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Produced by John Sussewell and Oliver A. Scott, this nine-track album is on the harder edge of contemporary gospel. For the most part, songs such as the title tune are heavy on synthesizers, percussion and bass. "He's Always There" and "The Glory of Jesus" are oddball traditional Southern gospel fillers. The Richard Smallwood Singers lend their virile background vocals again as they did on Sing A Song album.


Born: March 13, 1940 in Hanceville, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born March 13, 1940, in Hanceville, AL, Candi Stanton sang with the Jewell Gospel Trio as a teenager. They toured the traditional gospel circuit in the 1950s with the Soul Stirrers, C.L. Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson. They recorded several sides for Nashboro, Apollo, and Savoy Records between 1953 and 1963. In 1968 Staton launched solo career as a Southern soul stylist, garnering 16 R&B hits for Rick Hall's legendary Fame Studios and gaining the title of First Lady of Southern Soul for her Grammy-nominated...
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