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Wade In The Water Ep. 15: William Herbert Brewster, The Eloquent Poet Of Gospel

Clara Ward.
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Clara Ward.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here . For more episodes click here or listen on the go with the NPR One app.

The first gospel drama playwright, producer and composer, whose compositions were the first million-record sellers in gospel music.

Song List

  • Golden Gate Quartet, "Wade in the Water"
  • Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, "Surely God is Able"
  • Mahalia Jackson, "Move on Up a Little Higher"
  • Five Blind Boys of Alabama, "Lord, I Tried"
  • Brewsteraires, "Book of the Seven Seals, Pt. 1"
  • Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, "How Far Am I from Canaan"
  • Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, "Surely God Is Able"
  • Clara Ward, "The Old Landmark"
  • Aretha Franklin, "How I Got Over"
  • Brewsteraires, "So Glad I've Got Good Religion"
  • Queen C. Anderson, "Jesus, the Perfect Answer"
  • Horace Clarence Boyer, "Move on Up a Little Higher" (NPR Recording)
  • Mahalia Jackson, "Move on Up a Little Higher"
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock, "I Feel Something Drawing Me On"
  • Wade in the Water was produced by Judi Moore Latta and Sonja Williams.

    Stream A Selection Of Songs From The Series

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