James Cleveland

James Cleveland

James Cleveland


Latest Release

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  • Something's Got A Hold Of Me
  • August 2023
  • 10 Songs

Top Songs

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God Is
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Peace Be Still
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Jesus Is The Best Thing
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I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord
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The Lord Is Blessing Me Right Now


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James Cleveland


The visionary behind the contemporary gospel sound, the Rev. James Cleveland, was a pioneering composer and choral director whose progressive arrangements -- jazzy and soulful, complete with odd time signatures -- helped push the music past the confines of the traditional Baptist hymnal into new and unexpected directions, infusing elements of the sanctified church style and secular pop to alter the face of gospel forever. Born in Chicago on December 5, 1932, Cleveland was a boy soprano at Pilgrim Baptist Church, the home of minister of music Thomas A. Dorsey; as his parents we...
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