Spiritual & Gospel Musicians-7

MUSICIANS ON THIS PAGE: GREGORY PORTER * BEN HARPER * D. E. M. * IRIS DEMENT * GEORGIA SPIRITUAL ENSEMBLE * WATERSON:CARTHY * KIM & REGGIE HARRIS * SARA WATKINS * SWANEE QUINTET * DOC WATSON * PASCHALL BROTHERS * MADDY PRIOR & CARNIVAL BAND * RALPH STANLEY * TRACY CHAPMAN * ANUNA * CHRIS THOMAS KING * JORMA KAUKONEN * HERITAGE BLUES ORCHESTRA * SOUL STIRRERS (WITHOUT SAM COOKE)

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Suggested by Linda Hess:

I love this song despite the record company’s cheesy album advertising photo below:

Harper sings “Amen Omen”:


Vocal group D. E. M. perform “Hold On” and “My Lord What a Morning”:


Country/folk artist Iris Dement sings an old hymn:

Dement’s song about The Good Samaritan:


Georgia Spiritual Ensemble was created to further the enduring legacy and tradition of the Negro Spiritual. Each of the singers sings with depth and emotion that is sure to spiritually move and excite every listener. Debra Crampton, Timothy Harper, Selina Madison, Oral Moses, Mazelle Webster and Johnetta Tillman all have had numerous successes in performing in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and nationally:


Waterson:Carthy is an English folk group comprised of Norma Waterson on vocals, her husband Martin Carthy on guitar and vocals and their daughter Eliza Carthy on fiddle and vocals.


Couple performs songs on the Philly Folk Fest Highlight reel including: Rock of Ages, Windows of the Heart, Run Mary Run, All My Relations:


Former member of the groups Watkins Family Hour and Nickel Creek and current soloist and member of I’m With Her:




2 acapella gospel gems from the blind guitar whiz, Doc Watson:



English folksinger Maddy Prior performs a hymn by Charles Wesley:

Another Prior performance of a hymn written by Charles Wesley:








Blues singer performs old spiritual:



Heritage Blues Orchestra featuring : Bill Sims, Jr, vocals & guitar, Chaney Sims, vocals, Junior Mack, vocals & guitar, Vincent Bucher, harmonica, Kenny Smith, drums, Bruno Wilhelm, Sax & horn arrangements, Jean Michel Feugère, Trumpet, Jean Gobinet, Trumpet, Didier Havet, Trombone/ Sousaphone.  Here they perform “Get Right Church”:

Here, they perform Eric Bibb’s “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down”:



The Soul Stirrers existed before and after Sam Cooke.  Here, they featured R. H. Harris:

Here, they featured Paul Foster:

This Caribbean-sounding version of the spiritual was produced by Sam Cooke and featured Jimmy Outler on lead vocals: