Praise (song)

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Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album In Our Lifetime
Released 1981
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980, Air Studios, London, England
Genre Funk/soul
Length 3:52 (single release)
4:51 (album version)
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Marvin Gaye
Producer(s) Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Ego Tripping Out"
"Heavy Love Affair"

"Praise" is a 1981 gospel-inspired funk number released by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. The song, written by Gaye, is a tribute to not only his church upbringing but also to the sound of then-label mate Stevie Wonder, who is given a shout out on the song by Gaye.

The song, equipped with horns, a propulsive drum beat, and Gaye's multi-layered vocals, returned Gaye to the top forty of Billboard's Black singles chart where it peaked at number 18 on that chart while reaching #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under the Hot 100. It was the actual first release off Gaye's controversial recording, In Our Lifetime.

The song was originally recorded in 1979 under the title "A Lover's Plea" from the singer's canceled Love Man album.


  • All vocals by Marvin Gaye
  • Instrumentation by assorted musicians