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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


  • Last Man StandingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Other Part Of MeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Speak To My HeartBuy from: malaco
  • Living On The Lord’s SideBuy from: malaco
  • Why We Don’t Rap / Amazing GraceBuy from: malaco
  • I Won’t Worry No MoreBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • I’ll Live AgainBuy from: malaco
  • HoodlumBuy from: malaco
  • The FighterBuy from: malaco
  • Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain HighBuy from: malaco
  • Gossip The GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Harvard Lampoon’s Black BallBuy from: malaco
  • CollectionsBuy from: malaco
  • It Remains To Be SeenBuy from: malaco
  • Midnight Street RacingBuy from: malaco
  • We Are Getting Careless With Our LoveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • PonyriderBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Cedric FordBuy from: malaco

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  • SnappyBuy from: malaco
  • How Excellent Is Thy NameBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Got Just What I WantedBuy from: malaco

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  • Fishermen, Drop Your Nets – Counting The CostsBuy from: malaco
  • Domestic DisturbanceBuy from: malaco
  • At The GateBuy from: malaco
  • Chris Rock: Never ScaredBuy from: malaco
  • Favor Ain’t FairBuy from: malaco
  • The Worlds Greatest ChoirsBuy from: malaco
  • Can’t You SeeBuy from: malaco
  • Great Golden Gospel Hits Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • The RebirthBuy from: malaco
  • 3 Day PassBuy from: malaco
  • Live In Richmond VirginiaBuy from: malaco
  • I’m A GamblerBuy from: malaco
  • Identity CrisisBuy from: malaco
  • Transparent In Your PresenceBuy from: malaco

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  • Edge Of DarknessBuy from: malaco
  • Lift The Savior UpBuy from: malaco
  • Snitch’dBuy from: malaco
  • Live In CincinnatiBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • RiotBuy from: malaco
  • Let’s Go Fishin’Buy from: malaco
  • Do I Speak For The WorldBuy from: malaco
  • More LoveBuy from: malaco
  • The Evereadys – Finally LiveBuy from: malaco
  • No Stopping Us NowBuy from: malaco
  • Soul Sisters Vol. 5Buy from: malaco
  • The Blues Is Alright For Partyin’Buy from: malaco
  • TendernessBuy from: malaco
  • No, We Ain’t From ClarksdaleBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Beauty ShopBuy from: malaco
  • Gritty Horror TalesBuy from: malaco
  • CelebrateBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Beverly Hillbillies: 8 EpisodesBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Bobby Bland , B. B. King, Little Junior ParkerBuy from: malaco
  • Morning Glory Vol 1: PeaceBuy from: malaco
  • M & M ManBuy from: malaco
  • Feels Like RainBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Escort ReturnsBuy from: malaco
  • A Holy Ghost Take OverBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Mama Prayed For MeBuy from: malaco
  • Is Yo Mind MadeBuy from: malaco
  • I’m Not That Way AnymoreBuy from: malaco
  • Just Because God Said ItBuy from: malaco
  • Live So God Can Use YouBuy from: malaco
  • Juke JointBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Merry ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • See Jane RunBuy from: malaco
  • Live At The LonghornBuy from: malaco
  • Misty Blue & Other Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Douglas MillerBuy from: malaco
  • AmenBuy from: malaco
  • Fall On MeBuy from: malaco
  • I’ve Already Been To The WaterBuy from: malaco
  • Back To The Future YearsBuy from: malaco     amazon
  • It Hasn’t Always Been EasyBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Along Way To Go…Buy from: malaco
  • Let Freedom RingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I’m Going ThroughBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Devil’s Son-In-LawBuy from: malaco
  • Wait I Say On The LordBuy from: malaco

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  • Soul Sisters Vol. 3Buy from: malaco
  • UnderstandingBuy from: malaco
  • Choice CutsBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • A Candlelight ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Reverse The CurseBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Platinum & Gold CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • I’ve Been ChangedBuy from: malaco

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  • Bob MarleyBuy from: malaco
  • Thru The StormBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Year Of JubileeBuy from: malaco
  • Good IntentionsBuy from: malaco
  • Live With The Candy LickerBuy from: malaco
  • Poonanny Be StillBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Living WaterBuy from: malaco
  • It’s My GuitarBuy from: malaco     amazon

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  • Hurt By Love BeforeBuy from: malaco
  • CakeBuy from: malaco
  • All Keyed UpBuy from: malaco

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  • R&B ChristmasBuy from: malaco

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