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Rev. James Cleveland Portrait

Source: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty

Back in 1979, The King of Black Gospel Music “Rev. James Cleveland” who had success with various Choirs, and mainly Choirs from his own Church wrote a song entitled “GOD IS.”

Rev. Cleveland wrote the song, and not being the greatest vocalist in the world got two singers to do the lead.  One male and one female.  The male lead was “Nathaniel “Nat” Morris” and the female lead was “Dora Pickett.”

The female lead on the song “Dora Picket” died years ago leaving only one half of the duo to go around singing God Is!!

Well the male lead “Nathaniel Morris” has also passed away and being laid to rest in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

Nat Morris was a personal friend of mine down thru the years.

Here are Words from the Mouth of “Nat Morris.”

“I AM THE SINGER SPOTLIGHTED ON THE 1979 RECORDING WITH LATE REV. JAMES CLEVELAND’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COM. CHOIR…..WHICH RECEIVED A 1980 GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR THE “IT’S A NEW DAY” FEATURING DORIS PICKETT AND NAT.MORRIS SINGING, ‘ ‘GOD IS MY ALL IN ALL… I AM BLESSED TO BE STILL HERE AND BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO HEAR AND ENJOY YOUR SONGS UNTO THE LORD GOD. ” GOD IS ” .

As the singer of one of the most popular songs in Gospel Music history, his legacy will live on as long the Song – “GOD IS.”

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