“One Day”
Deitrick Haddon
Independent (release date: December 8, 2023)

By Robert M. Marovich

Someone can correct me if I’m mistaken, but Deitrick Haddon’s “One Day” may well be the first appearance of the highland pipes in an African American gospel song.

The pipes, and the perky Celtic rhythm to which it contributes, give Haddon’s single a military thrum. Haddon is an unpredictable artist, and he proves it by setting lyrics about the end of days to the sound of pipes and a megachurch-sized arrangement. On that day, war, hunger, homelessness, and children dying will be over. It’s the message of “Move on up a Little Higher” for the 21st century worshipper.

Haddon and his wife Dominique are the founders and senior pastors of Hill City Church in Los Angeles, where Haddon is founder/senior pastor and Dominique is executive pastor.

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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.