Monday Melody – Never Seen The Righteous

Talk about a weather turnaround!  We went from glorious, sunny 80 degrees on Friday to barely into the 50s, bleak and rainy on Saturday and Sunday.  I guess we shouldn’t be surprised:  March showers bring April flowers!  But you know what?  I’m grateful for it all, rain or shine.

Song/Album: “Never Seen The Righteous” by Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers on the album “”

Why it made the cut:   Guys, this is my go-to jam for reminding myself that God’s got my back.  Donald Lawrence is the business on this faith-filled, stirring interpretation of Psalm 37:25, bringing us hope regarding the surety of trusting in God.  It’s an affirmation of the covering of God over believers and encouragement to lean on Jehovah Jireh, God my Provider, who promises never to leave or forsake me.

But… there’s a condition attached:  God hearkens to the call of those who are righteous and holy, so we can’t live any old way and expect Him to bail us out at will.

Artist: Songwriter/producer Donald Lawrence is among the most gifted choir directors in gospel music.  The influence of  gospel music pioneers like Walter Hawkins and Thomas Whitfield, whom he admired greatly, is evident in his strong body of work, especially as musical director of the Tri-City Singers, comprised of singers from the North Carolina cities of Charlotte, Gastonia, and Spartanburg. 

The Tri-City Singers disbanded in 2006 after a 13-year career marked by numerous gospel radio hits and awards, and Lawrence launched a solo career in 2004 that has brought even more accolades for his work.

But Lawrence boasts an impressive music production resume that goes beyond gospel to include a stint as En Vogue’s vocal coach, Stephanie Mills’s music director, songwriter for the Clark Sisters, and producer for such artists as Peabo Bryson and Kirk Franklin.  

Since 2007, he has served as the spokesperson for and host of Verizon Wireless’s How Sweet The Sound (HSTS) national gospel choir talent competition.

Favorite lyrics:
I was young, and now I’m old
Seen a lot of situations unfold
Been a lot of places, met all kinds
But there’s one thing that stays on my mind:
Out of all the things I’ve done
All the places I’ve gone and the things I’ve seen
I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken
Nor his seed begging bread

Sweet spots:   Donald knows how to raise the roof, so the praise kicks in at several points:  Guitar solo at 2:13, the beginning of “I’ve Never Seen It!” at 2:29, the elevation at 3:04, followed by soprano/alto/tenor breakouts at 3:21, and the bass solo at 3:56.  You know my hands are raised! 

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