My Favourite Holiday Albums and Songs for 2018….

My Favourite Holiday Albums and Songs for 2018….

Hey loves!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us and one of my favourite things to do during this time, is to sit in front of my tree, candles burning and my favourite holiday jams  playing softly in the background.

Here are the five albums I have been listening to this year on repeat:

Fantasia- Christmas After Midnight
Favourite Track: In The Wee Small Hours of the Midnight
I love all things Fantasia Barrino. Her voice can do no wrong for me!

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John Legend- A Legendary Christmas
Favourite Track: Wrap Me Up In Your Love and No Place Like Home
Another smooth crooner whose voice can do no wrong in my book! A great modern day Christmas collection of songs of yesterday and some surefire hits to warm your hearts for years to come.

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Hillsong Worship- Christmas: The Peace Project
Favourite Track: Seasons
What I love about this album is that the song that I love the most transcends seasons (lol)

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Jackson 5- Christmas Album
Favourite Track: Someday at Christmas
This is a classic album! Little Michael Jackson at his finest!

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Kirk Franklin and The Family- Christmas 
Favourite Track: I can’t choose only one! I love them all but The Night that Christ Was Born and Love Song  are two that are usually on repeat. 
My all time favourite  Christmas album. It’s not Christmas until this album is back in my daily rotation 🙂

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  • Honorable Mentions:
    Boney M- Christmas with Boney M
    This is how I knew it was time to wake up in my house on Christmas morning. My dad would be blasting “Mary’s Boy Child” .
  • Marvin Gaye- ” I want to come home for Christmas”
  • The Temptations- “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”
  • The Preacher’s Wife Soundtrack in its entirety ( I mean come on its Whitney 🙂 )
  • The Clark Sisters – “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel ” ( probably my favourite rendition of a Christmas song ever!) and “The Chipmunk Song”

    What are you guys listening to this Christmas season?

    xoxo
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Fall Worship Playlist 2018..

Fall Worship Playlist 2018..

Hey y’all ,

I just wanted to share with you some of my favourite worship songs this season.( and a few golden oldies that never seem to leave my rotation 🙂 Hope you find new favourites to add to your playlists! Enjoy!

  1. Great and Mighty- Jonathan Nelson
    Album: Declarations
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  2. Hallelujah Here Below – Elevation Worship
    Album: Hallelujah Here Below
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  3. Promise Keeper- Israel Houghton (feat. Travis Greene)
    Album:  Road to Demaskus

    ** I  was a little iffy on this album, but I decided to give it a try. While I’m not a huge  fan of the album, I do really like this particular track**
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  4. Just As Sure- Tori Kelly ( feat. Jonathan McReynolds)
    Album: Hiding Place
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  5. While I’m waiting- Travis Greene
    Album: Crossover
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  6. Nara- Tim Godfrey ( feat Travis Greene)
    **Beautiful song, loosely translated from the Igbo language to “Accept my Praise”**
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  7. Known- Tauren Wells
    Album:  Hills and Valleys
    ** I’m super late to the Tauren Wells train! My homegirl and I went to conference this summer and as we were road tripping from Nashville to Chattanooga, she played a few tracks for me. I wasn’t sold. Fast forward to the same conference… who was the guest artist…. you guessed it Tauren Wells (lol) we had no idea he was even going to be ministering there! He sang this song “Known” and I’ve been a fan ever since.  He’s  also a pretty dope preacher too! Check him out!**

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  8. Still God- Elevation Worship
    Album: Hallelujah Here Below
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  9. God Is Good- Jonathan McReynolds
    Album: Make More Room

    ** This is probably one of the more recent gospel albums that I love in its in entirety! From top to bottom , every.. single… track… This track is one that made my cry with gratitude from the first listen.**
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjNEDbrXpH8

  10. Seasons- Hillsong Worship
    Album: There is More
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  11. Open Heaven/River Wild – Hillsong Worship
    **This is probably one of my favourite songs of all time! Anybody who has been on vacation with me from 2015 to present day has heard this song on REPEAT. Its such a simple song but it’s so calming to my spirit:) **
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  12. Victory- Fred Jerkins
    Album: A Project of Healing
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  13. My Worship- Phil Thompson
    Album: My Worship

    ** ” And I will not be silent, I will always worship you/ As long as I am breathing, I will always worship you.”  Literally my testimony, and the essence of my heart….**

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It seems I have a strong affinity for Hillsong, Jonathan McReynolds and Travis Greene… LOL! Oh well I like what I like:)

What are you guys listening to? I’m always. looking for new music to add to my collection!

xoxo

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Monday Motivation: Fall Worship Playlist…

Monday Motivation: Fall Worship Playlist…

Hey guys!

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite worship songs I have had in rotation as of late! Hopefully you will discover some new faves to add to your current rotation! Have a blessed Monday! Back to regularly scheduled posts next Monday! Forgive me! Trying to wrap my head around my new schedule which includes working full time, school part time, ministry all the time 🙂 #adulting 🙂

  1. What a Beautiful Name-  Hillsong Worship
  2. My Worship- Phil Thompson
  3. More Than I- Commissioned
  4. Trust In You- Anthony Brown & group therAPy
  5. Gracefully Broken- Tasha Cobbs
  6. God Held Me- Zacari Cortez
  7. Way Maker- Sinach
  8. So Will I ( 100 Billion X)- Hillsong United
  9. I’m Healed By The Blood Of The Lamb: James Fortune & FIYA
  10. Let Praises Rise- Myron Butler and Levi
  11. Instrument -Travis Greene
  12. See You Again-Anthony Evans
  13.  Craving- Tye Tribbett

…and last but not least and oldie but a goodie that has been on repeat the past few weeks: You are the Living Word- Fred Hammond

 

xoxo

(All these lovely songs can be found on Apple Music, Youtube etc… I am in no way affiliated with these services. )

Monday Motivation: Music For The Monday Blues…

Monday Motivation: Music For The Monday Blues…

Hey y’all!

Sorry that there was  no Style Sunday post yesterday. My entire household is battling the flu and low and behold it got me! So needless to say, my Sunday outfit consisted of black and red checkered pyjamas! Sexy! 😛

The flu is still lingering and that  just has me feeling blah! What puts me in a good mood? Music! I thought I’d put together a quick playlist of some of the songs that always manage to put a smile on my face. In particular order

  1. Summer Rain- Carl Thomas
  2. Blessings of Abraham-  Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers
  3. I Feel Good- Beres Hammond
  4. Candy Girl- New Edition
  5. Whoa Donkey- Byron Lee
  6. Dollar Wine- Byron Lee ( if I don’t hear this at a wedding, the whole wedding was a flop LOL just kidding…)
  7. I Call Him G.O.D- Canton Jones
  8. Murder She Wrote- Chaka Demus and Pliers
  9. One Thing- Marvin Sapp
  10. Is There Anybody Here – Deitrick Haddon
  11. Cut it Off- Dj Nicholas
  12. Danza Kuduro-  Don Omar ft Lucenzo
  13. Giving You Sunlight – The Grace Thrillers ( any Jamaican COGOP will understand :P)
  14. Hold Yuh- Gyptian
  15. Tearin’ Up My Heart-  N’SYNC
  16. Le Kwa Uku- Iyanya
  17.  We Walk By Faith/Oh how Wondrus- John P Kee
  18. Smile – Junior Kelly
  19. Runners- Lecrae
  20. Cook- Lexxus
  21.  Any song on the Dirty Money Riddim ( More Prophet, Ring mi Cellie etc…)
  22. I Came- Marvin Sapp
  23. Set Me Free- Myron Butler
  24. Ghetto People Chant- Silhouette
  25. Johnny- Yemi Alade
  26. Pump Up The Jam- Technotronic
  27. Anything Dance Mix 94-96 ( literally the soundtrack of my preteen years :p)
  28. One Dance- Drake
  29. Open Heaven ( River Wild) – Hillsong Worship  ( I may or may not be a tad obsessed with this song…. lol)
  30. Hypnotize- Biggie Smalls

And my all time favourite pick me up ( and karaoke song) is….. I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston.  How can you possibly stay blue when this song comes on?? Whatever’s getting you down today, throw on one of these jams and dance it off!

Have and amazing Monday and fantastic blues free week!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: Brother, I’m Proud of You…

Monday Motivation: Brother, I’m Proud of You…

Hey guys,

Quick post today!

After a beautiful long weekend ( its Victoria Day here in Ontario,Canada) I sat here at my computer trying to figure out what I wanted to write about today. I had some ideas but, honestly I just couldn’t make a connection to any of those topics today. I had set my mind on not posting anything at all today.

So. I just began browsing through my old blog posts and I came across one I wrote almost a year ago called “Black Brother”( check it out here) and I got to thinking about something I witnessed this weekend. I have a little brother named Philip Robinson ( remember this name y’all!) who is a young man who is evolving into one of the greatest drummers of his generation.  Watching him play this weekend reminded me of how far he is coming from. As a little boy, I used to give him money after he played at Sunday service because he honestly truly blessed me! I was actually doing it because I wanted him to know that he was appreciated and I was proud of him! Still am!

So often our opinions of black men are marred by what society shows us. Gang bangers, drug dealers, deadbeat fathers, stupid , uneducated and of no value to society.  But why do you think sometimes the young men that fall into this category, find themselves there?  Maybe, they didn’t have anybody to encourage them to do better. Maybe, the environment ( including the people they surround themselves with) they live in doesn’t provide positive role models .Maybe they have never been made to feel like they are worthy enough to make a valuable contribution to society… So how to we combat this epidemic of young men making bad decisions? The answer is simple: Love them! Show them that you care! Let them know that they matter!!

I am blessed to have a group of “brother friends” who are truly helping to raise the standards of young black men! These guys are husbands ( and husbands to be) men of faith, entrepreneurs, coaches, talented artists and musicians, fathers and the list goes on! Great role models for young men to look up to and learn from!

Brothers you are strong.
Brothers you are needed.
Brothers you are important.
Brothers..you matter!

I’ll leave you today with Angie Stones” Brotha”

You mean so much to me, you give me what i need,
I’m so proud of you (I said I’m so proud of you)
I love you for stayin strong, you got it goin on
I’m so proud of you (I’mmmmmmmmm)
Going through thick and thin, brothas you gonna win
I’m so proud of you (I said I’m so proud of you)
Whenever you facin doubt, brothas gon work it out
I’m so proud of you (I got my shakable faith in ya) -Angie Stone “Brotha”

Have a blessed week!
xoxo

So… I Think I Actually May Like Country Music…

So guys….

I’m pretty eclectic in my music choices. I like pretty much much everything from Aerosmith to Zhane…. but one genre I could never really delve into was country ( well that and “screamo”) But, I recently began watching a show on Netflix on a whim called “Nashville” and  3 full seasons later I am hooked ( and am currently in the middle of the 4th season.. lol Netflix binge watching at its finest!)  Nashville is fictional  a showed based around the lives of country music stars! Alongside the great plot lines, there is some really great country music used  as the soundtrack!

I decided to look through my Itunes library and I realized I actually have quite a large collection of country music on my Ipod ( lol) who knew??!

So I decided to share my  favorite  country songs! ( in no particular order)

  1.  Tennessee Whiskey- Chris Stapleton:  I heard this man sing a song with Justin Timberlake and was so captivated by his voice so I had check him out and fell in love with this rendition of the song. His album is also actually really good! He is super talented.

2. Landslide- Stevie Nicks: I also really enjoy the Dixie Chicks version! Sigh… who am I??

3. Leann Rimes: How do Live: I remember having this on a cd I used for the little guys in my preschool classroom to go to sleep to. It’s also a karaoke favorite now too! ( lol)

4. Rascal Flats- Bless the Broken Road: Another hit on the preschool playlist! My kids last year actually by the end of the year knew this song word for word! I blame my teaching partner,( shout out to you Jess lol) she had a mild obsession with this song and would play it on repeat! I think we may have slightly brainwashed the kids with Rascal Flatts! Ooops!
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5. Foolish Games-Jewel: Is Jewel technically considered country? Well if she is, I like one song by her! ( lol)

6. From This Moment- Shania Twain: Simply because it’s a beautiful song, and she’s Canadian!!!  I have to give an honorable mention to “You’re Still The One” ( another great song)

7. Crazy – Patsy Cline:  Truly a country great! She’s been covered by just about everyone! I also really enjoy ” I Fall To Pieces”. 

Last but certainly not least , what I consider to be my favorite country song of all time is  sung by none other that the legend that was Elvis Presley. Now as a black woman, I have taken a lot of flack for liking Elvis because of his “alleged” racist remarks about black people. However, there are so many different opinions out there and to me whether or not those remarks are true, I still really enjoy the song! ( sorry not sorry)  “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” is my favorite country song! I can listen to this song over and over! Also, because I’m Jamaican,I can’t help but really love the UB40 version!! ( I’ll put both down below)

So that is it guys!  Do you guys like country music? If so, What are some artists I should check out? Old and new! I tell you, Nashville really opened my eyes to some great music!

Let me know!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: It Is So….

Hi guys,

Super quick blog post today! I just wanted to share a song I have been jamming on for a few weeks and had on repeat today! The song is “It is So ” by William Mcdowell featuring Travis Greene. The lyrics in full are right here, but I just wanted to touch on one part of the song that really stood out to me:

Well, He is Alpha – AMEN!
And Omega – AMEN!
He’s the beginning – AMEN!
And the end – AMEN!
Through every trial – AMEN!
Tribulation – AMEN
He always causes His people to win

What a comforting feeling to know that no matter what I’m going through, there is a God on the battlefield fighting for me and with him on my side I will be a winner EVERY TIME! Amen!! ❤

Take a listen to this song and be blessed!
xoxo

Forever: Kari Jobe

Hey guys,

I just wanted to jump on here real quick to share a song that has been on my heart for the past few weeks.  As a Christian, this weekend  I am observing Easter.  To me Easter is my absolute favorite holiday… yes even more than Christmas!  I just am totally enthralled with the fact that this man called Christ would sacrifice his life in such a brutal way.. for someone like me! Many will ( and have) argued with me saying that there wouldn’t be a savior to sacrifice if there wasn’t a Christmas. Which I agree with as well . But its just being privy to the fact he accepted the fate he was dealt, willing and humbly for someone like me.. It’s a humbling thought and I  am forever grateful!

Too often we see holidays that were created to observe and commemorate Christ have been overrun by commercialization. I pray that one day we will return these holidays to the sacredness they deserve. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the hustle and bustle and gift giving of Christmas and I am not opposed to dyeing Easter eggs and eating a Cadbury egg or two, but… if all those things were taken away, my heart would still give glory where glory is due!  Check out this song  ( and lyrics) Forever by Kari Jobe. She puts into song what Easter is truly about. Forever our God is alive!

Have a blessed day!
xoxo

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome

Artist: Kari Jobe

All About Fred: My Favorite Fred Hammond Tracks!

All About Fred: My Favorite Fred Hammond Tracks!

Hey guys!

I love music! Anyone who knows me can tell you that! Anyone who reads this blog should know that!! So last night while I was watching the Snoozeball… I mean the Superbowl ( lol no shade but this game was so boring, not exciting at all and none of my teams were playing.. GO JETS.. 🙂  ) I decided to explore my Apple Music.

Sidenote: To all my Apple device users, If you don’t already have Apple Music… go get it!! For $9.99 you have all the music you could possibly desire right at your fingertips!

Anyway, I stumbled upon a track by Fred Hammond that I hadn’t heard in YEARS and it got me to thinking of how many great tracks Fred Hammond has sung/produced/been a part of. So, I decided to compile a list of my favorite tracks by him! I originally tried to do a top 3…. impossible… I tried to do a top 5.. still pretty impossible so I picked my 11 favorites! I’ll try to pick my favorites from my top eleven list 🙂 and leave a snippet of my favorite lyrics from each song!

In no particular order:

 1: Glory to Glory to Glory 

My mom brought me a cassette tape ( for my younger readers  cassette tapes came before the cd) from Ladies Retreat in 1995 so I can honestly say this is when I really fell in love with Fred’s music ( a part from his stuff with commissioned of course)

Let the people praise Him
Rejoice in all his goodness
And be thankful for all he has done
Tell the generations
From the mountains to the valley
By His spirit the victory is won

2: Lord of the Harvest

Eternal Lord, King of Saints, Age to Age
All our love, All our Praise, Night and Day
With this song, and our lives, now we praise
There’s no one, to take your place, Lord you Rule
We worship You!

3: You Called Me Friend

[Verse 1:]
Perfect And True
Pure In All Your Ways
O Lord, There Is None Else Like You, No One Like You
And All These Things Keep Me In Awe Of You
For I’M Overwhelmed That You Would Call Me Friend

What Is A Man That Thou Art Mindful Of Him?
Could An Awesome God Find Common Ground Within?
Just To Know That You Delight To Be With Me
Fills My Heart, With So Much Joy

[Verse 2: Solo]
Ruler Of Everything
You Are Creator, Lord And King
Willing You Have Taken My Debt As Your Own
I Would Gladly Give All To Be A Servant Or A Slave
For I’M Overwhelmed That You Would Call Me Friend

(So three songs in a this is already a contender for my favorite… just totally had to stop writing and get my worship on for a sec! 🙂 )  Take a listen down below :

4: We’re Blessed
( I mean what would this post be without this song! )

Late in the midnight hour
God’s gonna turn it around
It’s gonna work in your favor

5: Show Me Your Face

Heres what I’m counting on with you
Lord you know me through and through
Remove the broken pieces
All the fragments and debris
Till there’s nothing left of me
And I say, here is a heart yielded totally, totally

Take a listen right here:

6: Thank You Lord For Being There For Me 

Thank You Lord for being there for me, for me
I’ve gotta say thank You Lord for being there for me
Seemed like I was going down, but Your love came in and rescued me
Wanna thank You Lord for being there for me
Wanna thank You Lord for being there for me

7: Lord How I Love You

( I really love this song and know my homegirl Cass loves it too so shout out to you Mrs Cassamajor! ❤ ) love you and miss you !! xoxo

Lord my heart is yours
It all belongs to you
I give you all the glory,
Yes, I love you
I worship and adore
I’m gonna to tell you more
Oh oh, Lord how much I really do love you

( definitely one of my favorites 🙂  ) Such a simple song with simple words but the few words speak the entire disposition of my heart.)

8: No Weapon

God will do what He say He would do
He will stand by His word
And He will come through
God will do what He say He would do
He will stand by His word
And He will come through

 

9: You Are The Living Word:

Awesome ruler, gentle Redeemer
God with us, the Living Truth
And what a friend we have in you
You are the Living Word [x2]

(But when we put it all together this is what we like to call You…)

Jesus, Jesus! That’s what we call you
Manger born, but on a tree
You died to save humanity
You are the Living Word [x4]

( The vamp of this song is probably one of my favorite arrangements to sing! The vamp starts at around 3:10) 

10: When You Praise:

when you praise, when you praise,
their should be a fire in your heart.
hands up raised, when you praise,
consuming every part because you know
the GOD we serve will make
his presence known, when you praise,
when you praise.
[x2]

when we think of how wonderful
and merciful and kind
our GOD has been to us.
then we know every glory hallelujah
he deserves, when we praise

11: Breathe Into Me Oh Lord:

Breathe into me oh Lord, the breath of life
So that my spirit would be whole
And my soul made right
Breathe into me oh Lord, day by day
So that my heart is pure before You, always, always

Unto Thee oh Lord do I lift up my soul
It’s only by Your hand
That I can be made whole
So Lord breathe on me
And revive my spirit within
And I’ll never be the same

Okay so the time has come to narrow it down to five…. drumroll please…. in no particular order:

  1. Breathe Into Me Oh Lord
  2. You Are The Living Word
  3. No Weapon
  4. Lord How I Love You 
  5. You Called Me Friend ( this might be my favourite… : P) 
    and a real close contender… Show Me Your Face 

Do you guys have an artist that has a wide collection of music that you love? Who? Are there any other Fred Hammond lovers out there? What’s your favorite track? Let me know!

Have an awesome day!

xoxo

Monday Motivation:Oh Come Emmanuel

Monday Motivation:Oh Come Emmanuel

Hey y’all,

As Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I would drop by and share one of my favorite renditions of the Christmas carol ” Oh Come Emmanuel”.

This rendition is by the incomparable Clark Sisters. I just absolutely love the acapella arrangement… simply beautiful. I love to sit by the fireplace with some hot chocolate and listen to this song ( and the entire album). What a beautiful reminder of the Savior… ❤

Lyrics: 

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Take a listen 😛 and have a wonderful Monday.

xoxo