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[Jesus, You're the center of my joy]

Arranger: Nolan Williams

Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Nolan Williams is a musicologist, theologian, American songwriter, and producer whose professional career defies conventional boundaries. Best known for his work as Chief Music Editor of the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal—a critically acclaimed compendium of music, with sales now surpassing 300,000 books worldwide, Williams is a noted scholar who has lectured extensively, including keynote addresses for the National Academy of Religion, Yale University’s Parks-King Lecture Series, Festival Musica y Filosofia (Naples, Italy), and Georgetown University Law School. He has also been featured on PBS, BET, the Word network, and internationally in the UK, France, Italy, and Slovenia. Williams has… Go to person page >

Composer: 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 >

Composer: Bill Gaither

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Composer: 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 >

Tune Information

Arranger: Nolan Williams
Composer: Gloria Gaither
Composer: Bill Gaither
Composer: Richard Smallwood
Incipit: 33334 32115
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: © 1987, Gaither Music Co. and Century Oak/Richwood Music

Instances

Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

African American Heritage Hymnal #491

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

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