Ahmad J. Bell aka, “VICTORIOUS!” – People Who Inspire Others!

There are many people out there who believe the music industry has gone too far with adding to their genres, Hip Hop Gospel. Look around you, there’s a new generation and new wave of musicians out there who are making a difference in the lives of many others. Hip Hop has stood the test of time and has truly evolved into something special and most creative. Young men and women of this day and age now have a genre of music that they can relate to and can also speak to them in a way that the Gospel and Christian music of our day spoke to us!

Victorious will go a long way and still be around when many have thrown the torch down. This incredible artist will and already has touched the lives, souls and inner spirit of many Christians and non-Christians as well. He has truly given people something to think about!

Please allow me to introduce you to Ahmad J. Bell (aka) “Victorious!”

“Victorious!”

Ahmad J. Bell” (AKA…Victorious ) is an American Public speaker, youth mentor, content provider, Recording Artist, Concert Organizer/Promoter and Motivational Speaker. Having had success in the secular music industry he was called into relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. After his life change, Victorious took a year off from music to have a ready response to what he believed and become solid in his faith walk, sewing his time focusing on the newfound relationship with Jesus Christ. Heeding his Pastors instructions he stood up and began to share the gospel through Christian Hip Hop and become a force in regional and national ministry platforms as a solo artist, member of The Warriors ATX and as local DJ at Candle 88.1 KNLE a show called the flipside.

As a member of “The Warriors ATX,” he won several Holy Hip Awards from THHHA (Texas Holy Hip Hop Awards) and was honored by the TGAG (Texas Gospel Announcers Guild) for Perseverance inside of the genre. His commitment to spreading the gospel has opened new doors such as taking over the SXSW CHH portion in 2011 and Renaming it the Kingdom Experience. Showcasing Major Gospel Artists, Christian Hip Hop artist and Christian Contemporary/ Rock as well. Victorious has appeared on over 35 albums and 4 mixtapes. With the Warriors ATX he released 3 full length albums. As a solo artist he has released 3 solo records. He has also toured and ministered alongside of artist such as, Lecrae, Tedashii, Trip Lee, Bizzle, THISL, Bryan Trejo, Flame, Da T.R.U.T.H., Canton Jones, VRose, The Walls Group, Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, JJ Hairston, 5ive, RAW and many more. “None of my accomplishments mean anything if I am not pointing back to the cross!” said Victorious “Purpose is the ONLY reason for holding the microphone and standing on stage.” Also Victorious is an Ordained Deacon at Agape Christian Ministries for 11 years and has been a member of Agape for 20 years, where his leader is Bishop Lawrence A. Wilkerson. In 2018 Victorious released his newest project on Potiphars House. The label ran and operated Craig James (5ive.) His sophomore release on the label is slotted for early 2019 entitled #wearevictorious.”

Credit: https://www.iamvictorious.net

To sample some of the music or make a purchase, please visit: https://music.apple.com/us/album/we-are-victorious-w-a-v/1476688146.

Album available on 9/05/2019 on all music platforms!

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Ten Years After – “I’d Love to Change the World!”

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Well, here’s a band I haven’t heard in years. I am sad to say that I had forgotten about them until I heard I’d Love to Change the World on my Sirius radio a few weeks ago. I can tell you it awakened in me the feelings of the 70’s as a teenager, enjoying life, going to school, playing sports, drill team and hanging out with my friends. Not a care in the world other than making sure my chores & homework were done. I listened and started longing for those good ole days as I enjoyed drove to my destination. I have listened to this song over and over. The band has changed members and are still doing what they love.

My favorite song of theirs will always be “I’d Love to Change the World!” Back when the song was written, there were many mind blowing events going on in the world, such as there are right now. These things made many song-writers put pen to paper and start writing out their feelings regarding things that struck a nerve in many Americans!

This song was written by guitarist Alvin Lee, who was the centerpiece of the group. “I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do and I’ll leave it up to you. I’m just saying the world does need changing,” he said of the song in Vintage Rock. “I’d love to do it, but I haven’t got the talent. I don’t think I’m a world changer.”

The song is a good look at what were considered the big problems in the world in 1971: overpopulation, economic inequality, pollution, war. Alvin Lee often said in later interviews that the song remained just as relevant despite the passage of time.

The first line in this song throws out a few slurs:

Every where is freaks and hairies, dykes and fairies

“Freaks” and “hairies” are terms that detractors used to describe the band – after all, they did play Woodstock. The dykes and fairies are likely a reflection on how others might see the world, and it also creates a memorable rhyme. Later in the song, Alvin Lee pulls out a rhyme of convenience in the lyrics:
Life is funny
Skies are sunny
Bees make honey
Who needs money?

Formed in Nottingham, England, Ten Years After made a huge impact when they played the Woodstock festival in 1969 – their performance of “I’m Going Home” made the film. They released two albums in 1969, two more in 1970, and one in 1971 – A Space In Time, which contains “I’d Love To Change The World.” Their albums sold well, typically charting in the Top 25 in America, which was their stronghold. Hit singles were not a concern; Alvin Lee had almost a disdain for them because he didn’t want his songs edited down and then talked over by a DJ. “I’d Love To Change The World” was by far their biggest hit and most enduring song. Their other charting songs in America were “Love Like A Man” (#98, 1970), “Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘N Roll You” (#61, 1972) and “Choo Choo Mama” (#89, 1973). The group stopped performing in 1975 but regrouped every now and then. Alvin Lee died in 2013, but the band had been playing without him for about 10 years by that point.

The group was formed in 1966. They took their name because it was 10 years after what they considered the birth of rock and roll.

Alvin Lee mostly played and recorded under his own name following his split from the band. He died from complications during a routine medical procedure on 6 March 2013.

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Band Members –
Current – Chick Churchill – keyboards (1966–1974, 1983, 1988–present)

Ric Lee – drums (1966–1974, 1983, 1988–present)

Marcus Bonfanti – guitar, vocals (2014–present)

Colin Hodgkinson – bass (2014–present)
Former – Alvin Lee – guitar, vocals, harp (1966–1974, 1983, 1988–2003; Died 2013)

Leo Lyons – bass (1966–1974, 1983, 1988–2014)

Joe Gooch – guitar, vocals (2003–2014

SONG LYRICS –
Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me
where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
‘Til
there are no rich no more?

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll
leave it up to you

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding,
still more feeding economy
Life is funny,
skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who
needs money, Monopoly

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll
leave it up to you

World pollution, there’s no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll
leave it up to you

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Sly and the Family Stone: Hot Fun in the Summertime

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I was only 6 years old when Sly and the Family Stone’s song “Hot Fun in the Summertime” was playing on the radio and burning up the charts. I can remember as I grew older, seeing my sisters, brother and their friends dancing, singing and enjoying the sounds of this band. This song will always bring back memories of my hot summers as a child growing up in a small Texas town. You can really appreciate the strong vocals of each member as they showcase their talents. The song opens with Sly on the piano showcasing his incredible playing skills. The song was written by Sly Stone who was not only a singer, but songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Hot Fun in the Summertime was released in 1969 in the wake of the band’s high-profile performance at Woodstock, which greatly expanded their fanbase. The song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, kept out of the number 1 spot by I Can’t Get Next to You by The Temptations. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” also peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard soul singles chart in autumn 1969. It is ranked as the seventh biggest U.S. hit of 1969, and the 65th in Canada.
Rolling Stone ranked the song #247 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” and it has also been named in lists by Yahoo! Music and AskMen as an all-time “summer anthem.”
Thematically, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” is a dedication to the fun and games to be had during the summer. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” was intended to be included on an in-progress album with “Everybody Is a Star” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Aging),” the LP was never completed, and the three tracks were instead included on the band’s 1970 Greatest Hits LP. This song is known for its rare use of strings in a Sly and the Family Stone song, featuring violins being played in the upper register.

The B-side to this single is “Fun,” a song taken from the group’s third album (Life) from 1968.

The Beach Boys also covered this song on their 1992 album Summer in Paradise. The song was also released as a single during that same year, backed with “Summer of Love.” A video was made to accompany the song.

Song Lyrics

End of the spring and here she comes back
Hi, hi, hi, hi there
Them summer days, those summer days

That’s when I had most of my fun back
High, high, high, high there
Them summer days, those summer days

I ‘Cloud nine’ when I want to
Out of school, yeah
County fair in the country sun
And everything, it’s true, ooh, yeah, yeah

Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime

First of the fall and then she goes back
Bye, bye, bye, bye there
Them summer days, those summer days

‘Boop-boop-ba-boop-boop’ when I want to
Out of school
County fair in the country sun
And everything, it’s cool, ooh, yeah

Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime
Hot fun in the summertime

Sweet – British Rock Band

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This is just one of the great British bands who not only captured the hearts and minds of teens in the UK, but also in the USA.  With hits like Love is like Oxygen, Ballroom Blitz, Little Willy & Fox on the Run, they were every girls dream and the music is just timeless. Their music brings back such happy memories of my teen years spent at the Teen Center with my dear friends in our small west Texas town of only a little over 5000 people.  Such sweet memories that I truly miss on a daily basis!

The Sweet (also known as Sweet) are a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. Their best known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. The group was originally called Sweetshop.

The band was formed in London in 1968 and achieved their first hit, “Funny Funny”, in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of “Funny Funny” to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.

The band first achieved success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with “Block Buster!” (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in “Hell Raiser” (1973), “The Ballroom Blitz” (1973) and “Teenage Rampage” (1974). The band turned to a more hard rock style with their mid-career singles, like 1974’s “Turn It Down”. “Fox on the Run” (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland. They also achieved success and popularity in the US with the top ten hits “Little Willy”, “The Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox on the Run” and “Love is Like Oxygen”.

Sweet had their last international success in 1978 with “Love Is Like Oxygen”. Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1981. From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times. Connolly died in 1997 and Tucker in 2002. The two surviving members are still active in their respective versions of the band; Scott’s is based in the UK and Priest’s in the US.

the deaths of Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker

Steve Priest was asked to join Tucker and Scott for the 1985 Australian tour, but declined at the last moment.

Mike Chapman contacted Connolly, Priest, Scott, and Tucker in 1988, offering to finance a recording session in Los Angeles. As he remembers: “I met them at the airport and Andy and Mick came off the plane. I said, ‘Where’s Brian?’ They said, ‘Oh, he’s coming.’ All the people had come off the plane by now. Then this little old man hobbled towards us. He was shaking and had a ghostly white face. I thought, ‘Oh, Jesus Christ.’ It was horrifying.” Reworked studio versions of “Action” and “The Ballroom Blitz” were recorded, but it became clear that Connolly’s voice and physical health had made Sweet’s original member comeback too difficult to promote commercially. Consequently, the reunion attempt was aborted.

In 1990 this line-up was again reunited for the promotion of a music documentary entitled Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz. This UK video release, which contained UK television performances from the 1970s and current-day interviews, was released at Tower Records, London. Sweet was interviewed by Power Hour, Super Channel, and spoke of a possible reunion.

Brian Connolly died at the age of 51 on 9 February 1997 from liver failure and repeated heart attacks, attributed to his abuse of alcohol in the 1970s and early 1980s. Mick Tucker subsequently died on 14 February 2002 from leukemia, at the age of 54.

To read more on this great band, please follow the link at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sweet

 

 

Oceans – Hillsong United (Where Feet May Fail)

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This is one of the most beautiful, yet haunting worship songs I have ever heard. It’s not a long song with a lot of verses, yet it’s unique as lead singer, Taya Smith repeats the main chorus several times as she brings a wave a cold chills with her beautifully trained, soft and unstrained voice. The song is performed beautifully and the audience is fully embraced and engaged in their performance. It’s one of those songs you hear and you want to hear over and over again!

According to Wikipedia: Oceans is the third EP by Australian worship band Hillsong United.

The EP released on 10 September 2013, and features four versions of the song, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” 

The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Christian Songs chart at the end of 2013. Billboard referred to the band’s name as “United” on the chart.

Background:

The song was one of the first ones the band wrote for Zion. Breathecast described the other versions of the song as follows: “The latter [second] version strips away a little of the cinematic strings effect as well as the extended bridge of the original. Rather, imbued with a acerbic drumming pattern and heftier production, it certainly has the package Christian radio is looking for. The Lark Remix which is third on the EP accelerates the tempo morphing this ballad into a club-like anthem with pacey dance beats, yet without destroying the reverential mode of the song.” He said of the fourth live version: “It is the most worshipful version”

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Hillsong United Song Lyrics
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine
Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) lyrics © Songtrust Ave, Capitol Christian Music Group

Click the link to read and learn more about this amazing band.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceans_(EP)

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The Gator Creek Band – “Dirty Boogie”

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I have always been a fan of music, and have always loved Clint Eastwood and Jessica Walters in all of their movies.

The movie “Play Misty for Me” is one of the very first movies that proved that women aren’t as innocent as some pretend to be, and can be a Fatal Attraction as men can be!

Gator Creek  Band a band out of Venice, Florida recorded a beautiful dance song that was a perfect fit for the movie, “Play Misty for Me!”  This band consisted of the following:

Line up 1 (1970)

 

– Allen Beutler — sax, flute

 

– Dee Barton (RIP 2001) – vocals, keyboards

 

– Mike Deasy — lead guitar, vocals 

 

– Kathy Deasy — vocals, percussion 

 

– Kenny Loggins — vocals, guitar

 

– Ray Neapolitan — bass 

 

– Mike O’Martin (aka Michael Omartian) — keyboards

 

 – Gene Pello — drums, percussion

 

They created a fun dance song under “Mercury Records;” titled Dirty Boogie (instrumental)   (Dee Barton). One of the most beautiful, fun songs I have ever heard.

Played in the opening sequence of the movie “Play Misty For Me” while Clint is driving in his Jaguar XK150 down the coast on California State Route 1 at Big Sur and across the Bixby Creek Bridge!

I love turning this song up as loud as I can and just losing myself in the music.

I hope you enjoy this song as much as I did when I first heard it!

 

The Gator Creek Band and Dirty Boogie.

 

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Phil Lynott and The King’s Call

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Solo in Soho is the first solo album by Irish rock singer Philip Lynott, released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. Current and former Lizzy members guested on the album, including: Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Snowy White, and Gary Moore. Brian Robertson contributed to the writing of the song, “Girls”. The album was released in 1980.

The song “Kings Call,” track #2 on the album was released as both a 7 inch and 12 inch single. It is Lynott’s personal tribute to Elvis Presley. The song features Dire Straits, front-man Mark Knopfler on guitar. “King’s Call,” written by Phil Lynott, featuring and mixed by Knopfler is a true lament to Elvis Presley. As you listen to the words in this song, you began to realize that Phil was no different that any other Presley fan in the world. He along with everyone else was in shock and disbelief at the death of the King and everyone remembers where they were, what they were doing, and the pain they felt when they heard the news. It was devastating news to all that loved and still love him.

When Phil wrote this song, he probably never imagined that this would be how many people would feel when they heard the news of his death! I love this song and wish it would have been more popular in the USA. LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!

 

KING’S CALL SONG LYRICS

It was a rainy night the night the king went down
Everybody was crying it seemed like sadness had surrounded the town

Me? I went to the liquor store
And I bought a bottle of wine and a bottle of gin
I played his records all night
Drinking with a close, close friend

Now some people say that that ain’t right
And some people say nothing at all
But even in the darkest of night
You can always hear the king’s call
You can always hear the king’s call

Well they put him away in Memphis
Six feet beneath the clay
Everybody was crying
Everybody said it was a plain grey day

Me? I went to the liquor store
And I bought another bottle of wine and another bottle of gin
I played his records all night
And I got drunk all over again

Now some people say that that ain’t right
(That ain’t right)
And some people say nothing at all
(I say nothing)
But even in the darkest of night
You could always hear the king’s call
You could always hear the king’s call

I wonder if you’re lonesome tonight
And I’d rather go on hearing your lies
Than to go on living without you

Now some people say that that ain’t right
And some people say nothing at all (I say nothing)
But even in the darkest of night
You could always hear the king’s call
You could always hear the king’s call
You could always hear the king’s call
Now the stage is bare and I’m standing here
They might as well bring the curtain down
I cried the night the king died.