Walking Up the King's Highway

My way gets brighter, My load gets lighter

Author: Thomas Andrew Dorsey; Author: Mary Gardner
Tune: KING'S HIGHWAY
Published in 4 hymnals

Author: Thomas Andrew Dorsey

Thomas Andrew Dorsey was born in Villa Rica, a small rural town near Atlanta, Georgia. In 1919 he moved to Chicago. Most of his musical training was in the church, but he also studied and played jazz and blues. He later combined jazz and blues with religious texts, giving birth to gospel music. In 1931, along with Magnolia Lewis-Butts and Theodore Roosevelt Frye, he established the first gospel choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chicago. He went on to lead the gospel choir at Pilgrim Baptist Church, which he led for 60 years. Dorsey was also instrumental in founding the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC) in 1933. The convention taught choirs all over the country how to sing gospel music. Dianne Shapiro, from "Gosp… Go to person page >

Author: Mary Gardner

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Text Information

First Line: My way gets brighter, My load gets lighter
Title: Walking Up the King's Highway
Author: Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Author: Mary Gardner
Meter: 5.5.7.5.5.7 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: It's a highway to heaven
Copyright: © 1940 (renewed) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. and Unichappell Music Inc.

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

African American Heritage Hymnal #402

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #400

Total Praise #404

Zion still Sings #152

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