Contents of SCGP is dedicated to Lelia A T ChandlerSouthern Com4t Gospel Production Dedicated to the memory of Lelia Anne Chandler A loving mother, friend and musician
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PERFORMING AT THE WAY OF THE CROSS BAPTIST CHURCH IN PALMYR VIRGINIA ON JULY 7, 2002 AT 3:00 - 4:30 PM FOR CHURCH BUILDING FUND WILL BE GEORGE CHANDLER OF SOUTHERN COM4T GOSPEL PRODUCTIONS RICHMOND VA. ALONG WITH THE ENSEMBLE GOSPEL SINGERS. THIS WILL BE FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY RALLY. CONCERT AND DINNER ONLY $10.00 SO PLEASE COME OUT AND GIVE YOUR SUPPORT .DIRECTIONS FROM RICHMOND VA. ARE AS FOLLOWS TAKE I-64 WEST FROM RICHMOND TO THE ZION X ROADS EXIT GO SOUTH ON RT15 APPROXIMATELY 10 MILES TO RT 640 TURN RIGHT ON RT 640 GO APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES CHURCH IS ON THE RIGHT
George A Chandler and SCGP IN CONCERT
The way of the Cross Church reviews
From SCGP and the front offices we would like to thank all the folks from the Richmond and surrounding areas for supporting us by purchasing tickets and taking the long drive to Palmyra VA. . Once again thank you and your support was well appreciated.: SCDAS/SCGP I had the pleasure of attending this gospel show and I must say the word of God was never sang more beautiful than what I heard Sunday. The main featured guest George Chandler was amazing and then we were blessed by the young voice of a 8 yr old who was a family member of Mr. Chandler's named Tionna who had her aunt Felicia and a family friend from the Five Kings of Harmony Bernard Coleman accompany her. It was truly a blessed event. Thank you for putting on a beautiful gospel performance. When is the next one? By P.J.Chandler
I got a phone call from a Ms. Arnett one evening while in the studio. I did not know who she was at first. And then she made the connection between herself and a co worker of mine. It is still a mystery as to how she with out every hearing me sing live felt as though I was the one to anchor the music for her program. God does move in mysterious ways. I had never been to this church in Palmyra Va. before and was not quite sure where it was. So I took a ride up to see it's exact location a few days before the program. Arnett met us at Zion cross roads and led us to the church. Palmyra is right out side of Charlottesville Va. or roughly 60 miles or so from Richmond. On morning of the day of the program a caravan of family and friends left Richmond to journey to THE WAY OF THE CROSS CHURCH. The ride was long but the end proved very rewarding. I truly enjoyed doing this concert and was blessed tremendously. The other singers of the Lords word were just amazing with each song they sang. The ENSEMBLE GOSPEL SINGERS were a great inspiration to me and all in attendance. This group of ladies sang every song acapalo and their delivery was flawless. The other singers on the program were great also.
By:G A Chandler
Touched by the hands of God copywrite 1999 George A Chandler
From the cd Lift you from the waters PLAY Performing musicians: Background vocals: George A Chandler- All keyboard parts: George A Chandler- Lead vocals: George A Chandler- Lyrics and arrangements: George A Chandler Bass guitar: Bernard Evans- Lead/rhythm guitar: Stanley Jones This the latest from Mr. Chandler is a very uplifting gospel tune. A contemporary sound with a message from the heart. Playing bass guitar and giving the song that extra added punch to set the mode for the vocals Mr. Bernard Evans put a lot of himself into this song. His contributions musically and as a friend are always a plus. Stanley Jones came in and completed the package with his knowledge of the gospel l music field and soulful guitar playing. Many thanks and well wishes are indeed extended to this great musician and fellow gospel artist. This song is on the I pray to Jesus CD by G A Chandler. There are other old time favorites included. TO PURCHASE CD E-MAIL
Lift you from the waters copy write 1998 George A Chandler
From the cd Lift you from the waters Performing musicians: Lead vocals: George A Chandler- Background vocals: George A Chandler- All keyboard parts: George A Chandler-Lyrics and arrangements: George A Chandler A truly upbeat gospel tune. Inspiring and uplifting. This song is a personal thanks to the wonders of God ! Recorded and arranged at Southern Com4t Digital Audio Studios Richmond Va. 1999 TO PURCHASE CD E-MAIL
I pray to Jesus copy write 1998 George A Chandler From the cd Lift you from the waters
Performing musicians: Lead vocals: George A Chandler- Background vocals: George A Chandler- All keyboard parts: George A Chandler-Lyrics and arrangements: George A Chandler If you have ever gotten up and it seemed that if it could go wrong it did ? May be you felt the need to talk to somebody and a friend just cant be found. Ever felt that your life was the eye of the storm ?Well here is a tune that can be hummed all day long and give you the assurance that someone other than yourself is in charge of things. Recorded and arranged at Southern Com4t Digital Audio Studios Richmond Va. 1999 TO PURCHASE CD E-MAIL
Getting ready to do his debut on the gospel scene. George Chandler of SCGP invited in the studio Bernard Coleman referred to as Baeboo from the local gospel group The Five Kings of Harmony ,two of his sisters from the family group L.A.C Memorial to help with background parts on the song entitled Get right church. Since all background is usually done by George it was different and fun for him to work with three people from different styles of gospel. Yet with the aid of Qcards and allot of hilarious joking the background tracks were laid down with out a hitch in less than three takes. George would like to give thanks to sister Jackie, sister Felicia and friend BOO. It was a rewarding experience for him to work with such professional singers and he looks forward to the opportunity of doing it again in the very near future.
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My souls been anchored .. No place like church .. Standing on the promises of God .. Prayers oh Lord ..
His precious life .. Lift you from the waters. By G A Chandler .. I pray to Jesus. By G A Chandler ..
Hand in the Hand of the man .. Walk on .. Get right church.. Touched by the hands of GOD ..By G A Chandler
Soul FoodTo help you make it through your day
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he hereth the prayers of the righteous
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Mathew 6:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away
Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalms 40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let the loving kindness and thy truth continually preserve me
Psalms 41:11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
Proverbs 6:2 Thou art snared by the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words thy mouth.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
St. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth
much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in all your
ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
Matt :16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven
Matt 6:21 For where your treasure is there will your heart be also
I pray to Jesus Gospel Extravaganza
On August 22, 1999 Southern Com4T Gospel Productions in conjunction with SCDAS was proud to present its first Gospel production, "I Pray To Jesus" at Club Jazmint in Richmond. The event was truly blessed, and at its end left all those in attendance inspired and humbled in the presence of the Lord. The evening was filled with a diverse array of talented performers, all of whom impressed the audience with their emotional renditions of both old gospel favorites and new original songs. The program began with George A. Chandler's rendition of the theme song of the night, "I pray to Jesus." This got the ball rolling in beautiful fashion. This was a perfect transition to Dorothy Chandler's stirring a cappella performance, which was given in a most t riveting manner. She belted out a medley of two gospel songs, "My Soul Loves Jesus," and "Without God We Can Do Nothing." Next up was Robert Short and Christ Connection, who introduced a new and unique style of gospel to the audience, which could probably best be described as folk gospel. The group sang scriptures during a performance that was much more focused on the lyrical aspect as opposed to performance and showiness. Stanley Jones of Six Strang Ministries took the stage next, guitar in hand.The show really picked up in energy during the beginning of his set, and he kept the attention of the crowd as he ran through his part of the program, delivering over 30 minutes of praise. This was especially impressive, considering that he also provided all of his own music and background voices. By the end of Mr. Jones' set, the audience of just under 100 at the well-packed venue was definitely feeling the positive and uplifting vibe that encompassed the room at the time. Cheryl Willis simply dazzled those in attendance with her ballad-filled set. Ms. Willis is the music director of Richmond's All Nations Church. Her singing impressed the crowd so much, that she elicited a standing ovation from them. The tempo was very slow at this point, and although nothing but beautiful talent had been exhibited by now, a pick-me-up was definitely in order. Enter little 5 year old Tionna Draughn, who did a lovely performance of the all-time gospel favorite "This Little Light of Mine," along with the accompaniment of Mr. Bernard Coleman of 5 Kings of Harmony. After a little bout with mic-shyness, Tionna ordered Mr. Coleman a swift "You start!" and things were under way. The crowd was seemingly smiling in unison at the performance, one of the evening's most joyous moments. Topping off the evening was the program's most energetic performance, given by SCDAS President and CEO George A. Chandler. He gave a performance that included three original songs that the crowd appreciated immensely. Mr. Chandler was definitely feeling the spirit as he belted out these tunes one after another. He paused between songs to assure crowd participation, making sure he heard the requisite "Amen's" throughout his set. As opposed to remaining on the stage, Chandler worked the room, involving the entire audience in the performance and truly uniting everyone in the room in praise of the Lord. To close the set he gave a totally energized rendition of "Standing on the Promises of God," during which all of the night's performers came back out to join him in praise. Overall, the evening went extremely well, and practically without flaw. Look for Southern Com4T to bring to the community more exciting gospel performances. A large thanks is due to all those who helped make the evening the blessed event that it was.
Pilgrim Jubilee Singers FORMED: Chicago, IL Since the early '50s, the Pilgrim Jubilee Singers have used their hard, rockin' gospel music as a powerful means of testifying their faith, love, and charitable hope that humanity will find a way to bring itself closer to the kingdom of heaven. Over its long history, the group has undergone numerous personnel changes. The first incarnation originated in the 1940s on the Mississippi Delta by Elgie and Theopholis Graham, but the most famous version of the Pilgrim Jubilees began in Chicago, 1952, when younger Graham brothers Clay and Cleve resurrected the group. Since then, these two have remained the group's spiritual and musical core. While growing up in Mississippi, all four Graham brothers were trained to sing. It was Theopholis who left the first group to live in Chicago; the rest of his brothers followed in 1951, and all four briefly sang in the group. The Pilgrim Jubilees toured quite a bit (when not working their day jobs, which for the Graham brothers meant working in their separate barber shops), and this proved too much for the older brothers, who gradually dropped out. Shortly thereafter, Clay and Cleve invited baritone Major Roberson and lead singer Percy Clark (both from Mississippi) to join. They also took on guitarist Richard Crume and bassist Roosevelt English, and began recording; through the 1950s, they released sides and albums for assorted labels, including Peacock, Chance, and Nashboro. Soon after signing to Peacock in 1960, the band gained national exposure with their label debut, "Stretch Out." Its success allowed the Pilgrim Jubilees to finally go professional. Crume eventually left the group to join the Soul Stirrers, but the other three have remained together and carried on into the '90s. ~ Sandra Brennan, All-Music Guide
Gospel Music, genre of popular American hymnody that emerged about 1870. At first a predominantly white style, it became prominent in the urban religious revivals led by the evangelist Dwight Moody with the musician Ira Sankey. Its roots were in Sunday school hymns, camp meeting spirituals, and the melodies and harmonies of popular music; the bass voice often echoes the other parts. An early example is I Love to Tell the Story (1869) by William Fischer. The texts, notably those of the poet Fanny Crosby, often deal with salvation and conversion. Black gospel music, which became distinctive by 1930, is especially associated with Pentecostal churches. It developed out of the combination of the earlier hymns, black performance styles, and elements from black spirituals. Singing, which may merge into ecstatic dance, is usually accompanied by piano or organ, often with handclapping, tambourines, and electric guitars. Texts such as Precious Lord (1932) by Thomas Dorsey stress themes of consolation. Noted singers include Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson. Although the black and white varieties of gospel music have remained distinctive, repertoire has been shared, and they have freely influenced each other stylistically." Gospel Music," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.
Born George W. Yuille August 29, 1969 in California
Richmond's finest in the gospel field (RELATED)
Mr. Yuille started singing at age 3. Later learned to play keyboards.
He was called to the ministry at age 11and has been doing God's will
since. Now ministering God's word through the gift of song. He is
currently living in the Richmond Va. area and is releasing his first
demo project through Southern Com4t Digital Audio Studios in Richmond
Va. For engagements and appearances - Contact: George W. Yuille
Donnie McClurkin BORN: 1961
Donnie McClurkin is a gospel vocalist with the soul of Andréa Crouch and the contemporary flair of Kirk Franklin. Born into a home filled with domestic violence and drug abuse, McClurkin was saved by an aunt who sang background vocals with Crouch himself. After staying close to Crouch throughout his boyhood, he began to play piano and sing with his church youth choir. He formed the McClurkin Singers by the time he was a teenager, and later formed another group, the New York Restoration Choir. Hired as an associate minister at Marvin Winans' Perfecting Church in 1989, with his vocals during a seminar, McClurkin endured a bout with leukemia that year. A friendship with a Warner Alliance executive resulted in his signing to the label for his 1996 self-titled LP, with producers Mark Kibble (of Take 6), Cedric and Victor Maxwell plus Andréa Crouch. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide Donnie McClurkin "I want to make God proud of me. I want God to look at me and smile...to trust me with exactly what He tells me to do. I want to be just like Him...to have His heart for people, His compassion. I want to see people and have my heart break and minister Jesus to them. I could care less about fame." - Donnie McClurkin Donnie McClurkin is into promoting Jesus, not himself...which is just fine. Because with his considerable singing and writing talents, combined with an uncompromising message of God's love and holiness, he has been slowly and surely gathering a committed group of friends and an appreciative audience for himself in Christian circles. Now, with the advent of his debut album, Donnie McClurkin's ministry is sure to take a very fast forward. The nine tracks on Donnie McClurkin, the artist's self-titled Warner Alliance debut, features an amazing range of musical and spiritual expression, as well as a stellar list of guests and producers. Cedric and Victor Caldwell, Mark Kibble (of Take 6), André Crouch and Bill Maxwell share production credits, and Helen Baylor, Abraham Laboriel, and Howard and Linda McCrary are only a few of the Gospel greats and personal friends who added to the album's power, joy and reverence. With the release of his album, offers for film soundtracks, as well as concert and workshop dates are stacking up. But with Donnie's sense of equilibrium, and his feet solidly on the rock of his salvation, he's not about to have his head turned. Donnie gained that sense of stability through the strength and faith he found in the face of a childhood filled with domestic violence-both his mother and father struggled with substance abuse-and a home life that in many cases would have been a prelude to prison or a life on the streets. Fortunately, the chaos of his home was offset by God's saving grace. Donnie committed his life to Christ when he was only nine, and when he was 11, an encounter with André Crouch helped bring form to the course God had set for him. Donnie's Aunt Bea Carr sang backgrounds for André and so he came to Donnie's church to minister. In the course of the evening, André spent time with Donnie, encouraging him to play the piano. Donnie remembers, "From that time on, André Crouch would send me postcards from the cities where he played, saying `We're in Akron. Ask Bea what happened here.` He'd put a scripture down and say `read this.' That changed my whole outlook on singing. André fostered ministry, rather than fame. It was more ministry to him than anything else, not some glamorous career." By the time Donnie was 14, he was playing piano for the youth choir at his church and later in his teens he began to sing, eventually forming the McClurkin Singers with his sisters and then the New York Restoration Choir. The choir frequented prisons, detention centers and sang on the streets. In '81, Donnie told the other members in his group that God said he was going to work with Marvin Weans. Later, in '83, while attending a seminar given by Winans, Donnie was asked to lead a song. After a less than stellar rehearsal, Donnie sang the song in the evening service. Afterward, Marvin said to Donnie, "I don't even know what your name is. I have nothing to offer you, but somehow we're going to work together." To which Donnie replied, "God told me that two years ago." Finally, in November of '89, Donnie joined the staff of Winans' Perfecting Church as an associate minister, almost ten years after the initial word from God. Shortly afterward, Donnie was diagnosed with leukemia. "I don't know how long I had it. My rib cage started to swell up. I was bleeding internally and I needed to start treatment immediately. I told the doctor, I needed thirty days. I was going to a specialist. He asked, 'Who is your specialist, God?' He gave me the thirty days. I went to Marvin, kind of feeling like I was going to die. He hit me on the chest. 'Not so, you're not going to die with this,' and he left me standing there and went back to work. Bishop Crouch, Andra's dad, also prayed for me. I went back thirty days later to the doctor. They did the test again and the leukemia was gone. The symptoms prevailed for a month and a half and then it was over. God gave me this scripture, Psalm 118:17. 'I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.' And that promise, like other words in Donnie's life, has been choir directing has taken him to the White House (performing both for Presidents Bush and Clinton), as well as garnering him appearances with Quincy Jones, numerous appearances at the New York Knicks games, and a home at Warner Alliance. He also recently performed at President Clinton's election night gathering in Little Rock, Arkansas and on Kenny Rogers' 1996 Christmas television special. His association with Warner Alliance actually began before the record company even existed. "I met Demetrus Alexander [now Vice President of Gospel Music] in '86. When I met her, we talked for 20 minutes and I said, 'God is going to use you in the gospel music industry.' Four years later she was with Alliance. In December of '90, she came to our church with Donna McElroy. She said 'I've been looking for you.' I was with another label and she asked me to sing "Speak To My Heart" at this pre-Grammy party put on by Warner Alliance and Choice Management. All these people were sitting there. I was as nervous as a cat. My support, the choir, was in the balcony. I was all alone on stage and all I could say was 'I'm just a church boy that God just healed from leukemia and all I know is Jesus.' Afterwards, Barry Landis [then VP of Marketing for Warner Alliance] and Donna were waiting for me outside the bathroom crying." Following that performance, God told Donnie he was going to be on Warner Alliance. Now six years later, human time has caught up with God's eternal word and Donnie McClurkin is set to release his Warner Alliance debut. Even the recording of the album was imbued with grace and surrounded with that supernatural reality that seems to follow Donnie wherever he goes. "I flew in the first night of the recording session to Los Angeles;. Bill Maxwell picked me up at the airport and we went straight into the studio... Bill Schnee's. He had all the boys there, Abraham Laboriel, Tony Maiden. They knew I wasn't feeling well. I was on the phone to Nashville when Helen Baylor and [her husband] James walked in. She said, 'We came because we heard you weren't feeling well. We're going to sit with you all night.' Helen sang background on 'Have A Little Talk With Jesus.' She'd pray and she'd cry. If I was thirsty, she'd get me a drink of water. Andra played piano tracks for 'We Expect You.' It was the most enchanting, memorable event. The spiritual high of my lifetime, everything I ever believed I'd be doing, sitting in the room with all those people there." Evidence of that 'spiritual high,' those prayers and all that love, is present on every one of the album's nine tracks, along with a wonderful sincerity, a purity of motive, a passion for holiness, and compassion for the body of Christ. Donnie balances his ministry to others by receiving ministry and instruction himself. "On Sundays, I'm home so I can be in church and hear the sermon and grow." He's also concerned about integrity in gospel music and ministering to other artists. Donnie declares, "Let's get healed before we go out to sing for anybody else." Donnie joins with others in ministry and music for quarterly times of consecration, fasting and intensive prayer. In a day where boundaries are vague and righteousness is being restructured, Donnie McClurkin stands firm and compassionate, but uncompromising-offering music that inspires, uplifts and transforms, and speaks to the very depth of our hearts. As the saying goes, "When you've heard from God, then you have something to say."
TRACK BY TRACK
STAND - I picked "Stand." I felt there was something about that song. That was the first time that God gave me a complete song at one time. I was sitting in the back of the plane with no one around me and God just started writing the song.
JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS - Keith Laws arranged this song and brought it to our church and we've been singing it ever since. A standard hymn with a beat and a vamp.
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is my favorite hymn in the world. I wanted it to be kind of cathedral like, with a classic choir and orchestra...versus a gospel choir sound.
SEARCH ME - About two years ago, I was in the shower and I heard myself singing this song, which is a real traditional hymn, and I heard modern Take 6-type background vocals. I thought, "Man, I've got to do this." Having Joey and Mark work with me on it was amazing.
JESUS, THE MENTION OF YOUR NAME - I was at Ronald's [Winans] house. I left there at 2 A.M. I'd been praying. By the time I got home, I had the first verse. I taught what I had at a music conference I was doing and the rest of it came while I was teaching the song.
SPEAK TO MY HEART - I knew I wanted to do it again. I wrote it in '82 and recorded in '89 with the New York Restoration Choir. Mary J. Blige has since given it a different spin, but I thought, "Let me do it the way I first heard it in my mind."
HERE WITH YOU - It came out of my dreams. I know it sounds strange. I saw a big auditorium like the Fox theater in Atlanta, totally empty and black, except one spotlight that shone on to the stage. There was a stool and I saw a woman sitting there and this was the song she sang.
YES WE CAN CAN - A Pointer Sisters song, that I heard in a mall or someplace. I said somebody needs to record that song and give it a spiritual twist. I wanted to do it just like they did it. Mark Kibble had said "Whenever you're ready to do something, let me know, I want to help out." Take 6 wanted to do the song, but never got around to it and they already had an arrangement. The verses are like the Pointer Sisters, the chorus and backgrounds are Take 6. As we went on, I added in the scriptures, which gave it a completeness for me.
WE EXPECT YOU is a personal favorite of mine. I have loved that song since Andra Crouch wrote and recorded it in 1976, and I've sung it ever since....my sisters and I would go out and sing it. "We Expect You" speaks of the hope that's been with me ever since I was saved. It epitomizes the yearning in the Christians heart for His return. When you hear the song, its like, "Oh my God." I cry every time I hear it. It's filled with passion and the anticipation of Jesus coming back.
Original Gospel Songs by George A Chandler
I pray to Jesus
Touched by the hands of God
Lift you from the waters