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Wade In The Water Ep. 17: The Music Of Roberta Martin And Kenneth Morris

The Roberta Martin Singers.
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The Roberta Martin Singers.

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 contributions made by composer-musicians Roberta Martin and Kenneth Morris, who continued Thomas Dorsey's work.

Song List

  • Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes, "Wade in the Water"
  • Roberta Martin, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
  • Roberta Martin Singers, "God is Still on the Throne"
  • Roberta Martin Singers, "Come Into My Heart Lord Jesus"
  • Roberta Martin Singers, "God Specializes"
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, "Jesus, the Light of the World" (NPR Recording)
  • Roberta Martin Singers, "Grace"
  • Roberta Martin Singers, "Rock My Soul"
  • Horace Boyer, "I'll Tell It Wherever I Go" (NPR Recording)
  • Davis Sisters, "Jesus Steps Right In"
  • Mahalia Jackson, "My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)"
  • First Church of Deliverance, "The Lord's Prayer" (NPR Recording)
  • First Church of Deliverance, "King Jesus Will Roll All Burdens Away" (NPR Recording)
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
  • Civil Rights Movement Freedom Singers, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
  • Billy Preston, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
  • 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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