same title, “Psalm 27”,  from the youth choir at James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America held in 1989. The choir is lead and directed by two of the best in gospel, Daryl Coley and Bruce Parham.

As I have mentioned before, I have a special place in my heart for youth choirs, and this song does not disappoint.

Jesus Brought Me Out

While surfing YouTube yesterday, I stumbled across some wonderful music. There is a large black mega church in Landover Maryland named the First Baptist Church of Glenarden or, as it is fondly refered to, FBCG. This church has choirs galore and each is wonderful. Today’s offering is from the Young Adult Choir at FBCG.

 

  1. Jesus Brought Me Out First Baptist Church of Glenarden Young Adult Choir

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I’ve never heard the song before and it is different than most gospel songs…different in the way that say, “My Liberty” by The Southeast Inspirational Choir is different. (Ooops, I noticed I’ve never posted “My Liberty” on the blog. I’ll do it right after this.) Anyway, I love this song. You can be sure I’ll be posting more songs from FBCG…they have a LOT available on YouTube

Oops #2. Just found out that the REAL title of this song “Now I’m On My Way”.