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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


  • Didn’t I Blow Your MindBuy from: malaco
  • No, We Ain’t From ClarksdaleBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Call TyroneBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Change Will ComeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Golden Gospel Songbook Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • City By The SeaBuy from: malaco
  • What God Can Do With A LittleBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Give Me What It TakesBuy from: malaco
  • WaymakerBuy from: malaco
  • One Monkey Don’t Stop No ShowBuy from: malaco

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  • Greatest PicksBuy from: malaco
  • Jesus Got Me OffBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Female American Rap StarsBuy from: malaco
  • The Pilgrim Jubilees “Live In Birmingham”Buy from: malaco
  • The Gurlz LiveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • It’s My GuitarBuy from: malaco     amazon

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  • The Jackson Sisters “I’ve Tried Jesus”Buy from: malaco
  • A Candlelight ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Is Yo Mind MadeBuy from: malaco
  • HomecomingBuy from: malaco
  • Put Down Your Whiskey BottleBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • Happy Birthday, Lord JesusBuy from: malaco
  • 1st Ladies Of GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Dorothy Norwood & FriendsBuy from: malaco
  • UnforgettableBuy from: malaco
  • The Sound Of ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Keep Me All The WayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Watch God WorkBuy from: malaco     google play
  • Tailgate PartyBuy from: malaco
  • Throne Of MercyBuy from: malaco
  • Full CircleBuy from: malaco
  • The RebirthBuy from: malaco
  • Power ClubBuy from: malaco
  • RiotBuy from: malaco
  • Enjoying JesusBuy from: malaco
  • Roy & RevelationBuy from: malaco
  • The J Moss ProjectBuy from: malaco
  • Carlita’s SecretBuy from: malaco
  • Platinum & Gold CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • Eddie Love You SoBuy from: malaco
  • Live With The Candy LickerBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Living On The Lord’s SideBuy from: malaco
  • The Storm Is Almost GoneBuy from: malaco
  • Following Jesus – The Inner ConflictBuy from: malaco

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  • FlowingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • SnappyBuy from: malaco
  • Atlantic Unearthed/Soul SistersBuy from: malaco
  • Here I AmBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Only The Strong SurviveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I’ll Be With You AlwaysBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Ploughman’s LunchBuy from: malaco
  • Soul SistersBuy from: malaco
  • Kevin McFadden & RedeemedBuy from: malaco
  • Southern Soul GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Reverse The CurseBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Brothers Dream AliveBuy from: malaco
  • The Very Best of Rev. James MooreBuy from: malaco

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  • Divas In The Delta + Blues ViewsBuy from: malaco
  • I’ll Never Stop Praising His NameBuy from: malaco
  • Soul Brothers IVBuy from: malaco
  • The Legend Lives OnBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The First 20 YearsBuy from: malaco
  • Super Soul SinglesBuy from: malaco
  • The Water I GiveBuy from: malaco

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  • Sings For LoversBuy from: malaco
  • Right On TimeBuy from: malaco
  • For His GloryBuy from: malaco

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  • Darrell Luster “Down Through The Years”Buy from: malaco
  • For RealBuy from: malaco
  • Saved By GraceBuy from: malaco

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  • Live So God Can Use YouBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • LoveaholicBuy from: malaco
  • My Soul Loves JesusBuy from: malaco

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  • When I Look At JesusBuy from: malaco
  • Everything Will Be AlrightBuy from: malaco
  • You Still Got ItBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Watch Them DogsBuy from: malaco
  • He Is RisenBuy from: malaco
  • The Things I SayBuy from: malaco
  • Destination UnknownBuy from: malaco
  • American PerfektBuy from: malaco
  • The Genius Of Ray CharlesBuy from: malaco
  • Johnnie Taylor – Super HitsBuy from: malaco
  • The First Twenty YearsBuy from: malaco
  • Sun Drenched SoulBuy from: malaco
  • Love TalkinBuy from: malaco

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  • Vintage BluesBuy from: malaco
  • The Blues Is Alright Volume 3Buy from: malaco
  • The Silver CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • Lottery TicketBuy from: malaco
  • Booker T and The MG’sBuy from: malaco
  • Hell’s HighwayBuy from: malaco
  • How Excellent Is Thy NameBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • 8-TrackBuy from: malaco
  • R&B Hip Hop Sweet GroovesBuy from: malaco
  • Soullink Live 2 “Gospel Superstars”Buy from: malaco
  • In ConcertBuy from: malaco
  • Bamboo BearsBuy from: malaco
  • The Very Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • Lashun PaceBuy from: malaco

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