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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


  • Prince Of Bel AirBuy from: malaco
  • Who’s On The Lord SideBuy from: malaco
  • I Know I’ve Been ChangedBuy from: malaco
  • Hip Hop Nation Volume 1Buy from: malaco
  • Khi BaeBuy from: malaco
  • A Tribute To The KingBuy from: malaco
  • Old Time ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Another ChanceBuy from: malaco

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  • Back To ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • I’ve Tried Jesus – DVDBuy from: malaco
  • First Class BluesBuy from: malaco

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  • Image Of Bruce LeeBuy from: malaco
  • It Remains To Be SeenBuy from: malaco
  • I Don’t Feel Noways TiredBuy from: malaco     itunes

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  • Live With The Candy LickerBuy from: malaco
  • Throw Back DaysBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Quartet HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • In The Land Of WomenBuy from: malaco
  • The Golden Wings Quartet “Redeemed”Buy from: malaco
  • One Of A KindBuy from: malaco

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  • The Rhythm & The BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Terminator SalvationBuy from: malaco
  • Cyber Tracker 2Buy from: malaco
  • Wash CleanBuy from: malaco
  • Heart Of A Love SongBuy from: malaco
  • The House Next DoorBuy from: malaco
  • Down Home BluesBuy from: malaco
  • “Live In Concert”Buy from: malaco
  • 18 Golden DestroyersBuy from: malaco
  • Just A RehearsalBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Strait JacketBuy from: malaco
  • Calendar GirlBuy from: malaco
  • GiftedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Along Way To Go…Buy from: malaco
  • I Speak LifeBuy from: malaco
  • The Best of Rev. James Cleveland and The GMWA of AmericaBuy from: malaco
  • We Will Give You PraiseBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I Know Too MuchBuy from: malaco
  • He’s Everything To MeBuy from: malaco
  • Earth Has No SorrowBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Definitive CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • StandBuy from: malaco
  • The TreasureBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Gotta Have FaithBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • God Can & God WillBuy from: malaco
  • By His GraceBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Denied MotherBuy from: malaco
  • Work A MiracleBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Delta VisionBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Old Time ReligionBuy from: malaco
  • I Sing Because I’m HappyBuy from: malaco
  • Where Is Your Faith In GodBuy from: malaco
  • Jesus Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To MeBuy from: malaco     itunes

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  • Live In DetroitBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Hymn And IBuy from: malaco

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  • Can’t You SeeBuy from: malaco
  • Keisa Brown CollectionBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Gurlz LiveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The Very Best of Rufus ThomasBuy from: malaco
  • The Beverly Hillbillies: 16 EpisodesBuy from: malaco
  • Take It To The Lord In PrayerBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Reach Beyond The BreakBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The House Of The LordBuy from: malaco
  • What In Hell Do You WantBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • Glory GloryBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I’m Glad About ItBuy from: malaco
  • Sudie And SimpsonBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Praying TimeBuy from: malaco
  • My Soul Loves JesusBuy from: malaco

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  • Atlantic Unearthed/Soul SistersBuy from: malaco
  • Remember MeBuy from: malaco
  • Wall To WallBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Blues Is My Middle NameBuy from: malaco
  • Ye Are The Salt Of The Earth – The Fiery FurnaceBuy from: malaco
  • Sweet RevengeBuy from: malaco
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Home TonightBuy from: malaco

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  • A Touch Of ClassBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • A Wealthy PlaceBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Mississippi Blues ChildBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Please Take MeBuy from: malaco
  • He Brought Me OutBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles Of The WorldBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Ray Charles Soul Of The Holy LandBuy from: malaco
  • Crossing The LineBuy from: malaco
  • Emmanuel (God With Us)Buy from: malaco
  • God’s GoodnessBuy from: malaco
  • Rat PackBuy from: malaco
  • Will You Be ThereBuy from: malaco
  • Let’s Go BackBuy from: malaco

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  • Blues ViewsBuy from: malaco
  • I’ll Be With You AlwaysBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Legendary GentlemenBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Williams Brothers Greatest Hits-Volume IBuy from: malaco
  • Gospel TreasuresBuy from: malaco
  • I’ve Been Picked Out To Be Picked OnBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • God’s PromiseBuy from: malaco
  • I Am The BluesBuy from: malaco
  • I’ve Been ChangedBuy from: malaco

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  • Latin Spring BreakBuy from: malaco

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