Praise (Marvin Gaye song)

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"Praise"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album In Our Lifetime
B-side"Funk Me"
Released1981
Format7" single
Recorded1980, AIR Studios, London, England
GenreFunk, soul
Length3:52 (Single release)
4:51 (Album version)
LabelTamla
Songwriter(s)Marvin Gaye
Producer(s)Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Ego Tripping Out"
(1979)
"Praise"
(1981)
"Heavy Love Affair"
(1981)

"Praise" is a 1981 gospel-inspired disco 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. In the song, he persuades a lady to be positive in difficult times and let her "love come shining through". He then moves forward to praise God, similar to how a preacher would recite such passages from The Bible.

The song, equipped with horns, a propulsive drum beat, and Gaye's multi-layered vocals, was Gaye's second Top 40 hit since "A Funky Space Reincarnation" on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, where it peaked at number 18 on that chart while reaching #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under the Hot 100. "Praise" was the first release off Gaye's controversial recording, In Our Lifetime.

Notes on evolution[edit]

The song was originally recorded in 1979 under the title "A Lover's Plea" from the singer's shelved Love Man album. It contained a piano riff of notes B B C# B, B B C# B. This was subsequently removed and replaced with a xenon filter. Motown replaced it with synths similar to Ego Tripping Out.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles[1] 18

Personnel[edit]

  • All vocals by Marvin Gaye
  • Instrumentation by assorted musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 226.