November 2006

Okay, that's the short title. On this show I will showcase Christian music by GLBT artists, and this will itself cover various music genres and span several decades. I believe this genre has been very neglected and I hope to show the richness of this music. My feature interview is with Marsha Stevens, often called the Mother of Contemporary Christian Music, and there are additional interviews with Shawn Thomas and Jason & deMarco. In my zeal to try to do justice to this subject I'm afraid the show turned into sort of a marathon: 7 parts and 8 hours! They feature 70 artists and 108 songs, and of course the website version will be spread out over a number of pages. I hope this will be resource for my site visitors to learn about this music and the artists.

An 8-Hour Marathon!

Marsha Stevens and her hymn, "For Those Tears I Died"

The show's very special interview is with Marsha Stevens, the mother of Contemporary Christian Music. In her very candid interview she'll discuss how coming out affected her career and her life, and of course she'll talk about her music.

All Playlists are given on this page and on the page for each segment

Read the script...

Playlists
Part 1, Time: 74:12
Christian Andreason - Show Me In Red (2005)
Christian Andreason comments
Bayard Rustin - Ezekial Saw the Wheel / Lonesome Valley (1950s)
Johnnie Ray - I'm Gonna Walk and Talk with My Lord (1958)*
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus - Behold Man (1981)
Meg Christian - Lord Make Me an Instrument (1998)*
Marsha Stevens Interview
Children of the Day - For Those Tears I Died (1970)
Children of the Day - Children of the Day (1970)
Marsha Stevens - I Will Not Behave Like Prey (1995)*
Marsha Stevens - You Called Us Good (2005)
Marsha Stevens - The Waiting Is Over (1998)*
Justin Ryan - He Would Be King (2006)*

Part 2, Time: 76:48
Marsha Stevens Interview, continued
John Hocking - I'll Still Have Jesus (1992)*
Christian Left - The Body of Christ Has AIDS (1995)*
Marsha Stevens - Lead This Pioneer (1998)*
Rev Troy Perry (1973)*
Marsha Stevens - I Found You (1998)
Marsha Stevens - Wherever You Go (2005)*
Marsha Stevens - A Future and a Hope (2005)*
Godspell - Day By Day (1972)
Stan Graner & Amy Mills - Lifted by the Power of Truth (1995)
Tom Carlisle - Where There's God (1999)*
JD Sebastian - We Are Free (1999)*
Kadie O & the Light - Shepherd (2000)
Joe Warner - The Agenda (2000)
Jallen Rix - I Saw Jesus Down at Stonewall (1995)
Shawn Thomas - Not Gay Enough For You (2006)
Marsha Stevens - No Matter What Way (1997)

The "Radio Version" of Parts 1 & 2 can be heard in a 58-minute
version, with the songs omitted that are followed by asterisks

Marsha Stevens

Marsha & Cindy

 

Above, Shawn Thomas is the feature interview for Part 3, and David North gives some special comments about his group's music in Part 4

Part 3, Time: 75:03
Jeanie - Cover Me Lord, I'm Goin' In (2000)
Carl Bean - I Was Born That Way (1978)
Bishop Carl Bean & the Unity Fellowship
   Church National Choir - Right Now (1998)
Acoustic Souls - Lift Him Up (1991)
Sounbord - Oh What a Happy Day (1995)
Randa McNamara - Balm of Gilead (1994)
David & Jane - Not Ashamed of the Gospel (1993)
Voices of St John's MCC - Anywhere With Jesus (2000)
Lavender Light - Twelve Gates (1994)
Kevin Jacobson - Heart to Worship (2002)
Shawn Thomas - Out in This World (1999)
Shawn Thomas Interview
Shawn Thomas - Everything I Am (2003)
Shawn Thomas - Changed (2005)
Shawn Thomas - Doxology (2005)
Shawn Thomas - Faith Unashamed (2006)
Sam Sampson - Paid Up, Prayed Up, and Ready
Prysm - Somebody Will (2002)
Rev Delores Berry Medley - Why We Sing / Sign Me Up for the
 Rainbow Jubilee / God Put a Rainbow in the Sky (1995, 2005, 1999)
Blayne Bell - I Believe (2005)
For God's Sake - Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (2003)

Part 4, Time 76:40
Canaan - Church House (2006)
Canaan - Solomon's Song
Canaan - I Am Free (2006)
Melanie - The Lord Be Magnified (1986)
Positive Voices - Greater Than AIDS (1997)
Positive Voices - Until It's Over (1997)
The Anointing - Most Holy One (2002)
Danny Riddle - I Should Have Been Crucified (1981)
Danny Riddle - I'm Going Up (2004)
Danny Riddle - If God Be With Us (2002)
Terry Lee Ousley - If God Be With Us (2003)
Terry Lee Ousley - I'm a Christian (1981)
Terry Lee Ousley Medley - May the Gifts (2003) / I Give Up (2003) /
   Nothing Can Separate Us (2002) / We Won't Let Go (2003)
Justin Ryan - Swing Low Sweet Chariot (2006)
Shawn Thomas & Justin Ryan - Get Up (2006)
Rick & Andy - Just Over In the Glory Land (2005)
Gospel Express Ministries - Mighty Savior (2002)
Joe Warner - Beautiful Man (2001)
David North comments
David North & Gospel Celebration - I Am Not Ashamed (1998)
David North - I Am Gay & It's Okay (2006, from phone interview)
David North & Gospel Celebration - Justified (1998)

Part 5, Time: 76:39
Rev Deanna Jaworski - Operator (1999)
Apostle Dale Jarrett - I Give You Glory (2000)
Witness - Hold On To the Gospel (1992)
Sherry Phillips - God Is a Good God
Reconciled - Reconciled (1998)
Orgena Rose - Balm In Gilead
Judy Cassidy - Just a Closer Walk With Thee (2002)
Angel Blacker - Born Again (2000)
Cathy Bridges - I Choose You (2000)
Beth Styles - Follow the Lord (2006)
Rev Franc Perry - Let Us Sing to God (2006)
Allen Hanks - I Cannot (2006)
Alan Lett - From Now On (2004)
Alan Lett - I Can Only Imagine (2006)
Alan Lett - Mansion Over the Hilltop (2006)
Christian Andreason - All the Time (2001)
Marcus Young - My Heart's on Fire (2003)
Don Kennedy - Abide With Me (1997)
Transcendence Gospel Choir and San Francisco
   Gay Men's Chorus - Oh Happy Day (2004)

Part 6, Time: 51:35
Jen Foster - Amen (2005)
Nedra Johnson - Anyway You Want Her (2005)
Levi Kreis - Stain Glass Window (2002)
Labi Siffre - Something Inside So Strong (1987)
Tony Jones - Until Your Voice (2002)
The Last Session - When You Care (1997)
Michael Jansen & Jared Wengert - Dare to Dream (2003)
Carolyn Marshall - Healer in the House (2004)
Lee Ellis - Follow Your Heart (1999)
Gwen Avery - Precious Lord (2000)
Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir -
   Lift Every Voice and Sing (2001)

Part 7, Time: 53:32
Christopher Hoffman - The Road (2002)
Joe Simmons - Time and Space (1994)
Tom McCormack - All That I Am (1991 & 2001)
Jason Warner - Amen (1999)
Jason & deMarco Interview
Jason & deMarco - It Is Well (2003)
Jason & deMarco - All I Long For (2004)
Jason & deMarco - Trying to Get to You (2006)
Jason & deMarco - Trying to Get to You (remix) (2006)
Jason & deMarco - When Your Spirit Gets Too Weak (2006)
Transcendence Gospel Choir - Safe in the Arms of Jesus (2003)

Above, the talented Alan Lett sings great and also is the master producer on the last two albums by Jason & deMarco, whose interview graces Part 7. I got to meet them at a Houston concert in 2005.

Please click to go to Parts 1&2 of "Gay Christian Music"