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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


  • R&B Hip Hop Sweet GroovesBuy from: malaco
  • It Wasn’t The NailsBuy from: malaco
  • Touch MeBuy from: malaco
  • Harvard Lampoon’s Black BallBuy from: malaco
  • Good LoveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I Am The BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Child’s PrayerBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • A Blessing Coming Through For YouBuy from: malaco

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  • Wu Tang SwordsmanBuy from: malaco
  • Snitch’dBuy from: malaco
  • They That WaitBuy from: malaco
  • MemoriesBuy from: malaco
  • Merry ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Soul City Rhythm RevueBuy from: malaco
  • Pressing OnBuy from: malaco

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  • Classic Soul Volume 1Buy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • EargasmBuy from: malaco
  • Run And Tell That – All The Kings MenBuy from: malaco
  • No Tears In GloryBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Greater Is ComingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Rhythm & The BluesBuy from: malaco
  • Gospel RootsBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Come Fly With MeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Motown LegendsBuy from: malaco
  • Axe To The RootBuy from: malaco
  • Mississippi Mass Choir Song BookBuy from: malaco
  • Lifting For MeBuy from: malaco
  • Knock A Hole In ItBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Super HitsBuy from: malaco
  • All The PainBuy from: malaco
  • Live in Miami, FloridaBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Border LostBuy from: malaco
  • Pure Gospel Top Gospel ChoirsBuy from: malaco

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  • Why Are You Afraid? – What Think Ye Of Jesus?Buy from: malaco

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  • Blest By The BestBuy from: malaco
  • #1’sBuy from: malaco
  • Divas In The Delta – Live In Greenwood, MississippiBuy from: malaco
  • Dancing In The DarkBuy from: malaco
  • The Story Of Gospel MusicBuy from: malaco
  • Looking For The PromiseBuy from: malaco
  • A Lady In The StreetBuy from: malaco

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  • Life Is Like A LeafBuy from: malaco
  • Tyrone Davis – Super HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Hymn And IBuy from: malaco

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  • Mike VS TysonBuy from: malaco
  • Room ServiceBuy from: malaco
  • The Complete Malaco CollectionBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • Need YouBuy from: malaco

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  • Soulful Sounds Of StaxBuy from: malaco
  • Goose Boxer Tiger Over WallBuy from: malaco
  • Will You Be ThereBuy from: malaco
  • A New CreationBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Lord Is A WonderBuy from: malaco
  • James Cleveland Sings with The World’s Greatest Choirs 25th Anniversary AlbumBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Precious MemoriesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Come On, ChildrenBuy from: malaco
  • Live In AtlantaBuy from: malaco
  • Southern Soul…My WayBuy from: malaco

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  • Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of GodBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Walk The TalkBuy from: malaco
  • Keith Wonderboy Johnson Presents…The Rising Stars of Quartet Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Welcome To The ShowBuy from: malaco

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  • Snoop Dogg’s Hood Of HorrorBuy from: malaco
  • The JudgementBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Florida A&M University Gospel ChoirBuy from: malaco

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  • Lonnie Hunter & The Voices of St. MarkBuy from: malaco

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  • Let Me Be The OneBuy from: malaco

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  • Golden HitsBuy from: malaco
  • The Hot SpotBuy from: malaco
  • Original Gospel ClassicsBuy from: malaco
  • RedlineBuy from: malaco
  • Always RememberBuy from: malaco
  • Live At HomeBuy from: malaco
  • Greatest Gospel GroupsBuy from: malaco
  • Gospel Visions IIBuy from: malaco
  • The Motown Years (with Jackson 5)Buy from: malaco
  • Don’t Worry PrayBuy from: malaco
  • Room At The CrossBuy from: malaco
  • Super HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Send Up The PraiseBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Live So God Can Use YouBuy from: malaco
  • Why We Don’t Rap / Amazing GraceBuy from: malaco
  • Angel Of DeathBuy from: malaco
  • Best of James Cleveland and GMWABuy from: malaco
  • StrongBuy from: malaco

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  • I’ll Live AgainBuy from: malaco
  • Booker T and The MG’sBuy from: malaco
  • Gets Next To YouBuy from: malaco
  • Where Ever I GoBuy from: malaco
  • Serving The Lord Will Pay Off After A WhileBuy from: malaco
  • Freedom HighwayBuy from: malaco
  • I Need UBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Sinner’s Prayer – LiveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Rev. B. W. Smith ” I Can’t Stop Loving You”Buy from: malaco
  • Back BackBuy from: malaco
  • Can’t You SeeBuy from: malaco
  • All Night BodegaBuy from: malaco
  • Margaret Allison “50 Years” Live In BirminghamBuy from: malaco
  • Super Hits – The ManhattansBuy from: malaco
  • Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles Of The WorldBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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