SHIRLEY ANN LEE

Songs of Light

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After wrapping the tracklist for Local Customs: Downriver Revival, we knew there was a smaller second record buried in the mountains of tape rescued from Felton Williams’ Ecorse, Michigan, basement. Born at the tail-end of a Depression that darkened the entire United States, Shirley Ann Lee took her talent as a singer and pianist from a grim, overcrowded house in Toledo, Ohio, to a glamorous, gospel-fueled adolescence on the road and in Nashville. It wasn’t until her return to Toledo after a disastrous marriage in Los Angeles that, for the first time in almost two decades of public performances, she found the urge to praise God with her own words. As the Revival label’s lone “star,” Shirley Ann Lee was afforded dozens of opportunities to record her songs, but only six sides managed to trickle out on 45 between 1967 and 1969. Using Revival’s aborted Shirley Ann Lee Radio Hour program as our guide, we’ve taken the best of her proper studio recordings, in-the-moment sketches, out-of-tune piano demos, and rehearsals with young kids talking in the background and created the Shirley Ann Lee album that never was. A one-LP revival of an unheralded gospel giant that is sure to convert the non-believers.

Tracklisting

  1. Shirley Ann Lee Introduction
  2. Shirley Ann Lee All I Have To Depend On
  3. Shirley Ann Lee I Shall Not Be Moved
  4. Shirley Ann Lee Stop Look & Listen
  5. Shirley Ann Lee You Better Run
  6. Shirley Ann Lee There’s A Light
  7. Shirley Ann Lee Everything Gonna Be Alright
  8. Shirley Ann Lee You’ve Been So Good To Me
  9. Shirley Ann Lee Blessed Quietness
  10. Shirley Ann Lee Intermission
  11. Shirley Ann Lee How Can I Lose
  12. Shirley Ann Lee Time
  13. Shirley Ann Lee Stay On Your Knees
  14. Shirley Ann Lee Someday
  15. Shirley Ann Lee Get Back
  16. Shirley Ann Lee Walk Through The Valley
  17. Shirley Ann Lee Please Accept My Prayer
  18. Shirley Ann Lee I’ve Got To Make It