Monday, April 14, 2014

James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir - "God Is" (example & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the Gospel song "God Is" as recorded in 1979 by Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir.

The lyrics to this song are also included in this post.

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Thanks to Dr. Robert Fryson for composing the Gospel song "God Is". Thanks also to Rev. James Cleveland for arranging this song and thanks to the featured vocalists and JayEm86 for publishing this sound file on YouTube. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.

SHOWCASE EXAMPLE: "God Is" (1979)- Rev. James Cleveland

JayEm86, Uploaded on May 23, 2008

Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir.
One commenter wrote that the male soloist for this song was Byron Edward Gore, but another commenter indicated that Nathaniel Morris was the soloist for the second verse of this song. Two other commenter identified Dora Pickett as the female soloist for this recording.

Here's a comment written by rwatershom5 about Dr. Robert Fryson, the composer of this song:
"This song was written by Dr. Robert Fryson and first recorded by the Voices Supreme of Washington, DC, the group [included] Robert Fryson, Anthony, Marvin and Henry M. Davis. their home base church in Washington, DC was Mt. Sinai Baptist Church under the late Pastor David Durham".

(composer: Robert Fryson ; arranger James Cleveland)

Verse 1:
God is my protection.
God is my all in all.
God is my light in darkness.
God is, He, He is my all in all.

Verse 2:
God is my joy in time of sorrow.
God, God is my all in all.
God is my today and tomorrow.
God, My God is, my all in all.

God is (repeating)

God is the joy and
the strength of my life,
He moves all pain, misery, and strife.

He promised to keep me,
never to leave me.
He's never ever come short of His word.

I've got to fast and pray,
stay in His narrow way,
I've got to keep my life clean everyday;
I want to go with Him when He comes back,
I've come to far and I'll never turn back.
God is (5x),
God is my all in all.

Lyrics source:; These lyrics were submitted by kaan

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  1. Had the honor of working with Rev Nathaniel Morris on some stage productions of others and his own. I'd always be blessed when he sang. I will always remember what he taught me as a soloist.

    1. Thanks for sharing that memory with us Unknown.

      Best wishes!

  2. Thanks for the life that he lived. The words God is my joy and My All In All. We will always remember the words and the one who sung the song. Rest in peace my brother. Because God is you're all and all.