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After the trio disbanded, an associate of the group, Roberta Martin, hired him as a composer and arranger. The song that brought Cleveland tremendous fame was his rendition of "Peace Be Still".
In the s, Cleveland's singing of that song was viewed as ever so majestic. In November , Albertina provided James the opportunity to do his very first recording. By staying out of the studio for a while, she convinced States Records to allow him to record with her group.
He continued to record with The Caravans until States closed down in This album earned Albertina her first gold record. Throughout this period, he recorded with other groups, like The Gospel All-Stars and The Gospel Chimes, mixing pop ballad influences with traditional shouting.
By , Cleveland, who had incorporated blues riffs in his work — and what Heilbut described as "sheer funkiness" — had become associated with a new tenor in gospel music.
He became known by more than just the professionals within gospel music with his version of the Soul Stirrers ' song, "The Love of God", backed by the Voices of Tabernacle from Detroit , Michigan. The success and sensation of the song's recording led to a record contract with an historic label that would change his life forever. James Cleveland signed with the historic jazz label Savoy Records in , going on to release a huge catalog of soul gospel recordings from that year until his death in , many of which were recorded in a live concert setting.
Roberts liked the idea of capturing worship in song live on a recording, where the listeners can feel and become of a part of the service. Working with Savoy's executive producer Fred Mendelsohn , Cleveland and the Angelic Choir of Nutley released two albums before recording the iconic masterpiece, Peace Be Still , in September , which sold thousands of copies at that time and garnered Cleveland his first gold album.
Peace Be Still also stayed on the Billboard charts for at least fifteen years after its release. In , Cleveland added Clyde Brown and Charles Barnett to his group, which by then was traveling extensively throughout the United States and abroad into the late s, performing in all major venues.
Other singers were added in later years, such as Marva Hines, and the renowned soprano soloist, Cleo Kennedy , who were mainstays until his death in Cleveland capitalized on his success by founding his own choir, the Southern California Community Choir.
After being nominated numerous times in previous years, James won his first Grammy Award with the Southern California Community Choir in , for his album, In the Ghetto. He recorded several albums with SCC between the years of and Their most successful albums were the Grammy-nominated release, It's a New Day , featuring the industry's signature staple, "God Is"; and their release, Where Is Your Faith ; among many others.
In November , Cleveland founded his own ministry and church, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church, in Los Angeles, California, which grew from ten to thousands of members throughout the remainder of his life. The church choir's second album, My Expectations , was released in with moderate acclaim.
By the time of his death, church membership totaled over 7, From the s until , Cleveland would bring together a number of artists to back him on appearances and records. Additionally, Cleveland himself backed other acts, contributing to the recordings of such well-known artists as Aretha Franklin , Ray Charles, and Elton John , just to name a few.
Cleveland also moved to Detroit in the s to take a position as music director at the famed New Bethel Baptist Church, where C. Franklin , father of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin , was pastor. Recorded live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, California , with his Southern California Community Choir,  his feature on the album and Aretha's success as a pop artist made the album a historic landmark in gospel, and is still selling to this day, with a special CD re-release of The Complete Recordings the unedited album recording session of the Amazing Grace project.
This historic recording was also filmed by director Sydney Pollack for an intended documentary release, but due to a technical issue of not using a clapperboard to synchronize the audio with the video, the film was deemed unusable, and was left shelved for the next 47 years. The film was directed by David Leivick and Frederick A. Excerpts from the film soundtrack was released on Savoy Records and became a top seller, with Cleveland having the majority feature on side two of the album. Stepping out in Jesus' name.
We're gonna serve him. One more minute 'til daybreak. Gospel Singers ; with instrumental acc. Looking forward. Good Life Records, p The wonders of His love. Myrrh, p Do you wanna go. Birthright Records : , p Don't give up Stay in the race. Master mind is He. The righteous. Work on me. Charles H. Volume 1. Volume 2. Three men for Christ.
Morada Records, p What the world needs now. Barnum, arranger-conductor. Do not pass me by. Gospel Roots, p Barrett, vocals ; with the Youth for Christ Choir.
I've got a feelin'. I Am Records, p I AM Records, p What shall I render unto God. New Birth Records, No ways tired. Nonesuch : Atlantic, p My soul is free. In the spirit. Jesus Christ is coming back. Victory Records, p God is on your side. Bell-Watson, director ; with instrumental acc. God's will, God's way. Tomato Music Co. Lord make me over: concept one. New Birth Records, p I can't stop loving God.
Nobody can turn me around. Just believe. Savoy MG Gospearl Records ; p Williams, presiding Bishop. Get on board. Stay with God. Pray for the good of the land. ABC Songbird, p The New Redemptive Ensemble. We've got the victory. Why can't I. Creed, p Isaac Douglas. In God's owm time. Tyscot, p He's worthy to be praised.
Trimble Production Studios, [? Living for the love of God. Oh Lord, who shall abide. Savoy ; p See: All of my appointed time. See: Preachin', Prayin', Singin'. In the gloryland. Jewel Records, p Things have got to get better. One of the ones. Gregory D. Smith, director; with instrumental ensemble. See : Greatest gospel gems and This is how it all began, v. Sparrow Records, p I'll tell the world His name. Brewster, gospel music. National Public Radio, c Renew my spirit. Della Reese and Brilliance.
Air Records and Tapes, p Glorious day. Tyscot Records, p The Brockington Ensemble of Philadelphia, Pa. Jesus I love You. Sweet Rain, [? Prayer lamp. Cheri Records, p Giving Him thanks. How Jesus loves. Dayspring, c Live : a celebration of worship and praise. Word Records, p So in love. Work while it's day. The beginning. QCA Records, p Collins Classics , p He's able to carry you through. Hob Records, p Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers ; with instrumental acc.
If everybody was like Jesus. HOB Records, [? Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers. To all generations. See: The silver anniversary project. II ; [a second hour of praise]. The Open Door Singers. Open Door Ministries, [? Jerry Burns and the Open Door Singers. Christ has a love that grows. Star Base Records, p Blessed assurance. He loves me. Walk out on the water. Morada Records, c Byrd, vocals, piano ; with the Byrd Family Singers and the Mt.
Zion Young Adult Choir. Thank you so much. House of Byrd Records, p Dennis Byrd, director. Richard White and the C. Rejoice Records, p From the heart. Roadshow Records, p Myrrh, Jesus, I love calling your name. Rejoice, p James Cleveland and Quentella Caldwell. James A. Hallelujah--tis the highest praise.
Paradise Records, p