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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


  • Reach For The HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • Bring It To The AltarBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Emmanuel (God With Us)Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • He’s Preparing MeBuy from: malaco
  • Cat DaddyBuy from: malaco

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  • Gotta Get The Groove BackBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Didn’t I Blow Your MindBuy from: malaco
  • Songs To EdifyBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • SparksBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Alright NowBuy from: malaco
  • Welcome 2 The SWACBuy from: malaco
  • Staple SingersBuy from: malaco
  • I Am What God Says I AmBuy from: malaco

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  • Over YonderBuy from: malaco
  • Down Home BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Gospel TreasuresBuy from: malaco
  • Take It To The Lord In PrayerBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • First ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Man On The MoonBuy from: malaco

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  • The Motown Years (with Jackson 5)Buy from: malaco
  • The True Story Of Booker T. WashingtonBuy from: malaco
  • Jesus Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To MeBuy from: malaco     itunes

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  • Greatest PerformanceBuy from: malaco
  • Her Best Friend’s HusbandBuy from: malaco
  • I Owe You The PraiseBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • BluesmasterBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • If Jesus Goes With Me…Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • …Then Sings My Soul – CDBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Brothers Dream AliveBuy from: malaco
  • All You’ll Ever NeedBuy from: malaco
  • Soul Seekers IIBuy from: malaco
  • Where The Hits AreBuy from: malaco
  • This Is Who I AmBuy from: malaco
  • The Very Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • America’s Most Wanted Volume 1Buy from: malaco
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • There’s No Good In GoodbyeBuy from: malaco
  • The Classic CollectionBuy from: malaco

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  • FriendsBuy from: malaco

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  • Soul Sisters Vol. 3Buy from: malaco
  • I Will Let Nothing Separate MeBuy from: malaco

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  • If I Was A Bird (I’d Fly Away)/God’s A Good Ole ManBuy from: malaco
  • MamaBuy from: malaco

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  • Jesus ReignsBuy from: malaco

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  • The Best Of Dorothy Norwood – The Early YearsBuy from: malaco
  • He LivesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • No DoubtBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Watch Them Dogs – RootsBuy from: malaco
  • Somebody’s Gotta Do SomethingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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

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  • Walk The TalkBuy from: malaco
  • God Is RealBuy from: malaco
  • Sweet SeductionBuy from: malaco
  • Harvard Lampoon’s Black BallBuy from: malaco
  • Hole In The Wall – RemixBuy from: malaco
  • Sex and the City – The MovieBuy from: malaco
  • The Story Of Gospel MusicBuy from: malaco
  • Sunday Sampler Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • Wherever I GoBuy from: malaco
  • The Essential Al GreenBuy from: malaco
  • Can’t We All Just Get AlongBuy from: malaco     google play

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  • If You Come Back To MeBuy from: malaco
  • Enjoying JesusBuy from: malaco
  • ThankfulBuy from: malaco
  • Sunday SamplerBuy from: malaco
  • S.O.U.L.Buy from: malaco
  • My PurposeBuy from: malaco
  • Batman The Dark KnightBuy from: malaco
  • More LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Resting EasyBuy from: malaco
  • It Remains To Be SeenBuy from: malaco
  • Live At Salem Baptist ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • Glory GloryBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Definitive CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • Lee Williams “Tell The Angles”Buy from: malaco
  • Remember MeBuy from: malaco
  • UnleashedBuy from: malaco
  • Wash CleanBuy from: malaco
  • Heritage of Gospel Volume 3Buy from: malaco
  • We Haven’t Forgotten YouBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I’m A GamblerBuy from: malaco
  • Stand On The WordBuy from: malaco

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  • The Gurlz LiveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • PreciousBuy from: malaco
  • Image Of Bruce LeeBuy from: malaco
  • The Country Boy Goes Home IIBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Very Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • Snoop Dogg’s Hood Of HorrorBuy from: malaco
  • The Blues Is Alright Volume 3Buy from: malaco
  • Paris Jazz Concert – Salle Pleyel: 27 March 1969Buy from: malaco
  • Back To ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • The Best OfBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Where Is Your Faith In GodBuy from: malaco
  • EargasmBuy from: malaco
  • Severed TiesBuy from: malaco
  • East Of Hope StreetBuy from: malaco
  • HosannaBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Sunday Sampler Vol. 3Buy from: malaco
  • Serving The Lord Will Pay Off After A WhileBuy from: malaco
  • All Good Things Work Together For The Good – What Must I Do To Be SavedBuy from: malaco

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