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Friday, November 12, 2010

Heaven's Grand Parade of Music

Doris Akers
♫ I Sure Do Love The Lord

Dothan, AL

Dothan Market, Dothan, AL

 Billy Gene Dickerson
♫ Blessed By The Best

Doris Akers
♫ How Big Is God
Grace Temple, Minneapolis, MN

 Billy Gene Dickerson
♫ Angels Watching over Me
Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understanding. 
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he 
shall direct thy paths.
Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, 
and his righteousness; and all these 
things shall be added unto you.
Phillipians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need 
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:12
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who 
hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry;

Thank you.

Doris Akers
♫ Any Time, Anywhere

 John 15:7 
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
 ye shall ask what ye willand it shall be done unto you.

Billy Gene Dickerson
 ♫ He Created It All

Bill Monroe
♫ I'm Going That Way

Psalm 33 1-3
Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous:
for praise is comely for the upright. 
Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him 
with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

TF's Bluegrass Translation of Psalm 33: 1-3Good people Bless the Lord!Right living people sound best when they're praising God.Use mandolins to reinforce your Hallelujahs!Play His praise on a harmonica.Invent your own new song to Him,Give Him a banjo fanfare!

T. Texas Tyler
♫ A Beautiful Life

First Generation Bluegrass 
Flatt & Scruggs
♫ Paul & Silas

Third Generation of Bluegrass 
Allison Kraus and the Cox Family
♫ I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

This is the life!

Sittin' on the porch playin' Bluegrass

Young or old...there's always room for one more.

Ice Mountain Days, West Virginia
Musicians everywhere love sittin' on the porch and jammin'!

Second Generation of Bluegrass 
Del McCoury
♫ Recovering Pharisee

 Second Generation of Bluegrass
Doyle Lawson
♫ Heaven's Parade
Second Generation of Bluegrass
Ralph Stanley
♫ Come Angel Band

Doris Akers
♫ Lord Don't Move The Mountain

She learned to play the piano by ear at age six and by age ten had composed her first song. By the time she was twelve, she had organized a five-piece band that played music of the 1930s. When she was only 22 years of age, she moved to Los Angeles, where she encountered a thriving gospel music community. She met several outstanding musicians, such as Eugene Douglas Smallwood, who greatly influenced the gospel music career of this young African-American lady. A year later, Doris joined the Sallie Martin Singers as pianist and singer. Two years later, with Dorothy Vemell Simmons, she formed the Simmons–Akers Singers and also launched a publishing firm called Akers Music House.In 1958, in a Los Angeles church, she started a racially mixed gospel group, the Sky Pilot Choir, which featured African-American gospel music. People would drive for miles just to hear their song arrangements. Many artists, including the Stamps–Baxter Quartet, Bill Gaither, George Beverly Shea, and Mahalia Jackson, have recorded Akers' songs. Countless other Southern Gospel Music groups still record and sing her music. Millions of church members have sung her songs, which have long been published in many hymnals. She was a recording artist, music arranger, choir director, and songwriter and was awarded Gospel Music Composer of the Year for both 1960 and 1961.In 1958, she and Mahalia Jackson co-wrote "Lord, Don't Move the Mountain," which won a Manna Music Gold West Plaque in recognition of one million records sold. She was honored by the Smithsonian Institution, which labeled her songs and records "National Treasures." She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001, along with such notables as the Rambos and Kurt Kaiser. She wrote the famous "Sweet Sweet Spirit" in 1962To the end of her earthly life, Doris Akers believed that God wants His children to pray. Her songs have circled the globe, aiding Christians of all nationalities in their worship of the heavenly Father. She passed away on July 26, 1995, in Minneapolis 


From the sick room to the prison cell, I labor to take the 
gospel and gospel music to a world of hurt. 
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