I was shocked today in church when they ended service with “I’ll Be There”.
It was such a paradigm shift as I stood there hearing this song that I remembered as a soul song written by Berry Gordy, Hal Davis, Bob West, and Willie Hutch. The song was recorded by The Jackson 5 and released by Motown Records on August 28, 1970 as the first single from their third album on the same date. Today, the song was also being presented as a “soul” song…but this was soooooooo… different. I could easily now hear this song being played on any gospel station. I looked at the lyrics in ways that I never had before and from this day forward, I will always remember this as a “soul” song as it really touched my soul today. Check out the lyrics as you listen to this classic and let me know what you think.

1 thought on “I’LL BE THERE…

  1. Thanks for sharing that experience. I once directed youths to secular songs that they could sing to the Lord. The below is one such song, originally recorded by the Beatles. If anyone is unfamiliar with Bryan Duncan, they probably would not know that it is intended as a praise song until the end where he sings lyrics from “Amazing Grace”.


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