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Center of My Joy

Author: Gloria Gaither

Gloria Gaither (born March 4, 1942) is a Christian songwriter, author, speaker, editor, and academic. She is the wife of Bill Gaither and also sang in the Bill Gaither Trio, one of the most influential groups in recent Christian music. She was born Gloria Lee Sickal in 1942 in Michigan, a daughter of pastor Lee Sickal and Dorothy Sickal. She spent most of her childhood and high school career in the Battle Creek area of Michigan, working a brief time for the Kellogg Company. When Sickal graduated from high school, she attended Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. There, she triple majored in English, French, and Sociology. Upon her graduation, she took a job at Alexandria Monroe High School as a French teacher. There, she met Bill Ga… Go to person page >

Author: Bill Gaither

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Author: Richard Smallwood

Richard Smallwood (born 30 November 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American Gospel music artist who formed The Richard Smallwood Singers in 1977 in Washington, DC. Biography Richard graduated cum laude from Howard University with degrees in both vocal performance and piano, in addition to graduate work in the field of ethnomusicology. Smallwood was a member of The Celestials, the first gospel group on Howard University's campus. That group was the first gospel act to appear at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival. Richard was also a founding member of Howard's first gospel choir. Smallwood's recording career began in 1982 with the album The Richard Smallwood Singers. The album spent 87 weeks on Billboard's Gospel chart. Its followup… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When I've lost my direction
Title: Center of My Joy
Author: Gloria Gaither
Author: Bill Gaither
Author: Richard Smallwood
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Jesus, you're the center of my joy
Publication Date: 2012
Copyright: © 1987, Gaither Music Co. and Century Oak/Richwood Music; © 1987, Hanna Street Music and Century Oak /Richwood Music

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African American Heritage Hymnal #491

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #356

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