“The Last Soul Company”

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


  • Father I Stretch My Hands To TheeBuy from: malaco
  • Freedom HighwayBuy from: malaco
  • For RealBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Lookin’ For A Love AgainBuy from: malaco
  • John 3:16Buy from: malaco
  • Christmas Time At BlackberryBuy from: malaco
  • In ControlBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • We’re Going To  Make ItBuy from: malaco
  • Living WaterBuy from: malaco
  • Petey WheatstrawBuy from: malaco
  • I’m On My WayBuy from: malaco
  • It Hasn’t Always Been EasyBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • A Family ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • ShowtimeBuy from: malaco
  • Atlantic Unearthed/Soul SistersBuy from: malaco
  • Beauty ShopBuy from: malaco
  • In The Land Of WomenBuy from: malaco
  • Men Seeking WomenBuy from: malaco
  • For His GloryBuy from: malaco

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  • When We All Get To HeavenBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Drunk, Busted, Disgusted And Can’t Be TrustedBuy from: malaco

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  • Soul Sisters Vol. 5Buy from: malaco
  • The Essential CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • More LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Stand Tall In The Lord – DVDBuy from: malaco
  • Looking For The PromiseBuy from: malaco
  • The MANualBuy from: malaco
  • I Know I’ve Been ChangedBuy from: malaco
  • Pleasing YouBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Dead ZoneBuy from: malaco
  • Baby FaceBuy from: malaco
  • You’re Welcome To RideBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Pure Gospel 10 Top ChoirsBuy from: malaco

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  • U-KnowBuy from: malaco
  • James Cleveland & The L.A. Gospel MessengersBuy from: malaco
  • SparksBuy from: malaco
  • Be EncouragedBuy from: malaco
  • Blues Views + Divas In The DeltaBuy from: malaco
  • MatchupsBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of MeBuy from: malaco
  • Lenny The Wonder DogBuy from: malaco
  • Sam Cooke and The Original Soul StirrersBuy from: malaco
  • Three Albums On OneBuy from: malaco
  • Sweet Soul Singer Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • JoyBuy from: malaco
  • The Last Soul Company 2 Disc SetBuy from: malaco
  • Live At Salem Baptist ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • True VictoryBuy from: malaco
  • Over YonderBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Dorothy Norwood – The Early YearsBuy from: malaco
  • Hell SquadBuy from: malaco
  • Have Thine Own Way LordBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Enjoying JesusBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I’m A GamblerBuy from: malaco
  • Best Of The Georgia Mass ChoirBuy from: malaco
  • Classic Soul Volume 1Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Mary J. Blidge & FriendsBuy from: malaco
  • Gotta Get The Groove BackBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Brothers Dream AliveBuy from: malaco
  • Khi BaeBuy from: malaco
  • You Don’t Know How Blessed You AreBuy from: malaco

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  • 40 YearsBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • On The Right Road NowBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Kelly – Grammy Nominated Album 2012Buy from: malaco
  • Delta VisionBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Let Me SayBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Hard To Stumble When You’re On Your KneesBuy from: malaco
  • Greatest PicksBuy from: malaco
  • Strait JacketBuy from: malaco
  • Living In The LightBuy from: malaco
  • Mama BurksBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Ultimate Funk Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • The Very Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • Live In New YorkBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Catchin’ UpBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • You Touched My LifeBuy from: malaco
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Let Me Show You How To LoveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Babyface – Super HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Ray Charles – The Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • Living WaterBuy from: malaco
  • WitnessBuy from: malaco
  • Somehow SomewayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Mississippi Mass Choir Song BookBuy from: malaco
  • Hoochie MommaBuy from: malaco
  • The IndependentBuy from: malaco
  • The Roots Of Soul Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Stand By MeBuy from: malaco
  • Golden Gospel Songbook Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Give It Up – The Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • StandBuy from: malaco
  • Deceptions Of LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Bible Stories DVDBuy from: malaco
  • God Is Not PleasedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Trust And ObeyBuy from: malaco
  • BlessedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Ploughman’s LunchBuy from: malaco
  • No RequestBuy from: malaco

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  • God Is FaithfulBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Raw Jive LiveBuy from: malaco

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