This is a great piece from The Holy Cross Choir from Africa. Strangely enough, although there are several posting of this choir singing on YouTube and places selling their music, I couldn’t find a bio on them anywhere. Oh well, it’s a nice song.
This is a nice torchy kind of contemporary song from Angela Spivey‘s 2000 album. Angela has been around the block having been born in Chicago in 1959, and starting her recording career in 1995 at age 36. This song is kind of like Yolanda Adam’s “Through the Storm” in that at 3:26 it goes from major to minor as it gets into the vamp. Nice.
Thank You For Keeping MeAngela Spivey & the Voices of Victory6:01
I love this song from Minister Keith Pringle. It is not your typical gospel song at all with a great funky tempo and melody/tune that is unique. But it has all the classic pieces of gospel; great choir, great vamp…and a B3! Enjoy True Victory!!
This song is from the 1992 film “Leap of Faith” starring Steve Martin, and is performed by Patti Labelle and a choir led and directed by Edwin Hawkins. Nice up tempo, hand clappin’, foot stompin’ song.
Ready For A MiracleLaBelle, Patti & Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins3:38
A nice gospel piece from Aretha from her “Amazing Grace” album recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January 1972, The album ultimately sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a double platinum certification!
Climbing Higher MountainsAretha Franklin2:46
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The personal on this recording is pretty amazing too:
Aretha Franklin – vocals, piano Rev. James Cleveland – piano, vocals Rev. C.L. Franklin Chuck Rainey – bass Cornell Dupree – guitar Kenneth Lupper – organ Pancho Morales – percussion, conga Bernard “Pretty” Purdie – drums Southern California Community Choir – background vocals
This song is from the late, great O’Landa Draper and his Associates. He died in 1998 at the age of 35 from renal failure.
This song is more contemporary christian music, but Draper wrote some VERY kewl, serious gospel too…listen to “My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord” again…you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, this song has overtones of Michael Jackson’s “Man in The Mirror”, Quincy Jones’ “We Are The World”, and a lead singer who sounds a lot like Michael McDonald. Its a GOOD song with a good message. Rest in peace dear O’landa.
Another gospel great; John P. Kee, a former addict from Durham North Carolina who turned himself around a became a huge force in gospel music in the ’90’s. His choir, The New Life Community Choir is great as well.