Sunday, February 12, 2017

Two Renditions Of The Contemporary Black Gospel Song "Something About the Name Jesus"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides lyrics and two YouTube examples of the contemporary Black (African American) Gospel song "Something About The Name Jesus".

This post also provides information about Kirk Franklin, that song's composer as well as information about the other featured choir that performed a rendition of that song along with Kirk Franklin.

The content of this post is presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Kirk Franklin and The Rance Allen Group for their musical legacy. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

Click for a companion pancocojams post that provides information/comments about traditional "old school" Black Gospel music, contemporary Black Gospel music, and Praise & Worship music. That post also features two examples of the traditional (old school) Gospel song "I Will Trust In The Lord".

"Kirk Dewayne Franklin (born January 26, 1970) is an American gospel musician, choir director, and author. He is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God's Property and One Nation Crew (1NC), and has won multiple awards, including eight Grammy Awards...

In 1992, Franklin organized "The Family", which was a seventeen-voice choir, formed from neighborhood friends and associates....

In 1993, the group, now known as "Kirk Franklin & The Family," released their debut album, Kirk Franklin & The Family. It spent almost two years on the Gospel music charts and charted on the R&B charts, eventually earning platinum sales status. It remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart for 42 weeks. It was the first gospel music album to sell over a million units.[citation needed]
Two years later, after releasing a 1995 Christmas album entitled Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, the group released Whatcha Lookin' 4 in 1996. The album was certified 2x platinum and earned Franklin his first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. 1997 brought another album, a collaboration with the vocal ensemble God's Property, aptly named God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation. The lead single, "Stomp", featuring Cheryl "Salt" James (of Salt-N-Pepa), was a big hit, enjoying heavy rotation on MTV and other music channels, and charting at No. 1 on the R&B Singles Airplay chart for two weeks, even making it into the Top 40. God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation was No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart for five weeks, No. 3 on the Pop charts, and would go on to be certified 3x platinum. It also brought Franklin another Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, as well as three Grammy nominations."...
Click for the pancocojams post "Kirk Franklin & God's Property, featuring Salt - Stomp (Gospel video, information, lyrics, & comments)"

"The Rance Allen Group is a gospel music group formed in Monroe, Michigan, and based in Toledo, Ohio.[1]...

The group was the first to be signed to the Stax imprint Gospel Truth, and they recorded for the Stax organization throughout the 1970s.[1][3]:256 In 1972, the group appeared in the documentary film Wattstax. Following this appearance, the group was named "Best Religious Group" by the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA).[3]:272 David Porter co-produced the group's 1975 album A Soulful Experience, for which he wrote an autobiographical song, "Just Found Me".

The group's incorporation of rock and soul into traditional black gospel music prefigures the crossover success of such artists as Amy Grant, Andrae Crouch, and The Winans"...
Note that traditional Gospel groups may also perform contemporary Gospel music.

(Composer: Kirk Franklin)

There is something about the name Jesus
Something about the name Jesus.
It is the sweetest name I know
Oh how I love the name Jesus, Oh how I love the name Jesus
It is the sweetest name I know.

Some people say I'm crazy but, I can't explain the power that I feel when I call your name (when I call your name) said it's just like fire shut-up in my bones.
The holy ghost is moving (yes it is) and just won't leave me alone. There's something


Said it's sweeter than honey from a honeycomb. I can fell the holy ghost moving and it won't leave won't leave me alone (no, no, no, no, no, nooo) at the name of Jesus (ooohhh) every knee has got to bow (got to bow) so you don't have to wait till the fire comes you can call on him shout praise him do it right now.

Something about the name Jesus, something about the name Jesus.
It is the sweetest name I know
Oh how I love the name Jesus,
Oh how I love the name Jesus.
It is the sweetest name I know, I know, I know, I knoooowwwwww

[repeat chorus]

It is the sweetest name I knooooowwwwwww
[repeat 5 times]

[Break it up]

Oh I love the name Jesus (Jesus)
oh (oh)
oh (oh)


Example #1: Kirk Franklin - Something About The Name Jesus [sound file]

onedadou1984, Uploaded on Apr 15, 2009

Kirk Franklin - Something About The Name Jesus. From The Nu Nation Album

Example #2: Something About the Name Jesus - The Rance Allen Group feat. Kirk Franklin

Tyscot, Published on Mar 11, 2013

Distributed by WMG
This truly has become THE SIGNATURE song for the Rance Allen Group. Please sit back, watch, and you'll see why.

The Rance Allen Group have a powerful remix of this song on their new project, CELEBRATE....

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