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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


  • Destination UnknownBuy from: malaco
  • Merry ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • BlackballBuy from: malaco
  • Lee Williams “Right On Time”Buy from: malaco
  • Souled OutBuy from: malaco
  • Joyful PraiseBuy from: malaco

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  • Champaign IVBuy from: malaco
  • All You’ll Ever NeedBuy from: malaco
  • Stealing LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Greenleaf Gospel Companion Soundtrack Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Christmas At HomeBuy from: malaco
  • Petey WheatstrawBuy from: malaco
  • The LuauBuy from: malaco
  • Soul HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • LiveBuy from: malaco
  • Blues Farmers Jammin’ The BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Chris Rock: Never ScaredBuy from: malaco
  • RageBuy from: malaco
  • I Know Too MuchBuy from: malaco
  • Don’t Wanna Be Left BehindBuy from: malaco

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  • No Tears In GloryBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Fishermen, Drop Your Nets – Counting The CostsBuy from: malaco
  • The Blues Is Alright Volume 2Buy from: malaco
  • Z.Z.HillBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Let Us Encourage YouBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Sunday ClassicsBuy from: malaco
  • If Love Hadn’t Left Me LonelyBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Dorothy Norwood – The Early YearsBuy from: malaco
  • Soul And BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Put Down Your Whiskey BottleBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • Heads UpBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Introduction To GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Is My Living In VainBuy from: malaco
  • Live In New YorkBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Lee Williams “Living On The Lord’s Side”Buy from: malaco
  • Soul Hits Of The 70’sBuy from: malaco
  • Sun Drenched SoulBuy from: malaco
  • The Worlds Greatest ChoirsBuy from: malaco
  • Strugglin LadyBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • My Soul Loves JesusBuy from: malaco

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  • Dorothy Norwood & FriendsBuy from: malaco
  • Live At HomeBuy from: malaco
  • The King Of GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Training DayBuy from: malaco
  • Go OnBuy from: malaco
  • The Wicker ManBuy from: malaco
  • So SatisfiedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • It’s Praying TimeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Songs To EdifyBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I’ve Got FaithBuy from: malaco
  • Sensational NightingalesBuy from: malaco
  • Emmanuel (God With Us)Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • MasterpieceBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Me And Mrs. Jones: The Best Of Billy PaulBuy from: malaco
  • Emmanuel (God With Us)Buy from: malaco
  • Southern Soul SingerBuy from: malaco
  • Blue Devil BluesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Chronicles Of Junior MAFIABuy from: malaco
  • Lee Williams “So Much To Be Thankful For”Buy from: malaco
  • What Would Your Mama Say?Buy from: malaco     itunes
  • The MANualBuy from: malaco
  • The Original Blind BoysBuy from: malaco
  • For The Love Of GodBuy from: malaco

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  • He Created MeBuy from: malaco
  • Real LoveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Down Home BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Hoochie MommaBuy from: malaco
  • Paris Jazz Concert – Salle Pleyel: 27 March 1969Buy from: malaco
  • American StreetfighterBuy from: malaco
  • Pure Gospel Young Soldiers Of PraiseBuy from: malaco

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  • A Tribute To The KingBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Good To Know JesusBuy from: malaco
  • Just Look At Me NowBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Very Best Of Millie JacksonBuy from: malaco
  • The Soul SingerBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • ResetBuy from: malaco

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  • World’s Greatest Story TellerBuy from: malaco
  • Troubles Don’t Last AlwaysBuy from: malaco
  • The Living Blues Of The 80sBuy from: malaco
  • Bless That Wonderful NameBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Hack!Buy from: malaco
  • Hello ChristmasBuy from: malaco

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  • I’m A Blues ManBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Pull Your Pants Up!Buy from: malaco

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  • Lord You’ve Been GoodBuy from: malaco
  • No One ElseBuy from: malaco     amazon
  • Lift The Savior UpBuy from: malaco
  • Remember MeBuy from: malaco
  • The Solid RockBuy from: malaco
  • Sweet RevengeBuy from: malaco
  • God’s GoodnessBuy from: malaco
  • …Then Sings My Soul – DVDBuy from: malaco
  • There’s No Good In GoodbyeBuy from: malaco
  • KnockoutBuy from: malaco
  • God’s PromiseBuy from: malaco

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  • Living On The Lord’s SideBuy from: malaco
  • Glory TrainBuy from: malaco
  • Severed TiesBuy from: malaco
  • Rat PackBuy from: malaco

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