Awesome God

“Awesome God” is a contemporary worship song written by Rich Mullins and first recorded on his 1988 album, “Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth”.

Sadly Mullins died in a car crash in 1997, but this song is certainly a major part of his musical legacy. This version is from the “Helen Baylor: Live” album.

  1. Awesome God Helen Baylor 4:21

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Mullins once said in an interview,

“You know, the thing I like about Awesome God is that it’s one of the worst-written songs that I ever wrote; it’s just poorly crafted. But the thing is that sometimes, I think, that when you become too conscientious about being a songwriter, the message becomes a vehicle for the medium. This is a temptation that I think all songwriters have. I think a great songwriter is someone who is able to take a very meaningful piece of wisdom – or of folly or whatever – and say it in a way that is most likely to make people respond. But, what you want them to respond to is not how cleverly you did that; what you want them to respond to is your message.”

THAT said, I do love the cleverness of his lyrics:

When He rolls up His sleeves, He ain’t just putting on the Ritz,
There’s thunder in His footsteps And lightning in His fists

 

Be Right There

Oooops!  I do believe I missed making a post yesterday.  That could have been a first.  So today I’ll give you two songs.

First, a great song from Rev. Timothy Wright and his New York Fellowship Mass Choir. I love the popping/slap bass line as he sings the intro. “If I had some REAL praisers to stand up and help me out, I’d be alright tonight!”

 

  1. Be Right There Rev. Timothy Wright 3:53

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Goin’ Up Yonder

The Hawkins family is one of the biggest names in gospel. Walter’s brother Edwin founded the Edwin Hawkins Singers, who are most famous for the Gospel classic “Oh, Happy Day.” This track comes from Walter’s first project outside of the family singers; the first in the Love Alive album series.

 

  1. Goin' Up Yonder Walter Hawkins/Tramaine Hawkins 9:55

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I have always loved this track. Tramaine Hawkin’s voice is powerful by itself, but the way Walter utilizes it is fantastic. The way the piece is structured maximizes the overall punch of the song; that first moment the choir comes in immediately grabs your attention. From after the introduction of the choir we get fantastic call-and-response interplay between the two groups, allowing Tramaine and the choir to showcase their incredible voices.

While doing some research on this song, I came across a Google listing titled  “One of the best renditions of Goin’ Up Yonder out there!”. Ya right…I already have Tramaine Hawkins’ version as today’s song of the day.   Oooops. I just watched/listened to the video, they might be right about that. Watch Limie Stanton singing Goin’ Up Yonder. Wow!

I’m Still Standing

After 66 years, I’m still standing! (It just gets a bit harder as the years go by!)  🙂 That’s a miracle in itself!

Here’s a nice torchy gospel song from one of my very favorites, Beverly Crawford.

 

  1. I'm Still Standing Beverly Crawford 5:49

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The Battle Is The Lord’s

This song is one of Yolanda Adam’s biggest hits. It was the lead single from her 1993 album “Save the World” and was named Song of the Year at the 1994 Stellar Awards. I wish I knew did the brief intro to this song because it’s great.

 

  1. The Battle Is The Lord's Yolanda Adams 4:40

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I’ll Be Alright

Classic 1975 gospel from Rev. Charles Nicks and Rev. James Cleveland. This is a quintessential James Cleveland song…the melody, the phrasing, the choir, the structure…all of it pure Cleveland. Enjoy

  1. I'll Be Alright The Charles Fold Singers & James Cleveland 5:59

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The National Anthem

Okay, this has NOTHING to do with Gospel music, just great music in general.

Being the 4th of July and all, I thought I’d feature three (3) of my favorite performances of The National Anthem from Super Bowls past. Many of these performances have been less than stellar (think Christina Aguilera in 2011), but some have been good enough to bring on some tears and a big helping of national pride. Take a listen and have a FABULOUS 4th. Back to gospel tomorrow.

  1. Whitney Houston - Star Spangled Banner - Super Bowl Whitney Houston 2:06
  2. Lady Gaga - National Anthem - Super Bowl 2016 Lady Gaga 2:33
  3. Dixie Chicks - National Anthem - The Super Bowl XXXVII Dixie Chicks 1:39

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Revive Us Again

A nice uptempo song from The L.A. Mass Choir suitable for some havin’ some church right in front of the computer (or with your mobile device). I can guarantee you that you WILL be revived by the end of this beautifully executed song.

  1. Revive Us Again L.A. Mass Choir 5:21

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Victory Shall Be Mine

I’ve posted one version of this song before; this is an entirely different take on it from Rev. James Moore and the Mississippi Mass Choir.  Another song with an awesome vamp at the end.  Happy 4th of July weekend!

  1. Victory Shall Be Mine 6:16

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Be Encouraged

Here’s a song from William Becton & Friends, a ballad simply titled “Be Encouraged”. For anyone who might be “going through” right about now, this I hope this song speaks to you.

 

  1. Be Encouraged William Becton 5:11

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Along with the likes of Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams, William Becton is another contemporary gospel artist who made waves on both the religious and popular charts, with fans of gospel as well as secular listeners who simply enjoy positive music. The singer and producer released four albums billed as William Becton & Friends. Led by Becton, the group debuted with the gospel-chart topping Broken in 1995 on Intersound, and watched the single “Be Encouraged” cross into the R&B Top 40.

I am always in awe at the incredible talent of gospel professionals. William Becton was born in 1968 in Washington D.C. He started singing at the age of four in his church’s “intermediate youth choir”, and went to Sewell Music Conservatory to hone his singing skills when he was just eight years old. Becton is a graduate of Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and went on to study at the University of the District of Columbia.