What I'm Listening To...

Double Take Tuesday: We've Got A Right

The year was 1999 when a small group out of Chicago, IL by the name of New Direction made a big mark on the gospel charts nationwide with their single, Worship Christ penned by Chicago's own Percy Gray, Jr. The song was released on their self-titled debut album on Word Entertainment. The young people in this group sung this with so much energy, which without it wouldn't have done two things; putting emphasis on what the song is about and inviting others to come to worship Christ. With the choir's energy and the track's infectious funky bass line played by Robert Smith, Jr., with the organ (Gerald Dandridge) and the guitar (Joe Woolfold) carrying the song, it's not a wonder this song stayed on the charts but also made it's way onto the popular WOW Gospel compilation series.

However, the song was originally recorded by another choir from Chicago, Tyrone Block and The Christ Tabernacle Combined Choirs on their 1993 release Rev. Milton Brunson Presents Tyrone Block and the Christ Tabernacle Combined Choirs. The song also went by another name, it was originally titled We've Got A Right (Lift Him Up). Whereas New Direction's version was laced with the organ and guitar, Block's version had the heavy sound of the brass instruments, which was very popular to hear in gospel music of the early 90's.

To listen to the songs, click on the album covers.


Raising Prayze

Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken
together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same
measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

One of my favorite sites to visit to find out about anything gospel is Prayzehymn. The owner, J. Matthew Cobb, brings forth album reviews which are raw but very honest, and his wealth of infromation dealing with all things gospel is what keeps me going back. With that said, Prayzehymn is running a campaign to raise money for the site and your donations are welcome. Why should you give? Well, it takes money to run a website and hosts servers that stores the music that he also shares for our listening pleasure...and the cost can add up for quickly. So let's give what we can in support and raise the prayze :-) .



Thanks for posting info on the Campaign and being a blessing to ol' J Matt. I love the blog...very informative...and very surprised at how much you know about ol' skool. I didnt know I had a twin out there...lol. I wish you the very best...and urge you to keep doing what you are doing. You're blessing so many.

Lilmama said...

You're welcome J. Matt, glad I could help in some way. You have provided so much to us all and it's appreciated. I really thank you for stopping by and showing me love, as well as the encouragement, because I can write about so many other things but when it comes to gospel music, it's a bit hard. I'm learning as much as I can thanks to you and so many other people about songs, artists, composers, and musicians each day.

I really think it's important we have outlets such as yours, Lou's, the othter online gospel 'zines, and Youtube that allow people to know some background on songs so gospel music can maintain it's history. Thanks again and be blessed.