Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Only God Know's

This song was written by Kevin Wright in 1995.  Bro. Wright was born February 1 1964, and is an awesome singer/songwriter still to this day. He first lost his dad only six months after being diagnosed with Lymphoma, and two children from church were killed in a car accident all in the early part of 1995.  He wrote and sung this song
at the children's funeral.  Bro Kevin said that this song was intended not only to comfort the family of the children, but also to remind himself that God was still on his throne no matter
the situation.  He made this statement, "I am very thankful
how God has used this song to comfort so many who
needed to be reminded that "Only God Knows....and that's
good enough for me."

I have chosen to add this song to my list, because even though I have heard Bro Kevin's songs for the past twenty years I had never heard this song.  In these recent years I have come up against many things and even though I know God is with me I just couldn't understand why I was going through so much.  It seemed like one thing right after another which caused me not to doubt God but man.  One night as I was praying I came across this song while looking for another.  It was just meant to be.  It was just what I needed to hear.  So if you have stumbled across this blog looking for answers as well than you have stopped at the right place.  Some things we are just not meant to know.  God reveals some things while others things we just have to leave to him.  I hope this song blesses you in your time of need no matter what it might be. 


Sometimes it's easy, to ask yourself why.
When the hurting you feel cuts so deep inside.
And seems like you lost your reason for life.
Oh, but hear what I say and take my advice.
Don't give up your not walking alone.
For there's one who's beside you.
He's been there all along.
And he knows every tear you've cried.
Oh and he has the answer to why.

Only God knows how your broken heart
It fits in his master plan.
Just when you think your world is falling apart
Finding he's holding your world in his hand.
Why must a sparrow fall to the ground.
I don't know, but I know God see's.
It's beyond my mind
Only God knows why that's good enough for me.

Now why must I watch someone I love so
Wither  and die for growing old
And why must a mother lose her pride and joy,
And a daddy say good-bye to his little boy.
I don't know I only know that it's so.
And I don't mean to question God with things
I'm not meant to know.
For my trust is still in him alone,
Knowing God is still on his throne.


                                   Other written and sung by Kevin Wright and Living Proof:

                                                                One Drop of Blood

                                                                 The Potter's House
                                                                   Dust on the Altar
                                                                       Just Like Fire
and so many more wonderful songs.  Look him up on YouTube.  I heard it is in the making for a brand new CD of new songs to come in the near future. 


Friday, March 7, 2014

"Price that He Paid"

Ok, every since I have started this blog about the origins of songs this song has been the most difficult for me.  I have not been able to find any information on it at all on this world wide web.  I only know these lyrics from memory as well as the tune from my childhood.  I sing this song and would love anyone's help on who wrote it, sung it, or any information at all would be helpful in this search. 

Song Lyrics:
Verse I
As you go through lowest valley
and it seems you just can't stand
let my dear Savior take you by the hand.
Let him take you to Calvary's Hill
Where His precious blood was spilled.
And for the precious Price that He Paid.

Oh the price that He paid.
The sacrifice that He made.
He died so you and I could go free.
And He'll never ever change his love will always be the same
And I thank him for the Price that He Paid.

Verse II:
And someday when life is over
and I rest at heaven shore
I want to see the one who died for me.
I want to see him face to face and thank Him for His saving grace
And for the precious Price that He Paid.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Address Change Notification

This song was written by Rev. J. Michael Wilson who is a senior pastor in Parsons, Tennessee.  In 1984 Rev. Wilson and his family lived in Indiana.  One evening he sat down at his piano playing a few chords when he saw a 4X6 card with three words that he began to sang, "Address Change Notification."  He stated that he could not write and play at the same time so he called for his wife who was in the kitchen at the time. In just about 15 minutes he had written one of the most beloved songs I personally believe there is.  It was just a week later that he would sing this song for his grandmother's funeral.  

As born again believers we know that no matter what we are going through while here in this world, there is a place that Jesus has gone to prepare for us that where he is we shall be also.  The day and the time are soon approaching the trumpet is going to sound, and we who have made our souls ready will be called to meet him in the air.  In a moment in the twinkling of an eye we will be in a much better place for all eternity.  Oh, what chills I get just to think of my brand new home just waiting for me.  Jasper walls, streets of gold, and a gorgeous crystal river, oh and don't forget a place where we will never grow old, but most of all we will meet our blessed Savior face to face. 

Rev. J Michael Wilson and his wife Joyce have three children and ten grandchildren.  He is a self-taught keyboardist from Bethlehem, Marshall County, Mississippi and the son of a preacher.  He has written numerous songs as well as played professionally with the Wilson Brothers Quartet and The McGruders.  He has produced eight solo recording projects of his own and produced and played on other projects for different artist.   He is a piano tuner by trade.  So if your piano is in need of tuning now you know who to call up.  I have added the link to his website:  http://www.wilsonpianoserv.com/.

This post is a work in progress.  Sending out a big thank you to Harold Jaco for getting me the information needed to contact Rev. M. Wilson personally who is currently sending me more information.  I appreciate him contacting me back.  If you would like to contact Rev. J Michael Wilson about receiving copies of his music please feel free to contact him personally @ (731)845-9175 (Just to note: phone number is provided by permission.)  God bless. 


I've been living in this world for quite a long time.
Always looking for a place to call my own.
I was never quite satisfied with what I saw down here.
So, soon I'm moving to my brand new home.

This is an address change notification.
Soon I'll be moving to a much better place.
There'll be no tears, no sorrow, there'll be no more pain.
This is tell you of my address change.

Oh, the place where I am moving is lovely and new.
There a river flows like crystal and walls of Jasper, too.
The street in front of my house is paved with purest gold.
It's a place where we'll never grow old.

In this video Bro Timothy Spell told how he went to record a CD called "In A Special Way" in Nashville back in 1991.  Kevin McManus told him about this new song written by Rev. Mike Wilson who at the time apparently was unknown.  McManus played the song for him.  Bro Spell told him let's record that and he has been singing it every since.  This a very special treat where both singer and songwriter are singing this song together.  What a blessing this song has been to so many people.
Other Songs by Rev Wilson:
My Best Time of Day 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Step into the Water

Kirk Talley was born June 9, 1958 in Johnson City, TN.  He grew up in a small Free Will Baptist Church in rural East Tennessee.  His dad was the song leader at that church so he was naturally interested in music at an early age.  Kirk's brother, sister, and himself stated singing in a kids trio before he could even read.  His dad taught him to sing first tenor.  They would sing at their home church and anywhere they were invited.  He knew he wanted to be a professional Gospel Singer after attending his first concert at the Kingsport, TN Civic Auditorium after seeing the Inspirations and the Hoppers perform.  Talley began performing Southern Gospel Music in 1972.  He has been a member of groups such as "The Hoppers", The Cathedrals, and the Talleys.

He became a member of the Cathedrals in 1979.  It was during his years with the Cathedrals that he wrote his first song (yes you guessed it) "Step Into the Water".  Kirk told the story behind this song in the video posted below.  The Cathedrals were singing at a revival in Lenoir, North Carolina.  Phil Haskins was preaching and Kirk was sitting with the choir behind the preacher in which Phil stated that it was time we as Christians need to step into the water.  Kirk wasn't sure why that struck a bell with him, he just knew there was a chorus there and so he took out a pen and piece of paper and wrote the chorus.  He then later added the verses but not growing up in a quartet didn't here the bass part that George Younce added during their practice one evening.  This song made it to #1 on the charts and remained at the top of the charts for nine months. 
In early 1984 Kirk left the Cathedrals to join his brother and sister in law, Roger and Debra, to form The Talleys.  He then went on to write "He is Here".  The Talleys received the 1992 Dove Award for 'Song of the Year' for this song.  It was also nominated for the 34th annual Grammy Awards that same year. 
In 1993 Kirk began his own solo career and performed across the United States and Canada.  "I Speak to You" was his first soloist project in which his #1 song "Joy On the Other Side of Jordan" came from.  His next project was "Serenade" which produced two Top 10 charting songs, "Serenaded By Angels" and "If He Hung the Moon".  He also received several awards at the 1996 National Quartet Convention.  The Gospel Voice magazine presented him with three Diamond Awards; Soloist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Serenaded By Angels".  The Singing News magazine presented him with the 1996 Fan awards for ; Favorite Male Vocalist, Favorite Songwriter, and Song of the Year again for "Serenaded By Angels". 
Life changed for Kirk in 2003 after he made a life changing decision that I choose not to post.  You may research all the information on any search engine for yourself. 
Step into the water
Wade out a little bit deeper
Wet your feet in the water of His love
Step into the water
Wade out a little bit deeper
Come join angels singing praise to the Lamb of God
It's time we, the people, stand up for what is right.
It's time we squared our shoulders back and raised our
swords to fight.  For the Bible is my weapon and the Spirit is my shield.
The Church needs more of its members to be workers in  the field.
There is victory for the Christian who walks the
narrow way.  There has been a prize appointed for the soul who does
not stray.  Though I want to live for Jesus, and be all that I can
be. So, that I can rest with Him forever, live eternally.
YouTube post

                                   Ernie Haase and Signature Sound singing "Step into the Water"

Other songs he has written:

He is Here
Serenated by Angels
I Start my Day

Most of this information was collected from many different posts of Kirk's personal testimonies. 



Friday, August 2, 2013

The Anchor Holds

Lawrence Mendel Chewning Jr. is a Christian recording artist, songwriter, and speaker.  He was born in 1949 and grew up in rural South Carolina. He was the son of a cotton farmer, ginner and merchant.   At the age of eight he accepted Christ at a country church in South Carolina.  After he graduated he moved to Anderson, Indiana to attend Anderson University to major in Religion and Social Work.  During his junior year a massive revival outbreak spread throughout colleges which became known as the Asbury Awakening.  It started one morning in 1970, without warning, what has been described as a “divine visitation” broke loose during Asbury College’s 10 am chapel service in Wilmore Kentucky.  Dr. David Hunt, a Louisville physician who was then a student stated, “You just walked in and sensed that God had indeed sent His Spirit.” The service, a routine meeting, was scheduled for 50 minutes. Instead, it lasted 185 hours non-stop, 24 hours a day. Intermittently, it continued for weeks and spread throughout many colleges. 
During this same year Chewning started travelling full time with a group of his friends that formed a gospel band known as the Fishermen.  They witnessed on the streets, spoke and sung in churches all over.  This was the time that Chewning began song writing, and within a couple of years this band evolved into a music group singing original songs he wrote.  The group was based out of Anderson, Indiana but travelled performing in coffee houses, college and high school campuses, Jesus festivals and outdoor concerts throughout the Midwest, the South and the New England states.   They were right in the middle of the Jesus Movement that began on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960's and early 70's and spread primarily through North American and Europe until about the early 1980's.    In which a new genre of music was born that we know as contemporary Christian music today.  The Fishermen were together from 1970 to 1977.  It is stated that a teenage boy named Ray Boltz accepted Christ while attending one of the Fishermen's concerts at a Christian coffeehouse in Hartford City, Indiana.  He is now known as an award winning Christian recording artist. 

A new band was formed in 1978 called Lawrence Chewning & Eastland Band.  They moved to New England and did a number of concerts there for a couple of years.  He moved there with his wife living in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  In the beginning of 1979 Chewning and his wife moved to Clinton, Massachusetts and resided there for 16 years where Chewning co-pastored a non-denominational church. 

The year of 1992 became known as the year of sorrows for this family.  It was a trying time as it seemed like an accumulation of one sorrow after another during this time.  They had become discouraged and depressed after their third miscarriage which was a little boy.  Chewning took a six month sabbatical from pastoring in which he started playing the piano once more to get closer to God.  He read some things about the long dark night of the soul when it seems that you just can't find God anywhere.  He stated he had experienced this void for few months.  He would play the piano for hours at a time.  Then one day he started playing a song he realized he had never heard before.  He realized that it was because he was in the process of writing it.  It was truly a song coming from deep down as he sang after awhile he realized he had a song over ten minutes long.  It was a therapeutic song for him personally that helped him through his discouragement and depression.  This song is titled "The Anchor Holds." 

In the spring of 1993, Chewning  went to Ray Boltz concert in Maine where he told him about this song during a time of sharing together after the concert.  A few months later Boltz called him to see if he could sing it. Chewning sent the song to Boltz "in the rough" and told him that he was free to adapt it for his purposes. Ray reworked some of the lyrics, shortened it a bit, and added a musical bridge.  Finally in 1994 this song was recorded on Boltzs' "Allegiance" project.  "The Anchor Holds" was later released for national radio airplay and quickly rose to #1 position on the Inspirational charts. It remained #1 for three weeks.

Since 1994 Chewning has been employed by the State of South Carolina as a social worker, serving at various times as a foster care worker, child protective services intake worker, and for over fifteen years as an adoption specialist.  For two years, from 2004 to 2006, Lawrence worked part-time with the agency as a free-lance adoption home evaluation writer, while he travelled throughout the United States performing concerts and speaking in churches.  He continues to accept speaking and singing engagements as his work schedule permits.  His most recent recording, entitled "The Road Back Home", was released in the summer of 2011.  Lawrence and his wife, Trish, reside in Florence, South Carolina.  They have three grown children and one grandson.

Also featured on the WOW 1996 project. In 2003 "The Anchor Holds" was featured on Bill and Gloria Gaither's"Red Rocks Homecoming" and performed by Donnie Sumner.  It has also been recorded by Karen Peck and New River, as well as Jimmy Swaggart and Shara McKee.

The Anchor Holds
I have journeyed
Through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea
By faith alone

Sight unknown
And yet His eyes were watching me

The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm

I've had visions
I've had dreams
I've even held them in my hand
But I never knew
They would slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand

I have been young
But I am older now
And there has been beauty
That these eyes have seen
But it was in the night
Through the storms of my life
Oh, that's where God proved
His love to me

"The Anchor Holds" written and performed by Lawrence Chewning
This is one of my favorite singers who happens to sing this song as well.
Shara McKee a Pastor's wife in Texas

other songs sung by Ray Boltz and written by Chewning:
At the Foot of the Cross
I Wouldn't Go Back
Carry On


Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Victory in Jesus"

Eugene Monroe Bartlett, Sr.  is considered one of the founding fathers of Southern Gospel Music.  He was born on Christmas Eve in 1885 near Waynes­ville, Mis­sou­ri.  Bartlett relocated to Sebastian County, Arkansas with his parents. Bartlett dedicated his life to Jesus at an early age.  Bartlett at­tend­ed the Hall-Moody In­sti­tute in Mar­tin, Ten­nes­see, and William Jewell College, Li­ber­ty, Mis­sou­ri.   Bartlett lived in the south and enjoyed a reputation as a fine music teacher. Based in Arkansas, he traveled the entire southern portion of the country holding singing schools for anyone interested. These and similar schools trained aspiring musicians in vocal technique, sight reading, and conducting and were influential in the development of church music as a whole for much of the remainder of the century. 

Eugene M. Bartlett, Sr. meet and married Joan Tatum in 1917.  They were parents to two sons, Gene Bartlett, Jr., a nationally known writer of contemporary church music and Charles Bartlett Minister of Music in a large Texas church.

Eugene M. Bartlett, Sr. was a very successful business man, and decided to invest his money in which he founded the Hartford Music Company in Hartford, Arkansas sometime in 1918.  Within the first year of business he sold more than 15, 000 copies of his hymnbook.  Many writers, singers and musicians received their first opportunity in gospel music at Hartford Music Company including Albert E. Brumley who wrote "I'll Fly Away" and "Turn Your Radio On." Bartlett's mission was to publish hymns and teach singers to sight read.  He hired instructors to teach voice, piano, piano tuning, rudiments, harmony and stringed instruments.  He also was editor of the music magazine, Her­ald of Song. His son Eugene, Jr. was al­so a hym­nist and com­pos­er.  When he was not instructing, Bartlett was an avid composer of hymns and gospel songs.

Though almost all of his songs have sunk into oblivion among the Christian body today, "Victory In Jesus" remains one of the most popular and widely known songs of the church.   In 1939, a stroke rendered Bartlett partially paralyzed and unable to perform or travel.  He spent the last two years of his life bedridden.  Amid such bleak circumstances, he wrote his final and most beloved song, “Victory in Jesus,” an optimistic number that has been sung by millions in worship services and recorded by gospel’s biggest names.  The three verses and refrain enthusiastically tell of one's own personal salvation experience from beginning to end. It's said that Bartlett missed traveling and teaching, but he could still study the Bible, a study from which he gave us this wonderful song during a time when much of the earth sat on the brink of World War II.  The song first appeared that year in "Gospel Choruses," a paperback songbook published by James Vaughan in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Only two years after his stroke, Bartlett died January 25, 1941.  He is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs in Benton County.  Throughout his 56 years of his life, Bartlett composed more than 800 songs. Since the early 1960s, "Victory in Jesus" has become popular among evangelical congregations, Quartets, and many hymnals have included it within their published pages.  Bartlett was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1973.

Victory in Jesus Lyrics

I heard an old, old story,
how a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary,
to save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
of His precious blood's atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
and won the victory.

Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever!
He sought me and bought me
with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him,
and all my love is due Him-
He plunged me to victory
beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about His healing,
of His cleansing pow'r revealing,
How He made the lame
to walk again and caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came
and brought to me the victory.

Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever!
He sought me and bought me
with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him,
and all my love is due Him-
He plunged me to victory
beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory,
And I heard about the streets of gold
beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing
and the old redemption story-
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
the song of victory.

Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever!
He sought me and bought me
with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him,
and all my love is due Him-
He plunged me to victory
beneath the cleansing flood.


 Victory in Jesus (1939 original version)  

Other songs:
Everybody Will Be Hap­py Over There
Camping in Ca­naan’s Land
Just a Lit­tle While
Find A Grave Memorial# 13737445
Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music edited by W. K. McNeil
Livros - 25 Most Treasured Gospel Hymn Stories - Kenneth W. Osbeck
Anderson p. 200
Baxter, pp. 82-84
Sing Unto the Lord p. 116


Monday, October 1, 2012

"God Will Make This Trial A Blessing"

This song was written by Terry Tidwell back in 1988.  Bro. Tidwell was born December 14, 1959 and is a singer/songwriter still to this day.  Terry, his dad, and his wife recorded this song which became their signature song.  It was made popular by The McKameys in 1989 when they recorded it on their album 'Sing Praises' and then it appears again in 1992 on Eddie Crook's pianoist album called 'Hits and Hymns.'

I first remember hearing this song in the first Apostolic Church I attended back in 1992 from the piano player there at the church.  It meant so much to me then when I was facing so many trials I held to the knowledge that God was making them into blessings, and he still does today.  Hopefully in the near future Bro. Tidwell will have time to share the inspiration or story behind this wonderful song still being sung in churches today, and one of my favorite to sing. 

I am so thankful that I have found a website for Bro Terry Tidwell that answers questions in his own words, and I would rather you experience his story from him personally.  Here is the weblink:     http://theterrytidwellfamily.com/Pages/History.html
You will also find a portion of this song on their products page under Timeless Treasure which can also be purchased.  There are other clips of their songs as well I am sure you will enjoy, I did.  

Song Lyrics
"God will make this trial a blessing"


I’ve just come into a valley one like I’ve never been before.
I keep searching for a way out seems like pad locks are on the doors.
Oh ther must be another sunrise another sunset that I’ll see.
God will make this trial a blessing that’s the love he has for me.


I was not the first one to come into this place.
You see every child of God this test you must face.
It is here that God will mold you and make you what you ought to be.
God will make this trial a blessing just be patient you will see.

Now I’m standing on a mountain lookin back I can see.
When I was in that lowest valley his strong hand was leading me.
Oh its good to see the sunshine and to taste sweet victory.
God has made this trial a blessing oh the grace he gives to me.


God will make this trial a blessing tho it sends me to my knees.
Tho my tears flow like a river yet in him there’s sweet relief.
There’s no need to get discouraged there’s no need to talk defeat.
God will make this trial a blessing and the whole wide world will see.

Sadly, I was unable to find this song on Youtube.
However, I have put this video together from pictures I found on google images along with
a music clip I had of them singing this wonderful song so I put it on YouTube myself.

The McKameys performing on the Gospel Jubilee television program that aired on the Nashville Network in 1990. This video was just posted to YouTube on May 26, 2013.

I have searched many places online for sheet music and have been unsuccessful. 
You may try to contact Bro. Terry Tidwell at terrytidwelltrio2011@gmail.com
Soundtracks are available online the best I believe is 
Praise Hymn Soundtracks as you only have to purchase the chord you need.

Bro Terry Tidwell Video:
 There is a Land