- Video: Karen Clark Sheard – “Balm In Gilead” / Live with Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers!
- Martin Luther King, Jr. – An uptempo Gospel rendition of a hymn that was one of King’s favorite – according to his wife, Coretta Scott King (Huffington Post piece by Adelle M. Banks).
This song, and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”, helped him during the turbulent times he lived – until his assassination in 1968. He refers to Jeremiah 8 extensively in a sermon he gave at a Baptist Church in Chicago; check out King’s thoughts on Jeremiah 8:22 – in an excerpt from his Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool (August 27, 1967) sermon.
- Karen Clark Sheard – Having sung as a part of The Clark Sisters, her daughter, Kierra “KiKi” Sheard is a talented gospel singer too. This song, from Karen’s first solo studio album Finally Karen (1997), was a hit. It’s her powerful rendition of a song Karen originally recorded as part of The Clark Sisters – on their Heart & Soul album. Karen, Donald, and the Tri-City Singers get an A+ for this one!
The awesome video above was recorded, based on YouTube information I have, at a concert in Detroit in 1997. I love when a singer or choir adds a touch to a hymn . . . and makes it live anew – and touch people in a special, anointed way.
- Jeremiah 8:22
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (NIV)