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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 Great ReunionBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Thug Immortal: Tupac Shakur StoryBuy from: malaco
  • I’ll Live AgainBuy from: malaco
  • The Best of Shirley Caesar with The CaravansBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Can’t You SeeBuy from: malaco
  • Eagle vs SilverfoxBuy from: malaco
  • Journey Through LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Members OnlyBuy from: malaco

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  • Live In DallasBuy from: malaco
  • My Soul Loves JesusBuy from: malaco

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  • Woman To WomanBuy from: malaco
  • RiotBuy from: malaco
  • UnleashedBuy from: malaco
  • Bible Stories VHSBuy from: malaco
  • Wives Night OutBuy from: malaco
  • Jesus Got Me OffBuy from: malaco     itunes
  • The Beverly Hillbillies: 16 EpisodesBuy from: malaco
  • Merchant Of DeathBuy from: malaco
  • The Best OfBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • An Answer In PrayerBuy from: malaco
  • I See A WorldBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Sex And The City – BreakupsBuy from: malaco
  • I’m In Love With ChristBuy from: malaco
  • Full ContactBuy from: malaco
  • Streetball Classics Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Good Time GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Better Days AheadBuy from: malaco
  • Sam CookeBuy from: malaco
  • On Time GodBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Best of James Cleveland and GMWABuy from: malaco
  • Old Skool FunkBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • The FighterBuy from: malaco
  • Sunday MorningBuy from: malaco
  • You Don’t Know How Blessed You AreBuy from: malaco
  • Forever SoulBuy from: malaco
  • U. S. SealsBuy from: malaco
  • A Soul Stirring ReunionBuy from: malaco     google play

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  • Call Me Mr. CBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Have You Heard The NewsBuy from: malaco
  • Bruce Lee KungFuManiaBuy from: malaco
  • Perfect PeaceBuy from: malaco
  • Motown LegendsBuy from: malaco
  • Sunday’s BestBuy from: malaco
  • Looking For LolaBuy from: malaco
  • Fighting TemptationsBuy from: malaco
  • FriendsBuy from: malaco
  • The ChiefsBuy from: malaco
  • Live With The Candy LickerBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Whiter Than SnowBuy from: malaco
  • Pleasing YouBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Soul SistersBuy from: malaco
  • Nehemiah & The Great Work – Did Not Our Hearts Burn?Buy from: malaco
  • The Best Of Johnnie Taylor Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Mississippi Mass Choir Song BookBuy from: malaco
  • Back to BackBuy from: malaco     itunes     amazon

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  • Kuntry Livin’Buy from: malaco
  • It’s My GuitarBuy from: malaco     amazon

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  • Live in TorontoBuy from: malaco
  • Down In New OrleansBuy from: malaco
  • Three Albums On OneBuy from: malaco
  • G-Thang: I Got ProblemsBuy from: malaco
  • Southern Soul BrothersBuy from: malaco
  • I’ll Find You ThereBuy from: malaco
  • It’s Praying TimeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • S.O.U.LBuy from: malaco
  • Go OnBuy from: malaco
  • Father I Stretch My Hands To TheeBuy from: malaco
  • Glory GloryBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Terrell Rogers and Men of Destiny – Stand By MeBuy from: malaco
  • The CollectionBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Jackson Sisters “I’ve Tried Jesus”Buy from: malaco
  • CakeBuy from: malaco
  • HoodlumBuy from: malaco
  • Simply BeautifulBuy from: malaco
  • Soul Relections – Ladies Of GospelBuy from: malaco
  • To The Chief MusicianBuy from: malaco

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  • Here Kitty, KittyBuy from: malaco

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  • James Brown – Platinum & GoldBuy from: malaco
  • The Jackson Southernaires “Live at Jackson State University”Buy from: malaco
  • Thank You JesusBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Today Is The DayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Never Can Say GoodbyeBuy from: malaco
  • The Year Of JubileeBuy from: malaco
  • Keep Me All The WayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • The Roots Of Soul Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Faith Tried By FireBuy from: malaco
  • Cloudless DayBuy from: malaco
  • Still TrappedBuy from: malaco

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  • Have You Been Tried In The FireBuy from: malaco
  • Quartet HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • Champaign IVBuy from: malaco
  • The Beverly Hillbillies Volume 1Buy from: malaco
  • All The King’s MenBuy from: malaco
  • God’s PromiseBuy from: malaco
  • The Marvin Gaye Collection Volume 2 LiveBuy from: malaco
  • I’ll Trade A LifetimeBuy from: malaco
  • Making A WayBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • NainaBuy from: malaco
  • He’s All Over MeBuy from: malaco

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  • I Am What God Says I AmBuy from: malaco

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