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Rudolph Stanfield Jr.

Rudolph Stanfield Jr.

No history of Detroit gospel music, or gospel choir music for that matter, would be complete without including the name and accomplishments of Pastor Rudolph Stanfield Jr. Like the late Minister Thomas Whitfield, Stanfield—as a songwriter, organist, group leader and producer—helped develop a more sophisticated style of gospel music.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, to Reverend “Lady” Marva Lee Stanfield and Bishop Rudolph Stanfield on December 3, 1959, “Rudy” Stanfield began pursuing music at age four under the guidance of his grandmother, Macie Lee Stanfield.

Even as a teenager, Stanfield was an in-demand keyboard accompanist for gospel artists. He backed gospel singer Ruth Busbee on He Loves Me, her 1978 album for Savoy that also featured Detroit’s Thomas Whitfield Company. He accompanied the Craig Brothers on two of their Savoy offerings, James Cleveland Presents the Craig Brothers “Live” (1980) and He Wants a Place (1982). He wrote the title track for Keith Pringle’s 1984 solo album, Perfect Peace. Victory Shall Be Mine, Stir up the Gift, Never Alone, Hold On and Tell It are among the more than 500 songs Stanfield has written or arranged.

On January 16, 1982, Stanfield formed Rudolph Stanfield and New Revelation. The group’s Sound of Gospel disc Live & In Praise II led Billboard to name the ensemble one of the top ten gospel artists of 1994. Stanfield and New Revelation recorded Millennium Praise for Malaco in 2001; it featured the expressive voice of another Detroit gospel veteran, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, on When God Says Yes.

A Stellar-winning and Grammy-nominated artist, Stanfield has produced or co-produced and has served as accompanist for a veritable who’s who of gospel music, particularly many top stars from Chicago, Detroit and the Church of God in Christ. He produced and sang on It Ain’t Over (Till God Says It’s Over), the 1997 Malaco release by his cousin, the late Reverend James Moore. Stanfield also produced and sang on Moore’s final album, the March 2000 Malaco recording, Family and Friends, Live from Detroit. Even Stanfield’s father, Bishop Rudolph Sr., appeared on the album, singing the traditional gospel blues I Know the Lord Will Make a Way.

In addition to producing, co-producing, writing, arranging and appearing on more than 150 gospel albums, Stanfield also helped arrange Donny Hathaway’s Someday We’ll All Be Free for Aretha Franklin to sing as part of the soundtrack for X, Spike Lee’s biographical film about Malcolm X. This was not the first time Stanfield worked with “The Queen of Soul”; he has been her accompanist from time to time for nearly 30 years.

Stanfield accepted the call to ministry, and on January 14, 2001, he founded Pentecostal Life and Praise COGIC in Taylor, Michigan, where he serves as pastor. In addition to his pastoral duties, Rudolph Stanfield Jr. continues to play many active roles in today’s gospel music scene. In 2004, for example, he produced the Anderson Sanctuary Choir’s Malaco release, Joyful Praise, and wrote Lord, I Thank You for the album.


Essential Albums


  • For His GloryBuy from: malaco

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  • Who’s On The Lord SideBuy from: malaco
  • Journey Through LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Best Of The Davis SistersBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Work A MiracleBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Near The CrossBuy from: malaco
  • Guy Torry’s PHAT Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • The GalesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Paris Jazz Concert – Salle Pleyel: 17 April 1972Buy from: malaco
  • Hired To KillBuy from: malaco
  • A Candlelight ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • The Foolish And Wise Builder – Why Have The Mighty FallenBuy from: malaco
  • The Nu Nation ProjectBuy from: malaco
  • Sensational NightingalesBuy from: malaco
  • Sit Down And Rest AwhileBuy from: malaco
  • Don’t WorryBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Praying TimeBuy from: malaco
  • Three Albums On OneBuy from: malaco
  • I’m BlessedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Serving The Lord Will Pay Off After A WhileBuy from: malaco
  • AnywayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Use It Or Lose ItBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • Stealing LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Gospel VisionsBuy from: malaco
  • Willie Neal Johnson “Lord…Take Us Through”Buy from: malaco
  • Saved By GraceBuy from: malaco
  • The Evereadys – Finally LiveBuy from: malaco
  • Darrell Luster “Down Through The Years”Buy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Angela BofillBuy from: malaco
  • Can We Get TogetherBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play
  • The Essential Al GreenBuy from: malaco
  • Tailgate PartyBuy from: malaco
  • I’ll Be With You AlwaysBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • I’ll Live AgainBuy from: malaco
  • Live At HomeBuy from: malaco
  • Fall On MeBuy from: malaco
  • Live In BaltimoreBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Your Life Is Not Beyond RepairBuy from: malaco
  • When I Look At JesusBuy from: malaco
  • Back To ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Still PersonalBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Just Look At Me NowBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Batman BeginsBuy from: malaco
  • Super HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Fear Not: A 20 Year Anniversary CelebrationBuy from: malaco
  • Skin Tight – 2 Cassettes (Cassette Only)Buy from: malaco
  • Righteous KillBuy from: malaco
  • Champion RoadBuy from: malaco
  • Introduction To GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Strait JacketBuy from: malaco
  • Blues You Can UseBuy from: malaco

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  • Super DuperBuy from: malaco
  • The Sounds Of BlacknessBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Brothers From Different MothersBuy from: malaco
  • 3 Day PassBuy from: malaco
  • Mama BurksBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • CollectionsBuy from: malaco
  • Smooth SoundsBuy from: malaco
  • ReloadedBuy from: malaco
  • One At A TimeBuy from: malaco
  • Turnin’ Up The MoodBuy from: malaco
  • Someone Like YouBuy from: malaco
  • V.3Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • YesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Rev. James Moore “Live With The Mississippi Mass Choir”Buy from: malaco
  • Joyful PraiseBuy from: malaco

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  • Count On GodBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Go GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Santa FeBuy from: malaco
  • After AllBuy from: malaco

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  • The Soul Of A WomanBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Jackson SouthernairesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • God’s Special DeliveryBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • It’s A New DayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Something To Talk AboutBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Only Speak The WordBuy from: malaco
  • Room At The CrossBuy from: malaco
  • Forever SoulBuy from: malaco
  • The Expressions of Faith “Live At Home”Buy from: malaco
  • PowerBuy from: malaco     itunes     amazon
  • Cloudless DayBuy from: malaco
  • Golden HitsBuy from: malaco
  • He Created MeBuy from: malaco
  • Be EncouragedBuy from: malaco
  • U. S. SealsBuy from: malaco
  • Best Of The CaravansBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Keep Blessing MeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Rock Around The ClockBuy from: malaco
  • Something BigBuy from: malaco
  • Revenge Of The PatriotsBuy from: malaco
  • I Know I’ve Been ChangedBuy from: malaco
  • Is My Living In VainBuy from: malaco
  • Simple JusticeBuy from: malaco
  • Where Ever I GoBuy from: malaco
  • The Rich Man & The Beggar – There Is Danger In A CrowdBuy from: malaco
  • Best Of The Georgia Mass ChoirBuy from: malaco
  • Who’s On The Lords SideBuy from: malaco
  • Best of James Cleveland and GMWABuy from: malaco
  • Full ImpactBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of MeBuy from: malaco

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