TBGB Pick of the Week: February 12, 2007

“Traditional Praise and Worship”
Rev. Oscar Hayes & Abundant Life Fellowship
From Seasoned & Settled
(Private Press) 2006
(313) 867-9112

“Y’all don’t mind havin’ a little Missionary Baptist church for a minute?”

Thus inquires Detroit’s Rev. Oscar Hayes, rhetorically of course, as he and his Abundant Life Fellowship launch into a nearly eight-minute medley of traditional sacred literature during one of its live performances. Songs such as “On the Battlefield,” “Have a Little Talk with Jesus,” and “Down by the Riverside” are accompanied by an infectious backbeat and a happily warbling Hammond organ.

The singing group, including fellow Detroiter Darius “Scatman” Twyman (of Destiny), plays the role of responsive congregation with obvious joy. This devotional track is the finest moment on Seasoned & Settled by a country mile, and will appeal to anyone who enjoys COGIC Bishop G.E. Patterson’s volumes of old time singing.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.


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  2. Bishop Oscar Hayes has Blessed Millers Chapel Baptist in Conyers, Ga. We Thank God for him and the Nazerene Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Pastor Anthony Smith was lead by the Spirit to invite Bishop Hayes back Sunday Morning to Preach and Oh what a Blessed time we had as he preached “My Praise is on Purpose”. The CD is awsome and is a must have. Be Blessed and Stay Blessed.

  3. I’ve been wondering what Oscar Hayes has been doing for some time now. I’ve loved he and ALF Chorale’s music since the release of “Simply Determined” in the early 90’s. Where can I find the project “Seasoned & Settled”?

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