Songs of Faith (Aretha Franklin album)

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Songs of Faith
Songs of faith.jpg
Live album by
VenueNew Bethel Baptist Church
(Detroit, Michigan)
Aretha Franklin chronology
Songs of Faith
Soul Sister
Singles from Songs of Faith
  1. "Never Grow Old"
    Released: 1956[1]
  2. "Precious Lord"
    Released: 1959[2]

Songs of Faith is a live album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released in 1965 by Checker Records.[3] The album was recorded live in 1956 by J-V-B Records at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, when Franklin was aged 14.


Aretha Franklin's recording career began in 1956 with the help of local record label J-V-B Records. Recording equipment was installed in the New Bethel Baptist Church and nine tracks were recorded, featuring Franklin on vocals and piano.[4] In 1956, J-V-B released Franklin's first single, "Never Grow Old", backed with "You Grow Closer". A second single, "Precious Lord (Part One)" backed with "Precious Lord (Part Two)" was issued in 1959. These four tracks, with the addition of "There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood", were released on side one of the 1956 album, Spirituals (J-V-B 100), which was reissued in 1962 under the same title by Battle Records (Battle 6105).[5]

In 1965, Checker Records released Songs of Faith, featuring the five tracks from the 1956 Spirituals album, with the addition of four previously unreleased recordings.


MCA reissued the original 9 track album on Compact Disc in 1991 as Aretha Gospel. After Aretha's passing in 2018, UMe/Geffen Records reissued it as Songs of Faith: Aretha Gospel.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood"William Cowper4:26
2."Precious Lord" (Part One)Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey3:23
3."Precious Lord" (Part Two)Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey2:51
4."You Grow Closer"Joe B. Junior2:43
5."Never Grow Old"Traditional2:55
Side two
1."The Day Is Past and Gone"Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, Joe B. Junior, Isaac Watts4:57
2."He Will Wash You White As Snow"Joe B. Junior4:18
3."While the Blood Runs Warm"Ralph Bass, Sonny Thompson, Harold Smith3:03
4."Yield Not to Temptation"Sonny Thompson, Harold Smith, Horatio Richmond Palmer2:56


  1. ^ "Aretha Franklin - Never Grow Old / You Grow Closer". Discogs. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Aretha Franklin - Precious Lord". Discogs. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Aretha Franklin - Songs Of Faith". Discogs. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Pickwick Group Ltd - Aretha Franklin - Songs Of Faith". Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  5. ^ "J.V.B./Battle Album Discography". Retrieved 22 August 2018.