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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


  • Bruce Lee Double Feature: Legend/Fist Of FuryBuy from: malaco
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  • MalibootyBuy from: malaco
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  • LiveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Let’s Get TogetherBuy from: malaco
  • Original Gospel ClassicsBuy from: malaco
  • Speak To My HeartBuy from: malaco
  • About SchmidtBuy from: malaco
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  • Be EncouragedBuy from: malaco
  • The Very Best OfBuy from: malaco
  • Footprints of JesusBuy from: malaco
  • Resting EasyBuy from: malaco
  • SacrificeBuy from: malaco

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  • The Gospel Keynotes “Live at Jackson State University”Buy from: malaco
  • Guy Torry’s Phat Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • The Ideal Mother – The Eagle Stirreth Her NestBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • BrunoBuy from: malaco
  • The Jackson Southernaires “Live & Anointed”Buy from: malaco
  • The Fantastic Violinaires “Reunited”Buy from: malaco
  • M & M ManBuy from: malaco
  • Come Unto Me Lazarus – Paul’s Hymn Of LoveBuy from: malaco

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  • Motown LegendsBuy from: malaco
  • Sam Cooke and The Original Soul StirrersBuy from: malaco
  • Georgia On My Mind (20 Tracks)Buy from: malaco
  • Z.Z.HillBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Hole In The Wall – RemixBuy from: malaco
  • Final CutBuy from: malaco
  • Welcome 2 The SWACBuy from: malaco
  • Freedom Fighters – Various ArtistsBuy from: malaco
  • The TreasureBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • Along Way To Go…Buy from: malaco
  • The House Next DoorBuy from: malaco
  • In ConcertBuy from: malaco
  • Relaxin’ with TyroneBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Troubles Don’t Last AlwaysBuy from: malaco
  • God Is Still In ControlBuy from: malaco

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  • In The Upper RoomBuy from: malaco
  • Through The StormBuy from: malaco
  • They That WaitBuy from: malaco
  • Fall On MeBuy from: malaco
  • Expecting MercyBuy from: malaco
  • Brand New CadillacBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Essential Al GreenBuy from: malaco
  • Gospel LegendsBuy from: malaco
  • Satan Is On The LooseBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • It’s Praying TimeBuy from: malaco
  • Jesus Got Me OffBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • The Legend Dolemite – Bigger & BadderBuy from: malaco
  • Glory TrainBuy from: malaco
  • Millennial ReignBuy from: malaco
  • Book Of SongsBuy from: malaco
  • Super Hits – Earth, Wind & FireBuy from: malaco
  • I’m BlessedBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • S.O.U.L.Buy from: malaco
  • Southern Soul BrothersBuy from: malaco
  • Beauty ShopBuy from: malaco
  • Rush Hour 3Buy from: malaco
  • The Meaning Of Black PowerBuy from: malaco

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  • One At A TimeBuy from: malaco
  • Terror In The ShadowsBuy from: malaco
  • Hold OnBuy from: malaco

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  • First Class BluesBuy from: malaco

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  • Baby FaceBuy from: malaco
  • Hymn And IBuy from: malaco

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  • Life After 30Buy from: malaco
  • FlowingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Oh What A MeetingBuy from: malaco
  • Jesus ReignsBuy from: malaco

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  • I’ll Never Stop Praising His NameBuy from: malaco
  • I’ve Got FaithBuy from: malaco
  • I Still Feel ItBuy from: malaco
  • Worked It Out DVDBuy from: malaco
  • The Evereadys – Finally LiveBuy from: malaco
  • Jesus, When Troubles Burden Me DownBuy from: malaco
  • LiveBuy from: malaco

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  • YouBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Willie BanksBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Foolish And Wise Builder – Why Have The Mighty FallenBuy from: malaco

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  • Identity CrisisBuy from: malaco
  • Love Alive IVBuy from: malaco
  • PraisestrumentalsBuy from: malaco

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  • Do I Speak For The WorldBuy from: malaco
  • Playa HatersBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Crazy Like LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Bob MarleyBuy from: malaco
  • A Candlelight ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Rain & FireBuy from: malaco

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  • The Only Way Is UpBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The GalesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • B DayBuy from: malaco
  • First ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • PhenomenalBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Story Of Gospel MusicBuy from: malaco
  • Let The Holy Ghost Lead YouBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • FriendsBuy from: malaco

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  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco

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