Rev. James Cleveland


Born December 5, 1931, Reverend James Cleveland was an American gospel singer, musician, arranger, composer, and choir leader. Known as the King of Gospel music, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospel, soul, pop, and jazz in arrangements for mass choirs. Throughout his career, Cleveland appeared on hundreds of recordings and earned 4 Grammy Awards. He was the first gospel musician to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1984. For his trailblazing accomplishments, he is regarded by many to be one of the greatest gospel singers that ever lived. He is best known for his gospel classics, "Lord, Help Me To Hold Out," "Peace Be Still," "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired", “Where Is Your Faith," "The Love Of God," and "God Has Smiled On Me.” He died on February 9, 1991

In Groups:Gospel All Stars, Rev. James Cleveland & Cornerstone Baptist Church Choir, Rev. James Cleveland Choir, The Caravans (2), The Gospel Chimes, The Gospelaires (7)
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