Jesus I’ll Never Forget

  1. Jesus I'll Never Forget First Baptist Church of Glenarden United Voices Choir 5:17

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The man says,”these are songs I grew up singing when I was in church as a kid”…treasured traditional gospel songs like “Jesus I’ll Never Forget”.

Question:  Do you like the trumpet in the song?  Does it add or detract from the song, or doesn’t it make a difference? Personally I’ve never really been partial to any brass or woodwinds in a gospel song; it feels over produced and unnatural (although the trumpet can give a nice New Orleans vibe when you need it).  I don’t consider this song a New Orleans jazz style song so it feels out of place to me.

 

I Got Mine

  1. I Got Mine Fielding/Moore/Hawkins 7:03

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A little down home, hand clappin; foot stompin’, old time southern country gospel with some great honky-tonk piano for a nice snowy day. 

I got mine, I got mine
I went to church for a blessing, I got mine!

One can only imagine how the old folk and the elders squirmed as this style of gospel slowly crept into small southern churches.  I was NOT readily embraced by all…this was “the devil’s music” for sure.

He Restoreth My Soul w/Jefferey LaValley

  1. He Restoreth My Soul New Mt. Zion Church Workshop Choir 6:20

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Ain’t YouTube a miracle? I remember MANY years ago when JVOI first sang this song, looking online for a commercial recording of the song. I never found one.

The other day James Early found a video of a choir singing “He Restoreth My Soul”, and sent the link. On further investigation I found there were several videos of the song! I selected this version because of it’s audio quality and because it is directed and accompanied by one of gospel’s better known composers and directors, Jefferey LaValley.

This song was included as part of a gospel music workshop Jefferey held.

You Brought Me From A Long Way

  1. You Brought Me From A Long Way 3:27

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Just wanted to share this great song with you all this morning (great guitar licks from the left speaker!). “Thank you for my journey, you brought me from hard trials and tribulations….you brought me from a mighty long way”, one of the main themes of gospel.

And, being a bit of a  “Trekkie”, I can’t help but smile a bit when the choir sings about “tribblations, tribblations, tribblations, tribblations”, because Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise knows all about “Trouble With Tribbles” and tribblations.

 

He’s Able

  1. He's Able The Donald Vails Choraleers 2:04

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Songs from the old masters like James Cleveland, Charles Nicks and Donald Vails are the heart of old school, traditional gospel from the 60’s – 80’s. This chorus is a simple riff that can catch you and leave you humming it all day.  I only wish there was more of the song…a LOT more.

AND, a real treat at 00:57 and 1:19 (I love him…no one above him).

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.

Search Me Lord

  1. Search_Me_Lord 3:34

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So, I’ve had this song STUCK in my head ALL LAST NIGHT and ALL EARLY MORNING. The funky intro won’t let me alone. (Duh duh duh duhhhh….duh duh duh duhhhh….duh duh duh duhhhh….) I just LOVE this…the band is SOOOO good, and the soaring guitar riffs are heaven.

After editing this track together all morning, I’m starting to get my fill…but not quite. Need a few more listens to satisfy my soul.

Old Time Church Gospel Medley

  1. Old Time Gospel Medley Mother Vernon Oliver Price 4:39

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Gospel singer Mother Vernon Oliver Price, the mother of former lead singer of The Temptations, Louis Price, sings two songs recorded at Abounding Life Church of God in Christ in 2010. In 2012 at age 80, Mother Price released her first CD, “Thank You Lord”! You go girl!…SANG!!

Hold On

  1. Hold On Rev. Clay Evans and The AARC Mass Choir 5:31

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With over 600 songs posted to date, making sure I don’t re-post a song I’ve already posted sometimes takes some work…especially when the song has a title of say, “Hold On”. I have already posted two versions of this song along with others that are close…”Hold Out”, etc., so I had some checking to do. All in a day’s (morning’s) work…I haven’t yet posted this.

Every collection of great gospel needs plenty of songs from Rev. Clay Evans…I’ve posted several already…but I wanted to add this version of “Hold On” by Rev. Clay Evans and The AARC Mass Choir. The song was released in two parts, but I took the liberty of stitching the two together into one song for continuity. Enjoy.

Tell Men

  1. Tell Men Phyllis Kennedy Bolden And The New Children Of Christ 3:17

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Sorry about the title…a bit outdated. The song says, “I need the Lord to guide me…”. I don’t think it even has the word “men” in the lyrics…so they could have called it “Tell Everyone”, or they could have called it “I Need The Lord”…but “Tell Men” doesn’t seem to be a logical first pick for a title seems quite exclusionary and doesn’t really cut it these days.

Nonetheless, a nice old skool traditional song with a nice organ and piano accompaniment. LOVE it when someone in the choir shouts “Sing, baby!” as the vocalist starts out. Real church.

Enjoy.