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Elvis Gospel Songs

Elvis Presley He Touched Me gospel album cover

Gospel music played a prominent role in Elvis' life, and gospel was, in fact, his favorite music (though this may be a surprise to some). At home, or after the shows, Elvis would often play and sing gospel tunes for his own enjoyment, inspiration, and consolation.

The love for gospel music was deeply rooted in Elvis' childhood and youth. Since a very early age, he was listening to gospel music in the First Assembly of God Church on McLemore Avenue in Memphis. Interestingly, the Blackwood Brothers attended in the same church with him. The young Elvis was fascinated by the harmonies of this gospel quartet.

"My mother and dad both loved to sing," Elvis said in an interview. "They tell me that when I was about 3 or 4 years old I got away from them in church and walked up in front of the choir and started beating time," he said.

Elvis Presley I Believe  cover

Later in his career, Elvis often used gospel groups as background singers in his recordings and shows. Some of these groups include: the Blackwoods, the Songfellows, the Imperials, The Jordanaires, the Sweet Inspirations, and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. As a youth, Elvis had even wanted to sing in a gospel quartet professionally, but he was discouraged from that because he wasn't at his best at harmony.

Elvis released his first gospel album "How Great Thou Art" in 1967. It was a very personal album for him, and ended up winning him his first Grammy Award. In this album, he experimented and changed the instrumentation to include steel guitars, saxophones, and background singers, in order to add something to gospel music.

Presley went on earning two more Grammy Awards in his lifetime. The other two were for the song "How Great Thou Art", and for the album "He Touched Me". Therefore, all three Grammies he won in his lifetime were for gospel/inspirational music.

The three full-length gospel albums recorded by Elvis Presley are:

His Hand in Mine in 1960
How Great Thou Art in 1967
He Touched Me in 1972

He also released the song "Peace in the Valley" in 1957 as an extended play single.

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The video clip below is a cover of Help Me, performed Elvis style by 24K Gold Music Shows:

And this one is If I Can Dream, an inspirational song which Elvis performed with the intensity and intonations of southern gospel.

List of Elvis gospel songs

This is a list of the gospel songs Elvis recorded in his three gospel albums. For some of the songs, you can click on the song link and write your feelings and comments about that particular song.

Elvis gospel songs from the album "How Great Thou Art"

How Great Thou Art
In The Garden
Somebody Bigger Than You And I
Farther Along
Stand By Me
Without Him
So High
Where Could I Go But To The Lord
By And By
If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side
Run On
Where No One Stands Alone
Crying In The Chapel
You'll Never Walk Alone
We Call On Him
Who Am I?

Elvis gospel songs from the album "His Hand in Mine"

His Hand In Mine
I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
In My Father's House
Milky White Way
Known Only to Him
I Believe in the Man in the Sky
Joshua Fit the Battle
He Knows Just What I Need
Swing Down Sweet Chariot
Mansion Over the Hilltop
If We Never Meet Again
Working on the Building

Elvis gospel songs from the album "He Touched Me"

He Touched Me
I've Got Confidence
Amazing Grace
Seeing Is Believing
He is My Everything
Bosom of Abraham
An Evening Prayer
Lead Me, Guide Me
There Is No God But God
A Thing Called Love
I, John
Reach Out to Jesus

He also released the song "Peace in the Valley" in 1957 as an extended play single.

See also

Gospel music and Elvis: Inspiration and consolation

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