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When Sunday ComesGospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras$
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Claudrena N. Harold

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043574

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043574.001.0001

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Lord Let Me Be an Instrument

Lord Let Me Be an Instrument

The Artistry and Cultural Politics of Reverend James Cleveland

(p.17) Chapter 1 Lord Let Me Be an Instrument
When Sunday Comes

Claudrena N. Harold

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the artistic legacy of Reverend James Cleveland, an internationally renowned musician whose sonic innovations and institution building efforts contributed to gospel music's dramatic growth in the post–civil rights era. Significant attention is given to his role as founding president of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Created in 1967, the GMWA provided an institutional space for gospel musicians seeking to advance both their careers and black sacred music. By exploring Cleveland’s work for the GMWA, particularly his proposed gospel college in Soul City, North Carolina, along with his groundbreaking records on Savoy, this chapter underscores how black Christians' struggle for self-determination extended into the music world.

Keywords:   James Cleveland, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Savoy Records, Soul City, North Carolina

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