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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


  • It’s Good To Know JesusBuy from: malaco
  • Just One More StepBuy from: malaco
  • The Story Of Job – Study To Show ThyselfBuy from: malaco

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  • Women Of GospelBuy from: malaco
  • Rough Side Of The MountainBuy from: malaco
  • Rush Hour 3Buy from: malaco
  • I BelieveBuy from: malaco
  • On Native SoilBuy from: malaco
  • Choice CutsBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • A Gospel Greats ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Pressing Toward The MarkBuy from: malaco
  • He LivesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Willie Neal Johnson “The Country Boy Goes Home…2”Buy from: malaco
  • Quartet HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • A New CreationBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Let Freedom RingBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • LegacyBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Let Him In TodayBuy from: malaco
  • Goose Boxer Tiger Over WallBuy from: malaco
  • Shake The Devil OffBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Who’s On The Lord SideBuy from: malaco
  • The Marvin Gaye Collection Vol. 1Buy from: malaco
  • Get Right ChurchBuy from: malaco
  • Movin’ To The CountryBuy from: malaco
  • Super Hits – Marvin GayeBuy from: malaco
  • Gospo MixxBuy from: malaco
  • Don’t Wanna Be Left BehindBuy from: malaco

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  • Cedric FordBuy from: malaco

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  • O Holy NightBuy from: malaco
  • Poison IvyBuy from: malaco
  • Thank YouBuy from: malaco
  • Ultimate Gospel: I Need You NowBuy from: malaco
  • Alpha OmegaBuy from: malaco
  • Prayer Will Fix It EverytimeBuy from: malaco
  • Soul HeavenBuy from: malaco
  • The First 20 YearsBuy from: malaco
  • Sunday ClassicsBuy from: malaco
  • Hired To KillBuy from: malaco
  • Hell SquadBuy from: malaco
  • The Sound Of ChristmasBuy from: malaco
  • Grumpy Old MenBuy from: malaco
  • Rev. James Cleveland “Down Memory Lane”Buy from: malaco
  • Bridging The PastBuy from: malaco
  • “Live In Concert”Buy from: malaco
  • Sail Away Some Bright MorningBuy from: malaco
  • A Wealthy PlaceBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • He’s Everything To MeBuy from: malaco
  • The Frank Williams CollectionBuy from: malaco
  • Have You Been Tried In The FireBuy from: malaco
  • RaptureBuy from: malaco
  • Give Me What It TakesBuy from: malaco
  • He Is RisenBuy from: malaco
  • In RevivalBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Live From Salt Lake CityBuy from: malaco
  • GraceBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Malaco’s Greatest Gospel Hits Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • The Fantastic Violinaires “Reunited”Buy from: malaco
  • The Bonner Brothers LIVEBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Preachin’ The BluesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Lottery TicketBuy from: malaco
  • Thank YouBuy from: malaco
  • Live In New OrleansBuy from: malaco
  • Down In The Dumps With The BluesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon
  • RiotBuy from: malaco
  • Church SongsBuy from: malaco
  • When Praise Meets WorshipBuy from: malaco

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  • The Wicker ManBuy from: malaco
  • Live At HomeBuy from: malaco
  • He’s My Ever Present HelpBuy from: malaco
  • Rat PackBuy from: malaco
  • The Year Of JubileeBuy from: malaco
  • My Kingdom Is Not Of This World – John’s Vision Of A New HeavenBuy from: malaco

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  • Is Yo Mind MadeBuy from: malaco
  • Cat DaddyBuy from: malaco

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  • The Dead ZoneBuy from: malaco
  • Come Back With The LordBuy from: malaco
  • MatchupsBuy from: malaco
  • Christmas At HomeBuy from: malaco
  • Sam CookeBuy from: malaco
  • Platinum Comedy Series: D.L. HughleyBuy from: malaco
  • Why We Don’t Rap / Amazing GraceBuy from: malaco
  • Sketches Of My LifeBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • Collection: Songs of Faith & LoveBuy from: malaco
  • Fists Of Bruce LeeBuy from: malaco
  • Golden Gospel Songbook Vol. 2Buy from: malaco
  • Roy & Revelation “Blest By The Best”Buy from: malaco
  • Hip Hop Nation Volume 1Buy from: malaco
  • Changin’ Tha GameBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Brand New CadillacBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play

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  • UnleashedBuy from: malaco

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  • Darrell Luster “Down Through The Years”Buy from: malaco
  • Arizona SummerBuy from: malaco
  • God’s PromiseBuy from: malaco

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  • Sisterhood Of GospelBuy from: malaco
  • God’s Little AngelsBuy from: malaco
  • Woman To WomanBuy from: malaco
  • Blue Devil BluesBuy from: malaco     itunes     google play     amazon

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  • Live in Columbus, GABuy from: malaco

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  • Ace in The HoleBuy from: malaco
  • Portrait Of The BluesBuy from: malaco

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