Gospel Music


Well, I finally did it.  I’ve always wanted to write a gospel song {on the spectrum, think more toward Jennifer Holliday….and less toward The Gaither Vocal Band}, and today, I did!

Even before The Shack came out, I had the tendency to personify the Holy Spirit as a cross between Aunt Jemimah and Queen Latifah.  All jolly and doughy and momma-like, but still street smart and sassy.  My Holy Spirit is someone who gives you a look and kicks you under the table when you say something mean.  Or who says with a sly wink before you go out, “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do”.  And my Holy Spirit is someone you can curl up and cry on, who will wipe off your face with a checkered apron that smells like nutmeg and laundry soap and home.

I’ve completed almost 7 songs for my Nashville project, and I’m supposed to present a total of 8-9 to my producer.  From that bunch, he’ll choose the best 5 to make an album from.  There is such a special place in my heart for gospel music.  For artists like Lauryn Hill, Eva Cassidy, Israel.  I love to sing that style of music, but I’ve never written anything.

So, today, I sat down determined at my piano.  I summoned the Holy Spirit inside me and looked up a few gospel chord progressions.  With a little adjusting and the addition of some lyrics I’ve been sitting on for several years, out came a song!

If it ends up on my Nashville album, great.  And if not, I’ll make a YouTube video or something so you can still hear it.

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  • Reply Carly Stender October 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    That’s so awesome!! I love Gospel music! I have an Anthony Evans station on pandora and it’s so great!

    • Reply Anna Joy October 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Carly, I’ve never heard of Anthony Evans….*opens Pandora*.

  • Reply Amanda Tank October 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Anna, please, make a youtube video or something so we can hear the song! I love the singers and music style you mentioned in your post and I am soooo excited to hear your song!!! I believe you will do a great job making a gospel song with this kind of style!!

    • Reply Anna Joy October 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Amanda, you are the sweetest. Thanks for the offer! I’ll keep everyone posted on the status of that song…if it’s going to be on the album or not. And if not, I’ll post a video as soon as I can when I come back from Nashville :) Thanks for being so excited to hear it!

  • Reply Amanda Tank October 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I am not very talented with taking pics or video but I would totally be up for recording you singing and making a youtube video if you ever need someone!

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