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Rev. James Cleveland

voc, 1931-1991 US, Chicago
Singer / Musician / Composer / Arranger of R&B/Soul

The Reverend Dr. James Edward Cleveland (December 5, 1931 – February 9, 1991) was a gospel singer, musician, and composer. Known as the King of Gospel music, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospel, modern soul, pop, and jazz in arrangements for mass choirs. Throughout his career, Cleveland appeared on hundreds of recordings, won 4 Grammy Awards, and received a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Strings
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • World
  • Blues

Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Timeless Gospel Classics Volume 1Rev. James Cleveland2015Compil.
The Platinum Gospel CollectionRev. James Cleveland2011Compil.
Harvest CollectionRev. James Cleveland2011Compil.
The Lord Is My LightRev. James Cleveland2004Album
Back To BackShirley Caesar, Rev. James Cleveland2004Album
King & Queen Of Gospel Vol. IIShirley Caesar & Rev. James Cleveland2003Compil.
The Lord Is My LightRev. James Cleveland2003Compil.
The King & Queen Of Gospel Vol. 1Shirley Caesar & Rev. James Cleveland2002Compil.
Behind The CurtainRev. James Cleveland, The Gospel Music Workshop Of America Mass Choir2001Album
Lord, Do ItRev. James Cleveland1999Album
Hallelujah - A Collection Of His Finest RecordingsRev. James Cleveland1999Compil.
GMWA Live Collectors EditionRev. James Cleveland1998Album
I Don't Feel Noways TiredRev. James Cleveland1997Compil.
King Of GospelRev. James Cleveland1997Compil.
James Cleveland We Remember HimRev. James Cleveland1997Album
Old Time ReligionRev. James Cleveland1994Compil.
The Best Of Rev. James Cleveland And The Gospel Music Workshop Of America Mass ChoirRev. James Cleveland And The Gospel Music Workshop Of America Mass Choir1993Compil.
Tradition Du GospelRev. James Cleveland1992Album
A Tribute To The KingRev. James Cleveland1991Compil.
Rev. James Cleveland And The LA Gospel MessengersRev. James Cleveland And The Los Angeles Gospel Messengers1991Album
Having ChurchRev. James Cleveland1990Album
Meetin' Tonight / Get Right ChurchRev. James Cleveland & The Voices Of Tabernacle1990Single
Look Up And LiveRev. James Cleveland And The Original Gospel Chimes1990Single
Having Church [Extended Length CD]Rev. James Cleveland1990Album
Breathe On MeRev. James Cleveland1989Album
Run Jesse RunLou Rawls, Rev. James Cleveland, Phyllis Hyman, Rev. James Cleveland Choir, Leon Huff1988Album
Take It To The Lord In PrayerRev. James Cleveland Presents The Fourth Of May1988Album
Praise 88Rev. James Cleveland And The Los Angeles Gospel Messengers1988Album
God Is Blessing Me Right Now!Rev. James Cleveland Presents: The Craig Brothers1987Album
Celebrating 60 Years Of Gospel MusicRev. James Cleveland Presents The Harmonizing Four1987Album
InspiredRev. James Cleveland1987Album
Dorothy Norwood & FriendsDorothy Norwood, Rev. James Cleveland, Rev. Janice Brown, Fair Cloth Barnes, Albertina Walker1986Album
Especially For YouRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1985Album
Recorded "Live" In Atlanta, Ga.Rev. James Cleveland And The Gospel Music Workshop Of America Mass Choir1985Album
James Cleveland And The Southern California Community ChoirRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1985Album
James Cleveland Sings With The World's Greatest ChoirsRev. James Cleveland1985Album
Recorded Live At Symphony Hall In Newark, N.J.Rev. James Cleveland & The Cleveland Singers And The New Jersey Mass Choir1984Album
Hallelujah 'Tis DoneRev. James Cleveland1983Album
This Too, Will PassRev. James Cleveland And The Charles Fold Singers1983Album
Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles Of The WorldRev. James Cleveland And The New Jersey Mass Choir1983Album
Sunday MorningRev. James Cleveland Presents New Spirit1983Album
For The PrizeRev. James Cleveland And The Houston Mass Choir1983Album
I'm Giving My Life Up To YouRev. James Cleveland And The Los Angeles Gospel Messengers1983Album
Sings With The World's Greatest Gospel Stars Vol. IIRev. James Cleveland1983Album
Lord, From The Depths Of My HeartRev. James Cleveland And The Washington D.C. Chapter Choir Of The Gospel Workshop Of America1982Album
James Cleveland And The Cleveland SingersRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1982Album
James Cleveland And The Metro Mass ChoirRev. James Cleveland1981Album
God's Way (Is The Best Way)Rev. James Cleveland1981Album
Where Is Your FaithRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1981Album
I'm BlessedRev. James Cleveland Presents The Fourth Of May1981Album
I Want To Be Ready When You ComeRev. James Cleveland1981Album
The Very Best OfRev. James Cleveland1981Compil.
A Praying Spirit - Recorded "Live" In Los Angeles, Calif.Rev. James Cleveland And The Voices Of Cornerstone1980Album
The Love Of GodRev. James Cleveland1980Album
James Cleveland Sings With The World's Greatest ChoirsRev. James Cleveland1980Album
Heaven Is MineRev. James Cleveland Presents The Stan Lee Revue1980Album
I'll Tell The World His NameRev. James Cleveland Presents John Springer & Bread1980Album
A Portrait Of Henry JacksonRev. James Cleveland Presents Henry Jackson1980Album
Live - Work On Me JesusRev. James Cleveland Presents The Craig Brothers1980Album
Victory Shall Be MIneRev. James Cleveland And The Salem Inspirational Choir1980Album
Your Life Is Not Beyond RepairRev. James Cleveland Presents Rev. Richard 'Mr. Clean' White and The Southern California Community Choir1980Album
Time Is Drawing NighRev. James Cleveland, Sweet Singing Cava-Leers1980Album
Going On In The Name Of JesusRev. James Cleveland Presents Marva Hines And Company1980Album
Kings Of GospelRev. James Cleveland, Alex Bradford, Reverend C.L. Franklin1979Album
I Walk With GodRev. James Cleveland1979Album
I Get A Blessing EverydayRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1979Single
In God's Own Time, My Change Will ComeRev. James Cleveland And The Tri-Boro Mass Choir1979Album
Think Of His Goodness To YouRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1979Album
Please Be Patient With MeAlbertina Walker With Rev. James Cleveland1979Album
It's A New DayRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1979Album
I'll Have Love This TimeRev. James Cleveland Presents Quentella Caldwell, Burnette Baptist Church Concert Choir also God's Group, Rev. James A. Caldwell1979Album
Lord Let Me Be An InstrumentRev. James Cleveland And The Charles Fold Singers1979Album
The PromiseRev. James Cleveland1979Album
Shirley Caesar and James Cleveland Sing Their Gospel FavoritesShirley Caesar, Rev. James Cleveland1978Compil.
It Must Have Been The Hands Of The LordRev. James Cleveland Presents Marva Hines And Company1978Album
The Love Of GodRev. James Cleveland1978Album
In The BeginningRev. James Cleveland1978Compil.
16 Golden Greats Of The King And Queen Of Inspirational MusicRev. James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar1978Compil.
Volume 3 Recorded Live In Cincinnati, Ohio (Is There Any Hope For) TomorrowRev. James Cleveland Presents The Charles Fold Singers1978Album
Joy All The TimeRev. James Cleveland presents Bishop Wm. Morris O'Neile And The Voices Of Universal Of Los Angeles, California1978Album
The Way Of LifeRev. James Cleveland1978Album
Everything Will Be AlrightRev. James Cleveland and The New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir1978Album
PrayerRev. James Cleveland1978Single
Sinner ManRev. James Cleveland Presents Essence1978Album
Reunion!!!!Rev. James Cleveland And Albertina Walker1978Album
I Don't Feel Noways TiredRev. James Cleveland Presents The Salem Inspirational Choir1978Album
"Live" At Carnegie HallRev. James Cleveland1977Album
Our Greatest Hits (Volume 1)Shirley Caesar, Rev. James Cleveland1977Compil.
The Greatest Hits Of James ClevelandRev. James Cleveland1977Compil.
The Lord Is My LifeRev. James Cleveland With The Greater Metropolitan Church Of Christ Choir Direted By Rev. Issac Whittmon1977Album
The King & Queen Of GospelRev. James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar1977Compil.
The Very Best OfRev. James Cleveland1977Compil.
The Story Of RuthRev. James Cleveland1977Album
Vol. IIRev. James Cleveland Presents The Charles Fold Singers1976Album
Say You Love Him / As Long As There's GodRev. James Cleveland And The Charles Fold Singers1976Single
The One And OnlyRev. James Cleveland1976Album
Give It To MeRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1976Album
Jesus Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To MeRev. James Cleveland And The Charles Fold Singers1975Album
The King & Queen Of GospelRev. James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar1975Compil.
To The Glory Of GodRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1975Album
I've Come To Tell YouRev. James Cleveland1975Compil.
He's EverywhereRev. James Cleveland Presents Betty Hollins1975Album
The King & Queen Of Gospel Vol. IIRev. James Cleveland & Shirley Caesar1975Compil.
He's Working It OutRev. James Cleveland1975Album
All You NeedRev. James Cleveland And The Troubadours1974Album
Jesus, Lover Of My SoulRev. James Cleveland Presents Marvin Jenkins And The Musettes1974Album
God Has Smiled On MeRev. James Cleveland With The Voices Of Tabernacle1974Album
Our GodRev. James Cleveland presents The Thornes Trio1974Album
I Love To Tell The StoryRev. James Cleveland Presents The Donald Vails Choraleers1974Album
Recorded Live In Chicago, Ill.Rev. James Cleveland Presents The Gospel Music Workshop Of America Mass Choir1974Album
Save Me LordRev. James Cleveland1974Album
Lord, Help Me To Hold OutRev. James Cleveland Presents Harold Smith's Majestic Choir1973Album
In The GhettoRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1973Album
Trust In GodRev. James Cleveland and The Gospel Girls1973Album
Lord, Help Me To Hold OutRev. James Cleveland Presents Harold Smith's Majestic Choir1973Album
Make Your ChoiceRev. James Cleveland Presents The Stan Lee Choral Ensemble1973Album
Down Memory LaneRev. James Cleveland1973Album
Recorded Live In Los Angeles, Cal.Rev. James Cleveland Presents The Gospel Music Workshop Of America Mass Choir1972Album
Look And LiveRev. James Cleveland Presents Cora Martin With The Gospel Girls1972Album
I'll Do His WillRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1972Album
Count Your BlessingsRev. James Cleveland1972Album
The Best Of James ClevelandRev. James Cleveland1972Compil.
Recorded Live In Dallas, TexasRev. James Cleveland Presents The Gospel Music Workshop Of America Mass Choir1971Album
God SpecializesRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1971Album
James Cleveland With Hulah Gene And Her Daughter CarolyneRev. James Cleveland With Hulah Gene And Her Daughter Carolyne Gene1971Album
Songs Of Faith And InspirationRev. James Cleveland Presents Sara Jordan Powell1971Album
Somehow I Can SingRev. James Cleveland Presents The Voices Of Christ1970Album
Give Me A Clean HeartRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1970Album
James Cleveland And The Southern California Community ChoirRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1970Album
Amazing GraceRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1970Album
He's A Miracle WorkerRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1969Single
James Cleveland And The Southern California Community ChoirRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir1969Album
Peace Be Still/ The Lord Brought Us OutRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1969Single
The Grace Of God / Trouble Don't Last AlwaysRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1969Single
I Don't Need Nobody Else (As Long As I've Got Jesus) / That's What I Like About JesusRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1969Single
James Cleveland And The Voices Of TabernacleRev. James Cleveland And The Voices Of Tabernacle1969Album
James Cleveland And Introducing.... The Gospel GirlsRev. James Cleveland And Introducing.... The Gospel Girls1969Album
Abide With Me / My Faith Looks Up To TheeRev. James Cleveland1969Single
Volume 9Rev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1969Album
God's PromiseRev. James Cleveland1969Album
Merry ChristmasRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir Under The Direction Of Lawrence Roberts1969Album
Sing In Memory Of Rev. Charles A. CraigRev. James Cleveland And The Voices Of Tabernacle1968Album
Father I Stretch My Hand To Thee Part 1 / Part 2Rev. James Cleveland1968Single
James Cleveland And The Cleveland SingersRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1968Album
Volume 8 Part 1Rev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1968Album
Volume 8 Part 2Rev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1968Album
Hold Fast/A MessageRev. James Cleveland, Lawrence Roberts1968Single
Crown Prince Of GospelRev. James Cleveland & The Voices Of Tabernacle1967Album
I Walk With GodRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1967Album
James Cleveland And The Cleveland SingersRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1967Album
Beautiful Garden Of PrayerRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1967Single
God Is Not DeadRev. James Cleveland1967Single
Love Of GodRev. James Cleveland And The Gospel All Stars1967Single
Volume 7Rev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1967Album
The Grace Of GodRev. James Cleveland With The Angelic Choir1966Album
In HollywoodRev. James Cleveland With The Walter Arties Chorale1966Album
Sings Songs Of DedicationRev. James Cleveland1965Album
He Leadeth MeRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1965Album
The Voices Of Tabernacle With James Cleveland Sing Glories Of GospelThe Voices Of Tabernacle, Rev. James Cleveland1965Album
It's Real / Down By The RiverRev. James Cleveland1965Single
Without A SongRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1965Single
The Sun Will Shine After AwhileRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1964Album
Volume 4 "I Stood On The Banks Of The Jordan"Rev. James Cleveland With The Angelic Choir1964Album
The Sun Will Shine After AwhileRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1964Single
(The Original) Peace Be StillRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1964Single
Jesus Will Bring Things Out / Trust HimRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1964Single
Heaven, That Will Be Good Enough For MeRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1964Album
I Stood On The Banks Of JordanRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1964Single
Redeemed / Leave It ThereRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1964Single
I've Come A Long Ways / He's Always Doing Something Good For MeRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers1963Single
The Soul Of .......Rev. James Cleveland1963Album
Peace Be StillRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic Choir1963Album
Volume IIRev. James Cleveland With The Angelic Choir1963Album
Sweet Hour Of Prayer / Old Ship Of ZionRev. James Cleveland1962Single
This Sunday-In PersonRev. James Cleveland With The The Angelic Choir Featuring Billy Preston1962Album
James Cleveland With The Gospel ChimesRev. James Cleveland, The Gospel Chimes1962Album
Sit Down ServantRev. James Cleveland And The Gospel Chimes1962Single
Out On A HillRev. James Cleveland With Gospel All Stars1961Album
Deep Down In My Heart / What A Mighty GodRev. James Cleveland And The Gospel Chimes1961Single
Anyhow / Just To Behold His FaceRev. James Cleveland1960Single
Give Glory To GodRev. James Cleveland1960Album
Yes, God Is RealThe Voices Of Tabernacle, Rev. James Cleveland1960Album
The Great James ClevelandRev. James Cleveland With Sallie Martin And The Original Gospel Chimes1960Album
There's A Brighter Day Somewhere/Oh Lord I'm SatisfiedRev. James Cleveland1960Single
Just Like He Said He Would / He's Alright With MeRev. James Cleveland1960Single
The Love Of GodThe Voices Of Tabernacle, Rev. James Cleveland1959Album
TodayThe Voices Of Tabernacle Starring Rev. James Cleveland1959Album
The Solid Rock / Old Time ReligionThe Caravans With Rev. James Cleveland1955Album
What Kind Of Man Is This / The Man JesusThe Caravans With Rev. James Cleveland1955Album
The Gospel In SongRev. James Cleveland With The Voices Of TabernacleAlbum
Worlds Greatest Gospel SingersMahalia Jackson / Rev. James Cleveland / Shirley CaesarCompil.
Somethings Got A Hold On Me / Greater DayRev. James Cleveland, The Voices Of TabernacleSingle
Two WingsRev. James Cleveland And The Cleveland SingersSingle
Gospel Greats From The Soul Of The Greatest Of Our TimeRev. James Cleveland, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, The Original Gospel Harmonettes, The Voices Of Tabernacle, Charles TaylorAlbum
One More Time / Deep RiverRev. James ClevelandSingle
I Walk With GodRev. James ClevelandAlbum
Lord Do It / Meetin' TonightRev. James Cleveland And The Voices Of TabernacleSingle
TodayRev. James Cleveland And The Voices Of TabernacleAlbum
Songs My Mother Taught MeRev. James ClevelandAlbum
It All Belongs To My Father / It's In My HeartRev. James Cleveland And The Angelic ChoirSingle
In The Ghetto / When The Saints Go Marching InRev. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community ChoirSingle
Meetin' Tonight/He Died For You And MeGospel All Stars With Rev. James ClevelandSingle
Jesus WillRev. James Cleveland And The Original Gospel ChimesSingle
The Best Of James ClevelandRev. James ClevelandCompil.
I Need Jesus / Nobody Like HimGospel All Stars With Rev. James ClevelandSingle
He's So DivineThe Voices Of Tabernacle With Rev. James ClevelandAlbum
The Voices Of Tabernacle With James Cleveland Sing Glories Of GospelThe Voices Of Tabernacle, Rev. James ClevelandAlbum
He Died For You And MeGospel All Stars With Rev. James Cleveland, The Drexel Singers Of BaltimoreSingle
The Soul of Rev. James ClevelandRev. James ClevelandAlbum
James Cleveland Presents The Greater St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. Radio Choir Of Los Angeles, CARev. James Cleveland Presents The Greater St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. Radio Choir Of Los Angeles, CAAlbum
Amazing Grace / Try LoveRev. James Cleveland ,And The Southern California Community ChoirSingle
Volume 5 'Give Me My Flowers'Rev. James Cleveland With The Angelic ChoirAlbum
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