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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


  • Live With The Southwest Louisiana Mass ChoirBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I Know I’ve Been ChangedBuy from: malaco
  • Terrell Rogers and Men of Destiny – Stand By MeBuy from: malaco
  • The Slim Shady ShowBuy from: malaco
  • Weapons Of DeathBuy from: malaco
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Frank Williams SingsBuy from: malaco
  • Introduction To GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Years Of TearsBuy from: malaco

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  • The Rhythm & The BluesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • R&B Hip Hop Sweet GroovesBuy from: malaco
  • Cloudless DayBuy from: malaco
  • O Holy NightBuy from: malaco
  • All Good Things Work Together For The Good – What Must I Do To Be SavedBuy from: malaco
  • Welcome To Little MiltonBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Soul Seekers IIBuy from: malaco
  • The Best of Rev. James Cleveland and The GMWA of AmericaBuy from: malaco
  • Me And Mrs. Jones: The Best Of Billy PaulBuy from: malaco
  • First Class BluesBuy from: malaco

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  • Lashun PaceBuy from: malaco
  • Diva of SoulBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Dreamin’Buy from: malaco

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  • Let Him In TodayBuy from: malaco
  • Let’s Get TogetherBuy from: malaco
  • Serving The Lord Will Pay Off After A WhileBuy from: malaco
  • For RealBuy from: malaco
  • Christmas Time At BlackberryBuy from: malaco
  • The Best of Robert Blair & The Fantastic ViolinairesBuy from: malaco
  • Oh My LordBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Mississippi Mass Choir Song BookBuy from: malaco
  • Bless That Wonderful NameBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • The Very Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • Looking For The PromiseBuy from: malaco
  • HigherBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Terminator SalvationBuy from: malaco
  • Willie Neal Johnson “The Country Boy Goes Home…2”Buy from: malaco
  • Don’t WorryBuy from: malaco
  • He’s Still Working On MeBuy from: malaco
  • Smokin’ In BedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Fifty Dead Men WalkingBuy from: malaco
  • Walk The TalkBuy from: malaco
  • The Marvin Gaye Collection Volume 1 LiveBuy from: malaco
  • How Excellent Is Thy NameBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Beast StalkerBuy from: malaco
  • I Still Have A PraiseBuy from: malaco
  • A Family ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Lottery TicketBuy from: malaco
  • Get Right ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • Greater Is ComingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Grindin’ ManBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Woman To WomanBuy from: malaco
  • Crazy Like LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Southern Shades Of Blue Volume 1Buy from: malaco
  • I Can’t Make It  (Without The Lord)Buy from: malaco
  • Faith Tried By FireBuy from: malaco
  • V.3Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • ThankfulBuy from: malaco
  • Jennifer HudsonBuy from: malaco
  • Super Hits – Isley BrothersBuy from: malaco
  • Shake The Devil OffBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The ManualBuy from: malaco
  • Malaco’s Greatest Gospel HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Ain’t Love WonderfulBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • All I Want For Christmas Is YouBuy from: malaco
  • Love, Lies & AlibisBuy from: malaco

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  • Home TonightBuy from: malaco

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  • I Am The BluesBuy from: malaco
  • He’s Preparing MeBuy from: malaco
  • Top Of The Stax, Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • James Cleveland Sings with The World’s Greatest Choirs 25th Anniversary AlbumBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I Need UBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • My Kingdom Is Not Of This World – John’s Vision Of A New HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • The Jackson Southernaires “The Brothers Dream Alive”Buy from: malaco
  • Power PackedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Heads UpBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • WitnessBuy from: malaco
  • Souled OutBuy from: malaco
  • Wait I Say On The LordBuy from: malaco

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  • God’s Way Is The Best WayBuy from: malaco
  • AngelsBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Tough Times Don’t LastBuy from: malaco

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  • Happy Birthday JesusBuy from: malaco
  • The 587 Great Train RobberyBuy from: malaco
  • Be EncouragedBuy from: malaco
  • A Mighty Big GodBuy from: malaco

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  • Sit Down And Rest AwhileBuy from: malaco
  • I’m A GamblerBuy from: malaco
  • I Love Jesus More TodayBuy from: malaco
  • Heritage Of GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Live In ChicagoBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • He That DwellethBuy from: malaco
  • Expecting MercyBuy from: malaco
  • 24 Hour WomanBuy from: malaco
  • S.O.U.LBuy from: malaco
  • Life After 30Buy from: malaco
  • It’s A New DayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Who’s On The Lord’s SideBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • No Stopping Us NowBuy from: malaco
  • Come Thou Almighty KingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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