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Daryl Coley

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A celebrated gospel artist who also made impressive creative detours into jazz and pop, Daryl Coley was born in Berkeley, California on October 30, 1955. After the divorce of his parents when he was five, Coley and his siblings grew up with his mother in Oakland, California. His mother loved music and the Lord, and the sounds of gospel, classical, and jazz filled their home. Inspired by the music that surrounded him, young Coley learned to play piano and woodwinds. When the Edwin Hawkins Singers scored a major pop hit in 1968 with the updated gospel sound of "Oh Happy Day," Coley became especially enthusiastic about spiritual music. At the age of 14, he began performing with the well-regarded gospel group Helen Stephens & the Voices of Christ. He continued to work music in throughout his high school days, but stepped away from performing to attend college. Coley studied business, but in 1977 he left school when he landed a steady gig with the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Coley stayed with Hawkins until 1983, when he landed a new position as an accompanist with James Cleveland. Coley also served as musical director for gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins, and in the mid-'80s he began to branch out stylistically. Coley began singing in jazz clubs, working with jazz artists such as Nancy Wilson and Randy Franklin, providing backing vocals for Stevie Wonder, and accompanying disco legend Sylvester. Coley also provided the singing voice of Springfield's greatest jazz artist, Bleeding Gums Murphy, on the hit TV series The Simpsons. In 1986, Coley released his first solo album, Just Daryl, where he merged his jazz-inflected vocals with gospel fervor and a Christian message. It was the first of a series of albums that turned Coley into a commercially successful and critically acclaimed gospel artist. In 1991, Coley's life and career reached a roadblock when he was diagnosed with diabetes; the illness cost Coley his sight for a while, though he would in time regain his vision and continue to make music. Coley remained active in the studio and on-stage, as well as working with other artists, serving with a ministry in Oakland, and hosting a gospel radio series, God Said I Can. In 2016, Coley's health problems took an unfortunate turn, and on March 15, 2016, he died in hospice care in the company of his family. He was 60 years old. ~ Mark Deming
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  3.   It Shall Be Done
  4.   The Medley of Praise: We Exalt Thee/Welcome Into This Place/Reign ...
  5.   Because He's God
  6.   Lift Your Name on High by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  7.   Beyond the Veil
  8.   He's Preparing Me
  9.   Victory in Jesus
  10.   Medley: Keep Movin' on/I Need Your Spirit
  11.   Sovereign
  12.   II Chronicles
  13.   He That Dwelleth (Psalm 91)
  14.   When the Music Stops
  15.   You Are My Everything
  16.   Thy Will Be Done
  17.   Jesus Saves
  18.   His Love
  19.   Exchanged by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  20.   I Need You by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  21.   I Need Your Spirit
  22.   For the Good of Them by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  23.   II Chronicles
  24.   Real
  25.   She Knows Me
  26.   In This Place
  27.   Acapella Praise (Even Me)
  28.   When Sunday Comes
  29.   Whispers of My Heart
  30.   Finally I
  31.   The Medley of Praise
  32.   Worthy Is the Lamb
  33.   Wonderful
  34.   While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  35.   What Moved Him
  36.   What He's Done
  37.   To Live Is Christ
  38.   The Lord's Name Is to Be Praised
  39.   The Comforter Has Come
  40.   That's What You've Done for Me
  41.   That Special Place
  42.   Thank You, Lord
  43.   Standing on the Promises
  44.   Spirit of the Lord
  45.   So Much
  46.   Silent Scream by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  47.   Romans: 10
  48.   Removal of the Mask
  49.   Reason for the Season
  50.   Praise by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  51.   Oh, the Lamb
  52.   No Fear
  53.   Music Interlude #2
  54.   Music Interlude #1
  55.   More Like Jesus
  56.   Medley: O Come, O Come Emmanuel/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  57.   Medley: It Came upon a Midnight Clear/Angels We Have Heard on High
  58.   Lean on Me by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  59.   Lamb of God
  60.   Jesus Loves Me
  61.   Jesus Is the Real Thing
  62.   Intro-Spirit of the Lord
  63.   I'll Be With You
  64.   I Will Sing Glory
  65.   I Will Bless Your Name
  66.   I Can't Tell It All
  67.   I Can
  68.   Hold on Until You Bless Me
  69.   He's Worthy by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  70.   He's Right on Time
  71.   He's Already Forgotten
  72.   He Will Make a Way by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  73.   He Delivered Me
  74.   He Can Work It Out by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  75.   Hallelujah, You're Worthy
  76.   Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  77.   God's Only Son
  78.   God and God Alone
  79.   Glory to God
  80.   Emmanuel
  81.   Don't Give Up on Jesus
  82.   Deliverer
  83.   Closer
  84.   Christmas Is Here
  85.   By Faith
  86.   Blessed Assurance
  87.   (Narration) by Daryl Coley & Beloved
  88.   Integrity
  89.   Jesus Never Fails
  90.   Don't Hold Back
  91.   He'll Make a Way
  92.   I've Been Born Again
  93.   Medley: Carol of the Bells/Silver Bells
  94.   You Are the Melody
  95.   In My Dreams
  96.   God Is My Strength
  97.   You Are My God
  98.   Nobody Like the Lord
  99.   The Medley of Praise : We Exalt Thee/Welcome into This ...
  100.   In Times Like These
  101.   Try Me Once Again
  102.   Medley: He'll Never Let You Down
  103.   Desperate Desire
  104.   He That Dwelleth
  105.   Heart of the Matter
  106.   Stand Still and Know
  107.   Caught Up
  108.   You Can Do All Things
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