One of the more unsung fathers of modern gospel is Thomas Whitfield. Although his songs are widely recognized (“I Shall Wear a Crown”, etc.), not many people know of Thomas Whitfield or his contributions to gospel music. Here’s a quote from his Wikipedia biography.
“Whitfield’s musical brilliance and influence has left a tremendous impact on today’s leading contemporary gospel artists; musicians such as protégé’ Rudolph Stanfield, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Byron Cage, Ricky Dillard, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Walter Hawkins, Richard Smallwood, Big Jim Wright, Edward Dawson and many others. He is still highly regarded for his numerous innovations during the eighties and early nineties and being one of the pioneers to master the usage of the MIDI-sequencing and synthesizers in gospel music; all helping to earn him his own style: the “Whitfield” sound.”
- I'm Going All the Way With the Lord The Thomas Whitfield Company 1:55