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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


  • Blind WitnessBuy from: malaco
  • Precious MemoriesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Williams Brothers Greatest Hits-Volume IBuy from: malaco
  • Put It On YaBuy from: malaco     amazon
  • The Eveready’s “Finally Live”Buy from: malaco
  • I’m Going ThroughBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • David Hammond “Live in Columbus, GA”Buy from: malaco
  • God Is Not PleasedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Cedric FordBuy from: malaco

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  • Bamboo BearsBuy from: malaco
  • Love Makes The World Go RoundBuy from: malaco
  • The Blind SideBuy from: malaco
  • The RenaissanceBuy from: malaco
  • The First 20 YearsBuy from: malaco
  • Live and AnointedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play
  • Greater Is ComingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Reunited – Live In Richmond VirginiaBuy from: malaco
  • Stand By MeBuy from: malaco
  • Park DayBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Douglas MillerBuy from: malaco
  • Lay Aside Every WeightBuy from: malaco
  • A New CreationBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Proverbs 3:5Buy from: malaco
  • Love, Lies & AlibisBuy from: malaco

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  • Come Fly With MeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I Know Too MuchBuy from: malaco
  • Where Ever I GoBuy from: malaco
  • Midnight RunBuy from: malaco

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  • Coming HomeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Blues Is Alright Volume 4Buy from: malaco
  • Run And Tell That – All The Kings MenBuy from: malaco
  • Gets Next To YouBuy from: malaco
  • Terminator SalvationBuy from: malaco
  • Great Golden Gospel Hits Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • Original Gospel ClassicsBuy from: malaco
  • Best of James Cleveland and GMWABuy from: malaco
  • Flashin’ BackBuy from: malaco
  • Legendary Hall Of FameBuy from: malaco
  • Best Of The Davis SistersBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Old Skool FunkBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Full CircleBuy from: malaco
  • Following Jesus – The Inner ConflictBuy from: malaco

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

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  • A Faith To See Us Through The Storm – Let Your Hair DownBuy from: malaco

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  • Trial Of Oh Jesus!Buy from: malaco

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  • Super Hits – Marvin GayeBuy from: malaco
  • Songs Mama Used To SingBuy from: malaco
  • Stax 50th CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • I Will Trust In The Lord…Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Platinum Comedy Series: D.L. HughleyBuy from: malaco
  • If I Was A Bird (I’d Fly Away)/God’s A Good Ole ManBuy from: malaco
  • ArrivalBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Live So God Can Use YouBuy from: malaco
  • So SatisfiedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • A Big Man In Bad ShapeBuy from: malaco
  • Worked It OutBuy from: malaco

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  • Celebrate Gospel and Reel Gospel DVD SetBuy from: malaco
  • One Of A KindBuy from: malaco

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  • Praying HandsBuy from: malaco
  • Shekinah GloryBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • He Will ProvideBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • R&B Hip Hop Sweet GroovesBuy from: malaco
  • Raw SugarBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Lifting For MeBuy from: malaco
  • Cloudless DayBuy from: malaco
  • The Brothers Dream AliveBuy from: malaco
  • LiveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • 50 Years Live In BirminghamBuy from: malaco
  • Magnify HimBuy from: malaco
  • Break ThroughBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Cheatin’ HabitBuy from: malaco
  • Smooth SoundsBuy from: malaco
  • Sunday Sampler Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • One Nite In MongkokBuy from: malaco
  • First ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Peace Be StillBuy from: malaco
  • Blues Farmers Jammin’ The BluesBuy from: malaco
  • AmenBuy from: malaco
  • WaymakerBuy from: malaco
  • You Still Got ItBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • When God’s Children Get TogetherBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Poison IvyBuy from: malaco
  • Speak To My HeartBuy from: malaco
  • How Far Is HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • Drunk, Busted, Disgusted And Can’t Be TrustedBuy from: malaco

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  • The Best Of Sara Jordan PowellBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Mississippi BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Street FighterBuy from: malaco
  • U. S. SealsBuy from: malaco
  • Lee Williams “Living On The Lord’s Side”Buy from: malaco
  • Axe To The RootBuy from: malaco
  • I Can’t Stop Loving YouBuy from: malaco
  • Hold OnBuy from: malaco

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  • True VictoryBuy from: malaco
  • Why We Don’t Rap / Amazing GraceBuy from: malaco
  • The Big Question (Where Will You Spend Eternity)Buy from: malaco
  • Live In LondonBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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

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  • East Of Hope StreetBuy from: malaco
  • Soul Sisters Volume 2Buy from: malaco

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