“Happy in Jesus”
Exciting Holy Sons
From the album Finally Live in Chicago
Independent (release date: August 7, 2020)

By Bob Marovich

If you are a fan of Chicago’s Victory Travelers, you’ll enjoy Chicago’s Exciting Holy Sons.

Both groups offer up meaty traditional gospel quartet fare, complete with pulpit-honed messages, squalling lead singers, and the kind of music that lifts congregants to their feet. Even their name hearkens back to when quartets prefaced their names with superlatives, the verbal equivalent of bubble lights on a Wurlitzer jukebox.

Sounding very much like the Exciting Holy Sons’ exit song at a gospel program, “Happy in Jesus” celebrates the group’s love of Jesus “because he saved my soul one day.” “This joy I have, the world didn’t give it to me,” shouts the lead singer in a sandpaper-rough preacher’s tone.

It is a fine example of the group’s no-holds-barred singing style.

One Comment

  1. Pamela Gould March 15, 2023 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I enjoy the Exciting Holy sons from Chicago because they are are great vocalist and have great range not only they have great skill of singing but many of members of the group are great musicians they are also my cousins and my brother Pastor Arthur Gould writes the songs for the group and also my son Ayden Bass Baby Gould is influenced by Ronald Wilkins the lead singer of the group and Pastor Arthur Gould thanks for being there Ron love you all look out for Ayden Bass Baby Gould who plays the Bass very well

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Written by : 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.