Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
It is easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing, that's the Lord's test.
When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what's wrong.
God can make you anything you want to be, but you have to put everything in his hands.
Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
Gospel songs are the songs of hope. When you sing gospel you have the feeling there is a cure for what's wrong, but when you are through with the blues, you've got nothing to rest on.
Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don't talk skin to me.
I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders without using your hands?
Money just draws flies.
My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.
Someday the sun is going to shine down on me in some faraway place.
Without a song, each day would be a century.
If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.
I don't worry too much about the script, I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient.
You're blessed if you have the strength to work.
The old Devil gets mad when you're trying to do good. Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks.
Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!
One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
Blues are the songs of despair,
If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
A great influence in my life was the sanctified or Holiness churches...Everybody in there sang and they clapped and stomped heir feet and sang with their whole body... Their music was so strong and expressive, it used to bring tears to my eyes.
I sing God's music because it makes me feel free. It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.
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