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Thread started 06/11/19 1:59am

Krid

Prince's "gospel" songs - did they find their way into churches?

Some of Prince's songs have a real spiritual core and also from the music structure remind me of gospel songs - and I believe they would not be out of place in a church setting, with an organ and gospel choir.

Some of the songs which come to my mind are (and there are many more:

Love... thy will be done

Anna Stasia

The Cross

Holy River

Forever in My Life

Now - have some of his songs actually been performed in church? Not only a "Purple Rain" gospel tribute when he died, but in a regular church service?

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Reply #1 posted 06/11/19 5:00am

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My church band actually played 'Baby I'm A Star' one Sunday.

So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #2 posted 06/11/19 5:28am

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For the most part, in the black church culture I'm familiar with they would consider this "secular music" which is a BIG no-no.

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Reply #3 posted 06/11/19 7:31am

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Krid said:

Some of Prince's songs have a real spiritual core and also from the music structure remind me of gospel songs - and I believe they would not be out of place in a church setting, with an organ and gospel choir.

Some of the songs which come to my mind are (and there are many more:

Love... thy will be done

Anna Stasia

The Cross

Holy River

Forever in My Life

Now - have some of his songs actually been performed in church? Not only a "Purple Rain" gospel tribute when he died, but in a regular church service?

All of those songs would be out of place in most church services, except maybe the Cross.

.

the closest I could see is God(the Dance Electric) or 4 the Tears In Your Eyes

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But there was a straight out church choir gospel song that clearly was influenced by Purple Rain, I forget the name at this moment.

Love... Thy Will Be Done, is probabl.y not known enough(even though that might make it easier to pass off as a church song)
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Anna Stesia is a 'rock' song, I mean that is too personal and not even close to be intergrated into a service

Holy River is 'Princereligiosity' it doesn't translate 'Gospel'

Forever In My Life is a 'proposal' song about romantic love

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Maybe people have done it, but 'celeb tributes' in a church service would be out of place -the service/worship is directed toward God.

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* now I will say I remember going to a 'community gospel concert' with a friend and Janet JUST came out, the musical director and his group, did 'Anytime, Anyplace' as an instrumental with some changed lyrics. LOL I could not believe it. He probably thought no one would have heard the song.

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Reply #4 posted 06/11/19 8:06am

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Christian artist Kevin Max, formerly of DC Talk, recorded a solo version of "The cross". I don't think any church sang it but it is known to some of the Christian community.

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Reply #5 posted 06/11/19 9:00am

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All of those songs would be out of place in most church services, except maybe the Cross.

.

the closest I could see is God(the Dance Electric) or 4 the Tears In Your Eyes

.

.

But there was a straight out church choir gospel song that clearly was influenced by Purple Rain, I forget the name at this moment.

Love... Thy Will Be Done, is probabl.y not known enough(even though that might make it easier to pass off as a church song)
.
Anna Stesia is a 'rock' song, I mean that is too personal and not even close to be intergrated into a service

Holy River is 'Princereligiosity' it doesn't translate 'Gospel'

Forever In My Life is a 'proposal' song about romantic love

.

Maybe people have done it, but 'celeb tributes' in a church service would be out of place -the service/worship is directed toward God.

.

* now I will say I remember going to a 'community gospel concert' with a friend and Janet JUST came out, the musical director and his group, did 'Anytime, Anyplace' as an instrumental with some changed lyrics. LOL I could not believe it. He probably thought no one would have heard the song.

"Let It Rain" - Bishop Paul S. Morton...

Welcome home class. We've come a long way. - RIP Prince
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Reply #6 posted 06/11/19 10:07am

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the closest I could see is God(the Dance Electric) or 4 the Tears In Your Eyes


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But there was a straight out church choir gospel song that clearly was influenced by Purple Rain, I forget the name at this moment.



Love... Thy Will Be Done, is probabl.y not known enough(even though that might make it easier to pass off as a church song)
.
Anna Stesia is a 'rock' song, I mean that is too personal and not even close to be intergrated into a service


Holy River is 'Princereligiosity' it doesn't translate 'Gospel'


Forever In My Life is a 'proposal' song about romantic love


.


Maybe people have done it, but 'celeb tributes' in a church service would be out of place -the service/worship is directed toward God.


.


* now I will say I remember going to a 'community gospel concert' with a friend and Janet JUST came out, the musical director and his group, did 'Anytime, Anyplace' as an instrumental with some changed lyrics. LOL I could not believe it. He probably thought no one would have heard the song.





😳lol. ‘The Ladder’ always struck me as a gospel/church song.
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Reply #7 posted 06/11/19 3:24pm

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nothing compares to U....(kanye sunday service LOL)

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roxy831 said:

All of those songs would be out of place in most church services, except maybe the Cross.

.

the closest I could see is God(the Dance Electric) or 4 the Tears In Your Eyes

.

.

But there was a straight out church choir gospel song that clearly was influenced by Purple Rain, I forget the name at this moment.

Love... Thy Will Be Done, is probabl.y not known enough(even though that might make it easier to pass off as a church song)
.
Anna Stesia is a 'rock' song, I mean that is too personal and not even close to be intergrated into a service

Holy River is 'Princereligiosity' it doesn't translate 'Gospel'

Forever In My Life is a 'proposal' song about romantic love

.

Maybe people have done it, but 'celeb tributes' in a church service would be out of place -the service/worship is directed toward God.

.

* now I will say I remember going to a 'community gospel concert' with a friend and Janet JUST came out, the musical director and his group, did 'Anytime, Anyplace' as an instrumental with some changed lyrics. LOL I could not believe it. He probably thought no one would have heard the song.

"Let It Rain" - Bishop Paul S. Morton...

Yes, thank U

...Phil Colins come to mind too(non gospel of course)

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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bsprout said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

😳lol. ‘The Ladder’ always struck me as a gospel/church song.

Yes, the Ladder

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
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OldFriends4Sale said:

roxy831 said:

"Let It Rain" - Bishop Paul S. Morton...

Yes, thank U

...Phil Colins come to mind too(non gospel of course)

You're welcome biggrin . I tell ya, when I first heard Let It Rain, the first thing that came to mind was "Did Paul get permission?" confused

Welcome home class. We've come a long way. - RIP Prince
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roxy831 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Yes, thank U

...Phil Colins come to mind too(non gospel of course)

You're welcome biggrin . I tell ya, when I first heard Let It Rain, the first thing that came to mind was "Did Paul get permission?" confused


LOL

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A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

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Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
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Reply #12 posted 06/13/19 9:09am

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What about Still Would Stand All Time?

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lurker316 said:


What about Still Would Stand All Time?

Thanks 4 bringing this 1 up, I haven't heard this in a long while

It's just around the corner, it's just around the block
This love that I've been waiting for, a Love solid as rock
A Love that reaffirms that we are not alone
A Love so bright inside you it glows
And night and day would run together, and all things would be fine
Still would stand all hate around us
Still would stand all time
Still would stand all time

It's not a thousand years away, it's not that far my brother
When men will fight injustice instead of one another
Its not that far if we all say yes and only try
Then Heaven on Earth we will find

No one man will be ruler, therefore love must rule us all
Dishonesty, anger, fear, jealousy and greed will fall
Love can save us all

Oh, love, love, oh love if you would just please give us a sign
Still would...

Oh, love, love, oh love if you would just please give us a sign
Still would stand all time
Heaven, heaven on earth we all want to find (we all want 2 find it)
Still (still) would stand all time

We are not alone people (we're not alone)
Tell me can you see the light (can ya see the light)
If you just open your eyes (still would stand all time)
So much you will know, so much you will show
Love, love, its not that far away if we all say yes and give it a try
(Got ta give it, a try, yes!) still would stand all time (I say still)
(so many times) so may times, I thought I could not make it
(still would stand all time)
Life was closing in I just knew, I just knew I couldn't take it
That's when love opened it's arms, and if you don't go in child
Still would stand all time (still would stand all time)
You better run to the light, leave your past behind
All things will be fine
Still would stand all time

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the m
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