He Lives

  1. He Lives Rev. Timothy Wright & Rev. Jerome Ferrell with The Lighthouse Choir. 5:07

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Don’t let the cheesy strings on the electronic keyboard at the start throw you…it soon gives way to a mighty Hammond B3 and the song takes off from there. And talk about some vocal Olympics (starting abound 1:40)! YIKES.

Rev. Timothy Wright once said, “I thank God for the memory of the late Dr. James Cleveland. I consider him to be one of my musical mentors. He used to always tell me, he said, ‘Timothy, you don’t need a whole lot of words to make a song. Two or three words and that’ll do…long as they get the message.‘ ” Rev. Wright clearly heeded Rev. Cleveland’s advice here. This song uses all of SEVEN unique words in the 5+ minutes that it runs!
“I’m so glad He lives
I’m glad I know He lives”.

This is perfect call and response at it’s spontaneous best…and it ends up with an unexpected Holy Dance/Praise Break to finish it off!! It’s wonderful how such a simple song can be so powerful. Even if you are not a believer, you STILL come away GLAD HE LIVES!  

Thanksgiving Week – Day 6

  1. Thank You Rev. Marvin Yancy 5:49

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Melvin Yancy began his music career in 1971, with The Independents, who were an American R&B vocal group.[5] The band disbanded in 1975, and he focused more on helping his spouse Natalie Cole, with recording and writing songs as her record producer.

This was a powerful musical union because she won Grammy Awards for two songs, and they were in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 18th Annual Awards in 1976 for the song, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”, and the following year in 1977 at the 19th Annual Awards for the song, “Sophisticated Lady (She’s a Different Lady)”.

His only solo release, Heavy Load, was released on January 1, 1985 by Nashboro Records,[6] and this placed at No. 4 on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums.

(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Yancy)

It’s a Highway to Heaven (Walking Down the King’s Highway)

  1. Highway To Heaven First Church of Deliverance Choir 5:40

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“It’s a Highway to Heaven (Walking Down the King’s Highway)” was written by Thomas A. Dorsey, “The Father of Black Gospel Music”, and Mary Gardner in 1954.

This recording not only has wonderful vocals, but features a classic Hammond B3 organ.  The Hammond B3 was introduced in 1955 and among the early customers of the B3 were African-American churches, whose limited finances compelled them to accept what might be seen as a second-rate substitute for a “real” organ. Fortunately, creativity escaped the limitations of technology. The sounds of the B3 were unique, powerful, and captivating, and the instrument began to be appreciated on its own terms. Gospel music recordings of the 1950s and 1960s began to accentuate the Hammond, giving the music a special sound. By about 1970, the B3s (and similar Hammond models) were embraced by all sorts of popular musicians, including rock, R&B, and jazz groups.

Chicago’s historic First Church of Deliverance Choir certainly has something to sing about. Under its founding pastor, the late Rev. Clarence H Cobbs, the First Church of Deliverance was one of the earliest African American churches to broadcast its services on the radio, beginning in 1934. It was through the weekly radio broadcasts featuring the 200-voice choir that the church became widely known as a center for Gospel music. The First Church of Deliverance “big choir” sound has been emulated by choirs across the United States and abroad.

In 2006 The First Church of Deliverance Choir made a triumphant return to the recording scene after a 16-year hiatus with God Can – Live, a 10-track set showcasing the choir’s rich traditional sound plus a few contemporary offerings.