#BlackLivesMatter Playlist

Recently, many people have been made aware of the phrase “Black Lives Matter” due to the world-wide public protests against police oppression and brutality. So many black people have lost their lives and freedom while doing things that are very human; such as, walking from the corner store and sitting in a parked car with friends.

It’s not enough to empathize with the families and communities that have experienced these senseless tragedies. It’s time for everyone to stand against injustice.

Throughout history, music has fueled the consciousness of movements. For example, during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, protestors echoed the sentiment of the cause by singing songs; such as, “I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” and “We Shall Overcome”.

DJ HiPrayze Radio is taking a stand by playing songs that speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. Listed below are songs that have been included within the #BlackLivesMatter Playlist that will be played frequently to keep this in the forefront of the world collective consciousness.

Our prayer is that the #BlackLivesMatter Movement will change this world for our children, grandchildren, and generations-unborn.

When black lives matter, then all lives truly matter!!!

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Whitney Houston

The Star-Spangled Banner

Kirk Franklin

Intro (America The Beautiful)

Melba Moore

Lift Every Voice And Sing (with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Karen Clark Sheard, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Bobby Brown, Howard Hewett, Take 6, Stephanie Mills, Bebe & Cece Winans, and Jeffrey Osborne)

Artists United For Haiti

Are You Listening (with Kirk Franklin, Bebe Winans, Fred Hammond, Marvin Winans, Jeremy Camp, Cece Winans, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Natalie Grant, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Smokie Norful, J Moss, Shirley Caesar, Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop Paul S. Morton, and Kierra Sheard)

Wynonna Judd


Bebe & Cece Winans

Right Now (We Need One Another) (with Vince Gill and Wynonna Judd)

Yolanda Adams

Still I Rise

Donnie McClurkin


Tramaine Hawkins

We’re All In The Same Boat


Starts With Me (with Aaron Cole)”


Bleed The Same (Intro) (with Kirk Franklin/Bleed The Same (with TobyMac and Kirk Franklin)

Larnelle Harris

Teach Me To Love (with Steve Green)”

Sandi Patty

If I Were You (with Daryl Coley)”

Bebe Winans

I Have A Dream (with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)”

Babbie Mason

Black And Blue

Lionel Richie

Eternity (with Barack Obama)

Shirley Caesar

Mother Emanuel (with Barack Obama)

Sam Cooke

A Change Is Gonna Come

Deniece Williams

Black Butterfly

Billy Paul

Let ‘Em In

Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Something Inside So Strong

The Winans

Love Has No Color (with Michael McDonald)”

Oleta Adams

Colors Of The Heart (with Jaci Velasquez)

Donny Hathaway

Someday We’ll All Be Free

Minnie Riperton

The Edge Of A Dream (Extended Version)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Wake Up Everybody

Diana Ross

Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)

Marvin Gaye

What’s Going On (Original Detroit Mix (April 5, 1971))

Roberta Flack

Trade Winds

Donnie McClurkin

Ooh Child (with Kirk Franklin)

Erica Campbell

Praying And Believing

For King & Country

Together (with Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly)

Shirley Caesar

Satan, We’re Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down

Jermaine Dolly

Pull Us Through (with Maranda Curtis)

The Clark Sisters

Pray For The U.S.A.

Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ

No Weapon

The Staple Singers

Touch A Hand, Make A Friend

Bebe & Cece Winans

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Cece Winans

He’s Concerned

Bebe Winans

America America

Yolanda Adams

The Things We Do

Marvin Sapp

Caravan Of Love (with Bob Carlisle and Kirk Whalum)

Rachelle Ferrell

Peace On Earth

3 Winans Brothers

If God Be For Us

Babbie Mason


Donnie McClurkin

The Prayer (with Yolanda Adams)

Danniebelle Hall

We All Need Each Other

Andraé Crouch

God Is On Our Side

Tramaine Hawkins

Amazing Grace

Donnie McClurkin

Holy, Holy, Holy

Cece Winans

Great Is Thy Faithfulness (with Mom Winans)

Larnelle Harris

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Sandi Patty

How Great Thou Art

Alvin Slaughter

What A Friend We Have In Jesus Medley


Nearer My God To Thee

The Richard Smallwood Singers

The Lord’s Prayer

Vernessa Mitchell

Higher Ground

Billy Gaines

‘Tis So Sweet

Danniebelle Hall

God Leads Us Long

Wintley Phipps

Immortal, Invisible

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Legends: Andraé Crouch (1942 – 2015)

Just Andraé

On July 1, 1942, Andraé Edward Crouch was born, along with his twin sister, Sandra, in San Francisco, California.  Andraé Crouch started his music career at a very young age playing for services at his parents’ church.

During the early days of Andraé’s career, many church-going people referred to his music as being too worldly.  In addition to the sound of his music, Andraé and his group dressed like all of the other young people of their day.  They dressed in bell-bottom pants with platformed shoes, which was very different than the perceived image of how Christians should have presented themselves.

Andraé Crouch was the inventor of Contemporary Gospel Music as we know it today.  He had the gift from God and the courage to challenge the status quo of the boundaries of Gospel Music.  The songs that Andraé wrote and recorded where anointed enough to usher the Saints into the Presence of the Lord, while at the same time simple enough to introduce the Sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ for the first time.

The song entitled Bless His Holy Name taught a generation of listeners how to enter the Presence of the Lord.  The Holy Bible tells us in Psalm 103:1 (KJV), “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”  In another of Andraé Crouch‘s compositions entitled Bless The Lord (Chant), generations of listeners were encouraged not to forget all of God’s benefits.  A proclamation of the solution to all of life’s problems was introduced to the listeners within a song entitled Jesus Is The Answer.

In addition to the music, Andraé Crouch introduced the world to some of the most anointed singers that world has ever heard, such as, Sandra Crouch, Tramaine Davis (who is known as Tramaine Hawkins after marrying Bishop Walter Hawkins), Bili Thedford, Danniebelle Hall, Tata Vega (who was the singing voice of the character Shug Avery from The Color Purple), and Howard Smith.  Many other artists were discovered by Andraé Crouch, who produced their debut albums.  These artists include The Winans and Kristle Murden.

Also, Andraé Crouch worked with an impressive list of well-known artists on countless projects, such as, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Kim Burrell, Take 6, Crystal Lewis, Fred Hammond, Marcus Cole, El DeBarge, Karen Clark Sheard, Marvin Winans, and Yolanda Adams.

Andraé Crouch’s influence can be heard and seen on both the big and small screens.  He worked very closely with Quincy Jones on the film The Color Purple to bring us the epic song entitled God Is Tryin’ To Tell You Something where the character Shug Avery  found redemption.  In addition, his work was featured in many television shows, such as, Beverly Hood, Cousin Skeeter, In Search Of Dr. Seuss, In Living Color, and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

Andraé Crouch’s work will be experienced by countless future generations, whether in church, on the radio, on television, or in the movies.  His music will always be in rotation on DJ HiPrayze Radio.

Andraé Crouch is Black History!  He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

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Legends: The Winans

The Very Best Of The Winans

The Winans are a group of four brothers from a Gospel Music dynasty.  The late David Winans Sr. and Delores Ransom Winans parented ten musically-inclined children: David Winans Jr., the late Ronald Winans, twins Marvin Winans Sr. and Carvin Winans, Michael Winans, Daniel Winans, Bebe Winans, Cece Winans, Debbie Winans, and Angie Winans.

Ronald, Marvin, Carvin, and Michael are the members of this legendary Contemporary Gospel Music Quartet.

Introducing The Winans

The Winans appeared on the music scene in 1981 with their debut release entitled Introducing The Winans, which was produced by Bill Maxwell and Andrae Crouch.  The single entitled The Question Is set the tone for this new era in Gospel Music.  The Winans wrote and sang songs that demonstrated  their close, personal relationship with God, which was very fresh and new for audiences both inside and outside of the church.

Introducing The Winans (Album) was nominated for the 1981 Grammy in the category of Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary.

Long Time Comin'

In 1983, Long Time Comin’ was released to rave reviews.  The first track on this release is entitled If Ever I Fall, which discusses the concept of God being with His children in the event of a fall from His Grace; however, it is better know that His children do not have to fall at all because of God’s power of salvation.  This was a revolutionary concept that empowered many new Christians, such as , myself.

Long Time Comin’ (Album) was nominated for the 1983 Grammy in the category of Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group.


In 1984, The Winans released the highly anticipated album entitled Tomorrow.  The title song is an evangelistic masterpiece that challenges the sinner to choose the Lord, for tomorrow very well may be too late.  This album enabled The Winans to cross over to secular radio stations with these honestly written songs.

Tomorrow (Album) won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus.


In 1985, The Winans left Light Records to sign with Quincy Jones’ label entitled Qwest Records.  The first single released on this new label was the Let My People Go (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single)The Winans joined the roster of artists, with this song, that challenged the South African Government to end their oppressive system.

Let My People Go

Shortly after the mega-success of the Specially-Priced Maxi-Single, the album Let My People Go was released and embraced by audiences inside and outside of the church.  The first track on the album was a huge surprise for listeners, which is entitled Choose Ye (with Vanessa Bell Armstrong).  This was a God-ordained paring.  Every song on this album opened new horizons for Gospel Music.  This album was so ground-breaking that it is being used to represent the Gospel Music genre at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Let My People Go (Album) won the 1986 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.

Choose Ye (with Vanessa Bell Armstrong) was nominated for the 1986 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.



In 1986, The Winans expanded the boundaries of Gospel Music when they released the mega-hit Ain’t No Need To Worry (with Anita Baker) (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single).  Many Gospel Music fans raised their eyebrows and questioned: “Why Anita Baker?”  “Why did The Winans not work with any fellow Gospel Music Artists on this project?  Regardless of the controversy, audiences embraced this song as new Gospel Music Classic.


Later the same year, The Winans stepped into the Christmas Music area after releasing the mega-hit The Real Meaning Of Christmas (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single).  This song challenged the secular icons of the Christmas Season and declared, “The real meaning of Christmas is Christ.”


In 1987, the Decisions was released.  This album included an LP version of Ain’t No Need To Worry (with Anita Baker), as well as other ground-breaking songs; such as, Millions and Breaking Of Day.  The other mega-hit from this album is a song entitled Love Has No Color (with Michael McDonald), which was another opportunity for The Winans to challenge listener to improve their attitudes towards race and politics.




This notable album yielded two additional singles that crossed over to secular radio entitled, Love Has No Color (with Michael McDonald) (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single) and Give Me You (Specially-Priced Maxi-Single).

Ain’t No Need To Worry (with Anita Baker) won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.

Decisions (Album) won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.

Live At Carnegie Hall

In 1988, The Winans released their one and only live recording entitled The Winans: Live At Carnegie Hall.  The album contains live versions of all of their hits, as well as depicting the praise and worship experience that was common during their concerts.

The Winans: Live At Carnegie Hall won the 1988 Grammy Award in the category of Best Gospel Performance By A Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus.


In 1990, The Winans pushed the boundaries of Gospel Music, again, with the release of Return.  The mega-crossover hit It’s Time (with Teddy Riley).  Unfortunately, many Gospel Music Fans decided to boycott this album.  However, this album still sold Multi-Platinum Status in spite of the boycott.  This album contains other awesome collaborations; such as, Everyday The Same (with Stevie Wonder), A Friend (with Aaron Hall and Damon Hall), and When You Cry (with Kenny G).

Return (Album) was nominated for the 1990 Grammy in the category of Best Soul Gospel Album.

All Out

In 1993, The Winans released All Out, which contains the hits It’s Not Heaven If You’re Not There (with Lalah Hathaway) and If He Doesn’t Come Tonight (with Ricky Van Shelton).

All Out (Album) won the Grammy Award in 1993 in the category of Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.

Heart And Soul

In 1995, The final album that the original members of The Winans would release is Heart & Soul.  This finale album yielded an updated version of The Question Is, which was intelligently crafted with appropriate life references.  The other notable tracks on this album are Paradise, Count It All Joy, and Please Believe In Me, which features the powerful lead vocals of the late Ronald Winans.

Heart & Soul (Album) was nominated for the 1996 Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.

The Winans are legends.  The Winans are Black History.

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Holy Week: Good Friday

Good Friday

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

(Luke 23:44-46 – NIV)

Hello, Beloved:

I would like to encourage all of you to keep Jesus on your mind and in your hearts. Join us on DJ HiPrayze Radio to honor the sacrifice that the Lord Jesus Christ made to solidify our eternal salvation and reconciliation to God.

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Holy Week: Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”Then they remembered his words.

(Luke 24:1-8 NIV)

Hello, Beloved:

I would like to encourage all of you to keep Jesus on your mind and in your hearts. Join us on DJ HiPrayze Radio to honor the sacrifice that the Lord Jesus Christ made to solidify our eternal salvation and reconciliation to God.

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