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A Holy Union: When Gospel Meets House

Gospel jam, bible flip, preacher house. Call it what you like but there is just something about the heavenly pairing of house and gospel vocals that gives us goosebumps.

The power of a choir is unmatched in uplifting even the most sinful, as Frankie Knuckles once said house music is a "church for people who have fallen from grace".

Gods in the temple of house music have mastered this combination with herds of dancefloor smashers like Floorplan's We Magnify His Name and Larry Heard's Can You Feel It, House Gospel Choir harnessed the marriage between house and gospel and turned it into a live experience, even Prince Harry and Meghan Markel couldn't resist the temptations of a gospel choir! Are you ready to go to church? Here are some powerful gospel grooves for your very own Sunday service.

Barbara Tucker - I Get Lifted (Go To Church Mix)

The undeniably soulful, slowly intensifying vocals of the queen of house, Barbara Tucker, is matched with haunting church organs. Which then snowballs into a wobbly bassline and spirited claps to bring you THE toughest gospel stompper.

CASSIMM - Sunday Another club ready pumper from London's CASSIMM. The bouncy bassline, sharp strings, rolling piano chords and rhythmic claps are elevated by the powerful vocals proclaiming Sunday. Some serious hands in the air stuff right here!

Jamie 3:26 & Masalo - Testify (Terrence Parker Remix)

Chicago meets Detroit for this piano driven number. Surrounded by percussion, a funky bassline packed with attitude and of course, claps, will have you testifying to its awesomeness. The bleeps and bloops, and echo effect over the vocals towards the end of the track will transport you out of this world.

Floorplan - Made Up In My Mind Arguably the king of driving house tracks with mighty vocals, it would be a sin not to include at least one Floorplan/Robert Hood production. With vocals just as punchy as its bassline and organs to match, this track will have you surrendering to the lord.

Niles Cooper - Emancipate Yourself

Taken from the aptly titled, Sunday Jams EP, Niles Cooper delivers a warm and uplifting masterpiece that is guaranteed to liberate you from any Sunday blues you may be feeling. The emotion created by the vocal arrangement and gentle, fluttering piano chords are goose-bump inducing!

Candi Staton - Hallelujah Anyway (Director's Cut Signature Praise)

The late, great Frankie Knuckles teams up with Eric Kupper to produce a bouncy rendition of a Candi Staton classic. Laced with some of the most positive lyrics around, get ready to ascend to the highest ranks of happiness.

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