Composer: Doris Akers
Published in 36 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: Doris Akers

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Tune Information

Composer: Doris Akers
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 32132 11222 66654
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: © 1953, Doris M. Akers. All rights administered by Chappell & Co.


LEAD ME is representative of the first generation of African American gospel music, a generation that began with Thomas Dorsey (PHH 493) and includes gospel artists such as Roberta Martin, Lucie Campbell, Kenneth Morris, Theodore Frye, and Doris M. Akers. The core of this style is improvisation. Thus the printed notes are intended only as guides to the creativity of singers and accompanists. The piano arrangement by Richard Smallwood (PHH 365) from Lift Every Voice and Sing (1981) suggests some additional chords and triplet rhythms, but further improvisation would certainly be appropriate.

The unison vocal setting could easily be sung by a congregation or, using a responsorial pattern, by a congregation on the refrain and one or several soloists on the stanzas.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Instances (1 - 36 of 36)

African American Heritage Hymnal #474

Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #398

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #403

Chalice Hymnal #583

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #768

Gather Comprehensive #574

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #555

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #621

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Glory to God #740

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #807

Hymnal #553

Hymns of Promise #88

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #654

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #538

Lift Every Voice and Sing II #194


Lift Up Your Hearts #329

Lutheran Service Book #721

Moravian Book of Worship #728

One in Faith #704

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #557

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #544

Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #176

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #759

RitualSong #712

Santo, Santo, Santo #582

Sing the Faith #2214

Singing Our Faith #127

Songs for Life #220

The Faith We Sing #2214

The New National Baptist Hymnal #355

The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #233

This Far By Faith #70

Wonder, Love, and Praise #756

Worship (4th ed.) #657

Worship and Rejoice #498

Zion still Sings #173

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