Views:1117|Rating:4.23|View Time:4:42Minutes|Likes:11|Dislikes:2 This is track 8 from the 1985 album “Rejoice”.
Lead by Rodena Preston
Written by Albert Hartdige
Music by Henry Mancini
Rodena Preston began playing the piano at the age of 3. She followed her mother, Robbie, to choir rehearsals and church on Sundays, and would not allow anyone to keep her from the piano bench with her mom. She was also an inspiration to her younger brother, Billy Preston to play the piano at an early age. She has played for churches in the Los Angeles area since the age of 11.
In 1972, she was appointed Chapter Representative of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), founded by Rev. James Cleveland. At the local level she leads its local ensemble in frequent appearances at churches throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Aside from these duties, she is the coordinator of the National Mass Choir of the GMWA, workshop clinician and travels across the U.S. teaching and encouraging others in the gospel music field. In 1973, she was pianist for the young adult choir at Church of Divine Guidance. From this choir she organized the Voices of Deliverance. Their heart-warming rendition of The Old Rugged Cross won them the title of “Choir of the Year” in 1974. They signed with BeeGee Records and recorded five albums: The Old Rugged Cross, Where Peaceful Waters Flow, 2nd Anniversary LIVE Album, There’s Been A Change, and Holding On.
With her position with the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc., she now approves all new music, as well as music by new songwriters, to be presented at GMWA Conventions (for Mass Choir, New Music Seminar and Youth Division). In 2004, WEIS Music Group was formed, taking its name from the motto of the Gospel Music Workshop (“Where Everybody Is Somebody). For many years, GMWA recorded with several record companies. Now with their own label, they have the vehicle to record and distribute the music of all of the choirs within the GMWA.
She received a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the Elbon Solutions School of Ministry in 2004. In October 2006 she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in Detroit, Michigan.