Gospel music lost an icon today, and a legend was created…Edwin Hawkins.

I can close my eyes right now and smell yeast rolls coming from the kitchen as, “Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord” plays on the record player. I would move the needle back to the beginning when the album finished.

This was most of my Saturday afternoons growing up, and this album, with, “Oh Happy Day” defined recorded Gospel music to me. My personal favorite song was my grandmother Dorothy Johnson’s…”Joy, Joy”.

This is by far my favorite Gospel album of all time. I encourage you to download it, stream it, listen to it, play the video over and over and let it bless you.

I pray God’s strength for the Edwin Hawkins family and may His legacy of music live on…in the spirit of the great Psalmist David.

Ephesians 5:19 (NKJV)

“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…”


God bless you! I'm a husband, father and ordained Minister since 1996. I serve as an Associate Minister at Oak Spring Church Arlington TN, a suburb of Memphis. I'm a professional Copywriter for a Fortune 500 company, published Gospel songwriter and owner of an independent label, Al-Go-Rhythm Music. My main spiritual gift is Exhortation...I'm a natural encourager. I love the word of God and sharing it from a "Wow, I never thought of it like that before" perspective. There's so much fresh revelation in God's word that is just as relevant today as it was as it unfolded. I hope my daily devotionals enhance your walk with God, taking you beyond BLESSED to BLESSTIFIED.

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