“With Joy We Draw Water”
The Bishop’s Choir feat. Kyle Sanders
Enon Music Group (release date: April 15, 2022)

By Robert M. Marovich

The Bishop’s Choir gives the original John Howard Caravan classic, “With Joy We Draw Water,” a full-throated rendering, complete with impassioned lead by Min. Kyle Sanders.

From the Sim Wilson Jr. and John Howard Caravan album If You Need a Blessing (Savoy 1981), “With Joy We Draw Water” takes its text from Isaiah 12:3. With introductions from a chirpy church organ, the Bishop’s Choir layers its harmonies section-by-section as the members sing the title line like a mantra.

The ensemble remains fairly faithful to the forty-one-year-old original. The difference is that at the vamp, the Bishop’s Choir stretches the word “joy” as if it was the most glorious sound they ever heard.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bishop’s Choir of the Grace Cathedral Fellowship Ministries, Bishop D. Corey Shipley, Trenton, New Jersey.

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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.