I just need something Soulful!

Amazing Grace, featuring James Cleveland and songs by Thomas Dorsey

Some say music calms the nerves. Sometimes you just need something soothing and inspirational or maybe something jazzy, or a little bit of Rhythm and Blues, and at times you just want to hear the powerful, vibrant voices of gospel's greatest.


Have you been in the mood for an inspirational song? Maybe you're going through a difficult time and just need a pick-me-up, something soulful and uplifting.

Hearing Aretha sing "Oh Mary don't you weep" will send chills down your spine. Aretha sings it with such passion and feeling it's like you're jolted back into time, standing in between the pews clapping your hands and stomping your feet.

Aretha Franklin is truly the Queen of Soul, releasing her first hit single in 1967 through Atlantic Records and several others afterwards. Her first album was released 4 years earlier in her father's, Reverend C. L. Franklin's, church .

The balance that Aretha creates by journeying back towards her gospel roots and hearing her soulful sounds and harmonious riffs which she belts out, can surely leave one in awe, giving her R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Other songs on Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace album include:

Disc 1

1."Mary Don't You Weep" (Inez Andrews)
2."Take My Hand, Precious Lord" /"You've Got a Friend" (Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, Frank Frazier) / (Carole King)
3."Old Landmark"
4."Give Yourself to Jesus" (Robert Fryson)
5."How I Got Over" (Clara Ward)
6."What a Friend We Have In Jesus" (Joseph Scriven, Charles Converse)
7."Amazing Grace" (John Newton)

 Disc 2

1."Precious Memories" (Traditional)
2."Climbing Higher Mountains" (Traditional)
3.Remarks by Reverend C.L. Franklin
4."God Will Take Care of You" (Traditional)
5."Wholy Holy" (Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson, Alfred Cleveland)
6."You'll Never Walk Alone" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
7."Never Grow Old" (Traditional)

This CD is truly worth listening to; it's very uplifting.

Can you name a few artists whose voices have an impact on you?




Absolutely, CeCe Winans, has such a soothing voice, thank you for including her along with Ms. Shirley Ceasar.

Thank you for responding,

You'll Never Walk Alone, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Amazing Grace, and Oh Holy Night are songs that inspire me!

First of all, Thank you for responding,
I can certainly see how the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" can be inspiring I must admit that's one of the songs that inspires me as well.

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