Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dear God, our father

Dear God, our father, our creator, and maker of all the world, we thank you and praise your name. We come to you wanting more faith, more understanding of your truth. Please help us to lean upon your love, help us to see you are the true love we seek in this life.

 My God, I ask that you give us a clear understanding of what you want of us, what are the things we need to do to serve you better. Help us to become instruments of your Love in the world around us. Teach us to share your Love in how we live our lives every day in this world.

 Oh God, I ask for your continued blessings in our families and our communities and our country and thru out the world. I know we don't deserve your Grace but we can't survive without your Grace and Love.

 Help us, dear God, to love each other for we are all your children whether rich are poor, Black or White, Hispanic or Asian, Native or Immigrant. Jesus Christ gave his life for the souls of us all. It is done !!! We all have been saved by the blood of Christ.

 Thank You, my God, I Love You, I honor You, I Praise You Amen Amen !!!

                      God Love's Us All playlist 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Shirley Caesar

                                    Shirley Caesar

"I'm in the fourth quarter of my life, and I’m doing everything I can to be the best humanitarian and best person that I can be."

Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams born October 13, 1938 in Durham, North Carolina.

Shirley Caesar is often referred to as the First Lady of Gospel. She recorded in the 1960s with the esteemed gospel group the Caravans, and launched a solo career in 1966 with the album My Testimony. Caesar has created an iconic body of work through the decades that includes such powerfully affecting recordings as "Faded Rose," "I Remember Mama" and "Rejoice."

Gospel music singer, songwriter and recording artist whose career has spanned over six decades. A multi-award winning artist, with eleven Grammy Awards and seven Dove Awards to her credit, she was known as "First Lady of Gospel Music" and now the "Queen of Gospel Music" now since the death of the late Queen Albertina Walker.

Beginning recording at the age of 12 in 1951, Shirley Caesar has released over forty albums. She has participated in over 16 compilations and three gospel musicals, Mama I Want to Sing, Sing: Mama 2 and Born to sing: Mama 3. She is also the creator of the #unameit challenge, which occurred during one of her sermon. She opened her eponymous store and plans on using the profits to help others during the holiday season.

Caesar graduated from Shaw University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1984. She also spent time studying at the Divinity School of Duke University and has received honorary doctorates from Shaw University and Southeastern University. Caesar pastors the 1,500-member Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, North Carolina

Shirley Caesar For The Love Of God playlist

She has won or received 11 Grammy Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, 18 Doves, 1 RIAA gold certification, an Essence Award, McDonald's Golden Circle Lifetime Achievement Award, NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, SESAC Lifetime Achievement Award, Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music, as well as induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. According to Soundscan, she has sold 2.2 million albums since 1991.  She has made several notable appearances, including the televised Live from Disney World Night of Joy, the Gospel According to VH1, a White House performance for George Bush, and a speech on the Evolution of Gospel Music to the US Treasury Department. In 2017, Caeser was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.

Between 1981 and 1995, she received seven Dove Awards for Black Gospel Album of the Year for Live at the G.M.W.A., Celebration, Christmasing, Sailin‘, Live ... In Chicago, Go and Rejoice. She received two Black Gospel Song of the Year Awards for "He's Working It Out for You" and "Hold My Mule". She has performed with such performers as Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Dorothy Norwood, Faith Evans, Dottie Peoples, Arnold Houston, Kim Burrell, John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin and Tonex, Tye Tribbett among others. Shirley Caesar is also an actress. She acted in movies, such as Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) with Larenz Tate and Little Richard, Fighting Temptations (2003) with BeyoncĂ© and Cuba Gooding Jr. and The Unseen (2005) with Steve Harris. She also acted in 1 TV episode of "Good News" in 1998 as Aunt Shirley.

Caesar is a recipient of a 1999 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States' highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

Caesar married Bishop Harold I. Williams in 1983. The two were co-pastors of the 1,500-member Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, until his death on July 4, 2014. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She cites her mother as a strong influence in her decision to give so selflessly of herself. Caeser has committed a sizable portion of all concert sales to her outreach ministries. She continues to deliver weekly sermons and also leads an annual outreach ministries conference. She notes, "I cannot sweeten the Atlantic Ocean, but I can take a pitcher out of the ocean and sweeten that."

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Great choir music playlist

                               Great choir music playlist

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thank You God For Your Grace

Thank you God for all your years of loving me. I thank you for your mercy and blessings in my life. You are my creator, my way maker, my guide and the light of the worlds. Please continue to be with me all the days of my life.

When I am low, weak with the sins of my life and this world, when the pain in my body is more than I can bare some how I can feel your closeness and your Grace is with me  , your Grace consoles me,   your Grace gives me the power to keep going. I thank you God for all the blessings of my life. Thank You God For Your Grace

  Thank You God For Your Grace - Playlist

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

HBCU III - Choirs Playlist

                                        HBCU III - Choirs Playlist

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. This was because the overwhelming majority of predominantly white institutions of higher-learning would not admitte African Americans for enrollment during segregation. There are now 101 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions. This figure is down from the 121 institutions that existed during the 1930s. Of these remaining HBCU institutions in the United States, 27 offer doctoral programs and 52 schools provide master's programs. Of these, 83 colleges allow their students to obtain their bachelor's degree and 38 schools offer associate degrees.

In 1862, the federal government's Morrill Act provided for land grant colleges in each state. Some educational institutions in the North or West were open to blacks before the Civil War. But 17 states, mostly in the South, had segregated systems and generally excluded black students from their land grant colleges. In response, Congress passed the second Morrill Act of 1890, also known as the Agricultural College Act of 1890, requiring states to establish a separate land grant college for blacks if blacks were being excluded from the existing land grant college. Many of the HBCUs were founded by states to satisfy the Second Morrill Act. These land grant schools continue to receive annual federal funding for their research, extension and outreach activities.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I Love You My God

                                I Love You My God Playlist

     I love You my God, creator of all the universe. King of Kings and protector of all life in the worlds, known and unknown. I praise You and honor You  and thank You for Your grace and mercey. Please continue to bless me, guide me and give me wisdow so I can make better decisions about life choices.

     Help me to see and understand and obey your will for my life, I am  yours and I want to do your will. Help me to be a lamp post giving light and a place to lean along life's way. Guide my words to be of help and peace in the soul.

     Please forgive my lustful and sinful mind. Help me to think clean thoughts and help me to do the right things.
Teach me the power and wonder of love, the God force the glue of life.

                                                I love You my God amen                                             

Monday, September 25, 2017

Richard Smallwood

Composer, pianist and arranger, Richard Smallwood has clearly and solidly changed the face of gospel music. He has impeccably blended classical movements with traditional gospel, and arrive at a mix that is invariably Smallwood’s alone. A diverse and innovative artist, Richard Smallwood has achieved many honors; Dove Awards and a Grammy also attest to his talents.

Richard Smallwood was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 30, 1948. After graduating from Howard University (his classmates included Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen, and Phylicia Rashad), where he earned degrees in vocal performance and piano, Smallwood taught music at the University of Maryland and eventually formed the Richard Smallwood Singers, putting out an eponymous debut album in 1982 that spent an impressive 87 weeks on Billboard's gospel chart. The group enjoyed success into the early '90s, releasing a bevy of hit records before Smallwood put the project to rest and began releasing albums with his choir, Vision, who made their debut in 1996 with the Verity-issued Adoration: Live in Atlanta. In addition to his work with the Richard Smallwood Singers and Vision, Smallwood has had his songs recorded by the likes of Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Kelly Price, Gerald Levert, and Aretha Franklin.

Richard Smallwood has been honored by the Smithsonian Institution as a “gospel innovator and songwriter,” and his hometown, Washington, D.C. heralded two separate occasions as “Richard Smallwood Day,” also, distinguishing him with the Mayoral Art Award for “precision and excellence in artistic discipline.” Smallwood’s gift has made room for him to minister to presidents and dignitaries at all of D.C.’s halls of fame, including the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center and the White House. Touching all areas of the arts, Richard and his singers toured with a theatrical musical, “Sing Mahalia Sing” starring Jennifer Holiday, which segued into a guest appearance on television’s “Ryan’s Hope” for ABC.

         Richard Smallwood - Adoration: Live In Atlanta Original May 21, 1996

         Richard Smallwood with Vision - To God - Live In Detroit

         Richard Smallwood - Behind The Scenes of Promises

         Richard Smallwood - Psalm 118 [His Mercy Endureth Forever]

         Angela Winbush/Richard Smallwood - I Won't Be Troubled

Angela Winbush and Richard Smallwood, along with the Union Temple Baptist Church Reunion Choir, minister with "I Won't Be Troubled."This song was originally written for Ms. Winbush back in the 70s, but was recorded on Smallwood's "Testimony" album in 1992.

Richard Smallwood was the original keyboardist and director for this choir back in the 60s and 70s. Union Temple Baptist Church was founded by Richard's step-father, the late Rev. Chester Smallwood.

        Richard Smallwood - It Is Well/Come, Ye Disconsolate

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Story of Gospel Music: The Power In The Voice (1998)

The Story of Gospel Music provides a thorough overview of the history and performers of gospel vintage recordings. Viewers feast their eyes and ears on some of the most soulful concert footage ever recorded. The biggest names in spiritual music, including Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Reverend Thomas Dorsey, and The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform. The program was originally broadcast on PBS's Great Performances series. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

Performers: Tramaine Hawkins, Robert and Lillie Mae Butler, The Fisk University Jubilee Singers, The ARC Choir, Cissy Houston, Rance Allen, Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, The Fairfield Four, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Aretha Franklin, The Clara Ward Singers, Shirley Caesar, The Dixie Hummingbirds, James Cleveland, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Clark Sisters, John P. Kee, Danny Eason and Abundant Life.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thank you God for your Love

      Thank you God for your Love you have been with me always, your grace has protected me, your grace has comforted me in hard times. I have not been the kind of person you taught me to be. I have sinned repeatedly and yet I know you love me. I have lost faith and turned my back to you oh God and still you loved me. I know you are the creator of all things and still you love me. I praise you and thank you God for your love.

                  Thank you God for your Love Playlist

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Living, He Loved Me (One Day)/Send It On Down/Power, Lord/Yes,Lord (VHS)...

Donnie McClurkin Living, He Loved Me (One Day)/Send It On Down/Power, Lord/Yes,Lord medley.

Carlton Pearson Live At AZUSA 2,Precious Memories: Original Release Date: February 11, 1997.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jeff Majors

                Jeff Majors - Playlist

Official Biography (courtesy of Jeff Majors)

As a native of Washington, D.C., music flowed throughout the household of JeffMajors courtesy of his mother Annie P. Fitzgerald - a talented jazz trumpeter in her own right with a circle of friends which included legendary actress and singer Pearl Bailey.

At age 15, JeffMajors had a dream in which he saw himself strumming the harp; an instrument he had never played before. Inspired, he used the dream to fuel his passion for music and literally change the course of his life. With the harp hand-made for him by a local music store owner, he began to pursue mastery of the instrument.

He spent the next several years in Los Angeles studying under the wings of jazz pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane, wife of jazz legend John Coltrane. He later teamed up with legendary jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby. He returned to the Washington D.C. area, where he formed several jazz bands and became a radio personality at Radio One. This led to the opportunity to host "Sunday Joy," the semi syndicated inspirational and gospel on-air ministry that can be heard on Magic 95.9 and 102.3 in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area.  From there he evolved into the vice presidency of gospel music programming for the Radio One network of stations.

Hailed as an inspirational jazz / gospel producer and renowned harp master JeffMajors has touched the hearts of millions through his television program, TV One's "Gospel of Music with JeffMajors," along with his faith-affirming, soul-stirring Sacred series and  outreach initiatives that include his annual nationwide free concert tour "JeffMajors Blankets for the Homeless," and most recently "Hiphop for the Homeless." During which there are performances and provision of clothing, blankets and other items necessary for surviving life on the streets.

After being welcomed to perform on her talk show, media mogul Oprah Winfrey stated that the music of JeffMajors, "...energizes my faith and transports my spirit. For me, it is the best way to start my day." And when he was hand-picked by the Martin Luther King Family to perform at Coretta Scott King's memorial service, JeffMajors demonstrated that his music could console a nation.

Today, he appears in more than 40 million homes through "The Gospel of Music with JeffMajors," the flagship program on TV One. The hit show provides a venue for diverse well-known and emerging talent, and has showcased some of the biggest names in the industry, including James Ingram, Mavis Staples, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams and Gerald Levert in his last television appearance.

The upcoming project will be the JeffMajors Sacred series of the "Epistles," which will include for the first time ever a DVD of some of the most memorable performances of JeffMajors on the Harp. Thanks to the popular success of the series, the release is eagerly anticipated within the industry of inspirational/Jazz music and by fans alike. It is projected to meet the expectations set by his acclaimed Sacred 2000, of which Billboard said: "One listen will make believers out of even stone-cold cynics."

JeffMajors is also focusing on his humanitarian efforts as an activist for the nation's homeless through his non-profit organization "The Network of Doves."  This includes a continuation of his annual "JeffMajors Blankets for the Homeless" and the newly established initiative "Hiphop for the Homeless," where he has collaborated with some of today's emerging artist and youth in the inner cities to bring awareness of and help to the homeless communities around the country.

In a career marked by industry achievement, JeffMajors says that the dream of that 15-year-old boy strumming the harp is still unfolding.

"Every time I step on stage I step into a sacred place," JeffMajors says. "And the dream continues."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Soweto Gospel Choir

             Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November, 2002, and has achieved incredible success both in South Africa and around the world, having been hailed as a “South African music phenomenon”

                Soweto Gospel Choir Playlist

The choir’s first album “Voices from Heaven” went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within three weeks of its release in the US. Since then, they have recorded five albums and won two Grammy Awards in the World Music category, an Emmy Award for their collaboration with U2 for ESPN’s television promotion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, received four SAMAs and a Metro FM award. In 2010, the choir’s recording with Peter Gabriel was nominated for an Oscar, and that same year, they were the first South African artist to have performed at the Academy Awards.

In 2003 the choir won its first award, a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for “Best Contemporary Music Concert”.
This success was followed when they won a 2003 American Gospel Music Award for “Best Choir”
In the same year, they won an American Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir”.
In December 2006 they performed at Sun City, South Africa, for Oprah Winfrey and 200 of her V.I.P. guests, including Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Sydney Poitier and Quincy Jones.

On 11 February 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir received its greatest accolade, a Grammy Award for their second CD “Blessed”, in the category “Best Traditional World Music”.
At the same time, they were nominated for the 26th International Reggae and World Music Awards, held at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, on 5 May, in the category “Contribution to World Music”, alongside Jimmy Cliff, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Ziggy Marley.
In May 2007, the choir won a SAMA Award (South African Music Association Award) in the Category “Best Live Performance DVD”.

In February 2008, the choir was awarded a second Grammy Award for their third album “African Spirit”, in the “Best Traditional World Music” category

Soweto Gospel Choir received its third Grammy nomination in December 2008, this time in the category Best Contemporary World Music, for their album, “Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre”.
The song “Down To Earth” from the blockbuster Wall-E movie, their collaboration with Peter Gabriel, won a Grammy in the Best Movie Song category.
In February 2009, the choir became the first South African artist to perform at the Academy Awards, when they sang “Down To Earth”, the Gabriel/Newman Oscar-nominated song, with John Legend.

In December 2010, Soweto Gospel Choir received its fourth Grammy nomination, in the Best Traditional World Music category, for its album “Grace”. The choir was featured alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the song “Baba Yetu” and on the album “Calling All Dawns”, both of which won Grammys in February 2011.

The choir has toured the world extensively, performing at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall, as well as at Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Theatre. They have performed and collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Jon Legend, U2, Aretha Franklin and the Harlem Gospel Choir as well as with local favourites Vusi Mahlasela, Johnny Clegg, the Bala Brothers and Lira.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Life is about the love of God

               Life is about the love of God playlist

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Kirk Franklin - Revolution

          Kirk Franklin - Revolution

The Book of Revelations
Chapter 7:Verses 16 and 17
They shall hunger no more,
neither shall they thirst anymore (preach preacher!)
And God shall wipe away
every tear from the eye
Get ready
for the revolution

Do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop!
I said, Do you want a Revolution?
Whoop Whoop
Do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop
Come on, do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop!

Sick and tired of my brothers, killin' each other,
Sick and tired of Daddys leavin' babies with their mothers,
For every man who wants to lay around and play around,
It's important you be man enough to stay around
Sick and tired of the Church, talkin' religion
But then they talk about each other, make a decision
No more racisim, two face-ism
No pollution
the solution
a revolution

Do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop!
I said, Do you want a Revolution?
Whoop Whoop
Do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop
Come on, do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop!

No crime, No dying
Politians lying, Everybody's trying
to make at dollar, it makes me want to holler
The way I do my life, the way they do my life
There's gonna be a brighter day
All your troubles will pass away
A revolution's comin', yes its comin' comin' brother
A revolution's comin', yes it's comin'
A revolution's comin' comin'

Do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop!
I said, Do you want a Revolution?
Whoop Whoop
Do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop
Come on, do you want a revolution?
Whoop Whoop!

What you feelin', what you want, son?
Who you callin' to, son?
You know Jesus is the truth, son?
The second in the Trinity
Yeah I know you feelin' him
500 days left, until the new millennium
You hearin' him, the trumpet sounds
Christ, the last, the first, the first, the last, it won't pass
so don't be caught slippin', don't be trippin' brother
'cause when I see him, I'm givin it, come on

Even when we go they say we move too much,
we do too much,
if you step against us,
then you lose too much
ain't no stoppin' what we doin' when the spirit is movin'
don't be hatin' what we doin'
I'm the vessel he's usin'
everywhere I be they try to judge me,
they try to shake me
they try to budge me
but they can't break me 'cause I'm down with Christ
DarkChild and Nu Nation make ya feel alright

Where my east coast saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my west coast saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Detroit saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Dallas saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Chi Town saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my A-T-L saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Jersey saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where all my towns saints at? Whoop Whoop!

Put your hands up! Oh, they got their hands up! (4x)

Where my DC saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Nashville saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Newsville saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Philly saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Denver saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Charlotte saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Tampa saints at? Whoop Whoop!
Where my Fort Worth saints at? Whoop Whoop!

Where all my saints at, (put your hands up)

Put your hands up! Oh, they got their hands up! (4x)

Chorus until end