alabama gurlz“Heaven Belongs to You”
The Alabama Gurlz
From 4 Winds Records CD “The Gurlz” Live (2014)

“Y’all ready to go to church?” Stephania Johnson asks the church audience kindly. Not receiving a proper response, she growls in frustration: “Y’all don’t want to go to no church with me!”

That does the trick, and the congregation connects with the Alabama Gurlz as they commence with “Heaven Belongs To You,” an evangelistic call-and-response with a jaunty tempo and led by Johnson with demonstrative insistence. The premise is simple: Heaven is yours to lose. It is a singular example of the ladies’ exuberance in live performance.

Engineered by the always-capable Ray Braswell Jr., “Heaven” is from the Alabama Gurlz’s 2014 debut album for Malaco/4 Winds. Organized in 2004, the Alabama Gurlz hail from Eufaula, Alabama. They are Ruby Glenn, Ashley Glanton, Keysa Hayes, and Stephania Johnson.


  1. Ralph Wright May 14, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Where is Ruby Glenn do she still single with the Alabama Gurlz.Didn’t see her in Dillon,sc

    • Bob Marovich May 15, 2017 at 3:02 am - Reply

      I am not sure.

      • bryant johnson August 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        no she got kicked out the group

  2. Lisa Wiggins May 6, 2018 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Why did she get kicked out

  3. Sheila April 12, 2021 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    All praises to my lord and savior,I consider myself as one of the lords humble servants. I don’t concern myself with the gossip and negativity,Alabama gurlz seem to be anointed singing group, especially stephania,Stephanie, bless you girl,
    I love their spirit,I wish them well.,,my testimony is I’ve hot a story to sing.

  4. Lovvorn Dixon July 26, 2023 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Who’s the lead singer of “I Thank You* She has that spirit of living the Lord.

  5. Lovvorn Dixon July 30, 2023 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Where is Ashley Glanton now? Is she still singing with the group

    • Bob Marovich August 1, 2023 at 9:54 am - Reply

      I am not certain. I can find out for you!

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