Stand on the Word

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"Stand on the Word"
Single by Joubert Singers
FormatVinyl, 7", 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
GenreFunk, post-disco, soul
LabelNext Plateau Records Inc.
Songwriter(s)Phyliss McKoy Joubert

"Stand on the Word" is a funk / soul song written by Phyliss McKoy Joubert and recorded by the Joubert Singers, and remixed by George Rodriguez and Tony Humphries on Next Plateau Records Inc [1] in 1985.

The original version is subject to various interpretations, because it was first recorded in 1982 under The Celestial Choir name on the compilation of The Choirs Of First Baptist Church Of Crown Heights Inc – "Somebody Prayed For This".[2] The 1985 version is the well-known disco version.[3]

Track list on 7" included

  1. Stand on the Word (3:52)
  2. Stand on the Word (original version) (4:25) (mixed by George Rodriquez, Tony Humphries)

The track list on the 12" and 33 ⅓ RPM extended single included:

  1. Stand on the Word (6:24)
  2. Stand on the Word (instrumental) (5:50)
  3. Stand on the Word (original version) (4:44)
  4. Stand on the Word (6:40)
Chart (2012) Peak
SNEP French singles chart[4] 117

Stand on the Word (6:40)


French artist K.I.M. launched a compilation in 2004 with the song (Miyage, Tigersushi records), that touched underground european electro scene.[5] James Murphy later played it in the ParisParis disco club in Paris in 2005. French electro duo Justice sampled it on its 2007 D.A.N.C.E hit.[6] French director Maïwenn used it the Polisse movie in 2011.[7]

Keedz version[edit]

"Stand on the Word"
Single by Keedz
from the album Stand on the Word
GenreElectropop, nu-disco
LabelUniversal Music France
Songwriter(s)Phyliss McKoy Joubert
Producer(s)Sophie Delila
Julien Jabre
Phyliss McKoy Joubert
David Eugene Joubert
Music video
"Stand on the Word" on YouTube

The biggest commercial success of the song has been by the French musical project Keedz that recorded it in 2008 and was the title track of their similarly titled album Stand on the Word.,[8] The revamped electronic production of the soul and funk song remixed by MiMa made up of Michael Tordjman and Maxime Desprez did not enter the French charts in its initial release in 2008. But it proved to be very popular after Keedz' version of "Stand on the Word" was used as a short introduction to Le Grand Journal broadcast on Canal+ for the week 29 September to 3 October 2008. The French Le Grand Journal picks weekly one particular song (called "coming next") as a jingle to its introduction and changes it on a weekly basis.[9] The choices prove usually to be future hits. The Keedz version of the song was also used in 2008 in an episode of the Australian television series Underbelly.

The single was re-released a second time around in 2011. The single has been in the SNEP French Singles Chart since October 2011 totalling 28 weeks until end of July 2012 and reaching its peak position at #12 on chart dated 23 June 2012.[10] The Keedz release was accompanied by a music video which became equally popular.[11]

Chart (2012) Peak
SNEP French singles chart[12] 12


  1. ^ "The Joubert Singers - Stand On The Word". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  2. ^ "The Choirs Of First Baptist Church Of Crown Heights Inc - Somebody Prayed For This". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  3. ^ "RadioElectroLyon | "Stand on the Word": petite histoire d'une perle disco". Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  4. ^ "The Joubert Singers - "Stand on the Word"". 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  5. ^ "Miyage - K.I.M. | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  6. ^ Justice - D.A.N.C.E. video
  7. ^ "JoeyStarr - Stand on the word ( Polisse ) - vidéo Dailymotion". Dailymotion. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  8. ^ "Keedz - Stand On The Word". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  9. ^ French Wikipedia: Liste des coming-nexts du Grand Journal
  10. ^ " - Keedz - Stand On The Word". Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  11. ^ Music video of "Stand on the Word" on YouTube
  12. ^ "Keedz - "Stand on the Word"". 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-29.