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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


  • The GalesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Gospel’s Greatest ArtistsBuy from: malaco
  • Soul Seekers IIBuy from: malaco
  • Rough Side Of The MountainBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play
  • Blood RelationsBuy from: malaco
  • Live In ChicagoBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Black List Volume 2Buy from: malaco
  • CH RCH Whats Missing? (Purple)Buy from: malaco
  • The Beverly Hillbillies Volume 1Buy from: malaco
  • Guy Torry’s Phat Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • Greatest HitsBuy from: malaco
  • Lee Williams “Tell The Angles”Buy from: malaco
  • All Good Things Work Together For The Good – What Must I Do To Be SavedBuy from: malaco
  • SupernovaBuy from: malaco
  • Only The Strong SurviveBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Fall On MeBuy from: malaco
  • Hip Hop Nation Volume 1Buy from: malaco
  • Satan Is On The LooseBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • You Got What You Wanted But Lost What You HadBuy from: malaco
  • Let Freedom RingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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

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  • Another LevelBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Revenge Of The PatriotsBuy from: malaco
  • The RebirthBuy from: malaco
  • Paris Jazz ConcertBuy from: malaco
  • Rocki’s Prenatal Yoga Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Another ChanceBuy from: malaco

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  • Stylistics ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Live In New OrleansBuy from: malaco
  • Prayer For AmericaBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Playa HatersBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • I’ll Live AgainBuy from: malaco
  • It’s A Woman ThangBuy from: malaco
  • Glory TrainBuy from: malaco
  • My PurposeBuy from: malaco
  • Doing It BigBuy from: malaco     amazon
  • Life After 30Buy from: malaco
  • Angel In TrainingBuy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Angela BofillBuy from: malaco
  • I’ll Never ForgetBuy from: malaco
  • God Can & God WillBuy from: malaco
  • The Greatest Love Of All feat. Dottie PeoplesBuy from: malaco
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Chris RockBuy from: malaco
  • Evil In Clear RiverBuy from: malaco
  • Get Right ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • The Last Soul Company 2 Disc SetBuy from: malaco
  • Lean On MeBuy from: malaco
  • Live Experience 1999Buy from: malaco
  • Southern Soul SingerBuy from: malaco
  • #1’sBuy from: malaco
  • Be EncouragedBuy from: malaco
  • The JudgementBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • King’s RansomBuy from: malaco
  • All The King’s MenBuy from: malaco
  • Wall To WallBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • He Is RisenBuy from: malaco
  • Live In New YorkBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Sail Away Some Bright MorningBuy from: malaco
  • The David StoryBuy from: malaco
  • One Of A KindBuy from: malaco
  • No DoubtBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Live In AtlantaBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Still PersonalBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • The Jackson Southernaires “The Brothers Dream Alive”Buy from: malaco
  • Show Up And Show OutBuy from: malaco
  • Lonnie Hunter & The Voices of St. MarkBuy from: malaco
  • Night BeatBuy from: malaco
  • Forever SoulBuy from: malaco
  • A Story To TellBuy from: malaco
  • You Touched My LifeBuy from: malaco
  • After AllBuy from: malaco

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  • Legendary GentlemenBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • From The SoulBuy from: malaco
  • Blue Devil BluesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Moses Sends Three Spies – Silver And Gold Have I NoneBuy from: malaco
  • The House Next DoorBuy from: malaco
  • Original Gospel ClassicsBuy from: malaco
  • Till Death Do Us PartBuy from: malaco
  • 50 Cent: Refuse 2 DieBuy from: malaco
  • I Can’t Make It  (Without The Lord)Buy from: malaco
  • JoyBuy from: malaco
  • Watch Them Dogs – RootsBuy from: malaco
  • The Big Question (Where Will You Spend Eternity)Buy from: malaco
  • Sunday Sampler Vol. 3Buy from: malaco
  • What Would Your Mama Say?Buy from: malaco     itunes
  • Just JesusBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Resting EasyBuy from: malaco
  • Image Of Bruce LeeBuy from: malaco
  • The Early YearsBuy from: malaco
  • KidnappedBuy from: malaco
  • Not Until He Calls Me Home – DVDBuy from: malaco
  • Your Quartet FavoritesBuy from: malaco
  • Heritage Of GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Prayer Will Fix It EverytimeBuy from: malaco
  • Live in Columbus, GABuy from: malaco

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  • Down Home Christmas In MississippiBuy from: malaco
  • Fat Albert’s Halloween SpecialBuy from: malaco
  • The Pink PantherBuy from: malaco
  • Right On TimeBuy from: malaco

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