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The Reverend Dr. James Edward Cleveland December 5, — February 9, was an American gospel singer, musician, and composer. Known as the King of Gospel music, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospelsoulpopand 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 Dorsey was minister of music and Roberta Martin was pianist for the choir. He strained his vocal cords as a teenager while part of a local gospel group, leaving the distinctive gravelly voice that was his hallmark in his later years.
As a young teen he was a part of a Missionary group called Soul Winners For Christ, which was created by his teen aged friend Jessie That Will Be Good Enough - Stevie Hawkins - Two Wings Phillips, who would go on in later years to write Roberta Martin's last recorded song: "I Have Hope"the Missionary team also included young Richard D.
Boddie was Pastor. The change in his voice led him to focus on his skills as a pianist and later as a composer and arranger. After the trio disbanded, an associate of the group, Roberta Martin, hired him as a composer and arranger. The song made brought Cleveland tremendous fame was his rendition of Peace Be Still. In the 60s, Cleveland's singing of that song was viewed as ever so majestic.
In NovemberAlbertina provided James the opportunity to do his very first recording. By staying out of the studio for a while, she convinced States Records to allow him to record with her group. He continued to record with The Caravans until States closed down in Throughout this period, he recorded with other groups like The Gospel All-Stars and The Gospel Chimes, mixing pop ballad influences That Will Be Good Enough - Stevie Hawkins - Two Wings traditional shouting.
He became known by more than just the professionals within gospel music with his version of the Soul Stirrers ' song, "The Love of God", backed by the Voices of Tabernacle from DetroitMichigan. The success and sensation of the song's recording led to a record contract with an historic label that would change his life forever.
James Cleveland signed with the historic jazz label Savoy Records ingoing That Will Be Good Enough - Stevie Hawkins - Two Wings to release a huge catalog of soul gospel recordings from that year until his death inmany of which were recorded in a live concert setting. Roberts liked the idea of capturing worship in song LIVE on a recording where the listeners can feel and become of a part of the service. Working with Savoy's Executive Producer Fred MendelsohnCleveland and the Angelic Choir of Nutley released two albums before recording the iconic masterpiece, Peace Be Still, in Septemberwhich sold thousands of copies at that time and garnered his 1st Gold Album.
InCleveland added Clyde Brown and Charles Barnett to his group which by then was traveling extensively throughout the United States and abroad Sanctus (From The Film If) - Baker Street Philharmonic - By The Light Of The Moon the late s, performing in all major venues.
Other singers were added in later years, such as Marva Hines and the renowned soprano soloist, Cleo Kennedy who were mainstays until his death in Cleveland capitalized on his success by founding his own choir, the Southern California Community Choir. He recorded several albums with SCC between the years of - Quincy Fielding.
In November ofRev. Cleveland founded his own ministry and church, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, which grew from ten to thousands of members throughout the remainder of his life. The church choir's 2nd album, My Expectations, was released in Fictional Woman - Done Lying Down - Just A Misdemeanor moderate acclaim.
By the time of his death, church membership totaled over 7, From the s untilCleveland would bring together a number of artists to back him on appearances and records. Richard "Mr. Additionally, he himself backed other acts, contributing to the recordings of such well known artists as Aretha FranklinRay Charles and Elton John just to name a few.
Cleveland also moved to Detroit in the s to take a position as music director at the famed New Bethel Baptist Church where the legendary Reverend C. Franklinfather of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklinwas pastor.
Recorded live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, California with his Southern California Community Choir,  his feature on the album and Aretha's success as a pop artist made the album an historic landmark in Gospel, and is still selling to this day, with a special CD re-release of "The Complete Recordings" the unedited album recording session of the Amazing Grace project.
This historic recording was also filmed by director Sydney Pollack for possible documentary release, but due to a technical issue of not using a clapperboard to synchronize the audio with the video, the film was unusable, and was left shelved for the next 47 years. The film was directed by David Leivick and Frederick A. Excerpts from the film soundtrack was released on Savoy Records and became a top seller, with Rev.
Cleveland having the majority feature on side 2 of the album. InCleveland taught others how to achieve the modern gospel sound and preserve the industry's rich legacy through his annual workshop convention entitled, The Gospel Music Workshop of America or, the GMWAan organization that he co-founded with Dr.
Albertina Walker and which now has over chapters with 30, members. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together singers from all over the country in order to perpetuate the art of gospel music.
The workshops eventually attracted thousands of adherents and laid the groundwork for the popularity of gospel music. The last album Cleveland recorded with the The Eden Brothers, Larry Martin - All I Have To Do Is Dream / Looking Back was their release from the previous year's annual (Stewardess From Hell) - Korea Soundblaster - Korea Soundblaster in New Orleans, which features.
Throughout his recording career, Rev. Milton Biggham. From -Rev. Cleveland's record Montage of Kurt II - Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings folded after the closing of his distributor, Sound of Gospel Records.
Some reports list the cause of death as congestive heart failure stating that the singer had fallen into a coma shortly before his death. In Octobermusic producer Andre M. Cleveland then-aged 34 filed suit against James Cleveland's estate claiming to be Cleveland's adopted son. Cleveland was not adopted as he was claiming but was merely one of the many "homeless" children that the late-singer took into his home over the years.
In FebruaryCleveland's then-foster son, Christopher Harris formerly Christopher Harris Clevelandfiled a lawsuit against Cleveland's estate claiming that Cleveland allegedly sexually abused him over a period of five years and infected him with the HIV virus which he claims Cleveland contracted through same-sex liaisons.
The case was settled on undisclosed terms. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Rev. James Cleveland. American musician. For the American football wide receiver, see James Cleveland American football. For the American jazz trombonist, see Jimmy Cleveland. Inductees Archive. Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 March All Things Considered. Retrieved 13 May City Limits Magazine.
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